Angela Holley, Director, began working with the Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program in December of 2002. Prior to being the Director of the HATS Program, she worked as the Director of the Student Support Services Program at Ashland Community College located in Ashland, KY. Angela is a graduate of Marshall University where she completed a B. A. in Psychology as well as an M. A. in Student Affairs Counseling. Angela was a participant in the Student Support Services Program at Marshall and has experienced first-hand how TRIO programs contribute to student success. “The Student Support Services Program made a significant impact on my academic and career choices. Although I had the academic ability to achieve, I had no idea how to channel my potential. It is a privilege and honor to have come full circle and now serve as the Director of the Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program at Marshall University. In this position, I hope to help students see the value of TRIO Programs as well as the value that they hold within themselves.”Angie serves Hannan Junior/Senior High School in Mason County. Angie can be reached at 304.696.2201 or


Tira Runyon, College Access Advisor, graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Mental Health. Tira became a member of the HATS Staff in May of 2004 and was excited to learn that she would be serving students in the familiar halls of Wayne Middle and High Schools. As well as Wayne Middle School and High School, she assists students at Crum Middle, Ft. Gay Middle, Tolsia High, and Buffalo Middle School. She is also the counselor for the 9th & 12th graders at Spring Valley High School.Tira can be reached at 304.696.3259 or


Shannon Zornes, Administrative Assistant, joined the Talent Search team in August 2004. An Ohio native, Shannon is a graduate of Ashland Community and Technical College with an Associates degree in Office Systems. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in English here at Marshall. As a low-income, first-generation college student, Shannon is well aware of the challenges that our students will face as they pursue their own college dreams and goals.A key member of the Talent Search team, Shannon helps organize such events as the Junior/Senior Trips, Middle School College Camp and college campus visits. Shannon is also a mother who stays busy with her two college age children, as well as, a little one in elementary. Shannon looks forward to meeting all of the Talent Search participants in the many activities planned for this upcoming year.Shannon can be reached at 304.696.2941 or


scotti in pinkScott Robertson, College Access Advisor, began working with the HATS program in November 2006. Scott hails from Wayne, WV and is the younger of two children. He was the first in his family to receive a college degree. He received his Bachelors Degree from Marshall in Social Studies 5-12, as well as, his Master’s Degree in Adult and Technical Education, Occupational Leadership. Scott has been very active with the various TRiO programs at Marshall. In high school, he was involved with the Upward Bound program and while a student at Marshall he worked as their Student Assistant, Office Manager and Head Male Advisor during their Summer Program. At Marshall, he was involved in the Student Support Services Program. He also worked as the Supplemental History Instructor for Student Support Services.Scott serves Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School and Wahama Junior/Senior High School in Mason County. In Wayne County he serves CK Middle School, the sophmore and junior classes at Spring Valley High School, and Vinson Middle School. Scott enjoys working with students and assisting them on their journey to higher education. Scott can be reached at 304.696.3287 or