Ghazale Johnston, Charlotte, NC
Ghazale Johnston received her B.S. in textile and apparel management and textile manufacturing and a B.A. in multidisciplinary studies with a minor in Spanish from NC State in 1996. She is vice chair of the NC State University Foundation Board, 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. As founder and principal of Joon Solutions, Johnston specializes in equipping mission-driven businesses with fundamental strategies and programs while staying aligned to their core principles and objectives. Johnston consults early stage companies on business development and client integration and was the chief operating officer for Daymaker, a compassion platform that helps companies engage their employees through intentional acts of giving and service. She serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas and the Myers Park High School Foundation. Johnston formerly spent 20 years at Accenture as a partner/managing director in the financial services practice. In 2013, she received a Charlotte Business Journal 40 under 40 award.
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
Michael Constantino received his B.A. in Business Management from NC State in 1984 and his B.A. in Accounting in 1995. He was named the 2012 Person of the Year by the Poole College of Management and also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004. Constantino is an assurance partner at Ernst & Young, which is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. He is a founding member of the State Club and a current member of the Page Society. Along with his wife, Lori, he established the Michael and Lori Constantino Endowment Fund, which provides fellowship awards to the Poole College’s Jenkins Master of Accounting students. They are also strong supporters of NC State athletics and the Wolfpack Club.
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. Harris’ husband, Scott, is an NC State alumnus (B.S., forest management, 1994). The couple has two children, one of whom is currently a student in the College of Natural Resources.
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
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 Park Scholars Selection Committee. A former NC State swimmer and team captain, he remains active with the men’s swim team community. 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 is vice president for asset management at Formation Capital, LLC. He is responsible for the ongoing management of operating company investments, including investor relations, execution of growth strategies and profit optimization. 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.
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, Wolfpack Investor Network, the Alumni Entrepreneurs 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 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.
Corena Norris-McCluney, Pfafftown, NC
Corena Norris-McCluney 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-McCluney 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-McCluney’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 on their Customer Experience & Technology, Investment & Finance, and Nominating & Governance committees. 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, Trout Unlimited, 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 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 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 Metro Atlanta Region and Corporate Relations for Georgia Power Company, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s leading generators of electricity. 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 the Alumni Association. In 2019, Terry, her husband, Antonio, her sister, Angela 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.
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 the senior vice president of business development at Legacy Healthcare Services, a Raleigh-based company that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology and wellness services. He is a member of the NC State Alumni Association and the W.C. Riddick Society. Jones served as president of the University Club Board of Directors during its Bright Future Ahead campaign, which culminated in a celebration of the Club’s 50th anniversary in 2015. 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.