Maness is manager and credit officer of AG First
Bank in Carthage. Todd McNeil Pope (’ 87 AB) of
Chapel Hill has been named the first president and
CEO of TransEnterix, an early-stage, privately held
medical device company. Matthew Benjamin
Shaw (’ 87 ABJO) of Goldsboro has received a third-place award from the National Newspaper Association in the category feature stories, daily newspapers
with circulation of 16,000 or more, for his August
2007 story “Parched, Perplexed,” about a Wilson
family living without water or electricity during a heat
wave. Shaw is a staff writer with
The Wilson Daily
■ family addition
Andy Pulliam (’ 87 AB) and Sarah Vandenberg
Pulliam (’ 91 AB) of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Alice
Isley Pulliam, on Oct. 3, 2008.
Melanie Suzanne Clark-Franklin (’ 87 AB), 59, of
Charlotte; Oct. 10, 2008. Clark-Franklin earned her
degree in mathematics in her late 30s. She spent
much of her time with her three granddaughters.
’ 88 Valerie Vanessa Ashby (’ 88 AB, ’04
PhD) of Chapel Hill delivered the December Commencement address at UNC.
Ashby, a professor of chemistry at UNC, directs the
UNC Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience.
Her awards include UNC’s 2008 Sitterson Award for
freshman teaching and the Black Alumni Reunion’s
2008 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Faculty Award.
Story, page 54. Kimberly Asner-Self (’ 88, ’ 90
MPA) of Carbondale, Ill., has received the Outstand-
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for Counselor Education and Supervision. Asner-Self
is an associate professor in the department of educational psychology and special education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Thomas Ballard
Cole (’ 88 MPH) of Carrboro joined fellow members of
the band When Cousins Marry — Charles Franklin
Blackburn Jr. ’ 73, T. James Dickerson Jr. ’ 73 (AB,
’ 80 MSLS), Steven William Esthimer ’ 73 (AB) and
Spence Foscue — in a gig at the Pittsboro General
Store in October. Their song Quiero Mas Dinero has
taken off as a surprise hit on the KTHX-FM radio
show “The Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot” in Reno, Nev.
Serena Michelle Ebhardt (’ 88 AB) of Apex
directed Michael Lafon Wiley (’04 MFA) and C.
David zum Brunnen Jr. (’ 86 AB) in Wiley’s stage
adaptation of the book Life is So Good at the Holly
Springs Cultural Center. The play tells the story of
George Dawson, a descendant of slaves who lived
into the 20th century. Dr. Adam Eugene Hill (’ 88
AB, ’00 DDS) of Blowing Rock has opened a new
dental facility for the dental practice he took over in
Patricia Victoria Lee (’ 88 ABJO) and Steve Edward
Rosenbaum of Sacramento, Calif.
■ family addition
Benjamin Evans Wall (’ 88 MSPH) and Ashley Taylor
Wall (’ 92 AB) of Wilmington; a son, Henry Taylor Wall,
on July 22, 2008.
Natalie Rae Kraft (’ 88 AB), 42, of Larkspur, Calif.;
July 21, 2008. Kraft was a yoga instructor and massage therapist. In the ’80s, she worked in Asia, managing projects for the Nautilus Institute, World
Environment and Environmental Policy Centers. At
UNC, she was on the Crew Club team and belonged
to Kappa Kappa Gamma.
’ 89 Spencer Lavont Hardy (’ 89 AB) of Winston-Salem has been named principal of
the School of Biotechnology at Atkins
High School. Sandra Dimsdale Horan (’ 89 ABJO)
of Lakeland, Fla., has been named editor of publications for Florida Southern College. Steven Hale
Levin (’ 89 AB) of Baltimore, a former federal prosecutor, has left the Justice Department to open his
own law firm, Levin & Gallagher LLC. Levin also has
been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in
the Army Reserve.
Patricia Townsend Meador (’ 89 MPH), 52, of Chapel
Hill; Sept. 3, 2008. Meador was a lawyer who specialized in health care. After earning her law degree,
she earned her MPH at UNC. She was a partner at
K&L Gates in Research Triangle Park, specializing in
health care regulatory, compliance and operational
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