Forty Under Forty Class of 2020 Alumni Awardees Announced

Posted July 02, 2020, 3:17PM

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Office of Alumni Relations has chosen its 2020 class of Forty Under Forty, which recognizes outstanding young alumni who are making a significant impact.

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

“The Forty Under Forty Awards Program is a great opportunity to recognize standout young alumni making significant strides in their careers and also the community,” said Susan L. Hester, interim vice chancellor for the Division of Institutional Advancement at NCCU.

The awards were created to recognize 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.

“As NCCU continues to produce change agents, initiatives such as the Forty Under Forty awards program is an opportunity to celebrate young trailblazers, as well as encourage developing future leaders,” said LaMisa McCoy Foxx, assistant vice chancellor for NCCU Alumni Relations.

The selection committee was comprised of NCCU alumni, administrators and industry leaders. A virtual event to honor and recognize the 40 Under 40 class of 2020 will be announced soon.

For more information, please contact LaMisa McCoy Foxx at lmccoy@nccu.edu or 919-530-7361.

The honorees are:

Kevin Allen, ’08
Augusta, Ga.
Bachelor of Science, biology
Assistant professor, medical director of Child Protection Team, Augusta University

Shareefah Al’Uqdah, ’02, ’04, ’10
Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Master of Arts, psychology; Ph.D., counseling, psychology
Associate professor and director of training for the Counseling Psychology Program, Howard University

Juanita Applewhite, ’02
Durham, N.C.
Bachelor of Science, health education
Adult gerontology nurse practitioner, Optum UnitedHealth Group

Ericka Black, ’07, ’09
Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, sociology; Master of Public Administration
Owner of ESB LLC and REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker

Jonathan Bogues, ’13
Durham, N.C.
Juris Doctor
Associate attorney, Raleigh, N.C.

Michael A. Brown, ’06
Charlotte, N.C.
Master of Public Administration
President and CEO, M3L Global Strategies Group

Renee Clark Bush, ’06
Arlington, Va.
Bachelor of Science, accounting
Director of Annual Giving, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Faith Bynum, ’04
Raleigh, N.C.
Bachelor of Business Administration
CEO and certified public accountant, Faith Bynum, CPA, PC

Christal Carmichael, ’04, ’10
Wake Forest, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Master of Arts, clinical psychology
Founder and president, ChristalClear Worldwide

Kinna Clark, ’14
Mebane, N.C.
Juris Doctor
Director of Gift Planning Services, University of North Carolina System

Jamar Creech, ’10
Upper Marlboro, Md.
Juris Doctor
Managing partner, Diversified Law Group, LLC

Richard Dixon, ’08
Hampton, Va.
Bachelor of Science, psychology
Assistant professor of psychology, Hampton University

Anthony Donaldson, ’07, ’07, ’10
Sewanee, Tenn.
Bachelor of Arts, political science; Bachelor of Arts, history; Master of Arts, history
Assistant professor, Sewanee: The University of the South

Jessica Faison-Johnson, ’04, ’07, ’18
Durham, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, political science; Master of Public Administration; Master of School Administration
Assistant principal, Durham Public Schools

LeKeshia Franklin, ’02, ’02, ‘05
Greensboro, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Bachelor of Science, criminal justice; Master of Public Administration
Development director, Little Pink Houses of Hope

James Harrington, Jr., ’03
Waldorf, Md.
Bachelor of Arts, political science
GSA senior client project manager, United States General Services Administration

Lanita Holsey, ’05, ’09
San Mateo, Fla.
Bachelor of Arts, History; Master of Arts, history
Associate vice president of Success and Engagement / Dean of Students, Edwards Waters College

Sharon Jackson, ’04
Raleigh, N.C.
Bachelor of Science, public health education
Public health consultant, Before Tomorrow Inc.

Terrance Jones, ’11, ’13
Montgomery, Ala.
Bachelor of Arts, sports recreation management; Master of Public Administration
Deputy director of Athletics, Alabama State University

Kimberly Knight, ’15
Raleigh, N.C.
Bachelor of Science, family and consumer science
HIV & syphilis disease intervention specialist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Quenton Marable, ’08
Atlanta, Ga.
Bachelor of Science, criminal justice
Special Agent, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Courtney McCollum,’03
Durham, N.C.
Bachelor of Science, psychology
Senior community and economic development analyst, City of Durham, N.C.

Marcel McCrea, ’01, ’04
Charlotte, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, political science; Juris Doctor
Attorney

Anthony Morgan, ’03
Largo, Md.
Bachelor of Science, criminal justice
Chief of police, City of Mount Rainier, Md.

William Moultrie, ’14
Durham, N.C.
Juris Doctor
Associate dean for University College, North Carolina Central University

LaQuana Palmer, ’15
Raleigh, N.C.
Master of Public Administration
Healthy opportunities program manager, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Secretary, Healthy Opportunities

Andrea Petifer, ’05, ’13
Durham, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, elementary education; Master of School Administration
Assistant principal, Durham Public Schools, Durham N.C.

David Phelps, ’13
Creswell, N.C.
Juris Doctor
The Law Office of D. Cole Phelps; Washington County Government, Plymouth, NC; East Carolina University

Frederick Ravin, III, ’05, ’07, ’12
Durham, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, finance; Master of Business Administration; Master of Information Science
Enterprise business analyst, City of Durham, N.C.

Nakesha Smith, ’01, ’01
Durham, N.C.|
Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Bachelor of Science, family and consumer science with child development and family relations
Teacher, Durham Public Schools, Durham, N.C.

Harvey Spencer, Jr., ’06
Fort Mill, S.C.
Bachelor of Science, biology
General dentist and co-owner, A Healthy Smile, PA

Naima Stennett, ’10, ’13
Plantation, N.C.
Bachelor of Science, biology; Master of Science, biology
Medical residency, Miami, Fla.

Philip Terry, ’01, ’19
Durham, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, history; Master of Social Work
Social worker, Core Essentials LLC

Marcus Thompson, ’08
Fairmont, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, history
Student success advocate, Public Schools of Robeson County, Lumberton, N.C.

Alison Threadgill, ’04
Silver Spring, Md.
Bachelor of Arts, mass communication
Senior manager, talent relations and casting, TVOne

Akeeya Umstead, ’09
Durham, N.C.
Bachelor of Business Administration Management
Customer project manager, Insight Global / Cisco Systems

Shawna Underwood, ’01, ’07
Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Computer Science and Business; Master of Fine Arts, interior design
Interior designer, United States Copyright Office, The Library of Congress

Patrice Waller, ’08, ’09
Corona, Calif.
Bachelor of Science, mathematics; Master of Education, mathematics education
Assistant/associate professor of mathematics education, California State University Fullerton

Missy Welch, ’02, ’05
Wake Forest, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts, English literature; Juris Doctor
Acting assistant deputy director, NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

Tiffany Whitfield, ’11
Fayetteville, N.C.
Juris Doctor
District court judge, Fayetteville, N.C.

 

 

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