Suzanne Plihcik of the Junior League of Greensboro has been recognized for a lifetime of outstanding service, both as a league member and as an advocate for racial equity, by the Association of Junior Leagues International with the 2017 Mary Harriman Award for Community Leadership. The award, which is The Junior League’s most prestigious, was made at AJLI’s 95th annual conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul on May 19.

Plihcik joined the Junior League of Greensboro in 1982 at a time when Guilford County was considering merging its three school systems — and race was a central issue. Met with passionate opposition, the merger would not take place for another 10 years. Plihcik was chosen as one of 20 community members to study the potential merger and communicate their findings to Guilford County commissioners.

In 2008, Plihcik co-founded the Racial Equity Institute, an alliance of trainers, organizers and institutional leaders devoted to the work of creating racially equitable organizations and systems.


Chuck Trull, the director of human relations at Crumley Roberts, has received the 2017 KSR Servants Heart Spirit Award.

As part of the award, Trull received a red crystal heart paperweight from Tiffany’s. Crumley Roberts also donated $5,000 to the Back2Back Ministries in his honor.


Kenneth L. Carter, assistant health director of the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services’ public health division, was honored with a 40-year service award for his years of work in the public health field at the annual meeting of the N.C. Public Health Associations in September.


Carol Pennington recently won both the state and the chapter media relations awards at the National Association of Health Underwriters’ 87th annual convention and exhibition in Orlando, Fla. This award honors states and chapters for outstanding achievements in using the media to reach out to their members, the industry and the public.

Pennington has served as the media chairperson for the N.C. Association of Health Underwriters since 2010 and as the media chairperson for the Triad Association of Health Underwriters since 2006.


Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit organization that works to foster a love of reading and writing in the community, recently announced the winners of its three annual awards: Ruth Wilcox, Authors in Schools Educator Award, given to an advocate for reading who inspires students to make life-changing discoveries through books; Emily Herring Wilson, Literary Achievement Award, given to someone whose writings and/or service represent artistic achievement and meritorious contributions to community and humanity; and the Mulder family (Megan and Philip Mulder and son David Mulder), Debora D. and Victor F. Harllee Jr. Volunteer Award, given to an exceptional volunteer.


Denise Rhew and Bryan Gray have been honored by the Emergency Nurses Association. Rhew received the Clinical Nurse Specialist Award and Gray the Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award. The awards were recently presented at the organization’s national convention in St. Louis.


Healthgrades has recognized Cone Health with multiple awards for providing outstanding medical care.

Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital received: One of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care” Award; One of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery” Award; A “Joint Replacement Excellence” Award; and A “Stroke Care Excellence Award.”

Alamance Regional Medical Center is listed separately from the rest of Cone Health by Healthgrades. It received: One of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care” Award; A “Five-Star Recipient for Stroke Care”; A “Critical Care Excellence Award”; A “Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure” Award; A “Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures”; and A “Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis.”


The N.C. Humanities Council’s board of trustees has selected Bland Simpson as the recipient of the 2017 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The award recognizes Simpson for his lifelong achievements as a professor, author, musician and environmentalist, as well as his work as a public humanities advocate across North Carolina.


The Guilford County Family Justice Center received national recognition from the Family Justice Center Alliance earlier this month for both its Elder Justice Committee and its Friends Against Fraud programs.

The center provides legal services, law enforcement and advocacy for children, adults and the elderly all in one location.

For information about the center, contact Sonya Desai at 336-641-7233 or


After a period of inactivity, the N.C. World Trade Association recently held an organizational meeting to discuss plans to develop and increase its membership for the local chapter.

Its mission is to help its members expand their international trade opportunities. For information, visit


Bill Erickson, the owner of Be Shoes, and Rob Simon, the owner of Windsor Jewelers, recently founded the Triad Buy Local campaign in an effort to educate the public about the benefits of shopping at local merchants.

For information contact Erickson at 336-722-0747.


Greensboro Day School’s head of school, Mark C. Hale, has begun his second of a two-year term as the president of the N.C. Association of Independent Schools. Hale was nominated by the current board and approved unanimously by the membership.


Attorney Michael Taliercio with the law firm of Black, Slaughter & Black has been elected 2018 national treasurer of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. Taliercio is a professional registered parliamentarian and a fellow in the ACPL, which recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the practice of parliamentary law, including lawyers who advise conventions, condominium and homeowner associations, governmental bodies, and nonprofit organizations.

On the move

After the recent death of former CEO Wayne Long, Well Care Health has announced that Zac Long has moved into the chief executive officer role and Wanda Coley has become the president and chief operating officer. They oversee all entities under Well Care Health, including Well Care Home Health of the Triad.


Cameron Jones, a physician’s assistant, has joined UNC Regional Physicians and will provide services at UNC Regional Physicians Surgical Associates.


The Guilford Technical Community College Foundation has named Nancy Calkins as executive director. Calkins served three years as the foundation’s assistant director.


High Point University’s Nido R. Qubein School of Communication has three new faculty members: Florian Hemme, assistant professor of sport management; Curtis Matthews, associate professor of strategic communication; and Jim Scott, instructor of communication.

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