2017 CSCENC Board of Directors Officers
President: Feryl Masters
Secretary: Claudia Sundman
Vice-President: Lynn Pischke
Treasurer: Lindsey Smith
Past President: Betty Greer
Information about members of the 2017 CSCENC Board of Directors
Patrice Alexander has a BFA, Drama/Design, Carnegie-Mellon University, a MPA, Public Administration with a concentration in Community Health, East Carolina University and a PhD in Psychology/Human Resource Development, NC State University. She is trained in clinical suppervision, mediation resolution, team-building, re-motivation group therapy, and critical incident stress debriefing/management. And she is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a licensed and Certified Employee Assistance Professional (EAP) and has Senior Human Resources Professional Certification (SPHR). Her past experience includes Human Resources Director for Greenville Utilities Commission; Plant Human Resources Manager, Sara Lee Bakery; Regional Human Resources Manager, International Paper in Wooster, Ohio; and, Employee Relations Manager, Champion International/International Paper, Roanoke Rapids, NC. She is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at East Carolina University where she teaches Leadership, Public Administration and Political Science. She serves as the Chair of the MPA Advisory Council, ReLeaf, Washington Montessori Public Charter School, and the NC Coastal Society of Human Resource Management. Additionally, she is past member of Board of Directors of Greenville Noon Rotary Club.
Connie Conner has a BA degree from Stetson University in Elementary Education and a Masters of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University. She has served well over twenty years in education teaching kindergarten, first and second grades, and for the past ten years worked as a Media Specialist. She received the Flagler County Teacher of the Year Award in 2000. She has written and received numerous grants from educational foundations as well as a $50,000.00 Perkins Grant for remodeling the Belvoir Elementary School Library. She is a breast cancer survivor and has assisted and led activities for local organizations to promote breast cancer awareness. She also works with women on a one-to-one basis as they struggling with the disease. In Pitt County along with her oncologist, she created the “Pink Ribbon Run” which has raised $100,000.00 to help women deal with breast cancer issues.
Elizabeth Stetson Gaylord has a BA degree from UNC, Chapel Hill and a Masters degree in Special Education from East Carolina University. She worked as the Assistant Head of MBA Recruitment for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets’ Institutional Sales and Training on Wall Street in New York City. She was a registered stock broker and worked as a sales assistant on Government Bond Sales and Trading Floor at Merrill Lynch in NYC. She was a member of the Junior League of San Francisco where she organized fundraising events for women’s and children’s charities; she chaired fundraising auctions and graduation ceremonies for her children’s schools. She serves as a Deacon in the First Christian Church and is an active member of the Service League of Greenville. She has served as the CSCENC Board secretary since 2013.
Betty Greer has worked with cancer patients since 1969. Prior to hospice coming to this country, she developed and managed a support program for those dying of cancer and in this effort was mentored by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. She chaired the five-county (Watauga, Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery) New River Mental Health Board; she helped establish two hospice programs; served as the executive director of the Wake Co. Unit of The American Cancer Society; and, in Ashe Co., she founded one of NC’s first day care centers for children with special needs. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University and holds seven certifications in volunteer administration. She has served on numerous Boards including the National Rural Mental Advisory Council, the Governor’s Council on Citizen involvement, the Governor’s Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Association of Area Boards of Mental Health, the Eastern Appalachian Children’s Council, the Western Regional Planning Committee for Area Boards and the Western Regional Facility Planning Council. She served as president of NC Association of Volunteer Administrators; president of NC Society of Directors of Volunteer Services; vice president of the national Association of Volunteer Administrators; and, she served on the developmental and founding Board of Directors for Hospice of Buncombe Co. She is a founding member of CSCENC and served as it’s president from June of 2012 until December of 2014; she currently serves as past president, CSC laison and is the acting CEO. She is retired from Rex Healthcare where she directed both salaried staff and 1200+ volunteers who contributed a quarter of a million hours of service per year.
Stephanie Hinnant is the Hilton-Greenville Director of Business Development/Sales since 2011. Previously she was the Sales Manager for Taff Office Equipment and Branch Manager for Manpower. She has a BS Degree from East Carolina University. Her professional affiliations include: Board of Directors and Past President of the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce; Board of Director for the Pitt County Economic Development Committee; Board of Director and Past President of the Pitt County United Way; Member and Past President of the Society for Human Resource Management; L.I.F.E./Strive Board of Directors and Past President; Pitt Community College Alumni Advisory Board; Board of Directors for Uptown Greenville; and, Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club.
Feryl Masters is a chemical engineer and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. After retiring, he formed Feryl, Inc, a consulting company. His contracts have taken him to sites throughout the US and in other countries. He is past president and a current member of Beaufort County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors; he was an active member of Toastmasters International for many years and served as Area and Division Governor; he is the president and has been the chairman of several committees for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville; he served as president of the statewide organization of Families Learning Together; and, he is the past president and past treasurer of the Universalist Convention of NC. He is a member and Secretary of the Beaufort County Choral Society. Additionally he served as the CSCENC vice president for two years and has been president since January of 2015. Currently, he has added student to his status and is studying business and accounting.
Lynn Pischke is an Account Executive for WNCT & CW Network. Previously she was the Vice President of Programs and Events of the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce; Executive Director of the Pitt Co. Literacy Volunteers of America; Director of Development for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the Heart Association; Executive Director of the Detroit Kids Without Cancer; Director of Philanthropy at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital; Senior Development Director at the Henry Ford Hospice and Community Care Service in Detroit, MI; Major Gifts Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and, Executive Director of Leukemia Research, Life Inc. She was a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is certified as a LACES manager and as a Work Key/ CRC Instructor. She attended the Georgia Institute for Organizational Management and the Kresge Eye Institute.
Lindsey Forde-Smith has spent her professional life working in the fields of education and medicine. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA Ed.) and East Carolina University where she completed degrees in Education and Social Work (MAEd. and MSW), and Methodist University where she earned her Physician Assistant Degree specializing in Emergency Medicine (EMPA). She is committed to integrating education and health care in Eastern North Carolina specifically to women’s health and children’s mental health. She has traveled nationwide to promote service learning, character education, and childhood suicide prevention. Lindsey is a Stage IV breast cancer survivor and currently devotes a majority of her time supporting other cancer survivors by helping them learn about their illnesses and treatments and linking them to other survivors. She also hosts weekly “Healthy Living” groups to talk to young women in the community about early detection and lifestyle decisions conducive to cancer prevention. Her professional affiliations include Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, Greater Greenville Kiwanis, The North Carolina Center for the Prevention of School Violence and METAvivor, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and research for Stage IV breast cancers.
Brenda Stewart has a BA in Mathematics from Duke University; a MA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University; and, an ABD in Anthropology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has many years programming main frame computers and over 20 years experience in accounting with Moore Business Solutions, Inc. She has served as the CSCENC treasurer since 2015.
Claudia Sundman has been involved with CSCENC since it’s inception. Her strong desire to help those facing cancer began when her husband developed a deadly type of brain cancer. He died one year after he was diagnosed. Claudia decided at that time she would help others facing this terrible disease. Along with her significant volunteer work with cancer patients and caregivers, she is an avid traveler and has visited over 30 countries, many for a three to six-month visit. For ten years, Claudia was the Chief Purser on the ship SS Ocean Phoenix. Currently, she is a volunteer at Vidant’s Home Health and Hospice programs; she was formerly a volunteer at Vidant Medical Center. She worked with CSCENC since it’s inception.
Susan Waldrum has a BA in English and a MA in Counseling with a concentration in marriage and family from the University of Alabama; and Post Masters work at the University of Minnesota for licensure as a parent and family educator. Her work history includes serving as a volunteer coordinator for a Crises Center and a Parent Educator for parents of newborns and children up to five-years old. Additionally, she has extensive volunteer experience in a crisis center, in an early intervention center working with special needs children, in her church, and currently as a lay navigator for cancer patients. She is a breast cancer survivor.
Kathryn Walker began her career as a Radiologic Technologist and later became a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. She was the Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Henry County Memorial Hospital in Indiana. While rearing four children, she served as an officer in numerous school based programs. Currently she serves on East Carolina University’s Medical and Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors, the Youth Opportunity Center Foundation Board of Directors (Muncie, Indiana), as well as the Cancer Support Community Eastern NC, Inc Board. She also served on the Operations Board of Directors of the Youth Opportunity Center. Her main focus is supporting her husband in his work as Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Director of Thoracic Oncology, and Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center. She and her husband established the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center Lung Cancer Awareness Fund, the Coach Rock Roggeman Cancer Research Fund to support investigator-initiated clinical trials at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, and the Paul R and Kathryn M Hettinger Walker Distinguished Professorship. She is a member of the East Carolina University Chancellor’s Society and the Order of the Cupola.
Advisor and Medical Advisory Committee Chair
Mary Raab McConnell, M.D. has served as an active advisor to the CSCENC Board of Directors since its inception. She was one of the first medical oncologists to practice in eastern North Carolina and worked for 33 years as a leading professor and administrator at the Brody School of Medicine. She was an attending physician for over 25 years at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, now Vidant Medical Center, serving as the first female chief of staff. Dr. Raab began her career in Greenville in 1977 as an assistant professor of medicine at Brody and retired as a full professor in 2010. She served assistant director of admissions and was a founding faculty member of Hematology/Oncology Clinical Services, where she served as medical director from 1994 to 1998. In honor of her dedication, her colleagues, friends, and grateful patients established the Drs. Mary and Spencer Raab Distinguished Professorship in Medical Oncology to assist in recruiting and retaining quality faculty and physicians. With her second husband, she established the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge where she served as the capital campaign co-chair. In 2012, Dr. Raab was presented with the Legacy Award by the Greater Greenville Community Foundation. She received the Pride in Profession Award from the American Medical Association in 2001, the Guardian of Hope Award in 1999 from the PCMH Foundation and the Clinical Service Award from the medical school in 1998. She is a member of the Vidant Medical Center Governing Board and the Wells Fargo Regional Board of Directors. She is a member of the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors, and she has served as a member of the ECU Board of Visitors and as a member of the Laupus Library Friends of the Library Board of Directors. Currently she is the honorary chair of the Vidant Cancer Center Campaign.