The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has begun its 2017 annual campaign and named Anna Marie Smith and Joe Logan as co-chairs.

Smith is the chief human resources officer for Forsyth Technical Community College and a UNC-Greensboro graduate. Logan is a former executive director of the International Casual Furnishings Association.

The arts council held its kickoff at The Barn at Reynolda Village, the events center owned by Wake Forest University. The kickoff featured poetry readings and performances by Jacinta V. White, Ezra Noble and Aaron Bachelder, who recently received grants from the Duke Energy Regional Artist Project.


The 2017 Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro board of directors has been installed, with Scott Fleming returning for his third term as chairman.

Other members are Chidi Akwari, Akwari & Company Premier Real Estate; Rob Arnett, M/A/R/C Research; Brooks Bossong, Nexsen Pruet; Tamika Bowers, Wells Fargo; Patty Caudle, Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina; Jim Compton, Davenport & Co.; ChesKesha Cunningham-Dockery, Sheetz Distribution Services; Cyndi Dancy, Dancy Research; Bob Dischinger, Evans Engineering; Robby Dunnagan, BGF Industries; Scott Fleming, Replacements; Dejuan Harris, Calvary Christian Center; John Hodgin, John Hodgin Construction; Sarah Hutchinson, Consumer Credit Counseling Service; Patsy Isley, Sharrard, McGee & Co.; Margaret Kantlehner, Elon University School of Law; Fritz Kreimer, U.S. Trust; Ike Oglesby, Oglesby Realty; Paul Parker, Parker Training Solutions; Gayle Rose, Girl Scouts Carolinas; Andy Scott, retired Greensboro assistant city manager; Joe Thompson, New Age Builders; Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia Forest Products; Lee Way, Pella Windows & Doors; and Jim Wilkie, Compass Financial Partners.

Scott, Cunningham-Dockery, Dancy and Harris are all new to the board this year.

Outgoing board members are Tom Hall of Windsor Investments, Mark Brainerd of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Kayode Abimbola of Allstate Insurance Co.


Scott Hemby, the chairman of basic pharmaceutical sciences in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at High Point University, was featured on a “PBS Newshour” segment that highlighted his research on the plant kratom, which has been used as a replacement for opiates like morphine.

In his lab, Hemby is studying two psychoactive compounds from kratom. Initial test results show that one of the compounds may have addictive properties that could lead to the potential for abuse. He says research on use of these compounds for pain and addiction medicine should continue.

Hemby is also collaborating with Amy Greeson of Natural Discoveries Inc. in High Point in hopes of identifying anti-pain and anti-addiction compounds from plant materials obtained in Papua New Guinea, Congo and Madagascar.


Sadie Leder Elder, an assistant professor of psychology at High Point University, contributed a chapter in an e-book titled “Psychological Specialties in Historical Context: Enriching the Classroom Experience for Teachers and Students.”

Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the e-book provides information on various subdisciplines within the field of psychology.

Elder’s chapter covers the psychology of close relationships, making it the most recent of only a few such works detailing the development of this subfield.


Mary Jayne Kennedy, the chairwoman of the clinical sciences department at High Point University, and Peter Gal, the associate dean for academic affairs in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at HPU, were invited to contribute chapters to “Research and Study Design in Pediatrics.”

The book is a part of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s pediatric self-assessment program.

A chapter and recorded webcast by Kennedy on pediatric study design, and an interactive case on novel therapies in neonatal intensive care by Gal are included in the book.


These individuals have completed training organized by the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation and are certified facilitators of the Girls Leadership Edge program: Pat Fehlig, college planner, College Funding Innovations; Charlene Gladney, executive director, Operation Xcel; Kelly Graves, executive director, Kellin Foundation; Bridget Gwinnett, Upper School counsel and Kristen Tuma, physical education department chair, Greensboro Day School; Nicole Hayes, professional editor, Leadership Links; Tasheka Jordan, teacher, Guilford County Schools; Britt Lassiter, executive director, PEAK Adventure Ministries; Ellen Lloyd, president, Butterfly Creations; Maria Mayorga, Latino Family Center coordinator, Megan Sappenfield, program director, and Kathie Szitas, YWCA of High Point; Ashley McKiver, unit director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point; Brenda Mewborn, founder, Empowered Girls of North Carolina; Jacqueline Pippens, parent educator, Children’s Home Society of North Carolina; Jasia Stevenson, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department; Myrna Wigley, community volunteer, Diamonds & Pearls; and Amanda Wycoff, recruitment/girl engagement, Girl Scouts.

Their certifications are the culmination of a rigorous application process followed by four days of classroom and experiential training at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro.

Girls Leadership Edge is a series of learning modules to be delivered by trained facilitators across Guilford County. The program modules provide girls, ages 13 to 15, with the skills to become lifelong leaders in their lives and the communities in which they live. The program is designed with an emphasis on developing courage, confidence and compassion.


Margaret Rowlett of Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen was selected for the 2017 list of North Carolina Super Lawyers.

This honor is limited to no more than 5 percent of attorneys in the state.

Her listing appears in the 2017 North Carolina issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. She was recognized for professional excellence in the area of workers’ compensation law.


The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship held its annual board of directors meeting Jan. 24. Three new members were added: Zac Engle, VF Corp.; George Lothian, Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina; and Scott Leighty, United Way of Greensboro.

The other board members are Johnny Wood, chairman; Ben Brown Jr., vice chairman; Craig Castor, secretary; Lori Thompson, treasurer; Barry Burkes; Pam Cash; Vic Cochran; Barry Frank; Deven Griffin; Leigh Anne Klee; Charlie Melvin; and Mary Elizabeth Barwick Tilman.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont awarded the “Big of the Year” award to Tess Paratory at its annual Caring for Kids fundraising event, “The Big Magic Gala: Over the Rainbow,” on Jan. 28 at Embassy Suites in Greensboro.


Junior Achievement of the Triad has been awarded one of Junior Achievement USA’s highest honors: the 4 Star Award.

The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand.

Recipients must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance. Achievement against these criteria is certified through JA USA and audited financial statements.


Generac Power Systems awarded Canter Power Systems with its highest honor by naming the business the 2016 Top Sales Program in the United States.

Russ Minick, Generac’s executive vice president, presented the award to Ken Canter during the annual conference of Generac dealers held in Nashville, Tenn. Minick said that the recognition was due to Canter’s tremendous and consistent growth, its dedication to customer satisfaction and overall sales for 2016.

Canter Power Systems was also named Premier Power Pro Dealer for the seventh year in a row, a designation that only 38 dealers hold nationwide. Generac has more than 5,000 dealers throughout the U.S.

Today, Canter sells and installs standby generator systems to residential and commercial customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Tennessee. Canter is also the exclusive provider of generator sales and installation services for 245 Home Depot stores. In 2012, Home Depot asked Canter to expand its offering to include 78 locations in Georgia.


Rockingham Community College was honored as the 2016 Tennis Facility of the Year during the annual U.S. Tennis Association North Carolina awards luncheon held Jan. 28 in Pinehurst.

The award is presented each year to a facility displaying quality tennis courts with regulation surfaces, layout and amenities.

The recipient facility must host USTA programs and contribute to the advancement of the sport in North Carolina.

Renovations to the community college’s tennis facility included resurfacing its six tennis courts, improving access for disabled persons and installing a backboard to allow for individual practice.

Shelby Rhyne, the executive director of the Rockingham County Tennis Association, who received the Tennis Educational Merit of the Year Award for USTA North Carolina, assisted the college in the effort.

The $67,000 renovation project was paid for through a bequest from the estate of Ed and Betty Mooney, grants from the Rockingham Community College Foundation, the U.S. Tennis Association and USTA North Carolina, a contribution from Rockingham County Schools, and college capital funds.


Louis DeJoy, the president of LDJ Global Strategies and former chief executive officer of New Breed Logistics, will be honored March 1 with the Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The presentation will take place at 5 p.m. in the LaRose Digital Theatre in the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, the program is free and open to the public.

The Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership recognizes an entrepreneur who is a leader in his or her industry and who exemplifies the values of Elon University, including integrity, innovation and creativity, passion for lifelong learning and a commitment to building a dynamic community.

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