Tech. Sgt. Amy Perry watches as her daughter, Kayla, 9, works in the Tommy’s Road Elementary School computer lab at the Operation LINK after-school program in Goldsboro. Operation LINK is an AmeriCorps mentoring program to support children of military families in eastern North Carolina. Perry is in the Air Force and stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. (Photo by Jay Clark)
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In Memoriam  

By Joanne Kollar

Tyler Cook is a project engineer at Goneau Dishner Construction, Design and Development, Southern Pines. Kelly Dunn is manager of Catalog Connection, Greenville. Christina Gill is an agent/producer in the property/casualty department of Modlin Insurance Agency. She was a cheerleader at ECU and now coaches one of the cheerleading squads. Lauren Keranakis is a production assistant at Our State magazine.Amanda Klinikowski performed in the musical Let’s Fly Away at the Ratio Theatre Co., New Bern, in spring 2014. Dr. Ellen Crowell Poland is a clinical audiologist at Eastern Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat, Greenville, and an adjunct instructor for the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Emma Grace Bickett wed Robert Francis Lubanski on Oct. 12 at Unity Presbyterian Church, Fort Mill, S.C. The wedding party included William Justin Bickett, Stacy McDonald Cline ’11, Emily Susanne Pruitt and Samuel Everett Rabhan Jr. ’11. In Charlotte, she is an employment coordinator for Vanguard, and he is a business development analyst for Special Service Freight. Erin Waters Cutler ’12 ’13 is a staff accountant at Murphy and Bunch CPAs, Greenville. Brandon Hill is stationed at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., where he will earn his wings as a Naval flight officer after two years of training. JaNell Brockett Lewis ’12 ’14 is a public health education specialist in the Beaufort County Health Department. Aastha Jitendriya Naik was licensed as a CPA in North Carolina. Mary Catherine Nelson wed Andrew Mark Jerome on Dec. 28 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Greenville. She is a clinical research coordinator for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. Stephanie Ward Rose ’12 ’13 was licensed as a certified public accountant in North Carolina. Lee Welch joined Tidewater Physical Therapy, Richmond, Va.

Mike Anderson is director of baseball at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, Stamford, Conn. At ECU, he was a starter and relief pitcher in addition to being the first three-time captain in ECU baseball history. Derek Jordan had the lead role in the musical Pippin performed by the RiverTowne Players, New Bern, in spring 2014. Joseph Michael Jordan wed Holly Lynne Nelson ’14 on Jan. 4 at Winterville (N.C.) Baptist Church. He is in the master’s in security studies degree program at ECU, and she will receive her speech and hearing sciences degree this summer. Aaron-John “AJ” Malicdem is a staff assistant and systems administrator in the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. G.K. Butterfield. Casey Rassau is the first graduate from the health informatics professional science master’s program at UNC Charlotte. She is a full-time business analyst with BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. Lindsey N. Thompson ’11 ’12 works at, a subsidiary of eBay, in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Frances Herring is 2013-14 Principal of the Year for the Southeast Region. She is in her third year as principal at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School near Kinston. Navy Seaman William A. Pernell IV completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Amanda Grace Rowan wed Darren Joseph Myers on Oct. 5, 2013, at The Yellow House, a B&B near Waynesville. The wedding party included Laura Beth Lee ’11 and Alicia Myers Lagasca. She is in a master’s in public administration degree program at UNC-Charlotte. She is a grant writer for the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte. Jennifer Ruth Whichard wed James Nelson Galloway Jr. on Oct. 5, 2013, at Beacon’s Reach, Pine Knoll Shores. She is a senior accounting and reporting analyst for NACCO Materials Handling Group, Greenville.

Dr. José J. Hernandez joined the McLeod Family Health Center in Loris, S.C. Will Pack is department chair of the building construction technology program at Pitt Community College. Joel Brent Stocks ’09 ’11 was licensed as a CPA in North Carolina.

Christian Carraway wed Danielle Whitfield on Aug. 24, 2013, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The wedding party included Marc Boettger ’13, Adam Carraway ’10 ’13, brother of the groom, and Kris Pupilli ’11. He works for Grady-White Boats. Dr. Cherrie Hart ’08 joined Vidant Medical Group at Vidant Family Medicine-Greenville. She is board-certified in family medicine. April Brittany Philyaw ’08 ’11 wed Kevin Lee Aycock on Nov. 9 at Comfort (N.C.) Christian Church. The wedding party included Ashton Martin. She is a care manager at Coastal Carolina Health Care. He is a materials engineer at NAVAIR Cherry Point.

Ashley Brooke Blalock wed Timothy Pratt Bass II on Oct. 19, 2013, at the Talbert Farm in Rougemont. The wedding party included Jordan Dean ’07 ’10 and Katherine Harriss. She works at L&M Companies, Raleigh. Cpl. Michael Broadwell of the Greenville Police Department was recognized as Police Officer of the Year by the American Legion, Greenville Post 39. He was honored for his heroic behavior on several occasions, including during the apprehension of an armed and dangerous suspect in 2013. Dr. Kendra R. Knight received a nephrology fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. Knight was selected for one of two positions in the U.S. Army Medical Department.

Robin Calcutt, principal of New Century Middle School in Cameron, is Principal of the Year for the Sandhills/South Central region. Dr. Nick Jernigan is a pediatrician with Western North Carolina Pediatric and Adolescent Care, Sylva. He was with Wilmington Health in Wilmington. George Koonce is vice president of advancement at Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wis. He is a member of the ECU Hall of Fame and a former linebacker for ECU and the Green Bay Packers. Karen Whitaker was recognized as a Top RN Health Educator in North Carolina. She is featured in the 2014 Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare publication.

Lauren Renn Carnighan wed Michael William Short on Sept. 6 at Villa Petrolo, Tuscany, Italy. The wedding party included her sister Wesley Lynne Carnighan ’07. She is a senior account executive for Trina Turk, New York City. Robert Duck, South Central High School (Greenville) girls’ basketball coach, is the Daily Reflector’s Coach of the Year. Stacy Bowen Gaskins is an account manager for Copy Pro in Craven and Jones counties. Kia Barriteau Ikpe ’05 '06 was licensed as a CPA in North Carolina. Demetris Kenyon Long shot his first comedy pilot called Studio City in Los Angeles. The pilot will be pitched to networks this summer. Sherry G. Meador, principal at Fred A. Anderson Elementary School, Bayboro, is Principal of the Year for Pamlico County Schools. Clyde Simms retired as a midfielder for the New England Revolution and opened an indoor cycling studio in Dedham, Mass. He played nine seasons in Major League Soccer. Evan Suttle Yount wed Anna Karin Green on Nov. 30 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh. The wedding party included Charles Akin Brinson ’07, Gregory Scott Fader, Timothy James Morgan and Stephen Brent Yount ’74, father of the groom.

Jennifer Marie Causey wed Matthew Donald Sonstroem on Oct. 26 at Apex United Methodist Church, Apex. She teaches in Wake County Public Schools. Jon Deutsch received the U.S. Sailing Association’s 2013 One Design Leadership award for excellence in laser fleet building and regatta organizing. Tevis Harris, Jones Elementary School (Rocky Mount) assistant principal, is the 2013-14 N.C. Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. Dr. Derrick Jordan is superintendent of Chatham County Schools. He was the interim superintendent. Carol Lassiter was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to the Historic Murfreesboro Commission. Dr. M. Sutton Schilawski joined Bladen Eye Center in Elizabethtown.

Michael Grover was selected to fill a vacancy on the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education. He is director of implementation of strategic initiatives for OptiCare Managed Vision in Rocky Mount. Chris Meadows ’03 ’06, principal of Jones Senior High School in Trenton was named Principal of the Year by the N.C. Association of Educators. In 2013 he was named Principal of the Year by Jones County Public Schools. Diane H. Miller ’03 ’10 is town manager for Oriental. She is the first woman to hold the position. Diana McCormick Strickland received the 2014 Distinguished Sonographer Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine. She is a clinical assistant professor and co-director of ultrasound in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

Brooke Banson is volunteer recruitment director for Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines. Anthony W. Dixon is participating in the 2014 Chancellor’s Fellows Program at Troy University in Alabama. He is assistant professor of hospitality, sport and tourism management on the Troy Campus and interim director of the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management. Sabra Hassler is a lead manufacturing engineer at Rheem in Ft. Smith, Ark. She was employed by BMW in Greenville, S.C. Paul Russell ’02 ’04 is the Kiwanis Club of Ayden-Grifton’s Kiwanian of the Year. He is assistant director of ECU’s Graduate School in the College of Business. Jennifer Worsley is assurance director at McGladrey LLP in Rocky Mount. She was an assurance manager with the company.

Marvin N. Arrington Jr. was sworn in as a member of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission. He is chair of the Little Willie Center Community Development Corp. Cori Cagle’s paintings, “Everywhere and All the Time,” were exhibited at the Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro in April 2014. She teaches art at Hopewell Elementary School in Trinity. Chris Howell is head football coach at Riverside High School in Durham after serving as an assistant coach at the school for three seasons. He was a four-year letterman as a defensive lineman for ECU. Donald K. “Kevin” Pearson received the N.C. Highway Patrol’s Humanitarian Award for his diligent efforts in continuing to make a memorial golf tournament a reality. He is a state highway patrol trooper.

Donna Dees Aldredge and husband, Christopher, had their third child in 2014. Marybeth Eason ’00 ’01 was promoted to business services officer at BB&T, Greenville. Katie Matthews Elder, senior vice president and consumer market manager at Capital Bank in Franklin, Tenn., graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in 2013. Brad Hufford ’00 ’09 is associate director-retention and expansion at the Pitt County Development Commission. He was the community and economic planner for the town of Ayden. Jennifer James ’00 ’11 is principal at Stokes School in Pitt County. She was assistant principal at North Pitt High School near Greenville.


Teacher of the Year

Jami Dickerson ’08 is the 2014-15 Pitt County Teacher of the Year. The other finalists were Meghann Boyd ’99, Russell Knight ’97 ’01, first runner-up, Heather Landreth ’04 ’07, Michelle Money ’96 and Kimberly Russell ’07 ’08.


Demetris Kenyon Long '05
shot his first comedy pilot called Studio City in Los Angeles. The pilot will be pitched to networks this summer.

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