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Alumni Spotlights


She's saving refugees

Catching up, by e-mail, with Jennifer Renquist ’03, who majored in business management.

Where did you go after graduation?
"I completed my MA in International Human Rights Law at the American University in Cairo in June 2007. I also completed a graduate diploma in forced migration and refugee studies. I was in Cairo for almost three years and absolutely loved it.

"While I was studying in Cairo I assisted asylum-seekers from many African nations in documenting their refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  I also had the privilege of running a student organization which provided literacy classes for refugees.
I came back to the U.S. in the summer of 2007 and began looking for jobs. I was very close to going back out to Sudan or the Middle East to do humanitarian work but felt an urge to gain a better understanding of how the U.S. government worked in the field of international development."

What are you doing in Washington?

"I work for the State Department in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. I am a program officer and Country Support Team Lead for the Caribbean region and Guyana. Although public health is not my “raison d’être” I have learned an extraordinary amount about public policy, HIV/AIDS and how the bureaucracy of the U.S. government and its many agencies and bureaus work together to implement and make international policy.

"I was accepted into the USAID Foreign Service in the Democracy, Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureau. I believe my title will be as a Crisis, Democracy and Stabilization Officer. I am really looking forward to beginning this chapter in the fall and getting back into the democracy building/human rights field, although honestly, considering the broad scope, I do not know exactly what that will entail for me. I also don’t know where I will be posted yet."

JT.J. Jenkins

Tips from an entrepreneur

Right after college, T.J. Jenkins ’99 ’00 founded advertising and marketing company Wrijen Co. in Fayetteville, his hometown, with a $100 loan from his father. The company grew steadily and now includes among its clients the clothing store Citi Trends and a major franchisee for Popeye’s Fried Chicken. We caught up with Jenkins to ask him what it takes to turn a start-up business into a successful and profitable concern.

“I started the vision of my company at East Carolina [when I was living] in Garrett Hall. Initially it started as a music marketing and promotions company, but soon after I interned at the Ad Agency of Greenville for a semester during my senior year, I knew that it would evolve into a full-service marketing and advertising company. 

“The problem was that I had all the vision in the world and no communicated means of making them a reality. The more places I went to network and meet people, the more I learned that I had to have a story that set my business apart from any other business. And most importantly, I had to have a success story that would make businesses believe in my company.  So I combined all of my skills in the realm of marketing, advertising, music marketing and promotions, technical writing, media planning and media buying, audio production, and my radio experience into one company. I saw a need for a company that a client could cut one check to and receive the same services that it took four separate companies to perform. 

“This created the ability for me to charge a client less and to ensure uniformity throughout a campaign from start to finish by producing everything in house.

“Dr. Sherry Southard, my graduate school advisor in the English department, really helped me enhance my communication skills that have taken me forward today. You must know how to communicate in starting or running a business. The biggest barrier that I faced was my age and experience. Well, Citi Trends took a chance and my company has grown them from a regional to a nationwide multi-million dollar public company within just four and a half years.”

B.J. Murphy

Elected mayor of Kinston
For B.J. Murphy ’02, getting sworn in as Kinston’s new mayor in December was a dream come true. He entered the mayoral race as an underdog but finished as the city’s first Republican—and at 29 the youngest—mayor in more than 100 years. He said that his degree in business and his SGA experience will help him along the way.

“Researching business models, learning how to give a presentation, and working collaboratively in groups all prepared me for my work in the business and civic community,” he explained. “Networking with ECU faculty and staff was also time well spent as a student. In fact, there are contacts I met in the College of Business who, as mayor, I will work with on a fairly regular basis.”
Murphy and his wife Jessica Barwick Murphy ’07, also a Kinston native, look forward to the opportunities ahead. The couple are especially enjoying their time as new parents to 1-year-old Gracyn. “I’m excited!” Murphy said. “Kinston is a special place, and it has a bright future. I look forward to making this city the very best it can be.”

Bill Congdon

Momma Mia!
It's a steady job!

It’s tough for folks in the music business to keep a steady paycheck, but not so for Bill Congdon ’85 of Charlotte. He’s had the same job for the last five years as musical director of the touring cast of Mamma Mia!

The downside is he’s not home often, having spent just one week there in the past four months. “I couldn’t imagine not having done this,” Congdon told the Charlotte Observer.

Music has been in his blood since high school, when he played in the Charlotte Youth Symphony and the Charlotte Pops Orchestra. After earning a music degree here, Congleton earned a master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music.

He played in the pit when tours at the Performing Arts Center needed extra hands, including a 2002 run of Mamma Mia! Its producers remembered him two years later, when they chose him to replace one of four keyboard players; he became associate music director in 2005 and took the big baton last January. He plays dance rehearsals, preps understudies and instructs new actors on the tour.

But after five years of “Take a Chance on Me,” what keeps things fresh? “One of the happiest surprises is when we reach some small city where we think we’re going to waste away and it ends up being vibrant and fun.”

Rowe steps down at paper

Sandra Mims Rowe
’70 stepped down as editor of the Portland Oregonian at year-end, a decision she Rowemade to minimize job cuts in the newsroom. The paper’s executive editor, Peter Bhatia, will assume her duties. “I wrestled with the number of layoffs we would need and determined it was best to start by removing my own salary from the budget,” she said in an e-mail to employees announcing the elimination of 70 jobs.

Rowe, 61, had been editor since 1993. Under her leadership, The Oregonian, which has a Sunday circulation of 375,000, won five Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national awards. Rowe, who edited the Buccaneer yearbook two years while stringing for the Daily Reflector, came to The Oregonian from The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., where she was editor for the last 10 of her 22 years there.

One of the most recognized women editors in America, Rowe served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and chairwoman of the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and was named Editor of The Year by the National Press Foundation in 2004. She and Bhatia together were named editors of the year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2008. Rowe said she and her husband, Gerard Rowe, will remain in Portland. “I look forward to taking most of 2010 off to enjoy more time with my daughters and year-old granddaughter,” she said.

Three sergeants
with major voices

Carol WileyThree East Carolina music majors are helping The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force, become an international favorite. Chief Master Sgt. Carol Hawkins Wiley ’88 (top) is the manager and a soprano soloist. Angela BurnsSenior Master Sgt. Angela Burns ’93 (middle) is the music director for the 22-member ensemble and an alto vocalist. And Master Sgt. Eric Sullivan ’95 (bottom) is a baritone vocalist. All three knew each other, in roundabout ways, before, during or Eric Sullivanafter college. Sullivan and Wiley are from Wilson while Burns is from Wilmington.

When we talked to them in November, they were just back from a two-week tour with performances every day. Over the winter small groups within the ensemble will hit the road.

Sullivan is in a quartet that was to deploy to Afghanistan and the Middle East.

“Angela and I knew each other in college,” Wiley explained. “I went to high school with Eric’s sisters. All three of us learned about this job in different ways,” Wiley continued. Then we went through basic training like everybody else, but after that we knew what our assignment would be.”

“They were touring when I was in high school in Wilmington,” said Burns, who is the first enlisted person to hold her position. “I was just in awe of their musicianship and after I graduated from ECU I saw an ad and auditioned for them. I’ve been with the group almost 16 years now.”

“Carol knew my sister in high school and Angela spent some time with her in college,” said Sullivan, who has been with the group for 10 years. “My personal highlight was singing for Reagan when he was lying in state in the Capital. And once when we were singing in the White House for (the first president) Bush, after the event he gave us a personal tour of the White House.”

The Singing Sergeants have entertained every president since Truman and have performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston and the National symphony orchestras. When not on tour, the Singing Sergeants perform for the public in Washington and lend musical support for Air Force. The group mainly performs choral music of all styles, including barbershop, Celtic, Broadway and opera.

ECU Hall of Fame

Sports hall inducts five

The ECU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted five new members in 2009: former baseball and basketball letterman VINCE COLBERT, former sprinter DANITA ROSEBORO-CRUMPLER ’93, former softball All-America ISONETTE POLONIUS ’99 ’01, former NAIA All-America swimmer THOMAS CARROLL ’61 ’62, and former head football coach SONNY RANDLE.

Outstanding alumni
The Alumni Association presented the Outstanding Alumni Award at Homecoming to BRUCE BIGGS ’66, owner and president of Biggs Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC Truck, in Elizabeth City; Maj. Gen. WILLIAM HOLLAND ’75, commander of the 9th Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina; Dr. GARRIE MOORE ’85, vice chancellor of the City University of New York system and a former associate provost and vice chancellor at ECU; and Dr. JERRY M. WALLACE ’56, a pastor who is president of Campbell University in Buies Creek.


Pirate Nation

Meet Paul Friedrich '89,
one of the hottest pop
artists in the Triangle.

By Joanne Kollar

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Dr. JESSICA KENT ANGE joined WestCare Health System as a primary care physician at Sylva Family Practice in Sylva. Dr. CRYSTEN MARIE BRINKLEY wed Dr. Christopher Patrick Kragel on Oct. 17 in Gastonia. Both are in residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where she is in neurology and he is in pathology. BRENNA MCCARTNEY BURNETT is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Asheville Anesthesia Associates. She was in the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at UNC Hospital Chapel Hill. MARCIE LYNN CAHOON wed DANE SALATHIEL EUBANKS ’08 on Aug. 8 in New Bern. She is a nurse at Lenoir Memorial Hospital, and he is a materials planner at NACCO Materials Handling Group in Greenville. MAEGAN NICOLE “NIKKI” HOUSE teaches self-contained students in all grades and subjects at Selma Middle School. GLENDA LENK of Goldsboro teaches exceptional children’s life skills at Selma Middle School. She was a teacher assistant for two years in Wayne County and interned at Greenwood Middle School in Wayne County. ELIZABETH MOORE graduated from the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J., as a seaman. DAVID ROBINSON joined the real estate staff at Prudential Prime Properties in Greenville.

DANNY BARNES of Wilson teaches eighth-grade math at Selma Middle School. He taught for 21 years at Speight Middle School in Stantonsburg, Southern Nash High School in Bailey, and Nash Central High School in Rocky Mount. AMBER JULIET GEORGALIS wed Patrick Lewis Warrington on Oct. 3 in Greenville. She works at David’s Bridal and Formals of Wilmington, where the couple lives. Spc. BRANDON W. MILLER graduated from Army Reserve basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. MARY ELIZABETH MOHN wed James Michael Lipcsak at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Knightdale on May 2. She works at the Goddard School in Clayton. They live in Wendell. Army Spc. JOSHUA C. PETERS graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. AMY STEPHENSON wed JEFFREY MINCHEW in Raleigh on June 20. She teaches in Nash County Schools, and he works for Keihin in Tarboro. They live in Nashville.

MARTHA HARRISON CHILTON wed Rickey Daryl Arrington at Rosa Lee Manor, Pilot Mountain. She works at Behavioral Services Inc. of Mount Airy. Her ECU roommate, Jenna Kay Forrest, was a bridesmaid. KRISTI GLICK joined Goshen College in Indiana as an assistant professor of art where she teaches Jewelry I and Design I. She was a studio artist in Charlottesville, Va. ASHLEY MORGAN HINES wed Charles Worth Lewis on Oct. 18 in Winterville. She is a kindergarten teacher at Snow Hill Primary School. CALLIE ELIZABETH CRIBB wed WILLIAM ROBERT PARKER ’96 on July 18. They live in Greenville where she works in the billing department of OneSource, and he is the owner of Parker’s Barbecue. KELLY BARNES LAHAM is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner at Goshen Medical Center in Bolton. Army Spec. JOSHUA C. PETERS graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning, Columbus, Ga. Army National Guard Sgt. OLIN C. WILKINSON ’07 ’08 was decorated with the Army Achievement Medal while deployed in Iraq. He is infantry squad leader with 10 years of military service based in Smithfield.

LAUREN WILLIAMS CALDWELL wed BRYAN JACKSON BUCK on Sept. 26 in Charlotte. He owns Reliance Building Group in Charleston, S.C. MARCUS WAYNE CONNER JR. joined the law firm of Graham, Nuckolls & Brown PLLC in Greenville as an associate attorney in general practice with an emphasis in criminal law. He received his JD from New England School of Law in Boston. BASIL JAWAD owns Hardware City Tavern in New Britain, Conn. His ECU roommate, MOHAMMED AMLEH ’07, manages the tavern while Jawad keeps his IT consultant job. JONATHAN D. MATTHEWS is the band director at New Bern High School. He taught in Onslow County Schools. Dr. CHRISTIAN MORETZ joined Wellspring Family Practice in Sylva as an obstetrician. Dr. SILVIA ABREU READ joined Angel Medical Care in Asheville. She was employed by San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Colo., in internal medicine practice.

MIRIAM JO ABERNETHY ’05 ’07 wed STEVEN YOUNG ’05 ’07 in Hickory on April 4. She is an occupational therapist at Frye Regional Medical Center, and he is box office manager for the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor league baseball team. Dr. LAURA BRILEY joined the Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Raleigh. MICHAEL TAYLOR BRYAN wed LINSEY BELL BRYAN ’06 in Wilmington on May 9. He is the South East and Mid Atlantic sales and marketing manager for Forensic Analysis and Sigma Alpha Epsilon logoEngineering Corp. in Raleigh, and she is a freelance designer for the Wrangler Jeans Division of Vanity Fair Corp. Their bridal party included Michael’s SAE brothers DAVID Bryan ’07, MATT CARTER ’05, and PARKER ROWE ’06, along with DAN SHERON ’06, LEAH BELL ’08, SHELIE CULLER ’06, and Anna Rollins Shoemate ’06. MATT CARTER stars on the Discovery Channel show Swords: Life on a Line. LISA DEVRIES ’05 ’08 joined The Victoria College in Texas as an assistant professor of English. AMANDA P. HARRELL, a staff accountant with Pittard Perry & Crone Inc. in its Williamston office, earned the Certified Public Accountant designation. MALISSA MARIE HARRIS wed Robert Lewis Lane III in Ayden on Oct. 10. She teaches English at Greene Central High School in Snow Hill. COURTNEY ERICA RAY wed JORDAN GARRETT STEWART ’06 on Aug. 8 at Tabor City Baptist Church. She is a mortgage originator at Cape Fear Farm Credit, and he has a law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. They live in Stedman. AMY SANCILIO wed Daniel Atwill on June 6 at Temple Garden at Landfall in Wilmington. They live in Charleston, S.C. JESSICA LEA SMITH ’05 ’07 wed DANIEL ROBERT BAKER in Lewisville United Methodist Church on Oct. 10. She is a speech language pathologist with Guilford County Schools in High Point, and he is a key accounts sales representative at Pepsi Bottling Group in Winston Salem. They live in Clemmons. FELISHA WYCHE was named the Northampton County Schools Principal of the Year. She is the principal of Northampton West Stem High School.

Delta Zeta logoMEREDITH POINTER ANDERSON wed JEFFREY BRANDT QUINN on May 17 in the garden at Yankee Hall Plantation in Greenville. DZ sorority sisters Chrissie Wygand ’05, Ashleigh Edwards ’06, Adair Parks, Elizabeth Dickerson ’06, Lindsay Hargest ’07, and Elizabeth Blankenship ’06 attended the guest register. TIFFANY LEAH BRINSON wed Anthony Luis Brewer at Belmont Estate, Reidsville. She is a veterinary technician at Miami Seaquarium, Miami, Fla. Casey East was one of her bridesmaids. MARIA GIRONDA ’04 ’08 was runner-up for Beaufort County’s teacher of the year. Teaching for only three years, she taught children with autism at Eastern Elementary School in Greenville and now Chocowinity Primary School. She was named NC Autism Society’s Teacher of the Year for 2008-2009. BRITTON SCOTT GOODWIN wed Holly Kerry Lynn on June 20 at Western Prong Baptist Church near Whiteville. He is the band director at South Columbus High School. ANNA BATTLE WILKINSON wed DAVID CHADWICK STINSON in Sanford on June 20. They live in Leland. She works for BB&T, and he works for PPD.

REBECCA ALLEN ’03 ’07 wed CHIP DAVIS ’09 on Oct. 10 in Farmville. CHARLES CLARK, principal of Northeast Elementary School in Pinetown, was named Beaufort County’s Principal of the Year. DAMANE DUCKETT joined the BC Lions Football Club in Vancouver, Can., as an offensive lineman. He played for the San Francisco 49ers, NY Giants, and Carolina Panthers. CATHERINE HOLLY FUTRELL ’03 ’08 wed ROBERT ADAM WHITE in an ocean-front ceremony in Nags Head on May 16. JACKIE B. HILL ’03 ’08 is an assistant professor of library science at Mt. Olive College in Mt. Olive. She was the school media library media coordinator at South Lenoir High School in Deep Run. JAMIE LELIEVER is business development manager in the Durham office of Murgitroyd & Co. a Glasgow, U.K.-headquartered patent and trademark firm. He was president and co-founder of the Raleigh-based digital media production company Mediplay Inc. in 2004. FELICIA TITTLE joined Duke University as managing director of campus recreation. She was director of campus recreation at Florida Gulf Coast University.

JOHN BACON was promoted to vice president and market executive for First Carolina State Bank’s East Arlington Boulevard office in Greenville. MARY BETH BARROW is fiscal officer for NC Sea Grant in Raleigh. LORI CARR ’02 ’06 is teacher of the year for Edgecombe County Public Schools. CHRISTOPHER J. FREDERICK and JENNIFER LYNN STROUD FREDERICK ’05 had a son, Owen Ellis, on July 16. JAMES FRANCIS HERITAGE ’02 ’07 ’08 wed BARBARA LEONORA SALVADORI June 27 in Greenville. He works in the ECU Athletic Department, and she is a graduate student in English literature at ECU. SHAVONDRA DANYELLE PARKER was selected as principal of Starmount High School in Elkin. CATHERINE “KATE” BROOKS TILLMAN ’02 ’03 wed Andre John Brown in Belhaven on Aug. 8. They live in Raleigh where she is a commercial developer with Commercial Properties Inc.

ERICA STANKWYTCH BAILEY was named one of the Top 5 Silver Circle Finalists in the Jewelry Design Business Development grant program, an annual contest held by Halstead Bead Inc. As part of her prize, she will partner with an established designer for a business mentorship program. She creates and sells sterling silver jewelry. She teaches classes on jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing at Fayetteville Technical Community College, Brevard College, and Cape Fear Studios. FOSTER RAY MEYER BARKER wed Katharyn Monseaux Rohde on Sept. 19 in Raleigh. He is a senior graphic designer/creative director at Ford Design and owner of Foster Barker Creative in Wilmington. PERNELL GRIFFIN became a job counselor at the Workforce Development and Training Center at Edgecombe Community College. SHARON J. ELLIOTT of Winterville, an occupational therapist for Therapeutic Life Center Inc., was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in senior care. With more than 20 years of experience in health care, she is recognized as an expert in gerontology. Dr. ROBERT M. HUGHES IV and ELIZABETH “BETSY” KEVILLE HUGHES ’01, ’02 had a daughter, Hazel Katherine, on April 28, who joins brother, Murray, age 3. He is a postdoctoral researcher in the Duke University Department of Biology, and she teaches orchestra and Suzuki violin in the Durham Public Schools. ROBIN VUCHNICH is creative director at Signal in Raleigh. She was a senior designer at Raleigh-based Capstrat and a principal in her own design firm. JAMIE TIER WILLIAMS ’01 ’04 and JONATHAN WILLIAMS ’05 had a son, Aiden Edwin, on July 6.

Dr. KEVIN A. BAGGETT was named senior vice president and chief medical officer of Tenet Healthcare Corp. He was chief operating officer and vice president, clinical strategy for the HCA Clinical Services Group. RYAN CRAIG GENTEL wed Jillian Hunter Eddins Sept. 5 in Raleigh. He is a trader with E. Boyd and Associates in Raleigh. SCOT MCINTOSH wed Andrea Christine Pratt on July 11. He is a research technician for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. BENJAMIN “BENJI” TAYLOR joined Tyre Realty Group at Prudential Prime Properties in Greenville.

CHAD ALRIDGE joined the Greenville office of Bank of America Home Loans as a mortgage loan officer. He was with Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. TREY CHERRY was selected as the first webmaster at Edgecombe Community College. He was an information technology studies instructor at the college. KELLY SMITH was named vice president for finance at Bladen Community College in Dublin. She was assistant director of finance for Duke University Auxiliary Services. Dr. SHANNON TWIDDY joined Southwestern Medical Clinic PC in Niles, Mich., as a family medicine practitioner. BOBBY RAY WOODARD received a doctorate in student affairs administration from the University of Georgia in August. He is director of facilities and services for the Department of Campus Life at the University of Georgia. SUSIE ELANAH SYKES was promoted to manager of office services at McKinney in Durham.

RAYMOND MABRY ’97 ’03, who played football at ECU, was inducted into West Craven High School’s Hall of Fame. A ’94 graduate of West Craven, he co-captained the football team, helped lead the Eagles to the state playoffs in three consecutive seasons, and played running back and wide receiver. He also advanced to the state meet in track and field four consecutive years and was senior class president. KEVIN and APRIL PARRISH had their second child, Haley Rose, on Sept. 16.

MICHAEL OVERTON of Coldwell Banker Commercial CoastalMark in Greenville graduated from the Coldwell Banker Commercial Emerging Broker Training program. BRUCE PANNETON ’96 ’02 received the 2009-2010 Keihin Endowed Faculty Chair at Edgecombe Community College. He is coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan, adjunct faculty liaison, and a member of the college’s Service Learning Committee, Recruiting Committee, and Employee Wellness Committee. STU STORY of Charlotte was promoted to district manager of the Charlotte sales office of Administaff, Inc., a provider of human resources services for small and medium-sized businesses. TRACY H. STROUD joined Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball & Porter LLP in Greenville as an associate attorney specializing in estate planning, litigation, business planning, real estate, and bankruptcy.

KRISTEN DAWN HOWARD of Atlanta was named vice president for sales and marketing for Heritage Plank Floors of Maury. She was with Carlisle Wide Plank Floors in Atlanta. SONIA DENISE WOODARD of Kingsport, Tenn., graduated with a master’s in biblical counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.

CHRISTINE P. ANDRÉ ’94 ’99 was named Onslow County Principal of the Year. She is the principal of Swansboro High School. WILLIAM “BILLY” CASHION joined Corporate Facility Services as senior project manager. Noted educator RON CLARK received a special Christmas present from Oprah Winfrey, a check for $1.5 million to support scholarships for underprivileged students at his Atlanta private school. Clark first met Winfrey in 2001 when he appeared on her show after being named Disney’s Teacher of the Year. CLIFF OGBURN ’94 ’98 was appointed Nags Head’s town manager. He served as interim town manager and was the town’s deputy town manager. SAMANTHIA PHILLIPS was selected as a counselor in the Office of Student Services at Edgecombe Community College. BRYAN JOHN RAITHEL ’94 ’96 and his wife Collette had a second child, Jonathan Thomas “J.T.,” on April 7. He is vice president of Raithel Investments in Cornelius. LISA SANDERSON of Greenville was promoted to business account executive for eastern North Carolina by U.S. Cellular. She was U.S. Cellular’s direct sales support specialist and financial services representative in North Carolina.

VIRGINIA D. HARDY was appointed to a three-year term on the Greenville Utilities board of commissioners. She is vice provost of student affairs at ECU. Dr. WILLIAM T. SMITH joined Brookview Hills Internal Medicine in Winston-Salem. He was the owner of Premier Internal Medicine P.C. in Hickory.

JENNI GARRIS joined Edgecombe Community College as Datatel administrator. She was the assistant system administrator at Beaufort County Community College. TONYA HARGROVE was named to the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Silver Anniversary Team. A three-time first-team all-conference player, she was named CAA Player-of-the-Year for 1990-91. She still ranks fourth on ECU’s career scoring list with 1,532 points and was inducted into the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. ALISA R. MCLEAN is the assistant superintendent of curriculum for the Alamance-Burlington School System. She was assistant director of the state’s Principals’ Executive Program.

JESSE “JERRELL” BASS and his wife founded the nonprofit Wisdom of the Ages Worldwide Inc. ( to help widows and widowers. DON CARLOS FLOWERS III wed Margaret Phillips Eagles on Aug. 29 at the home of the bride’s parents. He is vice president of Principal Construction Company in Greenville. STACEY HEDDLESTON ROSE and her husband, Pete, returned to North Carolina from Ohio and live in North Raleigh with their two daughters. She is a team leader with The Pampered Chef.

DAREN TYNDALL ’90 ’97, Warsaw Elementary principal, is Duplin County Schools Principal of the Year.

LIZ SARGENT exhibited an experimental fibers installation, “A Nostalgia for Inertia,” at the Pinnacle Gallery in Savannah, Ga. She is a fibers professor at Savannah College of Art and Design.

CYNTHIA N. STALLINGS retired as an instructional technology specialist after 33 years with the Perquimans County Schools in June and received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for her service to the community.

SYLVIA BRAGG was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Silver Anniversary Team. After the 1985-86 season, she was the first student-athlete named CAA Player-of-the-Year as she averaged 13.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game during the league’s first year of inception. She earned all-conference honors three times, the first two of which came during the ECAC-South era. She graduated as ECU’s fourth all-time leading scorer and currently ranks ninth on the list. PAUL M. HOGGARD was one of 51 coaches, one from each state and the District of Columbia, selected to participate in the eighth annual NFL-USA Football Youth Football Summit in Canton, Oh. He teaches and coaches in Rockingham County Schools. His wife, CATHY L. PIERCE HOGGARD ’84, was named the 2009 Cape Fear Area Coordinator of the Year for Special Olympics. She is the local coordinator for SONC-Richmond County. RANDY NEWMAN was promoted to superintendent of Ft. Macon State Park in Carteret County. He was a veteran ranger at the park.


CHERYL BATCHELOR was elected secretary of the board of directors of the N.C. Nurses Association for 2010-2011. She is executive director of Clinical Operations at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. RAY GRAY was selected as the 2009 Dare County Schools Principal of the Year. He is the principal at Cape Hatteras Elementary School. MARY KAY JAMES ’86 ’05 was named principal of Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro. She was an assistant principal at Greenwood Middle School in Wayne County. ERIN KATHLEEN MALONE published her first book, Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Practices and Patterns for the User Experience, about social web design principles. MARTHA ELIZABETH WEST joined the human resources management team at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minn. She is also pursuing an MA in theology at St. Catherine University.

JOHN D. DRAGONAS ’85 ’87 was promoted to investment specialist at MetLife. He was a financial services executive at MetLife. BENJAMIN ALEXANDER FOREMAN II joined Investors Trust Co. in Chapel Hill as vice president of sales. He was senior regional director for Voyageur Asset Management. ROBIN HARRIS was selected as the 2009 recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching award for N.C. community colleges. She teaches nursing at College of the Albemarle. Dr. JOSEPH “JOE” SUTTON was appointed superintendent of education for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He was retired as professor of special education and chair of the Division of Special Education at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C. SUSAN TOLLEFSEN, an interior designer in Raleigh, was chosen the 2009 winner of the web-based reality competition Nation’s Next Top Model Home. SARA WIGGINS is chief of police for the Sharpsburg Police Department. She was a lieutenant with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.


ERNEST L. CONNER JR. joined the law firm of Graham, Nuckolls & Brown PLLC in Greenville.

Dr. LAURETHA T. HODGE became Past Grand Supervising Deputy for District 2, a state recognition from the Order of the Eastern Star fraternal organization. She retired from teaching and works with the Marion County Alternative School in Marion, S.C. LEE HOLDER, history teacher at Lenior High School in Kinston, was selected as Teacher of the Year. KAREN GORDON KLAICH was appointed to a two-year term on the N.C. Council on the Holocaust by Speaker of the House Joe Hackney. TOM ROBINSON is serving a two-year term as chair of the Georgia Food Industry Association. He is vice president and COO of Harveys Supermarkets. WILLIAM STOCKS is principal of Daniels Learning Center, Wilson County Schools alternative school. He was assistant principal at Carnage G/T Magnet Middle School in Raleigh.

CURTIS JAY FOLTZ ’82 ’83 was named head of the Georgia Ports Authority, where he was the COO. ZITA MARIE ROBERTS was honored by the Cleveland County Commission for Women at the annual Distinguished Women’s Banquet. She is an HIV case manager with the Cleveland County Health Department. WARREN YANCEY was promoted to corporate director of Aftermarket for VT-Specialized Vehicles Corp. in Washington, N.C.

SANDY FARRELL joined Corporate Facility Services as project manager. She has 20 years of design and space management experience with major companies in Research Triangle Park.

MARGIE JONES GOODING ’80 ’84 was installed as the 2009-2010 governor of N.C. District East Civitan, a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

EDWIN L. CLARK JR. was elected to the board of directors of Select Bancorp. He is executive vice president of WilcoHess. WILTON THOMAS FINCH ’79 ’93 is assistant superintendent for administrative services of Wilson County Schools. He served in that same position for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. ANN KENT ’79 ’87 was appointed interim program chair of developmental studies at Edgecombe Community College.

PAUL JOHN ALAR’s hedge fund, West Mountain Partners LP, in Atlanta, was named the number one Emerging Manager Fund by InvestHedge magazine. After working at Bear Stearns, Oppenheimer, and Deutsche Banc, he started his fund in 2002. CLAY JORDAN was inducted into the West Craven High School Hall of Fame where he was the head football coach until his retirement in 2008 after leading West Craven to its first-ever appearance in a state championship game in 2008. As head coach he won 253 games, 16 conference championships and coached in three regional finals. He guided the Eagles to 19 playoff appearances. Under his tutelage, 51 West Craven football players went on to play college football. Three, George Koonce, Jesse Campbell, and Anthony Wright, went to the NFL. MICHAEL “MIKE” PAIT joined Daston Corp. as vice president of business development. He worked at Koniag Services, an Alaska-native-owned IT solutions company. JEAN BYRD WALL retired in July as a social work supervisor in foster care/adoptions from New Hanover County Department of Social Services. She and husband, Billy, reside in Wilmington and are Pirate Club representatives with the Cape Fear Pirate Club chapter.

The firm of LOUIS W. CHERRY, Cherry Huffman Architects of Raleigh, was named 2009 firm of the year by AIA North Carolina. The award is presented to a firm that has an established presence in the state and has consistently produced quality architecture with a verifiable level of client satisfaction for a period of at least 10 years. GWEN JOHNSON was named Durham Public Schools’ Principal of the Year. She has been principal of Mangum High School since 2004.

EMILY ANDREWS ’76 ’03, Jones Middle School teacher, is the 2009-2010 Jones County Teacher of the Year. MONIKA FLEMING ’76 ’85 became program coordinator of the historic preservation trades program at Edgecombe Community College. She was chair of the English department and college transfer coordinator at ECC.

DONNA PRICE HARRELL joined the staff of Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers Realty in Greenville after retiring with more than 30 years as a family and consumer sciences teacher. SUSAN MASON exhibited Wild Portraits—Local Flora of Back Roads and Beaches at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores.

JESS ROPER MCLAMB, founder and president of The Roper Group Inc., was named a Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur by the Sam’s Club Foundation and Count Me In. The Roper Group was also named as a 2009 Top 100 Business by Business Leader Media. The Roper Group provides QuickBooks training and bookkeeping services to small businesses. BOBBY PARKER SHEARIN retired as warden in Cumberland, Md., after 30 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Dr. TERRY GRIER ’72 ’74 ’77 ’80 is superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. He was superintendent of San Diego Unified School District.

Rev. TERRY LEE ROWLAND was appointed minister of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lexington.

RONNIE ROSS, former coach and athletics director at Swansboro High School, was honored when the Swansboro Century Club named the school’s refurbished baseball complex Ronnie Ross Field.

MARIA KOONCE has published two books: Loving the Gringo, A Bicultural Life, about her experiences as an exchange student and meeting her husband, and Six Tudor Queens, a tongue-in-cheek play where the six wives of Henry VIII meet in modern times to discuss their lives and impressions of the king.

JOHN SYKES was inducted into the Twin County Hall of Fame (Edgecombe and Nash Counties). He directed junior and senior high school bands in Rocky Mount for 30 years. His bands performed for a U.S. President, for two Orange Bowls and in the Tournament of Roses, and won three Grand National Championships.

Campbell University named its football field in honor of EDWARD M. GORE, long-time friend and benefactor of the university.