Lots of docs in their house
A second generation of the Kornegay family is training for careers in medicine at East Carolina, including two brothers now serving as chief residents in internal medicine at ECU Physicians.
Dr. Chad Kornegay ’01 ’05 (left) and Dr. Todd Kornegay ’02 ’06—who are only 11 months apart in age—join older brother Hervy Jr. ’90 ’94, who practices emergency
medicine in Goldsboro, and younger brother Jon ’04 ’08, a second-year medicine/pediatrics resident at BSOM, in
continuing the family tradition.
Only baby brother Paul ’06 ’08 is following a different career path. He teaches in the ECU Department of Mathematics.
The five are the children of Dr. Hervy B. Kornegay Sr., an honorary alumnus who practices family medicine in Mount Olive, and Deborah K. Kornegay ’71 ’76 ’81, who graduated in ECU’s first class of nurse practitioners.
Benjamin Keaton ’57 ’61 of Chapel Hill, co-founder, music director and
conductor of the Long Leaf Opera Company, was one of four individuals
across the country honored by Opera America with a National Opera Trustee Recognition award during a February gala at the University Club in New York City.
The award recognizes trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience building efforts. Based in Chapel Hill with most performances at venues across the Triangle, Long Leaf is in the midst of its 12th season. It is known as the only professional U.S. company presenting exclusively fully-staged operas originally written in English.
Keaton co-founded Long Leaf Opera in 1998 with Dr. Randolph Umberger. Concerned with the lack of opportunities for young American composers, Keaton set out to recruit the finest regional and national composing talents and to follow a colorblind casting policy.
Since then, Keaton has overseen the production of 33 operas, including seven world premieres. In 2007, he established an international competition for new operatic works, and to date over 100 compositions have been received from countries including Germany, Australia and the U.K.
Under his baton, the company’s orchestra and vocalists have evolved from local performers to a professional company of artists with established careers at major opera houses both in Europe and the United States.
A native of Belhaven, Keaton was a founding member of the Zeta Psi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha at East Carolina. He has endowed scholarships at ECU for voice majors.
Keaton taught 20th century music and theory for 18 years at N. C. Central University and has served as maestro for several musical organizations, including the Carolina Playmakers, the Durham Savoyards, Opera House Productions in Wilmington, Jenny Wiley Summer Theatre in Kentucky, and Opera Ft. Collins in Colorado.
He has directed in England and also currently serves as opera advisor to Chez Nous Productions in Paris.
He was recently awarded the Durham Jaycees Outstanding Citizen Award and the ECU School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2009.
She faced cancer
On her 31st birthday, Meredith Manoly
McNerney ’98 was diagnosed with a rare
and aggressive form of cancer, Merkel cell
carcinoma. The cancer formed a tumor on her left cheek that required three surgeries to remove, followed by extensive rounds of radiation to her face.
Not one to sit and curse her fate, McNerney wrote a book about her experience and launched a foundation to provide support to people like herself. The book, Facing Cancer: A Spiritual Journey from Pain to Peace, is an exploration of how the disease affects the daily lives of sufferers with a special insight into how a woman deals with
disfiguring facial surgery.
The foundation, A Message of Hope Cancer Fund, is an all-volunteer organization that to date has raised more than $170,000 and provided financial assistance to about 25 cancer patients and their families.
Serving as the treasurer of the foundation is Elizabeth Wilder Phipps ’98 of Matthews.
McNerney, who won the Robert H. Wright Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award
her senior year, was a gifted reading teacher at an award-winning public school in Silver Spring, Md., when she was
diagnosed with cancer. More information is available at the foundation’s web site, www.amessageofhopecf.org.
JENNIFER FITZGERALD joined RE/MAX UNITED-New Homes Services as the K. Hovnanian Homes Marketing Coordinator for the Triangle area. RACHEL GAFFNEY is an account coordinator with Media Partners Inc. in Raleigh. She was the local sales manager for University Directories in Greenville. JESSICA LYNN JONES wed Timothy Wayne Dunn on Oct. 17 in Snow Hill. She is a nurse at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. CHRISTINE KENT joined Murphy & Bunch CPAs in Greenville as a staff accountant. CARLTON PURVIS was named College Journalist of the Year by the Southeast Journalism Conference for his work as a copy editor and news editor at The East Carolinian, ECU’s student-run newspaper. He is a multimedia journalist at the Morning News in Florence, S.C. ALEXANDRA SALEEBY wed Jeffrey Wayne Lawrence Jr. on Oct. 10 in Fuquay-Varina. She teaches first grade at Harnett Primary School in Dunn.
SPENCER TODD BRADLEY ’06, principal at Brinson Memorial Elementary School in New Bern, was named the 2010 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Craven County. JESSICA ERIN CRESON ’06 ’08 wed MARK AUSTIN NOTTINGHAM ’08 on Oct. 3 at the Historic Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem. KATHERINE L. DAVIS ’06 ’08 joined SILVERcare, a licensed home-care agency, as public relations/resource coordinator. WILLIAM D. EDGAR JR. was promoted to senior vice president and chief credit officer of First Carolina State Bank in Rocky Mount. BRENDA HAGAN, Snow Hill Primary School principal, was named 2009-2010 Greene County Schools Principal of the Year. BEN JENSEN had an exhibit titled “Sameness” at the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he is an adjunct art professor. He also teaches ceramics at Kirkwood Community College. HALEY EDWARD JOHNSON ’06 wed MICHAEL DAVID MORGAN ’08 on Aug. 29 on the beach at Atlantic Beach. They opened Uncle Yammy’s Rib Shack in Greenville, with the bride’s father, Uncle Yammy. MICHAEL RHODES, physical education teacher at Rand Road Elementary School in Wake County, was recognized for having the Outstanding PE Program of the Year for Wake County Public Schools. He also won the N.C. Physical Education Association’s Outstanding Program Award.
MELISSA BRITNER, kindergarten teacher at Creekside Elementary in Winterville, is a national board certified teacher. LISA DESIREE BROWN HOGAN ’05 ’09 earned a master’s in adult education and a certificate in community college instruction from ECU. ALLEN N. TRASK III joined Ward and Smith at their Wilmington office as a litigation attorney. He received his JD from Campbell Law School in 2009 and was a 2008 summer associate at Ward and Smith. RACHEAL YOUNG ’05 and TREMAINE YOUNG ’02 ’04 ’09 had the first baby born in Pitt County in 2010, Tremaine Ronnell Young Jr. She is a nurse at Pitt Community Memorial Hospital, and he is a school counselor at two elementary schools in Jones County.
SUSAN CHESSON opened Set Salon in Greenville. She graduated from Mitchell’s Hairstyling Academy in 2009. GAIL MARIE EVAN ’04 wed HEATH LAYTON COURTRIGHT ’03 ’05 on Sept. 26 in Erie, Pa. In Charlotte, she is a clinical counselor at Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, and he is a financial adviser at RM Stark and Co. Dr. YOLANDA M. NEWTON joined First Health Richmond Medical Group—Women’s Center in Rockingham. KATIE MELIA wed Chance Jackson on Sept. 19 in Cary. She works at Marco Environmental near Washington, D.C., and the couple lives in Ellicott City, Md. JENNIFER MIGLIACCIO wed Lt. Thomas Joseph Gibbons on Oct. 10 at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. She works for Gateway Academy in Charlotte. MARCELO MERCADANTE PARIZ wed Frances Careen Thomas on Oct. 17 at the Southport Community Center facing the Cape Fear River. He works with the State Employees Credit Union in Raleigh. RYAN STROHL of Arlington, Va., became art director of Delucchi+, a strategic marketing communications firm, in Washington, D.C. LACHELLE NICOLE WILLIAMS ‘04 wed Earl Reese Owens Jr. on Oct. 24 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville. She works for Pitt County schools.
KELLY MEREDITH GARNER wed Hunter Grey Dixon on Aug. 29 at Yankee Hall Plantation in Greenville. She works at the Polly Piland Insurance Agency in Greenville. GABRIELLE KAHLIAN JAMES wed ASHTON NICHOLAS SLATE on Nov. 14 in Hickory. She teaches in the Wake County public schools, and he works at The Wooten Company, an engineering consulting company. ANNA REBECCA LOPEZ wed WILLIAM BRYANT WARD on Nov. 14 on the Kings Crown Lawn of South Seas Resort, Captiva Island, Fla. She is the NFL merchandise manager for Vanity Fair License Sports Group, and he is an assistant baseball coach for the University of South Florida. MELISSA YVONNE THORNE wed Thomas Earl Owens Jr. on Oct. 2 at the Greenville Country Club. She is employed by ECU. SYLVIA ADAMS WINGLER received her PhD in educational leadership and cultural foundations from UNC Greensboro. She teaches art at Starmount High School in Yadkin County.
STEPHANIE CLARK FOGARTY wed Matthew Robert Rygler on Sept. 26 in Greensboro. She was attended by ECU roommates Abby Stallworth ’03 ’04 as maid of honor and Elizabeth Warren as matron of honor. The couple lives in Wilmington, Del. KIMBERLY JOHNSON wed Carlos Hooper on Oct. 23 in Atlanta, Ga. She is a registered nurse at Emory University Midtown Hospital in Atlanta. ALLISON CATHERINE NEEDHAM wed Timothy George Couillard on June 27 in Richmond, Va. She teaches fifth grade at J. B. Watkins Elementary in Midlothian, Va.
WHITNEY OAKLEY, principal at Sylvan Elementary School in Snow Camp, was chosen by the N.C. Physical Education Association as 2009 Elementary Distinguished Principal of the Year. She was also selected as the 2010 Alamance-Burlington School System Wachovia Principal of the Year. JAMIE TIER WILLIAMS ’01 ’04 and JONATHAN WILLIAMS ’05 had a son, Aiden Edwin Williams, on July 6. REAGAN BLAIR WILLIAMS wed John Daniel Wayne Deans on Oct. 24 at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in Wilmington. She teaches social studies and coaches varsity cheerleading at D.H. Conley High School in Greenville. MARC YELLOCK, who played football for ECU from 1997 to 2000, was named ECU’s defensive assistant coach. He was a defensive assistant at Elon University for the past four seasons.
LESLIE GRAY BUNCH was promoted to partner at Jan Murphy CPA, and JAN MURPHY ’77 changed the practice name to Murphy & Bunch CPAs PA . ELLEN GOLDBERG ’00 ’08 and MARC GOLDBERG ’01 of Winterville had a son, Mason Duval, on Sept. 5. DWAYNE LEDFORD was inducted into McDowell High School (Marion, N.C.) Athletic Hall of Fame where he was a two-time All-Conference selection and led the team in sacks three straight years. He was an offensive lineman at ECU for four years and played for several NFL teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, and the Cleveland Browns during his career. He was an offensive staff assistant at ECU for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. ROBERT BRIAN TUCK wed Jennifer Leary Clark on Dec. 12 in Hartsville, S.C. He is district sales manager for Coca-Cola North America managing the Glaceau brands. They live in Columbia, S.C. CHAD TUCKER ’00 ’02, reporter for FOX8/WGHP in Winston-Salem, received an Emmy Award for his story The Last Day of Nancy Reynolds School in the “General Assignment Reporting within 24 Hours” category. He is also an adjunct instructor of communications at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem.
ELIZABETH ANNE ROONEY DOLBY ’99 ’02 and Keith Dolby had a son, Gavin Patrick Dolby, on Sept. 11. JOHN M. PERSON CPA, PA joined with MICHAEL V. JOYNER ’73 CPA, PA to form Joyner, Person & Co., CPA, PA in Greenville. DEBORAH WESTBROOK LCSW was named to the Austin Hatcher Foundation board of directors for 2010. She is a clinical evaluator and admissions liaison at Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, Ga. FARAH LISA WHITLEY-SEBTI wed Driss Belmadani on Oct. 3 in Greenville. She practices law with Alston and Bird in Raleigh.
RICK OWENS ’98 ’01 was named assistant vice president of information technology at Pitt Community College in Greenville, where he has been since 2006. TERRELL WILLIAMS (right) is the defensive line coach at Texas Tech. He coached defensive linemen at Purdue for the past four seasons. He was a standout nose guard for the Pirates and a member of the 1995 team that defeated Stanford 19-13 in the Liberty Bowl.
NIKKI EPPS wed Kenny Todd on Apr. 18 at Hallsboro Baptist Church. She is a certified athletic trainer.
Dr. DAVID DAVIDIAN of Durham joined the Triangle Implant Center as a dental anesthesiologist. He is a member of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists and has served on the UNC-CH dental school admissions committee.
STEVEN DOBEY wed Amanda Haynes on Oct. 10 at Shell Island Resort at Wrightsville Beach. He is a wildlife program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. ERIC S. CLARK was promoted to city executive of First South Bank’s Greenville, N.C., market from vice president. JOLEEN M. NEVERS, health education coordinator at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, was certified as a sexuality educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and became a certified health education specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She received two Outstanding Advisor Awards through regional conferences in New England and is currently president of the New England College Health Association. ROBERT C. SCALISE serves as a flight surgeon at the Naval Air Station Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete. He received a degree as doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech.
CHRISTINE ANDRE ’94 ’99, principal of Swansboro High School, was named the 2010 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Onslow County. MICHAEL BAKER ’94 ’98 joined the Pinehurst office of Wells Fargo Advisors as a financial adviser. He was an accountant with James F. Baker, CPA, in Raeford for 12 years. Dr. PHIL CAMERON joined Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as dean of special projects. He was with the Anolik Law Offices in San Francisco, where as a law clerk, his focus was on the travel and tourism industry. STEPHEN J. LEWIS won the 2009 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programs: Public Affairs/Current Affairs—Single Program for producing the 30-minute special Surviving Suicide. He is a producer and writer at WLS-TV ABC 7.
Dr. VIRGINIA DARE HARDY wed Darth Darnelle Akins on Oct. 31 at Yankee Hall Plantation in Greenville. She is vice provost for student affairs at ECU. VICTORIA ELIZABETH VAUGHN ’93 ’04 wed BRADLEY RUSSELL MCALLISTER on Dec. 12 in Greenville. She is an academic advisor for ECU’s College of Allied Health Sciences, and he is a doctoral candidate in ECU’s educational leadership program and an academic advisor for ECU’s College of Business.
JOHN KENYON received the Award of Excellence in the slide and multimedia programs category by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District III. He was cited for his role as producer, editor, and videographer for the multimedia video Musical Theatre Program, produced in March 2009 as a promotional video for Western Carolina University. He joined the staff of ECU Publications as web editor in March. STANLEY SCOTT LEWIS earned the professional geologist license.
JOHN F. CHILTON was awarded the contract to provide all the art for the new Holiday Inn Express in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., the first LEED-certified green hotel in S.C. His company, Earthscapes Photography, specializes in photographic art for the hotel/hospitality industry.
FREDDIE LEE HEATH was elected president of the N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health, PE, Recreation and Dance. He is a dance educator for Wake County public schools and is working on a master’s in school administration at N.C. State. G. CABELL LAWTON IV was named administrator of New Kent County in Virginia. He was the director of Fluvanna County, Va. DENISE WICKER OWEN published her first children’s book, Turtle Gliding, about a little girl who wonders what it would be like to meet a sea turtle. Her mother, Jo Wicker, illustrated the book. Dr. JERRY L. POWELL ’90 ’95 was named associate medical director of Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point. He was a hospitalist with High Point Regional Health System. JOHN RODMAN was promoted to director of the planning and community development department in Washington, N.C., where he was the planning administrator.
ANNE R. COREY was named senior vice president and chief credit officer at Select Bank & Trust in Greenville. She was senior vice president and senior credit risk manager at First South Bank in Washington, N.C.
THOMAS ASBELL was named superintendent at Greene Correctional Institution. He has 20 years experience in corrections. SONYA MCGRAW became Gaston County Schools’ staff attorney. For 18 years, she primarily handled family law cases at Ferguson and McGraw law firm.
YONNIE BUTLER was elected to the board of directors for the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation. He is director of business development at the N.C. Biotechnology Center in RTP where he manages investments through the center’s loan-based programs to support life science companies through inception, research, and growth stages. CRAIG WILLARD was promoted from territory sales representative to Mid-Atlantic sales manager for the Burke Corporation.