People in the News
Monday, May 14, 2018
Boys & Girls Clubs celebrate Bland’s service
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is celebrating Trisha Bland , the current regional vice president, for 20 years of service to the clubs.
Bland graduated from East Carolina University with a child development and family relations degree in May of 1998. Her hard work and dedication began with her first step inside of Boys & Girls Clubs. She started out with an internship at the Minges Unit, immediately developing relationships with members and staff. When her internship ended, she was brought on board as a Game Room Supervisor and excelled with the kid’s education in more than just games.
Throughout the years, Bland has been promoted to teen director, program director and unit directors of multiple clubs. In February of 2016, she became director of operations and only a year later, regional vice president serving Lenoir, Beaufort, Greene and Martin Counties.
Chief Operating Officer Donyell Jones said, “Trisha is one of the elite. She never stops working for our kids. Twenty years is such a milestone, and we surely wouldn’t be where we are today without her.”
Bland’s commitment to excellence for the youth in eastern North Carolina is obvious through her years of service and the positive progress of members through her leadership. Her values shine through with her family and community service. She attends church at Koinonia Christian Center in Greenville and gives back to the community as much as her time allows her. Her husband, Kendrick, and son, Damien, are the backbone of her life. Her love for them is unwavering, and so is the love from the Clubs love for her.
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. There are 17 Clubs throughout Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Martin, Greene, Carteret, and Craven Counties serving approximately 1,400 members daily and 3,600 yearly. For more information, visit the Clubs online at www.bgccp.com or call 355-2345.
Griffin to head business development at Crown
Crown LSP Group Inc. recently announced that John Griffin has accepted the position of director of business development.
Griffin will focus on managing existing customers as well as the development of new customer accounts within all divisions. He will work closely with operations to insure all customer needs are met.
Griffin was raised in Nash County and graduated from Northern Nash High School, going on to attend the UNC-Wilmington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Griffin has over 12 years of experience in logistics with extensive experience in customer service, evaluation of customer’s needs and project management.
He shares Crown’s core values and dedication to superior customer service. Company officials are confident that he will be excellent in this position and a strong asset to Crown.
Crown LSP Group is a supply chain solutions company located in eastern North Carolina that provides transportation and logistics, warehousing, value added-services and on-site warehouse operations. Its goal is to provide the absolute best customer experience on every shipment, treating every job with a sense of urgency and providing exceptional attention to every detail in the process.
Cantrell receives financial planner certification
Jordan Cantrell of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Washington, N.C., has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to as a certified financial planner.
Cantrell successfully completed the CFP board's initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination.
Individuals who hold CFP certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and uphold the CFP Board's code of ethics and professional responsibility and financial planning practice standards.
Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada.
Oakwood teacher completes Apple, Google certifications
Eddie Grabill, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at The Oakwood School, is now certified as an Apple Teacher.
Grabill has spent more than 20 hours to meet all of the requirements to become a certified Apple Teacher for iPad, Mac, and Swift coding. The Apple Teacher certification is designed to support educators using Apple products for teaching.
Grabill is also a certified level 1, level 2 and trainer Google teacher. This program trains and tests teachers in the use of the G Suite for Education (previously known as Google Apps For Education) and implementation in the classroom.
This is a total of about 30 hours of online training. He has also completed the training for the Google Apps For Education Administrators to have an in-depth knowledge of the Google Apps and settings available to students and staff.
Wilson inducted into lineman’s Hall of Fame
Woodie Wilson of Greenville has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Lineman’s Museum. He was one of only six people selected this year for the international award.
The ceremony took place on April 28 in the Raleigh Convention Center.
Wilson has spent his career working directly with line crews to complete tasks efficiently and safely, according to officials. As a senior safety and training specialist, Wilson has influenced safety on a local, national and international level. His expertise has qualified his to serve as chief judge for the Public Powers Lineworkers Rodeo.
Wilson has worked in the electrical industry for 40 years. His family attended the induction ceremony.
Freshwater-Smith named to juvenile justice committee
Wilson County District Court Judge Beth Freshwater-Smith has been named a member of the N.C. Juvenile Justice Planning Committee.
Gov. Roy Cooper appointed 18 people to the panel, according to a Thursday news release. Those individuals comprised the majority of 21 appointees announced that day.
“These appointees bring important experience and knowledge to key state boards and commissions,” Cooper said in the release. “I appreciate their willingness to serve our state and look forward to working with them to build a better North Carolina.”
Freshwater-Smith is a district court judge for Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties and was previously senior assistant district attorney. She has served on the Center for Juvenile Justice and Reform’s National Juvenile Prosecutors Network.
As an assistant district attorney, she was responsible for all juvenile and undisciplined minor proceedings in the district and served as the liaison between the district and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina for drug and gun cases.
After 28 years as a prosecutor, Freshwater-Smith was appointed to the bench in April 2016 following District Court Judge William G. Stewart’s retirement. She was elected to a four-year term in November 2016.
Juvenile Justice Planning Committee members were appointed in various categories. Freshwater-Smith’s seat on the panel was to be filled by an elected official representing general-purpose local government, while other seats were reserved for representatives of local law enforcement and representatives of youth workers and nonprofit agencies working with children and families.