The Division Alumni Awards recognize alumni by academic divisions (5) and the Continuing Education Division (1) with outstanding achievement and service in one’s profession, in civic and community affairs, and/or in service to the College.
Recipients should have adhered to standards of moral and ethical conduct that would cause the College to be proud to present the award to the recipient as a role model for students and other alumni.
This award is presented to those who have attended Pitt Community College for a minimum of two semesters, completed their educational goal(s), and meet criteria for alumni status as defined by the bylaws of the PCC Alumni Association. Current employees of the College are excluded from consideration. Current employees of the College are excluded from consideration.
Receiving this award does not prevent one from receiving any other alumni awards if so selected. Selections by the Awards Committee are not subject to vote by the total Board of Directors.
All nomination forms/materials should be submitted online or be on letter or legal size paper and easily-reproducible form. Nominations cannot be considered without supporting documentation. The Alumni Biographical Form is required for each nominee before consideration by the selection committee and the recipient is required to attend the President’s Reception.
Matthew Grace graduated in 2004 with an Associate’s Degree in Construction Management degree. He is a Licensed General Contractor and the owner of Matthew Grace Construction, Inc. since 2011. Matthew started a job superintendent for a very successful builder in Greenville to now, running his own business.
One of his recommendation letters states that the knowledge he gained from the Construction & Industrial Technology Department at PCC, and working as a superintendent has made Matt a well-respected General Contractor in the Pitt County area.
Matt is currently the President of the Greenville Pitt County Home Builders Association, nominated by his fellow builders. He has volunteered many hours to help advance and promote the local building industry. The homes that Matt has placed on the annual Parade of Homes has won several ribbons. He is always willing to help new builders with recommendations. All of this started for Matt when he decided to enroll at PCC.
Another one of Matt’s recommendation letters stated that trust, devotion, accountability and teamwork are all essential values for our workforce. Matt lives by those values daily at Grace Construction.
Touhida Zannat graduated with an Associates in Science degree from PCC in 2014 and has since gone on to complete her Pharmacy Degree from Creighton University. Touhida is currently a licensed pharmacy intern in Williamsburg, Virginia and has taken the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination and is awaiting results.
She also received degrees from universities in Bangladesh and Japan.
Mrs. Zannat has won many academic awards at all the schools she attended…including the Academic Excellence Award here at Pitt Community College. Her academic success spans several continents with her research on mosquito control in Bangladesh to the study of a variety of shrimp in Japan and numerous health care experiences in Virginia. Her volunteerism has also been evident. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross, a health fair at a Virginia elementary school, a blood pressure screening in Nebraska and at a pharmacy in Williamsburg. Her nominator says she is very patient and methodical in her approach to solving problems in both class and lab. One of the most profound experiences to her nominator is how much she was involved with helping others in the community while living in other countries. She really enjoys teaching others about science and helping them learn English.
Megan graduated from Pitt Community College with a certificate in Radiation Therapy in 2012 with honors. Prior to attending PCC, she attended Randolph Community college and completed a degree in Radiologic Technology in 2010. Megan was employed at Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC after graduating from PCC. In 2014, she started working at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as a full-time Staff Radiation Therapist treating cancer patients.
Radiological Technology, AAS (1980)
Tony Brinkley graduated from Pitt Community College in 1980 with a degree in Radiological Technology. He furthered his education when he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Olive College in 1997, Magna Cum Laude.
Tony currently works for Boston Scientific as a Field Clinical Representative. He has continued to strive for the best in his field and successfully moved up. Colleagues and friends speak very highly of his professional and personal character. Billy McLawhorn, VP Wells Fargo Dealer Services says that “He is an innovative self-starter who rarely requires supervision. He often speaks of his training and time at Pitt Community College as an integral part of his business success.”
Welding Technology, AAS (2002)
Bobby Perkins graduated from Pitt Community College in 2002 with a degree in Welding Technology. He also received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from East Carolina University in 2008. Bobby spent ten years of his career giving back to his alma mater as an instructor in the Welding department. During the past year, Bobby has furthered his career at Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia, where he continues his advancements in the welding industry field. Bobby continues to show pride for PCC and his community. Kimberly Williamson, Coordinator of Counseling Services at PCC says, “Bobby Perkins is an outstanding man and PCC should be proud of the impact he has made on students and the community.”
Thomas Stanfield graduated from Pitt Community College in December 1999 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration: Marketing and Retailing and an Associate’s Degree in General Educational Technology. While at Pitt Community College, he was a member of Collegiate DECA, Delta Epsilon Social Fraternity and Delta Epsilon Chi Business/Service Fraternity. Stanfield is also a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees of the East Carolina Chapter of Delta Chi.
In the past Stanfield, has donated artwork for the PCC Foundation Scholarship Roundup, and has supported the Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC, Habitat for Humanity, and providing financial education classes to the community. Since 2006, Stanfield has been the Branch Manager of Woodforest National Bank in Winterville.
William Pack graduated from Pitt Community College in May 2007 with an Associate’s in Applied Science Degree in Building Construction Technology. While at PCC, Pack was a member of the golf team for two years. Pack continued his education at East Carolina University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Construction Management and Minored in Business Administration. He was the 2009 winner of the Mark Tipton Award and a member of the Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Fraternity at ECU.
In the past, he was a teaching assistant and an adjunct instructor at Pitt Community College. He is currently the Home Building Superintendent for Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County.
Pack is a Qualified General Contractor and the Owner/Operator of Mr. Handy NC Construction LLC in Greenville, a Home Repair, Maintenance and Remodeling business. Pack currently holds several special licenses in BPI Building Analyst Professional, BPI Envelope Professional, HERS Rater Certificate, NCCER Core Curriculum, and NCCER Carpentry Curriculum.
Carolina Isabel Patricia Moreno received a degree in Radiography in 1988 and a diploma in Radition Therapy in 2005 from Pitt Community College. In 1998 she received the Chancellor’s Award from Excellence/Human Relations and the Governor’s Award for Excellence/Devotion Day. She is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologist.
Moreno volunteers for Relay for Life, Gardner’s for Hope, Shepard Cancer Foundation, Restoring the Hoop, and the Marion L. Shepard Survivorship Day. Until recently Moreno was a Radiation Therapist at Smithfield Radiation Oncology.
Some of her many hobbies include photography, hiking, jewelry making, and kayaking.
Associate in Applied Science/Human Service, 2000
Taheera Blount graduated from Pitt Community College with an Associate in Arts in Human Services in 2000. Taheera continued her education at Barton College, graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2004. She received her Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling from North Carolina Central University in 2008 and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program for Counselor Education at North Carolina State University and expects to graduate in 2014.
Currently, Taheera is a school counselor for Durham Public Schools at Riverside High School and works part-time for B&D Behavioral Health as a Service Note Auditor. Taheera is a National Certified Counselor, a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Human Services Board Certified Counselor. Taherra has been busy as a published author for a couple of articles and a book chapter.
Taheera has presented at state conferences on counseling and serves as a member of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counseling Association and the North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselors Association. She is a NC Licensed Professional Counselor, a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner, a National Certified Counselor, and a NC Licensed School Guidance Counselor
Taheera’s most recent accomplishment was the Nancy Howell Doctoral Level Scholarship recipient of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of North Carolina.
Associate in Arts/Human Services Technology, 1982
Cindy Hinton graduated from Pitt Community College with an Associate in Arts in Human Services in 1982. She then attended East Carolina University, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Cindy received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2001.
Cindy is currently an Employee Assistance Program Counselor for University Health systems in Greenville. Cindy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and is trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. She is a member of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Associate Applied Science/Early Childhood, 1996
Karen Hester Spruill graduated from Pitt Community College with an Associated in Applied Science in Early Childhood in 1996.After graduating from PCC, Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations and Birth Kindergarten NC Teacher Certification in 1999 from East Carolina University, a MS in Child Development and Family Relations in 2002 from East Carolina University and a Non Degree Marriage and Family Therapy coursework in 2009 from East Carolina University.
Karen was previously an early childhood instructor at PCC and a preschool teacher at PCC. She has also volunteered with many agencies including but not limited to, American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Club of Pitt County, and Relay for Life.
Karen is the owner and Executive Director of Carolina Support Services, Inc., here in Greenville. She is a board member of the ARC, a member of Gamma Beta Phi, and a member working on credentials with the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Karen is also a busy mom of two.
AAS, Business Administration-Marketing & Retailing, 1998
Christopher Sutton graduated in 1998 with an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration/Marketing & Retailing. He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at PCC in 2000. Mr. Sutton was a member of Delta Epsilon Chi at PCC, president of his BLET class, nominee for the ECU First Mate Award, Navigator Award and PD Merit Award. Currently, Mr. Sutton is employed by the East Carolina University Police Department’s Patrol Commander. Sutton also is the department’s Special Event Manager. During his time at ECU, he has been promoted through the ranks. He has also assisted many different security branches on special visits within Greenville, including the U.S. Secret Service, White House Uniformed Division, FBI and SBI. He has also worked with many branches on major incidents and events throughout Pitt County. Sutton is also a PCC Basic Law Enforcement Training program instructor. He is a member of the Police Benevolent Association, the PCC Marketing and Retailing Advisory Committee, and was previously a member of the Pitt County Crime Stoppers. He is a life-long member of Parkers Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where he is an usher and works with the young married couples class.
Jonathan Tribula (JT)
Associate in Arts/Liberal Arts, 1999
Jonathan Tribula graduated in 1999 with an Associate in Arts/Liberal Arts. While at PCC, JT played baseball for two years and served as a Student Ambassador for two years. He also received the N.C. Community College Academic Excellence Award. He graduated from PCC with a 4.0 GPA and was the 1999 student commencement speaker at PCC. In 2001, JT graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Analysis. In 2007, he graduated summa cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He has had four articles published in the North Carolina DataNet quarterly political newsletter. Currently, he is enrolled at East Carolina University in the Masters in School Administration program, which he will complete in Spring 2011. He is the assistant principal at Beddingfield High School in Wilson and was previously a teacher at Kinston High School. He is also a member of the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association and the North Carolina Association of School Administrators.
Alice Stancil Huggins
2009 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award
Alice Huggins graduated from PCC in 199 with an Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Management Technology. Alice is the Clinical /Academic Department Administrator of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the ECU School of Medicine where she has worked for 29 years. She had served as a preceptor for both PCC and ECU Healthcare Management students and she led and effort ot establish a national network of administrators in the field of academic emergency medicine. Alice is a great community volunteer serving her church, Ayden Christian Church, Relay for Life, Walk form Obesity, Meals on Wheels, Pitt County Humane Society and local schools’ PTA.
2009 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award
Bryan Murphrey graduated from PCC in 200 with an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration: Marketing/Retailing. He is the District Manager of MacThrift Office Furniture. Bryan was an active student leader at PCC assisting with Toys for Tots, Delta Epsilon Chi, and DECA. He has also been an active member of the PCC Advisory Committee for the Marketing and Retailing Program.
2009 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award
Rita McLawhorn graduated from PCC in 2000 with an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Accounting. She is a payroll accountant and employee benefits specialist with C.A. Lewis, Inc. in Greenville. One of Rita’s faculty members said that she personified the working mom/dedicated student model for PCC by remaining employed, rearing a family, and all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the accounting program. Rita is an active volunteer of her church Vineyard Community Church in Chocowinity, and she is a member and instructor of Carolina Girls Line Dance Group.
2008 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award for Continuing Education Department
Ms. Rita Mirando is a 45 year old , single mother of five children, four living in Greenville and one living in Honduras with her mother.
Ms. Mirando was relocated to Greenville, N.C. after Hurricane Mitch ravaged her home country of Honduras as part of an emergency relief effort. She was given a work permit to work in the United States. She came here homeless and worked five different low pay jobs. She had hoped to enter cosmetology but could not afford the high cost. Rita learned about our Barber Program and enrolled. She completed the training last May and received her license as a Barber. Today she is quite successful serving the Latin American Clientele and making a good living. She said that Barber School gave her more self-confidence, helped her with modern haircuts and customer service.
2008 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award for the Business Division
Brian Moffitt is Vice President of Marketing for Richard Petty’s racing operations, Petty Enterprises, Inc. (“PE”). As such, it is his primary responsibility to secure and maintain vital sponsorship dollars. His success off the track has serious implications as to how fast the two cars (#43 and #45) sporting Petty Blue can turn laps week in and week out.
A 1994 graduate of PCC’s Marketing and Retailing and Business Administration curriculums, Moffitt oversees account representatives at Petty Enterprises who work with the operation’s sponsoring partners. Those decals emblazoned on the #43 Dodge and #45 Dodge represent companies that have paid for the right to be there-and it is Moffitt’s duty to make sure they get the most his organization can give them for their advertising dollars.
Moffitt’s boss, legendary stock car driver Richard Petty, has been pleased with his ability to get the job done at Petty Enterprises. “(Brian) had a good education to be able to handle the everyday situations we have here,” Petty said Brian had not forgotten PCC. For many years he has contributed to the PCC Foundation’s programs to provide student scholarships. He and Richard Petty we featured at the cover story for PCC’s Career Focus Magazine.
2008 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award for the Legal Science/Public Safety Division
Darrell L. Robinson was born in Wilmington, NC. He moved to Washington, DC at the age of 18. He was the first in his family to attend college.
He started his law education at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC. During a college fair, a representative from Barton College recognized his stellar academics and suggested he transfer to Barton on an academic scholarship. Darrell graduated from Barton College magna cum laude with a degree in Criminal Justice.
After many recruitment letters, Darrell decided to go the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he excelled and graduated with his Juris Doctorate. After completing law school, Darrell moved his family back to Washington, DC where he landed a clerkship at the Maryland Public Defender office in Upper Marlboro, MD. While he clerked for a Judge, Darrell completed and passed the Maryland Bar.
After his clerkship, Darrell was offered a position as an Assistant Public Defender. He quickly made a name for himself taking on thousands of cases and losing very few. After 2 years at the Public Defender Office, Darrell decided to “hang out his shingle” and become his own boss be opening his law firm in December of 2007. In a very short time, he has acquired many new clients and represents them zealously and with the same drive and determination as he displayed in the Public Defender’s Office. Darrell’s law concentration is Criminal, Civil and Person Injury litigation. Darrell is currently working on his first high profile case, which has led him to several interviews with the media.
Wayne Trainor, II
2008 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award for the Health Sciences Division
Wayne Trainor is a Respiratory Therapy Supervisor at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. He had worked with PCMH since 1984. His health care career began as a patient transporter, and then he was a respiratory therapy technician, and then, Respiratory Therapist Level 1 following his graduation from PCC. Since his graduation he had continued to earn additional credentials, licensure and certifications in his field.
Wayne had served as a clinical instructor and day shift supervisor for the Respiratory Care Department.
He has been involved in several professional organizations in the Respiratory Therapy field and he has served on the Respiratory Therapy Advisory Committee and Allied Health Educators Committee at PCC. He has received several professional awards including the 2000 Allied Health Professional of the Year and he was a candidate for the ECU School of Medicine Brody Award.
2008 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award for Arts & Sciences Division
Kelly Tuner is currently working as the Course Developer for the BioNetwork Bioprocessing Center, part of a state wide North Carolina Community College System biotechnology training and economic development initiative, and hosted by Pitt Community College. Prior to accepting this position 18 months ago, Turner was enrolled in the Biotechnology curriculum program at Pitt Community College where she received her AAS in 2006 with an overall 3.6 GPA. She came to PCC through an articulation agreement with Wilson Community College, on of twelve other NCCCS schools to have such an agreement with Pitt.
While at Pitt Community College she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International and the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Societies. Prior to enrolling in the program, Kelly worked in manufacturing at “Wrangler (later know as VF Jeanswear)”in Wilson, NC until the company’s downsizing and transfer of manufacturing operations overseas forced her to find a new career and led her back to school. While attending college Kelly become a single mom, making the completion of her education more difficult. Kelly accepted the challenge and is now also currently enrolled in a 2+2 articulation with East Carolina University. She is in her third semester at ECU and intends to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree with a concentration in Bioprocess Manufacturing.
2008 PCC Outstanding Alumni Award for the Industrial and Construction Division
Tim Strickland graduated from Pitt Community College in 1988, with a diploma in Residential Carpentry. While at Pitt Community College, Tim participated in the first housing project.
Tim serves as the Director of Facilities at Wilson Community College. He is licensed be the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors. He also obtained a Renewable Energy Technologies diploma from North Carolina State University and is a Licensed Grade 1 Physical/Chemical Water Pollution Control System Operator. Tim currently serves as the Treasurer for the North Carolina Community College Association of Facilities operators. He also serves as an active member of the PCC’s Building Construction Technology Advisory Committee and has advised our program on the Green Building Certification.
Tim and his wife Lisa and their two sons Jacob and Ethan live in Macclesfield. He is a deacon at Webb’s Chapel Baptist Church and serves as a Scout Leader for Cub Scout Pack 961.