Class Notes

PanHellanic Council 1975
Alumni Spotlights

Bill McBride

He's getting fit

Bill McBride ’86 of San Francisco, who already was chief operating officer of the company, was named president of Club One, a chain of 14 fitness centers Northern California and five others in Southern California themed for kids.

He joined the company eight years ago as director of operations. Club One also manages more than 60 corporate fitness centers, community centers, multitenant business parks and municipalities serving more than 140,000 members nationwide.

McBride, who grew up in Fayetteville, serves on the board of his industry’s trade association and its magazine editorial board, Club Solutions and Club Industry Magazine advisory boards, regularly contributes to numerous advisory panels as an industry expert, and presents both nationally and internationally at major industry conventions. He is married to Adrienne Francis McBride and they have three children.

Deal Wedding

Aaarrrgh, they do!
Lindsy Hardin ’05 and Joshua Deal ’06 were married in April in Ponce Inlet, Fla., and couldn’t let an opportunity pass to show their school spirit.

Friends since high school and all through college, Lindsy earned a BFA in metal design and illustration and Josh received a bachelor’s in exercise physiology.

N.C. Literary Review

Drawing on the news
The 2011 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review is out, and the striking cover art is by Joan Mansfield ’82, an associate professor in the School of Art and Design who often has contributed work to the magazine’s interior pages but never the cover. Dana Ezzell Gay '96 has designed the magazine covers since 2009. Various artists have produced the magazine's cover art over the years.

Last year’s issue won the Best Journal Design Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

NCLR, which won the same design award in 1999 and the Parnassus Award for editorial achievement in 2007, is published by ECU and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

The NCLR is available by subscription as well as at several retail outlets across North Carolina. For more information, visit the journal’s website.

Beverly Cox

Portrait of service
Beverly Jones Cox ’67 of Arlington, Va., announced her retirement after 43 years with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

For the last 11 years she was director of exhibitions and collections management at the gallery, responsible for exhibition programs as well as the care and housing of 20,000 works of art.

Cox joined the National Portrait Gallery in 1968 when it opened to the public, just after graduation from the School of Art.

She is married to Norman Cox ’66, who was a Lambda Chi Alpha.

Kurt Garner

Teacher of the year
Kurt Garner
’05 ’07 was named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Pitt County Schools. He teaches business education at D.H. Conley High School, Greenville.

Finalists were: Paige Best ’95, first grade, Chicod School; Samantha Blake ’04 ’05, fifth grade, Sadie Saulter Elementary School; Lora C. Joyner ’89 ’94, health science, Ayden-Grifton High School; Jamie Stanfield ’03, sixth-grade science, C.M. Eppes Middle School; Cindy Vainright ’81 ’84, kindergarten, Eastern Elementary School; Kimberley White ’02 ’03, second grade, Ayden Elementary School.

Hall of fame inductee

Eddie Buck Sr.

Eddie Buck Sr. ’64 of Charleston was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in May.

Buck started out as a banker, rising to become executive vice president of Citizens and Southern National Bank.

He bought a small lumber supply company in 1975 and built it into a mainstay of the area, Buck Lumber. He built the Bluewater chain of convenience stores, opened fast food restaurants and 18 public storage sites.

His enterprises operate through Jupiter Holdings, the parent company of Buck Holdings. Buck has chaired more than a dozen of Charleston’s civic organizations as well as the State Railroad Commission and the State Ports Authority Commission.

He and his wife, attorney Margaret Brown, have two children, Susanne Buck Cantey and Eddie Buck Jr., both of whom work in the family business.

Above: Members of the Pan-Hellenic Council, 1975

By Joanne Kollar

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EMILY REBEKAH TACKETT wed John McQuade Hylant on March 5 at The Mount Vernon Inn, Mount Vernon, Va.

Air Force Airman 1st Class SOCCORRO C. CRUZ graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. CHRISTIAN LANIER is a nurse practitioner at the Goshen Medical Center, Beulaville, and owns a baking and honey business, The Tipsy Bee. SARAH ELIZABETH JONES wed Daniel Carroll Miller on March 19 at King’s Crossroads Free Will Baptist Church, Fountain. AMANDA JORDAN MATTHEWS received her licensure as a registered nurse from the N.C. Board of Nursing and works in the oncology nursing unit at Nash Hospitals, Rocky Mount. CHRIS RUPP launched an evening bus service in Greenville providing rides from downtown to student apartment complexes in the city.

THERESA BAREFIELD, executive director of Literacy Volunteers-Pitt County, received a $500 Youth Leaders Literacy Grant from Youth Service America and the National Education Association to support youth-led, service-learning initiatives addressing education and literacy. STEPHEN BROOKS IRVIN wed Abigail Lauren Mayhew on April 30 at the Rand-Bryan House, Garner. He is a physician assistant at Burton Family Medicine, Wake Forest. ABIGAIL RUSSELL PARKER wed Joseph Charles Elmore on April 2 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Bath. She was on the volleyball team. She works for Guilford County Schools in Greensboro. Dr. FRANK C. SMEEKS is chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C.

Army National Guard 1st Lt. THOMAS P. BARSALOU returned to the U.S. after serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations. He is an all source intelligence officer with more than two years of military service, assigned to the 105th Military Police Battalion based out of Asheville. M. ALLISON CASTELLANA joined the advertising and promotions division of WBOC-TV, Delmarvas, Del. She was coordinator of events in Crisfield, Md. Dr. JACOB CUELLAR is CEO of Peak Behavioral Health Services in El Paso, Texas. He was associate administrator at the hospital for the past two years.

COREY BASS ’07 ’09 is Ball State’s assistant athletic director for football operations. He was director of football operations at Elon University. AMY ELIZABETH BAPP wed Aaron Billings on May 7 at Deep Run Park, Richmond, Va. She is a recreation therapist for Henrico County and is Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, Central Service Area Chair Elect. AMANDA CHURCH is a program assistant with the city of Charleston’s (S.C.) business development office. She had worked in public relations, marketing and event planning. SCOTT JUSTIN POAG ’07 ’09 wed Summey Nicole Savage on May 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Salisbury. He is the existing industries coordinator with the Pitt County Development Commission. CRYSTAL BLAIR VICK ’07 and MICHAEL JOHN ROSE ’06 wed on May 14 at Ginter Park Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. She works for VCU Health Systems in Richmond, and he works for SunTrust Bank.

Dr. SUSANNE ADAMS is president of Brunswick Community College. She was vice president of student services and academic support at Sandhills Community College. ASHLEY RENEE BRITT ’06 ’10 passed her state boards as a physician assistant and works in the emergency room at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie. WILLIAM D. EDGAR joined Southern Bank’s commercial business unit in Rocky Mount as a vice president and commercial banker. MEGAN HATHAWAY HANDY and husband, Samuel, had a daughter, Madelyn Faye. She joins brother Samuel Mark. ANNE MULLIGAN ’06 and SIDNEY ROBERT MULLIS ’04 ’05 wed on April 30 in Airlie Garden, Wilmington. She was a Chi Omega and works in human resources for PPD Inc. He works in contracts and proposal development for Kendle.

MIRIAM ABERNETHY YOUNG ’05 ’07 received the Employee of the Year Gold Star Award for 2010 at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, where she is an occupational therapist. LIONEL KATO, principal of Farmville Middle School, is Media Administrator of the Year 2011.

JAMES “AARON” HARDWICK is a 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator. These awards honor 50 music educators from across the country for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools. He is director of orchestras at Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach, Va. AARON STEPHEN HOLLAR wed Holly Kent Isbister on April 30 at Calvary Moravian Church, Winston-Salem. He owns Boxer Construction Co., Charlotte. SARAH JOHNSON is an assistant professor of biology and natural resources at Northland College, Ashland, Minn. She had a post-doctoral position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she developed collaborations with the National Park Service’s Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network and with the Nature Conservancy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. JEFFREY ALLEN LEVY wed Julia Hope Harlow on May 28 at The Inn at Crestwood, Blowing Rock. He is a nurse at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount.

Dr. JASON BOEBEL joined the medical staff in cardiology/electrophysiology at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Spec. DAVID W. HARDEE deployed for one year to Afghanistan, Kunar Province, with the U.S. Army. CAROLYN HELLER, principal of West Carteret High School, is the 2011–2012 Wachovia Principal of the Year. Paul KeplarPAUL KAPLAR (left), county agent for N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., is one of the Top 10 Rookie Agents for 2010 based on his outstanding sales and service record. MICHAEL ANTHONY MILIOTE is principal of Matthews Elementary School in Matthews. He and wife, Amber, live in Fort Mill, S.C., with their 1-year-old son. Dr. JEFFREY PALIS is interim director of the Center for International Studies at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga. BECCA FLEENOR SMITH ’03 ’04 and husband, JONATHAN “BLAKE” SMITH ’04, work in their family-owned and -operated firm, Robert G. Smith, CPA, in Cary, which was named Employer of the Year 2010-2011 by the Cary Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Cary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. They have two sons.

HEATHER ANNE FREEMAN CRIBB received her National Board Certification in 2010. She teaches sixth and seventh grades at Stokes Elementary School in Pitt County. NICOLE MARTIN is director of corporate health & network development for Novant Health, Charlotte. LESSLIE REBECCA OVERTON wed Ryan Sherrill Duncan on Jan. 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington. She is a registered nurse with New Hanover Health Network. DANA L. REASON, Miss North Carolina 2003 and founder of her own line of cosmetics, appeared on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act as part of The Balancing Act’s “2011 Balance Your Life Road Tour” with the Southern Women’s Show. She did a makeup presentation and traveled to Nashville, Richmond and Memphis to serve as makeup artist for the show’s hosts. KATHRYN HICKS SHIELDS graduated cum laude from N.C. Central Law School.

KELLY ELAINE HARDY ’01 and JASON MATTHEW DEANS ’99 ’01 wed on April 30 at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Greenville.

JENNIFER ’00 and SCOTT ’99 CAMPBELL own a State Farm Insurance agency in Winterville. She was recognized nationally by the company for outstanding customer and claim service as well as the lead life insurance producer in North Carolina. He specializes in small business commercial insurance. KELLY ELAINE HARDY ’01 wed JASON MATTHEW DEANS ’99 ’01 on April 30 at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Greenville. She works for Aetna and he works for Baseball Concessions. ROBERT KNOWLES is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. A regional representative for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Francisco, he is involved in state and national emergency activities and has responded to public health emergencies like 9/11, anthrax investigations, Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. MATTHEW MALONE and wife, Lisa, had their first child, Fiona Isabelle. TOMMY PRICE ’00 ’01 is city executive and senior vice president with BB&T in Greenville. He was the business services office for the Greenville market. He and wife, AMANDA ’00 ’05, live in Winterville with sons Zachary and Evan.

FRANKIE ’99 and CRAIG ’07 BOGENN had twins, Hannah Alexis and Reagen Suzanne. ELIZABETH ROONEY DOLBY ’99 ’02 and husband, Keith Dolby, had a daughter, Mackenzie Jane. SCOTT D. LENHART is the health director for Stokes County. BRAD MYERS is the legal and legislative issues chair for the N.C. Occupational Therapy Association. He is the clinical specialist for Carolina Therapy Services. STACEY PATTERSON, a graphic artist at Edgecombe Community College, exhibited two paintings in the 2011 N.C. Community Colleges Art Exhibition in Raleigh. Dr. ROXIE WELLS joined the associate staff in family medicine at Stedman Medical Care in the Cape Fear Valley Health System.

ALICIA MARIE TALMADGE DELSASSO and husband, Chris, had a son, Mason Francis, joining big brother Parker. MARY ANGELA CLEMMONS LEE of Tabor City exhibited her paintings at the Tabor City Visitors Center. She is a retired social worker. MARVIN MCFADYEN ’98 ’02 is director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections. CHRIS PADGETT ’98 ’04 is chief planner for Greenville. He was the Ayden assistant town manager. DAVID “JAKE” PERRY received the Pollie Award for Best Fundraiser, the American Association of Political Consultants annual award, for his work on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s re-election campaign in November 2010. ANNETTE STONE is the economic and community development director of Carrboro. She was the city planner for New Bern.

LAVETTE FORD ’97 ’03 is principal of Lakeforest Elementary School, Greenville. She was principal of South Greenville Elementary School. NATALIE JACKSON was named the N.C. Best Female Muzzleloader at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh with a deer that weighed 190 pounds and had 13 antlers. ROBERT LANCASTER, a school counselor at West Carteret High School, is Certified Employee of the Year in Carteret County. MYRA MCCLAIN MALLISON ’97 ’99 wed WILLIAM GRIFFIN ROSS JR. ’97 ’99 on April 9 at Dinwiddie Chapel at Peace College, Raleigh. She works in pharmaceutical clinical research at PPD, Morrisville, and he is an occupational therapist at Innovative Senior Care, Durham. KAREN QUICK ’97 ’09, a biology teacher at D.H. Conley High School, Greenville, was selected by the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at N.C. State as a Class of 2012 Fellow. The program develops innovative curricula for use in North Carolina classrooms. BRAD SPELL ’97 ’98 resigned as head boys basketball coach at Clinton High School but continues as the head soccer coach. Dr. HARRY A. STARNES is dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro. He was a senior academic and administrative officer at UNC General Administration. HEATHER STEPP’s daughter Olivia was an extra in the film Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife starring ECU grad Beth Grant ’72.

TRACEY MAYNOR is COO of VT Hackney Inc., Washington, specialty truck body and trailer manufacturer. He was senior vice president, sales and operations, at the company. BRYNN THOMAS returned as vice president of Thomas Development Inc., New Bern, after serving two years as a senior adviser to Gov. Bev Perdue.

SHAWNDA CHERRY ’95 ’05 is principal at Lakeforest Elementary School, Greenville. She was Pitt County’s 2011 Assistant Principal of the Year at Wintergreen Intermediate School.

CHARLIE ADCOCK ’94 ’99 is assistant vice president and business development officer at Fidelity Bank, Fuquay-Varina. He is a town commissioner and chair of the Fuquay-Varina Economic Development Committee. EVELYN “LYN” STORY ANDREWS was inducted into the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame. She was the first Smithfield-Selma High School female athlete to earn a basketball scholarship when she was recruited by Peace College in 1975; she was team captain in 1977. Inducted to the Peace Tom BlackwellCollege Hall of Fame in 2002, she is the director of the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. THOM C. BLACKWELL (left) is vice president of technical services for Boston Software Systems. His work focuses on automating workflow and integrating applications in the healthcare industry. Dr. LUREDEAN HAMILTON BRANDON joined Catawba Valley Medical Group. She was the associate staff physician at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and Novant Health Services. CHARLES HUDSON joined The Laurinburg Exchange as an ad sales representative. JANIS HENDERSON-HUNSUCKER exhibited “Connections” in the Apple Gallery of the Stokes County Arts Council, Danbury. A mixed-media artist, the exhibit featured digital collages, printmaking paintings, fabric collages, ceramic sculpture and fused glass pieces. KIMBERLY CORCORAN MOORE ’94 ’96 and husband, Kent, completed their first full marathon at the Kiawah Island Marathon, Kiawah Island, S.C., in December 2010. ROBERT CARL NELSON II received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award for the Bryan, Texas, campus of Blinn College, where he is the computer information technology program coordinator. SUSAN PURSER was named one of two Outstanding 9-16 Educators in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education presented by the N.C. Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center. PAUL RUSTAND, founder and director of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Widgets & Stone, a graphic design firm, was honored by the American Institute for Graphic Arts with a Fellow award. His work has been recognized and awarded by the American Advertising Federation, Communication Arts, Graphis, How magazine, the One Show, Print magazine, Step Inside design magazine and the Type Directors Club. GREG SCOTT, a ceramicist and painter, is the art studio coordinator for the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte.

MARY STRICKLAND, manager of the Women’s Center at Nash General Hospital, earned her nurse executive certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. PATRICIA LEE WOODARD published her first book, Twice Colombia, a memoir of her time living and working in Bogota and Cali, Colombia.

COLLIN HINES was inducted into SouthWest Edgecombe’s Hall of Fame. He was one of the most decorated track stars at the school. He was the school’s MVP in 1980 and 1981. LISA MATARESE, BS MT (ASCP), is a part-time field surveyor with COLA, a clinical laboratory accreditation organization in Columbia, Md. She was education coordinator for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services at the Orlando VA Medical Center. D. PAUL POWERS JR. ’92 ’94, senior vice president and manager of the Commercial Business Unit for Pitt County, was selected as Commercial Banker of the Year at Southern Bank’s annual Best Bankers event.

SUSAN WILKINS LAMM received an MA in teaching (history) from UNC Wilmington. She and husband, Chris, live in Leland with their two children.

Dr. MARY B. CHATMAN ’90 ’96 was appointed to the Georgia State Board of Nursing. She is senior vice president for patient care services at Memorial University Medical Center, where she is responsible for all nursing and ancillary clinical departments. SUSAN DEANTONIO, a nurse manager in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at ECU’S Brody School of Medicine, is the 2010 ECU Physicians Nurse of the Year. Lt. Col. ROB MORRIS and his family were reassigned to the Royal Air Force Base Waddington, Lincoln, United Kingdom, where he serves as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force.

BILLIE DAVIS CHADWICK and ANGELA TOSTO PITTMAN achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. They teach at Beaufort Elementary School. ADELE GOODMAN’s art exhibition, EquuTour 2011, featured horses in majestic, strong and powerful ways. WALTER REID PERKINS III wed Mary Elizabeth Anderson on May 19 at the First United Methodist Church, Wilson. He is CEO of The Hammock Source, Greenville. DAN STRICKLAND is superintendent of Marion County Schools. He was superintendent of Columbus County Schools. SONNY SWANNER is vice president and city executive of the Select Bank & Trust branch in Washington, N.C.

J. ROBERT BUIE JR. was certified as a private investment manager. He is a financial adviser with the Brown & Buie Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Greenville. TIMOTHY S. MAPLES is executive vice president of First Bank. He and his family live in Southern Pines. KAREN DENEEN ROBERTS celebrated 20 years with 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc., where she is the office manager. The organization sponsors mentoring and educational initiatives along with postsecondary tuition assistance for Atlanta public school students living in at-risk communities. JAN SITTON WAYNE is the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year at Jefferson Elementary School in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. She is a second-grade teacher.

MARTHA CLARK ’86 ’97 is principal of Valle Crucis Elementary School, Sugar Grove. She was assistant principal at Watauga High School. LEIGH HEBBARD, athletic director of the Guilford County Schools, received the 2011 Dave Harris Award from the NCHSAA as the Athletic Director of the Year. MELANIE ORLANDO formed Envision Mortgage Corp. in Wilmington with fellow ECU graduate ROBERT “BOB” WEBER JR. ’72. She is the company’s president.

KAREN GARDNER of Ayden-Grifton High School is the Media Coordinator of Year 2011. JENNI KOLCZYNSKI received the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leader award. She owns Jenni K Jewelry, Greenville. STEPHEN LAROQUE ’85 ’93 is serving his third term in the N.C. House of Representatives, representing the 10th District of Lenoir, Greene and Wayne counties. He is chair of the Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House Committee, vice chair of Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, member of the Appropriations, Commerce and Job Development, Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Business and Labor, Environment, and Public Utilities. He and his wife, Susan, live in Kinston.

Dr. SUSAN WEST ENGELKEMEYER is president of Nichols College, Dudley, Mass. She was dean of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. DWIGHT TOUCHBERRY is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, a national Scouting award presented by the local council. It is the highest honor a local council may bestow upon a volunteer. Previously, he received the District Award of Merit for his Scouting volunteer work. He and his family live in Orange County, Calif. His son, Garren, is an Eagle Scout.

JO ALLEN became president of Meredith College in Raleigh on July 1. A Meredith alumni, she earned her master’s at ECU and doctorate at Oklahoma State. She was provost and senior vice president at Widener University in Pennsylvania. An English scholar, she also taught at ECU and N.C. State. GLENDA BRADLEY is the director of finance for Orange County. She was the director of finance for Northampton County in Virginia. JOSEPH W. CLARK, financial operations manager of the City of Durham’s Finance Department, is serving a one-year term as president of the Carolina’s Association of Governmental Purchasing. TERRI GILLESPIE is the chief nursing officer at Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Miss. Rev. Dr. OTIS BERNARD ROBINSON SR. was consecrated as bishop in the Reformed Churches of God in Christ International. He serves as president, prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Diocese of North Carolina. He is married to PAMELA BEST ’82.

KEVIN G. ADAMS joined Southern Bank of Bethel’s local board of directors. He is president of J.W. Rook & Son Insurance and owns the Winterville Insurance Agency. CHRISTOPHER M. DALY is senior vice president of Wachovia Bank in Greenville. Dr. DEBORAH L. LAMM, president of Edgecombe Community College, received the I.E. Ready Distinguished Leader Award for 2011 from the N.C. State College of Education. USMC Brig. Gen. FRED PADILLA commands the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa. He was commander of Parris Island.

RANDY LANGLEY is sales producer with Mayo Simmons & Harris Insurance Co., Rocky Mount. He and wife, Denise, have two children. FRED MILLER and wife, Virginia, received the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Pioneers Award for leadership and innovation in developing Wake County’s first USDA-certified organic farm.

MARY BRYAN CARLYLE, South Central High School girls’ basketball coach, is The Daily Reflector’s Girls’ Coach of the Year. She guided her team to its first basketball championship with an overtime win over Hickory in the state 3-A finals.

James DillJAMES K. DILL (left) was appointed executive director of the Virginia College Fund in Richmond. He is a former chair of the fund, which benefits private colleges in Virginia. He was with Wells Fargo’s Private Bank for 16 years, serving as a senior trust and fiduciary specialist. PATRICK FLYNN is the southeastern regional director of programs and services for Learning Ally, which serves visually-impaired individuals.

LANA TEW DAVENPORT has a new name and a new address at 804 Raleigh Rd., Clinton. DAVID LIVINGSTON DENNING ’77 ’79 celebrated 30 years in sales with Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals. He is senior sales representative selling Multac. At ECU he was a Sigma Nu. MARK GARNER is on the Pitt County Development Commission and its building and grounds committee. He represents the commission on the Advisory Committee for LandsEast Industrial Park, a joint venture of the Economic Development Commissions of Martin and Pitt counties. He is vice president of Rivers and Associates.

WILMA BISESI ’76 ’82 received the Order of the Longleaf Pine. In March, she retired as executive director of the Exceptional Children’s Program for Johnston County schools. She has 35 years in special education, including 15 years as a teacher in Wilson County. JOHN EVANS, editor of The Times-Record, a weekly newspaper in Caroline County (Md.), received the Outstanding Media Professional Governor’s Victim Assistance Award for articles about the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence that raised awareness about domestic violence and services available to victims of domestic violence. Dr. MICHAEL TAYLOR ’76 ’78 retired after 15 years as president of Stanly Community College, Albemarle. He worked 32 years in the N.C. community college system.

DEBORAH B. DALTON received her PhD in mathematics education from Ohio University through a National Science Foundation-funded program.

CURTIS FRYE and wife, Wilma, founded the Frye Foundation to provide support for diabetes and mental illnesses research. Among the celebrities who played at its kickoff golf tournament in May were Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, heavyweight champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith and former NFL defensive back Donnell Woolford. DIANA BRAAK KINCANNON is president and director of The Barns of Rose Hill where she led a successful six-year capital campaign to restore two barns in Berryville, Va., for use as a community, arts and education center. The center, which will open in September, was honored by Virginians for the Arts in 2010. RICK MCMAHON ’74 ’83 ’86, head of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, was named Superintendent of the Year by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. KENNETH NEIL WINDLEY JR. ’74 ’83 retired after 37 years in county government, including 27 years as county manager in Carteret, Davie and Robeson counties. He now is executive director of the Carolina Commerce and Technology Center in Robeson County.

DONALD TRAUSNECK is commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115, Hillsville, Va., one of the largest VFW posts in the Southeast. He has held numerous district and state VFW offices.

PHIL FLOWERS was appointed by the Greenville City Council to the Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners. ROBERT “BOB” WEBER JR. formed Envision Mortgage Corp. in Wilmington with fellow ECU graduate MELANIE ORLANDO ’86. He is the company’s CEO.

ROBERT E. BENCINI III is county manager in Washington County. He was director of community and economic development in Guilford County. PAMELA E. THOMAS ’70 ’84, a retired media/technology director for Onslow County Schools, is chair of the Onslow Board of Education and part-time faculty member at UNCW.

RICHARD BROUGHTON and wife, Claire, were recognized at the annual Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research VIP Awards Ceremony in New York in April. He and his wife sponsor an annual Parkinson’s fundraiser on the Outer Banks which over three years has raised more than $40,000. Dr. PHYLLIS HORNS received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in the ECU College of Nursing. Now vice chancellor of health sciences at ECU, she was the college’s longest serving dean. THOMASINE KENNEDY is secretary of the boards of directors of the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

RONALD E. HIGNITE ’67 ’77 of Ahoskie retired from Hertford County Public Schools after 43 years as a teacher, tennis coach, school administrator and district administrator. Three times he was Principal of the Year in Hertford County and in 1996 was inducted into the Walk of Fame for coaching tennis at Washington High School. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Bev Perdue and has written three books of poetry.

BETH WARD is the liaison between the Pitt County Board of Commissioners and the boards of directors of the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

E.T. “TOMMY” TOWNSEND received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his 90th birthday. The WW II Air Force veteran and retired teacher was honored for his work in veterans’ affairs and education. He was head of the New Hanover County Veterans Council and past president of the N.C. Veterans’ Council.

FRANK E. BARHAM ’63 ’66 ’71 retired in 2010 and was named executive director emeritus of the Virginia School Boards Association.

WALTER WILLIAMS joined the Eastern Carolina Vocational Center Foundation Board in Greenville. He also was recognized by the Pitt County District of the Boy Scouts with its 2011 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award. He is president of Trade-Wilco.

Dr. GENEVIEVE HODGIN GAY received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2010 recognizing her 47 years in education in N.C. public schools. She spent four years in Roanoke Rapids and 43 years in Northampton schools.

LARUE EVANS was honored by the Winterville Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year for her contributions to the community over 60 years. She helped to get Winterville streets paved, served as first secretary of the Winterville Recreation Department, helped to write the chamber’s bylaws and served as chair for Winterville’s bicentennial celebration in 1974. She assisted the Winterville Historical and Arts Society in preserving and securing grants to restore the Angle House and established an endowment fund to support the Historical Society. She helped to write a grant to fund the vintage street lighting lining the west side of Railroad Street and wrote a grant to fund The Historical Architecture of Pitt County in 1991. She is an editor of Chronicles of Pitt County. She taught high school English, history and French and has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for more than 50 years. She was also recognized as one of “100 Incredible ECU Women.”