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University of North Carolina at Pembroke Kirk deViere Fayetteville State University Fayetteville Regional Chamber Board Member fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 3 Dr. Molly Guy Stats: Tooth doctor, workout buff and Mitch’s wife. Born in Germany to military parents. Proud Tar Heel grad. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: Since starting my career, I have worked to constantly improve my abilities through training with highly skilled and experienced dentists and continuing education courses. It is important to ensure my client base continues to grow by delivering the best available dental care to all of my patients. In what ways do you give back to the community? I volunteer at the Care Clinic treating uninsured patients once a month. I am the co-chair of the Care Clinic Evening of Care committee which 4 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 32 | Village Family Dental this year raised a record amount of money to help the Care Clinic. I also am a committee member of the Circle of Friends Gala. I have enjoyed volunteering at the Missions of Mercy free dental clinic. I am part of Greater Fayetteville Dental Society and Fayetteville Young Professionals. What are people most surprised to learn about you? I am a vegetarian, or pescetarian to be exact. I don’t eat any land animals, but I do enjoy seafood. Cats or dogs? DOGS! I am slightly obsessed with our treeing walker/blue tick mix rescue dog named Sadie Fern. Metallica or Mozart? Mozart. I loved listening to classical music while I studied in dental school. Maj. Kurtis Darden 34 | US Air Force, Village Christian Academy Stats: An officer, coach and driven individual. Father of four and LaKeshia’s husband. Graduate of Pfeiffer University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and current divinity school student at Campbell University. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I currently serve as a major in the United States Air Force Reserve assigned to the 440th Airlift Wing, 440th Mission Support Group at Pope Army Air Field. My current duty title is executive officer, and some of my past titles were operations officer and flight commander. I’m an Iraqi War veteran and in 2011 I was named Force Support Company Grade Officer of the Year for Air Force Reserve Command. I’ve been the varsity boy’s basketball coach at Village Christian Academy for five years. I’ve averaged 21 victories a year and been named Conference Coach of the Year twice. In addition I’ve also been fortunate to help seven student athletes compete on the collegiate level. In what ways do you give back to the community? I’m always quick to stop and tell young people about the Air Force and all of its advantages. I serve as a mentor to three young men that are currently members of Air Force commissioning programs. As a basketball coach I pass on life lessons, basketball and biblical principles that were taught to me over the years. What are people most surprised to learn about you? Most people are surprised to hear that I have 4 kids and I’m one of those crazy cross-fit people. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 5 Shanita Anderson 38 | North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Stats: Administrator, teacher and graduate of three colleges with two master degrees. Chance’s mom. Michael Bolton fan. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company. I’ve been a classroom teacher at the Middle School level for almost 10 years and have loved every minute of it! I have worked with some of the best educators I know under a fantastic principal. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher of teachers, and that knowledge was cemented when I became a literacy coach at Gray’s Creek Middle School. I continued that dual position for an additional year until I came across a posting for an instructional coaching position with the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as an ELA secondary instructional coach. When I got the position, I had to leave my first and only school family. In what ways do you give back to the community? Offering professional development to schools that do not have an instructional coach on weekends and throughout the year, donating clothes and material objects to Goodwill and participating in various charitable events. How would the person closest to you describe you? According to my best friend Jennifer I’m funny, I have a heart of gold, supportive, but absent minded. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? Without question, my favorite teacher and loudest cheerleader – my mother – is the person who influenced my life the most. Chris Driver 32 | State of N.C. (Sampson County Clerk of Superior Courts Office) Stats: Deputy clerk of court, community overachiever and animal lover. Allison’s husband, Taylor’s dad and Sampson County native. What are people most surprised to learn about you? Not to sound like a complete nerd, but I’m fascinated with studying earthquakes and volcanoes. Community service: I strive to give back to the local community in many ways. I am currently a member of the Clinton Kiwanis Club, Sampson County Young Republicans and recently became a member of the Clinton Downtown Dash Committee. I volunteer when possible with other local organizations such as the Sampson County Friends for Animals. I actively coordinated a 6 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 pet food drive for their food bank and helped numerous pet owners who are struggling financially feed their animals. My wife and I have also fostered several animals while finding them forever homes. Around Christmas I always try to help sponsor a local family so the children of the home can know the joy of Christmas. I am also in talks with the N.C. Diaper Bank about holding a diaper drive for Sampson County residents who cannot afford them. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? My car accident in 2012. After suffering a head and brain injury, my wife and I had to postpone our wedding. It took me close to a year to recover and took several months of physical therapy to learn how to walk and overcome the severe dizziness. Ned Johnson Stats: Owner/president, Tar Heel grad, dog lover, twin brother, father of two and husband of Brooke Johnson, a former 40 Under 40 winner. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I have worked for H&H Homes in various capacities for the past 10 years. I started H&H Onsite Homes, LLC with my brother-in-law Wells Alderman (40 under 40 class of 2014) in 2013, to service a sector of homebuyers that were not captured by various other H&H Homes projects. We closed 42 houses in 2014 and are looking to continue our growth into the future. In what ways do you give back to the community? I am active at First Presbyterian Church, where I currently serve as 38 | H&H On-Site Homes, LLC an elder. I have served on various committees in the church including the property committee, worship committee, stewardship committee, leadership committee, sponsor for confirmation class and coached the pre-cadet basketball team. I serve on the board for First School, Home Builders Assoication of Fayetteville and the Re-Store Warehouse. I am a member of Kiwanis Club and coach for the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Recreation Center. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My father-in-law, Ralph Huff. He has shown me that you can balance success with humility. He has shown me that a family life and professional life can coexist. He has a strong faith in Christ and he loves his family. He works to earn respect rather then demand it. Beach or mountains? Depends on the fishing season. How to nominate Nominations for the 2016 class of The Fayetteville Observer’s 40 Under 40 will begin in December. To nominate a worthy young professional next year, visit fayoberver.com/40under40 fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 7 Wesley Fountain Stats: Department head, gym rat and self-proclaimed workaholic. Proud native of Fayetteville. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I started working in the Offi ce of Government and Community Affairs at Fayetteville State University as a graduate assistant while I was studying to receive my master’s degree. I was hired full time as an assistant in that offi ce. The director eventually left to pursue another career opportunity. Due to my preparedness I was given the opportunity to serve as acting director and eventually was hired as the permanent director. In what ways do you give back to the community? I’m a commissioner on the Fayetteville/ Cumberland Human Relations Commission. 8 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 29 | Fayetteville State University I have volunteered with the Second Harvest Food Bank on numerous occasions. I have been a volunteer with the Trimmerz Barbershop Back Pack Giveaway for the past three years. I’m a planning committee member and volunteer for the Homeless and Hunger Stand Down. I serve on the Institute for Community Leadership Board. I have volunteered on many community projects with the Fayetteville Police Department. I also mentor and do a number of community service projects with my fraternity, the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? One of the biggest challenges I faced was the loss of my grandmother my junior year in college. She was a very loving, kind, and sweet person. What was your first (paying) job? Hudson Bay Seafood on Ramsey Street at the age of 14. Jeremy Fiebig 34 | Fayetteville State University Stats: Community service: A professor with a penchant for theatre. Missouri native who has taught at Fayetteville State for nearly five years. Husband of Jananne, father of two and dog person. I serve on the boards of the Capitol Encore Academy and the Gilbert Theater. I’m a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. I work periodically as an actor at both CFRT and Gilbert Theater. Tell us about your rise in your current company: I joined the Fayetteville State faculty in the fall of 2010. I teach a variety of classes in the theatre program in the Department of Performing & Fine Arts. In 2012 I founded Sweet Tea Shakespeare, a project focused on bringing classic texts to the community in an accessible way. If a book was written about your life, what would the title be? Faking It: A Life in the Theatre. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My parents. My mom is a school teacher and my dad is a college professor in theatre and communication, and a former pastor and youth minister. I’ve taken up the family trade, both in terms of teaching and in terms of making theatre. Coffee or cocktails: Coffee. You might as well hook up an IV. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 9 Dr. Kimberly Scruton 37 | Methodist University Stats: College dean, wife of 17 years and mother of two boys. Graduate of Shenandoah University, Central Michigan University and West Liberty University. When I’m not working, I’m ... I began as an assistant professor of management at Methodist University in August 2010. In July 2011, I became the interim director of the professional tennis management program. By January 2012, I was appointed department chair over business administration, management, marketing and entrepreneurship. In August of last year I became the dean of the Reeves School of Business. What are people most surprised to learn about you? 39 | Central Carolina Community College Associate dean of corporate and continuing education. Graduate of Fayetteville State and Towson Universities. Born in Germany in an Army family. In what ways do you give back to the community? I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which has a focus on public service and giving back to all members of the community. I’m also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Harnett and have relished opportunities to participate in programs such as Backpack Buddies, volunteering at a local food bank in Dunn and collecting non-perishable food items for a food bank in Lillington. I’m a recent addition to the Lillington Chamber of Commerce’s 10 I volunteer in community outreach and work closely with local organizations on business economic growth and development. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: Felicia Crittenden Stats: In what ways do you give back to the community? board of directors serving a threeyear term and routinely participate in chamber sponsored events. I am also a member of Simon Temple AME Zion Church in Fayetteville. When I’m not working, I’m ... My favorite obsession when I’m not working is shoe shopping. I have a weakness for shoes that need to be rescued and make it a point to bring them home whenever I can. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? I have experienced longterm unemployment, underemployment, and a host of personal frustrations and disappointments. During my most challenging times, I refused to accept the trials as my reality. The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 Spending time with my family. I also enjoy tennis, golf, running and yoga. That I have published two books and ran a marathon. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My husband. He has been my greatest partner, advisor and supporter. He inspires me, motivates me, and gives me the freedom and support to be exactly who I am. Johnny “Awesome” Ivey 29 | Smokin’ Guns Tattoos Stats: When I’m not working, I’m ... Tattoo artist and beard aficionado. Candy’s husband, father of one and a Floridian. Spending time with my wife, and collecting records and comic books. I love traveling the beard circuit for networking and fun. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: What are people most surprised to learn about you? I’m a tattoo artist at Smokin’ Guns Tattoo and the President of Cape Beard: Follicles of Freedom, Fayetteville’s Beard and Moustache Club. I’m sure if they judged the book by the cover they would be surprised I spend most of my spare time raising money for local charities. In what ways do you give back to the community? Tell us about the worst job you ever held: I work with my brothers in Cape Beard: FOF along with the help of the crew at Smokin’ Guns Tattoo to put on fun, familyfriendly events to raise money for local charities such as the Autism Society of Cumberland County, the Karen Chandler Trust Foundation, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Fayetteville Hyperbarics and Kids Peace. I can’t say my worst was working at Chuck E.Cheese, but at least it was the most interesting. Especially working eight hours a day as the mouse himself! Coffee or cocktails? Not much of a coffee man. But if you’re asking ... I’ll have a whiskey sour with splash of Coke please and thank you. Tamara Bryant 37 | Fayetteville Technical Community College Stats: Small business director, wife, mother of three and dog owner. Proud to be from Sampson County. Graduate of Central Michigan University. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company. I started as an adjunct instructor in the continuing education division teaching human resources development classes. A year later I was promoted to director of the Small Business Center where I have the opportunity to help people fulfill their dreams of business ownership. I also train soldiers how to transition from the military to entrepreneurship. I believe in the mission of the community college system. In what ways do you give back to the community? I have a strong passion for encouraging and helping people seek their purpose and fulfill their dreams. I’m a part of organizations such as Junior League of Fayetteville and as a board member of the Fayetteville Urban Ministry. I’m an active member of Harvest Family Church. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? Working two jobs while attending college to obtain my bachelor degree as a single parent. Later in life working full time, owning a business, and obtaining my master’s degree while being a mom and wife. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My 103 year old grandfather has taught me by example to have a positive mindset, strong work ethic, value education, resiliency and to possess Godly principles. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 11 Nicole Carr Stats: Reporter, Army brat, Tolly’s wife and mother of two daughters. Graduate of Winston Salem State University with a master’s degree from Syracuse. In what ways do you give back to the community? Kids and military families are important to me. I’ve served as a coordinator/chaperone for the Leadership Fayetteville Youth Academy and their Arts, Media and History Day. I also regularly visit middle and high school journalism classes, as well as offer tours of the downtown Fayetteville newsroom to civic and school groups. Each year I enjoy co-emceeing the Ribbon Walk & Ride for Cancer through the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation, as well as the Soiree for the Partnership for Children. I’ve also had the pleasure of opening the 12 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 31 | ABC WTVD 11 Holly Day Fair with the Junior League of Fayetteville and ABC 11, as well as hosting the Fayetteville Dancing With the Stars event. By running the Army Ten-Miler, my husband Tolly and I raise money for the Fisher House Foundation. We are also huge supporters and runners with the All-American Marathon. This year I’m excited to teach a business course for local female entrepreneurs at the Center for Economic Empowerment and Development. When I’m not working, I’m ... Enjoying my family or emceeing a community event! If Mommy has a moment to herself, she’s enjoying a latte and a book, and fighting the urge to Tweet. What are people most surprised to learn about you? I was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes. Nathan Smith 36 | Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Stats: Financial advisor, branch manager, Fayetteville native, country boy and Campbell University graduate. Married to his high school sweetheart with two children. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: As a financial advisor I help my clients develop and implement financial strategies that are going to help them achieve the goals they have set out for themselves and their families. I was named branch manager in late 2012. It is a true honor to work with the great business partners we have in our office. In what ways do you give back to the community? I am active in the church I grew up in, Lebanon Baptist in Eastover. My wife and I teach Sunday school and I have also taught our Royal Ambassadors group. Along with the help of our pastor and youth pastor, I have been active in the development of our Upward Basketball program for kids ages 5-12. It has been a true blessing to coach these kids in the sport and most of all to teach them the skills needed to succeed in life. I have previously volunteered as a coach or assistant coach for Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. Also, my coworkers and I have been active in working with the Fayetteville Urban Ministry through our annual food drives. It is a great organization doing wonderful things for families in need. What are people most surprised to learn about you? I’m a huge Food Network fan. I love to cook, and like most people, I love for someone to tell me I’m a good cook. What was your first job: I’m a farm boy. I grew up working in tobacco, bailing hay and working with cattle. Lisa Ray Stats: Active Duty Air Force, rollergirl and graduate of E.E. Smith High School. Queens University graduate and first in her family to finish college. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: As the public affairs officer for the 440th Airlift Wing, I have had the honor to work closely with Fayetteville region community leaders, elected officials and local media. I have worked hard to connect airmen to our community and our community to our airmen. In what ways do you give back to the community? As the vice president of the Fayetteville Roller Derby league during the 2014 season, I worked to take our league to the next level and put Fayetteville on the map with the fastest growing women’s sport in the country. We 37 | 440th Airlift Wing partnered with Global Spectrum to play at the Crown Arena, we got recognized as an apprentice league in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and started our path toward Federal 501(c)3 non-profit status. Tell us about your family: I married my husband, Army Capt. Doug Ray, in 2012. We live in a beautiful home in Haymount and are expecting our first child. What was your first (paying) job? At the Eutaw Round-A-Bout skating rink. When I joined the FRD league, I walked through the doors and talked with the manager I worked for when I was 15! Coffee or cocktails? Lemonade. I’m pregnant, so cocktails and caffeine are off the menu for now. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 13 Allen Thomas Stats: Elected official, mentor of youth, Raeford native and East Carolina University graduate. Andy’s dad. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: In 2014 I was elected the youngest County Commissioner in Hoke County’s history at the age of 27. I was also elected to serve as the vicechairman of the board. While I don’t care much for titles, I do recognize the hard work and prayers that lifted me to my current point. In what ways do you give back to the community? I give back to my community by serving on the Board of Commissioners and by also mentoring the youth in Hoke County. As an elected official, I take my reputation seriously. I strive every day to do what 28 | County of Hoke is right. In the past I have been blessed to raise money to buy cars for families and sponsor canned food drives to help those who are less fortunate. I enjoy working with the youth because I am young enough for them to relate to, but also established enough for them to listen. Our children are our future, and we have to push them to be the best they can be. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? When I was 21 years old my father took my mother’s life and was sentenced to life in prison. My whole world was turned upside down and I knew I had two options: sink or swim. I took my younger sisters under my wing and led the way through the clouds of adversity and heartache. I promised them I would do whatever it took to make sure they were taken care of. Landon Bentham Stats: Department director, worship singer and Bible teacher. Emma’s husband and New York native. Avid golfer. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I began working in the golf management program as director of recruiting prior to completing my undergraduate work in December 2008. I held this position for three years and then was given the opportunity to begin work as director of development in the university’s advancement office. In this position I began building relationships for the institution and raising funds for its capital needs and ongoing scholarship campaigns. One year ago I was promoted to senior director of alumni affairs and annual giving. 14 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 28 | Methodist University In what ways do you give back to the community? While working at Methodist University I participated in and helped grow a traveling worship team that has played in many eastern North Carolina Methodist churches. I now help lead worship at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church by being a part of their praise team. Additionally, my wife and I lead a college age small group at Snyder and we have hosted a Care Clinic dinner for the last two years. If a book was written about your life, what would the title be? Convincing the Convinced. What are people most surprised to learn about you? I’ve visited Disney World more than 25 times in my life. Michele Horn 39 | ForeverLawn of the Carolinas & Landart Solutions Stats: Small business owner, wife and mother of two. Pennsylvania native with a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: Milestones come quite frequently when you own your own business. I feel accomplished when I am able to hire someone to do a task I previously had to handle myself. In what ways do you give back to the community? I have participated in the PTA at my son’s school since he started kindergarten. I am honored to have served as the PTA president at Ashley Elementary for the past two school years. What are people most surprised to learn about you? In high school I threw the shot put, discus, and javelin and went on to receive a scholarship to throw discus for my college track team. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? I think the biggest challenge I face, which I haven’t overcome yet, is integrating my passion for contemporary art and sculpture into the two businesses I own. Metallica or Mozart? Mozart. I was fortunate to have parents that frequently took me to the symphony as a young child. My true passion, however, has always been Broadway. Sheba M. McNeil 39 | Cumberland Learning Academy, Inc. Stats: daycare or summer camp. CEO, community volunteer and graduate of Savannah State University. Loves to cook and read a good book. What are people most surprised to learn about you? Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I started as assistant director, and now I am part owner. Hard work and determination is what got me to this place. In what ways do you give back to the community? I volunteer at our local food bank and teen court. I also give a deserving parent who can’t afford child care free child care for a year and two students free summer camp during the summer. The list for available funds is a waiting list, and parents can’t afford to pay for I am very simple. I am athletic and love to cycle, run, play basketball and take long walks. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My mother has influenced my life the most. I get my strength from my mother. She is a very strong woman. She made sure that we had a wonderful childhood. She instilled Christian values that I use to this day. Coffee or cocktails? Coffee – only one cup of coffee per day. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 15 Dr. Clay Britton Stats: Biology professor, research center director and Stacia’s husband. Graduate of Elon and Purdue Universities. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I joined the Methodist University community beginning in August of 2009. Since then I have dedicated myself and my energy to the students of the university and the biology department. I have been given several opportunities to mentor these students and help facilitate their experiential learning. In what ways do you give back to the community? I have served on the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum board since 2010. I also held the vice-chair position Sakiyna Ragland 32 | Fayetteville Technical Community College Stats: Continuing education recruiter, wife, mother of two, former fry cook and cheerleader. Graduate of Fayetteville State University with a master’s degree from Liberty University. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: Prior to the recruiter position I was a HRD Instructor who taught employability skills either on or off FTCC campus to students. Milestones and or accomplishments in this career are having students come back and tell me they have gained employment or have completed their GED or high school diploma and now looking into a trade to become more economically stable. 16 In what ways do you give back to the community? I give back to my community through volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations or other means to help those in need and contribute to the common good. I have given back in different ways, either monetarily or giving my time or being a part of committees. I realize even the teeniest good deed can ignite change and positively impact the community by providing a renewed sense of hope, faith and love. What was your first (paying) job? My first paying job was with McDonald’s. That is where I learned how to deal with irate people and making sure I met their needs. The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 32 | Methodist University on that board for several years. I am also a Liturgist at Haymount United Methodist Church. I am a member of the staff/parish committee for HUMC. I have also served as the young adult representative on the HUMC discipleship team, and participated with the choir. Other activities have included serving as a judge for the Science Olympiad, leading biology session during the Methodist University summer S.T.E.M. camps and speaking to middle school students about forensic biology. If a book was written about your life, what would the title be? Squirrel on a Leash Cats or dogs? We have a chocolate lab mix named Arwen. She was named after the elfmaiden in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Series. Caroline Gregory 28 | Public Defender’s Office, 12th Judicial District of the State of North Carolina Stats: Attorney, Tar Heel graduate, music lover and world traveler. Proud owner of both a cat and a dog. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: While I have only been working at the public defender’s office for a few months, my journey with this office began in the summer of 2013 when I worked with them as an intern. My internship as a public defender is actually what brought me back to Fayetteville. In what ways do you give back to the community? I focus my volunteer efforts on organizations that assist people without health insurance. I was diagnosed with juvenile, or Type I, diabetes when I was 7 years old. I know the enormous financial cost of a chronic disease, even with health insurance. For that reason, I support Better Health of Cumberland County and the CARE Clinic, both of which provide services to people without health insurance, particularly people with diabetes. I am a member of the Junior League of Fayetteville, the Cumberland County Democratic Party and worked on several campaigns this election cycle. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? Getting through law school and passing the bar! I would tell any person thinking about going to law school that it was a difficult time, but that it was worth it and I would do it all again. Metallica or Mozart? Metallica. I love “Hero of the Day.” Allen Long 28 | Sonic Drive-In Stats: Community service: Hope Mills native who rose from parttime Sonic employee to store owner in eight years. Loves helping the less fortunate. Renee’s fiancé; Nathaniel’s dad. Avid fisherman and James Madison University alumnus. Working with Sonic, I have helped the Falcon Children’s Home and have been partners with Douglas Byrd Middle School. I also visit the Person Street bridge, where there are about 20 men and women living. I feed them about three times a week. My store and home are open to anyone in need – I will do anything to help a fellow out. Tell us about your rise in your current company: I started with Sonic in 2008, and came in just working part time and working two other jobs at the time. On January 28, 2014, I became an owner of the Cliffdale Road location in Fayetteville. When I’m not working, I’m ... By the river cleaning trash and catfishing. I love the Cape Fear River and its beauty. If you have never been along our river, it is a must for you to see what you are missing. What obstacle did you overcome to get where you are today? I was a troubled teen, but people change. I grew up poor, so I know what the struggle is to some people. Not everyone will yell for help when in need, but I will always throw up my hand to help, because I have walked in those shoes. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 17 Class of 2015 Melissa Aguirre Chris Driver Self/Living Balance Studios Advanced Physical Therapy Solutions State of North Carolina (Sampson Co. Clerk of Superior Courts) Shanita Anderson North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Marlow Artis Jeremy Fiebig Fayetteville State University Scott Foster Cumberland County Schools/ Tar Heel Teachers The United Methodist Church Ryan Aul Wesley Fountain The Law Offices of Lonnie M. Player, Jr., PLLC Fayetteville State University Landon Bentham James Grafstrom Jr. Methodist University Global Spectrum Dr. Clay Britton Caroline Gregory Methodist University Public Defender’s Office, Twelfth Judicial District of the State of North Carolina Tamara Bryant Dr. Molly Guy Fayetteville Technical Community College Nicole Carr Village Family Dental Emily Hare ABC WTVD 11 Central Carolina Community College Felicia Crittenden Kelly S. Harrison Central Carolina Community College First Presbyterian Church Kurtis Darden Sr. Michele Horn US Air Force, Village Christian Academy ForeverLawn of the Carolinas & Landart Solutions 18 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 Dr. J. R. Hustwit Tammy Pippen Methodist University Fayetteville Police Department Johnny Ivey Dana Pulliam Smokin’ Guns Tattoo Fayetteville Technical Community College Maria JimenezKuykendall Sakiyna Ragland Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Inc Ned Johnson H&H On-Site Homes, LLC Robert Kitchen Fayetteville Technical Community College Lisa Ray 440th Airlift Wing/Fayetteville Roller Derby Ruben Reyes FISH WIDE OPEN – Cottages on Elm Cumberland County Schools Miriam Landru Dr. Kimberly Scruton Cityview Magazine Methodist University Kelly Lindsay Nathan Smith Cumberland County Public Library Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Allen Long Stephen Taft Jr. Sonic Drive-In Cumberland County Schools Gray’s Creek Elementary Sheba M. McNeil Allen Thomas Jr. Cumberland Learning Academy, Inc. Jelisa Montalvo Dorothy’s Catering 2 County of Hoke Karen Tisdale Brown & Associates Investment Services fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 19 Past 40 Under 40 Galas We celebrate this year’s 40 Under 40 award winners on March 27, during a special gala at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux. Enjoy these pictures from past awards galas as we celebrate our fifth anniversary of presenting this honor to the rising young leaders in our community! Look for this year’s gala photos on Saturday, March 28 at: FayObserver.com/40under40 20 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 Past 40 Under 40 Galas fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 21 Marlow Artis 28 | Cumberland County Schools/Tar Heel Teachers Stats: Teacher, blogger, talk show host, producer and fund raiser. A Sandhills native and Tar Heel Graduate. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: Seven years ago, I started working with Cumberland County Schools (South View Middle School). I was hired to serve as the administrative assistant to the principal. I was 20 years old on the day I began and a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I had no idea that my career would evolve the way that it has. I ultimately fell in love with the school. I took the assessment that would allow me to become an English/Language Arts teacher, which I passed with flying colors. I have conducted numerous professional development sessions since my second year of teaching, Dr. J. R. Hustwit In what ways do you give back to the community? I give back daily in my role as a public school teacher. I work diligently to provide my students with opportunities that will enhance their educational experiences. I spend my personal time acquiring strategic partnerships with numerous businesses in order to assist my students. Last year, I raised more than $2,000 through strategic partnerships. 35 | Methodist University Stats: Community service: Assistant professor of philosophy and religion, spouse of a former 40 Under 40 winner, father of Laurel and Henry. Alumni of Claremont Graduate University and University of Texas. Lover of dogs and banjos. I sit on the vestry at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. I also coordinate their online communications and teach adult sunday school there from time to time. Tell us about your rise in your current company: I was named chair of philosophy and religion department in 2012. I co-founded the Methodist interfaith council. I started coaching the Methodist University Ethics Bowl team in 2011, and we won the state championship in 2013. I received the Exemplary Teacher Award in 2013. What are people most surprised to learn about you? I have never been able to ride a bicycle. 22 placed as the first runner-up in the Cumberland County Schools Teacher of the Year competition after four years of teaching, and I am a member of the North Carolina’s Governor’s Teacher Network (partnership with the State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office). The very first year that I was eligible, I was selected as the Teacher of the Year at my school, then the South View District then first runner-up for Cumberland County Schools. The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 Tell us about the worst job you’ve ever held? My worst job was as a busboy in a Bavarian bar. I would come home smelling like cigarettes, spilled beer, and sauerkraut. An Oompa band played the same three polkas over and over during each shift. What challenges have you overcome to get where you are today? As a child I was attacked on separate occasions by an elephant (squeezed), a pelican (swallowed), and a zebra (kicked). I escaped each encounter with only minor injuries. I blame the lax zookeeping practices in rural Texas. Melissa Aguirre 21 | Self/Living Balance Studios Advanced Physical Therapy Solutions Stats: Yoga therapist, natural healing advocate, military spouse, cat lover and jewelry salesperson. Selfdescribed as over productive. Tell us about your rise in your current company: I have proudly been a part of the studio since before we even opened. I am specialized in working with the military demographic and teaching yoga therapy tailored to a range of health maladies. For my “rise” in the company I would attribute it to my ability to author programs and workshops and empower our clients and community on and off the yoga mat. What are people most surprised to learn about you? My age. I realized very quickly what my life purpose was and followed it. I hope that even though I am young my example and conduct can inspire people to overcome any limitation and live the life they love. Community service: I am very passionate about teaching people how to heal themselves. I am also involved in Go Red for Women, empowering women to make healthy life style changes. My deepest passion resides in our veteran, soldier and family community, where I work with the Wounded Warrior Project designing workshops and programs for our warriors to learn self-sustainable practices and tools to holistically support and heal mental and physical ailments. I volunteer on Fort Bragg teaching yoga for family events. I also am a part of the advisory committee team for the American Veteran and Community Center helping build a facility with programs and recourses for our veterans. Emily Hare 31 | Central Carolina Community College Stats: Foundation executive director, Bud’s wife and Delaney’s mom. Wake Forest University graduate and committed tea drinker. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I was promoted to the director of foundation and development in 2013, and then promoted again to the executive director of the foundation in 2014. I have been working in higher education for five years, beginning with my start as the coordinator of donor relations at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. In what ways do you give back to the community? Each day as I fundraise to help provide funds for scholarships and other student needs, I am able to change lives. There is nothing better than getting to call a student and say that you’ve found funds to cover their emergency or provide them a scholarship that will allow them to cut back on their working hours and devote it full time to studying to achieve their academic dreams. When I’m not working, I’m ... Training for another triathlon, spending time with my family, and watching NASCAR or my Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My grandfather, Luther Adams. He was my best friend until he passed away in 2004. He taught me what it means to put others first. He showed me what it was like to live a Godly life and how to be kind and sweet to everyone. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 23 Jelisa Montalvo Stats: Business owner, mother of three and master chef. Current student at Fayetteville State University. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I currently work as the Food Service Director of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. I am also the owner of Dorothy’s Catering 2, which is located at the church as well. My grandmother Dorothy McEachern worked at Snyder for 30 years and also operated the catering business for the same length of time. Every day after school I was in the kitchen with her. In 2010 my grandmother called and said that she really needed my help and that was the start of a new beginning. She taught me everything she could in the two years before she passed away. The day after she passed away we had to cater a wedding, and that is when Dorothy’s 27 | Dorothy’s Catering 2 Catering 2 began. The legacy had to continue. In what ways do you give back to the community? One of my many passions and joys are children and teenagers. One of the organizations that we help the most throughout the year is Fayetteville Urban Ministry and their Find a Friend program. I am devoted to the development of children so they are exposed to more than just the four corners of their room. If a book was written about your life, what would the title be? A Beautiful Whirlwind What are people most surprised to learn about you? People are so surprised to know that I am the actual owner of my business. They say I look too young. I also tried out for the football team at Terry Sanford. James Grafstrom Jr. Stats: 24 35 | Global Spectrum General Manager of the Crown Coliseum Complex. Mari’s husband and father of two. Early riser and fantasy sports geek. environment for children to trick-ortreat. I also serve on the FayettevilleCumberland County Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Council and Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. In what ways do you give back to the community? How would the person closest to you describe you? Since arriving in Fayetteville we have partnered with several organizations to assist others and help make our community a better place. A few examples are partnerships with the Salvation Army for the “StuffA-Bus” event in November, which serviced more than 25 families for the Christmas season. We partnered with WNCN for their Shred-It event which allowed citizens of Cumberland County to shred and dispose of any personal documents at no cost. Additionally, in conjunction with Foxy 99, we partnered for the Halloween Take-Ova event and provided a controlled, safe It depends on the day. Some days loving, dedicated and driven, and other days completely insane! The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 Beach or mountains? The beach, without hesitation. Mari and I were both spoiled growing up with our families vacationing in beautiful Stone Harbor, N.J. and Bethany Beach, Del. Cats or dogs? We have a cat named Luci, and she’s great. Ruben Reyes 36 | Cumberland County Schools Stats: Executive director of Exceptional Children’s Services, North Carolina State University graduate and in-thecloset cat person. Married to wife Renee with two children. In what ways do you give back to the community? I give back to the community through my work with various organizations like the N.C. EC Director’s Advisory Council, N.C. SBE Compliance Commission, N.C. Council of Administrators of Special Education and the N.C. Association of School Administrators. My work with these organizations helps to ensure our community has someone at the table to advocate for our teachers and students by helping to advance policy changes that positively impact our school community and fighting against those policies that do not. I also work closely with the city of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and our district Special Education PTA (SEPTA) to ensure students with disabilities and their parents are aware of the great opportunities available to them. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My parents Rafael and Kye Reyes. They instilled in me from an early age the importance of education and hard work. They modeled how to put your family first, how nothing is given to you without hard work and how sacrifice is necessary to be successful. They were always supportive of all of my endeavors and sacrificed so that I had what I needed to further my education. When I’m not working, I’m ... I relax by watching sports, spending time with my wife, playing with my kids, and watching cartoons with my children ... lots of cartoons. Stephen Taft 31 | Cumberland County Schools |Gray’s Creek Elementary Stats: Teacher, father and real-life Karate kid. Married to 40 Under 40 alumni Jennifer Taft. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I have served as a grade-level chair, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (P.B.I.S.) chair and a member of the school improvement team. I have also become a P.B.I.S. coach with the county. I have helped form a student government in our school as well. In what ways do you give back to the community? I help out at any school events I can such as dances, AR reading nights, school beautification and talent shows. I also help our student government arrange fundraisers for the community, the state and the world. Outside the school I have been fortunate to help at events for Communities in Schools and the Child Advocacy Center. I also have been able to use my martial arts to teach basic self-defense and safety to women and children. What was your first (paying) job? An assistant instructor at Bailey’s Karate. I was responsible for almost 40 students from age four to 40-plus, while I was just 17 years old. It was the start of my teaching career. How long have you lived in our region? Where are you from originally? I have been in the region for five years. I am originally from a small town in Upstate New York called Little York. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 25 Dana Pulliam 32 | Fayetteville Technical Community College Stats: Educator, wife, beach bum and selfproclaimed mamma’s girl. All of her friends say she’s full of sunshine! How long have you lived in our region? Where are you from originally? I am proud to say I was born at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. I graduated from South View High School in 2001 and have resided in Hope Mills ever since. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: In August of 2008 I started part time at FTCC with the defensive driving program. In 2009 I was hired full time. In May 2010 I started working with Emergency & Protective Services in the Continuing Education Department In what ways do you give back to the community? I give back through volunteering. I have volunteered with Shop with a Sheriff and Fayetteville Beautiful for the last three years. I have also helped with March of Dimes, diabetes walk, served Thanksgiving plates to the needy, wrapped presents for Falcons Children’s Home and helped work the voting poles. I am also the executive volunteer committee member for Fayetteville Young Professionals. Coffee or cocktails? A cup of coffee in the morning helps to start your day but, sometimes you just need a cocktail and your best friends. Metalica or Mozart? Metallica, I love music from the ’80’s and ’90’s. I am a fan of a variety of music. I will listen to almost anything. My favorite is country music. Kelly Lindsay 36 | Cumberland County Public Library Stats: Community service: Book lover, library associate, cat owner, area native and admittedlyawful singer. I am a member of the Junior League of Fayetteville, as well as the Women’s Giving Circle. I have also worked on Child Advocacy Center’s Blue Jean Ball/Pinwheel Masquerade Committee for the last two years. Tell us about your rise in your current company: 26 In my time at CCPL, I have worked at four different branches, in three different positions. I have run a book club, taught beginner computer classes and other adult programming, organized a community forum on human trafficking, answered countless questions and helped hundreds of patrons find just the right book. Tell us about the worst job you’ve ever had: If a book was written about your life, what would the title be? What are people most surprised to learn about you? Did I Just Say That Out Loud? I have pet chickens that are all named after country music singers. My favorite is named Dolly after Dolly Parton. She’s a pretty fabulous hen. The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 Right after I graduated from high school, my first job was waiting tables at the Waffle House near the corner of Skibo and Raeford Road (In Fayetteville). I worked third shift. Turns out waitressing wasn’t really for me. Tammy Pippen 29 | Fayetteville Police Department Stats: Manager, wife, mother and sorority sister. Graduate of Fayetteville State University. She’s a foodie and South Carolina native. In what ways do you give back to the community? Giving back was instilled in me by my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc., and as a student athlete at Fayetteville State University, which has followed me into my adult life. I am passionate about promoting literacy in children in our community and working with Read Across America and Find -a-Friend has allowed me to do so. I also served as a volunteer for local Lupus awareness events, which is dear to my heart as many friends and family are affected by this disease. Tell us about your family (spouse, children, etc.) My husband is my college sweetheart and my true love. He has always been supportive of me and encouraged me to go after any goals I set. He is my calm after the storm. God blessed us with the most amazing daughter, who can turn a 1,000 frowns into smiles within seconds. What are people most surprised to learn about you? I always wanted to be a food critic. I love trying new food; I will try anything once. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? Mrs. Jenny Aycock, she probably does not know the impact she had on my life as my high school English teacher. She guided and taught me so much about life and about myself. She encouraged me at times when I could not encourage myself, she always held me accountable for my actions which has followed me into adulthood. Robert Kitchen 34 |FISH WIDE OPEN – Cottages on Elm Stats: Apartment maintenance supervisor, small business owner, nonprofit leader and community volunteer. Husband, father of two and owner of great sea legs. How would the person closest to you describe you? Good hearted, fun and you never know what will happen next. Community service: As president of the Swamp Boys Benefit Organization, the captain of the Cape Fear River Pirates and the vice president for Hellions car club I have put in countless hours to help give back to our community. In the 11 years we have been putting on events we have had a hand in raising more than $100,000 for local and out-of-state causes. We host the biggest catfish tournament on the Cape Fear, and proceeds every year benefit St. Jude’s Children’s hospital. As the captain of the Cape Fear River Pirates I founded the Summerzkool Pirate Boat Poker run, which is in its fifth year of raising money for local families. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My Nana Dorothy Kitchen has been a huge impact on my life, showing me never to give up and always keep your head up no matter how hard it may be. Beach or Mountains? Beach. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 27 Miriam Landru Stats: 29 | CityView Magazine Editor, Army wife, only child and former Shoney’s hostess. Graduate of the University of Alabama. Methodist University Loyalty Day team leader, participant in Dancing with the Fayetteville Stars, and a member of the Junior League of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Arts Council. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company. What are people most surprised to learn about you? I am the editor of CityView Magazine. I began in April 2013 as the associate editor and rose to editor in August 2014. I am a big camper. Camping to me is not “glamping.” I have all the gear. And I mean all of it. I have tents for different temperatures, different jackets and pants to wear in all sorts of terrain and environments. My husband and I will hike about 10 miles, set up camp, cook our own meals on a small portable camping stove, sleep, wake up, pack and go at it again the next day. In what ways do you give back to the community? I am a mentor with Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s Find-a-Friend program. I’m also a member of Fayetteville Young Professionals, and the special projects chair for 2014-2015 Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association. I’m a volunteer with Ferguson Easley Elementary Pink Ladies, the Coffee or cocktails? A grande Americano with two splendas and about half a bottle of cinnamon poured into it. Kelly S. Harrison 31 | First Presbyterian Church Stats: Youth minister, runner and openminded Virginian. A wife, mother and graduate of James Madison University. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I work as a youth director at a church. Put simply, I hang out with teenagers. They do their best to keep me cool and I try to help them to not sweat the small stuff. My biggest challenge is understanding the obstacles my youth face in their daily lives and helping them apply their faith. In what ways do you give back to the community? If there is an opportunity to help those around me, I jump at the chance. I volunteer at Operation Inasmuch serving breakfast to 28 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 the homeless. I am a member of the Fayetteville Garden Club and a supporter of the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. I beam with pride when my son helps me pack rice meals to fight hunger with Stop Hunger Now. The youth at church recently completed a food drive for Souper Bowl of Caring to benefit Fayetteville Urban Ministry in which we delivered more than 1,700 pounds of food. We also teamed with Operation Engage to provide supplies and food to feed the homeless on Friday afternoons. I helped with the Christmas skate party for the children of Falcon Children’s Home. I have also been on the Blue Jean Ball committee for the Child Advocacy Center. Coffee or cocktails? Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. I have two young children. We wake with the sun. Ryan Aul 34 | The Law Offices of Lonnie M. Player, Jr., PLLC Stats: Attorney, father of two and Janene’s husband. Golfer, tennis buff and fan of the beach. County Civic Center Commission and the Fayetteville Regional Chamber’s Military Affairs Council. I have also served on Cape Fear Valley’s Friends of Children Advisory Committee. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: What are people most surprised to learn about you? I am an attorney. I serve our clients in numerous areas including in commercial real estate transactions, condemnation proceedings, corporate formations/transactions, employment law and collections matters/litigation. My sense of accomplishment comes from being able to work with clients to resolve complicated issues. If a book was written about your life, what would the title be? In what ways do you give back to the community? I serve on numerous boards. I am the current chairman of the Fayetteville Academy board of trustees and a past chairman of the Cumberland I am a bit obsessive compulsive. I am a clean freak, and I am fairly certain it drives my wife mad. Never Satisfied How would the person closest to you describe you? Driven. I am never satisfied with the status quo. Whether it is working, on the golf course or tennis court, I want to always push myself and others around me, learn new things and be the best I can possibly be. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 29 Scott Foster 30 | The United Methodist Church (Haymount UMC) Stats: Associate Pastor, twin brother, Wake Forest graduate and mentor. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I served two small churches in Newton Grove from 2010 to 2013. While I was there, I was nominated and attended The Academy for Leadership Excellence in Raleigh, at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. In 2013 the churches I served won Lay Ministry of the Year for their partnership with Harvest House, a halfway house in town. Since the summer of 2013, I have been the Associate Pastor at Haymount UMC. Last summer, I was nominated to Maria Jimenez-Kuykendall 33 | Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Inc. Stats: my sleeve. Family support coordinator, Fayetteville native and mother of three boys. A Fayetteville State grad who loves watching her kids play soccer. Community service: Tell us about your rise in your current company: I began at the Partnership for Children as a temp at the beginning of 2009, and within a couple of months I was employed full time as the IT helpdesk. After about a year of being in the position, I applied for the family support caseworker position, which was more in my field of study. In April of 2013, I was promoted to Family Support Coordinator and I supervise the caseworkers in our unit. How would the person closest to you describe you? As a caring, thoughtful, driven, determined person with my heart on 30 As the Family Support Coordinator, I work with families with their child care needs and assist them to connect to vital resources throughout the community. With the child care subsidy program at the Partnership for Children, I work with working families, job seeking parents, students, and crisis families by assisting them with their child care expenses. I also help facilitate the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group. I have volunteered at several different non-profit agencies and promote their mission for our community, such as Fayetteville Urban Ministries, the Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County and United Way. Metalica or Mozart? Mozart now, but Metallica back in the day. The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 be the District Coordinator for Congregations for Children. In what ways do you give back to the community? I am a mentor for a third grader at Cumberland Road Elementary School. I come into his class for about 90 minutes every week. I also am the Alumni Advisor for the Sigma Theta Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at Methodist University. Finally, I go visit Myrover Reese Halfway House and do drug rehab ministry with some of the residents there about once a month. When I’m not working, I’m ... Playing golf, at the gym, reading a book, seeing friends and family, or watching silly and serious shows on TV. Karen Tisdale 35 | Brown & Associates Investment Services Stats: Business partner, mother of three and David’s wife. Former camp counselor. An East Carolina University Pirate. Tell us about your current employment and your rise in the company: I am a full partner at Brown & Associates, and I am the OSJ Delegate in the office, taking a supervisory role over all business processing through the firm. In what ways do you give back to the community? I volunteer with various organizations like the Cape Fear Regional Theatre by chairing the Blues-n-Brews committee and the Child Advocacy Center by serving on their board of directors and chairing the development committee. In addition, I serve on the Trio Gala committee that supports the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, the Fayetteville Symphony, and the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. My business and my family are financially supportive of The Child Advocacy Center, The Care Clinic, Better Health, The Special Olympics, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Hay Street United Methodist Church and The Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville. Finally, I try to be active in all three of my children’s schools: St. John’s Preschool (serving on the board of directors), Glendale Acres Elementary (serving on the PTA), and Terry Sanford High School. Who is someone who has influenced your life? How? My father, Bruce Brown, has influenced my life in more ways than I can even express. He brought me into my career and has trusted me with his business, but mostly he shows me everyday how to make the best of any situation and how to always do what is right. fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 31 2015 Schedule Join The Fayetteville Observer at these events at the Crown Expo Center later this year. 2015 June 19, 2015 Laugh shop and mingle with ladies from all over the area! August 8, 2015 Exactly what it sounds like: a display of everything that rolls. Enjoy this combination car show and expo! November 14, 2015 It’s all the things kids love! From bounce houses to superheroes, be a part of this fun filled event! FayObserver.com/Events 32 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 In its fifth year, The Fayetteville Observer’s 40 Under 40 inducted its 200th member. To mark this special achievement, our past honorees have selected one previous honoree to receive the first annual 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. This award is presented to a past recipient who exemplifies the hard work and spirit of community service necessary to be a member of this elite group. And the winner is... 2015 Alumni Award fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 33 From our Judges “One characteristic that separates the good from the great is the ability to tirelessly give of oneself. This year’s winners show a true level of dedication, efficiency and drive to leadership and service.” Teresa Thompson-Pinckney, Ed.D. Fayetteville State University “It is exciting for our community to see this exciting and impressive list of young professionals.” Sandy Ammons “Our community and those who participate in making it a better place for us all to live are important to me. I enjoyed being able to read about so many impressive candidates, knowing that Fayetteville and this region has some dedicated young professionals who care so greatly about improving their communities.” Kirk deViere Fayetteville Regional Chamber board member “This was truly a challenging and difficult assignment. It revealed that we are fortunate to have dedicated,selfless young adults that willingly give their time,energy,and efforts to promote the well being of our community.” Joseph W. Levister, Jr. Fayetteville Technical Community College 34 The Fayetteville Observer’s 2015 40 Under 40 Methodist University “When I moved to Southeast North Carolina, I knew that I was moving to a wonderfully diverse place. But I also found a state that I call home, which is filled with so much service, talent, and greatness! The 40 under 40 nominee’s applications were remarkable. Their achievements through leadership and commitment to serve others speak volumes to the impeccable character of North Carolinians. Kudos to the class of 2015!” Dr. Robert L. Canida, II University of North Carolina at Pembroke Alumni Directory Samantha Angarita Stuart Augustine Kristin S. Braswell Tommy Burns II Leonna Byrd Nichole Canady Crystal Cavalier Melody Chalmers Lisa Childers Joseph Coker Ruthie Dent Capt. Jarvora Duncan Teresa Elliott Jane Fields Deno Frangakis Natalie Fryer Lt. Matthew Hurley Mandy Hurley Jennifer Ingle Brittany A. Jackson Wyatt Jenkins Brooke Johnson Kristin McCarthy Juelle McDonald Karen McLeod Bryan Moore Chris Rey Andrea Royster David Russell Stacy Sanders Heather Scarboro Natasha Scott David Sessoms Jr. Jennifer Sullivan 1st Lt. Carlos Swan Vance Townsend Kelly Twedell Mark Wamsher Johnny Wilson Dr. Marian Wooten Malia Kalua Allen Kelly A, Blazey CPT Matt Brown Dr. Rebecca Calhoun Lauren Carr Charles “Ben” Chambers Jasmine Coleman SarahMarie Daughtry Stewart Dachia Davis James Davis III Inda Dodson Wade Duggins April Fekete Morgan Jennifer Fincher Kamina Fitzgerald Garrett Fulcher Jason Hairr Chekea Hinton-Mack Kristi Ivey Christina Kenon Victor Landry Matthew Leclercq Dr. Emily Lenning Amanda Lockamy Michele Macumber Daniel Manley Meagan McCabe Andrew McCarthy Sametris McKenney Doris Munoz Dr. Sheel Patel Brandon Price LaVondra Pye Kimberly Rausher Sublett Jennifer Taft Aaron Thomas Dr. Danielle Thomas-Taylor Max Weinstein Heather Wilkerson Shanita Wendette Wooten Christopher D. Foster Esq. Suzy Hrabovsky Rev. Robin Kay Monk Maria Adams Fulcher Brian E. Gaskell Wendy Hustwit Sam Morrison Wells Alderman Jennifer A. Gasque Kevin Paul Dr. Pia Anderson Tanisha R. James LCSW Thomas Green III L. Ron Pringle Soula M. Bantsolas Rodney E. “Rod” Jenkins Sr. Van W. Gunter III Kenneth Barefoot Channing Jones Donald G. Rush M.Ed. David Haggerty William Blanton Mary Kinney Robert M. “Bobby” Sparks Jr. Brandon Harrell Dr. Kenyon Mala Chavis Robert A. “Tony” Lockamy Jr. Monica Brown Stanford LPC William Ryan Harrell Dolly Huffman Clayton LCSW Brittany S. McLaurin Erika Suzanne Taylor Tara Brisson Hinton Mandy Peele McMillan Ashley Thompson Dia M. Collins LTC. Chanda Ian Mofu Dr. LaShonda S. Williamson Demetria Davis Dr. Stephanie E. Hooper Marosek Class of 2014 Peter Pappas Louis Patalano IV Reshma Patel Beal Nicholas Perkins Jason Poole II Lorna Ricotta Shannon Shurko Seema Slehria Todd Sullivan Billy West Class of 2013 Latonya Hankins Jackson Howard Hilton Hutchens Jr. Thaddeus Jenkins Carrie King Judge Toni King Wendy Lowery Donna Mansfield Jami McLaughlin Kristie Meave Class of 2012 Marcus Cox, Sr. Kady-Ann Davy Emily Dickens Sonya Evans Oates Daniel Fair Dr. Shanessa Fenner Scott Flowers John Freudenberg Phillip Gilfus Derick Graham Class of 2011 Jeremy Aagard Myra L. Allen Charlie Allen V Dr. Patrice Barber Capt. Steven Barnard Frances Barragan Jennifer deViere Alan Buffaloe Jose Coker Michelle Courie fayobserver.com/40under40 • Sunday, March 22, 2015 35 Methodist University congratulates all “40 Under Forty” honorees, including Dr. Clay Britton, Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, Associate Professor of Biology (top left); Dr. J.R. Hustwit, Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy (bottom left); Dr. Kimberly Scruton, Dean, Reeves School of Business (top right); and Landon Bentham ’08 ’10M, Senior Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving (bottom right). The Professional MBA Program Open House Sessions APRIL 13 MAY 11 YOU’RE INVITED! 6:00 P.M. Yarborough Auditorium Clark Hall Reeves School of Business | Methodist University MU’S NEW DPT PROGRAM CONTINUES TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS! This three-year, eight-semester Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to graduate independent practitioners who are recognized as critical thinkers, poised communicators, and gracious collaborators within the health care system. The new Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building will house the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which will begin classes in the Fall of 2015. For more information or to apply, contact: Anne Way [email protected] | 910.630.7493 methodist.edu/mba For more information or to apply, contact: Kathryn Novak [email protected] | 910.480.8493 methodist.edu/dpt 4460933ET Methodist University offers MBA classes with a focus on organizational management and leadership each fall, and a focus on health care administration each spring. The MBA Program blends online coursework with two weekend sessions per term. The program can be completed in 18 months.
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