East magazine, Winter 2007 edition
Class Notes



Alumni Spotlight

Don Sweeting ’85 is the new executive vice president of golf and club operations at Pinehurst Resort, site of the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Open tournaments. Sweeting, who played on the ECU golf team for four years and was MVP in 1983, formerly was general manager of the Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head, S.C., which, like Pinehurst Resort, is owned and managed by ClubCorp.

Sweeting, who will report to Pinehurst President Donald Padgett II, began his career as a golf pro at Pinehurst in 1987. In 1989, he became head golf pro and later general manager of nearby Pinewild Country Club, which was managed by ClubCorp, until his departure in 1998. He also served as general manager with Stonehenge Golf and Country Club in Richmond, Va,, before he joined the Indigo Run team.

Sweeting also served as an assistant golf pro in various North Carolina golf courses and clubs early in his career, including UNC Chapel Hill’s Finley Golf Course. “I consider North Carolina home,” said Sweeting, who attended high school in Chapel Hill. “I love Pinehurst. I look forward to maintaining its high stature in golf, and to growing the membership as a premier club.”

A Class A professional with the PGA of America, Sweeting has several playing honors to his credit, most recently as the winner of the 2006 Hilton Head Pro Championship.

At Pinehurst, Sweeting will be responsible for all golf and country club operations, including the management of all eight of Pinehurst’s golf courses, the Golf Advantage School, the professional staff and Pinehurst Club Management.

undefined John Beard ’75, one of the most respected TV journalists in Los Angeles, won two Emmy awards this year for his work as an anchor of the 11 o’clock news on KTTV Fox 11. Beard received an Emmy for best news special for a segment entitled “Missing in Mexico” and another for best sports special for a segment entitled “Surfing Southern California.” He won an Emmy last year for best newscast. As the station’s anchor since 1993, Beard has covered the infamous North Hollywood bank shoot-out, the O.J. Simpson murder trial and more earthquakes than he cares to remember. But he says his best news stories are his “Friday’s Pal” segments in which he spotlights a local kid looking for a Big Brother. His work for the underprivileged earned him a special achievement award from the Assistance League of Southern California. A native of St. Pauls, Beard worked as a reporter and news anchor at WITN-TV in Greenville while pursuing a degree in broadcasting and speech at ECU.

Randy Doub ’77 was appointed to a 14-year term as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which is based in Wilson and mainly hears bankruptcy cases. Doub, who received his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1980, practiced law for 26 years in Greenville in the firm of Dixon, Doub, Conner & Foster. Doub plans to continue living in Greenville.

undefined Clyde Higgs ’99 was named vice president of business development of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, the public-private partnership between the University of North Carolina, the N.C. Community College System and billionaire David H. Murdock, owner of Dole Food Co. Higgs will oversee the NCRC’s $100 million venture capital fund and meet with companies interested in locating on the campus. He returns to his home state after working for four years in Texas as executive director of TECH Fort Worth, a technology entrepreneurship center. North Carolina ranks third in the nation in its biotech economy.

Hank Woodburn ’69 is a key figure in the investment group that recently bought Ghost Town, a major tourist attraction in the Smoky Mountain community of Maggie Valley. The investors plan to spend $4 million in repairs and renovations before reopening the attraction in May. Woodburn, who lives in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., always has found fun and profit in adventure. He got into the Putt-Putt miniature golf business right out of college and soon was operating 15 locations. To increase the fun, he added go-cart tracks, batting cages, roller coasters and other attractions. Thus was born the Adventure Landing concept. Woodburn’s company now operates eight Adventure Landing locations, including three in North Carolina (Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Gastonia), one in Texas, two in New York and three in Florida. Along the way he also became a real estate developer and built high-end condo projects in Blowing Rock and St. Augustine, Fla.

Theresa Williams ’86, a lecturer in Bowling Green State University’s Creative Writing Program, received this year’s top prize of $10,000 in the Individual Excellence Award sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council. A native of Jacksonville, Williams has been a finalist for a Pushcart Prize for fiction, an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize and a Paterson Fiction Prize for her 2002 novel, The Secret Of Hurricanes. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and literary reviews. After earning a bachelor’s degree at East Carolina, Williams came to Bowling Green in 1987 as a fellow in the Creative Writing Program. Williams received her master of fine arts degree there in 1989, and now teaches writing as well as courses in women’s studies, literature and composition.

In Memoriam

’03  AMY ELIZABETH MOZINGO of Farmville died Sept. 24. She was a special education teacher in Snow Hill and active in the Relay for Life program.

’98  JEREMY SHANE LEE of Daniel Island, S.C., died July 23. He was a pharmaceutical representative and a member of the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina.

’92  MICHAEL TODD WARNER of Washington died Aug. 11. He was a nurse.

’92  KENTON RUSSELL “KENNY” ACORD of Flagstaff, Ariz., died June 30. He was a National Park Service archaeologist at the Navajo National Monument.

’90  TIMOTHY MONROE WOOD of Greenville died July 18. He was a programmer analyst at NACCO Materials Handling Group.

’85  HILDA PUCKETT LAMBERT of Calypso died Aug. 29. She was a language arts and social studies teacher in Wayne and Duplin Counties.

’76  PATSY LOFTIN HAGAN of Ayden and Destin, Fla.,  died Sept. 28. She was a nurse and clinic director at Eastern Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery.

’75  MICHAEL GRADY MOORE of Point Harbor died Sept. 11. He worked in a family business, Griggs Lumber Co.

’73 MARGARET S. HADDEN of Greenville died Oct. 18. She was librarian at Elmhurst Elementary School for more than 20 years, beginning in 1965. She was a trustee of Sheppard Memorial Library and active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

’72 MARY ARMSTRONG MODLIN of Jamesville died Oct. 20. She taught Spanish and English for several years.

’70  LEARY RUAINE “RUE” RILEY of Burlington died June 25. He had retired as owner and operator of College Station Custom Framing.

’69 GEORGE THOMAS HICKS of Knightdale died Oct. 16. He was president of Pi Omega Pi his junior year. He taught business education at Whiteville High School but was self-employed in the rental property business in recent years.

’67  SUSAN STONE HERRING of Elizabeth City died Aug. 28. She was a retired teacher and an instructor in three states with the Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning.

’66  THE REV. JOHN NEAL TOLSON of Hurst, Tex., died July 27. He was a Baptist minister and member of the Santa Fe Community College faculty.

’64 PLEAS WILSON CARTER JR. of Concord died Oct. 17. He worked in real estate in Cabarrus County for more than 30 years.

’64 LOUIS FOXMAN ADLER, formerly of Tarboro, died Oct. 8 in Little River, S.C. He joined the Army after college and served at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He returned to North Carolina to lead the family business, Edgecombe Casket Co. of Pinetops, until it was sold in 1994.

’63  MARTHA PATRICK ARCHBELL of Wilmington died Sept. 12. She was a high school teacher and a former U.S. government employee in Italy.

’63  ANNE FRANCES ALLEN SBOLEI of Farmville died Sept. 11. She was a retired teacher and a former officer of the American International League of Women in Italy.

’61 THEODORE K. (TED) FOUNTAIN JR. of Raleigh died Oct. 1. A music education major, he taught school in Virginia and worked for many years for a supermarket chain.

’59, ’63  CHRISTINE CARTER SUTTON of La Grange died Aug. 7. She was a retired teacher and co-owner of farming and investment properties in eastern N.C.

’56  BEATRICE MARTIN FLYTHE of Raleigh and Ahoskie died July 6. She spent 40 years as a teacher in N.C. and Florida.

’51  ALTON THOMAS JOHNSON SR. of Stokes died Sept. 24. He was a World War II Army veteran and a former state auditor.

’51  LA DELL EDMUNDSON SHACKELFORD of Pikeville died Aug. 30. Her 31 years as a teacher included positions in the Carolinas, Virginia and the Philippine Islands.

’51 ALTON T. JOHNSON SR. of the Stokes community in Pitt County died Sept. 24. A World War II veteran, he was an auditor for the state and later farmed.

’50  ANN BEATTY WHITEHURST of Bethel died Aug. 15. She was a retired teacher and past president of Hometown Bethel.

’43 JANIE BEATRICE HELMS DANIELS of Charlotte died Sept. 28. She taught at Matthews Elementary School for many years.

’40  URIAH STATON “SWAMPY” NORWOOD of Albemarle died July 30. He was a teacher and coach in Mecklenburg County and a former professional baseball player.

’40  MARY PARKER COMAR of Morehead City died Aug. 30. She was a teacher and operated a gift shop business in Carteret County.

’40  VENETIA HEARNE PENTECOST of Cary died July 22. She was a retired teacher in Person and Wake Counties and a Rex Hospital volunteer.

’38 DAVID S. BREECE, formerly of Fayetteville, died Sept. 12 in Groveland, Calif. He served in the Air Force for 25 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

’37, ’42  EDNA EARLE KIRBY SANDERS of Smithfield died Aug. 5. She spent 42 years as a teacher in Johnston County and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

’34  JESSIE FINCH DANIEL of Wilson died Aug. 26. She was a church organist and pianist for more than 50 years.

’33, ’36  ILAMAE FITZGERALD KEEN of Goldsboro died July 4. She was a teacher in Johnston and Wayne County schools and a faculty member at Wayne Community College.

’30  WINNIE BELLE BUNN BRANTLEY of Pilot died Aug. 30. She was a former teacher in Franklin County schools.


DR. FRANCIS R. “FRANK” ADAMS JR., died in Harrisonburg, Va., on Sept. 26. He taught English teacher from 1958 to 1968 and was a member of the Modern Language Association for more than 50 years.

EARL L. AIKEN of Greenville died Sept. 8. He was formerly director of athletic promotions.

DR. JOHN W. DANIELS of Greenville died Oct. 1. A native of Asheville, he was associate professor of mathematics from 1962 to 1996.

METZ TRANBARGER “TRAN” GORDLEY of Plumstead Township, Pa., died Aug. 18. He was a former painting professor and associate dean in the School of Art.

DR. SUSAN S. GUSTKE of Oriental died Sept. 1. A graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, she was a director of Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh and served on the medical school faculty at UNC Chapel Hill for 15 years. Beginning in 1993 she served eastern North Carolina as executive director of the Eastern AHEC and medical director of telemedicine at ECU.

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received a national honor award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She is working at a hospital in Tacoma, Wash. HEATHER LAUREN BARBOUR has joined WingSwept Communications Inc. in Garner as an account executive. PHILLIP LAWRENCE ROBEY, Kinston’s deputy city manager for the past five years, has been selected director of the Office of Management and Budget in Greenville, S.C. Violinist YUKO SAITO ’06 was hired by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra to perform and teach. She earned a master’s degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy last spring while serving as concertmaster for the ECU Symphony Orchestra. Her undergraduate work was with the University of Evansville Symphony Orchestra. Saito also won the Presser Award in 2003 for her accomplishment in musical studies and the Kiwanis Award for orchestra in 2004.


SHARON DANA JENKINS and JONATHAN DANIEL HANCOCK were married May 13 at Topsail Beach. Both are registered nurses at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. STEPHANIE ELIZABETH ANDERSON is a nurse at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. LESLEY DENISE ETHERIDGE is a nurse at Duke University Health System in Durham. CALEB ANDREW DEPP is a nurse on the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz.


RODNEY ALLEN GARRISON is pursuing a master’s degree in music theory at ECU. He has sung tenor roles in productions of the Janiec Opera Company in Brevard, the Greensboro Opera Company and the UNC Greensboro Opera Theatre, as well as the ECU Opera Theater. SHANA LEE HAMMETT of Rocky Mount performed in the Capital Opera of Raleigh’s production of I Pagliacci this spring and in four productions in Knoxville, Tenn. She has also appeared in operatic productions in Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. MIA DENE EDWARDS of Farmville has received mediator certification. She works with the Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina in Greenville. DANIELLE L. LaFLEUR of Grand Rapids, Mich., is assistant curator at the Muskegon County Museum.


ALTRICE MELODY CARTER GALES of Grimesland, an instructor at Pitt Community College, received an Excellence in Teaching Award this spring. DANIEL JAMES DRAKE of Winterville is among 11 nurses at Pitt County Memorial Hospital selected as one of the state’s Great 100 nurses this year. He works in the hospital’s Perioperative/Bariatric Services unit. DR. MARGARET LYNN HUGHES SILKSTONE is in practice with Ford, Simpson, Lively & Rice Pediatrics in Winston-Salem. She completed her pediatric residence at Wake Forest University’s Baptist Medical Center. KIMBERLEY ANNE SAUNDERS is a clinical research associate at PPD Inc. in Morrisville. KELLY JACKSON WHITE is a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. KATHERINE ISABELLA “KATE” GOODALL of Alexandria, Va., is a volunteer with the National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Program. BRIAN SCOTT JAESCHKE of Byron Center, Mich., has been working as a merchant mariner for the Interlake Steamship Co. on Great Lakes freight vessels.


DR. JAMES A. WHEELER has joined the medical staff at NorthEast Medical Center in Concord, seeing patients at Renaissance Women’s Health in Davidson. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital in Indianapolis. ELIZABETH LEE GLASGOW KNIGHT of Greenville, a social studies teacher at Rose High School, has been awarded a fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C. The award will fund up to $24,000 of her course of study toward a master’s degree. DEBORAH ELIZABETH MARX is a maritime archaeologist with the Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate, Mass. SHEMIKA TASHYNE McNEIL of Bronx, N.Y., has received a master’s degree in counseling with certification as a school counselor from Mercy College.


SUSI LANVERTMEIER PRICE and husband Ken of Jacksonville welcomed their fourth son, Tyler Joshua, on Jan. 30. Susi teaches at Dixon High School. RICHARD FONTANEZ is a contract archaeologist in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. LIANNE PENA DANISKA has been promoted to management associate at Branch Banking & Trust Co. and is based in Wilson. AMY ELIZABETH RICHMOND CAMPBELL of Greenville, a nursing instructor at Pitt Community College, received the college’s Joseph E. Downing Excellence in Teaching Award this spring. NATALIE RUTH GARRISON is practicing law in Charlotte. KATHRYN ELIZABETH LENNOX of Greenville has joined the staff of the Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina. She is an active volunteer for several community groups serving youth. BENJAMIN LUTHER DIXON JR. of Winterville has joined the board of the Medical Foundation of ECU. He is owner-operator of Chick-fil-A franchises.


MICHAEL RYAN LYNCH ’00 ’03 and LIAN OXENHAM ’02 ’03 were married on Oct. 7, 2005, and now reside in Cary. Mike is a records processing manager at Rex Hospital, and Lian is a business and technology analyst at N.C. State University. MICHAEL FORREST DANISKA is a grants manager at the N.C. Division of Emergency Management in Raleigh. He helps local and state government systems coordinate with FEMA regulations to receive federal disaster relief funds. PATRICIA MIDYETTE LOCKAMY, a nursing instructor at Pitt Community College, received an Excellence in Teaching Award this spring. MARYBETH PETTEWAY EASON ’00 ’01 has been promoted to vice president at Branch Banking & Trust Co. in Wilson. She is product development manager at the Forest Hills Road branch. TIMOTHY PATRICK MARSHALL is an archaeologist with the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Copper Center, Alaska. DR. SHONDELL LAMONT JONES ’00 ’02 of Winterville has joined the outpatient rehabilitation staff at CareWorks Inc. He has been a certified lymphatic therapist since 2004. JULIE ATKINS COLLINS of Raleigh and husband Mike welcomed baby son William Michael, born Aug. 3. Will joins 3-year-old big sister and “fellow future Pirate” Abigail. JOSEPH MAY “JOE” GREELEY of Piney Point, Md., is a curator and nautical interpreter at historic St. Mary’s City, Md.


JONATHAN SILVERS BOWLING is creating sculpture in his own Dickinson Avenue, Greenville, studio. Jonathan primarily produces works from recycled metal and wood. BETTY ALLISTON TOLER of Greenville, former assistant principal at Grifton School, has been appointed principal for Bethel School. DR. LARA KESTER SURLES has joined the staff at Medical Park Family Physicians in Greenville. She is board certified in family medicine with added qualification in geriatrics. CAROL ANN BARANOWSKI DOUGLAS is director of RN-to-BSN studies at the ECU School of Nursing. AMY ELIZABETH WADE WOOLARD and husband Al became the parents of son Wade Braden last Sept. 7. She is staff developmental assistant in the trauma and surgical critical care division at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. RICHARD GERARD HAIDUVEN JR. of Miami is a contract underwater archaeologist.


MARCIE ELAINE JERIGAN PARKER of Winterville is a pharmacist at Healthwise Pharmacy in Greenville. KATHY WIGGINS SHEPPARD of Ayden is administrator at Britthaven of Ayden, a long-term care facility. LURA CHRISTINA “CHRISTY” GLOSSIP WEEKS of Winterville received an Excellence in Teaching Award this spring from Pitt Community College. She chairs the PCC biotechnology department. HARRY HUMPHREY ALBRITTON JR. is a partner in a new Greenville law firm, Dawson & Albritton. He earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University and was formerly a personal injury litigator with another firm. DONDA RUANN HILL RHODES has been promoted to assistant vice president at Branch Banking & Trust Co. She is an information systems team leader based in Wilson. MICHAEL CAMERON KRIVOR of Memphis is a nautical archaeologist with Panamerican Maritime. WAYNE RICHARD LUSARDI of Alpena, Mich., is research coordinator and maritime archaeologist at the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. AMY JO KNOWLES MARSHALL is curator of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Copper Center, Alaska. CORAL MAE MAGNUSSON is an archaeologist with the International Archaeological Research Institute in Honolulu.


JAMIE WILLIAMS O’NEAL RAGAN ’97 ’03 and BRIAN LEE RAGAN ’96 of Wake Forest are the proud parents of toddler son Cole, born in December 2004. Brian works as program manager at Cisco Systems, and Jamie is an environment specialist for N.C. Pollution Prevention Control. ELIZABETH ANNE BROOKS NEWELL of Greenville has been promoted to senior mortgage loan officer at RBC Centura bank.


SHELLEY CASEY ALLEN ’96, ’98 of Winterville and husband Jeff welcomed baby son Benjamin Reed Oct. 4, 2005. The Allens also have two daughters, Sidney and Sarah Grace. DR. SCOTT EDWARD KONOPKA ’96 ’01 of Raleigh is a board certified family practitioner at Heritage Family Practice in Wake Forest with a special interest in sports medicine. AARON COX ISLER and ERIKA LYNN SMYTHE ’94 of Wake Forest have adopted their second child, son Jameson, who was born Feb. 13. The baby is the biological sibling of their first son, Finnegan. MICHELLE HOLLOWELL CASEY of Goldsboro was one of three outstanding teachers in the Triangle area who were featured in the Sept. 3 issue of the Raleigh News & Observer. Michelle is a special education teacher at Polenta Elementary School. THE REV. BARBARA WORTMAN DAIL has been appointed the Greenville Police Department’s first female minister. The department’s chaplaincy program serves officers and families dealing with tragedy. JENAI EILEEN STEM PAUL and MICHAEL TODD PAUL of Baltimore welcomed new son Mason Todd on May 7. The baby joins older sister Avery. BARBARA CRAGO McMAHON of Lake Worth, Fla., is an adjunct professor of nursing at Palm Beach Community College.


THOMAS DARRYL CLINE of New Bern has been promoted to senior vice president at Wachovia Bank. He was previously with Wachovia in Fayetteville. DR. PAUL ETIENNE FONTENOY is curator of maritime research and technology at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. LARA MARIE HOAGLAN SMITH ’95 ’97 of Winterville received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Pitt Community College this spring. She is a mathematics instructor. ERIC STEVEN CLARK of Greenville has been named vice president and commercial loan officer at First South Bank’s East Arlington Boulevard Branch. DR. ALLEN OWEN GUIDRY, a history teacher at Greenville’s Rose High School, received the statewide Outstanding History Teacher Award in May from the N.C. Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. RAINE ELISE MORGAN JIRAK of St. Cloud, Fla., a high school art teacher and park community center volunteer, was featured in an Aug. 13 article in the Orlando Sentinel. AMY LYNNE RUBENSTEIN GOTTSCHAMER is a real estate broker in Santa Fe, N.M., and Lawrence, Kan.


DR. WILLIAM DAVID RESPESS of Winterville is a podiatrist in practice with Foot & Ankle East of Greenville. HEIDI REBECCA NICHOLS POPE ’94 ’00 and husband Wes announce the birth of daughter Erin Elizabeth on Oct. 6, 2005. They are also the parents of 4-year-old Eli. Heidi works at BB&T in Wilson as a risk assessment analyst. DR. ANDORA L. BASS ’94 ’99 has joined the pediatrics faculty at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine as an assistant professor. Andora recently completed a pediatric critical-care fellowship at Duke University. CHRISTINA ANNE LEMON, an associate professor of art at Georgia Southern University, received a 2006 NICHE Award for her enameled metalwork. The awards are sponsored by NICHE magazine, trade publication for North American retailers of American crafts. Another piece was selected for the 19th International Cloisonné Jewelry Contest in Tokyo.


BARRY KEVIN HOLMES has been promoted to senior vice president at Branch Banking & Trust Co. He is regional business banking manager for BB&T’s Triad Region and is based at the bank’s Stratford Road, Winston-Salem location. ROBERT ELLIS “BOB” FLEMING ’93 ’95 of Burke, Va., is a systems consultant at Armstrong Enterprise Communications in Fairfax. He was formerly an applications consultant at Advanced Solutions International in Alexandria. CHRISTOPHER COE STEELE and wife Darcy announce the arrival of daughter Ava Culler, born March 31. The family lives in Winston-Salem where Christopher is a project manager with Sonoco/CorrFlex. WESLEY KEITH HALL of Castle Hayne is director of Mid-Atlantic Technology in Wilmington. RICHARD NEIL MANNESTO of Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., is a nautical archaeologist with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.


KENDRICK MARTIN WHITEHURST of Greenville has been promoted to senior vice president at Branch Banking & Trust Co. He is a group private banking manager based at BB&T’s Southeast Greenville Boulevard Branch. RHONDA DALE REEDER received the 2006 Distinguished Certified Flight Registered Nurse Award from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. She is a supervisor with EastCare.


DONNA WHITE ROBERSON of Robersonville is one of two ECU nurses selected as one of the state’s Great 100 nurses this year. She has been a faculty member in the School of Nursing for more than 11 years and is working toward a doctorate at UNC Chapel Hill. DR. SHANNON LEE KIRBY of Winterville recently opened Kirby Eye Associates, an optometric eye care practice on Fire Tower Road in Greenville. STEPHEN ROBERT HUSTON married Donna Dukes in an April 15 ceremony in Seaford, Del. He is a state-certified real estate appraiser with Huston Appraisal Co. and a sales specialist with Re-Max by the Sea, in Bethany Beach. DONNA JO PHILLIPS and husband William Askew of Winterville announce the birth of Carter Thomas Askew, born Sept. 1. Donna and William were married in May 2004. KEVIN JAMES FOSTER of Hyattsville, Md., is chief of the National Park Service’s National Maritime Heritage Program in Washington, D.C.


undefinedBefore leaving Iraq, Col. Pearce (center) and his soldiers presented school supplies to an elementary school at Al Masha, Iraq. U.S. Army photo

After serving in Iraq for a year, Lt. Col. Joseph Pearce ’90 of Wilson and his 400 men of the Army National Guard’s 5th Battalion 113th Field Artillery are back home. The battalion includes units from Louisburg, Youngsville, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Reidsville and Roxboro. The battalion provided basic life support operations for coalition forces and contractors at two forward operating bases. “It was a very dangerous mission,” Pearce said. “But, fortunately, there were no serious injuries. Our soldiers were able to travel seven million miles, moving through Iraq, and we didn’t lose a single solider. I attributed that to the training and leadership and the professionalism of the soldiers we are fortunate enough to have from North Carolina.” Pearce, along with 30 other soldiers in his battalion, received Bronze Stars for heroism during their 12-month deployment. Pearce also was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with second oak leaf cluster, North Carolina Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, North Carolina Achievement medal and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. He joined the National Guard his freshman year at East Carolina and was in ROTC throughout his college years.

DELILAH ANN HARRIS JACKSON of Greenville has been named executive director of human resources for the Pitt County school system. She was formerly principal at Aycock Middle School. FRANKLIN RUDOLPH FIELDS ’90 ’91 of Winterville was hired as team leader at Keller Williams Realty in Greenville. Frank spent seven years as a teacher and coach, then began a business career in commercial sales and property management. REBECCA BARFIELD HYLANT is a clinical instructor in the ECU School of Nursing.


TRACY LYNN PARISHER and PAMELA LEE MORGAN PARISHER of Macclesfield are organizing a 20-year reunion for fellow physical therapy graduates of the Class of 1988. Tracy and Pam ask classmates to e-mail them at DR. LYNN BRENDA NICHOLS HARRIS is a faculty member at the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.


The ECU College of Human Ecology honored MERRILL FLOOD of Winterville, director of community development for the City of Greenville, at its Alumni and Friends Award Dinner in April. JULIE LOUISE EVERETT CARY ’84 ’87 of Greenville was appointed principal of Aycock Middle School. She was formerly principal at Bethel School. DR. CHRIS EUGENE FONVIELLE is an assistant professor at UNC Wilmington.


JULIA DALE PANARO of Greenville has retired as a Pitt County Extension agent. She was honored by the ECU College of Human Ecology at its Alumni and Friends Award dinner in April. DR. LADY BRITTON AYCOCK of Farmville is in optometry practice with Aycock & Aycock. Art by JOHN SCOTT EAGLE ’86 ’92 was featured in a solo show at Tyndall Galleries in Chapel Hill this summer. Scott teaches painting and drawing at ECU. His work was also on view on a cover of ArtCalendar Magazine and at galleries in Florida and South Carolina. DR. PATRICE ELAINE ALEXANDER of Greenville has been appointed to the N.C. Board of Employee Assistance Professionals by Gov. Mike Easley. She is human resources manager for Sara Lee Bakery in Tarboro. JAMES ORAL ENSOR JR. ’86 ’92 ’95 was selected to direct the Small Business Center at Pitt Community College. Jim previously worked with ECU’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. DR. JOHN PLUMMER HOLT JR. of Wake Forest has joined the Medical Foundation of ECU board. He is a partner in Triangle Gastroenterology in Raleigh and serves as second vice president of the Old North State Medical Society.


BARBARA LYNN BOWMAN WING of Myrtle Beach has retired from 31 years in education, having served as principal and assistant principal at three Pitt County Schools. Stained glass art works by ELIZABETH HOLLAR BEHR of Washington have been on view at galleries and festivals in Beaufort and Washington. Libby’s mirrors and window pieces feature coastal themes. BOBBY LOWERY ’85 ’92 is a clinical assistant professor in the ECU School of Nursing. He retired as captain from the U.S. Public Health Service after 20 years. He and DEBORAH ANN HODGES LOWERY ’84 ’85 have two children, Ryan, 13, and Kathryn, 12.


JIMMY STUART CREECH has joined Keller Williams Realty, a Greenville firm. He previously worked for 25 years in the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries. REBECCA CLEMENS BAGLEY ’81 ’94 is a clinical instructor in the ECU School of Nursing’s midwifery concentration. SALLY PAHNKE CUMMINGS has joined Wilmington Health Access for Teens, a primary care practice. She was certified as a family nurse practitioner in 1996.


JANNE STONE ALLEN is an educational technologist with the Predator Field Training Unit at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. She is married to Doug Allen, an attorney, and has two children, Abby, 11, and Ted, 14. P. HOWARD CUMMINGS was activated for Army nurse duty at Camp Shelby, Miss., for a year. Before that, he served 18 months at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. JAMES GOODLETT McDANIEL ’80 ’85 is associate dean for marketing, finance and practice development at the George Mason University College of Health and Human Services.


DEBORAH FAYE OWENS WEBB ’77 ’82 of Macclesfield has retired as principal at Sam D. Bundy School. Her 30 years in education also included positions at three other eastern N.C. schools. DEBORAH GLOVER RYALS ’77 ’93 of Kinston was recognized by the ECU College of Human Ecology at its Alumni and Friends Award Dinner in April. ANGELA CAROL THAXTON BUCK of Ayden, coordinator of Pitt Community College’s nursing curriculum, was honored by PCC with an Excellence in Teaching Award. EDWARD R. PUPA has been named CEO of DesignAdvance Systems Inc. of Pittsburgh. His 25 years in the electronics industry includes executive positions at EndoPassives Inc. and Kyma Technologies Inc.


DR. FERNANDO RENE PUENTE ’75 ’79 ’81 is director of Skin & Cosmetic Solutions, a dermatology practice on Springfield Commons Drive, Raleigh. ROY RONALD BASS ’75 ’76 of Sarasota, Va., is clinical nurse educator for the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System. Ron previously worked with chronic pain patients, assisting with invasive interventions.


SELMA K. CHERRY ’73 ’83 ’87 ’88 of Greenville recently retired as principal at Wintergreen Primary School. Her 32-year career included positions at two other Pitt County Schools. DR. LEWIS B. GIDLEY ’73 ’77 of Greenville, an audiologist, is owner of Doctor’s Hearing Care Center. ALICE KEENE ’73 ’80 of Ayden, director of Pitt County Community Schools, was named first recipient of an annual award named in her honor, sponsored by the Pitt Association of Volunteer Administrators. KAREN CUSTER KRUPA married Robert L. Henkel at his home in Chocowinity in May 2005. She is director of undergraduate student services in the ECU School of Nursing, and he co-owns 13 KFC franchise stores in eastern North Carolina.


RICHARD KEITH FOLSOM ’71 ’74 of Blounts Creek has published his first novel, The Pareto Spread. The title refers to a 19th century Italian economist’s calculation that 80 percent of any country’s or organization’s problems are caused by 20 percent of its people. He is also completing a second book, Indian Wood, a thriller speculating about what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. BRUCE ELLIOT GRAY ’71 ’78 ’82 ’85 of Ayden has retired as principal at Robinson Elementary School. His 35 years in education included positions at six Pitt County schools. WILLIAM FRANCIS “BILL” DOREY ’71 ’85 ’90 of Greenville has retired as principal at Farmville Middle School. He previously served as an administrator at two other Pitt County schools. DONNA LEA RAINEY WARE ’71 ’80 of Winterville, retired director of child nutrition programs for the Pitt County Schools, was recognized by the College of Human Ecology at its Alumni and Friends Award dinner. DONALD WAYNE MILLS was appointed materials manager for NACCO Materials Handling Group Americas. He is responsible for operations in Kentucky, Alabama and Mexico as well as Greenville. RICHARD R. “RIC” COX of Greenville has been appointed to the Litigation Services Committee of the N.C. Association of CPAs.


CAROL MABE of Smyrna, Ga., retired president and CEO of the Russell Corp., received the Dean’s Choice Award at the ECU College of Human Ecology Award Dinner this spring. DR. STEPHEN LEROY LEMONS was named network director for the Veterans Administration Health Care Network in upstate New York. He will lead VA medical centers in Albany, Bath, Buffalo, Canandaigua and Syracuse. Stephen joined the VA in 1975 as a counseling psychologist. Person High School Principal MARGARET BRADSHER ’70 ’81 was named 2007 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Person County Schools. In her second year at the helm of Person High, Bradsher said she was especially pleased, as a native of Person County, to be able to give back to the community.


EDWARD DEAN BARNES of Chester, Va., was voted one of the top 50 lawyers in Virginia in a statewide poll of 19,000 lawyers. Ed chairs the National Center for Family Law at the University of Richmond and heads Barnes Law Firm, the largest firm in Virginia devoted to family law. DR. D. ANN NEVILLE ’66 ’68 of Lynnville, Tenn., has retired as vice president of student services at Martin Methodist College. On a western trip celebrating her retirement, she rode a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and rafted the Colorado River. JUDITH TRIPP WILLIAMS married Ronald H. Williams Jan. 20. She is the level one chair at the ECU School of Nursing.


The ECU College of Human Ecology honored Greenville Mayor ROBERT DONALD PARROTT at its Alumni and Friends Award Dinner in April. JAMES R. “JIM” TALTON JR., chairman of Impact Design Build, received the A. E. Finley Distinguished Service Award at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s 118th annual meeting. He has served on numerous business, civic, charitable, cultural and education boards in the Triangle area.