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40 Under 40 Honorees Announced

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The North Carolina Central University Office of Alumni Relations will recognize a select group of young alumni for outstanding achievement and leadership at the second Forty Under Forty Awards Gala on Friday, Sept. 12.

These recipients, who were selected from among 150 candidates, have demonstrated significant accomplishments before the age of 40 in arts, entertainment, healthcare, sciences, education, law, business, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, public service or government.

“NCCU alumni are doing amazing work in virtually every field, but these 40 are special because they have achieved so much so early,” said Harriet Frink Davis, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “This celebration recognizes their hard work and dedication as well as their outstanding accomplishments, which will inspire NCCU students and graduates for years to come.”

Included among NCCU’s 2014 Forty Under Forty awardees are nationally prominent educators, music industry innovators, an Emmy award-winning journalist, international research scientists and a wardrobe stylist who works with A-list celebrities.

NCCU created the Forty Under Forty program to identify and engage high-achieving younger alumni who are well positioned to serve as advocates and ambassadors for the university. The selection committee included a panel of alumni, university personnel and private industry leaders who are also under 40 years of age.

Co-hosts for the gala are two former honorees, Crystal Simpson, Class of 2001, who hosts a syndicated radio morning show and serves as in-game host for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Dream basketball teams, and Courtney Crowder, Class of 2000, who is president of Crowder Consulting, a North Carolina firm specializing in government relations, public affairs and research. Both were in the first cohort of Forty Under Forty recipients, awarded in 2012.

The 2014 Awards Gala is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham and will feature entertainment, along with the award presentations, dinner and dancing.

Tickets are $50 per person and will be available beginning Aug. 1.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact LaMisa McCoy Foxx at lmccoy@nccu.edu or 919-530-6363, or visit http://web.nccu.edu/publicrelations/40under40/.

The honorees are:

  1. Adrian T. Jones, '02, NCCU Football running-backs coach.
  2. Chelandra Moore-Quarles, '05, owner and psychologist, Che'Landra Moore-Quarles-Professional Counseling and Consultation.
  3. Christopher A. Graves, '97, auditor, Audit & Assurance Supply Chain, at GlaxoSmithKline.
  4. Christopher DelaRosa Lopez, '13, education policy specialist and assistant to the president at Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
  5. Deena Smith, '01, librarian at the Federal Judicial Center.
  6. Derrick D. Jordan, '99, superintendent of Chatham County Schools.
  7. Dominique W. Williams, '09, attorney and partner at Wilson Williams Law, PLLC.
  8. Emily M. Dickens, '95, assistant vice president for federal relations at University of North Carolina-General Administration.
  9. Erika Murphy-Newkirk, '99, regional education facilitator for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
  10. Jade Fuller, '01, litigation attorney for the New York City Department of Education.
  11. James Taylor Jr., '03, city councilman for the City of Winston-Salem.
  12. Jamila Perry Foreman, '08, director of rehabilitation for Aegis Therapies.
  13. Jasmine Crowe, '05, founder and chief change maker at Black Celebrity Giving.
  14. Karon Moody Harden, '01, director, Professional Development, education and training, at the National Association of Counties.
  15. Kenneth Love, '03, managing partner at Love and Dillenbeck Law.
  16. Kessonga Giscombe, '99, owner and acupuncturist at Today Acupuncture and Wellness.
  17. Lewis D. Ferebee, '97, superintendent at Indianapolis Public Schools.
  18. Michael A. Bryant, '96, '99, interim management and budget director for Mecklenburg County Managers Office.
  19. Patrice H. Hopkins, '01, project manager and senior acquisition specialist at Wyle Inc.
  20. Patrice Z. Howard, '03, consultant and principal investigator for Africa RISING (Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation) and International Food Policy Research Institute.
  21. Patrick Douthit, '99, producer, rapper, owner and founder of Jamla Records, True School Corp., a Harvard University Fellow and director of NCCU Hip Hop Institute.
  22. Pauletta Spence-Thompson, '04, educational director for the nonprofit Daniel Center for Math and Science.
  23. Phonte Coleman, '01, Grammy nominated rapper, singer and songwriter.
  24. Rashaun D. Rucker, '02, deputy director of photo and video for the Detroit Free Press.
  25. Sabrina C. Clark, '01, program coordinator, network development, at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
  26. Shameka Johnson, '09, assistant professor, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, founder and owner of TECHnically Speaking.
  27. Sharonda E. Arnold, '05, ACT Team lead specialist, owner of On Time Financial and a motivation speaker.
  28. Shayla C. Nunnally, '98, associate professor at the University of Connecticut.
  29. Shelley Davis-Hill, '98, senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Howard University.
  30. Sherise Malachi-Wright, '01, special events partnership manager for CBS Radio.
  31. T. Greg Doucette, '12, managing attorney and executive director at NC Small Practice Incubator & Collaboration Environment (NC SPICE).
  32. Teccara M. Carmack, '09, digital media planner at Maxus Global marketing and advertising firm and owner of Carmack and Associate Consulting.
  33. Terrance Reeves, '01, senior privacy analyst at Department of Veterans Affairs and director of global promotions at True School Corp.
  34. Terrance Scarborough, '08, assistant director of licensure for University of North Carolina-General Administration.
  35. Tomeika Bowden, '00, digital communications manager for DC Public Charter School Board.
  36. Tomika R. Altman-Lewis, '03, facilitator for academically and intellectually gifted programs at Durham Public Schools.
  37. Truitt O’Neal, '01, online media consultant, radio personality and owner of Truitt Oneal Creative Services.
  38. Wanida E. Lewis, '08, research and development scientist for General Mills.
  39. Wouri Vice, '01, red-carpet wardrobe stylist, fashion consultant, media contributor.
  40. Cicero Leak III, '01, co-owner of Talent Literary and Sports Agency (TLS), providing representation for clients in movies, television, music and sports.
Published: Monday, July 07, 2014
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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