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2014-15 Professional Advisory Board

The Dean's Professional Advisory Board provides an opportunity for alumni and friends to become more involved with the College of Education through their work as advocates, resource finders, and consultants. Board members serve as advisors to the Dean and active participants in furthering the College of Education's goals, supporting its continuing improvement, and ensuring its future success. Both on and off campus, the Board assists the Dean and faculty in promoting a positive image of the college and in establishing good relations with constituent groups at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
If you are interested in serving on the Professional Advisory Board, please contact the Office of Development and Communication at 252-737-1257.
Bruce Beasley served as President of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce for nearly 30 years. During his time leading the Chamber, Mr. Beasley spearheaded efforts to acquire and fund the Chamber’s headquarters, an important building block in the revitalization of downtown Wilson. He recruited the movie Love Field to Wilson, organized efforts to pass a bond issue for Buckhorn Reservoir and construction; and renovation of schools, created the Tourism Development Authority, and served as a catalyst for establishing the Triangle East Home and Garden Show. Mr. Beasley attended East Carolina in 1968 to work on his master’s degree. He also attended Campbell, Barton, and UNC Chapel Hill. Mr. Beasley has a wife and daughter and serves on the Public School Forum.

Dr. Coble is co-founder & partner of the Third Mile Group and Teacher Preparation Analytics. He is serving as co-director of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative with APLU in DC. Dr. Coble was V.P. for Policy Studies and Programs at the Education Commission of the States for three years, Professor of Science Education for 23 years and dean of the school of education at East Carolina University, Greenville NC for 13 years. He served for six years as the V.P. of university-school programs for the 16-campus University of North Carolina system where he led the development of the University School Teacher Education Partnerships across the state and organized the UNC Center for School Leadership Development. Coble has directed over $12M in grants and contracts and is the author or co-author of 10 books and over 80 published articles. Dr. Coble holds an AA in Science from Mars Hill College and a Bachelor’s degree in Botany, a Master’s degree in Science Education, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, all from UNC Chapel Hill. He maintains an active North Carolina secondary science teaching license. Dr. Coble is presently the chairman of the College of Education's Professional Advisory Board.
Michael L. Donnell graduated from East Carolina University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Intermediate Education. He taught for four years at South Greenville Elementary before moving to Moore County in North Carolina. He then taught and coached for one year at High Falls Elementary before transferring to West End Elementary. In 1983 he graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Masters Degree in School Administration. Mr. Donnell worked at West End Elementary for twenty-four years as a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, and Principal. He was Teacher of the year in 1982, lead a team of teachers who completed the first North Carolina Teacher Academy in 1994, and graduated from the Moore County Leadership Institute sponsored by the Sandhills Area Chamber of Commerce in 1996. In 2000, he was voted Moore County Schools Principal of the year. After retiring, he worked as a substitute for eight years.

Mrs. Bonnie Taylor Galloway
Bonnie Taylor Galloway is a two time East Carolina alumna, earning a BS in 1969 and a MAEd in 1972. Bonnie’s husband James Madison Galloway is also an East Carolina graduate (1969). After 24 years as an instructor, Bonnie retired from ECU and Pitt Community College. She is a former member of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors during which time she chaired the Awards and Scholarship Committee. Bonnie is a Centennial Member of ECAA, a member of the ECU Chancellor’s Society and Pirate Club, and a Lifetime member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable. Bonnie is currently serving as chairman of the External Affairs Committee. Outside of the university, Bonnie is a founding member of Women for Women, a member of ReLeaf Inc. and an active member of St. James United Methodist Church. She is an active participant with the Greenville Museum of Art, Carpe Diem Book Club, and the Potpourri Garden Club. Last, but not least, mother of three daughters (two of which are ECU alumni) and four grandchildren.


Mrs. Barbara P. Glatthorn
Barbara Glatthorn is a retired elementary and secondary educator and instructor of anthropology. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Glatthorn received her BA from Marygrove College in 1965 and was a member of the Religious Community Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from 1960-1974. During that time Glatthorn also studied at Loyola University and Wayne State University. In 1987, Glatthorn received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She has permanent certification K-12 in the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania. In 1991 Barbara became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Glatthorn is a member of Mother of Mercy Catholic Church and she is involved in various ministries. Her interests include reading, swimming, kayaking, traveling, walking, writing, watching movies, and learning. Glatthorn has five step-children and five grandchildren. Mrs. Glatthorn is currently serving as co-chair of the Volunteer Recruitment Committee.

 Mrs. Ella Tyson Harris

Mrs. Ella Tyson Harris
Ella Tyson Harris graduated from ECU with her Master of Arts in Education in History Education in 1986. She served in several capacities at J.H. Rose High School for almost forty years, including assistant principal for nearly 20 years. She retired from Pitt County Schools in 2009 and the Ella Harris Lecture Hall at J.H. Rose is named in her honor. Mrs. Harris was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame in 2010. Mrs. Harris is active in senior citizen ministry in her church and community programs via Alpha Kappa Alpha. In 2007 she was recognized by the Girl Scout Council of Coastal Carolina at its inaugural Women of Distinction Banquet. Ella joined the Professional Advisory Board in 2013.


Mr. William Phillip "Phil" Hodges
Phil Hodges is the founder and President of Metrics, Inc., a contract pharmaceutical company. Founded in 1994, Metrics, Inc. employs 320 in Greenville, NC. Prior to founding Metrics, Hodges was a group leader in Analytical Development with Burroughs Wellcome Co. in Greenville. He completed his BS in chemistry from ECU in 1979 and his MS in analytical chemistry from ECU in 1984.

Brenda Jones
Mrs. Brenda Jones
Brenda Kornegay Jones has served as Associate Superintendent of Human Resources for Pitt County (NC) School System. Jones has served as a personnel administrator for the past fourteen years.  In addition, she has worked as a principal, assistant principal, teacher recruiter, mentor, personnel director, and classroom teacher in both public and private settings.  Jones has published in the areas of mathematic instructional techniques, teacher recruitment and retention, and principal development.  In addition, she has presented workshops on the following topics: teacher evaluation, new principal development, teacher performance appraisal, teacher dismissal, personnel employment procedures, assessing high quality professionals, and teacher recruitment strategies.  


Ms. Jenni Sue Kolczynski
Jenni Kolczynski is renowned jewelry designer and president of JKL Inc. She owns and operates Jenni K Jewelry and has been featured on television’s QVC. In honor of her daughter, she has created an equestrian line of jewelry, “Silver and Gold Over Fences,” along with a line of infant jewelry, “Baby K.” While raising her daughter on her own, she has operated a horse farm and volunteered throughout her community. Ms. Kolczynski received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina in 1985.

Mr. Lewis Patrick "Pat" Lane, III
Emeritus Member
Mr. Lane received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from East Carolina University in 1967. He also received his MBA from UNC Greensboro in May 1974. He is a retired CPA and certified financial planner who worked for a national CPA firm and several Fortune 500 companies. Those companies included R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young), Blue Bell, Inc. (now VF). He also taught at the Greensboro College and two North Carolina Community Colleges. He received a Foundation Commitment Award from East Carolina University in 2009.


W. Bryan Latham, M.D.
Dr. Latham received his Bachelor of Science degree in Medicine from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1960 and his doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of North Carolina in 1963. He completed his five year residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. Dr. Latham’s parents were educators from Bethel. In honor of his parents, he gave the College of Education a significant gift which created the Walter and Daisy Carson Latham Clinical Schools Network. This network is a partnership between East Carolina University and 36 public school systems in eastern North Carolina. The Latham Clinical Schools Network provides quality field placements for our students with trained clinical teachers in diverse public school settings. Dr. Latham is the immediate past chairman of the College of Education’s Professional Advisory Board.


Mrs. Janie Edmondson Manning
Janie Edmondson Manning earned her BS in Elementary Education and her Masters in Administration and Supervision with a certification in Early Childhood. She has professional experience as a teacher at Calvert Method School (currently Durham Academy) Durham N.C., Bethel Elementary in Bethel, N.C. as a supervisor of Early Childhood for Pitt County Schools in Greenville, N.C. Manning also served as a principal of Bethel Elementary School in Bethel, N.C., Director of Elementary Education for Pitt County Schools and Evaluator of Exemplary Programs Nationwide for the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. Manning has been recognized as Wachovia State Principal of the Year and with the Governor's Award of Excellence in Education. Her activities include serving on the Pitt County Mental Health Board and being involved with Bethel United Methodist Church as a Board Member and Sunday School Teacher for 40 years. Janie’s hobbies include reading, writing, bridge, and knitting.

 Marian McLawhorn

Ms. Marian McLawhorn
Marian Nelson McLawhorn was a Democratic Member of the North Carolina General Assembly. She represented the state’s ninth House district beginning in 1999. She came into the house by defeating Republican incumbent Henry Aldridge. She served as the Democratic Whip for the House during the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 sessions. Some of her focus caucuses included the House Small Business Caucus, Military Legislative Caucus, Municipal Government Caucus, and the NC Domestic Violence Commission. She served in the House till 2012. She was defeated by Brian Brown in the 2012 election. Prior to her service as a State Representative, McLawhorn served as Mayor for the town of Grifton. She is a former librarian. One of her key political issues was education.  


Mrs. Sharon Raynor
Sharon L. Raynor is the President and part owner of LIFE, Inc., a family owned and managed business founded in the late 70’s by Sharon’s parents Tom and Beatrice Lamb. LIFE, Inc. serves persons with intellectual developmental disabilities. LIFE, Inc. has 39 facilities throughout eastern NC. Sharon is an eastern NC girl born and bred. She was raised in Wayne County, NC and graduated in 1980 from East Carolina University with a degree in Special Education. Sharon taught special education in the public schools of NC for 7 years before joining the family business 1988. Sharon resides in Dunn, NC with her husband Rhett Raynor (ECU grad.1978). They have 2 children, Wilson Raynor (ECU grad. 2009) who resides in Greenville and daughter Larkin (will enter ECU in fall 2013) resides at home with her parents. Sharon is an active member of Divine Street United Methodist Church. Serves on the Board of Directors of New Century Bank. She also serves on the East Carolina University College of Education Professional Advisory Board. She is a member of several civic organizations.

 Jane B. Reel

Ms. Jane B. Reel
Jane B. Reel graduated from East Carolina with a BS in Elementary Education in 1970 and a MA in Education in 1978. She is originally from Alexandria, VA, but once arriving on the ECU campus, has made Greenville and Pitt County her forever home. She is a retired teacher who spent 30+ years teaching at Falkland Elementary School. Upon her retirement, the school library was named in her honor. She is a Forever Pirate member of the Alumni Association, a Vansant Society member of the Pirate Club, and a lifetime member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable. Jane became a member of the East Carolina University College of Education Professional Advisory Board in 2014. She has a COE scholarship in her name and in 2014 was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame. Outside of the University, Jane is an active participant with the Greenville-Pitt County Senior games and serves on their steering committee. Jane also has a daughter who blessed her with 6 grandchildren including one who is a junior at ECU.


Mrs. Bonnie Scheetz Smith
In 2004, Bonnie Sheetz Smith ’72 and Steve Smith ’72 Smith retired to Chocowinity, NC. Bonnie attended East Carolina from 1969-1972 and married Steve in 1972. Due to Steve’s job transfers with the DuPont Company, they lived in several locations until retirement: Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Cleveland, OH and Wilmington, DE. No matter where they resided, Bonnie immediately became a local volunteer in the community, schools and church. Bonnie simply enjoys working with people and helping out in whatever way she can best contribute. As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Education at ECU, Bonnie strives to increase volunteer efforts to assist where needed in the College of Education. Bonnie has held the office of President for my local chapter of Educational Office Professionals, a high school Athletic Boosters Club, Cypress Landing Golf Club-Women’s Golf Association, and Grace Lutheran Church, Washington, NC. Just prior to retirement, Bonnie was employed as a main office secretary for our local high school in Wilmington, DE. In addition to the usual clerical duties, her role was to assist students, parents, faculty, administration and support staff. Bonnie says that she is honored to be a part of the College of Education’s goals and objectives as they strive to produce the finest teachers for our future generations.

 Scott Senatore

Mr. Scott Senatore

Scott Senatore is the President of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. Senatore has been in the Chamber profession for almost nine years. He started with the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber in 2006 as its Marketing Director. He was promoted to Vice President in 2008, Senior Vice President in 2010, and President in 2013. Senatore earned his Public Relations undergraduate degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of Business at East Carolina University. Senatore serves on the boards of Uptown Greenville, Greenville Noon Rotary, Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County, Greenville SEED, Pitt County Educational Foundation and Committee of 100. Senatore lives in Greenville, North Carolina with his wife, Amanda, and their son.

 Ray Vaugn Spain

Dr. Ray Vaughn Spain
Vice Chair
Ray Vaughn Spain was appointed by the Board of Education in August 2003, Spain has completed his ninth year as superintendent of Warren County Schools (Warrenton, NC). Since arriving in Warren County Dr. Spain has encouraged and supported the district’s efforts to maximize the use of technology to improve teaching and learning. As recently as September 2008, Warren County received a 1.1 million dollar grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide technology tools for classroom teachers throughout the school district. Currently, the school district is involved in high school reform. Within the last six years, it has created two new high schools: Warren New Tech High School and Warren Early College High School. Under the school board's and his leadership they have developed a unique plan to offer parents and students “school choice” in attending one of three high schools. Also, because of a growing concern about gang-like behavior, the school district instituted a K-12 uniform dress policy in the 2008-09 school year which has won overwhelming parental and community support. Dr. Spain is presently the vice chairmen of the College of Education's Professional Advisory Board and chairman of the Board Development Committee.

 Betty Speir

Mrs. Betty Smith Speir
Mrs. Betty Smith Speir received her A.B. from Duke University and her M.A. from East Carolina University. Speir is Former Executive Director for the Pitt County Educational Foundation. Mrs. Spear'sreer includes her time as Vice President at Bethel Manufacturing Company, Inc., serving as Guidance Counselor at North Pitt High School, and working as an English Teacher in Pitt and Mecklenburg Counties. Mrs. Speir has formerly served on the NC State Board of Education, the ECU Board of Trustees, the ECU Board of Visitors, the NC Crime Commission in 1979, and the NC Commission on the Education and Employment of Women in 1972. Speir is currently involved with the Pitt County Educational Foundation, Go Science, and the ECU College of Education Professional Advisory Board. Speir has been recognized with many honors including NC Democratic Woman of the Year, Member of the 100 Incredible ECU Women – 2007, the ECU Distinguished Service Award in 2004, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1985, the Distinguished Service Award from the Pitt County Educational Foundation in 1991, the NC Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging Volunteer Achievement Award in 2007 and the B.N. Duke Scholar Award in1984. Mrs. Speir is currently serving as co-chair of the Volunteer Recruitment Committee.

 William Wayne Staton, Jr.

Mr. William Wayne Staton, Jr.
William Wayne Staton, Jr. is from Sanford, NC. He has served as owner/managing member of Staton Group, LLC, a forestry, agricultural, and commercial real estate investment and management firm from 2004 to present. Since 1994 he has been host of “Live at Nine”, a talk/public affairs program on WBFT-TV, Sanford, NC. From 1995 to 2001 Staton worked with Syntel Inc., Information Technology consultant, contracted to American International Group. Also Staton worked part-time as an Instructor of business, economics, and political science at Central Carolina Community College from 1985 to 1995. Staton’s Civic and non-profit activities include serving as board chairman of Communities in Schools of Lee County. He is a member of the East Carolina University College of Education Professional Advisory Board and the Lee County Forestry Association. Staton graduated with his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and has taken graduate courses in economics, business and government at NC State University. Staton’s hobbies and interests include history, media, fitness, travel, and art.

 Merle Thomas Summers

Mr. Merle Thomas Summers
Merle T. Summers is a 1964 East Carolina graduate, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education with an Accounting emphasis. While attending ECU, he was active, and held leadership roles in, numerous clubs and organizations and served as vice president of the Student Government Association. Merle embarked on a career in education with the Public Schools of Robeson County, the state’s thirteenth largest school district. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from UNC-Pembroke. He served as a Career and Technical Education teacher, worked at the district level in several capacities and was the author of several grants bringing over $500,000 to the district. Later serving as the Robeson County schools CTE administrator, he was active in curriculum development at the state level, active in professional organizations and served on the NC Hospitality Education Foundation Board of Trustees. He was inducted into the ECU College of Education Educator’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and joined the School of Education Dean’s Professional Advisory Board in 2012. He is married Ann, also an ECU graduate and a retired elementary educator; and they have three children and six grandchildren.


Dr. Linda Patriarca,
Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Linda Patriarca currently serves as Dean of the College of Education at East Carolina University. She came to ECU from Caldwell College in New Jersey where she was Associate Dean and Professor after having spent 25 years as a faculty member at Michigan State University.

She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in speech and language pathology and elementary education from Eastern Michigan University and her Ph.D. degree in special education and reading from Michigan State University. Her research has focused in three areas: effective instructional practices for at-risk students, improvement of teaching and teacher education and collaboration. Since her arrival as Dean in August 2008, she has focused her efforts on supporting and enhancing quality programs and services. To this end, she was instrumental in the development, submission, and receiving a $9 million dollar U.S. Department of Education grant to improve and study teacher preparation.. Many accreditation and research-to-practice projects have gotten underway in the college over the past four years and plans are underway to transform the College of Education Advising Center to a Student Support and Services Center—one that will have a role to play in Student Recruitment and Retention as well as Advising. Finally, in order to give students more voice and visibility, a Junior Professional Advisory Board has been formed recently in the college. This board comprised of undergraduate and graduate students will serve as a representative body of students who will advise the Dean on matters related to teaching, research and service.