By Joanne Kollar
Alexandra “Alex” Boncek is executive director of Nash County Travel and Tourism. John Hart is an instructor of computer technology in the School of Business, Engineering and Technical Studies at Davidson County Community College. .
Eric Bentz received a direct commission to first lieutenant in the USAF Medical Service Corps. He is stationed at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., as the chief information officer. Jessica Emery was promoted to account executive at Buchanan Public Relations, Ardmore, Pa. Kaitlyn Marie Harrison wed Donald Lee Howard Jr. on June 22 at Open Door Ministries, Greenville. The wedding party included Matt Burnette, Kayla Chandler ’09 ’10, Jessica Harrison ’09, Joshua Harrison ’07, Megan Pulaski ’10 and Miriam Wamer ’09. She teaches second grade in Cumberland County. Sara Lewis, a formulation development specialist at Metrics Inc., Greenville, earned the certified pharmaceutical industry professional credential. There are only 76 CPIP-credentialed pharmaceutical professionals worldwide. Katelyn Fowler Peyton wed Parker Reynolds Bateman on April 13 at Cypress Landing Yacht Club, Chocowinity. The wedding party included Kassy Mosley ’13. Suzanne Wilson Ruff wed Andrew Kenyon O’Neal on Sept. 7 at the home of her parents. The wedding party included Ethan Dail ’13 and Lauren Tuttle. She is a nurse at Wake Forrest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, and he is a physical education teacher and head soccer coach at West Stokes High School, King. Laura Elizabeth White wed Tyler Edwin Clark on Aug. 3 at United Methodist Church, Morehead City. The wedding party included Leslie Anne Biggs ’10, Edwin Lafayette Clark Jr. ’79, father of the groom, William Lafayette Clark ’13, Sarah Elizabeth Lloyd ’11 and Justin Taylor White. She teaches at Faith Christian Academy, and he works at St. Peter’s Catholic School.
Mitch Gay joined Service Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. as a salesman, estimator and project leader in the company’s Greenville office. He was a vice president and commercial relationship manager at BB&T. Richard J. Gough is president of the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort, S.C. He was executive vice president of Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Fred Rowe wed John Michaels on Aug. 12 at the District of Columbia Superior Court, Washington, D.C. He is a software architect for IBM in Raleigh. Scott Senatore is president of Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. Larissa Tripp opened Limited DanceWorks in Snow Hill. Alan Tromba won the Clair Armstrong Endowment Award for his lithograph “Monotony” in the autumn 2012 show, “Images,” at the Jacksonville Council of the Arts. Kathryn Anne Zabriskie wed Austin Kent Smith on April 27 at Kenan Chapel, Wilmington. The wedding party included Jordan Proctor ’07 and Tess Martin ’09 ’11. She works for Netsertive.
Margaret Rachael Arnold wed James Cleveland Wrenn on Aug. 3 at the Wrenn family home in Henderson. The wedding party included Meredith Magnuson ’13 and Adam Robinson. Richard Paul Barnhill wed Megan Alicia Gajewski on April 12 at The Octagonal Garden, Middleton Plantation, Charleston, S.C. The wedding party included Blake Smith. He is a meteorological software tester for Raytheon, Silver Spring, Md. Whitley Timberlake Brown wed Ann Brooks Skinner on Oct. 19 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Wilson. The wedding party included Tyler Patrick Bolton ’09, Christopher Lee Eisenzimmer ’10 ’12 and Daniel Staten Waters ’09 ’10. He is a broker with NAI Carolantic Realty, Raleigh. Chris Dorman is senior vice president and CEO for Tift Regional Health System, Tifton, Ga. He was an administrator in a CEO development program at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Va. Kristen Hunter is public information officer for the Greenville Police Department. She is a former reporter and producer for WNCT Channel 9, Greenville. Kristen M. Kennedy was sworn into the Pitt County Bar Association. Steven Macgilvray was sworn into the Pitt County Bar Association. Anne Mann is finance director for the town of Nashville. She was a CPA with Flowers and Stanley LLP. Ashdon Lauren Martin wed Brian Christopher Little on May 28 at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort, Castries, St. Lucia. She is an RN at East Carolina Heart Institute, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville. Meagan Caitlin Moore wed Christopher Lee McFarland on Oct. 26 at the Chapel at South Harbour, Southport. The wedding party included Leslie Sugg. She works for Mission Hospitals, Asheville. William Thomas Osborne wed Karanda Velvet Fletcher on Sept. 21 at The Citadel Beach House, Isle of Palms, S.C. He is a flight respiratory practitioner with Air Ambulance Caribbean Inc. Kayla Anne Strayer wed Jeffrey Landon Walker on July 20 at Rock Springs Center, Greenville. The wedding party included Addison Cox ’10 ’13, Kristin Gordon ’11, Brittany Hawkins ’12, Daniel Jones ’11, Matthew Oakley and Robyn Sauls ’12. She is a math teacher at Farmville Middle School and a part-time tutor at Huntington Learning Center. He is a physical education/health teacher and coach at Washington High School.
Tara Austin is assistant district attorney in District 19-B (Randolph, Montgomery and Moore counties). She earned her law degree at Elon University. Jessica Lauren Jennings ’09 ’12 wed Jonathan William Polk on April 6 at Mount Herman United Methodist Church, Lizzie. The wedding party included Justin Culpepper, Chelsea Duffy ’09 ’11, Sarah McLawhorn ’05 ’09, Angel Reavis ’09 ’10, Meredith Southworth ’06 and Ashton Turnage. She teaches math at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton. He works for the National Park Service at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Marisa Therese Price joined Stokes & Lambert, Greenville. She has a law degree from N.C. Central School of Law. Frankie Dale Tadlock is the new proprietor of Greenville’s Outback Steakhouse. He was the restaurant’s service and beverage manager. Carolyn Elizabeth Thiele wed Clay MacLeod Koonce on Oct. 5 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Roanoke Rapids. The wedding party included Emily Black ’11, Kyndall Guest, Emmett Koonce ’67, father of the groom, Elsa Swenson ’10 and Jason Wood ’12. She works for Vidant Medical Center. He works for Professional Finance Service, Greenville.
Rachel Brinkley ’08 ’12 is manager of the Case Management Department at Nash Health Care, Rocky Mount. John Howard Garner wed Garner Merritt Leigh Droste on Oct. 26 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Richmond, Va. Catherine McKenna Fodor wed Andrew Browne Jordan ’11 on Oct. 12 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, Va. The wedding party included Regan Alexis Lee ’06 and Margaret Rogers Cherry ’11. She is director of constituent outreach in Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr.’s Greenville office. He is a second-year student at ECU’s School of Dental Medicine. Heather Elaine Gwaltney ’08 ’11 wed Jesse Wilson Harris III on April 13 at Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. The wedding party included Abigail Parker Elmore ’09, Allison Freuler ’07, Ashley Gwaltney Covington ’10 and Katie Lilley Odell. She is an oncology nurse at the Duke Outpatient Cancer Center, Durham. Erin Elizabeth McGillicuddy wed Tobin Wayne Hurd on Oct. 19 at Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church, Greenville. The wedding party included Holly West McGillicuddy ’94. She is a registered nurse at Vidant Medical Center and is enrolled in the family nurse practitioner program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Kelley Wernert ’08 ’11 is athletics director, physical education teacher and volleyball coach at John Paul II Catholic High School, Greenville.
Patricia Lee Benbow achieved National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards in Library Media/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood in 2012. She is a media specialist in Edgecombe County Public Schools. Dr. Jacob Enterkin joined Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, Hartsville, S.C., as a neuro-interventional and diagnostic radiologist. Kamesha Johnson received the MEd in executive leadership from Gardner-Webb University. She teaches English and social studies at Dillard Middle School, Goldsboro. Andrea Smith is director of testing for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Kourtney Elise Thompson wed John Wesley Landen IV ’04 ’05 on Sept. 7 on Lollipop Bay, Wrightsville Beach. The wedding party included Heather Lauren Barbour ’06 ’07, John Wesley Landen III ’77 and William Cobb Landen ’08. She is an account executive for Loren Hope Designs, Providence, R.I. He is senior vice president at Silver Street Development Corp. Marisha Wallace made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of the musical Aladdin. Sarah Michelle Whittemore ’07 ’09 wed Christopher Allen Mooring on June 29 at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast, Pine Knoll Shores. The wedding party included Brooke Lyerly ’09. Garrett Elizabeth Young wed David Robert Broyles ’04 on Sept. 21 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville. The wedding party included Katherine Young Oakley ’08, sister of the bride. She is assistant to the CEO and the human resources director with Divers Alert Network Inc., Durham. He is an attorney with Bode, Call & Stroupe, L.L.P., Raleigh.
Elizabeth Jenkins is principal of Baskerville Elementary School, Rocky Mount. Dr. Ethan Lenker is the new superintendent of Pitt County Schools.He was superintendent of Sampson County Schools. Air Force Judge Advocate Steven L. "Luke" Spencer II is serving as a special victim's counsel at Hurlburt Field in Florida. He represents victims in sexual assault cases. He graduated from law school at Elon University in 2009 and later that year was commissioned into the Judge Advocate General Corps. The Air Force recently created the special victims counsel position to assist military meembers who suffer sexual assaults. Before moving to the new position in May, Spencer was a military prosecutor.
Brian Colligan is editorial page editor for the Daily Press, Newport News, Va. He was editorial page editor for The Daily Reflector, Greenville. Carol “Carrie” Winslow Crawley ’05 ’08 wed Ryan Guerra Strohl ’04 on June 29 at The Village Chapel, Pinehurst. The wedding party included Carolyn Hunt Byrnes ’07, Lindsey Leigh Chandler ’05 ’07, Matthew Joseph Hanlon ’05, Vance Alan Stephenson ’05 ’07 and Kyle Robert Yunaska ’07 ’09. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and teaches in Arlington Public Schools. He was on the ECU cross-country team and is senior art director at Delucchi Plus, Washington, D.C. Jennifer Dawn Edwards ’05 ’07 wed Scott Jeffrey Polner on Nov. 2 on the beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area at Kure Beach. The wedding party included Tracy L. Cone ’06, Allison R. Currie ’10, Jonathan B. Edwards ’09, Amber B. Godwin ’10, Lindsey E. McMahan ’13 and Kristin S. Riley ’05 ’07. She teaches in Wilson County Schools. Diadra Powell ’05 ’11 is finance director for the city of Americus, Ga.
Ati Coughlin opened Alfredo’s NY Pizza in Greenville. Wesley Barnes is commercial relationship manager for the little bank, Greenville. He is a graduate of the N.C. School of Banking. Officer Kolenya Edwards ’04 ’09 was named “Woman of the Year” by the N.C. Law Enforcement Women’s Association. She is a personnel and recruiting officer assigned to the Administrative Services Bureau of the Greenville Police Department. Angela Garland ’05 ’07, assistant principal of Jacksonville High School, is Onslow County School District’s 2013-14 Assistant Principal of the Year. Regina Joy Gatti wed Samuel Clifton Fogle on May 18 at Press Lounge atop the INK 48 Hotel in New York City. The wedding party included Alicia Belle ’03 and Meg Fox Groves. She is a recruitment director for Green Key Resources, New York City. Donetta Steiner Godwin ’04 ’06 is associate director for the Greenville location of BAYADA Pediatrics, a national provider of home health care services to children. She was a quality practice support consultant at the Eastern Area Health Education Center, Greenville. Larry Bryan Holt was sworn into the Pitt County Bar Association. Candace Moore ’04 ’06 was promoted to vice president at BB&T where she is a corporate banker in BB&T’s Capital Markets Corporate Banking department in Winston-Salem. Matt Robbins had a show of his work in 2013 at Full Circle Arts, Hickory. Jeanne Stewart ’04 ’08 is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures in the Thomas W. and Robin W. College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C.
Dr. Nneka Jones is a first assistant executive director of the Cook County (Ill.) Department of Corrections overseeing mental health strategy at the Cook County Jail. Patrick Kennedy received a double master’s degree in health administration and leadership and organizational change from Pfeiffer University. He is compliance officer and revenue integrity manager at Nash Health Care, Rocky Mount. Adrienne DeAnne Smith wed Robert Leroy Covington Jr. on Sept. 7 at The Imperial Centre, Rocky Mount. She is the controller at Barton College, Wilson. Justin Tart earned accredited investment fiduciary® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.TM He is a financial advisor with Culpepper-Jones Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Greenville.
Dr. Brian Cabarrus practices with Vidant Medical Group, Vidant Cardiology-Greenville. Craig Conticchio ’01 ’11 is dean of academics at John Paul II Catholic High School, Greenville. He was teaching math and science at The Oakwood School, Greenville. Glynis Litwin has been inducted as a board member for ECU’s Friends of the School of Art and Design. Mike Litwin has authored his first children’s book, Lost in Bermooda, which was released in March. He has illustrated nearly a dozen children’s books, including several New York Times bestsellers. Vaddrick Parker is corporate counsel for EDM Americas, a technology-based information management company. He was an independent corporate legal consultant. Brooke Potts Preslar is principal at Pinebrook Elementary School, Davie County. She was assistant principal at Pinebrook.
Chesley “Chess” Black ’00 ’08 is executive director of IT service management for Johnson & Wales University’s four-campus system (Providence, Charlotte, Denver and North Miami). He is based in Charlotte. Kelley Deal received the Nash Community College 2013 Ambassador Award. She is the senior director of marketing and communication at Nash and a master’s degree candidate in ECU’s School of Communication.
Greenville furniture maker Stuart Kent ’08 recently completed a year-long teaching and research project in Costa Rica underwritten by a Fulbright Core Grant.
He worked as a visiting assistant professor of sculpture at the National University of Costa Rica, where he taught workshops on wood joinery and finishing, and helped develop a curriculum for furniture design.
The project raised awareness of two species of sustainable, tropical hardwoods. He organized exhibitions to demonstrate possible uses for these two trees.
Since returning to the United States Kent has worked to connect timber growers in Costa Rica with American lumber dealers, opening a viable path to market for a cost effective and sustainable new raw material.
He organized the nation’s first major international public art event, after which the works by artists from seven nations were donated to the city of Heredia.
Kent was assisted in his work by his wife, Susan Kent ’04. They returned from Costa Rica in September.
The Great 100 Nurses,which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized in its 2013 Great 100 Nurses the following Vidant Health nurses: Christine Barnes ’10, Lana Brunk ’86 ’07, Leanne Perkins Coore ’03, Jessica Griffin ’01, Barbara Malpass ’93, Danielle McMullen ’08, Kimberly Pittman ’10, Susan Redding ’00 and Chandra Speight-Rahilly ’96 ’02.
The woman who was the first female faculty member of ECU’s original school of medicine recalls in her memoir that faculty and students often had to defend the school from its more established rivals.
M. Evelyn McNeill, who taught neuroanatomy from 1972 until accepting emeritus status in 2001, recalls that the first med school classes were held in trailers.
“A member of the charter class (1977–81) reported being chided by a friend at the UNC School of Medicine for attending medical school on a ‘used trailer lot.’ After revealing the accusation in the yearbook, the students sought to set the record straight.
In Zero to Eighty Over Unpaved Roads: A Memoir, McNeill traces her life from her family’s tobacco farm in Lee County, to college at Chapel Hill, Duke and the Medical College of Virginia.
Before becoming an academic, McNeill served in the Army, where she enjoyed equal status—and equal pay—with her male colleagues. After arriving at East Carolina, she was disappointed to learn she was paid less than male faculty members doing the same work. She demanded—and got—equal treatment from the university.
She writes that she is proud of the record for gender equality that the medical school has compiled since then. “The first one-year class included one woman. The second and third classes of 20 students had two women each. The charter class of 28 students had seven women.
When I retired in 2001, the classes were consistently about 50 percent women.”
McNeill, who is remembered by many Brody graduates for her friendliness and generosity, said teaching was her greatest joy. “It is the relationships with my students and colleagues that I treasure now. Images of them from nearly 30 years of work at the medical school weave through my mind, creating a warm tapestry of goodwill, appreciation, and love.”
Four alumni (shown left to right with the governor in the middle) who met while serving in student government played major roles in Gov. Pat McCrory’s election.
Patrick Sebastian ’10, a nephew of McCrory, ran the governor’s campaign political action committee and was state political director for Romney for President in 2012.
He recently came back from New Jersey where he served as state director for the Republican National Committee and Gov. Chris Christie. Sebastian was Interfraternity Council president in 2009.
Dan Spuller ’06, is the public information officer to Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. He served as field director during McCrory’s 2008 run for governor. He is on the ECU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Jon Massachi ’07, is an assistant vice President at BB&T in the mortgage division, and served as treasurer to the Pat McCrory committee.
Heather Dickson ’06, former chief of staff to first lady Ann McCrory, recently was named development director for the N.C. Chamber. She was central regional finance director for the McCrory for Governor Committee. She was SGA vice president.