• Angela Carter has been named director of Business Development at Metcon, a 100 percent native American Indian owned company with offices in Pembroke, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Columbia, South Carolina. She will lead initiatives expanding in the Carolinas and develop new opportunities and clients for the North Carolina building group. Carter has more than 20 years of marketing and business development experience in the North Carolina construction industry.
• Dr. Sushma Kapoor has been named CEO and president of Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, replacing the retiring Dr. Deborah Teasley. Kapoor is a board-certified family medicine physician, and has been vice president of Clinical Services and Administration since 2013. She also serves as director of Southern Regional AHEC’s Family Medicine Residency Program. She begins her new position July 1.
• Ray Quesnel, head of school at Fayetteville Academy, has accepted a four-year contract renewal offered by the Board of Trustees after a year-long review process. He has been in his current position since fall 2012, and 2018-19 will mark his 30th year in private school education, leadership and administration.
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• Daria Fedrick, a career technology teacher at Bragg Street Academy, has been named a 2018-19 Kenan Fellow and will work alongside mentors and industry experts at Central Electric Membership Corp. The fellowship is made possible through a partnership between Central Electric, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University. She’ll take lessons learned back to the classroom, creating lessons for students to learn how electricity is produced and delivered, and give her classes awareness of various career pathways in the energy field and at the cooperative.
• Roy Burch, a real estate sales professional in Southern Pines, has joined Towering Pines Real Estate. He has owned and operated a hardscape and concrete business for more than 16 years.
• Allen Coats, deputy finance officer for Harnett County, has been elected to serve as a director on the N.C. Government Finance Officers Association Executive Committee. The committee includes the president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary and three directors from the members-at-large to serve one-year terms. He’s been with Harnett County four years, and had more than 19 years at various municipalities previously.
• Sophia Gatewood Crawford has been appointed District Court Judge in District 16A by Gov. Roy Cooper. The district includes Hoke, Scotland, Richmond and Anson counties. She has served as a trial lawyer in private practice for 17 years, and previously served as a senior assistant district attorney in the 20th district. She replaces Judge Lisa Thacker, who retired earlier this year.
• Fayetteville State University has been ranked No. 4 in the 2018 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina by SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004.
• The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been ranked No. 2 in the 2018 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina by SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004.
• Ulisa Bowles, Tammy Thurman and Jenna Carpenter were part of the 25th class of Leadership North Carolina. Bowles is the executive director of Admissions at Fayetteville State University, Thurman is Community Relations manager at Piedmont Natural Gas in Fayetteville and Carpenter is a dean and professor in the School of Engineering at Campbell University. The class included 55 civic and community leaders from across the state. The class informs, develops and engages leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing the state.
• Dr. Stephen Szabo, of Pinehurst Surgical Women’s Care Center, attended master training for da Vinci gynecologic surgery taught by Dr. Arnold P. Advincula, a professor at Columbia University. He advanced his surgical technique for the performance of hysterectomy cases, myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), management of advanced endometriosis disease, and complex reconstruction of the pelvis for pelvic organ prolapse.
• Sheila Spence, a Spring Lake native, was sworn into District Court by Judge Ed Pone as a new lawyer. She has a wide variety of experience in both the public and private sector practicing criminal and civil litigation matters.
• Brenda Fields, clinical liaison for the Prevention for Positive Program at Southern Regional AHEC’s Specialty Clinic, was the recipient of the N.C. Community AIDS FUND Award as community advocate for people living with HIV. She was presented the award at The Nasher Museum of Art, located at Duke University in Durham.