Global Immigration Forum and a discussion leader
for the panel Global Immigration in a Changing World:
Terrorism, Migration and Business Immigration.
Fialkowski is a partner in Klasko Immigration Law
Partners. ◆ Dr. Joseph Earl Roberts Jr. (’ 87 MD)
of Pembroke has been named medical director of
the hospitalist program at Southeastern Regional
Medical Center. Affiliated with Lumber River Family
Practice since 1995, Roberts has served as
president of the medical staff at Southeastern
Health as well as a board member.
1988 updates Elizabeth Anne “Lisa”
Dickey (’88 BA) of West Hollywood, Calif., has
published Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across
a Changing Russia. In the book, Dickey visits and
revisits Russia, first in 1995, returning in 2005 and
again in 2015, interviewing people from all walks of
life to find out how life in Russia had changed over
those 20 years. Dickey is an author and ghostwriter
who has appeared as a storyteller at live events
including the Moth Grand Slam. ◆ Renee Hom
Neary (’88 JD) of Atlanta has joined Boyd Collar
Nolen & Tuggle as a family law associate. Neary
is active in the family law sections of the State
Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.
She is a founding member of the Georgia Asian
Pacific Bar Association. ◆ Shana Stephens Plott
(’88 BA) of Charlotte has been named CEO of
Coleman Lew + Associates, the first female CEO
in the executive search company’s 37-year history.
Plott concentrates in the health care and nonprofit
1989 update E. Patrick Johnson (’ 89
BA, ’ 91 MA) of Chicago has published No Tea, No
Shade: Writings in Black Queer Studies. In this edited
collection, Johnson, the chair of the department of
African-American studies and the Carlos Montezuma
Professor of performance studies and African-American studies at Northwestern University, has
selected writings through the lens of his experience
as a man who is black, Southern and gay in order
to shed light on the way people use performance to
maintain their culture and pass down traditions.
obituary Tracy Chappell Curtner (’ 89 BA, ’ 92
JD), 48, of Raleigh; June 5, 2016. Curtner spent
10 years as an assistant attorney general in the
N.C. Justice Department. She then worked for two
law firms in Raleigh, specializing in civil litigation.
She opened her own practice in 2014. At UNC, she
belonged to Alpha Phi Omega.
1990 updates Sterling Ashley
Spainhour Jr. (’ 90 BA) of Atlanta has been named
senior vice president and general counsel of
Southern Co. Services. Previously, as a partner at
Jones Day, Spainhour worked on several Southern
Co. projects, including the company’s acquisition of
Southern Co. Gas, PowerSecure International and a
50 percent equity interest in the Southern Natural
Gas pipeline system. ◆ Harry Austin Starnes (’ 90
ABEd) of Littleton has been named vice president
of instruction at Edgecombe Community College.
Starnes’ prior experience includes dean of the
Division of Arts and Sciences at Edgecombe and
11 years as a senior academic and administrative
officer at the UNC System General Administration.
obituary Dyanne Duffy Barnes (’ 90 BA), 48, of
Bel Air, Md.; Aug. 4, 2016. Duffy, a registered nurse,
was named Baltimore Nurse of the Year in 2015.
1991 updates R. Carl Paschall III
(’ 91 BA) of Lorton, Va., has been named deputy
assistant secretary of state in the U.S. State
Department’s Counterterrorism & Countering Violent
Extremism Bureau. Paschall celebrated his 25th
anniversary as a senior Foreign Service officer in
October 2016. ◆ Cynthia Marie Smith (’ 91 BA) of
San Francisco has been appointed to the board of
Nivalis Therapeutics, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical
company. Smith is chief commercial officer of ZS
Pharma, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca.
1992 updates William Wooten Bland
(’ 92 JD, ’00 MAC) of Goldsboro has been elected
Superior Court judge for N.C. District 8-B. Bland is
a former assistant district attorney now in private
practice. ◆ Gregory Jacques Parent (’ 92 ABJM, ’98
JD) of Atlanta has been voted the No. 1 Mediator/
Arbitrator by the Daily Report. Parent is a lawyer
and team leader with Miles Mediation & Arbitration
Service. He began a three-year term on the GAA
Board of Directors in 2016.
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