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Class notes, spring 2022
Chuck Gordon

Accomplishments

Barbara Faulk ’69 is retiring in June as executive director of the Union County Community Arts Council, a post she has held since 1993. Under Faulk’s leadership, the council has provided arts-in-education opportunities by sponsoring live productions, awarding grants to arts educators, facilitating the county’s largest art show, and supporting the artistic needs of individual schools.

Linda Wagner Slade ’73 retired as president of the United Way of Gaston County last fall, after three years in charge.

Thomas Carty ’76 retired in 2021 from American Airlines after 31 years as a pilot. Carty retired in 2001 after 20 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Brack Rogers ’85 has been promoted to senior vice president of media operations with INSP, a cable-TV network based in Charlotte. Rogers has been with INSP for nearly 20 years.

The baseball complex at Hickory (N.C.) High School has been named in honor of David Craft ’87. Craft, who played for legendary baseball coach Ron Christopher at Wingate, has been the head baseball coach at Hickory for more than three decades, averaging 15 wins per season. Craft is also the athletic director and a history teacher at Hickory High.

Kim Deese Holt ’88 has been promoted to managing editor for the news operations at WSOC-TV in Charlotte.

Samuel Caudle ’90 has been named vice president and general manager of Case Farms’ Ohio division. Caudle has more than 30 years of experience in the poultry industry.

Scott Sluder ’92 retired from the Winston-Salem Police Department after nearly 30 years in law enforcement. He spent much of his career identifying, investigating and solving financial-fraud cases.

The Rev. Bill Coleman ’93 has published a book, The Eternity Lens: Living in the Real World with an Eternal Perspective. Coleman is associate pastor and elder at He’s Alive Church in Concord, N.C. The Eternity Lens is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Jennifer Sutton Smith ’95 earned Blue Ribbon Awards for excellence in communications from the North Carolina School Public Relations Association. Smith, director of communications at Union Academy Charter School, won two awards for photography and one each for electronic media, publications and special events/programs. Union Academy was also awarded the Best of the Best Award in Photography.

Julie Biggers Broadway ’96 was named Allen Tate Realtors’ 2021 Power Player.

Matt Collier ’00 is an English teacher at Buford (S.C.) High School. Collier spent nearly two decades at Forest Hills High School in Marshville, N.C.

David Gentry ’00 is in charge of an after-school program with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Michael Serefine Royal ’01, ’15 (Ed.D.) recently took over as assistant superintendent of secondary education for the Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District. For the past five years he has been MGSD’s chief operations officer.

Stephanie Cronenburg ’02 has published Fertile Ground in Middle Level General Music, a resource for preservice and in-service music educators. Cronenburg is an assistant professor of music at Rutgers University. Her book is available at Routlege.com.

Ron Stafford ’02’s solo photography show “Classically Southern” ran at the Burr Gallery in Cheraw, S.C., last fall. Stafford has also been elected vice president of the Metrolina Library Association in Charlotte.

Trent Thomas ’03 has received his master of divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. Thomas is associate pastor at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Clover, S.C.

Ina Thompson ’03 is in her first semester as athletic director at Carolina Forrest High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Thompson was a longtime basketball coach and then athletic director at Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail, N.C.

Matt Greci ’06 is the vice president of events and operations at the Nashville Superspeedway. Greci spent nearly 16 years with the Charlotte Motor Speedway, most recently as vice president of events.

Kristie Jones Harris ’06 has been promoted to director of marketing for The Cliffs, a series of luxury residential communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Dinika Johnson ’07 is a certified athletic trainer at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Johnson worked for nearly 13 years on the athletic-training staff at Georgia State University.

Laura Van Leer Richardson ’07 was named a Top Producer by netting over $10 million in sales volume in 2021 as a real-estate agent with Hunter Rowe in Raleigh, N.C.

Brittany Barnhardt ’08 was elected mayor of Granite Quarry, N.C., last fall. She received over 70% of the vote.

Amanda Siegrist ’08 has published a book, All Dogs Come from Heaven. Siegrist is on the Recreation and Sport Management faculty at Coastal Carolina University. All Dogs Come From Heaven is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Courtnay Aycock ’09 has published Broken: A Frontline Counselor’s Guide for Healing, a faith-based book for people seeking healing from traumatic events. Aycock is a board-certified pastoral counselor. She and her husband founded the nonprofit Desert Streams Ministry. Broken: A Frontline Counselor’s Guide for Healing is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Junior Nyemb ’10, ’13 (MBA), ’16 (MASM) has been named to the board of Hope Haven, a therapeutic community in Charlotte that helps individuals and families affected by substance-use disorder build healthy, independent lives. Nyemb is founder of the Grio Agency.

Adam Auerbach ’11 (Ed.D.) was named Principal of the Year for Cabarrus County (N.C.) Schools. Auerbach has been principal of Concord High School since 2016.

Grace Krauser ’11 is an inside sales agent with Lively Charleston Properties in Charleston, S.C.

Chelsea Malkmus Nelson ’11 graduated summa cum laude from UNC Wilmington with a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications. Nelson works in the Advancement Office at UNCW.

Laura Marley ’13 is a clinical athletic trainer at UNC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Clayton, N.C.

Paige Saton Clay ’14 was named Teacher of the Year at East Union Middle School in Marshville, N.C.

Breon McMichael ’14 is a financial-crimes investigator with Wells Fargo.

Lauren Baird ’15 (MPA) is a physician assistant at Mountain View Family Practice in Hickory, N.C.

Pam Kass ’15 has been named executive director of Harboring Hearts, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides emergency housing, transportation, food and emotional support programming to heart-transplant, liver-transplant, and cardiothoracic-surgery patients and their caregivers. Kass serves on Wingate’s Board of Visitors.

Kevin Logan ’15 is senior manager of employer brand at AvidXchange in Charlotte.

Dustin Etheridge ’16 was part of a team that won a New York Emmy for short-form content about technology for “Eyes on You: Nuns are Keeping Facial Recognition Companies in Check.” Etheridge is manager for digital content production for DeSales Media Group in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kori Adams ’18 guided Myers Park High School to the N.C. 4A playoffs last fall in her first season as head volleyball coach.

Richard Collins ’19 has been promoted to process assistant at Amazon Fulfillment Center in Charlotte.

Kirby Goodin ’19 is the missions ministry coordinator for Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Niklas Martin ’19 is a data scientist with Alexander Thamm in Leipzig, Germany.

Nyi Nyi Myin ’19 received the Colleen Kirk Award from the American Choral Directors Association’s Southern Region. The award is presented to new and aspiring choral conductors who are members of ACDA, in support of their attendance at regional or national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Myin is choral director at Stanley (N.C.) Middle School.

Kylee Russell ’19 earned second runner up in the Miss North Carolina USA pageant. Russell represented Cornelius in the pageant.

Brian Turney ’19 is the community events manager for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. Turney took his position after a season-long internship with the Indianapolis Colts.

Taylor Barker ’20 received the Minister’s Award as “top of the wing” from the national police service of New Zealand after graduating from the country’s police academy. Barker, who played lacrosse at Wingate and now represents New Zealand in the sport, has been posted to the Waitemata District, which includes the city of Auckland.

Mike Morton ’20 is serving a three-year term on the board of the Davie Community Foundation, a nonprofit that serves Davie County (N.C.) by awarding grants and scholarships.

Morgan Akers ’21 is a marketing specialist for AeroMed, an aerospace company in Charlotte.

Brittney Morris ’21 (MASM) recently completed her first season as women’s lacrosse head coach at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Brendan Standish ’21 is pursuing a pair of postgraduate degrees at the College of Charleston: a master’s in environmental and sustainability studies and a master of public administration.

 

Bulldog Pups

Derek Woelfel ’11 and Laura Woelfel, a boy, Logan, Sept. 30, 2021

Ryan Hoilman ’12 and Courtney Hoilman, a boy, Henry James, Sept. 11, 2021

Dustin Etheridge ’16 and Kristy Etheridge, a girl, Olivia Hope, Oct. 29, 2021

 

Weddings

Stephanie Simmons ’13 and Matthew Grange, Oct. 2, 2021

Monica Martin ’21 and Neil Ehinger ’21, Oct. 9, 2021

Lee Ann Morris ’99 and Heath Jackson, Nov. 27, 2021

 

Those We’ll Miss

William H. Walters ’56, Aug. 27, 2021

Eric T. Ward ’16 (Ed.D.), Sept. 22, 2021

Fred J. Braswell ’57, Oct. 6, 2021

Larry Bishop ’63, Oct. 9, 2021

Lloyd H. Howell ’78, Oct. 11, 2021

James Pugh ’73, Oct. 28, 2021

Joseph Stegall ’69, Nov. 10, 2021

Alan Bandy ’72, Nov. 18, 2021

Walter H. “Buck” Jordan ’11, Nov. 28, 2021

Dora Owens Parks ’82, Dec. 2, 2021

Bruce Clark ’83, Dec. 20, 2021

Bobby Wayne Chandler ’66, Dec. 23, 2021

Tim Glass ’65, Dec. 27, 2021

Terrie Denise Burgan ’92, Jan. 1, 2022

Gina Seay Collins ’01, Jan. 7, 2022

Leland Stephens ’17, Jan. 12, 2022

Brad Cox ’91, Jan. 19, 2022

Regina Collins ’01, Jan. 7, 2022

Diane Wilt ’89, Jan. 16, 2022

Ana Patino ’19, Feb. 5, 2022

Richard Selvey ’61, Feb. 24, 2022

Tom Kean, Feb. 27, 2022. Kean served the University as a trustee.