People in the News
Monday, February 4, 2019
Powers achieves certification in multiple sclerosis care
A nurse manager with ECU Physicians has been named a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse by the Multiple Sclerosis Nurses International Certification Board.
Lovie A. Powers earned the designation for her expertise in the nursing care of patients with multiple sclerosis and their families. Powers has worked for ECU Physicians Neurology (formerly East Carolina Neurology) nearly 20 years, caring for patients from across eastern North Carolina.
“We are very grateful to have Ms. Powers work as an integral part of the team caring for our patients afflicted with multiple sclerosis,” said ECU neurologist Dr. Christine Tangredi.
“She continues training each year to ensure she remains knowledgeable of the latest multiple sclerosis treatments,” Tangredi said. “Her competency regarding infusions and medications allows our clinic to provide the latest in comprehensive care for our patients. Treatments for multiple sclerosis continue to change rapidly, and we need nurses like Ms. Powers who are willing to educate themselves and the staff regarding these changes.”
Powers received her associate degree in nursing from Pitt Community College. She worked as a pediatric nurse for Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center) before joining ECU in 2000. She has served as nurse manager for ECU Physicians Neurology since 2008.
Leon selected for 2019 Super Lawyers list
Mary-Ann Leon, the owner of The Leon Law Firm, has been selected to the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers list for Employment and Labor attorneys. No more than five percent of the lawyers in North Carolina are selected by Super Lawyers.
Leon has been a practicing attorney in Greenville for 20 years, representing clients in employment matters throughout eastern North Carolina in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, governmental boards and professional licensing agencies. Her practice includes an emphasis representing teachers and other public employees.
Leon received her law degree from the University of North Carolina. She also holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. For more information about Leon and her law practice, go to www.leonlaw.org.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made through a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.
Fields joins Superior Real Estate School
Superior Real Estate School has announced that Frank Fields has joined its team of distinguished Real Estate Educators.
Fields is a North Carolina native. He grew up in Raleigh and moved to Greenville, to attend school at East Carolina University. At ECU he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education, and there he met his wife Andrea who is an educator also.
After teaching several years in public and private schools, he ventured into the world of real estate. Fields has been in real estate since 2002 and now has his own firm and he has been a multi-million dollar producing agent for many years. With his background in education, becoming a real estate instructor was a perfect fit.
In 2011 he joined the J.Y. Monk Real Estate Training Center as an instructor and within a few years he was hired as the school's director. Fields has helped thousands of people earn and maintain their real estate license. He has also helped many brokers become approved real estate instructors. Fields has a passion for learning and for sharing his knowledge by teaching others.
Founded by award-winning real estate veteran Bill Gallagher, Superior School of Real Estate has helped more new agents pass the North Carolina real estate licensing exam on the first attempt than any other school in the state. It helps thousands of students every year at all stages of their career. Superior offers pre-licensing and post-licensing courses as well as continuing education courses.
"I'm excited to be associated with such a dynamic organization,” Fields said. “The number of instructors here who hold the prestigious designation of Distinguished Real Estate Educator (DREI) is more than any other school in the state. Also, the materials and methods used in all the courses are truly ‘superior’ to anything else I've seen before in all my years of real estate education."
Fields will be helping expand the Superior brand throughout eastern North Carolina.
Carney & Co. hires Davis as marketing fellow
Carney & Co., The Marketing Innovation Agency, has expanded its Rocky Mount staff with the addition of Seth Davis.
A native of Nashville, Davis will assist the team with copywriting, market research and digital marketing projects as a marketing fellow. The Marketing Fellowship program affords recent graduates the opportunity to “hit the ground running” in the agency and rotate among the different client service and creative departments.
Davis, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism, is excited about this first step in his marketing career.
“I’ve been here two weeks and am already elbow-deep in a research project for the company VP and other agency and client projects,” Davis said. “I’m excited to see our unique ReVision process in action with clients.”
Skip Carney, president and CSO at Carney & Co., gives more insight into the program and their new hire.
“Seth grew up here, got a great education at Carolina and has the potential to make a difference for the agency and our clients in the Marketing Fellowship program,” Carney said. “We look forward to seeing Seth fulfill that potential.”
Carney & Co. was founded by Carney in 1980.
Photographer earns master artist degree
Angela Blankenship-Daly of Heirloom Portraits in Rocky Mount has earned the Master Artist degree from Professional Photographers of America.
The degree was presented to Daly by PPA president Stephen Thetford, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, on Jan. 20-22 in Atlanta.
This degree means that Daly has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She has been awarded the Master Artist degree in recognition of her superior photographic competence and enhancement of images with artistic techniques as demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. In 2019, she was one of only 24 recipients.
Daly has been in business since 2008, originally in Nashville as AB Photography. She has previously earned the Master Photography degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. In 2018, she added awards to her portfolio for her work submitted to the state, regional and international photographic competitions, including Best in Show and the Silver Medal Award for having all 4 image submissions scoring above 80 out of 100 points possible.
Daly credits the mentors she has made through the state affiliate organization of PPA — the Professional Photographers of North Carolina — with the development of her skills.
Professional Photographers of America is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association with a 150-year history. It currently helps 30,000-plus pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers.
Southern Bank promotes Edgar to senior VP
Southern Bank has announced the promotion of William D. Edgar Jr. to senior vice president and regional credit officer in the Rocky Mount area.
He has been in the banking industry for the past 17 years.
A native of Fayetteville, Edgar earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the UNC-Wilmington. He is also a graduate of East Carolina University, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Edgar is a board member of the North Carolina Rate Bureau and a member of the Nash-Rocky Mount Rotary Club.
Edgar and his wife, Amanda Edgar, reside in Nashville with their daughter, Kendall. He attends First United Methodist Church of Rocky Mount, where he serves as a member of the Church Council.
Founded in 1901, Southern Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern BancShares Inc. With its corporate headquarters located in Mount Olive, the bank has total assets of approximately $2.6 billion and over 60 locations in North Carolina and Virginia. More information about the bank is available on the Internet at southernbank.com.