Mimi has taught journalism and communications law classes at Bluefield College for 11 years. A graduate of Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she earned her master’s degree in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to teaching, Mimi serves as faculty advisor for the online student newspaper, The Rampage; as Director of Student Success; and as secretary of the Faculty Committee, which she chaired for five years. Before coming to Bluefield College, Mimi worked 12 years as a journalist for newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia; as an information specialist at Virginia Tech; as a technical writer and editor for PDR Communications in Lexington, KY; and as a writing tutor and freelance journalist. She has been married 28 years to Rob Merritt (chair of the Language, Literature and Communications division at BC), and they have two children: Charlie, a senior at UNC-CH, and Caroline, a freshman at University of Richmond. Mimi is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield, WV, where she has taught Sunday school and served on the Vestry. She served eight years as president of Blue Mountain Performing Arts, a non-profit community concert provider for which she is now a grants writer.