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Josh Bryson
Josh BrysonAthletics
Charleston, SC

  • Class of 2002, Chowan University, B.S. Physical Education, Sports Management
  • Leadership Scholar (1998-2002); Sophmore Class President (1999-2000)
  • Chowan Ambassador (2000-2002) President (2001-2002); Order of the Silver Feather
  • 2002-2003 - External Affairs & Championships, Southern Conference; served as conference liaison for men's golf and wrestling
  • 2003-2004 - Assistant Youth Minister, Highlands United Methodist Church
  • 2004-2007 - Ticket Manager, College of Charleston Athletics
  • 2007-Present - Director of Operations, College of Charleston Athletics
  • 2008-Present ESPN Charleston Classic - Event Manager
  • 2005 & 2008 Southern Conference Softball Event Manager
  • 2010 NCAA First Round Men's Soccer Championship - Event Manager
  • 2011-Present - Executive Producer - Charleston Sports Network
  • Member of Bethel United Methodist Church Trustees beginning January, 2015
  • Married to the former Mandi Copeland in January, 2010

Teresa Futrell Jenkins
Teresa Futrell JenkinsBusiness
Woodland, NC

  • Native of Murfreesboro, NC
  • Class of 1982, Chowan College, Business Degree
  • Cheerleader at Chowan, 2 years
  • Senior Vice President / City Exec. / Mortgage Specialist - Southern Bank - Ahoskie, NC
  • Top Mortgage Producer - past 5 years
  • Board Member of Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Woodland (NC) Ladies Auxilary
  • Member of Ahoskie Rotary Club
  • Married to Jay Jenkins
  • 3 children - (Twin Daughters) Shannon Jenkins Matkins of Burlington, Melissa Jenkins Caudle of Wilson, Joshua Jenkins of Raleigh
  • Proud grandparents to 1st grandchild - 4 months old Owen Bryce Caudle

Darlene Keene
Jena'y NelsonMedicine
Ahoskie, NC

  • Raised in Ahoskie, NC area
  • Class of 1981, Chowan College, Science/Biology Degree
  • An outstanding honor student at Chowan and member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Graduated East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Class of 1989
  • Residency Hospital: East Carolina School of Medicine, Pitt County Memorial Hospital
  • NC State Medical License, 1992 - Present
  • Member, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrician in Martin County, NC for over 15 years
  • Pediatrician at Ahoskie (NC) Comprehensive Care, 2013 - Present
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll Recipient

Sean McClafferty

Sean McClaffertyEducation
Roanoke Rapids, NC

  • Class of 1998, Chowan University, B.S. Elementary Education; K-12 AIG Certified
  • Chowan Career: 4 year Captain Men's Soccer (1993-1997); 1993 & 1994 Men's Soccer MVP;
  • 1994 Men's Soccer Most Outstanding Defender; 1996 Domino's Classic All Tournament Team;
  • 1996 Highest Win Percentage in Men's Soccer History at Chowan 12-5-1;
  • 1997 Men's Assistant Soccer Coach at Chowan; 1996 Men's Tennis Most Improved,
  • 1997 Men's Tennis MVP; 1994 Chowan Ambassador
  • 6th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Chaloner Middle School, Roanoke Rapids
  • Head Boys' Basketball Coach, Chaloner Middle School
  • Assistant Boys' Football Coach, Chaloner Middle School
  • Member, Alumni Council, Chowan University
  • Member of St. John's Baptist Catholic Church
  • Married to Jenifer Hill McClafferty (Class of 1995); one pup, Scout

Fred Vinson
Fred VinsonProfessional Sports

  • Native of Murfreesboro, NC; graduate of Northhampton County High School East
  • Graduated from Chowan College in 1991
  • Chowan Basketball Career: Most Outstanding Male Athlete, Region X Player of the Year, First Team All-Region X All-Conference, Carolina JUCO Conference Player of the Year, All Tournament Region X, and Most Valuable Player at Chowan
  • Player at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, GA. As a gaurd, MVP for 1993-94 season;
  • Team's third leading scorer
  • Played for two NBA teams: Atlanta Hawks and Seattle Supersonics; finished professional playing career overseas
  • Assistant Coach/Director of Player Programs for Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2010 - present - Assistant Coach with the New Orleans Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Married to Muthithar Vinson; three children

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Roy Henderson
Roy HensersonMinistry
Charlotte , NC

  • Class of 1993, Chowan University,
    A.S. Physical Education
  • Member, Chowan University Men's Basketball Team
  • Earned a full athletic Scholarship to the University of South Carolina at Aiken
  • Received a Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Virginia State University
  • 2009 to present - Director of Family Life & Wellness at The Park Ministries, Charlotte, NC
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Owner Remnant Fitness, LLC
  • Married to Lanette Hendersen and they have two children: Logan, 9 years old and Wesley, 6 years old

Linda Moore
Linda MooreMinistry
Greenville, NC

  • Chowan University, Class of 1990; AS Pre-Education
  • Longwood University, Class of 1992;
    BS Elementary Education
  • Former Elementary School Teacher and Customer Relations Trainer
  • Served on Chowan University Alumni Board
    of Directors
  • 2005, Ordained into Gospel Ministry by Glen Allen Baptist Church,
    Glen Allen, VA
  • Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Class of 2006, MDiv in Christian Education
  • 2006-2011, Minister of Christian Education at First Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 2007, Ordained by American Baptist Churches in Massachusetts
  • VCU Medical Center Chaplain Residency Program, 2011-2012
  • Virgina Commonwealth University, Class of 2012; MS Patient Counseling
  • 2013 to present, Staff Chaplain for Trauma and Critical Care at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
  • 2014, Endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at Staff Chaplain
  • Board Certified Chaplain, Pending, October 2014
  • Member of Association for Professional Chaplains

Jena'y Nelson
Jena'y NelsonBusiness
Murfreesboro, NC

  • Class of 2012, Chowan University, B.S., Business Administration, Accounting concentration,
    minor Management
  • Miss Chowan University 2011-2012
  • 2nd Runner up - Food Lion's Miss CIAA 2012
  • Order of the Silver Feather Service Award
  • Benjamin Conrad Sutton, Sr. Award for Business Leadership
  • Leadership Scholar
  • Played Tennis all four years (Captain 2011-2012)
  • Currently pursuing MBA in Human Resourses
  • Teller at Southern Bank, Jackson
  • Member, Chowan Alumni Council

E. Lee Stephens, III
Lee StephensBusiness
Greensboro, NC

  • Class of 1996, Chowan University,
    B.S., Physical Science
  • Chowan activities: Baptist Student Union, SGA, Band and Choir, Ambassador
  • Chowan Board of Trustees: Student Representative
  • 1996-98 - Duke University Medical Center, Durham
  • 1998-2003 - Science Teacher at Forbush High School, Yadkinville, NC
  • 2004-2012 - Bob Dunn Auto Mall, Internet Sales Manager
  • 2012 - Present - Fiat of the Triad, Finance Specialist, Greensboro, NC
  • Married to Candi Buie Stephens; one son, Walker

James T. Sterling
Jimmy SterlingBusiness
Kacksonville, FL

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, BS Biology
  • Football player all four years
  • Played semi-pro football 2003-2006; Won SSFL Championship at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando in 2005; Named to the SSFL All Star Team in 2006
  • Currently a Certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer through PADI
  • Owner of Steerling Roofing - Based in Jacksonville, FL
  • Installed first ever green roof for Starbucks at Downtown Disney Orlando
  • Owner of Nesta Construction, LLC - Specializing in remodels, outdoor living and additions
  • Owner of Roof Loading Services of Florida LLC
  • Owner of Sterling Ventures - Land and property acquisition company
  • Proud partner with Angelwood (Charity for the challenged)
  • Proud Partner with the Boselli Foundation - Focused on helping kids in the community achieve greater things
  • Married to Kristy Ann Sterling; children: Kayla Rose (8), James Jerin (4), Rayna June (2)

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Barry A. Bradberry
Barry A. BradberryCollegiate Administration
Elon , NC

  • Class of 1973, Chowan University, Associates Degree
  • 1975, Elon University, BA Degree
  • 1983, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.Ed
  • 1975 – Admissions Counselor for Elon University (traveled in Virginia)
  • 1983 to present – Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Planning, Elon University
  • Administrative Staff Member of the Year, Elon University, 1997
  • Chair of the Southern Region of the College Board in Atlanta, GA, 2003
  • Southern Association of Admissions Counselor Recipient of the 2010 William Bill Starling Mentorship Award in memory of Bill Starling, former Dean of Admissions ,Wake Forest University
  • Inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Elon University, 2014
  • Native of Virginia Beach, VA; graduate of Kellam High School, 1971
  • Married to Martha Bradberry

LaDonna Cooper
LaDonna CooperPsychologist
Roanoke Rapids, NC

  • Class of 2001, Chowan University, BS History/Criminal Justice
  • Class of 2006, Phoenix University, MA in Psychology
  • Current student, Walden University,
    Doctorate in Psychology
  • Former Admissions Counselor, Chowan University
  • Current, President/Owner at Creative Horizons, Inc.
    (services for at risk youth)
  • Author: Breakthrough: An Inspirational Guide for Singles and Spoken For: Embracing God’s Will for Life
  • To be published in 2014:
    He Waited . . Waited on the Very Best God Has for You

Donald A. Cuff
Donald A. CuffPublic Safety
Cary, NC

  • Class of 2007, Chowan University, BS Criminal Justice
  • Patrol Sgt.; Ahoskie (NC) Police Department
  • Police Officer; Murfreesboro (NC) Police Department
  • Graduated February, 2014, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Class Speaker at Graduation
  • Currently, Trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, assigned to C/3, Wake County

Tracey Martin Jones
Tracey Martin JonesEducator
Ahoskie, NC

  • Class of 1996, Chowan University, BAS
  • M.Ed Masters of Education, Chowan University, 2012
  • Recognized as a North Carolina Nationally Board Certified Teacher in 2010
  • Pre-K Teacher at Bearfield Primary School,
    Ahoskie, NC
  • Member, North Carolina Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society
  • Member, Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society in Education
  • Member, Bearfield Primary School Improvement Team/Student Support Team
  • Member, North Carolina Teach Advisory Board
    (appointed by NC Gov. Pat McCrory)
  • Married to Charles B. Jones; one son, Martin; member, Winton Baptist Church

Ron Lane
Ron LaneEducation
Woodland, NC

  • Chowan University, Class of 1980,
    Associate Arts Degree
  • East Carolina University, Class of 1982, Bachelors Degree of Arts Education K-12; Masters Degree of Administration and Supervision
  • 12 years, classroom teacher at Hertford County High School, Ahoskie, NC; developed successful arts education program
  • Roanoke Rapids (NC) High School – Assistant Principal
  • Principal, Ahoskie Elementary School
  • Recipient of numerous academic recognitions and awards throughout his career for his educational contributions and leadership at the district, state, and national levels
  • Currently, Hertford County School’s Director of Teaching Accountability
  • Member, Woodland, NC Town Council
  • Married to Lynn Lane, a son, Trevor, and a grandson, Winn

Kerry A. Litzsey
Kerry A. LitzseyBusiness
Washington, NC

  • Class of 1990, Chowan University; AA, Office Systems Management
  • Class of 2011, Colorado Technical University; BS in Business Administration Summa Cum Laude
  • Lifetime member of Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration
  • Finance/Benefits Clerk, Beaufort County Board of Education, 1991 to present
  • NC Association of School Business Officials, Certified School Business Specialist
  • Member of St. John Church of Christ-Disciples of Christ, Washington, NC
  • One daughter, Nichele C. Litzsey

Pam Owens
Pam OwensMedicine
Ocean Isle Beach, NC

  • Class of 1978, Chowan University, Photography/Arts
  • Southern Illinois University, BA Degree/Arts
  • 1989, Logan Chiropractic College/University in St. Louis, MO
  • Certified Chiropractic Physician/Doctor of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Doctor
  • Doctor of Chiropractic in North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana
  • Certified for Manipulation Under Anesthesia and Spinal Rehabilitation
  • Board certified in Acupuncture, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
  • 2002 – present, At The Beach Chiropractic Practice, Functional Medicine Specialist, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Drew Praster
Drew PrasterBusiness
Charlotte, NC

  • Class of 2008, Chowan University, BS Sports Management
  • Uplifting Athletes, Volunteer Director of Special Projects, 2008
  • Sales Representative, Harrisburg Senators, 2000-09
  • Inside Sales Consultant, Charlotte Bobcats, 2009-10
  • Account Executive, Premium Sales, Charlotte Bobcats, 2011-12
  • Manager, Inside Sales, Charlotte Bobcats, 2012-13
  • Premium Sales Manager, Charlotte Bobcats, April, 2013 – Present
  • Married to Christina Eteuati Praster, Class of 2007, Chowan University

Jason Robert Villegas
Jason Robert Villegas
Rose Hill, NC

  • Class of 2010, Chowan University, BS, Religion
  • Chowan Christian Service Association Scholar
  • 2013 Recipient of the Vera Parker Womble Christian Service Award
  • Class of 2013, Duke University Divinity School
  • Youth Pastor, Creedmoor United Methodist Church, Creedmoor, NC
  • Pastor, Rose Hill United Methodist Church, Rose Hill, NC
  • Married to Elizabeth Miller, Chowan University, Class of 2011



Doug Warren
Doug WarrenEducation
Greenville, NC

  • Chowan University, Class of 2002, Physical Education/Teacher Education
  • Member, Chowan University Baseball Team
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher, Grades 6 – 8, Wellcome Middle School, Greenville, NC
  • Athletic Director, Head Football, Basketball and Softball Coach, Wellcome Middle School, Greenville, NC
  • 2010 Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC Newspaper)
    “My Teacher, My Hero” award
  • Married to Lauren Warren, two-year old son, Cannon, lives in Winterville, NC

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James Sidney "Sid" Eley
James Sidney "Sid" EleyTeacher, Coach, Civic Leader
Heartford, NC

  • Class of 1967, Chowan College, Associate of Science, Science
  • Class of 1970, Atlantic Christian College, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
  • Class of 1981, East Carolina University, Masters of Arts in Education, Science
  • Teacher, Perquimans County Schools, 1969 – 2000; Science Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director
  • Director, Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce 2001 to present
  • Commissioner, Town of Hertford, 1991-1999
  • Mayor, Town of Hertford, 1999-2011
  • NC League of Municipalities Board of Directors 2009-2011
  • Member of Hertford Fire Department 1970-Present, Chief 1994-1999
  • Retired member of the Perquimans County Rescue Squad (20 yrs.)
  • Member, Hertford Baptist Church
  • Married to Candice Wood Eley (Chowan College Class of 1968); Children; Christopher Clinton Eley, Benjamin Theodore Eley, 3 grandchildren


Charles William Freeman
Charles FreemanEducator, Business
Ahoskie, NC

  • Class of 1967, Chowan University, AA, Business Administration
  • Class of 1967, Barton College, BS, Business Administration
  • 1975, Virginia State University, MED , Marketing and Business Education
  • School Administration Certification from East Carolina University
  • Hertford County Teacher of the Year (twice)
  • Northeastern NC Regional Teacher of the Year (twice)
  • Runner-up, NC State Teacher of the Year
  • NC State Marketing Teacher of the Year
  • President, NC Marketing Teachers’ Association
  • Marketing Leader of the year, North Carolina DECA
  • Member, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
  • Married to Gloria Britt Freeman; sons: David and Mark Freeman

Walter M. Gardner, Jr.
Mike & Irene JohnsonEntrepreneur
Warrenton, NC

  • Class of 1975, Chowan College, Associate of Science, Business Administration
  • Class of 1977, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; BS Business and Insurance
  • President, Warrenton Insurance Agency, Inc., 1977 to present
  • Mayor, Town of Warrenton, 1997 to present, re-elected four terms
  • Member, Warrenton Rural Volunteer Fire Department, 1973 to present;
  • Fire Chief , Town of Warrenton, 2002 to present
  • Representative to NC Fire and Rescue Commission, NC League of Municipalities, 2002 to present
  • Chowan University: Past President, Alumni Association; Member of the Board of Trustees, Member of the Board of Visitors (current)
  • Member, Chairman of Board of Deacons, Warrenton Baptist Church, current
  • Married to Mishew McGhee Parrott; children: Kelly Lee Gardner Blackmon, Brian Bugg Gardner

Rebecca Mainquist Gibbons
Rebecca Gibbons
Richmond, NC

  • Class of 2006, Business/Marketing major
  • Played Volleyball all four years at Chowan University
  • Business Counselor, Chowan University, 2006 – 2008
  • Corporate, Human Relations Specialist, Dominion Power, Resources Services, Richmond, VA, 2008 – present
  • Married to Matthew Gibbons, class of 2007; first child due in Fall



Ann Levy
Ann LevyBusiness
Washington, NC

  • Class of 1984, Chowan College, AA
  • Class of 1993, Roanoke Chowan Community College, AA
  • Class of 1995, Chowan College, BS, Business
  • Case Worker to Hertford County Social Services
  • Claims Representative, Social Security Office, Ahoskie, NC
  • Currently, Management Support Specialist, Social Security Office, Washington, NC
  • Two children, Messiah, 10; Anastasia, 7
  • Ordained Minister; Pastor at the Temple of Jesus Christ, Washington, NC

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Melissa Terranova Edwards
Melissa Terranova EdwardsEducation
Courtland, Virginia

  • Class of 2005, Chowan University, B.S. Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Cum Laude
  • Art Teacher, Southampton VA High School
  • Southampton High School Teacher of the
    Year 2012-2013
  • Southampton County Public Schools Teacher
    of the Year 2012-2013
  • A Sponsor of the SHS Student Government Association and Co-Director of the Miss SHS Pageant Fashion and Scholarship Program
  • Outstanding Graduate in Graphic Design for 2005
  • Teaching Certification in Secondary Fine Arts, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • President, Delta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority


David M. Futrell
David FutrellProfessional Picture Framer / Photographer
Hickory, North Carolina

  • Class of 1959, Chowan College, A.E. Engineering, received the “Freshman Chemistry Award”
  • 1985, Opened Hickory’s Finest Custom Framing
  • Winner of the Catawba Valley Camera Club “Accomplished Photographer Award”
  • Presented with the Catawba County “Small Business Person of the Year Award”
  • 2013, Featured artist at Chowan University Art Auction
  • Member of Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, N. C.
  • Married to Brenda B. Futrell, two daughters, Tracy F. Lumpkins and Kathy F. Mazurek

Mike and Irene (Purvis) Johnson
Mike & Irene JohnsonBusiness
Hamilton, North Carolina

  • Class of 1958, Chowan University
  • Former owner, Johnson Mercantile Company, Hamilton, NC
  • Active members of Hamilton Baptist Church
  • Former Trustee, Chowan University (Mike)
  • Chowan University Scholarship Donor (Family)
  • Currently retired and enjoy community activities plus boating, fishing, hunting, and gardening
  • Two daughters and two grandchildren

Venus Michele Spruill
Venus SpruillBusiness
Rich Square, North Carolina

  • Class of 1974, Chowan University, A.A., Secretarial Administration
  • Shaw University, Raleigh, NC, B.S. Business Administration and Criminal Justice
  • Deputy Clerk, Northampton County Clerk of Superior Court, Jackson, NC, 22 years
  • Magistrate for 6B Judicial District, Jackson, NC
  • Clerk of Superior Court for Northampton County, NC, 12 years; first African American female to hold this elected position in Northampton County.
  • Currently retired



Jonathan H. Taylor
Jonathan TaylorMedicine
Greenville, North Carolina

  • Class of 1990, Chowan college, Associate of Science
  • Class of 1992, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, BS, Science
  • Class of 1998, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Doctor of Medicine
  • 2003, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, Surgical Internship
  • 2003 – 2006, Devine-Tidewater Urology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Urology Residency; Chief Resident, 2007
  • 2006 – 2007, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Associate Instructor
  • Eastern Urological Associates, P.A., Greenville, North Carolina

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Mitch Kelly
Mitch KellyBusiness
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 2008, Chowan University, B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Allied Health Biology
  • Vice President of Phi Beta Lambda
  • Member of the Chowan University Science Club
  • Quality Assurance Analyst at MedEx Medical Transport Services, Inc.


Heather Lee Schaubach
Heather Lee SchaubachMedicine
Windsor, Virginia

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S. in Allied Health Biology
  • Science Club Member of the Year
  • Enrolled at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program
  • Pursuing a career in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Steven Ruddy
Steven RuddyGraphic Design
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Class of 2004, Chowan University, B.A. in Studio Art
  • Class of 2007, Art Institute, B.A. in Graphic Design
  • Member of the Chowan Men’s Soccer team
  • Owns and operates his own Graphic Design firm
  • Co-founder of

Beau Drake
Beau DrakeTeaching/Coaching
Ahoskie, North Carolina

  • Class of 2000, Chowan University, B.S. in Exercise Sport Science
  • Class of 2010, Georgia Southern University, M.S. in Kinesiology
  • Captain of the Chowan Football team in 1998-99
  • Published Author, “God’s Winning Team,” FCA Online Magazine 2003
  • Voted “Best Teacher” by the student body at West Carteret High School 2005
  • Head football Coach at Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill, North Carolina


Jessie C. Jarvis
Jessie JarvisMarine Science
Absecon, New Jersey

  • Class of 2003, Chowan College, B.S. in Environmental Biology
  • Class of 2005, William & Mary, M.S., Marine Science
  • Class of 2009, William & Mary, Ph.D., Marine Science
  • President of the Chowan College Science Club
  • Received the Chowan College Mary E. Wood Award for outstanding science graduate in 2003
  • Founding member of the Delta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Sigma
    Tau Sorority
  • Assistant Professor of Marine Science at Richard Stockton College of
    New Jersey
  • Awarded 3year fellowship from the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System
  • Former Research Marine Biologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Maurice B. Fluitt
Maurice B. FluittMedicine
Lumberton, North Carolina

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S., Biology, minor Chemistry
  • Class of 2011, Howard University, Master of Science in Genetics and Human Genetics
  • Currently pursuing PhD in Genetics and Human Genetics
  • Awarded AGEP Fellowship to pursue Doctoral degree in Human Genetics
  • Planning to enter the joint MD/PhD program at Howard University
    College of Medicine
  • Serves in ministry as a Youth Pastor in Washington DC

Angela M. Melton
Angela MeltonDentistry
Gates, North Carolina

  • Class of 2005, Chowan College, B.S., Biology
  • Class of 2011, Howard University School of Dentistry
  • General Dentist
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • President, student chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (2010-11)
  • Quintessence Award in Periodontics (2011)
  • Eleanor Bushee Senior Student Award

Harold W. Babb
Harold BabbHigher Education
Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

  • Class of 1970, Chowan College, A.S. Accounting
  • Class of 1972, University of Richmond, B.S. Accounting
  • Class of 1974, Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S., Marketing/Finance
  • Class of 1979, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Ph.D., Marketing
  • 1986-Present University of Richmond-Department of Marketing
  • Professor of Marketing
  • Department Chairman-1987-2002
  • 1986-1992 F. Carlyle Tiller Distinguished Professor of Business
  • 1988 Fulbright-Hayes Scholar to South Korea and The Republic of China
  • University of Richmond Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Athletics Hall of Fame-University of Richmond

Sarah M. Bullard
Sarah BullardGraphic Design
Nashville, Tennessee

  • Class of 2005, Chowan College, B.S. Graphic Communications
  • Owner-OMedia+Graphics, Graphic/Web Design Company
  • Co-owner and developer of Social Network Bump 'N' Bundle, first and only Social Network for moms

Carrie Waller Knight
Carrie Waller KnightEducation
Altavista, Virginia

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, B.S., Elementary Education Pursuing
  • M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia
  • Kindergarten teacher at Chalkley Elementary School, Chesterfield, VA
  • Department of Defense 2009-10, Germany
  • Leadership Scholarship recipient
  • Member Alpha Sigma Tau sorority

Andre Stewart
Andre StewartEducation
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

  • Class of 1998, Chowan University, B.S., History
  • Class of 2011, University of Phoenix, M.Ed.
  • Teacher at Northwest Halifax High School
  • Athletic Director Northwest Halifax
  • Head varsity football coach Northwest Halifax

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Melissa T. EdwardsMelissa T. Edwards
Conway, North Carolina

  • Class of 2005, Chowan University, B.S. Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Cum Laude
  • Art Teacher, Southampton VA High School
  • Outstanding Graduate in Graphic Design for 2005
  • Teaching Certification in Secondary Fine Arts, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • President, Delta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority

Terrance SaxbyTerrance Saxby
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, B.S.
  • Class of 2011, Cambridge College, M.S.
  • Assistant Principal, Hertford County High School
  • Assistant Coach, Chowan football team 2005-2007

Christopher ColemanChristopher Coleman
Rice, Virginia

  • Class of 1999, Chowan University, B.S. Business Administration, Marketing
  • Class of 2009, Grand Canyon University, M.Ed.
  • Candidate, Educationalist Specialist (Ed.S.), Liberty University
  • Assistant Principal, Bluestone High School
  • First Lieutenant, Unites States Army Reserve

Lance JenkinsLance Jenkins
Conway, North Carolina

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S. History
  • Class of 2011, Norwich University, M.P.A.
  • Director, Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail
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Kyleen Michael BurgessKyleen Michael Burgess
Higher Education
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, B.S. Criminal Justice and B.S. Psychology
  • Class of 2009, NC State University, Master of Agricultural Education
  • Area Information Management Agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
  • Provides technical education to 250 employees of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service for the 25 counties in Northeastern North Carolina
  • Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Rho chapter, Chowan University, Founding Sister
  • 2003 Outstanding Female Criminal Justice Major
  • 2003 Outstanding Student in Psychology

Roy HendersonRoy Henderson
Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Class of 1993, Chowan University, A.S. Physical Education
  • Member Chowan University Men’s Basketball team
  • Earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of South Carolina at Aiken
  • Earned his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina at Aiken
  • Received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Virginia State University
  • 2009 – Present: Director of Family Life & Wellness at the Park Ministries, Charlotte, NC
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Owner of Remnant Fitness, LLC


Kathryn R. SellersKathryn R. Sellers
Public Health Education & Promotion
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 1999, Chowan University, B.A. Liberal Arts
  • 2008 Management Academy for Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • NC Spit Tobacco Education Program, Deputy Director
  • Member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Ahoskie, NC

Kelvin L. Spragley, Ph.D.Kelvin L. Spragley, Ph.D.
Zebulon, North Carolina

  • Class of 1991, Chowan University, A.A. History
  • Class of 1993, East Carolina University, B.S. Social Science Education
  • Class of 1999, North Carolina State University, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
  • 2010 – Present: Associate Executive Director for the North Carolina Association of Educators and the Executive Director for the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children
  • Founder of The Spragley Group, LLC, consulting business
  • 1986-89 U.S. Army

Steven VarleySteven Varley
Higher Education
New Haven, Connecticut

  • Class of 1997, Chowan University, B.S. Graphic Communication
  • Class of 2000, Gardner-Webb University, M.B.A.
  • Director of Development and Alumnae/i Affairs at Yale University School of Nursing
  • Former Vice President for Advancement at Gardner-Webb University

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Sydney J. Bartholomew, Jr.
Emmy Award Winning Director, Production Designer, Writer, Actor, Visual Effects and Art Director on big budget Hollywood blockbusters!

Sydney J. Bartholomew, Jr.Worked with the famous Farrelly Brothers on seven of their best works including:

  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Kingpin
  • Me, Myself and Irene
  • Say It Isn’t So
  • Osmosis Jones
  • Shallow Hal
  • Stuck On You
  • The Heartbreak Kid

Marvin DaughertyMarvin Daugherty

Chief Meteorologist for WITN-TV’s First Alert Weather Team

  • Delivering accurate and precise weather forecasts
    to Eastern Carolina for 25 years
  • Witnessed and reported on almost every major weather event in Eastern Carolina for the past two decades
  • Received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, one of only 1,600 or so people since 1959

Patsy MarksPatsy Marks
President of Belmont Peanuts
of Southampton, Inc.
  • Owns and operates Belmont Farm in Capron, Virginia in an area called the "Heart of Peanut Country"
  • Belmont House, established in 1790, is on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register for Historical Places
  • Belmont Peanuts has grown from scratch into a highly successful, family-run business, shipping her products all over the globe
  • Other crops include cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and watermelons - grown with careful attention to good environmental practices

Nate McMillanNate McMillan
Head Coach of the NBA Portland Trailblazers

  • Formerly the Head Coach for the Seattle Supersonics
  • 12 years playing NBA basketball for the Supersonics
  • Known in the Seattle community as “Mr. Sonic”
  • Supersonics’ all-time leader in assists and steals
  • One of only four Sonics players to have his number retired
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