Top: Frasure throwing the clachneart
Above, hurling the weight throw
He's the top athlete
at the Highland Games
Eric Frasure ’08 of Charlotte was declared the Top Professional Scottish Heavy Athlete at the Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain last July.
In individual competitions at the event, Frasure placed second in the 56-pound throw for distance, first in the 28-pound throw for distance, second in the 22-pound hammer throw for distance, second in the 22-pound hammer throw for distance and second in the 56-pound toss for height.
Frasure also won the top award at the 2008 games and was third in 2010.
Frasure, whose day job is investigating theft and fraud for the state Division of Motor Vehicles, was an All-American athlete at ECU. He still holds school records in the 35-pound weight throw, discus throw and hammer throw.
“I was always pretty strong for my age and I liked working out and training better than anything else. ECU had a really good throw coach, David Price. He got there about the time I did and he taught me a lot of things. He helped me figure out how to be athletic and not rely just on brute strength.” Frasure added: “Please say hello for me to all the folks in Exercise and Sport Science. I love ECU and really miss the place.”
Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain
Former cheerleader lands
Six months after graduation, former head cheerleader Antwan Bethea ’10 (above) was in New York auditioning for a role in a new stage production of the hit movie Bring It On, a teenage-angst film about competitive high school cheerleading.
role in touring stage show
About 1,700 auditioned for 27 roles; Bethea landed a part in the ensemble cast. A month later, Bring It On: The Musical had its premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and was hailed by the Journal-Constitution as “one of the most exciting Atlanta world premieres in many years.”
The production is directed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights), with libretto by Jeff Whitty, who won a Tony for Avenue Q. (Howell Binkley ’78 provided lighting design for both those shows during their Broadway runs.)
After a few months off to tweak the production, Bring It On: The Musical began a national tour with a six-week engagement at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre (where Beth Grant ’71 was discovered). The L.A. shows run through Dec. 11.
The tour comes to North Carolina this spring with performances at Belk Theatre in Charlotte April 10–15 and at the Durham Performing Arts Center April 17–22.
As an ECU cheerleader, Bethea was known for running back flips from one end zone to the other. He once put so much effort into the routine that he flipped right out of his shirt, bringing howls of approval from the stands.
Reading and Rising
The Read and Rise youth literacy program created in 2008 by Dillon Kalkhurst ’89, director of corporate and community alliances for Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, has now served more than one million at-risk students.
By partnering with community groups, local celebrities and radio stations, Read and Rise provides students with books they want to read and own. The program also reinforces the parents’ role as their child’s most important teacher. Kalkhurst, lives near Orlando, Fla. At ECU, he was senior class president, a Pi Kappa Phi brother and president of the Interfraternity Council. “Jim Reese was my favorite teacher while at ECU; he really took me under his wing,” Kalkhurst said. “He knew I had a passion for radio and worked closely with me to hone my skills.
Those skills helped me land a job immediately after graduation at WIKS-FM KISS 102 in New Bern.” You can follow him on Twitter at @On_MissionTV and read his blog at www.dillonblog.com..
Edwards' new album sings
Tommy Edwards ’70 of Pittsboro, for 40 years the driving force behind The Bluegrass Experience, assembles an all-star cast for a new album that he says combines his two favorite things: traditional roots music and North Carolina history. The album, North Carolina: History, Mystery, Lore and More, features well-known songs set in the state like Carolina Moon, Tom Dula, Black Mountain Rag and Freight Train.
The album also has six new songs he penned for the project, including tunes about the ghost light of Maco Station and the Devil’s Tramping Ground. Edwards, who was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist at the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention, calls on old friends to join him on the album, including Alice Zincone ’89 ’98, daughter of retired College of Business associate dean Louis H. Zincone Jr. Also contributing are Bobby Hicks and Jim Mills, formerly of Ricky Skaggs’ band Kentucky Thunder; former Bill Monroe sideman Stan Brown; and Ralph Stanley’s fiddler, Dewey Brown.
Edwards taught school for 30 years, and he served as a trustee of Central Carolina Community College in Sanford and as an officer of the Chatham County Arts Council. Now retired from teaching, Edwards performs frequently around the state and hosts a radio show, Bluegrass Saturday Night, on WLQC-FM Rocky Mount.
You can purchase the album online from Our State magazine’s catalog at www.ourstatestore.com.
Their big break on Music Row
Five years after they began knocking on doors on Nashville’s Music Row, Justin ’02 and Ryan ’05 Harris got a big break this summer when their band, McKenzies Mill, won the Wildhorse Saloon’s “Battle for the Saddle” contest.
That means the duo will be the official house band for the famous restaurant for a year and be treated to an appearance at the County Music Association Festival.
“It was such a great experience in a sense to play at the largest music venue in Nashville and for such a good audience,” Ryan Harris said, adding, “We had a packed house.”
The brothers, whose music is inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and a touch of Waylon Jennings, grew up in West End, near Pinehurst, on—you guessed it—McKenzies Mill Road. You can listen to their self-titled second album at the band’s web site, www.mckenziesmill.com. —Southern Pines Pilot
Rachelle Friedman ’08 and Chris Chapman ’05 ’08 of Knightdale were married July 22 at the Fearrington House in Pittsboro. They honeymooned in Fiji. The wedding occurred 14 months after she was paralyzed by a fall at her bachelorette party. Among her many wedding presents was a wheelchair-accessible van donated by the Toyota car company.
Haircuts for heroes
Steve ’01 and Kirti ’01 ’02 Loper of Cary felt motivated to do something to help after watching a TV show on the hardships experienced by military wives. They started CoUnT On Mee, a support group that offers free haircuts for military spouses, with the help of Steve’s sister, Meegan, a hairstylist in Fayetteville, near Fort Bragg, where they grew up. Meegan committed to donating free haircuts to military spouses for a year. After creating a Facebook page and a blog to spread the word, other hairsylists at Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Sill, Okla., have joined the cause. The group is on track to provide 1,000 free haircuts in its first year. You can track developments at their web site, countonmee.com.
Jimmy Fleming ’63 of Creedmore, the longtime coach of several sports at South Granville High School, was inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in September. His basketball teams won four men’s conference championships. His softball teams once won 14 consecutive league titles and a whopping 164 conference games in a row to go with a 54 consecutive game win streak that spanned three different seasons. His teams won five NCHSAA slow-pitch state championships, finished second twice and then made the transition successfully to fast pitch, winning one state crown in that version. A member of the NCHSAA Board of Directors from 1990 through ’94, Fleming also served as athletic director at South Granville for many years.
Clayton McCullough ’06, manager of the Dunedin Blue Jays, was named Manager of the Year in the Florida State League, a Class A-Advanced level minor league team affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. He took the team to the playoffs last season and had them atop the league’s North Division again this year. McCullough, a Greenville native, was a standout catcher on the Pirate baseball team. His father, Howard McCullough ’76 ‘81, also a standout player at ECU, is a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pirates in the pros
Sophomore pitcher Shawn Armstrong signed with the Cleveland Indians. Pitcher Seth Maness ’11 signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. Senior pitcher Brad Mincey signed with the Florida Marlins. Senior pitcher Seth Simmons signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Junior pitcher Mike Wright signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Junior catcher Zach Wright was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies but did not sign and will return to ECU.
She's KEEN on exercise
Nichole Cerimele ’02 has found a career that blends her passion for volunteer work, fitness and the Big Apple in one package. In 2008 she volunteered her time with the New York chapter of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), a nonprofit that facilitates activities for children with disabilities by pairing them with trained volunteers. Within three months she was the chapter’s executive director.
“A lot of our kids don’t get regular exercise and at KEEN we let them play and be themselves,” she says. “The parents get a two-hour break, which lets them catch up on other things so they can have more time for their children later.”
With more than 2,000 volunteers in the three years of KEEN New York and at least 100 volunteers working with children at any given time, the children are not the only ones who feel the impact of this organization.
“To see the children’s smiles and the impact on the parents is why I do it.” She continues to volunteer with the Achilles Track Club and the World Association of Nongovernmental Organizations.
She completed two marathons as a guide for an athlete with disabilities. She’s an active member of ECU’s New York Metro alumni group and managed to find time to earn a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The New School in New York. —Jessica Creson Nottingham ’06 ’08
Pearl G. Mooring Wooten ’34
She started what's now
a really big Pirate family
Current students Taylor Wooten ’15 and Stewart Wooten IV ’13 are the children of Jay Wooten III ’84 and Kelly Poe Wooten ’84 of Raleigh. They are the niece and nephew of Bill O. Wooten ’87 and Beth Oliver Wooten ’87 of Kernersville, whose daughter, Ashley E. Wooten ’13, also is a student. They have an aunt, Dail Wooten Hovey ’82 of Jacksonville, Fla. Catherine, John IV and Ashley are the grandchildren of John S. Wooten Jr. ’59 ’65 and Marlene Overman Wooten ’61 of Asheboro and the great-grandchildren of Pearl G. Mooring Wooten ’34 (pictured). By the way, 1934 was the year the Teachers became the Pirates.
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STEPHEN EDWARD LUEHRMAN
wed Renita Michelle Compton on May 27 at Les Bourgeois Winery, Rocheport, Mo. He is a freelance violist based in Raleigh. Coast Guard Seaman JOSEPH F. MURPHY
graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, Cape May, N.J.
ANNE BRENNAN is director of Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum. She was acting director and previously assistant director and curator at the museum. A painter, she has been a fellow in the N.C. Arts Council’s A+ Schools Program since 2007. VONTA LEACH, an All-Pro fullback, signed a three-year, $11-million contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He had played for the Houston Texans. SARAH MAMMARELLA is a family and consumer sciences agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Richmond County Center. Dr. DAN MAYO is dean of Pitt Community College’s public services and fine arts division. He was assistant vice president for academic affairs at PCC. KATHARINE ROBIN MCDUFFY ’10 wed GEOFFREY CREIGHTON MARETT ’04 on June 18 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Morehead City. She is a school psychologist with Lenoir County Schools, and he is a supervisor for Lenoir County Social Services. LUCYBETH NIEVES ARRIBA is a gynecology oncologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Zimmer Cancer Center. TONI PAISLEY was named one of 12 Conference USA recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award. She is working on a master’s degree in criminal justice at Long Beach State University. WILLIE SMITH, an offensive tackle at ECU, signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. JENNIFER M. TATE wed Marvin L. Gilliam Jr. on April 2 at the historic Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va. She works for the Department of Defense, Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Va. ERIC WHITE exhibited his sculpture at Bottega Art & Wine, Wilmington.
LEON ARCILLA JR. and his wife opened La Hacienda Mexican Grill in Greenville. STEPHEN BENSON is a financial services representative for MetLife of the Carolinas in Raleigh. SETH MICHAEL FIRQUIN is a senior account executive with Pirates IMG Sports Marketing. CHRISTOPHER JAMES GODWIN wed Elizabeth Susan Moeller on July 16 in an outdoor ceremony at Rose Hill Plantation. He is a computer technician with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. WHITNEY JOEILL McFARLAND is Miss Lumbee 2011. She is a public health educator at the Robeson County Health Department. RUBY RODRIQUEZ is a banking officer at BB&T’s Rockville Pike office, Rockville, Md.
Dr. ASHLEIGH FREEMAN is a family medicine physician at the Maxton Family Practice Center, Maxton. ASHLEY JO GODLEY ’08 ’11 and JOSHUA FRANKLIN TRIPP ’07 ’11 wed on Aug. 20 at Faith Assembly of God, Winterville. In Greenville, she works for the Family Wellness Center, and he works for Practicon. JOSHUA POTTER is director of the band program at Charlotte Catholic High School. He was director of bands and chair of the art department at Wakefield High School, Raleigh. CALLISON PAIGE RUDD ’08 wed JASON MICHAEL ANDERSON ’07 on May 21 at the Chapel at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Greenville. She is a marketing coordinator for Greenlight Collectibles, Indianapolis, Ind. He is a freelance software programmer and owner of Desktop Shark. ISA BRETT THOMAS ’08 wed WILLIAM DAVID SMELCER ’06 on June 4 at First United Methodist Church, Pfafftown. She works at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, and he works with Frank L. Blum Construction Co.
ELIZABETH FULTON was elected class president for the 2011–2012 school year at the Charleston School of Law, Charleston, S.C. She is completing her third year of law school. LEIGH CHESSON HOLT was promoted to customer service representative at Select Bank & Trust in the Greenville office. ADAM WESLEY PHILLIPS wed Shanelle June Wilson on April 1 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City. MARTHA ELIZABETH THOMAS wed Thomas Joshua Moore on June 25 at First Baptist Church, Sanford. She is an ICU nurse at Wake Med Hospital.
APRIL PAUL BAER ’06 ’08 was named to The Daily Record’s Top 50 Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 list for the state of Maryland. HEATHER BARBOUR is co-owner of Wine & Design Charlotte. She was doing marketing for various departments at N.C. State University. LEAH WILSON ’06 ’08 is a clinical supervisor of Youth Villages’ Intercept intensive in-home services program, helping children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues and their families in the greater Raleigh-Durham area. She was a senior family counselor for Youth Villages.
ERICA LYNN HINK wed Matthew Tyler Barton on May 21 at the First United Methodist Church, Washington. She is town administrator for Springdale, S.C. KRISTEL L. JERNIGAN, a nephrologist, works at Eastern Nephrology Associates in its Greenville office. TIMOTHY JAMES MORGAN received the Master WorkComp Advisor designation through the Institute of WorkComp Professionals. He is a regional account executive with The Clement Companies, Greenville. MARTHA MAXWELL SNEAD wed David Lee Facenda on Oct. 1, 2010, at the Boothe House, Morrison Grove, Manteo. NATALIE SUZANNE STALLINGS ’05 ’10 and JOSHUA HOGAN SWEELEY ’09 wed on April 16 at the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island. Both work for Pitt County Public Schools.
LISA BARBER received the Meeting Professionals International-Carolinas Chapter Tomorrow’s Leader Award. She is regional director of business development for the Greenville Convention Center. AMANDA CHRISTINA BRON wed Henry Edwin Boyd IV on Aug. 27 at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wilmington. She is an oncology nurse at Duke University Hospital, Durham. DONALD DANIELS and his wife opened Yummy Yogurt, a self-serve frozen-yogurt shop, in Greenville. Dr. ANNA WEISS KIRK is an internal medicine physician at Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, Charleston, S.C. HEATHER WILSON MAYO was elected treasurer for the N.C. School Public Relations Association and is a board member for ECU’s School of Communication CommCrew. She is public information officer for Pitt County Schools. CANDACE C. MOORE ’04 ’06 was promoted to assistant vice president at BB&T in Winston-Salem. MATT and ERIN SCULLY opened The Scullery Coffee House and Creamery in Greenville. She is the music teacher and fine arts coordinator at The Oakwood School, and he is a server at Starlight Cafe.
BRIAN K. FULLERTON joined Sonic Aviation in Charlotte, where he is a pilot for Bruton Smith, owner of both Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Sonic Automotive. He is ATP certified and PIC Typed in the Dassault Falcon 2000. He was a first officer with USAirways. MICHAEL GRIFFIN received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He and wife, MERCER HAMBLEN GRIFFIN, had their first child, Stirling Elizabeth. DANA A. LASSITER is the practice administrator at Carolina Women’s Physicians, Greenville. He was an exercise program specialist at Viquest Wellness Center, Greenville. KELLY REBECCA ROGERS ’03 wed BENJAMIN CLARK DILDA ’04 on May 21 in an outdoor ceremony at Rock Springs Center, Greenville. She is public communication specialist and head of communications and development for ECU’s Laupus Library. He is a project manager for Todd Edwards Construction, Farmville.
ASHER WELDON BARKLEY wed Simona Mihaela Josan on June 26 at the gardens of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. He teaches at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Dr. JOHN BROOKS, a cardiologist, is a clinical assistant professor at the Brody School of Medicine and its group medical practice, ECU Physicians. LORI ANN CARR ’02 ’06 wed RICHARD NICHOLAS ANDERSON ’04 on July 16 at Memorial Baptist Church, Greenville. She teaches in Edgecombe County, and he is head football coach at Kinston High School. GEORGE CATALANO is principal of Coopers Elementary School in Elm City. He was principal of Winstead Avenue Elementary School. WENDY COX ’02 ’04 is administrative support specialist for N.C. Sea Grant. She had worked at NCSU College of Management in the master of accounting program. JASON GRIFFIN ’02 ’07 is Teacher of the Year for Perquimans County Schools, where he teaches second grade at Perquimans County Central School. BRAD JOHNSTON ’02 ’09 is the principal of Farmville Central High School where he was assistant principal. SCOTT KINSMAN was promoted to captain with Pinnacle Airlines, where he handles Delta flights across the USA. SUSANNAH G. HURLBURT wed Benjamin Christopher Lock on May 27 on the beach at Emerald Isle. She teaches music at Midtown Academy, Baltimore, Md. CARLTON MARCUS ROBBINS wed Catherine Alexis Tighe on March 12 at Second Empire, Raleigh. He works for the History Museum, Marbles Kids Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh. CHRIS SETSER ’02 ’07 is assistant director for transportation for Pitt County Schools. He was principal of Grifton School.
KIMBERLY SUZANNE BARBOUR ’01 ’03, a senior financial examiner with the N.C. Department of Insurance, earned the certified public accountant designation. CYNDI BELLACERO ’01 ’04 is department chair of the social sciences and humanities programs at Craven Community College, New Bern. Dr. JAIME CEPEDA JR. is a board-certified bariatric, vascular and general surgeon at Dingmans Medical, Dingmans Ferry, Pa. NFL quaterback DAVID GARRARD sponsored the David Garrard Golf Classic at the Greenville Country Club to benefit Beau’s Buddies Cancer Fund. The event featured several NFL athletes including some former ECU players. JASON LEE MCDONALD and wife, Lindsey, had a son, Reid Oliver.
CLIFF GODWIN ’00 ’02 is the hitting coach at the University of Mississippi. He was hitting coach and baseball recruiting coordinator at the University of Central Florida. He was the Pirates’ catcher from 1997–2001, and went with ECU to the NCAA Regionals as a No. 1 seed in 1999, 2000 and 2001. AMANDA GALE HESTER wed Wesley Scott Oglesby on July 16 at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University. She is a school program account manager at Southeast United Dairy Industry Association in Atlanta. MARIA PHARR is assistant vice president of academic affairs at Pitt Community College. She was a dean of liberal arts and university transfer, director of planning and assessment, and chair of science, math, health and physical education at Craven Community College. SUSAN PAPOT REECE retired from Pitt County government as an extension agent, family and consumer sciences, with the Cooperative Extension. Dr. THOMAS TRAVIS ’00 ’03 joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor of clinical nutrition in the College of Health Sciences.
CHENA WILLIAMS CAYTON ’99 ’06 is principal of Wahl-Coates Elementary School, Greenville. She was Pitt County Schools director of career and technical education, 9–12 programs and staff development. BINH DURANT, community employment services program manager at Eastern Carolina Vocational Center, received the 2010 National Council of Work Centers Management Excellence Award for her work with people with disabilities. STEPHANIE GRIFFIN, an occupational therapist at Nash Day Hospital, earned her certification in hand therapy.
JASON BARCLIFT ’98 ’06, band director at E.B. Aycock Middle School, Greenville, was elected to the American School Band Directors Association. RHONDA BASS is superintendent of Noble Public Schools, Norman, Okla. KRISTY CONWAY ’98 ’02 is a partner in ENC Property Management LLP. She worked in real estate part time since 2006. ASA T. JOHNSON of High Point opened AJ ChemDry, a carpet and upholstery cleaning business. ASHLEY BLAIR PATE ’98 ’00 wed DAVID BURNS GOLDSTON III ’97 on May 21 on the beach at North Myrtle Beach, S.C. She works at Atlantic Physical Therapy in North Myrtle Beach, and he is executive director of Shallotte Assisted Living.
KIM PICKLES is principal of Stonehouse Elementary in the Williamsburg-James City County (Va.) school system. She was vice principal at D.J. Montague Elementary School. STEPHANIE LEE WILLIAMS wed David Guanzini on Sept. 17 in Southport. She is a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Wilmington.
BILL BURNETTE and his wife had a daughter, Abigail Anne, on Aug. 16, 2010. JENNIFER CORLEY, a former teacher, opened iTeach in downtown Greenville, which carries educational toys and materials. She has taught preschool, kindergarten and sixth grade. ADRIAN COX ’96 ’00 is community impact director for United Way of Pitt County. WAYNE ROBBINS read his work at the Authors @ Upstate Visiting Writers Series at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches. NICOLE TRIPP SMITH ’96 ’98 ’04 is principal at H.B. Sugg and Sam D. Bundy Schools, Farmville. She was principal of Eastern Elementary School, Greenville. PAM SUTTON, first-grade teacher at Whiteville Primary School, is the Whiteville City Schools’ 2011–2012 Teacher of the Year.
DAVID “REED” BAER III of the Hickory Police Department graduated from the FBI National Academy, which offers advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers who have proven to be professional leaders within their organizations. EMMANUEL McDANIEL, former ECU defensive back, joined the staff of ECU strength coach Jeff Connors. NICOLE LAURION MILLS and husband, Brian, had a son, Blake Mills.
CATHY HOMEYER is executive director of emergency services for three Southcoast Hospitals in Massachusetts. She was administrative director of emergency services at Cox Health, Springfield, Mo. LINDY SHORT MEDLIN ’94 ’06 graduated as a registered nurse from Nash Community College and received licensure from the N.C. Board of Nursing. She was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi and works at Nash Health Care Systems. She and son, Brandon, live in Red Oak.
DAWN TERRY ’93 ’09 is principal of Monroe Avenue Elementary School, Richmond County. MARGARET SHARPE ’93 ’06 is principal of Nashville Elementary School. She was principal of Red Oak Elementary School.
JOY JOYNER CAMERON was promoted to chief probation officer in Greene County. EMILY WORLEY COOK, chair of education, communications and humanities at Southeastern Community College, received the T. Elbert Clemmons Outstanding Faculty Award presented to an instructor who demonstrates dedication to the students and the institution. JERRY A. GARNER is branch manager of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s downtown Charleston, S.C., office. He was a reverse mortgage specialist with the company, for which he has worked 17 years.
CHARLES CHESTNUT ’91 ’96 is principal of Johnson Elementary School. CYNDI GALBRAITH HEALEY ’91 ’11 received an MS in nursing with an adult nurse practitioner concentration from ECU.
CATHY KENNEDY KIRKLAND ’90 ’04 is principal of Eastern Elementary School, Greenville. She was assistant principal at Wintergreen Intermediate School, Winterville. SCOTTY ROBINSON, former Arena League player, coaches the defensive line at Salisbury High School. ANDREW D. SCHMIDT, sales and marketing manager for the Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, won the Patsy B. Smith Award from the Association Executives of North Carolina.
ELLEN PROIA LAWSON is a certified life coach. Through her “Your Life, Your Choice” workshops held throughout Cary and Raleigh, she assists women of all ages. LEE RIDDLE caught a 609-pound blue marlin out of Oregon Inlet. Along on the trip were his wife, LYNN ’90, two sons and his parents. ROBIN YOUNG is manager of events for the host committee for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September 2012.
Dr. WILLIAM ENNIS “CHIP” OAKLEY JR. ’88 ’92 is an urgent care physician with America’s Urgent Care-Hunter’s Creek, Orlando, Fla. He continues as medical director for four CVS Minute Clinics around Orlando; associate medical director for Svelte Medical Weight Loss Clinic and weekend medical supervisor for Walt Disney World Employee Health Services. SONNY SWANNER is vice president and city executive for the Washington branch of Select Bank & Trust Co. THOMAS J. TARICANI is a trustee of the Scholarship Fund with the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a partner specializing in taxation, valuation and litigation with Boyer & Ritter CPAs in State College, Pa.
Dr. WANDA PARKER DAWSON ’87 ’08 is superintendent of Pamlico County Schools. J. K. ELKINS, C.E.M., is senior global regulatory compliance manager for energy and electrical regulations at Invista S.à.r.l., a subsidiary of Koch Industries. He was director of the N.C. Rural Electric Authority in Raleigh. RICKY GRAVES of Reidsville is director of the Rockingham County Head Start program. Dr. ANTHONY D. JACKSON is superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. He was superintendent of Henry County Public Schools in Collinsville, Va.
ELLA HEDGEPETH BATTS ’86 ’93 is principal of Winstead Avenue Elementary School. She was principal of Williford Elementary School. JIM FORD, a principle-in-charge for the Canadian Biodiversity Project (Medicine Hat, Alberta), will lead the introduction of Mexican gray wolves into the front-range of southern Alberta and south-central British Columbia. Initially, the project will release 23 breeding pairs in January and February of 2012. Virginia Beach ophthalmologist ROGER NEWSOM (below) won the SunTrust State Open of Virginia golf tournament for the second time, winning by eight strokes at the July event at the Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va. He also won the 2008 tournament, which annually attracts Virginia’s best amateur and club professionals.
RICHARD LEO BARFIELD JR. is athletic director at Durant Road Middle School, Raleigh, and co-chair of the healthful living department. He and his wife and three children live in Garner. AMY JO COOPER ROGERS ’85 ’96 ’11 earned her D.Ed. from ECU. She is executive director for elementary and middle grades education for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. She and her family live in Nashville. NORAINI ROSLAN is president of Kuala Selangor District Council and the first woman to be appointed president of a local council in Selangor, Malaysia. GREG SHELNUTT is chair of Clemson University’s art department. He was a member of the visual arts faculty at the UNC School of the Arts, where he had taught since 2000 and was director of the visual arts program since 2005. His sculptures have been exhibited in more than 350 solo, invitational and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the U.S. and abroad.
DONNA MOONEYHAM was the aquatics coach at the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece. WILL SANDERSON ’84 ’92 is principal of Grifton School. He was principal of Wahl-Coates Elementary School. MOLLIE FRANCIS TRIPP ’84 ’01 wed Herbert Dorman Powell on May 21 at Cypress Landing Marina, Chocowinity. She is a nurse practitioner in the neonatal ICU at PCMH and a clinical assistant professor at ECU’s College of Nursing.
JOSEPH MAUTHE, a tax partner with Deloitte Tax, LLP based in Los Angeles, was named regional marketplace leader for the West Region. A CPA, he has been with the firm for 24 years and a partner since 1997. CHRIS MOXLEY ’83 ’00 is Pitt County Schools induction specialist through the Teacher Quality Partnership grant with ECU. He also develops and implements the Beginning Teacher Training and Support program. DOROTHY P. SAVIN wed David V. Sykes on May 14 at Leaflet Presbyterian Church, Broadway. She is director of information services at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst.
WILLIAM RUSSELL OVERMAN is Carteret County manager. He was county manager for Martin County. DENNIS TEEL ’82 ’84 ’88 ’92 is principal of Northwest Elementary School, Pitt County. A past principal at Falkland Elementary, he was director of principal development and teacher induction under a grant in collaboration with ECU for the past year. GLORIA EVANS WHITLEY ’82 ’89 is principal of W.L. Greene Alternative School where she was assistant principal.
KENNY DELOATCH ’81 ’86 is vice president-community banking officer for First South Bank in Rocky Mount. The late WILLIAM RILEY GRAY, former chief financial officer and vice president for fiscal services for Carteret General Hospital, Morehead City, was honored by his co-workers with a robot named “Riley” that connects stroke victims with stroke specialists worldwide. LEIGH COAKLEY PETTUS was honored at the 20th annual Tribute to Women of Influence in Asheville for her work with MANNA FoodBank and her longtime efforts to end hunger in western North Carolina. DOUG PICKETTE is head athletic trainer at Rocky Mount High School. He has been a social studies teacher and a trainer at the school for the last 12 years.
ROGER L. “VERN” DAVENPORT ’80 ’81 was named to the ECU Board of Visitors. He has three decades of experience in health care IT businesses. He provides strategy consulting for Quintiles, the biopharmaceutical services company. THERESA EDMONDSON, director of Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center, Greenville, received the Dr. Frederick B. Glaser Award, recognizing a substance abuse professional who demonstrates contributions in increasing access to alcohol or other substance abuse care in areas of treatment, education, research or leadership. DUANE GROOMS ’80 ’82 is assistant athletics director for facilities services at the University of South Carolina. He was a major gifts officer for ECU’s College of Health and Human Performance. BOB PEOPLES is a director of business development in the Southeast U.S. for Norwich, a full-service contract development and manufacturing provider for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. He has directed manufacturing and packaging operations at Burroughs Welcome and DSM Pharmaceuticals and spent the last 10 years in sales and customer service. JEWEL SMITH retired from Vanceboro Farmlife Elementary School after 31 years of teaching.
DEBBIE KNIGHT is director of Duke Center of Living at Fearrington, a fitness center offering medically-based wellness programs. THERESA P. PIERCE, lead teacher and curriculum coach at Overton Elementary School, is the 2011 Rowan-Salisbury School System Teacher of the Year.
DENNIS F. RAMSEY retired after 26 years practicing law, 16 in Florida and 10 in Nevada.
PATRICK FLYNN wed Belinda Baker, and they own Edenton Coffee House with a bookstore in Edenton. AL MUSGRAVE retired as athletic director at Princeton High School. SUSAN WHITFIELD ’77 ’95, author of the Logan Hunter Mystery series, published her fourth novel, with a fifth on the way. The most recent, Sin Creek, focuses on the Cape Fear River and the nearby Gator Creek.
ALTA ALLEN ’76 ’91 ’07 is Teacher of the Year at Hertford Grammar School. STEPHEN D. BENJAMIN (left) is president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2011–2012. He will serve as president in 2012–2013. He is an attorney with the Richmond, Va., firm of Benjamin & DesPortes. MARTHA LANCASTER is head of lower school at the Rocky Mount Academy. A National Board certified teacher, she joined the academy faculty in 2010, after teaching in the Edgecombe, Rocky Mount and Virginia school systems in music education, gifted education and fourth- and fifth-grade regular education. GALE RAYNETTE PERRY retired from teaching after 35 years with the Camden County School system where she taught at the high school and middle school.
DIANNE BOSEMAN ’74 ’95 was promoted to professor of computer engineering technology at Nash Community College, Rocky Mount. She received the 2011 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award. WILLIAM W. PHIPPS was elected chair of the N.C. Council of School Attorneys for 2011–2012. MILT SHERMAN ’74 ’79 earned the bronze medal in badminton singles at the Senior Games National Championships in Houston, Texas, in June. As an ECU undergraduate, he was the Southern Conference champion in wrestling.
GLORIA SUVON TALLEY JUNKINS ’73 ’91 received an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Georgia Southern University. She and husband, Mike, live in Lexington, S.C., where she is the chief academic officer for Lexington School District One.
JACKIE G. COLBERT ’72 ’77 ’82 received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. She was a longtime director at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction from which she retired in 2010 after 24 years. GLENN R. CROSHAW was elected by the General Assembly of Virginia for an eight-year term as a judge of the Second Judicial Circuit Court for the city of Virginia Beach.
HENRY GORHAM published the novel Secotan, set in eastern North Carolina, which explores the environmental and economic perils of American addiction to oil. JIM QUINN was appointed board chair of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board for fiscal year 2012. He is a commercial and investment real estate broker affiliated with Creative Properties Inc.
DWIGHT JAMES FLANAGAN ’70 and his wife, LINDA HANEY FLANAGAN ’71, retired from their State Farm Insurance business, which served Brunswick County for 26 years. A football letterman at ECU, he and his wife plan to spend more time at their Greenville home on the Tar River watching their beloved Pirates.
JEANNE C. HART retired from teaching in Wake County Schools after 40 years but plans to substitute teach in the future.
ERNEST V. LOGEMANN is serving a four-year term on the ECU Board of Visitors. He was also appointed to a three-year term on the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Commission.
WILLIE MARLOW had more than 100 small paintings exhibited in September in seven different venues, including Croatia, Canada and Ireland. Dr. NORMAN WALTER SHEARIN JR. retired from Vance County Public Schools after serving more than eight years as superintendent. From 1996 to 2002, he was principal and deputy superintendent in New Hanover County Public Schools. In 1996 he retired from the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Public School System after 31 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal at five highs schools in the system.
LELA CHESSON ’63 ’84 received the 2010–2011 Barry Gaskins Award presented by the N.C. School Public Relations Association for outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications. Retired from the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, she was community relations director for more than 20 years.
J. PAUL DAVENPORT, a retired military officer and Greenville businessman, is chair of the Pitt Community College Board of Trustees. He has served on the college’s governing board since 2005. FRANCES “FRANKIE” BAYNOR PARNELL ’61 ’81 was honored as a 50-year member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a retired family and consumer sciences teacher and CEO of Natural and Family Resources Inc.
NANCY ALLEN retired from Vanceboro Farmlife Elementary School after 32 years of teaching.
MARVIN “BEAR” BALDREE ’56 and his wife, SARAH SELLERS BALDREE ’70, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
REBECCA PATE MCLAWHORN, retired teacher and now tutor, substitute teacher and volunteer at Vanceboro Farmlife Elementary School, where she taught for 25 years, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for her lifelong contribution to education.
CHARLES FUTRELL of The Villages, Fla., became the oldest man to complete a USA-Triathalon-sanctioned event on June 11. At 91, he finished the 440-yard swim, 10-mile bike and 3-mile run in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 38 seconds. He is a retired teacher.