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darylbruner.jpgDaryl Bruner
Director of Student Academic Success 
Office:  ADM 133H
Phone: (704) 637-4175

Daryl received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University, and his Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His career includes similar student success leadership appointments in a variety of higher education settings including large state schools, community colleges, and small privates. Originally from Detroit, MI, Daryl was a first generation, Pell eligible, student, who flunked out of college.  And that is the experience he credits for igniting his passion for his professional career in student success. When not at work, Daryl enjoys traveling the world; spending time with his family, friends, and pets; and reading. Plus, he cooks an awesome prime rib!

danielallen19.jpgDaniel Allen
Student Success Coach
Office: ADM 133H

Daniel joined Catawba in 2019 as a Student Success Coach. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!


anastasiapeach.pngAnastasia Peach
Student Success Coach
Office: ADM 133H
Phone: (704) 637-4691 

Anastasia is a two-time alumnus at The University of Southern Mississippi. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs. During her graduate work, she worked in student conduct, academic coaching, community engagement outreach and event services for the university. As a first-generation student herself, Anastasia has a passion for helping these students reach their full potential. Anastasia is thrilled to be with the Catawba Student Success staff to help develop the Catawba students both professionally and personally! In her free time, Anastasia loves to explore Salisbury with her fiance Chandler and their two dogs, Oscar and Peanut.

Fun Facts about Me

What advice would you give to incoming students?
I would tell incoming students to definitely become involved on campus and around Salisbury. There are so many events and clubs at Catawba College. If you do not like the clubs, you can create your own. There is a research stating that in order for student growth to take place, students need to actively engage in their environment. (Astin’s Involvement Theory) Catawba College is engaging with unique experiences for every single person.

Which Catawba core value (Scholarship (academic pursuits), Character (ethical behavior), Culture (exposure to artistic endeavors), and Service (campus and community outreach) resonates the most with you and why?
Referring back to Astin’s Involvement Theory, I believe Service resonates with me. As a first-generation undergraduate student, it was hard for me to become involved in my first few years and it reflected in my grades and my social life. When I finally became involved in several different societies and a psychology research lab, my grades improved rapidly and I was able to become more socially confident. If I did not begin to reach out to the different services that were available to me on campus, I do not believe I would have graduated with my Bachelor’s degree and move on to my Master’s degree.

What is your favorite quote?
Anything from the “This is Water” speech by David Foster Wallace. I recommend it to everybody I meet.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
When I was young, I thought I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher because of my awesome last name (Peach) and I idolized Ms. Honey (also awesome last name) on Matilda.

sarahwanek.pngSarah Wanek
Student Success Coach
Office: ADM 133i
Phone: (704) 637-4689

Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Her graduate work experience was in residence life and conference services, and she completed a capstone project, titled Providing Academic Care for First-Year Students of Color.  Sarah also has a passion for the first-year experience, which is what drew her to working in higher education, and specifically as a Student Success Coach!  Sarah is originally from Denmark, WI, the oldest of four children, and was a first-generation and Pell eligible student. Sarah enjoys spending her free time by listening to true-crime podcasts, watching The Office, and exploring her new home in Charlotte! 

Fun Facts about Me

What's your favorite thing about Catawba?
If you're new to Catawba, what's your favorite aspect of college life?
So far how friendly everyone is and excited people are to meet new faces. My favorite aspect of college life is the opportunity to try new things!

What's your favorite movie/book/tv show?
TV show: The Office. Movies: Mamma Mia & Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again

If you could only engage in one hobby the rest of your life, what would it be?
Playing my clarinet in community bands

Apple or Android? Coke or Pepsi?
Apple. Neither, Dr. Pepper!

What's the strangest thing on your bucket list?
Attending a baseball game at every MLB stadium. Or having a polka band play at my future wedding reception.

If you could tell your freshman self one piece of advice, what would it be?
The friends you make on your first day/semester/year do not have to be your friends forever

Where's the best place you've traveled to?
Internationally: Rome, Italy. Domestically: Denver area, Colorado.

If you could have brunch with anyone, who would it be and why?
Celine Dion. Just saw her live. She has a phenomenal and angelic voice. Plus, she's hilarious and engaging.

Why should students come see you?
With my skills & qualifications, I'm prepared to help every student to the best of my ability. I also look forward to engaging with students on a personal level. Let's chat about TV, sports, culture, arts, etc!

What item would you want to have if you were stranded on a desert island?
Iphone -  I could listen to all the podcasts taking up space on my phone.