Ghazale Johnston, Charlotte, NC
Ghazale Johnston received her B.S. in textile and apparel management and a B.A. in multidisciplinary studies with a minor in Spanish from NC State in 1996. In addition to serving as the Chair of the NC State University Foundation Board, she is on the Leadership Council for the Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy and a member of the Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Investor Network. While attending the university, Johnston was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and president of the Panhellenic Association. She served as the student speaker at the Fall Commencement Ceremony in 1996. In 2016, Johnston created the Johnston Family Scholarship, which supports outstanding freshmen who display strong leadership skills, demonstrate financial need and are members of an underrepresented group. She has also funded an endowment for the Student Emergency Fund and set up an additional fund to support the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in enhancing diversity through its recruitment, retention and support efforts. As Founder and Principal of Joon Solutions, Johnston delivers intentional coaching and career planning to individuals seeking fulfillment. Prior to launching Joon Solutions, Johnston served as the Chief Operating Officer for Daymaker- a compassion platform that helps companies engage their employees through acts of giving and service. Johnston formerly spent 20 years at Accenture where she was a Partner/Managing Director in the Financial Services practice.
V. Sherice Morris, Charlotte, NC
Sherice Morris received a B.S. in chemistry from NC State in 1998 and an M.S. in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001. At NC State, she has been honored with the College of Sciences Medal of Achievement in 2008 and the Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna Award in 2012. Morris is a member of the R.S. Pullen and Leonidas Polk Lifetime giving societies and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and Black Alumni Society. She is also a former member of the College of Sciences Alumni Advisory Board and current member of the NC State University Foundation Board. In 2008, she created the Arnater and Viola Nivens Scholarship Endowment, which honors her grandparents and provides scholarship support for academically outstanding undergraduates in the College of Sciences who demonstrate financial need and are members of underrepresented groups. Morris is the senior group marketing manager for Cardiothoracic and Head & Neck Surgery for Intuitive Surgical Inc., a manufacturer of advanced surgical equipment. The company developed the da Vinci Surgical System, a combination of software, hardware and optics that allows surgeons to perform procedures minimally invasively.
Michael T. Constantino, Cary, NC
Mike is a retired Ernst & Young LLP assurance partner who served in the Research Triangle Park Region of North Carolina for over 30 years (1985 – 2017). From 2009 to 2012, he served as the Office Managing Partner for the combined Raleigh/Greensboro office. He was responsible for leading a growing practice that included assurance, advisory and tax services focused on public and privately held entrepreneurial companies representing many industries. During his career with the firm, he worked with several companies including life sciences companies (biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceuticals), contract research organizations, technology, manufacturing and transportation companies, and large SEC registrants.
Mike is currently serving as a member of the Board and the Chair of the Audit Committee for 9 Meters Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMTR) and Humacyte (NASDAQ: HUMA). 9 Meters is focused on rare and unmet needs in gastroenterology. Humacyte is pioneering the development and manufacture of off-the-shelf, universally implantable bioengineered human tissues. He also serves on the Advisory Board for CREO, Inc. an RTP based consultancy focused on growth management and data transformation services.
He is the Past Chair of the Board for the NC State Foundation and Past Chair of the Board of The Green Chair Project. He has served as the Treasurer for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Chairman of the NC State Poole College of Management Board of Advisors, the Board of Directors and Treasurer for Rise Against Hunger (formerly, Stop Hunger Now), Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, and Chairman and Treasurer for Southeastern Bio. Mike holds a B.A. in both Accounting and Business Management from NC State University. He is a North Carolina CPA.
Stephen M. Deaton, Raleigh, NC
Stephen Deaton received his bachelor’s degree in environmental design from NC State in 1979. He is the owner of Deaton Investment Real Estate Inc., which he founded in 1981. He is a member of the Wolfpack Club, the Alumni Entrepreneurs Network, an Advisory Board member of the Wolfpack Investor Network and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. Deaton has been instrumental in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs’ Pack Essentials initiatives, including the Meal Plan Scholarship, Housing Scholarship and the Student Emergency Fund — programs that help ensure NC State students have access to the support and resources they need to successfully recover from unexpected financial crises. He also has a passion for giving to local “basic needs” charities. Deaton holds the professional designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and has held leadership roles and served on the boards of several Triangle business organizations. He and his wife, Gladys, have two sons. Deaton’s father and one of his sons are alumni of the College of Natural Resources.
Ken Dull, Wilmington, NC
Ken Dull received his B.S. in civil engineering from NC State in 1985. Dull established the Dull Scholarship in Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering in 2008, with the scholarship currently building to the endowment level. He is a member of the Campaign Cabinet, was previously a member of the Park Scholars Selection Committee and has volunteered for both the Wolfpack Club and the Alumni Association. While at NC State, Dull was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Dull is the president and owner of McKinley Building Corporation. In 1992, he founded McKinley Building, which has grown to become Wilmington’s leading locally owned, commercial builder, with over 280 projects to date. Dull is a member of the Wilmington Business Development Board of Directors. He and his wife, Vicki, have two daughters.
Elin E. Gabriel, Bryson City, NC
Elin Gabriel received her B.S. in chemical engineering from NC State in 1985 and her MBA from the College of William and Mary in 1997. She was honored with the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015. She has almost 30 years of experience in leadership roles in engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management. Prior to her retirement, she served as vice president of Global Operations at H.B. Fuller Company, which specializes in the manufacture of sealants, adhesives, coatings and other specialty chemical products worldwide. In 2013, Gabriel was selected as one of the Manufacturing Institute’s first STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award winners. Gabriel has established a scholarship in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well as a study abroad scholarship. Gabriel recently joined the NC State University Foundation Board. She is also a member of the Alumni Association, the C.W. Dabney Society, the R.S. Pullen Society and a lifetime member of Friends of the Library. She serves on the board of directors of Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville as well.
Paige A. Harris, Washington, NC
Paige Harris received a B.A. and an M.A. from East Carolina University. She is also a non-degreed alumnae of NC State who majored in political science. Harris’ first career was in the NC Community College system teaching women’s history. Currently, Harris is a principal at Flatlands Jessup Insurance Group, which has grown out of an agency her father started in 1963. She is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and previously served as president of its board of directors. In 2020, Harris was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the association. She also served as chair of the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, which named her its Community Leader of the Year in 2016. Today, Harris serves her community through leadership in the Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) organization. She is also the Vice Chair of NC State’s Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy. Harris’ husband, Scott, is an NC State alumnus (B.S., forest management, 1994). The couple has two children, one College of Natural Resources graduate and one current student in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Christine Holmes, Raleigh, NC
Christine Holmes earned her B.A. in accounting from NC State in 1988. She is a partner at Ernst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Holmes is a member of the Poole College of Management Advisory Board, and she was honored with the college’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010. She and her husband, Charles, are members of the W.C. Riddick Society. The couple established the Holmes MAC Endowment in 2003 to provide stipend support for students enrolled in the Master of Accounting graduate program in the Jenkins Graduate School of Management. Her sister is also an alumna of NC State.
Jake Hooks, Wilmington, NC
Jake Hooks received his B.S. in materials science and engineering in 1978. He is the retired president of Automotive North America, Eaton Corporation and a former member of the Nittan Valve Co. Ltd. Board of Directors. Hooks previously served as Development Chair for the NC State Engineering Foundation and has also served on the Park Scholars Selection Committee. In 2013, he and his wife, Jennifer, established the Jacob T. Hooks, Sr. Scholarship in Materials Science and Engineering in honor of his father. They are Wolfpack Club members, part of the Fitts-Woolard Hall Cornerstone Society, and in 2021 endowed a distinguished professorship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Hooks was inducted into the MSE Hall of Fame in 2015, and was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 2019. Hooks is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, a member of the R.S. Pullen Society and a member of the W.C. Riddick Society. He and Jennifer live in Wilmington, NC.
W. Grant Johnston, Atlanta, GA
Grant Johnston holds three degrees from NC State — a B.A. in business management and a B.A. in Spanish language and literature, both received in 1995, and an M.A. in accounting, which he received in 2003. He also received an international MBA from the University of South Carolina in 2002. Johnston is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association, as well as a member of the W.C. Riddick Lifetime Giving Society and the Varsity Club. He also serves on the NC State Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Council on Athletics, and the Park Scholars Selection Committee. A former NC State swimmer and team captain, he remains active with the women’s and men’s swim team communities. Johnston created the W. Grant Johnston International Business Endowment in 2005 to provide support for students participating in international programs through the Poole College of Management. Johnston has been involved in the healthcare financial services industry since graduating from NC State, including leadership positions at GE Capital and private equity firm Formation Capital. He currently leads asset management and development for Synergy Healthcare Solutions, which specializes in providing M&A, financing, and strategic solutions to the skilled nursing industry. Johnston’s sister, Jan, and his late father, William, also earned degrees at NC State.
Amanda Lloyd, Raleigh, NC
Amanda Lloyd is executive vice president and chief people officer for Raleigh-headquartered North State Bank. She leads and oversees the commercial and retail banking teams, wealth management, human resources and marketing, and she co-leads the bank’s mortgage division. Lloyd earned her B.S. in business management from NC State in 1998 and holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously serving as a professional mentor for NC State’s Poole College of Management, Lloyd currently serves in the NC State Alumni Career Focus Group and is a Lifetime Member of the NC State Alumni Association. She and her husband, Sean, who is also an NC State alumnus, have one daughter and live in Raleigh, enjoying all it has to offer.
Corena Norris, Pfafftown, NC
Corena Norris received her B.A. in political science, with a minor in Africana Studies, from NC State in 1997 and her J.D. from Wake Forest University in 2000. She is the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. She serves on the board of directors at Crisis Control Ministries as the immediate past chair and is a former director of Heartstrings Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group and the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. Norris was the 2012 recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award and was honored as a 2009 “Women in Business” award winner by the Triad Business Journal. In 2007, she was recognized at the 10th Annual Black Achievers in Business and Industry Awards for her volunteer work. Norris’s other honors include: Triad Business Journal 40 Leaders Under 40, 2011 Movers & Shakers Award, 2011 Emerging Legal Leader Award, 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40, 2017 MCCA Rising Star Award and 2017 Sager Distinguished Speaker Series. Her husband, Kevin, also graduated from NC State. The couple supports programs across campus, including those at CHASS, CALS and the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. They have two children, one of whom is a current student at NC State.
Stuart Phoenix, Raleigh, NC
Stuart Phoenix received his B.S. in engineering science and mechanics and graduated summa cum laude from NC State in 1976. He received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. In 2016, through the Fenwick Foundation, the Phoenix family made a five-year commitment to the NC State Engineering Foundation to support the building of Engineering Building IV. In 2006, Phoenix established the Phoenix Summer Outreach Endowment to provide scholarships for economically disadvantaged elementary, middle and high school students enrolled in one of the summer outreach programs sponsored by the College of Engineering. Through the Fenwick Foundation, Stuart Phoenix and his brother, Frank Phoenix, established the Phoenix Engineering Endowed Scholarship in 1999 to provide merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students in COE. Phoenix is a longtime member of the NC State Alumni Association and a member of the C.W. Dabney Lifetime Giving Society. He is the treasurer of the Fenwick Foundation, a nonprofit organization located in North Carolina that benefits philanthropy and volunteerism. Phoenix is chairman emeritus and managing director for FMI Corporation, Inc. and he and his wife, Tricia, have three children.
Wade Reece, Raleigh, NC
Wade Reece received his B.S. in business – agricultural economics in 1978. He retired as the chairman and CEO of BB&T Insurance Holdings after 37 years with the company. During his career, Reece served as the chairman of the Board of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers and The Institutes. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Horace Mann Educators Corporation, serving as Chair of the Board. He also serves on the board of directors for Blue Ridge Conservancy and is actively involved with the North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Preservation North Carolina and the Raleigh Moravian Church. Reece is a member of the NC State Alumni Association and is a dedicated supporter of initiatives across campus, including the Gregg Museum of Art & Design and scholarship programs. He is also a long time member of the Wolfpack Club. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Raleigh.
Brad Remmey, Cornelius, NC
Brad Remmey received his B.A. in history in 1994 from NC State and his MBA from Wake Forest University in 2005. In 2010, Remmey and his wife, Virginia, established the Remmey Family Scholarship Endowment to provide support to junior or senior CHASS students pursuing a degree in history. They also established the Remmey Family Dean’s Scholar Endowment to assist the dean in attracting outstanding freshmen to the College of Humanities. He is a former member of the CHASS Dean’s Advisory Board and a current member of the CHASS Campaign Cabinet and the Wolfpack Club. Remmey is also a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association and a member of the C.W. Dabney Lifetime Giving Society. While a student, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Remmey is the owner of the Superior Industrial Maintenance Company, Inc., and is the founder and managing partner for Hillsborough Street Capital Partners, LLC. He and his wife have three daughters.
Anna C. Sullivan, Mooresville, NC
Anna Sullivan received her B.S. in civil engineering from NC State in 1983. She is the co-founder and former co-owner of Thomas-Bain Leather, Inc., which specialized in the manufacturing of upholstered and leather furniture. She is also a partner in Sullivan Industrial Properties, LLC. Sullivan is a member of the Walter Hines Page Lifetime Giving Society and the NC State Alumni Association. In 2016, she and her husband, Brad, established the Brad and Anna Sullivan Family Scholarship Endowment, which provides need-based scholarships to students from counties in western North Carolina pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering, College of Textiles, Poole College of Management or College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In 2019, she established the Thomas V Callanan Graduate Fellowship Fund in memory of her father to support students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Sullivan is a longtime member of the Wolfpack Club and avid supporter of all NC State athletics. Sullivan also currently serves on the Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy Board.
Bentina C. Terry, Atlanta, GA
Bentina Chisolm Terry received her B.A. in English from NC State in 1992 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1994. She is senior vice president of Customer Strategy and Solutions for Georgia Power Company, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s leading energy companies. She is a member of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Board, the R.S. Pullen Society, the Black Alumni Society and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. In 2019, Terry, her husband, Antonio, her sister, Angela Chisolm Townsend, and Angela’s husband, Eric Townsend, established the Roosevelt Benjamin Chisolm Scholarship Endowment, named for Bentina’s and Angela’s father. Antonio, Angela and Eric are also NC State alumni. As a student, Terry was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Golden Key Honor Society and a Chancellor’s Aide.
David Thompson, High Point, NC
David S. Thompson received his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1984. He is Managing Director – Investments at the High Point office of Wells Fargo Advisors. Thompson is a member of the Friends of the ARTS NC State and previously served as chair. He is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association and a member of the W.C. Riddick Society. He has been a member of the Wolfpack Club since 1984. As a student, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. In 2017, he created the David S. Thompson Family Endowment for Student Success in support of programs within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. His girlfriend, Kimberly, daughter, Chandler, and son, Reeves, are all alumni of NC State.
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Jeffrey D. Wright, Clyde Hill, WA
Jeffrey Wright received a B.A. in political science from NC State in 1991. A Naval ROTC student, he went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1991 until 1996. Wright, who received an MBA from the University of Southern California in 2004, has held various positions in the investment banking industry, most recently as managing director at H.C. Wainwright & Co. He retired in June 2015. Wright serves on the Poole College of Management Advisory Board and is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association. In February 2015, he established the Jeffrey D. Wright Scholarship Endowment for undergraduates in the Poole College of Management. The merit-based scholarship gives preference to students who serve or have served in the armed forces or are a dependent of a veteran. Wright has three children and is married to Kelly Breslin Wright.
Phil Jones, Raleigh, NC
Phil Jones received his B.A. in business management from NC State in 1981. He is a member of the NC State Alumni Association and the W.C. Riddick Society. Jones served 5 terms as president of the NC State University Club Board of Directors during its Bright Future Ahead campaign, which culminated in a complete campus renovation and a successful celebration of the Club’s 50th anniversary in 2015. In 2021, along with his wife Lori, they founded Crystal Coast Corks & Forks, a nonprofit organization that raises money for need based scholarships for the Hospitality and Culinary Arts curriculum at the Carteret County Community College. As a student, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, the university band and the “mic man” on the cheerleading team. His father, David, wife, Lori, and daughter, Reagan, all graduated from NC State.
Katherine Peele, Cary, NC
Katherine Peele, FAIA, LEED AP serves as Chief Practice Officer and Chairman of the Board for LS3P, a southeast based architecture, interiors and planning firm. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, she served as president of AIA North Carolina in 2000 and currently serves as a strategic advisor for AIA National. In 2019, Katherine was awarded the AIA North Carolina Gold Medal, the highest honor for an architect in North Carolina . She currently serves on the NC State Foundation Board and the NC State College of Design Leader’s Council. Katherine also teaches part-time at the College of Design and has a daughter, Morgan, who is a senior in Graphic Design. In her 34 year career with LS3P and in her current role as Chief Practice Officer, Katherine focuses on elevating design excellence, expertise and innovation.
Russ McLauchlan received his B.A in Chemistry/Biology from MacMurray College, an MBA from Pace University, and an advanced degree in International Studies from Columbia University. His career includes domestic and international management responsibilities primarily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. As an entrepreneur, Russ formed Calvert Holdings, Inc. in 1996 and recently sold many of the assets in Calvert to focus on other business and personal interests. Russ joined the board of advisors for Poole College of Management and with his wife, Cara, were named Persons of the Year and established the McLauchlan Fellows Leadership Series at the College. Russ and Cara contributed for a Distinguished Professorship at the College and recently participated in the renovation efforts for the on-campus NCSU Baseball Stadium.
In addition to the Foundation Board, Russ serves as CEO of Calvert Sports Academy & Development Center, LLC, and the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Board. Russ and Cara have a son currently enrolled in the Poole College of Management.
Mike Ward has spent much of his career as a public school administrator, culminating with service as North Carolina’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. During his tenure, the state of North Carolina was recognized as one of the most rapidly improving states in education by the National Education Goals Panel and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He is now an educational consultant and a professor of practice in the NC State College of Education. Mike is a three-time alumni of NC State, having earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration in 1993. He is a past recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year award.
Mike chaired the board of the NC State College of Education from 2019-2022. He and his wife, Hope Morgan Ward, created the Ward Family Scholarship Endowment to support individuals who are seeking to become teachers; the scholarship is an expression of gratitude to their own wonderful teachers.
Mike also chairs the board of the North Carolina Education Corps, a nonprofit created to provide reading tutors to accelerate student learning after the pandemic. In 2018, he chaired FAST NC, a fundraising effort that he and former state superintendents Mark Johnson and June Atkinson launched to provide grants to teachers who needed instructional resources following Hurricane Florence. While on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, he was recognized as a Hero of Katrina.
Carmetha Williams, CFRE is a senior higher education fundraiser who is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of WilliamsCL Consulting, LLC. and Senior Consultant with WASHBURN & MCGOLDRICK, LLC. who is based in Houston, Texas. Carme is a member of the NC State Alumni Association and served on the NC State University Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy Steering Committee as the inaugural Chair of the Philanthropy Committee. While attending the university, Carme was a member of the Lambda Omicron chapter of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity. Carme is the past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Greater Houston Chapter, which consist of a membership of 700+ fundraisers, financial planners and nonprofit leaders. Carme is a board member on the United Nations Houston Chapter, the Charitable Planned Giving Council of Houston, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce and African American Development Officers. Carme holds a B.A. in Business Management from NC State University. She earned her Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate in 2009.