October 2018

Sherry East ’91

Congratulations to Concord alum Sherry East ’91 on being named the President of the South Carolina Education Association! Sherry is a high school science teacher at the Phoenix Academy in Rock Hill, SC and has served in other leadership roles within the SCEA and the York County Education Association. Sherry has a M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University and has completed an additional 30+ graduate credits from Clemson University. She will serve a 4 year term as the SCEA President.

September 2018

Herbert Wheeler ’65

Last month Concord alum Herbert Wheeler ‘65 was inducted into the West Virginia Wall of Valor. The Wall of Valor award was created to recognize extraordinary pilots with military experience. Wheeler is only the second individual to be inducted into the aviation Wall of Valor.

To read more about Wheeler and his experiences click here!(link is external)

Congratulations to Mr. Wheeler on such a distinguished honor!

August 2018

Richard Jarrell ‘84

Congratulations to alum Richard Jarrell ’84 on being awarded his third Chick-fil-A restaurant, set to open off of Harper Road in Beckley later this year. Jarrell is one of only 19 operators in the national chain to be awarded three restaurants.

To read more about Jarrell’s accomplishment please click here!(link is external)

We wish Richard much success as he expands his business!

July 2018

Christy Laxton ’04, Justin Marlowe ’01

Congratulations to Concord alumni Christy Laxton and Justin Marlowe on both being named to the Generation Next: 40 Under 40 Class of 2018! The class was announced earlier this year at an event in Charleston and includes West Virginians from all over the state with backgrounds in fields including law, education and fundraising. To check out the entire class list please click the link here(link is external).

Concord University is proud to have these two outstanding alumni recognized for their contributions to our great state!

June 2018

Brian Allen ’90, ’13

Brian Allen ’90, ’13, Continuity Director at WJLS in Beckley, was awarded “Best Creative” in the radio category at the 2018 West Virginia Broadcasters Association annual awards ceremony in Morgantown, WV. Allen joined West Virginia Broadcasting – Raleigh County, in 2016. He writes copy, produces commercials and schedules their air time. He’s also done some creative voice work and announcing for “99.5 The Big Dawg.” Allen submitted the commercial he created for a local client last fall. “I was really excited about it,” said Allen. “In this case, it was just the right opportunity and of course the voice people really helped the spot. It’s always a team effort but it always feels good that you get to put it together.” Award entries were judged out-of-state by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. This was the 15th year for the award show, which alternates between Morgantown and Charleston every spring.

May 2018

Kevin Powell ’89

Concord University alum Kevin Powell has been nationally recognized as the BEST seller of Suzuki motorcycles in the United States among other accolades!

Here are the stats:

Kevin Powell of Kevin Powell Motorsports in Charlotte, NC was just recognized as the #1 selling volume dealer in the country for Suzuki motorcycles.

Kevin Powell’s Foothill Ford in Pilot Mountain, NC was also recently recognized as the #1 selling volume dealer in its zone for Ford Motor Company.

Kevin Powell’s Automotive and Powersports Group operates six locations throughout Central North Carolina, representing 11 different manufacture franchises.  They specialize in finding solutions to help customers get approved for a nicer, newer car or motorcycle of their dreams, retailing over 4,000 units per year!

You can check out the website here(link is external)!

April 2018

Tim Carrico ’17, Valerie Sullivan ’99, Larry Marrs ’03

A hearty congrats to not one, not two, but THREE Concord alumni from WVNS-TV who took home awards from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association! Valerie Sullivan (’99) won for ‘Best Locally Produced Television Show’, Larry Marrs (’03) for ‘Best Coverage of Breaking News’, and Tim Carrico (’17) for ‘Best TV Creative’. You can watch this crew’s work every day on 59 News all across southern West Virginia and online at wvnstv.com

March 2018

Aaron Nicholas Brakefield ’04

Recognize anyone while you and over 103 million people were watching the Super Bowl this year? Viewers were treated with Concord University alum Aaron Nicholas Brakefield grabbing snacks and playing his best air guitar in the Sheetz advertisement at halftime! Check the spot out HERE

February 2018

Dr. Brad Lane ’02

Join us in congratulating Concord alumnus Dr. Brad Lane (’02). Dr. Lane was recently recognized by the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians as their Optometrist of the Year! They had no trouble “seeing” just how great this Mountain Lion was at the profession! Read more about Dr. Lane and his award HERE

January 2018

Ben Baker ’06

We’d like to congratulate Concord alum Ben Baker (’06) and his company, The Lake Norman Screenprinting Factory, on closing one million dollars in business during 2017! This is the factory that prints our Alumni shirts we give to new graduates. We certainly aren’t the only ones who recognize the quality. Congratulations! Read more here. ->

December 2017

Barbara Berg Richko ’72

Congratulations to Concord alum Barbara Berg Richko (‘72) on being a recipient of the 2017 Honorary Patriot Award presented by the Seaford 9/11 Memorial Committee in Seaford, NY, where she resides. Recipients of the award are nominated by the public and selected by the committee in honor of five Seaford High School alumni who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001: Tommy Haskell, Timmy Haskell, John Perry, Robert Sliwak and Michael Wittenstein. The award has been presented annually since 2002. Criteria for the award include making significant contributions to Seaford schools, the community or the 9/11 Memorial. Read more on Ms. Richko’s honor here!

November 2017

Jeff Campbell ’96, ’08

Congratulations to Concord alum Jeff Campbell (’96, ‘08) on being appointed by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to the House of Delegates District 42 seat. The 42nd district includes most of Greenbrier County along with parts of Monroe and Summers counties. Read more on Mr. Campbell’s appointment -> here.

October 2017

Katrina Matney ’10

Congratulations to Concord alum Katrina Matney (’10) for writing the Veterans Upward Bound that was recently awarded through the US Department of Education and, as a function of that, been named the Interim Program Director for the program. Read more on the award here -> http://www.concord.edu/news/2017/09/29/concord-university-receives-grant-begin-veterans-upward-bound-program

September 2017

Max Sopher ‘03

We’d like to congratulate Concord alum Max Sopher on recently being named as the Interim Director of Alumni and Donor relations here at Concord! Max has been with Concord for a little over a year and is excited for the next step in his Concord career!
Read more on his new role by visiting http://www.concord.edu/news/2017/09/13/max-sopher-named-interim-director-alumni-and-donor-relations-concord-university

August 2017

Joey Fama ‘11

Concord alum Joey Fama ’11 was recently featured by a local news media outlet for the national recognition he’s received for screenwriting. Joey’s script, “A New Sound” won Best Comedy Screenplay Under Twenty Pages and Second Prize in Best Science Fiction Screenplay Under Twenty Pages at the 2017 Northern Virginia Festival.

To read more about Joey and his screenwriting endeavors, check out the story below:


We wish Joey continued success as he makes a name for himself in the screenwriting world!

July 2017

Scott McClanahan ‘00

Check out the recent feature on www.rollingstone.com on Concord alum Scott McClanahan:


It’s not every day that you get to read about a Concord alum on the pages of Rolling Stone!

We are proud of alums like Scott who are making a name for themselves in their field and wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors!

June 2017

James Suroski ’12 and Brandon Bennett ‘11

Concord was fortunate enough to have not one but two alums recently recognized for their outstanding service in the classroom. James Suroski was named Mercer County’s Teacher of the Year 2018 and Brandon Bennett was named the 2017 Raleigh County Teacher of the Year. Both alums were recognized last month during special ceremonies.

To read more about James and Brandon please visit the following links:

http://www.ptonline.net/gallery/straley-s-suroski-named-mercer-county-teacher-of-the-year/article_40e365b2-31c2-11e7-9a3f-6b75e91876a3.html (link is external)

http://www.register-herald.com/news/bennett-named-raleigh-teacher-of-the-year/article_83f94f4a-2a4a-5624-9943-65673ba1aa13.html (link is external)

Congratulations to both of these alums on their special recognitions!

May 2017

Anthony Heltzel ‘12

Congratulations to CU grad Anthony Heltzel ’12 on being named Mercer County’s newest Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Heltzel was appointed to the position on March 27.

To read about Anthony’s journey to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office please visit the following link:


Congratulations Anthony and best of luck in your new role!

April 2017

Rosalie Peck ‘63

In honor of her retirement from Concord after over 20 years of teaching here, this month we wanted to spotlight Rosalie Peck ’63. Rosalie has touched the lives of countless students during her time on campus and CU has been lucky to have an alum as dedicated to her alma mater as Rosalie has been. To read a recent article highlighting her retirement, please click below:

Long Time Concord Professor Retires With Satisfaction

Congratulations Rosalie and best wishes in this next chapter of your life!

March 2017

David Woodard ‘03

Congratulations to Tazewell County Tourism Director David Woodard ’03 on recently receiving the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts in community service. This is the highest level community service award given and individuals can only be nominated for the award by an organization certified by the Points of Light Foundation.

To read the full story about David’s recognition please click below:

http://www.bdtonline.com/news/community-service-leads-to-lifetime-achievement/article_c61aa6f8-fbc8-11e6-adde-0fadfbbef280.html(link is external)

Alums like David exemplify Concord’s mission of “Come to Learn. Go to Serve.” and we are proud to call him a Concord alum!

February 2017

Jan Cahill ’91

Congratulations to Concord graduate Jan Cahill ’91 on being named the West Virginia State Police Superintendent. Cahill was selected for the position by WV Governor Jim Justice in January. He previously served as a member of the United States Marine Corps, a WV state trooper and most recently as the Greenbrier County Sheriff.

To read more about Cahill’s selection please visit the following link:

http://wvmetronews.com/2017/01/07/justice-selects-cahill-as-state-police-superintendent/(link is external)

Concord is proud to have alums like Jan Cahill serving our state in such an important role!

January 2017

Kara Dense ‘95

Kara D. Dense has accepted an appointment to the West Virginia Tourism Commission after having been selected by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Dense will join the private-public board that oversees the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

A seasoned tourism professional, Dense currently serves as executive director for the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), headquartered in Lewisburg, West Virginia. In her current role, Dense manages and oversees the destination marketing organization for one of West Virginia’s premier leisure and meetings destinations, including The Greenbrier, historic downtown Lewisburg, and countless other attractions.

“We are so proud of Kara’s leadership, not only for the Greenbrier Valley, but now the state of West Virginia,” said Mike Kidd, president, Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Board of Directors. “In just nine short years, Kara has guided and supported our tourism industry, elevating it to one of the top industries in this area. We are confident she will be a great addition to the tourism commission.”

Prior to joining the CVB in 2007, Dense served the City of Gatlinburg Department of Tourism and Convention Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in various roles including convention sales manager, visitor services manager, and director of sales over a seven-year period. Dense has been an industry leader for tourism throughout the south during her career, managing marketing and sales efforts for destinations from West Virginia to Tennessee. She has served on the boards for the Smoky Mountain Tourism Council, the Southeast Tourism Society, the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, and the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

Dense completed continuing education as a Travel Marketing Professional through the Southeast Tourism Society in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2015, and in 2012 was named to the Southeast Tourism Society’s “40 for the Future: Travel’s Leading Talent.” In 2010, she was a recipient of The State Journal’s “Generation Next: 40 Under 40” award, and is a Certified Tennessee Tourism professional. Dense earned a bachelor of science in travel industry management from Concord in 1995.

Congratulations Kara on this outstanding achievement!

December 2016

Ben Baker ‘06

This month we wanted to feature CU grad Ben Baker who has been very busy since his days in Athens! Between starting his own business, the Lake Norman Screenprinting Factory, being named the 2015 Rotarian of the Year by the Top of the Lake Rotary Club in Mooresville, NC and serving as a mentor for the Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders (a leadership conference for rising high school juniors and seniors), Ben has already made quite a name for himself personally and professionally in the Lake Norman area. Just last month Ben’s company donated over $400 and 615 lbs. of food to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen as a result of their Thanksgiving Food Drive. To see more about what Ben and his company are doing make sure to check out their Facebook page at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/lknprints/?pnref=story(link is external)

We are proud to have alums like Ben among our ranks—keep up the great work Ben!

November 2016

Erika Wimmer ‘08

This month we wanted to spotlight Erika Wimmer ’08 as she is set to open her own business in Princeton. Out of the Box Escape Room is set to open in November and will offer a place to participate in the escape room craze right here in Mercer County! To read more about Erika’s plans for Out of the Box Escape Room visit the following link:

http://www.bdtonline.com/news/new-business-in-princeton-bringing-out-of-the-box-thinking/article_ea11b4de-9282-11e6-8780-1b954089709a.html(link is external)

Thanks Erika for bringing a new business to the area and best of luck in this new venture!

October 2016

Victor Foti ‘58

This month we spotlight Concord alum Victor Foti ’58 for taking the lead on organizing a fund raising dinner in the Roanoke, Virginia area.  The dinner is scheduled to take place in May 2017.  The dinner raises money for student scholarships and campus projects.  While fund raising dinners have recently been held in the Beckley-Raleigh County and the Charleston, West Virginia areas, it has been nearly a decade since a dinner has been hosted in Roanoke.

Foti is a Certified Public Accountant and owns his own accounting firm, Foti, Flynn, Lowen & Co. in Roanoke.  He retired from the firm in 2002 but it continues to operate under the same name.

Foti has also managed various businesses as an investor and/or owner.  He is the former president and CEO of the WesterN SizzliN Corporation; president and chairman of the board of Viamac, Inc., a WesterN SizzliN franchisee in Roanoke, Virginia; general partner of several real estate partnerships; and president of a list of other enterprises.

September 2016

Lauren Crews ‘11

This month we want to spotlight CU alum Lauren Crews ’11 who has become a successful small business owner within the last couple years. In May 2015 Lauren opened a women’s clothing store in Princeton, WV called Heart Strings Boutique. The store carries a variety of clothing, jewelry and accessory items, including Brighton jewelry. They also offer monogramming on several items in the store.

This past May Lauren was the featured guest speaker at Princeton Senior High School’s graduation ceremony and next month as part of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Expo, Heart Strings Boutique will be sponsoring the Expo fashion show.

You can find out more about the store by visiting their Facebook page at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/heartstringsboutiquewv/?fref=ts(link is external)

We are so proud of all the great things our alums are doing and wish Lauren and her store continued success!

August 2016

Dr. Deborah Akers ’74

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Akers, superintendent of Mercer County Schools, who was recently elected to serve as president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators (WVASA) for the 2016-2017 term. Akers is a past president of WVASA and has been serving as the superintendent of Mercer County Schools since 1992.

To read more about Dr. Akers election to this position please visit the link below:

http://www.bdtonline.com/news/akers-elected-president-of-west-virginia-association-of-school-administrators/article_1bf66e54-47dd-11e6-8246-376858ce19a0.html(link is external)

Congratulations Dr. Akers on such an outstanding achievement!

July 2016

Josh Wyatt ’06

Josh Wyatt, the head baseball coach at PikeView High School, was recently named Baseball Coach of the Year by the West Virginia Coaches’ Association.
Wyatt’s Panthers were the 2016 state Class AA runner-up, falling to Bridgeport in the championship game in early June.
PikeView won sectional championships in four of the five years that Wyatt has been their head coach, and has gone to the state tournament in the Class AA field of four for the past two years.
Wyatt, a PikeView alumnus and former CU baseball player, has guided 98 PikeView wins in his five seasons in his first head coaching job.
Congratulations Josh on this well-deserved recognition!

June 2016

Courtney Clark ’09

Congratulations to alums Courtney Clark ’09 and Jessica Schueler ’09 for being recognized as 2016 Excellence in Broadcasting Award Winners by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.


Clark, an anchor for the WVVA station out of Bluefield, received the Best Locally Produced Television Show award for her show “In Focus”.

Jessica Schueler ’09

Schueler, an anchor for the WVNS station out of Ghent, received the Best Anchor award.
We are proud of how well Courtney and Jessica represent Concord and their local communities each and every day!

May 2016

Todd Hanchock ‘08

This month we wanted to highlight CU alum Todd Hanchock ’08 and his band, Adairs Run, for making a name for themselves in the music business! To read about Todd’s journey from Mercer County to Nashville, TN click the following link: http://www.bdtonline.com/news/former-pikeview-student-follows-his-musical-quest-with-adairs-run/article_5a2e1e36-1012-11e6-a8f5-e78bbe3ab6d2.html Best of luck to Todd and his band mates as they continue pursuing their dreams!

April 2016

Christy Salters Martin ‘90

Congratulations to alum Christy Martin on being named to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame 2016 Class. Christy is the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony happens this summer. To read more about Christy’s career visit the following link:
You can also hear Christy talk about the biggest fight she ever faced on a recent episode of the podcast Inside Appalachia. Click the link below to hear her tell her story:

Congratulations Christy on this history making accomplishment!

March 2016

Deirdre Cline ‘86

Congratulations to Concord alum Deirdre Cline ’86 on being named the next Superintendent of Schools for Wyoming County (WV). She has been the assistant superintendent for elementary schools for over two years.
Deirdre begins her new position on July 1. To read more about her appointment please visit the following link:


February 2016

Larry Shaw ’77

Congratulations to Larry Shaw ’77 on being chosen as one of two 2016 inductees into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame!
Click the link below to read about Larry’s well-deserved recognition:

January 2016

Brittany Keys Anderson ’10

Brittany Keys Anderson ’10 was recently selected as one of the best and brightest educators by RESA I, earning the organization’s Exemplary Educator Award. Anderson taught first grade at Memorial Academy in Mercer County (WV) before becoming the principal at Alderson Elementary School in Greenbrier County.
Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Concord and a Masters degree in education leadership from Liberty University. In 2013, she was chosen as Teacher of the Year at Memorial School. Anderson now leads the staff and students of Alderson Elementary School in Alderson.
Congratulations Brittany on a well-deserved honor!

December 2015

Brenda Thompson ’95

Congratulations to Brenda Hampton Thompson ’95 on being named the 2015 Mercer County Teacher of the Year! Brenda is a 1st grade teacher at Sun Valley Elementary School. To read about Brenda’s recognition please visit the following link:


November 2015

Amanda Sammons Meadows ’04

Amanda Sammons Meadows ’04 was recently recognized as one of two RESA I Exemplary Educators for 2015.
Raleigh County’s  (WV) Amanda Sammons Meadows teaches kindergarten at Bradley Elementary School. Meadows has a BS in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading from Concord University. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2010, and won the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award in 2013.
Meadows, who has been teaching for eight years, has known that she wanted to be an educator since she was 10 years old and tagged along with her father to a shelter for abused women, where he worked with the student residents of the shelter.
She said her rewards come daily as she sees the looks on her students’ faces as they accomplish something they didn’t realize they could do.
She provides “hands on” activities related to the 100th Day of School, Kindergarten Boot Camp (taught by a member of the military for Veterans Day) and the marriage ceremony of “Q” and “U.”
Meadows said the most important thing she does for her students is to believe in them and love them.

October 2015

Omar Aboulhosn ’89

Congratulations to Concord alum and Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhosn ’89 on being appointed as a new United States magistrate judge, serving Bluefield and Beckley, WV. To read more about Judge Aboulhosn’s appointment, please visit the following link:
Congratulations Omar on a very well-deserved appointment—we are proud to call you a Concord alum!

September 2015

Angela Keaton ’99

Dr. Angela Frye Keaton had her article “Professionalism Isn’t Just for the Workplace” published in the June/July issue of “The Teaching Professor”. Dr. Keaton is an associate professor of history and commons at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN. She is involved with the Tusculum College Professionalism Initiative and her article reports on her efforts to incorporate this initiative into each of her courses.

To read more about the initiative and her article, please visit the link below: http://www.timesnews.net/article/9090930/tusculum-college-professor-keaton-published-in-teaching-journal-about-professionalism#ixzz3jGXmAMfo

Thank you Dr. Keaton for your commitment to such an important part of a college education!

August 2015

Stephanie Thorn ’95

Stephanie Thorn was recently named one of Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) 2015 “30 Under 30” outstanding destination marketing experts. Stephanie is the Marketing Coordinator at VisitGreenvilleSC.

This prestigious recognition, conveyed to only 30 professionals from across the United States, takes into consideration not only the individual’s background and professional accomplishments, but their knowledge of industry trends and ability to develop and express specific strategies and tactics that have and will continue to impact the direction of their DMO’s efforts. Candidates were nominated by their superiors, with the final application taking the form of a 3-minute video featuring the nominee.

This is the fifth year in which DMAI has announced their “30 Under 30”. In addition to her degree from Concord, Stephanie also has a Masters in Geography and an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems and Tourism Planning and Marketing as well as a graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Science from Marshall University. Stephanie was the only recipient chosen from South Carolina.

To learn more about DMAI and Stephanie’s recognition please visit: http://www.destinationmarketing.org/dmai-annual-convention/30-under-30

Congratulations Stephanie on such an outstanding recognition!

July 2015

Pat Day ‘98

First we would like to recognize Pat Day ’98 for being named Team President/GM of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Minor League Baseball Club. Pat has an impressive resume of experience in minor league baseball and has been serving as General Manager of the Blue Crabs since 2012. To read more about Pat’s new role please visit the following link:

Josh Wyatt ‘06

We also wanted to recognize Josh Wyatt ’06 for leading the Pikeview High School baseball team to the school’s first ever appearance in the West Virginia state baseball tournament. The Panthers beat Independence High School in the Region 3 title game to punch their ticket to Charleston, but lost in the Class AA semifinals to eventual champion Bridgeport High School. Wyatt has been the head coach at Pikeview since 2010.

June 2015

Jill Holliday ‘01

Congratulations to Jill Holliday ’01 on being named to The State Journal’s 2015 Class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40. The annual award was started 10 years ago as a way to highlight 40 people in West Virginia under the age of 40 who are working and volunteering to make the state a better place.

To view the entire list for the Class of 2015 and to read more about Jill and the impact she’s making on WV please visit the following link:
Thanks Jill for all you do for your community and for West Virginia — we are proud to call you a Concord alum!

May 2015

Karen Bonnett ‘84

Congratulations to Karen Bonnett ’84 on being named one of six national Teacher of the Year award winners by SHAPE- America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) for 2015. She was selected as the High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and was selected from among 24 district winners representing SHAPE America’s six districts. Karen received her award during the organization’s National Convention & Expo in Seattle in March.

To read more about Karen’s award and about SHAPE America visit the following link:

Congratulations Karen!

April 2015

Abhishek Singh ‘03

Abhishek Singh has certainly been making a name for himself on the international law front. He was recently called on by the Bar Council of India to serve on a panel of experts preparing course materials for the first All India Bar Examination.

To read more about what Abhishek has been doing since his days in Athens please visit the following link:

Just another example of all the outstanding things our alums are doing!

March 2015

Meleah Fisher ‘94

Congratulations to Meleah Fisher ’94 on being chosen as the Kanawha County Schools Teacher Spotlight for the Fine Arts for February 2015. Meleah is the Director of Bands at Herbert Hoover High School. The award-winning Husky Band proudly represents HHHS in many festivals and events throughout the state and region. In addition to her teaching duties, Meleah serves as the Treasurer for the Kanawha County Bandmasters Association, as well as the Secretary for the Majorette Festival Planning Committee. Anyone who enters Meleah’s classroom can tell immediately that she makes it a priority to provide a caring environment for her students.

For the last several years she has worked tirelessly, spending many hours of her personal time, to ensure that the students at Hoover have a beautiful prom experience. She is always willing to lend a hand, whether at her school or at the district level. Meleah is an outstanding example of the dedicated alumni that we have out in the classroom and we are proud to call her a Concord alum!

February 2015

Dustin Greenwood ’08

This month we are spotlighting Dustin Greenwood ’08 who is a bobsled push athlete for the US National Team! To read about Dustin’s journey to become a member of this team please visit the following link:


Congratulations Dustin on such an outstanding achievement—we hope to CU at the Olympics in 2018!

January 2015

Dr. Ernie Adkins ’00

Last month Dr. Ernie Adkins ’00 was honored as one of the nation’s top educators when he received a Milken Educator award from the Milken Foundation. Ernie is currently the principal at Princeton Primary School in Princeton, WV. The award that is known as “the Oscars of teaching,” includes a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize in addition to the honor of joining an exclusive fraternity of public school educators in the U.S. In addition to his degree from Concord, Ernie also holds a masters and doctorate from Marshall University.

To read more about Ernie and his dedication to his profession please visit the following link:


Congratulations Ernie on a well-deserved honor!

December 2014

Marlene Pierson Joliffe ’87

Congratulations to Concord alum Marlene Pierson Joliffe ’87 on recently being named the Vice President of Operations for Commonwealth Fair and Events in Virginia! Marlene has been working with the State Fair of West Virginia for 25 years.

Visit the following link for more information on her new role:


November 2014

On November 1, 2014 the “Celebration of the 50 Year Anniversary of Upward Bound” was held in Charleston, WV. Concord University was honored to have three alumni recognized during the celebration as 2014 TRIO Achievers. All three women participated in the Upward Bound program before coming to Concord.

Dr. Amanda Bailey ‘02

Amanda graduated from Concord University in 2002 after only three years in college with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She then went on to attend the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2006 in Lewisburg, WV and earned her medical degree. She did a Family Medicine residency in Altoona, PA at Altoona Family Physicians, graduating in 2009. She then went on Active Duty in the United States Air Force as a family physician, starting out as a Captain and was later promoted to Major. She was stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL. While in the Air Force, she did two humanitarian missions: one was to Peru and one was to Suriname, South America. She is currently working in Princeton, WV as a family physician at Mercer Medical Group. She has been working there since November 2012.

Dr. Jessica Ferrell ’09

Jessica came to Concord as a Presidential Scholar and received a B.S. in Biology in December 2009. She then went on to attend veterinary school at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA. She graduated veterinary school with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in May 2014 and accepted a veterinarian position at Animal Care Center in Princeton, WV. She reports that she is now in a position to be where she has always wanted to be. She is home in West Virginia where she can try to give back to the region that raised her.

Dr. Toni Muncy ‘04

During Toni’s time at Concord, she participated in the Honors Program, Student Support Services, Gamma Beta Phi, and Alpha Chi. She received the Hawey A. Wells Biology Award her senior year before graduating cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Science in 2004.
She was accepted into the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV in 2004. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2008 and then completed her Family Medicine Residency at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. She became board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in 2011. In 2013, she was registered as a Certified Medical Examiner (FMCSA registered). She is currently employed by Bluefield Regional Medical Center as the Family Medicine Residency Director. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Congratulations to all three of these alums on their outstanding achievements!

October 2014

Sam Baker ‘78

Sam is our featured alum this month because of his involvement in and commitment to his community, as well as to his alma mater. Sam has become a successful businessman, owning and operating Sam Baker Insurance, Titan Insurance and Liberty Tax Services. He has the Sam Baker “weenie wagon” that he lets numerous groups and community organizations use for fundraising events. Last month he even let the Princeton Senior High School Dance Team use his parking lot for a VIP parking fundraiser at a local football game. Sam is a community partner with Mercer County Opportunity Industries and has already committed to support the Concord University Foundation’s Inaugural Beckley Dinner this November. Sam is also leading the charge in establishing a Concord University alumni chapter in the Charlotte, NC area and hosted the university’s first event for alumni in the area earlier this year. Thanks Sam for all you do for your community and for Concord!

September 2014

Nicole Colton ’08

Check out this article about Nicole Colton ’08 and how she has turned her love of anything vintage into a successful business!

August 2014

Larry Thompson ’13

Larry Thompson was recently named the head football coach at Mount View High School in Welch, WV. Larry graduated from Concord this past December with his Education degree. You can read the full article about Larry’s experiences and his plans for his new team by visiting the following link: http://www.bdtonline.com/sportscolumn/x1027617897/Column-Thompson-eager-to-reinvigorate-Mt-View-football Larry is pictured second from the right at the press conference introducing him as the newest head coach. Congratulations to Larry on such an outstanding accomplishment so early in his career!

July 2014

Andy Paterno ’70

Congratulations to Andy Paterno ’70 on being named to the Who’s Who in West Virginia Business Class of 2014! This award is sponsored by the State Journal as a way to recognize 10 people each year who made a difference in the business climate of West Virginia and is meant to honor individuals who invest their time, their talents and their finances to keep the rest of the state working. To read the article on Andy and all his accomplishments please visit the following link:

June 2014

Rosemary Carucci Goss ‘74

Rosemary Carucci Goss ‘74, the Residential Property Management Advisory Board Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has received the university’s 2014 Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Established by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising is presented annually by the Office of the Provost to a faculty member who has been particularly dedicated to and effective at advising undergraduate students. Recipients may be nominated by university colleagues or students, are selected by a committee of former award winners, receive a $2,000 prize, and are inducted into the university’s Academy of Advising Excellence.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1976, Goss is the career advisor for the Residential Property Management program, the first program of its kind in the nation that she helped develop in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management.

“Dr. Goss has impacted the lives of hundreds of students attending Virginia Tech through her advising and mentoring,” wrote Julia O. Beamish, professor and head of the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, in her letter of nomination. “Current and former students recognize her ability to push them to be the best they can be, encouraging them to excel academically, to pursue extracurricular activities, and to take advantage of every opportunity that is offered to them.”

Goss regularly advises 30 to 50 students each semester. Many of these students come to her as transfers from other majors or from University Studies. She also advises the Student Association of Residential Property Management which works with Goss to host an annual career fair.

“What I value and admire most about Dr. Goss is her ability to go beyond doing her job as an advisor,” wrote Dan Nguyen, a senior majoring in apparel, housing, and resource management. “She always puts in the extra effort to learn about each of us, about our personalities, work ethics, backgrounds, interest, strengths, and weaknesses. By doing that, she is able to provide each of her students the kind of guidance and support that is customized to our needs.”

Goss was recently honored with the Housing Education and Research Association’s Housing Impact Award for dedicating her professional career to the better understanding of housing and the development of the residential property management program of study for undergraduates.

She is a charter member of the National Apartment Association Education Institute’s board of directors and received the first Apartment Career and Education Award in recognition of her contributions to educational programming for the property management industry.

She has made numerous presentations to both academic and industry-based audiences on housing options for an aging society, barriers and incentives to quality housing alternatives, and property management issues. She teaches undergraduate courses in housing and residential property management and is an active university citizen who serves in several positions in university governance.

Goss received her bachelor’s degree from Concord University, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

May 2014

Emily Myers Duke ‘02

Emily was recently appointed as the Regional Collegiate Director for Region IV of Delta Zeta sorority. Emily brings to the Regional Collegiate Director position extensive experience in various Delta Zeta volunteer positions. She has served as College Chapter Director for the Iota Pi Chapter at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and the Delta Upsilon Chapter at Marshall University. She also served as Area Alumnae Director for the Blue Ridge Area and as a member of the National Academics Committee. Emily most recently served on the National Ritual Committee and as the Programming Advisor for the Epsilon Delta Chapter at Concord University. On a professional level, Emily is a Senior Communications Specialist at Moroch, managing the public relations for over 100 McDonald’s locations. Emily volunteers her time as a Board of Directors Member for both the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia and the Public Relations Society of America West Virginia Chapter. Emily served her alma mater last year as a member of the Concord University Alumni Association, Inc. Executive Council and currently serves as the Vice President of the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Chapter.

April 2014

Choskie Harmon ‘07

A native of Princeton, West Virginia with a deep background in the arts, Mr. Choskie Harmon ‘07 has been hired as the new Executive Director for the Chuck Mathena Center. He attended Princeton Senior High School, where he was a member of the elite Madrigal Singers. He was also the first African American from PSHS to attend the Governor’s School for the Arts for vocal training.

During his time at Concord, he studied English and Secondary Education. He also began teaching dance classes at the Princeton Dance Studio and still instructs there on a regular basis. After graduating with honors, Harmon taught middle and high school English and recently, theatre at Bluefield High School. He is also an award-winning choreographer through his work with the Princeton Dance Studio and has performed for, choreographed and produced pageants for the Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen and Miss West Virginia International.

Harmon says he looks forward to serving the community that he grew up, performed, and worked in as Executive Director at the Chuck Mathena Center.

March 2014

Dr. Brad Lane ‘02

Congratulations to Dr. Brad Lane ’02 for being recognized as West Virginia’s Young Optometrist of the Year by the WV Association of Optometric Physicians for his contributions to the optometric profession, dedication to his patients and service to his community. Dr. Lane is a partner in a private practice with locations in Princeton, WV and Pearisburg, VA.

February 2014

Joe Friedl ‘62

Joe Friedl ‘62 recently published a book titled “West Virginia – Lincoln’s Free State”. The book covers President Abraham Lincoln’s connections to the Mountain State and impacts of the Civil War on West Virginia. Mr. Friedl, who graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics, says “In all honesty, the instruction and experience I received at Concord in writing and speaking has helped me more than anything else throughout my career.” He lives in Vienna, VA with his wife Betty, who graduated from CU with a degree in Library Science. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of Mr. Friedl’s book, it is currently available at the Tamarack and other West Virginia Visitors Centers.

January 2014

Adam Wolfe ’03

Adam Wolfe ‘03 opened his own law office in Princeton in December and was appointed to the Concord University Alumni Association, Inc. Executive Council in October. After Concord, Adam graduated from the Appalachian School of Law where he was an Editor on two Law review journals including the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal and the Energy Mineral Law Foundation’s Journal. He was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society his first year of law school, and took classes that emphasized litigation and appellate brief writing. He practiced in the school’s Family Law Clinic as a student attorney and actually made several appearances in court on behalf of his clients. He worked in the Cabell County (WV) Public Defender’s office as an intern and the Buchanan County (VA) Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. He also worked in Richmond, VA for UnitedLex and Hire Counsel doing litigation defense work as an attorney before moving back to Princeton to open his office. He has a general practice in Princeton with his main focus being litigation. Adam also recently ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA. When asked why he wanted to get involved with the Alumni Association Adam stated, “I got involved with the Executive Council because I wanted to give back to my alma mater.”

December 2013

Lance McDaniel ’10

Lance McDaniel ’10 got first place in the Charlotte Thunder Road Half Marathon on November 16, 2013. This was Lance’s second year in a row winning this 13.1 mile race. He finished with a time of 1 hour and 15:01 minutes (5:44 mile pace). There were 2,524 runners who finished the race. Lance was running for his church’s team, the PCOG (Princeton Church of God) Running Club. They had two other finishers in the half marathon: Derek Alvis who placed 591st and ran a 1:52:27, and Ralph Ramsey who placed 2375th and ran a 2:42:23.

November 2013

Gayle Dunn ’03

Gayle Dunn ’03 is the Senior Graphic Designer at The Bronze Look in Princeton, W.Va. As part of the celebrations of West Virginia’s 150th year of statehood, she designed a commemorative coin exclusively for The Bronze Look customers. In a news release from The Bronze Look announcing the availability of the coin, Dunn says, “I’m really excited to have had the chance to design a historic coin celebrating this state. I’m very proud to be a native mountaineer. How often do you get this kind of opportunity? We have the best customers, so I wanted to design the best coin possible to represent our wonderful state.” The coin is made of one troy ounce of .999 pure silver and the design honors symbols unique to West Virginia. One side features the black bear and rhododendron with the state motto “Montani Semper Liberi” and the other side features a mythic female figure with 35 stars around the edge of the coin, which represents West Virginia being the 35th state to be added to the union. Only 1,863 coins were made, making them limited edition commodities.