alliance between his philanthropic organization, the
James Worthy Foundation, and Gaston Community
Action to establish James Worthy Empowerment
Center in Gaston. The center offers activities and
programs that support at-risk youth, military veterans and their communities. Worthy played for 12
years with the Los Angeles Lakers and was an All-American player at UNC.
Feb. 25, 2011. O’Neal had been an elementary
’ 86 Robert Craig Bryant (’ 86 ABJO) of Alpharetta, Ga., has been named tour- nament director of the Atlanta Tennis
Championships, an Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour event to be played at the Racquet
Club of the South, July 18-24. Bryant also serves as
U.S. Tennis Association’s Southern director of sales
and marketing. ◆ Jena Page Culler (’ 86 BSBA) of
Charlotte has been reappointed to the Mecklenburg
County District Court. ◆ Eugene Stanley Putnam Jr.
(’ 86 MBA) of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been promoted to
president and CFO of Universal Technical Institute, a
provider of automotive technical training including
automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and
marine technicians. ◆ H. Holden Thorp (’ 86 BSCH) of
Chapel Hill, chancellor of UNC, participated in a panel
discussion, “Building the Economy & Jobs of the
Future,” hosted by The Atlantic magazine in February.
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Vincent Bernard DiFranco (’ 86, ’ 88 MSPH) and
Brandy Audelia Holloway DiFranco of Torrington,
Wyo.; a daughter, Violet Virginia Blue DiFranco, on
Sept. 19, 2010.
Dr. Harold Hett Gillum (’ 86 MD), 55, of Roseville,
Calif.; Feb. 22, 2011. Gillum was an internist in
Roseville. He served in the Army in the Vietnam War
and received the Army Medal of Commendation for his
work on malaria research. ◆ Dr. L. Ashley Stroud (’ 86
AB), 46, of New Bern; March 23, 2011. Stroud was
a founder of the Heart Center of Eastern Carolina.
borough joined fellow UNC alumni and local friends
in the production of the inaugural Murphey School
Radio Show, a variety show and fundraiser to benefit
four nonprofits that serve people dealing with mental health issues: Club Nova, Freedom House
Recovery Center, Mental Health America of the Triangle and XDS Inc. ◆ Karen Marshall Overstreet
(’87 BSPHR) of Blue Bell, Pa., has received the
2011 Leadership Award from the Alliance for CME.
Overstreet, executive director of the Lippincott CME
Institute, also received awards for Best Practice in
Collaboration With CME Stakeholders and Best Practice in Professional Development from the National
Association of Medical Education Cos.
Vicki Lynn O’Neal (’87 ABEd), 45, of Chapel Hill;
’ 88 Mark Allen Davis (’ 88 AB, ’ 91 JD) of Raleigh has been named general counsel to Gov. Beverly Perdue. ◆ Mark
Lee Glover (’ 88 BSPHR, ’ 94 DPHAR) of West Palm
Beach, Fla., has published a second edition of his
book Application and Review of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy. Glover is an associate professor at Nova
Southeastern University. ◆ Neil David Kodsi (’ 88 AB)
of Miami Shores, Fla., has formed a new law firm,
Alderman & Kodsi, specializing in commercial and
personal injury litigation. ◆ David Knight Liggett (’ 88
AB, ’ 95 JD) of Raleigh has been named managing
partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, succeeding his
father, Frank R. Liggett III (’ 63 AB, ’ 66 LLBJD). Both
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’87 Mark Clodfelter (’87 PhD) of Alexan- dria, Va., has published Beneficial Bombing: The Progressive Foundations
of American Air Power, 1917-1945. Clodfelter is a
professor of military strategy at the National War
College. ◆ Nancy Nuckles Colyar (’87 MSLS) of
Bossier City, La., has been named associate director
for support services and planning at the Shreve
Memorial Library, serving Shreveport and Caddo
Parish. ◆ Marc Addison Francis (’87 AB) of Durham
has been named lead pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist
Church. ◆ Stephen Vernon Frye (’87 PhD) is co-author of “Too Many Roads Taken,” an article published in the Feb. 10, 2011, edition of Nature, which
addresses the pattern of research activity since the
mapping of the human genome that looks at proteins. Frye is a research professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and director of the Center
for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery.
◆ David Lamont Jackson (’87 AB) of Matthews has
been named a managing director in real estate capital markets at Wells Fargo. ◆ Melissa Ann Jarrell
(’87 ABEd) of Florence, S.C., has been inducted into
the Florence Athletic Hall of Fame. Jarrell, former
head softball coach at UNC-Wilmington, was co-captain and MVP at UNC in 1986 and served on the
UNC softball field project steering committee (1999-
2000). ◆ Peter Richard Kramer (’87 MSW) of Hills-
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