NCCU Announces 2023 Forty Under Forty Class

Posted August 03, 2023, 2:22PM

Awards gala on Sept. 29, 7 p.m., at university student center

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Office of Alumni Relations has named its 2023 Forty Under Forty class and will honor these young alumni on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., at the NCCU Student Center, 500 Nelson St., in Durham.

Chosen by a committee of their peers, the inductees are all under age 40 and have made contributions to a variety of fields including education, social justice, law, healthcare, sciences, mass communication, public service and real estate.

“The Forty Under Forty awards recognizes the accomplishments of North Carolina Central University’s young alumni, who are the embodiment of ‘The Eagle Promise,’” said LaMisa McCoy Foxx, assistant vice chancellor for NCCU Alumni Relations. “We are excited to celebrate our sixth class of amazing young Eagles who have carried out the University’s mission of “Truth and Service” both personally and professionally since leaving the Nest.”

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.

The selection committee is comprised of NCCU alumni, administrators and industry leaders. The celebration will feature entertainment, an award presentation and dinner. 

For more information, please contact LaMisa McCoy Foxx at [email protected] or 919-530-7361.

To purchase tickets, visit https://www.nccu.edu/forty-under-forty.

The 2023 honorees are:

 

Dene’ Alexander, ’12  

Clayton, N.C.

Juris Doctor

Assistant city attorney for City of Greenville, N.C.

 

Ndeh “Will” Anyu, ’13, ’16

Greensboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Master of Public Administration

Senior program manager for equity and development, GoGuardian

 

Jamise Bell, ’13

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Associate director, Operations Medical Communications

PPD (a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific)

 

Reginald Boney, ’08

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in History

Minority Business Development Agency Program specialist, NC Department of Administration

 

Kayla Britt, ’16, ’18

Raleigh, N.C.

Master of Public Administration; Juris Doctor

Assistant attorney general, NC Department of Justice

 

Nimasheena Burns, ’10

Durham, N.C.

Master of Public Administration

Durham County Commissioner

 

Tierra Butler, ’11

Roseboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Consumer safety officer, US Food and Drug Administration

 

Stacey Carless, ’13

Raleigh, N.C.

Juris Doctor

Executive director, NC Counts Coalition

 

Tasha Carson, ’07, ’14

Nashville, Tennessee

Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences

Master of Arts in Counseling Education

Assistant vice president, Tennessee State University

 

Shan Carter, ’13, ’19

Greensboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

Master of Public Administration

Coordinator of positive culture and climate, Guilford County Schools

 

Sheena Cooper, ’05

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Director of marketing and strategic communication, Durham Public Schools

 

Chassity K. Coston, ’10

Boston, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grade Education

Principal, Bigelow Middle School, Newton Public Schools
 

Jahara Davis, ’10

Fayetteville, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

Teacher, Hillside High School, Durham Public Schools

 

Aaron Daye, ’05 

Gainesville, Florida

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication

Multimedia specialist, University of Florida Foundation

 

Ariel Germain, ’06,’17

Detroit, Michigan

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Master of Science in Athletic Administration

Marketing and communication director for the NCCU Division of Student Affairs

 

Mel Gwathney, ’09 

Huntersville, N.C.

Master of Public Administration

Director of global operations, Slalom Consulting Inc.

 

Ticca Harris, ’07 

Clayton, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Clinical trial lead, PSI CRO

 

Drew Johnson, ’08

Raleigh, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Program director, NCCU Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

 

Gabrielle Jones, ’09

Louisville, Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Communication

Vice president of content, Louisville Public Media

 

Stephanie Wilson Jones, ’04

Knightdale, N.C.

Bachelor of Business Administration 

Founder & Broker in Charge, Next Move Realty

 

Stacy Lee, ’09 

Richmond, Virginia

Juris Doctor

Presiding judge, Commonwealth of Virginia

 

Ashley Marshall, ’15

Durham, N.C.

Master of Public Administration

Deputy director, Forward Justice

 

La’Tanta McCrimmon, ’19

Raleigh, N.C.

Executive Master of Public Administration

Senior director, APCO Worldwide

 

Angelica McDonald, ’14

Raeford, N.C.

Juris Doctor

Attorney, McDonald Law PLLC

 

Lanetta Pantiel, ’05

Wilmington, N.C.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Program manager, FDA Performance Management and Awards, Food and Drug Administration

 

Tiffany Parms, ’09

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Master scientist, clinical studies, Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Services Company

 

Ronald Perry, Jr., ’09, ’15

Youngsville, N.C.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Food truck operator, Lawrence & Perry Barbecue LLC

 

Jared Pone, ’09, ’11, ’20  

Holly Springs, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Master of Public Administration

Juris Doctor

Attorney, policy counsel, Center for Responsible Lending

 

Ashley Rawlison, ’08

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Owner and CEO, HERitage Wines

 

India Reaves, ’07

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and History

High school educator, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools; author; empowerment specialist

 

Lawrence Jordan Reid, ‘13, ’16

High Point, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration

Master of Science in Athletic Administration

College football and NFL draft analyst, ESPN

 

Brian A. Shackleford, ’10, ’12

Greensboro, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Master of Science in Biology

Medical director, NCCU Student Health Center

 

Alena Smith, ’06

Powder Springs, Georgia

Bachelor of Science in Education

Chief executive officer, Trust Your Strength

 

John Edward Stephenson, ’09, ’13

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration

Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor

Senior associate athletics director and chief athletics diversity officer, Florida Atlantic University

 

Cassandra Stokes, ’13, ’16

Durham, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History

Juris Doctor

Democracy and economy coordinator, NC Black Alliance

 

Crystal Taylor, ’05

Durham, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Business

Chief executive officer, executive director and co-founder of the Underground Collective

 

Taraza Tyler, ’10

Rose Hill, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Founder and CEO, P.O.W.E.R. Inc. Community

 

Jo-Sette Wilkes, ’05, ’09 

Bethel, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Master of Science in Chemistry

Associate professor of chemistry, Livingstone University

 

Jamia Williams, ’18  

Rochester, New York

Master of Science

Consumer health program specialist, University of Utah

 

ClarLynda Williams-Devane, ’02

Garner, N.C.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

NC State Registrar; deputy secretary for operational excellence, NC Department of Health and Human Services

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