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BB&T Student Leadership Center restructuring announced

BOONE—The BB&T Student Leadership Center, housed in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University, has been restructured to provide professional development and career services for students in the business college.

View larger imageMichelle Boisclair
View larger imageAlison Shea Reaves
View larger imageJosh Silvey
View larger imageAmy Odom
View larger imageEmily Marlett
View larger imageDeanne Smith

Joining the two areas increases mentoring, professional leadership and career development programs. Among the center’s new offerings are a diversity mentoring program, professional leadership certification and a leadership speaker series.

Michelle Boisclair has been named the executive director of the BB&T Student Leadership Center. Boisclair will develop and manage program vision, direction and execution for all leadership, professional development and career related activities within the Walker College of Business. She holds degrees from Newbury College, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Memphis. Boisclair has served as director of career services for the business college and was associate director of the college’s Brantley Risk and Insurance Center.

Alison Shea Reaves has been named associate director for the leadership center’s career development area. She will continue to provide career coaching for students, deliver class presentations and supervise the center’s para-professional career counselors. In addition, Reaves will serve as the internship manager for the Walker College of Business’s academic internship program, provide career counseling for recent alumni and manage the social media presence for the center. She also will launch the center’s new Professional Leadership Certification Program, which will offer students the opportunity to earn recognition for achieving mastery of specific leadership and professional skills.

Reaves has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Appalachian and has worked as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C.

Josh Silvey is the associate director for the leadership and professional development area of the BB&T Student Leadership Center. Silvey will develop and deliver a new business professional leadership and career development course required of business students, oversee the center’s mentoring programs and develop and execute additional leadership development programs for the college.

Silvey earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. He most recently was a technology support analyst in the university’s Career Development Center.

Amy Odom is the program manager of the leadership center. She will collaborate with the center’s staff to support student programming and special events, including logistics for Walker Business Connections, a college-wide event held each fall in Raley Hall. In addition, Odom will assist in advising the Walker Fellows, the Walker College’s ambassadorial student group. She also will be responsible for the center’s graduation data compilation, analysis and reporting.

Odom has an extensive background in event planning and administrative experience, most recently working in University Housing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian.

Emily Marlett is employer relations coordinator for the BB&T Student Leadership Center, working on a part-time basis. She is the primary point of contact for companies recruiting Walker College of Business graduates and interns. Marlett earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and her MBA in finance from Florida State University. She has experience in the financial sectors as well as in higher education.

Deanne Smith has been named director of external engagement for the Walker College of Business. She will direct the executive mentoring program and develop and maintain relationships with business, industry and community partners, and alumni and friends of the college. Smith will work closely with BB&T Student Leadership Center staff to offer personal and professional development services to business students and with faculty to provide opportunities for engagement with external constituents.

Smith will continue to direct of the Martha Guy Summer Institute Future Business Leaders, a role she has maintained for nine years. The institute provides a select group of high school juniors the opportunity to learn about business and develop leadership skills in a fun and friendly environment. A graduate of Appalachian, Smith previously worked as an assistant director of admissions at the university.