Gen. Catherine Chilton talks with a cadet
Two generals drop by
to talk about leadership
A commitment to service is the foundation of leadership, two alumni with distinguished military careers said April 15 while speaking to cadets in ECU’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp. (AFROTC).
Air Force Brigadier General Catherine Dreyer Chilton '81 and Major General William "Dutch" Holland '75 (retired) met with cadets in small groups and talked about leadership as a practical tool they used to advance their careers. Chilton and Holland both graduated from East Carolina while serving as cadets in the campus AFROTC unit, Detachment 600. Both also have received the East Carolina Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
Leadership is “about being genuine,” Holland said. “The foundation of leadership is concern for others around you and being committed to doing the right thing. Leaders also need to learn, and you can’t do that if you’re talking. So, to be a leader you have to listen more than you talk.”
General "Dutch" Holland
He told cadets the Air Force is noted for developing leadership skills in its officers, and that Chilton is an excellent example of a leader. “I give the military lots of credit for civil change. We were always ahead of society on important issues, like desegregation, women in leadership and in combat, and now with gays.”
Chilton works at the Pentagon as the mobilization assistant to the military deputy of the assistant secretary for acquisition of the U.S. Air Force. She oversees research and development of weapons systems worth more than $40 billion. She is married to Gen. Kevin Chilton, who has flown on three NASA space missions.
Holland retired recently after serving as commander of the 9th Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C. The 9th Air Force comprises six wings in the eastern United States and two direct reporting units with more than 350 aircraft, and 24,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. He now serves as executive coordinator of the Governor’s Military Base Task Force in that state.
Both said military service did the most to develop their leadership skills. Chilton said there are a growing number of career opportunities for women in the military. Military service is more than a way to see the world, it’s “the whole world in itself.”
Detachment 600, chartered in 1948, is one of the oldest AFROTC units in the nation. In addition to Chilton and Holland, the unit has produced many military leaders, including retired four-star Gen. Gary L. North, who was ECU’s graduation speaker in 2009. North graduated from ECU in 1976.
Holland said he met his wife, Norma Hughes Holland, in Detachment 600.
ECU’s AFROTC unit is a part of the College of Health and Human Performance.
Copeland named a trustee
Mark Copeland ’96 ’96 of Charlotte joined the East Carolina University Board of Trustees in February following his appointment by the UNC Board of Governors.
A managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Charlotte office, Copeland was serving on the ECU Board of Visitors when he was appointed to fill the a vacant created when attorney Kieran Shanahan ’79 of Raleigh resigned to become secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Copeland is married to Tracy Waters Copeland ’95.
“I am truly honored by this opportunity to serve the faculty, alumni and students of East Carolina University,” Copeland said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that we provide the right resources to enable our current and future students to be successful in their careers and communities.”
Copeland is a CPA who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from ECU. He also serves on the ECU Foundation Board of Directors and the College of Business Advisory Council.
He is president for the board of directors for the Charlotte Chapter of JDRF, a global advocacy organization focused on Type 1 diabetes research.
Copeland will complete Kieran Shanahan’s term, which expires in 2015. He then will be eligible for reappointment to two four-year terms.
The East Carolina University Foundation has elected four alumni to serve four-year terms on its board of directors. They are William M. Bogey Jr. ’80 ’84 of Greenville, Kirk A. Dominick ’91 of Greenville, James H. Mullen III ’74 ’80 of Greenville, and Jon E. Strickland ’99 ’01 of Raleigh,
Bogey is a professor in the Brody School of Medicine’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and graduated from the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. He is a lifetime member of the alumni association and a former president of the Brody School of Medicine Alumni Association. Bogey belongs to the Order of the Cupola, an ECU organization that recognizes gifts to the university reaching or exceeding $100,000. He is married to ECU graduate Jenni Kolczynski ‘85, founder of Jenni K Jewelry.
Dominick is president of i2consulting, a strategic planning consulting firm. He is a former executive vice president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the former chief operating officer of Flanders Filters. He is married to Barbara Darden Dominick ’92 ‘95.
Mullen is a retired associate vice chancellor of human resources at ECU. An Order of the Cupola member, Mullen also supports the university through participation in the alumni association. He served several years on the Harriot College of Arts & Sciences Advancement Council and remains active in campus activities.
Strickland is senior vice president and financial adviser with CAPTRUST Financial Advisors. He is married to Billie Cashwell Strickland ’04, a nurse anesthetist.
The East Carolina University Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to fund the margin of excellence at ECU. The independent board of directors that governs the group contributes its time, talents and resources in support of the university.
Strach named director
of state elections board
Kim Westbrook Strach ’94 was elevated to director of the N.C. State Board of Elections. For the past 13 years she was a top investigator for the agency, serving under Gary Bartlett, whom she succeeds.
Strach, a Kinston native, led the probe that exposed corruption by former state House Speaker Jim Black.
Promoting children’s health
Chelsea Salisbury ’06, a wellness specialist at Vidant Wellness Center in Greenville, received an $8,000 grant from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Grants program to fund her “Walking the World for Kids” initiative.She used the grant to purchase 400 kid-friendly pedometers for Pitt County fourth-grade students to encourage them to exercise more.The goal of the program was for the students to walk a combined 60 million steps in 90 days. That’s the equivalent of one trip around the Earth.
Maxwell leaves NASA for Google
NASA Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell ’92 (right) relinquished the controls of Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity in March to accept a job with Google. His new title is site reliability engineer, which involves writing high-reliability software.
“Google is perhaps my favorite company -- not perfect, as no company (or person) can be--but very, very good,” he wrote in a blog post.
He said he would continue following the Curiosity mission. Should technology allow it, Mars remains his destination of choice, he said. “If they have a rocket ship leaving tomorrow, I’m quitting Google and I’m on it.”
Our oldest living graduate?
As it turns out, Bonnie Elizabeth Spears Smith '30, who was featured in the last issue of East, isn't East Carolina's only 104-year-old alum.
Joining her as the school's oldest living alumni is Josephine Mae Catlette Stem '29 of Winston-Salem (senior picture at right).
Her daughter, Mary Nell Stem Harris '71, wrote to tell us that Mrs. Stem is living at Heritage Woods Retirement Center, with many family members nearby.
"She is reasonably active physically and very active mentally," her daughter wrote.
"She keeps up with current events by way of reading the newspaper and watching television news. She also enjoys television sports, especially tennis, college basketball and Atlanta Braves baseball."
By Joanne Kollar
ALEX WILLIAMS was accepted as a performance major in the master's program at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
JESSICA EMERY is an account coordinator for Buchanan Public Relations, Philadelphia, Pa., where she was an intern. AMANDA MARIE WHITEHEAD wed Andrew Milton Davis IV on Dec. 29 at First Baptist Church, Scotland Neck. She is enrolled in ECU's communication sciences and disorders master’s program.
APRIL BEASLEY wed Joe Mendenhall on Dec. 8 at Tees Chapel, Smithfield. The wedding party included Christa Peppers. She teaches kindergarten in Smithfield. ASHLEY MARIE BREWINGTON wed JORDAN LEE ELKS on Oct. 20 at Yankee Hall Plantation, Greenville. She is a registered nurse at Vidant Medical Center, East Carolina Heart Institute, on the Cardiac Intermediate Unit, and he works at TD Sales Center, Farmville. CHRISTY LOUISE BUCK wed ADAM MICHAEL CARRAWAY '10 on Sept. 29 at Salem United Methodist Church, Greenville. She is a marketing assistant at A Wireless, and he is enrolled in ECU's MBA program. CHRISTINA KIRKLEY DIXON, an adult nurse practitioner, is associated with FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group—Internal Medicine & Family Care, Rockingham. SUZANNE MARIE DUNLOW wed Spence Allen Evans on Sept. 8 at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Williamston. She works for Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, Raleigh. MARY BETH GODLEY wed ALEX CAMERON WADFORD on Nov. 17 at Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church, Winterville. The wedding party included Brooke Santos '12, Joel Stocks '09 '11, Jameson Taunton '09 and Josh Tripp '07 '11. She works for Pitt County Schools, and he works for Campus Bookstore Southside. ANDREW HARRISON PAIR wed Myers Elizabeth Aldridge on Sept. 8 at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, Greenville. The wedding party included his father, Harry Corlette Pair '80, and Matthew Gabriel McLawhorn '10. CARRIE RICHARDSON received one of the inaugural Forty Under Forty Alumni Awards at N.C. Central University in 2012. She is the clinical educator and supervisor for day surgery and endoscopy units at WakeMed Hospital, Raleigh. ROXANNE DANIELLE WYNNE wed Jordan Lee Godley on May 19, 2012, at the home of the bride's parents in Greenville. She is enrolled in the master’s in nutrition program at ECU and works for Sodexo as a clinical dietitian at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro.
MELLISA BARNES is head women's soccer coach at Eastern Kentucky University. She was the assistant women's soccer coach at UNC Wilmington from 2008 to 2012. ASHLEY CLEM is doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. While there she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. ALLISON FRAZIER '10 '12 of Ayden joined Vogue Management Services LLC as director of client relations. Charlotte-based Vogue is a strategic management and consulting firm. She will work out of Charlotte and Greenville and focus on client acquisition and retention. Navy Seaman PATRICK N. MATTHEWS completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. ALLISON VICTORIA ROSE wed Rev. Jason Dean Currie on Oct. 20 at Sunset Avenue Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. The wedding party included Tracy Cone '06 and Jennifer Edwards '05 '07. She works for Pitt County Schools. AARON WILSON is an account representative for Markraft Cabinets' Wilmington market. He was a branch manager with Liberty Medical and has worked with Carolina Cabinet Co.
HANNIA BEJARANO teaches Spanish and conversational French at the Roseleaf Academy, Farmville. Dr. CELESTE JACKSON is a clinical assistant professor with ECU's Department of Family Medicine and its group medical practice, ECU Physicians. RUDY OXENDINE was promoted from corporal to sergeant in the Greenville Police Department. He is the sergeant of D Platoon. MEGHAN MICHELLE ROBBINS wed Ryan Wayne Williams on Sept. 29 at Magnolia Manor Plantation, Warrenton. She is a police officer with the Greenville police. PAUL WETMORE is a project manager with WIMCO Corp., Washington, N.C.
MARYBETH BLAIRE BUNDY wed PATRICK NORRIS BRYAN '10 on Sept. 29 at the Greenville Country Club. The wedding party included Megan Montgomery '09, Matthew Duncan, Stephen Howell '09 and Alan Mason. She works at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, and he works at Durham School of Arts. MATTHEW CARTER is an assistant professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga. JORDAN MEDLIN is a business development executive with First Casualty Insurance Group. ELIZABETH MARIE NETTNIN '08 '11 wed DON DAVID BRADLEY JR. on Dec. 1 at the Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo. The wedding party included Christina Kelly Nettnin '06, Sandra Ann O’Gorman '07, Danielle Elizabeth Suarez, Faris Fayed '09 and David Martin Lyons '09. She works for the Dare County Department of Social Services, and he works for the N.C. Department of Transportation. ALEXANDRA VAIL SMITH wed Alexander Michael Gormley on Dec. 28 at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, Chapel Hill. The wedding party included Luiza Sobral Borges '09 '12 and Alexandra Leigh Overcash '09. She will receive a doctorate of physical therapy from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. ALYSON WEST '08 '10 along with a partner owns Nutrify in Greenville, which offers wellness evaluations, wellness coaching and smoothies that can be used as nutritional meal replacements.
JAMIE MICHELLE STATON wed Michael William Valentine on Oct. 20 at Proctors Chapel Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. She is chief radiation therapist and office manager for Franklin County Cancer Center. Crystal Raper Shearin '05 was matron of honor.
Dr. ASHLEY ALLEN is a clinical assistant professor with ECU's Department of Family Medicine and its group medical practice, ECU Physicians. She was medical director for the American Indian Health Services of Chicago, Ill. KELLEY BECK BUNN '06 '08 wed DANIEL CAREY PHILLIPS '10 on May 27, 2012, at The Inn on the Pamlico Sound, Buxton. The wedding party included Lauren Castelloe '95, Lizzy Gray, Alex Helms '08, Lauren McDermott '06 '08 and Amos Shaw '08. She teaches at Chocowinity Middle School, Chocowinity, and he works for Avoca Farms, Inc., Merry Hill. MICHELLE COX is director of material/child health for Southeastern Health, Lumberton. She has served as a nurse-midwife with Southeastern Health since 2007. ANGELA ROACH wed Rusty Page on Nov. 17 at Juniper Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church, Vanceboro. She is a senior loss control representative for Nationwide Insurance. KEITH ROBERSON is a public defender in Hoke and Scotland counties after earning his law degree at N.C. Central.
JOE CASCONE is senior director of operations at Metrics Inc., Greenville. He was director of potent pharmaceutical development at Metrics. VICTORIA ELIZABETH EWING wed Kevin Jeffrey Brosseau on Oct. 14 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Raleigh. The wedding party included Christianna Turner Shoaf. She works at Saint Mary's School, Raleigh.
JON DEUTSCH was promoted to test and release manager at Royall & Company, Richmond, Va. JAMES M. DOREY JR. received his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, held by appraisers experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties. He also was promoted to vice president at Valuation & Advisory Services Group's Washington, D.C., office. Drs. BRANDON LOCKLEAR and MEREDITH WATSON-LOCKLEAR joined the medical staff of Southeastern Health, providing obstetrical and gynecological care at Southeastern Regional Medical Center and Southeastern Women’s Healthcare, Lumberton. HEATHER MAYO, public information officer for Pitt County Schools, was named one of the National School Public Relations Associations "Top 35 Under 35" among school public relations professionals in the country. She is now the development communications and relations coordinator at N.C. State. ANGELA NIEVES is director of the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center at Nash Community College, Rocky Mount. She was child care resource and referral provider services manager for the Down East Partnership for Children, Rocky Mount. Dr. JOHN PEOPLES TANNER wed Avril Ruth Costello on Sept. 21 at The Gardens at Fearrington. He is a physician with Duke Primary Care, Knightdale. NICK DORSEY (right) joined Ferguson Heating and Cooling as territory manager for Pinellas County, Fla. He formerly was with Victor Distributing Co. in Clearwater, Fla.
FRANK ADAMS III wed Allison Dupree on Dec. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Landis. He is a professional golfer. KARALEE DEMKO COUGHLIN is a financial adviser with Edward Jones, Greenville. RICHARD KYLE LADD wed Jennifer Rachel Robbins on Dec. 15 at North Ridge County Club, Raleigh. SARAH WARD LAGE is the coordinator for the Wichita Falls (Texas) Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Work Hard-Work Smart program.
MELISSA ADAMSON (right) is director of community impact for the United Way of Pitt County. She was community outreach director with the Martin/Pitt Partnership for Children. JOHN BACON is director of development for the United Way of Pitt County. He previously worked at Trust-Atlantic Bank and at First Carolina State Bank. STEPHEN JACOBS and wife Sarah had their second child in 2012. KENNETH BROCK LETCHWORTH is the public information officer for Pitt County Schools. He taught at Hope Middle School, Greenville.
Dr. RENEE BANAAZAK '01 '05, a geriatrician, joined ECU's Brody School of Medicine and its group medical practice, ECU Physicians, as a clinical assistant professor. LAKESIA BOONE '01 '08 is teacher of the year at Hertford County High School, Ahoskie. She was named WITN's Teacher of the Week for March 6. LUCIANA ECHAZU was granted tenure and promoted from assistant to associate professor of economics and financial studies in the School of Business at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. DAVID GARRARD, former ECU quarterback, signed with the New York Jets. JUSTIN GUTHRIE wed Lori Strickland on Nov. 3 on the lawn of the Rand-Bryan House, Garner. The wedding party included Justin Bingham '00 and Douglas Dolenti '00. He is a public safety officer in Knightdale.
ANTHONY JOHN HARVEY was promoted to associate director of dining facilities at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. TIM JOINES, Bell Fork Elementary assistant principal, is the Onslow County schools 2012-13 Assistant Principal of the Year. He is a former student at the school. JARRAD L. TURNER wed Amanda C. Moore on Dec. 31 on the beach at Sandals Resort, Antigua. He is sales support manager for Extron.
WILTON BROWN III had his first son, expanded his photographic company to include a photo booth and is director of business development with Carolina Daily Deal in the Triangle. PATRICK HOWLE made his singing debut at Carnegie Hall this past winter. A baritone and member of the Pittsburg State University Music Department faculty in Pittsburg, Kan., he teaches voice and opera and directs the PSU Voice and Opera Workshop.
SUSAN M. HOSKINS wed Robert J. Trihy on May 5, 2012, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Elizabeth City. She has worked for eight years as executive director of the Albemarle Area United Way. Advanced Patrol Officer BEN QUICK of the Greenville Police Department was promoted to corporal. He is a patrol corporal on C Platoon. BOBBY WOODARD and wife, Summer, had a daughter. He is associate vice chancellor for student involvement and leadership at ECU.
GLEN B. ALLEN is chief of the State Capitol Police force. He was Clayton's police chief. IRVING COY ALLEN is an assistant professor of inflammatory disease in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. MARIE L. CAMPBELL, a certified family nurse practitioner, joined Southeastern Pulmonary and Sleep Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health, in Lumberton. JENNIFER WORKMAN wed Scott Carpenter on Dec. 3, at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She is an occupational therapist in Wilmington. AMANDA ROSS MAZEY is the anchor/reporter for the Mountaineer Sports Network, covering West Virginia University athletics. She also does live sideline and courtside reporting for Root Sports-Pittsburgh, covering WVU football and basketball. FRANK RYGIEL is on the board of directors that operates Lutz Preparatory School, a public charter school serving grades K-6, in Lutz, Fla. He is a senior project manager with Batson-Cook Co., a commercial construction company. Capt. TED SAULS of the Greenville Police Department was promoted to deputy chief and is second-in-command of the department. BRIAN TEW '97 '99 was promoted to an associate with Thompson & Litton, Radford, Va., an engineering, architectural, surveying and construction administration firm. RICHARD TYNDALL '97 '06 was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant at the Greenville Police Department. He is a platoon lieutenant in the Patrol Bureau.
JONATHAN SCOTT CHASE is planning director at Wooten Co., Raleigh. He was planning director of the City of Havelock. He is enrolled in ECU's master of construction management program. Special Agent D. SCOTT FAIRCLOTH of the SBI's Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit received a national award from the U.S. Department of Justice for the SBI's work on a case involving the deliberate discharge of 330,000 gallons of untreated hog waste into a North Carolina creek in December 2007. He has served with the SBI for 10 years. OTHELLO H. MEADOWS III joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation Board of Directors, Omaha, Neb. He is executive director of Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp., a community revitalization and development organization.
ANNETTE EUBANKS '94 '96 is director of the Area Agency on Aging with the Mid-East Commission in eastern North Carolina. She was ombudsman for the agency. JOSIE SAAD HARZ '94 '98 opened Serendipity Boutique in Arlington Village, Greenville, a designer consignment boutique. TODD ERVIN is vice president of account services for Cultur8, Omnicom's marketing/promotions agency. He was at Turner Broadcasting System. Lt. CHRIS IVEY of the Greenville Police Department was promoted to captain. He is the Patrol Bureau commander. KEITH JOHNSON is senior consumer underwriter and a vice president at Capital Bank, Raleigh. He was senior loan support analyst at PNC Bank.
Hon. MARVIN K. BLOUNT III was appointed as a superior court judge in Pitt County by Gov. Bev Perdue to fill an unexpired term. He served the last three years as a special superior court judge, presiding over criminal and civil cases across the state. SCOTT BREWER is judicial district manager for District 19B of the N.C. Department of Probation and Parole. He was chief probation officer for Chatham County. RANDY HEMANN is the city manager for Oxford. He was executive director of Downtown Salisbury. SAM METHENY was elected to the board of the Advanced Television Systems Committee. He is vice president, Policy & Innovation, Capitol Broadcasting Company Inc., Raleigh. MARY ELLIOTT STRICKLAND received the Barton College Alumni Achievement Award. She is director of the Women’s Center at Nash Health Care Systems and an adjunct teacher mentoring Barton nursing students.
Dr. STEPHEN GAINEY '92 '94 becomes the new superintendent of Randolph County Schools on July 1. He served as Wake Country's interim superintendent in addition to his duties as assistant superintendent of human resources. THOMAS MATTHEW GLASS wed Jennifer Jill Blalock on May 21, 2012, on Ulua Beach, Maui, Hawaii. He is an industrial engineer/lean champion for Semprius, Henderson. CHRISTINA MCCRAY, a science teacher at Farmville Central High School, received the N.C Science Teacher's District 1 Outstanding Science Award for high school science at the association's annual meeting. Dr. JONATHAN TAYLOR '92 '02, a urologic surgeon and partner at Eastern Urological Associates P.A., Greenville, was initiated as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at ECU's Brody School of Medicine. KEITH TILGHMAN '92 '93 joined the foundation board of Methodist University, Fayetteville. He is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.
SYLVIA CRUMPLER is director of human resources for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She was human resources director at the Murdoch Developmental Center, which is operated by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. STEPHEN R. HUSTON is on the MLS Committee of the Sussex County Association of Realtors. He is a realtor and a state-certified residential real estate appraiser in both Delaware and Maryland with Huston Appraisal Company in Seaford, Del. CHARLIE LANGLEY '91 '97 is the N.C. Administrator of the Year, nominated by the students of J.H. Rose High School, Greenville, and voted on by student council members from across the state. He is principal at J.H. Rose. ISAAC ROBINSON '91 '96 is operations manager with Merch, Elkton, Va. He was a manufacturing area manager with DuPont, Fayetteville.
KRISTIN GIBSON's painting titled "Breakfast" was juried into the Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibition at Imagine Gallery, Franklin, Tenn., this spring. It was among 150 selected out of more than 400 submissions.
W. LEE ALLEN III was board certified as a family law specialist by the N.C. State Bar. He is a lawyer with Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball & Porter LLP, Greenville. He is also certified as a family financial mediator by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission. He has practiced law in Greenville since 1992. WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER "CHRIS" JOHNSON was recognized as "Citizen of the Year" by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce. He is executive director for economic development for Smithfield. Dr. WILLIAM JOHNSTONE, obstetrician-gynecologist, joined the Brody School of Medicine and its group medical practice, ECU Physicians. He is a clinical associate professor in the obstetrics and gynecology department. He was in private practice in Pinehurst. JANET WHITE is chief financial officer for the Martin Agency, a Richmond, Va., ad agency.
LISA B. ROBERTS is vice president and mortgage originator at First Bank, Greenville.
MICHAEL CAMDEN is enrollment coordinator at the Norfolk, Va., site of Troy University. CASSANDRA DECK-BROWN is the first black female police chief of Raleigh. She is a 25-year veteran of the Raleigh Police Department. ALYSON B. FAULCONER '87 '88 is the Greenville area executive and senior vice president of Select Bank and Trust. MICHELE JONES was promoted to division director at Caswell Center, Kinston. RITA ROY, director for Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation, received the Meritorious Service Award from the N.C. Recreation and Park Association honoring long-term service in the profession.
Col. MICHAEL GILCHRIST retired as commander of the N.C. Highway Patrol. PHIL HAGAN is the director of safety for the National Solid Wastes Management Association. He is an attorney and teaches at Georgetown University. HORACE MCCORMICK JR. is vice president human resources for Fidelity Investments, Cary. He was director of talent management for Progress Energy and director of workforce strategy for Duke Energy, Raleigh. He was a member of the first graduating class of Army ROTC cadets from ECU and served four years as an intelligence officer in the Army. He is also an executive coach. Dr. JOE PERRY SUTTON received the James A. Poteet Leadership Award from the National Council for Exceptional Children's Council for Educational Diagnostic Services, which named him the "Father of the Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician" for his co-founding work in establishing the NCED credential in 2007. He is project director/principal investigator of Project CREATE with the South Carolina Department of Education. Dr. NANCY DAWN WHITFIELD earned a doctor of strategic leadership from Regent University and started a leadership consulting firm, The Leader's Lightship, in Chesapeake, Va.
SUZANNE DIXON, AIG teacher at Chicod School, was elected president of N.C. Association for the Gifted and Talented. FLOYD OAKLEY was promoted to general manager at Inner Banks Paint & Decorating, Greenville. He was an outside salesman for the company.
RICKY BROWN '83 '91 was promoted to chief financial officer at Pitt Community College, Greenville. He worked in the college’s business office for 20 years, serving as business manager for the previous eight years. BOBBY GLENN RACKLEY is senior vice president-manager of special assets at the Bank of North Carolina, High Point.
Dr. DENNIS SHERROD, a professor who holds the Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment and Retention in the Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University, received one of this year’s Excellence in Teaching awards from the UNC Board of Governors.
ELSIE SCHUYLER "SKY" LARSEN, supervisor at the Scottsdale Public Library in Arizona, earned a master of administration with a public management emphasis from Northern Arizona University in 2012. ZACK VALENTINE retired as head football coach at Woodbury High School, N.J., but will continue as a health and physical education teacher. He leaves the Thundering Herd with an 82-37 record in 11 seasons as head coach, including three trips to the South Jersey Group I championship and a title in 2009. A linebacker at ECU, he was a second-round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1979 draft. He spent three years with the Steelers and played with the Eagles in 1982 and 1983, earning a Super Bowl ring with Pittsburgh.
KIERAN J. SHANAHAN was named secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety by Gov. Pat McCrory. He is a former federal prosecutor who served four terms on the Raleigh City Council and was on the ECU Board of Trustees. MIKE and DIANE ODELL WATERS's '80 son, Brad, is a 2013 ECU graduate. He owns Waters Carpet Center, and she is director of purchasing, Vidant Health, Greenville.
LARRY MERCER was elected vice chair of the board of directors of LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas, on which he has served since 2000.
MONIKA S. FLEMING '76 '85 published her fifth book on local history, Legendary Locals of Edgecombe and Nash Counties. She is the historic preservation program director at Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro.
DAVID C. REAVIS retired from the State Controller’s Office after 36 years and received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Bev Perdue. After retiring he wrote his first historical novel, Upon These Steps, about his ancestors during the Civil War, which was published by Amazon. He is a part-time consultant with UNC General Administration as the e-commerce expert.
EVERETT H. PETTEWAY is chair of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, which he joined in 1999. He is vice president and city executive of First Community Bank, Elizabethtown, and has worked in banking for 40 years.
RICK JUDSON is the 2013 chair of the National Association of Home Builders. He owns Evergreen Development Group in Charlotte and has worked in the industry for more than 35 years. BOB RANKIN exhibited his new paintings at City Art Gallery, Greenville, in winter 2013. A North Carolina painter and teacher, he received the ECU Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award. He teaches workshops in the U.S. and abroad after a career of more than 25 years in the Wake County School System.
WILLIAM D. "BILL" MITCHUM '69 '71 joined the board of Southern Bank in Greenville. He is president of Mercer Glass Co. Inc. and managing director of Mitchum Family LLC.
MARION MCLAWHORN '67 '88 received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on her 70th birthday. She is the former state representative from Pitt County, serving 14 years in the General Assembly.
Dr. ROY ALTON HYLE retired after 41 years of teaching and now volunteers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and with the James River Association.
RALPH HARDEE RIVES '52 '53 of Enfield, who taught English at ECU for 32 years, was the guest speaker at the December meeting of the Enfield Restoration and Preservation Association. He spoke about the famous citizens of Enfield, including John Branch. Branch was a governor of North Carolina, a member of the U.S. Senate and Secretary of the Navy under President Andrew Jackson, who later appointed Branch as the last territorial governor of Florida. Branch is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield.
ANNETTE WATSON MACRAE '51 '52 '75 '84, an Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipient, was inducted into ECU's Educators Hall of Fame. She is retired from teaching.