Bill Spellman



118 W. T. Weaver, Office 215

Bill is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in early modern English history. He served as Dean of Humanities at UNC Asheville from 2002-2008 and has been a faculty member in history since 1988, serving as chair from 1998-2001. He has been involved with COPLAC since 2001 and was appointed full-time director in March 2009.


Claire Bailey 

Program Associate 


118 W.T. Weaver, Office 207

Claire is a native of Asheville, NC. She has a degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University with minors in English and Outdoor Leadership. She has worked for the National Park Service and the Biltmore Estate and is currently affiliated with the Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site in downtown Asheville.


Emma Anderson

Communication Coordinator

118 W.T. Weaver, 206

Emma is originally from Madison, Virginia. She graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Mass Communication, New Media, and Music from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Emma supports COPLAC through web based research and writing, social media management, and communication efforts.


Michael Kuczkuda


Michael is originally from Stanhope, New Jersey. He is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and New Media from UNC Asheville, with plans to graduate in spring 2017. With emphases in Information Systems (for Computer Science) and Interactive Design (for New Media), he enjoys learning code and new ways to use it.