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NCCU 2018 Forty Under Forty Honorees Announced


The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Office of Alumni Relations will honor 40 outstanding alumni at the fourth biennial Forty Under Forty Alumni Awards Gala on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham.

Chosen by a committee of their peers, the honorees are all under the age of 40 and have made significant contributions in the arts, law, entertainment, healthcare, sciences, U.S. military, education, business, philanthropy and public service.

“We are extremely excited to recognize another distinguished cohort of incredibly talented young alumni who will engage, inspire, and serve as ambassadors, advocates and mentors for current students matriculating at North Carolina Central University,” said Harriet F. Davis, Ph.D., vice chancellor for the Division of Institutional Advancement at NCCU.

The awards were created to recognize young leaders as they develop into the next generation of NCCU alumni who are making a difference in the world. They represent approximately one-third of the university’s under-40 alumni and a valuable percentage of new NCCU donors.

“Our Forty Under Forty Awards Program is an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate our young alumni who are achieving great success in their professional endeavors,” said LaMisa McCoy Foxx, interim assistant vice chancellor for NCCU Alumni Relations.

The selection committee was comprised of NCCU alumni, administrators and industry leaders. The gala will feature entertainment, award presentations and dinner. Early bird tickets are available now at $60 per person until Aug. 28. General admission tickets will be available at $70 per person after Aug. 28.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact LaMisa McCoy Foxx at lmccoy@nccu.edu or 919-530-7361, or visit www.nccu.edu/40under40.

The honorees are:

Terra Abrams, ’02

Oxon Hill, Md.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

State registrar for the District of Columbia


Angela Alston, ’00

Columbus, Ohio

Bachelor of Science, Biology

Manager of Advanced Practice Providers, OhioHealth Physician Group


David Bailey, ’07

Silver Spring, Md.

Bachelor of Science, Physical Education

Special agent, United States Capitol Police


Montrale Boykin, ’00, ’04

Winston Salem, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science; Juris Doctor

Chair of Healthcare Management Department, Winston-Salem State University


Kristin Broyles, ‘08

Winston Salem, N.C.

Juris Doctor

Partner-attorney, Halvorsen Bradshaw PLLC


Gineen Cargo, ’04

Cary, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication and Media Studies

Endowed professor, NCCU Department of Mass Communications; business owner and entrepreneur at G&S Business Communications and Cargo & Co. Events


Shakiera Causey, ’03, ’10

Greensboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; Master of Arts, Psychology

Professor, NCCU Department of Psychology


John Comer, ’04, ’12

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science; Master of Public Administration

Baltimore, Md.

Director of public health campaigns for Baltimore City Health Department


Ebony Dilworth, ’07

West Orange, N.J.

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

Senior account manager, Microsoft


Lynn Douglas, ’10, ’14

Greensboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; Master of Arts, School Counseling

Executive director at Chosen Productions Inc.


Whitney Frye, ’11

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Juris Doctor

Director, SafeSport, USA Basketball


Desmera Gatewood, ’13

Oxford, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, English

Director of operations and communications, Coalition for Peace with Justice


Ronbardo Gay, ’03

Doral, Fla.

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Coordinator of special programs, Community Health of South Florida


Timothy Gibson, ’04

Greensboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Senior financial advisor, Merrill Lynch


Jefferson Griffin, ’08

Raleigh, N.C.

Juris Doctor

Wake County District Court judge; first lieutenant, N.C. Army National Guard; JAG officer, U.S. Army


Zack Hawkins, ’04

Durham, N.C.

Master of Science, Biology

Director of development for Student Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Keenon James, ’03

Upper Marlboro, Md.

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Supervisory Program Specialist

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS); Washington, D.C.


Dwayne Johnson, ’11

Roxboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, History Education

Teacher for Person County, N.C., Schools


Kirtina Jones, ’04, ’11

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education; Master of Arts, Educational Technology

Teacher at R.N. Harris Integrated Arts and Core Knowledge Magnet School, Durham, N.C.


JuWann Jones, ’06

Hyattsville, Md.

Bachelor of Science, Parks and Recreation Management

Facility director, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission


JaNassa Kearney, ’05

Charlotte, N.C.

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Personal trainer, nutritionist, entrepreneur with A’ssanaj Fitness


Marquisha Lee, ’01,’02

Addison, Texas

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Political Science; Master of Arts, Psychology

Staff psychologist at Veteran Affairs, North Texas Health Care System


Chance Lynch, ’09

Greenville, N.C.

Juris Doctor

Associate attorney, Wilson Williams Law


Morris McAdoo, ’00

Charlotte, N.C.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Managing attorney, McAdoo Law Firm, PLLC


Chavery McClanahan, ’10

Accokeek, Md.

Bachelor of Arts, English

Strategic outreach officer, U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon


Brandon McEachern, ’05

Los Angeles, Calif.

Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Theatre

Founder and CEO, Think Broccoli LLC


Shinika McKiever, ’07

High Point, N.C.

Master of Public Administration

Director of corporate and Foundation relations for University Advancement,

N.C. A&T State University


Dorothy Mitchell, ’99, ’02

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and English; Juris Doctor

Assistant clinical professor and supervising attorney, NCCU School of Law


Tolulope Omakaiye, ’06

Raleigh, N.C.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Founder and CEO, EVOLVE Mentoring


William Pagan, ’14

Cary, N.C.

Juris Doctor

Senior patent attorney, Coats & Bennett


Jamie Patterson, ’00, ’02

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Science Sports Management / Master of Science, Athletic Administration

Brand manager and co-owner, Subject 2 Change LLC and Grapefruit Investments LLC


Courtney Robinson, ’09

Washington, D.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Senior counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services


Ebonie Smith, ’01

Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Branch chief and supervisory accountant, Environmental Protection Agency


Nina Smith, ’08

Durham, N.C.

Master of Arts, Psychology

Assistant professor, Department of Human Sciences, NCCU


Vivian Spencer, ’04, ’02

Atlanta, Ga.

Bachelor of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration

Audit project manager, U.S. Bank  


Kurtis Stewart, ’03

Knightdale, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Founder and CEO, Millennium Sports,True Care, Omega Community Center


Jasmine Thomas, ’14

Charlotte, N.C.

Bachelor of Social Work

Child welfare social worker, Gaston County, N.C.


Michelle Thompson, ’08

Marietta, Ga.

Master of Education, Communication Disorders

Speech language pathologist for EBS Healthcare at Cherokee County, Ga., School District; CEO of Speaking Clearly Inc.


Trish Wray, ’04, ’07

Charlotte, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and English; Juris Doctor

Senior counsel, Duke Energy Corp.


Nykole Wyatt, ’00, ’03

Charlotte, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science; Master of Public Administration

Real estate broker, founder and CEO of Love Charlotte Homes and Kole's Konsulting

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