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Class Notes Spring 2014

April 28, 2014
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Nancy Hamilton Nye (’57 AA) retired from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after 46 years. She was associate chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the School of Medicine. At retirement, Gov. Pat McCrory presented her with membership in the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at a celebration at the Carolina Inn along with 200 other leaders from the UNC School of Medicine.


Gary H. Clemmons (’81 JD) was selected for inclusion in 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2014 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs.

Stephen Gaskins (’81) was elected to serve as president of the New Hanover County Community Foundation, a nonprofit created to focus on the needs of other nonprofit organizations, donors and charitable causes.


Sheila K. McLamb (’83 JD) was appointed to the board of directors for Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center in January. McLamb has served on the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Brunswick Community College Foundation and the advisory boards for United Carolina Bank, National Bank and Branch Banking and Trust. She resides in Brunswick and is engaged in private practice at McLamb Law PLLC.

Dr. Gregory Lawson (’83 JD) received a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, his second post-J.D. Ph.D.


John Winn (’84 JD) was promoted to professor of business law at the Harry F. Byrd Jr. Business School at Shenandoah University.


Business North Carolina named John D. Martin (’85 JD) and Rose Stout (’85 JD) to its 2014 Legal Elite list in the area of Litigation and Family Law, respectively.


Alan “Chip” Hewett (’86 BA/’90 JD) was appointed as chairman of the Johnston Health Board of Hospital Commissioners in October.


Juan Austin (’86) was appointed to the statewide board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Austin is senior vice president for the Wells Fargo Foundation for North Carolina and South Carolina. He lives in Jamestown.

Elizabeth Freshwater-Smith (’86 JD) received a 2013 Women of Justice Award: Public Service Practitioner Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.


Sam Hamrick (’88 JD) retired as Clerk of Court in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and accepted the position of Court Executive Officer for the Superior Court of California in Riverside County.


George Pender (’91 JD) was named to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Lawyers List in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law — Employers.


Rebecca Britton (’92 JD) received a 2013 Women of Justice Award: Litigation Practitioner Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

James P. Laurie, III (’92 JD) was named to the National Roster of Neutrals for the Construction Industry for the American Arbitration Association as an arbitrator and mediator.


Robert E. ‘Whit’ Whitley, Jr. (’95 JD) has announced his candidacy for the North Carolina General Assembly House District 3 seat.


Joy Brewer (’96 JD) received a 2013 Women of Justice Award: Business Practitioner Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.


Ben Holland (’97 BBA/MBA) received his Doctorate of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on May 17. He serves as senior pastor of Prosperity Avenue Baptist Church in Tulare, Calif.


Clella Lee (’98 M.Div./Doming) joined the national Woman’s Missionary Union staff as leadership consultant on the adult resource team.


Jason Wunsch (’99 JD) was elected as a Fuquay-Varina Town Commissioner and sworn in on Dec. 2.

Business North Carolina named F. Marshall Wall (’99 JD) to its 2014 Legal Elite list in the area of Litigation.


Anna E. Smith (’01 JD) became a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers organization.

Carla Martin Cobb (’01 JD) was named to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Lawyers List in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law — Employers.


Scott Holuby (’03 PH) was selected as Navy Reserve Pharmacist of the Year for 2013.


Trinity Kelly (’03 BS/’07 MSA) was chosen as Harnett County's Assistant Principal of the Year for the 2013-14 school year by Harnett County's Principal and Assistant Principal Association. She is one of Overhills Elementary School’s assistant principals and has worked in Harnett County for 11 years.

Charlie Bullock (’03 JD) was named the school board attorney for the Harnett County’s school system.

Zeke Bridges (’03 JD) was accepted into the North Carolina Bar Associa­tion Leadership Academy Class of 2014, joined the The Susie Sharp Inn of Court and was appointed to Prevent Child Abuse N.C.

Chip Campbell (’03 JD) was selected to participate in the 2014 Emerging Leaders program by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Julia Hooten (’03 JD) was named to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Lawyers List as the Lawyer of the Year in the area Workers’ Compensation Law — Employers in Asheville.


Edward S. Schenk, III (’04 JD) was named to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Lawyers List in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law — Employers.


Clifton Smith (’04 JD),Chief Assistant District Attorney for Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties (25th District), was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve as District Court Judge in the vacancy created by Judge L. Suzanne “San” Owsley’s retirement. He took the oath of office on Feb. 14, at a ceremony attended by family, friends, judges, lawyers and community members.


Jennifer Morris Jones (’05 JD) was named partner at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog.


Drew Phillips (’06 M.Div.) started a new position as associate campus minister at Chowan University.

Kevin Ceglowski (’06 JD) was named partner at Poyner Spruill LLP.

Dave L. Dixon (’06 PH) was selected for advancement to Associate of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The “associate” designation recognizes those who, through advanced education, training and professional development, have dedicated themselves to providing the highest level of cardiovascular care. Dixon was recognized on March 31 at the ACC Annual Meeting: 63rd Annual Scientific Session & Expo in Washington, D.C.

Gregory S. Horner (’06 JD) was named partner at Teague Campbell LLP


Andrew (’07 MBA/’07 PH) and Laura (’06 PH) Kessell, along with big brother Sam, announced the birth of William Charles Kessell, born July 27.

Michael A. Myers (’06 JD) was named director at Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.

Erin Collins (’06 JD) received a 2013 Women of Justice Award: Rising Star Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Robert N. Young (’06 JD) was named director at Carruthers & Roth, P.A.



Christopher S. Morden (’07 MBA/JD) of Monroe Wallace Law Group was selected for the 2014 North Carolina Rising Star list by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.


Melissa Mangene (’07 BBA) was promoted to associate for Dewberry in the Fairfax, Va., office. As a senior project manager, Mangene is responsible for project management of IT systems implementation, project operations and quality management system initiatives.


Jennifer C. Norris (’07 MBA) and Blake Norris announced the birth of their third child, Emily Caroline Norris, on July 8. Emily weighed 8 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.

Billie Hurley Gordon (’04 BA/’07 M.Div.) is the new director of youth ministries at Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern.


Chad B. Joyce (’07 BBA) and Sarah M. Joyce (’07 BBA) announced the birth of their daughter, Hailey Madison Joyce, born on Oct. 18.



Matthew Tyler Gardner (’10 BBA/MBA) married his high school and college sweetheart Janeé Elizabeth Richmond (’08 BS) at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville on Dec. 14.

Terri Carriker Stratton (’94 BA/’08 M.Div.) was promoted to senior chaplain of Central Prison on Jan. 1. She is the first female senior chaplain of Central Prison in its 130 years of existence.

Jason (’05 BA/’08 M.Div.) and his wife Lori Duke (’05 PH) announced the birth of their daughter, Adalyn Lee Duke. Adalyn was born Dec. 13 and is the granddaughter of Irma Duke (’02 MACE).


Nathan Rogers (’09 M.Div.) became a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and is serving as a CBF-endorsed chaplain in Alaska.


Randall W. Faircloth (’09 BBA/MBA) joined Hutchens Law Firm in Charlotte.


Lloyd Blevins (’10 M.Div.) was promoted to captain and appointed as chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol.

Edisson Etienne (’10 M.Div.) and his wife Nelcie announced the birth of their son, Edwards William Etienne.

Travis Russell (’10 M.Div.) is now serving as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Graham.

Lt. Heather Rosati (’10 PH) was named the 2013 US Navy's Junior Pharmacist of the Year. She has been in the Navy for 19 years and was selected for the award for her work while stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash. Rosati is currently stationed at Branch Health Clinic Naval Station in Norfolk, Va.

Megan Bryant Ellmers (’10 PH) was named the inaugural Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy specialist for Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Va.

Megan West (’10 JD) was elected Wake Women’s Attorneys vice president.



Leslie Jarvis Ivey (’11 BS) and Thomas Sidney Ivey (’11 BBA) were united in marriage on Nov. 9, in Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel.

Brian Edmonds (’11 M.Div.) and his wife Casey announced the birth of their second child, Jett Gibson Edmonds, born on Jan. 21.


Christy Connolly (’11 BA) and Michael McCormick were married on Nov. 2, in Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel. Christy is currently employed with Campbell University as the student affairs coordinator for the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Michael will commission and graduate from Campbell with his BS in May.

Paul Burgess (’11 M.Div.) was called as pastor of Benson Baptist Church.

Jeff M. Martin (’11 JD) was elected to serve on the Barbara Stone Foundation Board of Directors.

Mary Candace Hedges (’11 BBA) and Brandon W. Immen were united in marriage on Dec. 21, in Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel.


David Archer (’12 M.Div.) was called to be minister of music and administration at Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenville.

Joseph Z. Frost (’12 JD) joined Stubbs & Perdue in Raleigh.


David (’08 BS/’13 M.Div.) and his wife Emily Gaddy (’11 BS) announced the birth of their son, Micah William Gaddy. Micah was born on Jan. 7.

David Anderson (’13 M.Div.) was ordained by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Brian Lawler (’13 JD) joined Clawson and Staubes LLC as an associate.


Amanda Brooke Eason (’13 BS) and Zachary Scott Johnson were united in marriage, on Dec. 21, at Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel at Campbell University. Amanda is a third grade teacher at Four Oaks Elementary School. Zack is a firefighter for the Town of Garner.


Grad learns business lessons through top sports radio show

Daniel Sippy (’13) spent his final semester at Campbell University interning in a world both familiar and foreign to him all at once.

The sports management major and December graduate entered the communications realm this fall to work for North Carolina’s most-listened-to sports radio program, The David Glenn Show. Sippy’s career goals include working in the front office for a major or minor league baseball team, but this internship had him poring through on-air interviews, clipping segments and posting them online and learning the ins and outs of the radio industry.

While that may not seem like proper training for a more business-centered career, Sippy said he couldn’t have landed a better opportunity.

“I think this actually gave me a clearer view of the business side of sports,” he said. “I was able to learn the odds and ends of the sports industry — from how teams or programs market themselves to how they deal with the media. This internship allowed me to view sports management from the media’s point of view … it’s been a valuable experience.”

The internship was set up through assistant professor Elizabeth Lange, who had a connection with David Glenn and Capital Broadcasting Company. She knew Sippy was “superb at remembering sports information and stats and utilizing social media,” therefore the job, despite the emphasis on communications rather than sports management or exercise science, was a perfect fit. “I teach students the importance of making connections, networking and building professional relationships,” Lange said. “My goal is to empower students to become their best selves. Daniel has certainly represented himself and Campbell in a commendable and professional manner.”

He also worked hard to get Campbell “on the air.” Glenn, whose show is based in Raleigh but is broadcast on several stations throughout the state (including the Charlotte market), had new Campbell football coach Mike Minter on twice during the fall.

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Colon Willoughby

“I think it’s difficult for people in public office to know when to leave and to allow somebody else to come in. Ideally you want to leave before the public thinks it’s time for you to leave.”

— Colon Willoughby (’79 JD), whose 27-year tenure as Wake County’s district attorney ended in March after he announced he won’t seek re-election

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Byrd pinned as brigadier general

Between John Byrd (’84) and his father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, there’s over 100 years of combined service in the North Carolina National Guard.

There aren’t many families that can point to such a storied history in the Guard, one that spans from service in the Civil War to Iraq.

Byrd made those generations proud when he was pinned as a brigadier general during a ceremony on Jan. 24, at the Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh. Brig. Gen. Byrd, who was first commissioned as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard in 1984 through Campbell University’s ROTC program, received his new rank in front of a few hundred fellow Guardsmen, friends, family and co-workers in the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory.

In speaking to the gathering following his pinning, Byrd shared the advice he was given by his father and grandfather — advice that has served him well in his career.

“They told me to lead in the front and always do the right thing, no matter how much it hurts,” Byrd said. “Make a decision, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, and stick to it. Don’t dwell on the bad decisions, and don’t get a big head after the good ones. You’re only setting yourself up for a mistake when you do that. And finally, stay humble and don’t seek out awards or recognition. The only recognition that matters comes when you look in the mirror at night and know you did your best.”

Born in Mount Airy, Byrd joined the National Guard while a student in 1981. He’s been a senior joint operations analyst at U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., and has served as the 20th commander of the 139th Regiment. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the 139th Rear Operations Center in the XVIII Airborne Corps.

He’s been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, among many others.

He currently works for the state Crime Lab, a division of the N.C. Department of Justice, where he is a forensic scientist manager for the forensic biology section. Byrd is also a Special Agent in Charge, sworn through the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations. He thanked his co-workers for working through adversity during his Guard-related absences and called the military a “great place for young people” today.

“The military teaches discipline, skill, maturity, confidence and decision making,” Byrd said. “These are attributes we should strive for not just for our military, but for our civilian population as well.”

Byrd and his wife Lisa have three daughters — Erin, Meredith and Sarah Madison. The family lives in Spring Hope.

Friends We Will Miss

Clifton House (’75), Oct. 7

Marie Bumgarner (’52), Oct. 11

Stephen Scott (’88), Oct. 11

Jerry Morris (’74), Oct. 23

Harry Heath (’69), Oct. 26

Geraldine Harrison (’59), Oct. 29

John Watkins (’70), Nov. 2

Fay Stewart (’51), Nov. 3

Henry Hockaday (’64), Nov. 9

Anna Jernigan (’63), Nov. 10

Dixie Sutherland (’57), Nov. 12

Hilda Lee Senter (’45), Nov. 18

Robert Wells (’57), Nov. 19

Robert Greeson (’48), Nov. 20

Raymond Oliver (’47), Nov. 21

J. Lauriston Elliott (’67), Nov. 21

Jefferson Upchurch (’54), Nov. 23

Ethel West (’60), Nov. 27

James Blake (’52), Nov. 30

Lenious McLamb (’70), Dec. 3

Thurman Rogers (’53), Dec. 5

Joseph Kelly (’66), Dec. 11

Billy Mason (’49), Dec. 15

Gildo Tomei (’57), Dec. 15

Rebecca Blackburn (’78), Dec. 15

Bill Cheshire Lee (’70), Dec. 16

Dallas Pounds (’88), Jan. 6

Louise Rollins (’40), Jan. 24

Johnson Draughon (’38), Jan. 27

Dan Umstead (’65), Jan. 27

James Bryan (’41), Jan. 30

Baxter Norton (’55), Jan. 31

Alva Terrell (’59), Feb. 3

Rodney Smith (’71), Feb. 16

Keena Lindsay (’03), Feb. 17

William Tripp (’59), Feb. 18

Robert Huffman (’47), Feb. 20

Martha Turner (’69), Feb. 22



New Homeland grads have bright futures ahead

Victoria Tillman (’13) has her sights set on working for a federal agency such as the CIA or the FBI, and Joshua Kinney (’13) has a strong desire to help others through law enforcement. That's why they both chose to major in homeland security at Campbell University.

In December, they were among the first students at Campbell — and in North Carolina — to graduate with a four-year Bachelor of Science in the field. “Becoming involved in [the homeland security] program and Campbell was the best thing I ever did,” Kinney said.

Tillman started off as a criminal justice major but switched to homeland security, which was first offered as a degree option at Campbell in 2010 and the first four-year bachelor’s program in North Carolina. “I felt like [homeland security] would give me a greater opportunity to achieve a federal level job,” she said.

Kinney and Tillman said that the rich, relevant backgrounds of their homeland security instructors, including David Gray and Robert Bidwell, enriched their classroom experience. Both also took advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom. Kinney, for example, interned with the Harnett County Sherriff’s Office. That helped him decide to pursue a career in local law enforcement immediately after graduation, with the goal of eventually working toward joining a federal task force. “The homeland security field is a very dynamic and expanding field, and knowing that each day will be different is a huge plus,” Kinney said.

Tillman took advantage of study abroad opportunities in London, Paris, and Scotland, further preparing her for her planned move to Northern Virginia to pursue graduate studies and a career at a federal agency. “There are so many real work experiences that you will go through during your time here,” she said. “Overall, my time at Campbell was great, and I would choose Campbell all over again.”
— by Rachel Davis


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Master of Science in Public Health Program graduates First Two Students

Although the Master of Science in Public Health program at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences opened in August 2012, it graduated its first two students in December. Both Rebekah West and Kristina Wolfe took on extra work over the course of a year and half to graduate ahead of schedule. West already has a full-time position lined up.

She accepted a position as an Active Routes to School Project Coordinator under the Community Transformation Grant. She now works with schools in 10 counties in North Carolina to increase the number of children who meet physical activity recommendations.

“I applied to Campbell’s public health program with a desire to serve my community, and I will graduate as a public health professional equipped to go out and make a difference,” West said, adding she is equipped with knowledge that will help her address barriers in access to health care and issues facing rural communities.

“The education I have obtained from Campbell University has fully prepared me to discuss public health in a professional setting and has given me a passion to positively impact health outcomes in rural areas.” — by Leah Whitt



The Class of 1930 gathers in front of the D. Rich Building (that’s Kivett Hall in the background) for a group photo. You can find professor (and soon to be college president) Leslie Hartwell Campbell, son of school founder J.A. Campbell, on the back row, far left. The younger Campbell taught English and Education in the early 30s and served as the faculty advisor. “Professor Leslie” also had the Pine Burr Yearbook dedicated to him that year.

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