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Etiquette Dinner and Networking Event; Tuesday, October 22nd; 5:45 PM; UC Annex

Etiquette Dinner and Networking Event

Etiquette Dinner Table

The Etiquette Dinner and Networking Event is an opportunity for students to connect with local professionals and practice proper dining etiquette while they enjoy a four course meal facilitated by etiquette expert, Karen Thompson. 

For more information about how to navigate a networking event or about the professional guests attending, please see below.

Angela Jones

Angela Jones, Robeson County Human Resource Manager, received her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (BA & MA ED).  She has served her community as an advocate in the Mental Health field for 26 years.  She is currently licensed as a School Counselor by the state of North Carolina.

Angela resides in Lumberton, North Carolina and is currently serving as the Human Resources Director of Robeson County.  Angela is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that enable Robeson County Government to recruit, train and retain high performing and motivated workforce.  Angela specializes in management, staffing, employee benefits, learning and development.

 Prior to accepting the role as HR Director, Angela dedicated her life to advocating for individuals living with Mental Illness and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 

Angela is an active member of Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Lumberton, North Carolina and she serves on the Personnel Committee, Faith Forecasters Ministry and Co-Chair of the Hem of Hope Ministry.  She is a member of North Carolina Chapter of International Public Management (IPMA) and North Carolina State Council Society of Human Resource Management (NCSHRM). 

Angela has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 31 years and believes wholeheartedly in their motto, “To be of service to all mankind”.  Her favorite bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind. 

Antoinette Hurtt

Detective Antoinette Hurtt, Hope Mills Police Department, Alumna

Antoinette Locklear Hurtt is currently serving as a Detective at the Hope Mills police Department. Detective Hurtt started her career as a North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper. During that time Detective Hurtt was one of Thirty-Eight females to ever join the N.C. Highway patrol she served on the Highway patrol in Troop B located in her Hometown of Robeson County for two years. Detective Hurtt while taking a leave of absence from Law enforcement to raise a family served as a reserve Sheriff Deputy with Johnston County. Detective Hurtt returned to Law Enforcement in 2011 and join the Hope Mills Police Department as a patrol Officer while on Patrol Detective Hurtt earned her bachelorette degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Spanish. In 2016 Detective Hurtt was promoted as a Juvenile and aggravated assaults Detective. Since that time Detective Hurtt has continued to serve her time as a Major and Minor crimes Detective. Detective Hurtt is married and has three children her awards include: Intermediate & Advanced law enforcement certificate, MDT member with most observed Forensic Interviews (2017 & 2018), most improved shooter at the department.

April Ewing-Page

April Ewing-Page, Robeson County Administrative Assistant April Ewing-Page is originally from Starkville, MS but has been a resident of Lumberton, NC since 2002. She was previously employed as the Interim Executive Director for Robeson County Community Development Corporation. During her time there she obtained certifications in the areas of Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, Budget/Credit Counseling, and Pre-purchase Counseling. Her primary responsibilities were HUD reporting, grant management, and housing counseling. She also worked with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to assist homeowners that were in danger of foreclosure.

April is an active member of a local outreach ministry that focuses on reaching out to those whom others deem as unreachable. She has been a part of this ministry for 4 years and is a Sunday school teacher for the youth. She believes firmly in the ministry’s mission that is derived from the book of Luke 14:23 “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

April is currently working as an Administrative Assistant with the Human Resources Department of Robeson County and is currently attending Fayetteville Technical Community College pursuing her Associates Degree in Business and Finance. Once completed her plans are to transfer to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to work on her Bachelors degree for this field of study. Though her career path has not always been easy or clear she stands on Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Art Malloy

Art Malloy, Association Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, he has worked in higher education for 30 years. He previously served as dean of student success and chief student affairs officer at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Art served as associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at Winston-Salem State University. He has also held leadership roles at Winston-Salem State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Wittenberg University, Ohio State University and North Carolina State University.

His research interests include the moral development of college athletes, and the impact of the social media in the job market. He resides in Fayetteville, NC, with Dr. Vickie Malloy, author, and clinical research pharmacist. They have one son, David, who is a junior at Ohio State University.

Bill Kwasnick

Bill Kwasnick, Vice President of Financial Sales, First Citizens Bank brings knowledge and professionalism to his clients with eight years of experience in the banking industry. Bill serves many roles at First Citizens Bank, including branch manager, retirement planner, and loan generator.

Bill graduated from North Carolina State University with degrees in Business Management and Professional Golf Management. A native of New Bern, NC, Bill now resides in Southern Pines, NC with his wife, Rebecca and dog, Lennon. When not working, Bill can be found with family, on the golf course or playing music with friends.”

Cheryl Harris

Cheryl Harris, Counselor and Outreach Coordinator at Counseling and Psychological Services has been active in the field of behavioral health for the past 13 years.  She is passionate about her current role as a counselor for students on campus and provides them an opportunity to gain skills such as emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.  Eliminating the stigma of seeking help for behavioral health concerns is a goal of Cheryl’s and she has been active on and off campus providing presentations, educational events, and outreach opportunities for topics such as Suicide Prevention, Interpersonal Violence, Stress Reduction, and Bullying Prevention to name a few.  Prior to her work with UNCP, Cheryl served on various community stakeholder committees focusing on mental health advocacy and outreach as a Community Relations Specialist for Eastpointe Managed Care Organization.  Cheryl received her first advocacy job when she became employed with Southeastern Family Violence Center in 2008 as a Domestic Violence Victims Advocate which afforded her the opportunity to provide crisis counseling to survivors and their children, Facilitate a Women’s Against Violent Environments Psychoeducation Group and assist children who needed support due to childhood trauma.  Working with children and adolescents is one of her favorite populations so she was delighted when she received her first job after finishing graduate school at the Baptist Children’s Homes of NC as a Clinician.  She received a wonderful foundation while working their acquiring clinical skills to begin individual, group, and family counseling.  Cheryl became a NC Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011.  She graduated from East Carolina University in May 2006 with her Masters of Social Work and from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with her Bachelors of Social Work in 2005.  She is currently a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer and a Child and Family Team Trainer/Facilitator.  Cheryl is an enrolled member of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe and enjoys her favorite role of being a Wife and a Mother. 

Cory Perris Photo

Cory Perris, Cumberland County Magistrate Graduated from Cape Fear High School in 2004. Received bachelors in Criminal Justice from University of Phoneix. Cory Perris was promoted to a Cumberland County Magistrate on January 1st after working in the Cumberland County Clerks Office. Cory is currently pursuing his masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Capella, and eventually wants to work for the FBI. Cory was voted 2019 40 under 40 in Fayetteville NC. Cory has donated his time to helping out with various community and charity events. Cory was adopted at the age of 16 and has a large blended family consisting of three brothers and three sisters. Cory is the son of Tim Tew and Allison Tew; Tim a retired police officer for 30 years in the Fayetteville Police Department, and Allison

John Walker Rea

John Walker Rea, Recreation Center Supervisor, Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation, a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College (Currently St. Andrews University) with a bachelor degree in Recreation and Sport Management has been with Fayetteville Cumberland Parks and Recreation for 10 years and has been the Director of the Stedman Recreation Center branch for 6 years. He is also the recipient of Best of Fayetteville, Best Recreation Center in 2014, 2015 and 2019.

Kim White

Kim White, Field Employee Relations Manager, Sanderson Farms, Inc., was born and raised in Laurel, MS. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from William Carey University.     

Kimberly White currently serves as the Field Employee Relations Manager at Sanderson Farms, Inc. for the St. Pauls, NC processing Facility. She has worked with Sanderson Farms since 2007 serving as Beginning Trainee, Internal Auditor, and Personnel/Safety Supervisor.

Kimberly White also serves on the Campaign Committee for United Way of Robeson County, NC. In this role, she is tasked with helping to bring awareness to local residents and employers to join the fight for health, education, and income within the local community.

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys singing at her church, spending time with her two daughters, and patronizing local eateries.

Kimberly’s favorite quote is “Be passionate and move with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.”- Ava Duvernay

LaVern Oxendine

LaVern Oxendine, Entrepreneur and Community Advocate Mr. Oxendine, a 60 year old male, is an American Indian of the Lumbee Tribe which is the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River has a 29-year work history in southeastern North Carolina, including southeastern Texas and is currently working part time for the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce as a Retention Specialist.  Retired in 2012 after a 26 year career in the mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse field which included 14 years as adjunct faculty in undergraduate and graduate level social work academia. 

He holds a Master’s in Social Work Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, Texas and an Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. 

As an Administrator/CEO/Assistant Director/Social Worker for a non-profit, Family Alternatives Inc., he oversaw residential and outpatient services for 26 years:  Case Management for individuals challenged with Intellectual Disabilities; Therapeutic Foster Care Services; Supported Employment Services funded by VR; Group Homes for adults challenged with intellectual disabilities; licensed day programs for adults challenged with mental illness; periodic CAPMR/DD services for children and adults; residential programs for CAPMR/DD children and/or adults; and planned transitional housing for homeless veterans. Mr. Oxendine retired November, 2012.  Throughout those years he faithfully volunteered in a variety of local, statewide & national human service organizations.

Linda Faircloth

Linda H Faircloth, Senior Vice President, is a Regional Manager covering the Fayetteville Region in the Carolinas Market for PNC Bank. Her primary office is in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Region encompasses 13 branches, 8 counties from Goldsboro to Lumberton, Fayetteville to Laurinburg. As Regional Manager, Linda H Faicloth is responsible for leading a team of 13 Branch Managers along with 75 total employees.

Linda has more than 40 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry including 12 years in the current position of Regional Manager.

In her current role Linda is responsible for hiring and developing top talent and leading a team of experts to provide superior customer service while providing individualized financial solutions customized for clients.

Linda is a native of Sampson County, where she continues to live. She spends time with her daughter and son and her four grandchildren. She enjoys restoring the farm where she was born, teaching her grandchildren farming and the values she believes comes from hard work and discipline of seeing a job through.

Marcus Bryant

Marcus Bryant, Vice President of First Bank, Alumnus

Marcus Bryant is a Business Development Officer with First Bank serving the Pembroke and Lumberton market. He is a lifelong resident of Robeson County and graduated from Purnell Swett Senior High and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He also attended the University of North Carolina School of Banking and RMA-East Carolina University Commercial Lending School. An active member of his community, he is a member of the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Robeson County Community Foundation Board of Director’s, Glen Flora Board of Directors, and Island Grove Baptist Church. He resides in the Prospect community with his wife, Katina M. Bryant, and children, Baileigh and Jackson.

Melissa Locklear

Melissa Locklear, Nurse Practitioner, graduated from RCC 2002 ADN, RN UNCP 2006 BSN ECU 2012, MSN, FNP Currently at UNCW for the DNP Have worked in Robeson and surrounding areas for greater than 17yrs I have my own Family Practice Business in Rowland NC By DNP project will be on opioid addiction in the Lumbee tribe and have been working in Addiction Medicine for the past year part time. I have been an advanced practice provider for 8 yrs.

Dr. Richard Adams

Dr. Richard C Adams, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Fayetteville, North Carolina currently serves as owner, CEO and oral surgeon for Carolina Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center Fayetteville, North Carolina for 12 years. He was born in Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the United States Army for 3 years. After leaving the military, he attended The Ohio State University to complete both his undergraduate studies and graduated from its’ dental school in 1983. Following graduation, Dr. Adams return to US Army and served an additional 20 years in numerous duty assignments such as: Republic of South Korea, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Honduras Central America, The Pentagon, Martin Army Medical Center Ft Benning, Georgia and Womack Army Medical Center Ft. Bragg. He completed a 4 year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii.

As an Oral Surgeon, he currently serves the city of Fayetteville and its surrounding communities. He routinely performs removal of wisdom teeth, treats facial trauma, performs hard and soft tissue grafting, places dental implants, diagnosis and treats oral pathology and provides intravenous office-based anesthesia. He is a member of various local and national professional organizations.

He is a member of Simon Temple AME Zion Church in Fayetteville, NC and Vice Chairman Board of Trustees Fayetteville State University.

Dr. Adams is married to Maria Adams, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and has 2 daughters. His youngest daughter is a recent graduate of East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.

In his spare time, Dr. Adams enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Shannon Oxendine

Shannon Oxendine, Physical Therapist Assistant, Genesis, is a UNCP Alumna with a Bachelors in Health Education, Licensed Massage and Neuromuscular Therapist, and Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. Shannon has been practicing in the local region for over 10 years. Shannon is Lumbee Indian and has three beautiful children.

Sherry Jones

Sherry Jones, Accounting Technician, UNCP and is primarily responsible for the student and temporary bi-weekly payroll.  She graduated from West Robeson and attended Pembroke State University for 2 years before joining the workforce full time.  She was employed for 21 years with Pembroke Housing Authority.  Prior to her employment with Pembroke Housing she worked at Kayser Roth but quickly learned that she did not want to make that a long term career!    She is a Native American of the Lumbee Tribe.  She is a lifelong resident of Robeson County who resides in the Union Chapel community with her husband Robin and daughter Alissa.  She attends Union Chapel Community Baptist Church.   


Omar Torres

Omar Torres, Graphics Coordinator of Graphic Packaging International is a native of Richlands, North Carolina, and attended The University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he studied applied physics and music. Omar is 22 years old and is currently working for a Fortune 500 company called Graphic Packaging International as the Graphics Coordinator in Lumberton, NC, where he is the supervisor over pre-press production.

Omar was actively engaged throughout his time at UNCP. Omar served on the Board of Trustees as the Student Body President for the Student Government Association in 2018-2019. Throughout his time in SGA Omar was an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and often held workshops on the importance of diversity, engaging challenging conversations, and leadership. He also held a position with The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity for several years, and was in engaged in organizations and fraternity life including Phi Mu Alpha, Greener Coalition, and Model United Nations.

Virginia Teachey

Virginia Teachey serves as the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  In this role, she has oversight of finance, business services, budgeting, facilities, information technology and human resources. In addition, she serves as the chief financial officer for the university as well as the UNCP Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Teachey is a highly skilled executive with 25 years of administrative and financial experience in higher education. She has spent nearly her entire career in higher education, most recently at North Carolina State University where she served as assistant dean for Finance and Business Management for the College of Engineering. As the chief fiscal and administrative officer, she managed a $210 million operating budget and influenced more than 200 staff members supporting the operation of one of NC State’s most renowned academic units. The College of Engineering’s programs and research is consistently ranked among the top engineering schools in the nation.

Ms. Teachey has more than 12 years of course development and academic instruction experience through various roles and as an adjunct instructor at Indiana Business. A perspective, she believes, gives her critical insight into what is at the core of the university’s mission—delivering a high-quality student experience.

Ms. Teachey earned a master’s degree in business administration from Anderson University.