Incredible ECU Women

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In 2007, the Women's Roundtable honored 100 alumnae recognized by their peers as outstanding leaders in their respective fields at an event called A Legacy of Leadership: 100 Incredible ECU Women. In 2010, six more women were added to this list of outstanding women. These amazing women are listed alphabetically below.

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Linda R. Edwards, MD
Linda R. Edwards, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Florida. She was selected as a member of the first four-year class to graduate from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and was the first woman to be appointed chief medical resident at the University of Florida Health Center in Jacksonville. Selected as the 2005 Internist of the Year by the Florida chapter of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Edwards has been involved in the postgraduate training of more than 250 young physicians in internal medicine.


Laura L. Elliott
Laura L. Elliott enrolled at East Carolina University in 1962 as its first African American student. In demonstrating tremendous courage, she became an inspiration to those who followed her. Elliott graduated in 1966 with a BS in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She also earned her teaching certificate, and taught school in both North Carolina and Georgia. Elliott has worked for the US Department of Justice as an auditor, the US Department of Health and Human Services as a business statistician, and retired as a senior accountant for the US Department of the Treasury. She has also served in various volunteer capacities throughout her life and career.


Susan W. Engelkemeyer, PhD
Susan W. Engelkemeyer, PhD, dean of the School of Business at Ithaca College, was primarily responsible for the school’s initial accreditation by AACSB International. The school is constructing a privately-funded new School of Business building with a goal of LEED™ Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council, a distinction held by only sixteen buildings worldwide. Engelkemeyer sits on the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and works to affect change in higher education through the American Council on Education.


Janet P. Ennis
Janet P. Ennis has worked in a variety of industries including communications, sports, medicine, and art animation and design. Ennis has been a product line coordinator for Hallmark Cards, where she appeared in a 75th anniversary commercial on national television for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. She also appeared in a Lifetime Television film and has done visual effects for Walt Disney Feature Animation. Ennis has volunteered extensively with the LPGA Golf Tour, the PGA Tour, and the ATP Tennis Tours, and she is currently employed by the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball.


LaRue M. Evans
LaRue M. Evans served as chair and fund-raiser of the publications committee for the book The Architectural History of Pitt County, North Carolina. She acquired a grant from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources for the Winterville Chamber of Commerce for façade improvement of historic structures and the installation of vintage street lights in Winterville, North Carolina. She was the project director and fund-raiser for the restoration of the A.W. Ange House as a museum and cultural center for the Winterville Historical and Arts Society. She worked to keep the eastern office of Archives and History in the Robert Lee Humber House. For these efforts, the office created the LaRue Mooring Evans Award for Historic Preservation in her honor.


Beth G. Everett
Beth G. Everett, business partner/manager in real estate development, is currently involved in the creation, development, and marketing of Carolina Colours, an 1,800-home small town complete with diverse housing options, social and recreational activity campus, K–5 school, and a retail center in New Bern, North Carolina. In 1995, she was an INC. magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. Everett has been involved in many types of businesses including manufacturing, direct marketing, retail sales, financial services, and real estate development. She serves on the ECU College of Business Advisory Board.


Janice H. Faulkner
Janice H. Faulkner has served East Carolina University and the State of North Carolina in a variety of leadership roles. Faulkner has served as state revenue secretary, commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, and executive director of the state’s Democratic Party. In 1996, she became the first female to serve on the Council of State as the North Carolina secretary of state. She served ECU for 38 years as English professor, vice chancellor for regional development, director of alumni affairs, chair of the board of the ECU Credit Union, director of the Regional Development Institute, chair of the Board of Visitors, and first chair of the Women’s Roundtable.


Pansie Hart Flood
Pansie Hart Flood, instructional curriculum resource specialist for language arts K–12 and social studies for the Pitt County Schools, has published five children’s books, including the trilogy Sylvia and Miz Lula Maye, Secret Holes, and Sometimey Friend. Her next two books, It's Test Day, Tiger Turcotte and Tiger Turcotte Takes on the Know-It-All, are the beginning of a new series. Several other books about Tiger Turcotte have been completed. Flood is currently working on two other adult novels—Knee Deep and Summer Friend.


Barbara B. Forester
Barbara B. Forester, president of Forester and Kinney Interiors, established her interior design firm with partner Jill Kinney in 1978. The firm, which has won the Best in American Living Award from the National Association of Home Builders, specializes in model homes and multifamily design as well as residential design. Forester is an allied member of the American Association of Interior Design. She also established the first Montessori school in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the 1970s.

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Holly M. Garriott
Holly M. Garriott, founder and executive director of Emerge Gallery, which became the Pitt Co. Arts Council at Emerge in 2009, is a ceramics artist who was invited to create an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 2008. Garriott developed an internship and professional development course for the ECU School of Art and Design. She is secretary of Uptown Greenville, an organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown and has helped coordinate PirateFest, an arts and music festival that draws more than 20,000 people to Greenville.


Robin L. Good
Robin L. Good is senior vice president and owner of Print Marketing Concepts Inc., serving the newspaper and television industries since 1984. Her passions for travel and owning a business have allowed her and her clients to see the world. She has created two travel Web sites, and, which have proved popular, informative, and profitable. Buying the company where she had worked for 20 years and making it more efficient and profitable was a career milestone.


Beth Grant
Beth Grant, one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces, has starred in more than 70 feature films including Academy Award-nominated Little Miss Sunshine. For her role as pageant official Nancy Jenkins, Grant received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Feature Film. Popular studio pictures include Rock Star, The Rookie, Matchstick Men, Rain Man, Speed, Child's Play II, City Slickers, To Wong Foo, and A Time to Kill. Grant has appeared in more than 30 plays from Los Angeles to New York. She has guest starred in hundreds of hit television series, including Friends, My Name is Earl, The Office, and CSI. She is also a recipient of several other acting awards.


Dr. Mary Helen Hackney
Dr. Mary Helen Hackney, assoc. professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology in the Dept. of Internal Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, specializes in the treatment of all stages of breast cancer. She received the Women in Science, Dentistry, and Medicine Professional Achievement Award from WISDM in 2009 and has been recognized as one of Richmond Magazine's Top Doctors in medical oncology and women's health/breast cancer care for several years. Dr. Hackney is director of the Rural Cancer Outreach Program sponsored by the cancer center, which provides oncology care in rural Virginia. She also provides support at the Crossover Ministries Clinic, which serves uninsured Richmond residents.


Paula M. Hale
Paula M. Hale is currently vice chair of the national USTA Community Tennis Association Committee and serves on the board of directors of USTA Southern Section, chairing the community development committee. As president of the North Carolina Tennis Foundation, she launched the first capital campaign in the 40-year history of the organization, raising more than $1.7 million to support the growth and development of tennis in the state. In 2006, she was awarded the coveted Jacobs Bowl, given to the most outstanding volunteer in the USTA Southern Section, consisting of nine southern states.


Shelly S. Harkins, M.D.
Shelly S. Harkins, MD, served as active duty Air Force faculty in Family Medicine residency at Saint Louis University/Scott Air Force Base. There she developed an evidence-based medicine curriculum, and upon completion of the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at Michigan State University, presented her curriculum at the OMERAD National Conference. Her EBM curriculum has since become a standard and is being instituted in nine other residency programs across the country. In the US Air Force, she received the Achievement Medal for her global humanitarian mission work and the Meritorious Service Medal for her contribution to military medicine. Dr. Harkins is the founder and chief physician of St. Elizabeth Hospital’s first hospitalist service.


Lynn B. Hoggard, EdD
Lynn B. Hoggard, EdD, is the state director of Child Nutrition Services, at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and a fellow of the American Dietetic Association. Author of Never Diet Again: A Guide to Good Food and Fitness, she has contributed the proceeds from the book to food-related charities throughout the state. Hoggard was a columnist for the News and Observer and a health reporter for WRAL TV. She was appointed by Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue to serve on the state’s Childhood Obesity Study Committee and works with policy makers to adopt legislation to require healthy changes in school nutrition. Hoggard has been awarded an ECU College of Human Ecology Outstanding Alumni Award.


Deborah A. Holoman, JD
Deborah A. Holloman, JD, is an attorney/career law clerk to the Honorable Judge Richard L. Williams of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. She has also worked as an associate for Browder, Russell, Morris, and Butcher and as an attorney for the Reynolds Metal Company law department. Holloman was involved in the research and development of the World War II documentary about her uncle, Thank You Eddie Hart, which was shown on public television stations across the United States.


Deborah L. Hooper
Deborah L. Hooper is president and general manager of the Piedmont Triad region’s WFMY News 2 as well as a licensed CPA. She was executive producer for the Messiah Production aired on CBS across the nation. She was awarded the Althena Award by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business Award by The Business Journal, and was a finalist for the Gannett Manager of the Year Award. Hooper has served on the board of directors for the United Way, the Center for Creative Leadership, and on the Board of Governors for WFMY's 2 Those Who Care, a recognition of unsung heroes in the Triad. She recently served four years on ECU's Board of Visitors.


Phyllis, N. Horns, DSN
Phyllis N. Horns, DSN, has served as dean of the ECU School of Nursing since 1990. In November 2006, she was named ECU’s interim vice chancellor for health sciences and interim dean of the Brody School of Medicine. This was her second term as interim vice chancellor. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2001. Dr. Horns currently serves on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and is president of the North Carolina Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs. She has an extended history in the health sciences in North Carolina and Alabama.


Brenda P. Hughes
Brenda P. Hughes is a filmmaker in Wilmington, North Carolina. She began her broadcasting career as one of the first female sports reporters in the Southeast and went on to become an anchor/reporter for the number one television station in Richmond. She won a regional Emmy for Thank You Eddie Hart, the first documentary she produced. She serves on the Film Council of North Carolina and the board of directors of the Cucalorus Film Foundation, which has an annual film festival featuring independent filmmakers. Hughes has just finished a documentary and has two in production for North Carolina Public Television.