In June, the board approved the following for a three-year term on the Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2024:
One of the most fascinating facets of Dr. Beamon’s background is that she was born and raised in Morehead City as a daughter raised with six brothers and two sisters and two loving parents. She can hunt and fish with the best of them!
Dr. Beamon currently serves as a development consultant for the Division of University Advancement at Fayetteville State University (FSU) after seven year as the director of development in the College of Arts and Sciences at NCA&T where her interest in philanthropy broadened significantly.
Her history of community service runs deeply. Around 2010, she joined the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro® where she created the “Dining with A Family” program that continues today. The program provides staff and family an opportunity to get to know each other better over dinner at the non-threatening and family oriented K&W restaurant. This alignment came as a result of her volunteer work with the United Way where her desire to promote the welfare of others took flight. In addition, Dr. Beamon is a 2010 graduate of Leadership North Carolina.
Dr. Beamon is the mother of one daughter who is happily employed with Kontoor.
Mr. Craft is a marketing and communications leader with more than 20 years of experience advancing healthcare, higher education, urban development and federal policy. Currently the assistant director of marketing at Cone Health, Philip has held marketing and communications leadership positions at Elon University, City Parks Foundation in New York City, and the Office of US Representative Carolyn B Maloney(NY). He currently serves on the advisory boards for LeBauer Park, Center City Park and the Downton Greenway. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Greensboro and a lifetime member of the Future Fund. He is married to Elizabeth “Betsy” McKibbon and the father of Peter (12) and William (8).
Dr. Hemphill joined the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG in 2016 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate profession in 2021. His scholarship has focused on social and emotional learning in academic and physical activity contexts. He is co-author of a model called “Restorative Youth Sports” (RYS) which is an instructional approach to integrated conflict resolution and relationship building skills in physical education curriculum. Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Hemphill and colleagues implemented a version of RYS with CIS at Dudley High School as part of his commitment to community engagement leading to research and programs that are mutually beneficial to the university and the local community. In this regard, he recently received the Earnest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement in 2020.
Mr. Russell is Burlington “born and bred”, entering this life in Burlington in 1958. Mr. Russel is the owner of JR Air Systems, Inc located in Gibsonville and serving all North Carolina. His is a complete commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanical company.
He married Colleen in October 1980 and is the father of two, Keith Russel and Travis Russell, and the grandfather of four- two boys and two girls.
Mr. Russell is a 1976 graduate of Williams High School and Alamance Community College where he received the associate degree in heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician.
Saundra Westervelt is a retired criminologist from the Dept. of Sociology at UNCG where she taught and advised for over 20 years. In her role, she accumulated countless hours working with individuals incarcerated unjustly and exonerated. In this capacity, she served for 5.5 years on the board of the Witness to Innocence project, the only national organization led by and on behalf of death row exonerees and their families. She is a founding member of Healing Justice, NC organization that serves exonerated individuals. Her passions include mentoring, community outreach and tennis.