East magazine Fall 2008
Class Notes




McMahon gets a
star on Walk of Fame

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Chairman Vince McMahon ’69 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his pioneering work in television syndication and particularly in pay-per-view sports program­ming. His star, the 2,257th embedded in the sidewalk along Hollywood and Vine streets in Los Angeles, is located next to Kermit the Frog’s near the Hollywood and Highland metro stop.

undefined McMahon, who is married to WWE CEO Linda McMahon ’69 (left), also was honored earlier this year with the lifetime achievement award from Promax/BDA, a national association of broadcast professionals working in motion graphics. Linda McMahon was honored by East Carolina last year as one of its 100 most distinguished alumnae.

WWE, based in Stamford, Conn., is an international media conglomerate with a market capitalization of $1.2 billion. The company maintains offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto and Sydney.  In 2007, WWE performed 308 live events, including 75 international events, entertaining more than 2 million fans.

McMahon is a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and serves on its National Advisory Council. In 2006, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service Award for WWE’s support of deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Scott funds scholarship
Danny Scott
’84, vice president of diversity for Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, made a charitable gift to the College of Business leading to the creation of a scholarship aimed at increasing racial diversity. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation matched Scott’s gift. The $52,000 endowment will fund the first diversity-based scholarship offered through an academic college at ECU.

The Danny R. Scott Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in the College of Business who contributes to educational diversity while demonstrating academic excellence and financial need. The amount of each scholarship will total $2,300 per year.

“This scholarship is a way for me to help deserving students attain a quality education, while also reflecting the university’s strong commitment to diversity and education,” Scott said. Scott lives near St. Louis, Mo., with his wife Connie Shelton ’85. He has worked with Anheuser-Busch for more than 19 years. The first recipient of scholarship will be announced in April.


ECU football coach Skip Holtz (right) with Fields and his partner, Jason Earnest (left)

Fields starts winery
Dustin “Dusty” Field ’94 of Raleigh, the entrepreneur extraordinaire who paid his way through college from proceeds of gumball and pistachio machines he placed in downtown bars and who went on to build an empire of ATM machines serviced through his own armored car company, has latched on to a new business venture: a winery.

Fields, who operates mainly through The Boylan Cos. commercial real estate firm in Raleigh, launched Tobacco Road Cellars just four years ago and already is attracting critical acclaim. The boutique winery took home a gold medal at the 2008 Riverside International Wine Competition for its 2005 “Vitality” Cabernet Sauvignon. The competition attracted 2,136 entries from 417 wineries around the globe.

Tobacco Road Cellars, which is based in Raleigh, produces its wines from grapes grown in California’s Napa Valley, Russian River Valley and Santa Barbara County. It bottles a limited production of specialty Cabernet, Syrah and Pinot Noir for premier steakhouses, bistros and country clubs, and sells directly to the public through its web site. The award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon goes for $75 a bottle.

Field co-founded The Boylan Cos., which develops upscale apartment and condo communities in the Triangle.



Competing in the Olympics
Elexis Gillette ’07 is representing the United States in the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.  Gillette, who has a visual impairment, participated in the Athens Paralympics in 2004, where he won a silver medal in the long jump. He is the American record holder in the long jump and triple jump for individuals with his classification of visual impairment.

A native of Raleigh, he trained at the U.S. Olympic Committee center in Chula Vista, Calif. You can follow his progress at his web site.


Hillis weds entrepreneur
Actress Ali Hillis ’95 married Matt Schwarz, an entrepreneur and hedge fund manager, on Aug. 2 on a cliff above Shell Beach, Calif.

undefined They met in New York City where Schwarz is part owner of Brother Jimmy’s, a popular nightspot where the New York-New Jersey chapter of the Pirate Club meets to watch football games. Hillis waited tables there before breaking into television with recurring roles on NYPD Blue and Felicity.

Her next movie is Beverly Hills Chihuahua, out Sept. 26, in which she stars with Piper Perabo and Jamie Lee Curtis. She previously co-starred with Ben Stiller as his would-be bride in Heartbreak Kid, as Diane Lane’s sassy younger sister in Must Love Dogs, and as Robert Downey Jr’s tryst in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Godwin switches teams
Cliff Godwin ’00 ’02, who was the hitting coach for Louisiana State University in the 2008 undefinedCollege World Series, is the new hitting coach for the University of Central Florida’s baseball team.

At ECU, he slammed 24 home runs, 31 doubles and 95 RBIs, and earned first team all-conference his senior year.

He played professionally with the Gateway Grizzlies for two years and was an assistant baseball coach at Notre Dame in 2005.


Trustees re-elect Grecyzn
Robert J. “Bob” Greczyn Jr.
’73 of Durham, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was re-elected chairman of the ECU Board of Trustees at the board’s July meeting. Greczyn has served on the board since 2003.

David S. Brody of Kinston, managing partner of Brody Associates and other enterprises, was re-elected vice chairman. Robbie O. Hill of Kinston was elected secretary.

The new president of the Student Government Association joined the board. He is Andrew H. Griffin, a senior finance major from Fuquay-Varina who is president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Meanwhile, Steve Jones ’91 of Raleigh, an executive with RBC Centura, was elected chairman of the Board of Visitors, succeeding Carl Davis ’73 of Raleigh.


College honors Broos
Guilford College established the Mary N. Broos Endowment for Athletic Training in honor of Mary Broos ‘67, the head athletic trainer at the college who retired May 30 after 30 years there.

The endowment supports sports medicine scholarships and intercollegiate athletic training programs. She will continue to teach in the sports studies department. In 1978, Broos became the first woman in North Carolina to lead a collegiate sports medicine program.

She has been inducted into the halls of fame at Guilford College and the N.C. Athletic Trainers Association. She received the 1996 Girls and Women in Sports Day Committee Award of Excellence, the 1989 NCATA athletic trainer of the ar, and the 1998 Heart and Hand Award from Guilford’s students.

She was on the athletic training staff for Olympic teams in the 1980s. She also served for 12 years on the Davidson County Board of Education and was its chair for four years.


New NCAE president
Sheri Strickland ’76 ‘84, preschool disabilities coordinator for the Pitt County Schools, was elected president of the 70,000-member N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE).

She will serve a two-year term. An NCAE member for 30 years, Strickland served on the NCAE Board of Directors for seven years and on the NEA Board of Directors for three years. She has worked in the Pitt County Schools since 1976.


Honored by NASA
NASA doesn’t manufacture any of products that makes America’s space program fly. It buys those things from someone else and relies on employees like Bryan Williford ’89 to acquire the best technology at affordable prices.

Williford, who is the procurement chief in the Solid Propulsion Support Office in the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala, was recognized as one of the best in the space program at that job when he was named NASA’s Procurement Supervisor of the Year. The award recognizes his work on the Ares First Stage and J-2X engine contracts.

Both are major pieces of NASA’s plans for a next-generation launch vehicle fleet to replace the retiring space shuttles and launch vehicles. Williford also works with the Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor contract.

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KYLE M. GREER of Greenville was named personal lines specialist for the Jacksonville branch of SAI Group. He is also a lead vocalist with a rock band. ASHLEY YVONNE HARDY and Christian Michael Lane of Raleigh were married March 30 in Kinston. She teaches at Wake County’s Cedar Fork Elementary School. ROBERT EDWARD MORGAN II and Jaclyn Kay White were married March 15 in Raleigh.

WILLIAM EDGAR JR., a commercial loan officer at First Carolina State Bank, was the first recipient of the Weldon “Red” Kimball Award, which recognizes exemplary performance. Edgar has seven years of banking experience and works with small and mid-sized businesses. He is treasurer of the Nash-Rocky Mount Rotary Club. DR. ETHAN LENKER, former superintendent of Jones County schools, was named superintendent of  Sampson County schools. A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., he was in Jones County for 10 years as director of personnel and accountability and a middle school principal before spending three years there as superintendent. JUSTIN SPRUILL is now a federal air marshal. LAUREN WHITE opened a franchise of the Wilmington-based women’s boutique Monkee’s in Arlington Village with BRIAN DISHMAN ’95. A New Bern native, she has worked in retail since she was 16.

STACY BOWENS GASKINS is member services director for the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. She was married on Leap Day in 2004, worked as executive director of the Ayden Chamber of Commerce, and shadowed Dr. Bill Bogey in Pitt County Medical Society’s Intern Program. JENNIFER MARIE HARRIS and Edmond Elliot Smith were married July 28, 2007, in Winterville, where they reside. She teaches second grade at Snow Hill Primary School. KAREN ELAINE HARRIS ’05 ’07 and Mark Freeman McKittrick were married April 7, 2007, in Winterville, where they reside. She teaches reading recovery at W.H. Robinson Elementary School. ELIZABETH LILES is associate relations manager for U.S. Cellular’s eastern N.C. area. She was a learning development instructor, sales manager, and retail wireless consultant. JENNIFER LEIGH REEL and GILBERT THOMAS RUTLEDGE were married May 24 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville. They are traveling nurses and plan to continue their traveling careers after honeymooning in St. Lucia.

JAMES BRYANT BEDDARD and KATHRYN JANE DANIELS ’05 ’07 of Winterville were married Dec. 29, 2007, in Beaufort. He works with City of Greenville Fire and Rescue, and she teaches kindergarten at Snow Hill Primary School. MATTHEW BROOKS is branch manager at Ferguson Plumbing Supplies in Rocky Mount. He worked at the Greenville store for three years before his promotion and transfer. ROBERT CARNEY of Miami, Fla., is the new existing industry and marketing manager at the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. A Hickory native, he oversaw the distribution of Six Degrees Magazine in Miami and worked with brand awareness for Rockstar Energy Drink. ANTHONY GOODSON JR. of Arden is Asheville’s housing development analyst, CEO/partner of M.G.G.S., and a member of the Mayor’s Task Force for Affordable Housing in Asheville. BRYAN MATTHEW HANCOCK and Christy Lynn Lunceford of Rockingham were married March 8. He works for Richmond County government. MICHAEL D. HOLT is assistant vice president and business banker at Albemarle Bank & Trust’s Greenville loan office. He worked for First Citizens Bank for four years. RODNEY L. MCNEILL and Gerald S. Coleman of Winterville were married March 15. He is a fifth grade language arts and social studies teacher with Pitt County Schools. ELIZABETH ASHLEY PHILIPS and William Gaston Brown of Greenville were married April 19. She is a sales representative for Lorillard Tobacco. ANDREW BRENT WHITE and Catherine Grace McLaurin of Raleigh were married April 12 in Rockingham. He is a supervisor with Alliance Building and Development.

JOSHUA MICHAEL AVINA re-entered the Marines as an officer after graduation and was promoted to captain on June 1 during his second tour in Iraq.  CAPT. JONATHAN EDWARD DARDEN was assigned to his third Middle East deployment. Commissioned into the Military Intelligence Branch, he was deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months, spent 12 months in Hawaii, was deployed to Iraq for 12 months, the returned to Hawaii for nine months. He attended the military officer advanced course in Arizona before being deployed for another 12 months in Iraq. BRIAN KELLY FULLERTON of Charlotte is a pilot based in Dayton, Ohio, with PSA Airlines (US Airways Express). Having completed training as a first officer for the CRJ 200 regional jet, he flies up and down the East Coast and Midwest. VALERIE GALBERTH is principal at H.B. Sugg and Sam D. Bundy elementary schools. She was assistant principal for two years and principal for three years at Farmville Central High School after being a school counselor for 20 years. CHARLES DAVID KEMBLE ’03 ’06 of Rockingham and KATHERINE ELIZABETH COTTLE ’06 of Goldsboro were married May 10 in Goldsboro. He is assistant director of the activity promotion lab and an instructor in exercise and sport science at ECU. She is a foster care and adoption social worker at Beaufort County Department of Social Services. They live in Greenville. JUSTIN WAGONER and Alexsis Allen of Lexington were married May 17 at Atlantic Beach. He works for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Winston-Salem. JENNIFER BETH WOOD and Russell Lee Elks were married April 26. She works in labor and delivery at PCMH.

DAVID Q. LABARRE II was named to the Durham County Sheriff’s bomb squad, which will lead to certification from the Department of Homeland Security. The Durham Civitan Club named him deputy of the year for outstanding service. He has helped solve more than 30 break-ins and participated in a record-breaking $1.6 million heroin bust. RONDA SORTINO ’02 ’06 is the new principal at Grifton School. She was assistant principal at Farmville Central High School and interim public information officer for Pitt County Schools. In her 10 years in education, she was an exceptional children’s teacher at Wellcome Middle School, and a 2004 N.C. Principal Fellow Scholarship Recipient. CAROLINE EAGLES TOUMEY and Henry Sheldon Dellinger of Charlotte were married Feb. 2 in Charlotte. She is the human resources manager for Bobcats Sports and Entertainment.

APRIL MICHELLE AVINA is a school psychologist in the Ashtabula, Ohio, school system. RUFUS DALTON SMITH III and Amy Jo Bell of Greenville were married May 10 at Whitehurst Lake House in Washington. He is a planner for Roanoke Rapids.

MARY RUTH BRANTLEY ’00 ’01 and Michael Bradley Sikes of Winterville were married May 10. She is an account manager at DSM Pharmaceuticals. CLAYTON PORTER JOHNSTON and Laura Ann Guy of Winterville were married May 17. He is an engineering assistant with Greenville Utilities. DWAYNE LEDFORD is an offensive assistant with ECU’s football coaching staff. At ECU, he was a four-year football letterman and won the 1998 Jerry T. Brooks Award for academics. He played for five NFL teams from 1999 to 2006, coached the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe, and was an offensive line coach at Sanderson High School in Raleigh in 2007. MIMOSA NATASHA FLAME MALLERNEE and Jason Cooper Hines were married May 9 in Asheville. She is assistant art director for University Publications at ECU. KATHRYN ANNE MATTHEWS was named to the board of the Miracle League of the Triangle, which gives special needs children opportunities to play baseball. She is vice president and branch manager of Capital Bank in Cary, an ambassador to the Cary Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Cary Rotary Club. SCOTT LYONS, who has worked with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for four years, was named the builder representative for the Heritage Wake Forest community in Wake Forest. He is a member of the Triangle Spokes Group and the Home Builders Association, and is on the special events committee for the Triangle Sales and Marketing Council. JOSH SIMMONS ’00 ’02, formerly a volleyball coach and baseball assistant at Surry Community College, was named the school’s new head baseball coach. He also teaches physical education at SCC.

GEORGE HOLLEN completed his MBA at UNC Wilmington in May and received the Norman Kaylor Most Outstanding MBA Student Award. LYNN C. WILCZEWSKI, the social studies department chair at Monacan High School in Richmond, Va., was accepted to the Goethe Institute’s Trans Atlantic Outreach Program to study history and culture in Germany in summer 2008.

CHRIS CABRAL ’98 ’06 is a new ranger at Goose Creek State Park. He maintains eight miles of trails and handles alcohol and speeding violations in the 1,670-acre park. ALICIA MARIE TALMADGE DELSASSO of Ringwood, N.J., and her husband had their first child, Parker Christopher, on Nov. 27, 2007.

ADRIENA DAME is founding editor and publisher of 94 Creations Ink. She is assistant managing editor for The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press in Kentucky and ghostwrites for The Family Seal, a memoir assistance company. LAVETTE FORD ’97 ’03 was promoted from assistant principal to principal at South Greenville Elementary School. She is working on a degree in educational leadership at ECU. WILLIAM “DEE” JONES and AMY ELLIOTT JONES ’99 had a son, William Garan Jones, on Feb. 15. He joins daughter Avery. Dee is a project manager for Marand Construction in Charlotte, and Amy is a senior marketing coordinator for FreemanWhite.

RON BENNETT of Waggaman, La., won the 2008 Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship. He regularly exhibits at Issa Galleria and Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans and various national venues. CHRISTOPHER HADDOCK is vice president and city executive at Albemarle Bank & Trust’s Greenville loan production office. A Greenville native, he practiced business and real estate law for four years, was a commercial banker for five years, and as assistant vice president for First Citizens Bank was the bank’s 2007 top-producing commercial banker. ERIC MAAS and JULIE BLAZIER MAAS moved to Belize, Central America, with their children, Ciera (5) and Josiah (8 months), in summer 2008 to be volunteer directors of the Baptist Training Center in Belmopan. They facilitated work and housing for mission teams, hosted pastors for biblical training and churches for Vacation Bible School. JENAI PAUL, a psychiatric clinical specialist at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and MICHAEL PAUL had a daughter, Whitney Kathryn, on May 27, Michael’s birthday. They have two other children, Avery and Mason. JOSEPH RACZKOWSKI is Moore County’s new planning director. His previous positions include planning and community development director for Pender County, planning and inspections director for Wilson County, planning director for Nashville, and a planner in Edgecombe County.

HELEN S. PRIDGEN PURDON received her master’s in vocal pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., in May 2007. On Jan. 11, 2008, she and her husband, Jarrod A. Purdon, had their first child, Sarah Grace. TREVOR WINNELL is a vice president, structural engineer, and inspections manager at Falcon Engineering, the new Cary-based engineering and construction management firm that merged with Raleigh-based geotechnical and materials testing firm Tierra North Carolina.

MICHAEL EDWARD BIASI of Fuquay-Varina became the director of bands and department of fine arts chair at the new Holly Springs High School in Wake County in 2006 after seven years as director of bands at Southwest Onslow High School. TAMARA T. FLYNN received the 2008 N.C. Health Information Management Association’s Distinguished Member Award. PATRICK CULLOM O’BRYANT of Belville is executive representative of Ortho McNeill. He and his wife Suzanne were married on Nov. 5, 2007. JESSICA EVERETT WAHLER ’94 ’96 of Raleigh and her husband, Todd, had a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Charlotte, on Nov. 30, 2007. She joins her sister Mary-Everett Virginia.

WILLIAM HUNTER CLARK JR. ’93 and ASHLEY ANNE DRIVER ’95 of Greenville were married April 12. He is land development and acquisition manager for Bill Clark Homes, and she is a nurse at PCMH. VIRGINIA HARDY, senior associate dean for academic affairs at BSOM, was named to a three-year term on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation advisory panel, which examines North Carolina issues and new directions for grantmaking. DWAIN P. TEAGUE ’93 ’98 is the new director of development for the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill, where he oversees a multimillion dollar capital campaign to raise funds for a new building, scholarships, and other funding opportunities. He previously served as the director of development for the University of Central Florida Libraries and College of Arts and Sciences in Orlando, Fla. Before then, he managed major gift fundraising as associate director of development at ECU’s Joyner Library.

CHRISTINA DEES COGGINS and Phillip Douglas Jethro Jr. of Virginia Beach were married Oct. 6, 2007, at Port O’Call Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills. She works for Branch Bank and Trust Mortgage. GARRY L. DUDLEY was one of 22 national inductees for Schering-Plough’s Diamond Club, the highest honor for the company’s representatives. He has made Presidents Club numerous times and was representative of the year for 2006 and 2007. He lives in Christian KeiberChesterfield, Va., with his wife, MONICA REAVIS DUDLEY ’94 ’96, and daughters, Summer and Kendall. CHRISTIAN KEIBER (right), co-founder of independent film company Creative Alley Productions in Los Angeles, played a U.S. Marshal investigating a mob hit on the season finale of NBC’s ER. He guest starred on a new court drama called Raising the Bar from NYPD Blue creator Steven Bochco. MELISSA D. MARSAL is executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Albemarle Bank & Trust’s Greenville loan production office. She is also vice president and senior loan officer for a branch of New Vision Mortgage. D. PAUL POWERS JR. ’92 ’94 is executive vice president and regional president at Albemarle Bank & Trust’s Greenville loan production office. A 35-year Greenville resident with 15 years of banking experience, he was First Citizens Bank’s senior vice president and business banking manager for Pitt County and was the bank’s top-producing business banking manager in 2007.

WILLIAM HARRIS ’91 of Seattle, Wash., received a Northwest Regional Emmy for best promo news campaign for his work as a creative services writer/producer for the ABC affiliate KOMO TV.  He also was nominated for best promo news single spot. He’s been with KOMO 4, which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Station Excellence, for 10 years. The station’s helicopter pad at Fisher Plaza is used in the TV show Grey’s Anatomy as Seattle Grace Hospital. DEAN TAYLOR ’91 ’93 is director of retail sales for the Carolinas/Tennessee Region for Verizon Wireless. He has 13 years of telecommunications experience and was director of retail sales for Verizon Wireless in Georgia and Alabama. CINDY THOMPSON-RUMPLE, writing as C.G. Thompson, won the 2008 N.C. State Poetry Contest. Her poem, “Post Card to Ravinna,” competed against more than 300 entries to take the $500 Brenda L. Smart Grand Prize. It was also featured in The News & Observer’s Sunday Reader.

KENNETH GRANTHAM is the new head of the football program at Greene Central High School, where he played football and his father was coach for 20 years before retiring to assist Kenneth at Nash Central High School, where he led playoff-caliber football teams. ANN ELIZABETH LAWRENCE and Michael Connolly were married June 14 in Charlotte. She is a vice president in learning and leadership development for Bank of America in Charlotte.

As seen on Letterman
Patrick King ’90 performed a trick golf shot to win the audience show and tell contest on the David Letterman show
recently. King, who was on the ECU golf team, bounced a golf ball off a club several times, then knocked it high in the air and caught it in a cup on top of his head. King is deputy general manager of the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. A leisure studies major at ECU, King played professionally on the Hooters Tour for two years before settling into country club management.


SUZANNE SLACK CAMDEN ’89 ’91 was promoted to associate vice president for Mid Atlantic Engineering and Technical Services in Chesapeake, Va. She is secretary for the Norfolk chapter of the National Contracts Management Association and a PTO member at the Goddard School in Virginia Beach, where her 4-year-old daughter attends. LEE RIDDLE left the Pepsi Bottling Group in Maryland after 16 years and moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., to be special projects director for Lodge Manufacturing Co. His great-grandfather founded Lodge, the only domestic producer of cast iron cookware, in South Pittsburgh, Tenn., in 1896. He married LYNN AUCOIN RIDDLE ’90 14 years ago, and they have two sons, Alexander (12) and Zachary (10). VINSON SMITH is head of the new football program at Statesville Christian School. At Statesville High School, he was an All-American football player before attending ECU and joining the NFL for 12 years. He was a linebacker for the 1992-93 Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys.

DR. SUSAN AYCOCK is a family medicine specialist with Southeastern Health Center of Clarkton. WESLEY PAYNE NEWSOME co-opened a tex-mex restaurant called Guacamole Grill in Cary in March 2008.

EDWIN M. “SANDY” HARDY was re-elected chair of the trustees of Beaufort County Hospital. He was first appointed to the board in 2003 by the Beaufort County commissioners. JIM FORD of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, Canada, is a regional manager of rear-operations for Shoney’s Restaurant and is married to Kerry Hale Ford, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. They have two children, Riley (4) and Elias (7), and plan to live in Yellowknife. CARYL HOLOMAN, a pulmonary nurse manager in BSOM’s internal medicine department, was named 2008 BSOM nurse of the year at the annual nurses banquet. At ECU since 1997, she totals 22 years of nursing experience. ROBERT LOGAN, formerly the associate superintendent of innovation and school transformation at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, is the new superintendent of the Chatham County Schools. He was superintendent of Asheville City and Lee County schools.

DR. STEPHEN BRIDGERS is a family medicine specialist with Southeastern Health Center of Clarkton. MARTHA KATRENIA KORNEGAY JOHNSON ’85 ’96, a seventh grade inclusion teacher at West Craven Middle School, received her National Board Certification in November 2007 as an exceptional needs specialist for early childhood through young adulthood. Married to Rev. Robert Johnson, she has two sons, Emmanuel and Isaiah. CYNTHIA ANNE MILLS and Robert Edward Farish III of Maury, N.C., and Beverly Hills, Calif., were married April 5 in Atrani, Italy. She is a managing partner in Mills & Economos law firm in Greenville. GREG SHELNUTT, director of the N.C. School of the Arts’ visual arts program, received a $5,000 fellowship from the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program to travel to Bendigo, Australia, to be an artist-in-residence at LaTrobe University and study bell casting.

TOM OVERCASH of Bahama has 21 years experience as a senior financial advisor for AIG Retirement Advisors and received his fifth “Top 50” recognition from the President’s Cabinet. He and his wife Lisa have four daughters. RAYMIE STYONS has officiated ACC basketball games since 1989. He also owns a Nationwide Insurance agency in Greenville and has two children in athletics. PATRICIA “PAT” WILLIAMS of Kinston retired after 40 years as a real estate paralegal. She started work for James Hodges in 1968, and in 1977, moved with him to White & Allen, where she assisted with foreclosures, title work, and commercial and residential sale closings.


JOSEPH W. CLARK of Durham received the Lifetime Certified Local Governmental Purchasing Officer and Purchaser of the Year recognitions from the Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing. He is purchasing manager and deputy finance officer for Durham and is treasurer of the CAGP board. WARREN FRANKE, who has taught at Iowa State University since 1991, was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Kinesiology. STEPHANIE HINNANT, sales manager for Taff Office Equipment, has 20 years experience with sales, marketing, and customer service in Greenville. She is on the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce’s executive committee, the Pitt County Committee of 100 board, and the STRIVE advisory board. She was board president for United Way of Pitt County in 2007.

WAYNE E. MURPHY, senior vice president of Southern Bank, was promoted to regional supervisor for Martin, Edgecombe, and Pitt counties. With the bank since 1995, he has 24 years of banking experience and is on the boards for the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and Northeastern Entrepreneurial Roundtable.

LINDA ANN FASOLT HOLLAMON of Cary and her husband opened an independent coffee house in Apex’s Davis Drive Village called The Wake Zone Espresso. She also has worked for  27 years as a nurse in the surgical prep and recovery unit of Rex Hospital in Raleigh. REGINALD T. HOLT ’81 ’85 was named president and CEO of member-owned Farm Credit of Central Florida. He was a branch manager for East Carolina Farm Credit in Swan Quarter before moving to South Carolina in 1985 and Florida in 1992, when he joined FCCF as area vice president and later directed agribusiness lending. He has four children.

JANE STONE ALLEN is an educational technologist for the Air Force’s 42nd Attack Squadron, a field training unit that teaches personnel to fly the Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle. She and her husband Doug, a legal counsel for Steelman Design Group, live in Las Vegas. ELIZABETH BRANCH of Winterville is a real estate agent and broker with Williams and Associates Realtors and has three children. MICHAEL EURY, a Concord native, is the new executive director for the Historic Cabarrus Association, which was formed from a merger of Historic Cabarrus Inc. and the Concord Museum. A former editor for DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics, he has written books on comics and media history and worked as a communications director and popular culture historian. SHERWOOD WAYNE HARP of Wake Forest was named city executive for New Republic Savings Bank in Henderson. KENNY MOORE of Harrells was inducted into the Sampson County Sports Hall of Fame in April 2008 for his athletic record at Union High School and as a football player at ECU and in Canada. ANN SUTTON, who has 13 years experience in interior design and lighting, is a new consultant at Lighting by Design. CHRISTOPHER JAMES VIGREN of Pittsfield, Mass., is a board member and executive vice president of Citibank/Citigroup. He was an economics advisor under both Clinton administrations. JAN WELBORN of Charleston, S.C., was selected to participate in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program in October 2008. The program, funded by the Japanese government, offers study tours about Japanese culture and education. Welborn taught art studio and art history at Mount Olive College and College of Charleston before teaching art at Charleston Day School and in a Charleston County Public School gifted and talented program during the summers.

ANNA SPEAR of Havelock was named 2008 Doris Howard Female Coach of the Year by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. The women’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director for women’s sports at Havelock High School for nine years, she also coached for 17 years at North Lenoir High School, where she started the volleyball program and led the softball team to the state finals.

GALE ADCOCK, director of corporate healthcare at SAS, is a new board member for the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation. SUSAN DICKENS LYNCH of Warrenton retired from Warren County High School in July after more than 30 years as a business education teacher.

BILLY LEE started a new career as director of sales in the sports division of the Raleigh-based Travel Management Partners. His 30 years of collegiate basketball coaching earned him 400+ wins. He coached at high schools, two years at ECU, seven years at UNC Pembroke, 18 years at Campbell University and three seasons at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. ERIC DAVIS VAN NORTWICK of Dale City, Va., was named 2007 Ducks Unlimited conservationist of the year for his water quality work with Neabsco Creek in Prince William County, where he is a member of Adopt-A-Stream.

CAROL PEARCE DAVIS ’76 ’82 ’95, who has 32 years experience working in elementary schools, is the new principal at Franklinton Elementary School in Franklin County. MARSHA MOORE LEWIS ’76 ’85 was selected for a three-year term on the board of the International Reading Association at the group’s annual conference in Atlanta, Ga. She is a second grade National Board Certified teacher at Kenansville Elementary School in Duplin County. She has served on advisory boards for the state superintendent of public instruction and the N.C. End-of-Grade Reading Comprehension Tests Specifications Committee.

MAGGIE BISHOP ’75 ’76 of Deep Gap, who was named as one of the 100 Incredible ECU Women in 2007, released a new mystery, Perfect for Framing, for her Appalachian Adventure series in November. Set in Boone, it follows a propertyowners association power struggle that includes robbery, romantic tension, blackmail, and murder. LEONARD “MIKE” ERNEST is interpreter programs manager for the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Richmond. He coordinates interpreters for state agencies and courts, and manages the Virginia Quality Assurance Screening program for interpreters. From 1985 to 2005, he was program manager and professor of interpreter education at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.
DR. GABRIEL “GABE” CIPAU, of Key Healthcare, is a new board member for the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation. DAVID C. REAVIS of Raleigh, e-commerce manager for the N.C. Office of the State Controller, finished his term as president of the N.C. Treasury Management Association. He is now chair of the board for NCTMA, a nonprofit group for treasury and finance professionals from N.C. corporations and banks. ALAN DEAN REIMANN of Chattanooga, Tenn., retired Sept. 26, 2007, from the cardiac rhythm management division (implantable pacemakers and defibrillators) of Medtronic, the largest manufacturer and supplier of medical implanted devices. He recently re-married, vacations in St. Thomas, and cruises the Tennessee River in his 40-foot boat, a retirement present to himself.

DAVID STEVENS JR., a former Air Force pilot, flies transcontinental jets to Europe for U.S. Airways. When he got his pilot’s license in 1974, his father, a former ECU attorney who retired from the Air Force in 1970, gave him his silver wings. Stevens Jr. recently passed the wings to his son when he graduated from flight school. CANDACE LITTLE TURK ’73 ’92 ’98 ’03 is the new principal at West Pine Middle School in West End. She was a special education teacher, an assistant principal, and the assistant superintendent for human resources and operations in Duplin County, and was named Duplin County 2003-04 principal of the year.

BEVERLY KILPATRICK THOMPSON ’72 ’79 ’96 of Nashville, formerly of Kenansville, was promoted from a bankcard sales support manager to a banking officer with BB&T in Wilson. She retired from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction before joining BB&T in 2007.

WILLIAM R. “BILL” SAGE SR. was elected mayor of Oriental, “The Sailing Capital of North Carolina.”  He was a lawyer in Greensboro before moving his career to Oriental. His wife, DELIA LOMAX “DEE” SAGE, was chair of the town planning board.


WILLIAM F. GRANT III, a banking consultant in Williamsburg, Va., retired from the U.S. Treasury Department. He is a founder and director of Square 1 Bank and Square 1 Financial, headquartered in Durham. The company opened in August 2005 with $105 million in capital, the largest amount of capital raised for a start-up state-chartered bank in North Carolina.

ADRA ALLISON KENNEDY of Washington retired in July 2007 after 29 years of teaching second through fifth grades and remedial reading in New York, and Wake and Beaufort counties. She developed magnet school curriculum, was named teacher of the year, and was recognized in Who’s Who Among American Teachers several times. ROBERT D. “BOB” RYNEARSON of El Cajon, Ca., retired from a 32-year teaching career with the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego County. GARY WAYNE WEST of Greenwood, S.C., is the new chief information officer for the S.C. Department of Education. With S.C. schools for 32 of his 38 years in education, he has taught and served as a district administrator and director of technology.

NANCY BABB APPLER of Vienna, Va., retired in Nov. 2007 after 42 years with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. She was most recently a senior administrator in the Secretary of Interior’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, and plans to garden, play piano, and study Spanish. EDWARD D. BARNES, a family lawyer in Chesterfield, Va., and the founding chair of the National Center for Family Law at the University of Richmond, received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. From 1966 to 1969, he was a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers, and in 2006, received the University of Richmond’s alumni award for his role in continuing legal education there.

DOUG WATTS was inducted into the N.C. American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame for his 40 years working with the league as a coach, manager, athletic director, and chief fundraiser. After serving in the Army in Korea, he walked on to ECU’s baseball team, was the starting catcher, and then during his senior year was co-captain. He was later head football and baseball coach at Hope Mills High School.

STEPHEN EVERETT DAVENPORT of China Grove was nominated in the summer 2007 issue of Carolina Planning as one of 20 most influential urban planners in North Carolina for the past fifty years. DR. ROYCE SHINGLETON SR. of Gatlingburg, Tenn., has published numerous works, including his books John Taylor Wood: Sea Ghost of the Confederacy (1979), Richard Peters: Champion of the New South (1985), and High Seas Confederate: The Life and Times of John Newland Maffitt (1994). A Theta Chi member, he served in the Army in Hanau, West Germany; taught high school in Dinwiddie, Va., and Snow Hill; was dean of men at Lees-McRae College; and taught at Darton College in Albany, Ga., and Georgia State and Oglethorpe universities in Atlanta.

WILLIAM HUGH KNOX and his wife, Dr. Angelina E. Knox, operate Knox Clinic Pediatrics in Wilmington. Their son, Dr. Lenard Edralin, will join the clinic after completing his residency in pediatrics at BSOM.

WALTER L. WILLIAMS ’51 ’55, vice president of Trade/WilcoHess, is a new board member for the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation.