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Congratulations to Ricky Layton (’76), who was recognized by the Wake County Board of Commissioners as the 2012 Wake County Government Volunteer of the Year. The following is from the commissioners report:  “Each year the Wake County Board of Commissioners recognizes outstanding volunteers with an award and recognition program, in coordination with State level volunteer awards. Volunteers are nominated from both internal and external agencies, including non-profits and community partners. A selection committee then evaluates the nominations based on the volunteer efforts, accomplishments and impact in the community… Wake County Government Volunteer of the Year: Ricky Layton, Citizens Well-Check Program. Ricky Layton has coordinated a picnic in September and breakfast in December for the participants and volunteers of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Well-Check Program for the past five years. Participants in the Well-Check Program, seniors living alone, receive an automated call 365 days a year asking if they are in need of assistance. Layton treats these seniors to a fish fry or BBQ lunch at his home each September and a breakfast before they participate in the Raleigh Christmas Parade each December. Ricky’s wife, Pam, died of ovarian cancer in July of 2011, but even after this loss the Layton family sought to continue the yearly picnic that September. Ricky and his family have shown true commitment to the participants in the Well-Check Program by hosting these gatherings and caring for these Wake County seniors.”

Each year, WCA posts our graduates’ intended colleges, but you may wonder what course of study they finally completed.  We’ll use this newsletter to highlight alumni who are working in a specific field, and spend some time catching up with them.  Below is a listing of some former WCA graduates who went on to pursue careers in the science and medical fields:

Randy Ball (Class of 75)

  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill graduate with BS degree in Pharmacy
  • Received License to practice pharmacy after required hours of Externships and Internships and sitting for the Boards from the Board of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacist in a community setting as well as a Pharmacist Consultant with long term care facilities

Dr. Ty Wadsworth (Class of 78)

  • 1982 North Carolina State University graduate with a BS degree in Zoology, Magna Cum Laude
  • 1986 UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine graduate with a Doctor of Medicine degree
  • 1986-89 Residency at Family Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Department of Family Practice, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1989-1990 Fellowship at Primary Care Sports Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2012-Present Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • 2009-Present Medical Director, Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2009-2012 Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • 2007-2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • 2007-2012 Program Director, Saint Louis University Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • 2005-Present Medical Director, Sundance Clinical Research, LLC, St. Louis, MO
  • 1997-Present Attending Physician, President, CEO, Sports Medicine Consultants, PC, St. Louis, MO
  • 1994-2007 Medical Director -St. John’s Mercy Sports & Therapy Center, St. Louis, MO
  • 2001-2006 Assistant Medical Director, St. John’s Mercy Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, St. Louis, MO
  • 1993-1994 Instructor, Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO
  • 1990-1993 Attending Physician, St. Croix Valley Clinic, Stillwater, MN
  • Numerous published articles in medical journals, newspapers and popular publications; published books; presentations at various medical meetings; TV and radio appearances
  • http://www.aosportsmedicine.com/tyler-wadsworth
  • http://www.fitpronutrition.com/main.asp?nID=564

Dr. Margaret Edwards (Meyer-Cuno) (Class of 79)

  • Meredith College graduate with a BS degree in Biology
  • North Carolina State University graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinarian for 25 years
  • Owner of Wellington Animal Hospital in Cary, NC
  • http://www.wellingtonanimalhospital.com/

Tammy Dupree Ferebee (Class of  79)

  • 1983 Appalachian State University graduate with a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • 1984 East Carolina University graduate with a MS in Speech/Language Pathology
  • Speech/language pathologist for 28 years as of January, 2013
  • Employed at Caswell Center for the first three years that she was out of school
  • Employed by currently by Venture Rehab Group in Greenville, NC
  • Works with preschoolers in the Lenoir County School System and with adults through a Home Health Agency, where she treats various disorders in children and works with adult patients who have had strokes, have swallowing problems, traumatic brain injuries, etc

Ginger Lane Bryan (Class of 82)

  • Wake Technical Community College graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Winston Salem State University graduate with a BS degree in Nursing
  • Registered Nursefor 30 years
  • Current position for 24 years
  • Supervisor/Educator in Cardiovascular Intermediate Care at Wake Med, Raleigh, NC
  • Responsible for education of staff and daily operations of department

Susan Wadsworth Pearce (Class of 80)

  • 1984 Meredith College graduate with a B.S. degree in Biology and a second major in Chemistry
  • Worked at RTI International for 25 years as a Research Biologist
  • Works in the Laboratory of Reproductive and Endocrine Toxicology, where she analyzes samples from clinical trials and toxicology studies for effects on the reproductive and endocrine systems

Donna Lane, RNC-OB (Class of 81)

  • 1986 Wake Technical Community College graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing
  • 2003 Winston Salem State University graduate with a BS degree in Nursing
  • Manager of L&D at Wake Med Raleigh NC
  • 25 years of service at Wake Med
  • Oversee the daily operations of a busy OB unit.
  • Manages over 100 employees including nurses, surgical technicians and secretaries.

Tim Shepard (Class of 83)

  • Received three levels of AALAS training (American Association of Laboratory Animal Science) the highest level being Technologist
  • Many training labs and seminars involved
  • Worked at The Hamner Institute for Health Sciences for 26 years
  • Job title was Senior Toxicology Technician
  • Work involved carrying out protocols that involved lab animals

Pamela Pate Bass (Class of 84)

  • Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1988 Campbell University graduate with a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry
  • Worked as a Pharmalogical Laboratory Researcher for the Medical College of Virginia
  • Worked for 10 years in a variety of different types of research arenas of which her favorites were designer drug research, opiate research, morphine, nicotine, and PCP research
  • Went back to school at the Medical College of Virginia and obtained her B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene
  • Worked for the past 16 years as a dental hygienist part-time and as a mother of 3 full time

Dr. James Holleman (Class of 84)

  • 1988 North Carolina State University graduate with a BS degree in Zoology
  • 1992 UNC Chapel Hill graduate with a Doctor of Medicine degree
  • Completed six years of surgical residency in 1998 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte
  • Worked in an underserved area in Sparta, NC for about five years
  • Completed an integrative medicine fellowship in December 2010 through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson which was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil
  • In early 2012, became an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University Nurse Anesthesia program
  • Teaches physiology and pathophysiology to nurse anesthesia students
  • General surgeon in Columbus, NC employed by Carolinas Physician Network out of Charlotte
  • Chief medical officer at St. Luke’s Hospital also in Columbus
  • http://www.wcu.edu/31200.asp
  • http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/

Cindy Pleasants Crist (Class of 85)

  • 1995 Wake Technical Community College Nursing School graduate
  • Registered nurse
  • Works in the Surgical Trauma Intensive care unit at Wake Med
  • Takes care of trauma patients ( MVC, gunshot wounds, all trauma brought into the hospital)
  • Has worked for Wake Med for 17 years
  • Loves her job!!

Dr. Stewart Collins (Class of 87)

  • Attended UNC Chapel Hill and majored in Business Administration
  • Received his Master’s Degree at N.C. State University in cellular physiology
  • Obtained his Medical Degree at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • Completed a 5 year General Surgery Residency in the University of Virginia Health Systems. Finished his training in Plastic Surgery at the Sutherland Institute at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City
  • Board certified plastic surgeon, who has been in practice for7 years in Cary, NC

Dr. Paul Hoyle (Class of 88)

  • North Carolina State University graduate
  • The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina graduate with a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology
  • Worked at the NCSU Veterinary College for 2 years as a scientist
  • Entered the pharmaceutical industry at AstraZeneca in 2000
  • Led the Medical Affairs team for the launch of the drug Nexium
  • Served a few other roles at AZ, then left and came to Shire pharmaceuticals where he has been since 2009
  • Global Commercial Lead for New Products in the gastrointestinal therapeutic area.
  • Provides scientific and commercial feasibility assessments of potential drug candidates in order to determine if they should be acquired (if they are external) or develop them (if they are internal).

Michelle Perry (Class of 89)

  • Has been a Registered Nurse for 18 years
  • Is currently the only RN working part time in a GI office
  • Prior to that she was a stay at home mom for ten years and then worked at Wake Med on New Bern Avenue on the cardiac floor

Susan Crane Nader (Class of 90)

  • 1994 Liberty University graduate with a BS degree in Psychology
  • Additional education at Wake Tech for dental assisting
  • Worked as a dental assistant for 12 years
  • Chair of the Dental Assisting Program at Miller Mott College, Wilmington

Paula Pierce (Class of 90)

  • Registered Nurse for 18 years
  • School nurse at Wake Christian Academy since 2008

Jake Behringer (Class of 93)

  • 2008 UNC-Wilmington graduate
  • 2012 Ross University School of Medicine
  • Pursuing medical residency in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Alan Sanders (Class of 94)

  • Western Carolina University graduate with a BS in Emergency Medical Care
    Worked with Wake County Emergency Services as an EMT
    Works now as a 911 dispatcher

David Lee (Class of 95)

  • 1999 North Carolina State University graduate with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Employed by GE Healthcare Technologies for 12.5 years in Florence, SC
  • Position title is Advanced Project Engineer
  • Work involves Advanced Technology Development (ATD) of magnet and gradient sub-systems for GE Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines
  • Activities include design and development of both product hardware and advanced manufacturing techniques to enable future MRI devices with improved imaging performance

Jennifer Brady Collins (Class of ’96)

  • 2000 North Carolina State University graduate with a B.S. in Biological Sciences
  • 2006 North Carolina State University graduate with a Masters degree in Functional
  • Genomics. Worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in RTP
  • Currently a Program Analyst in the Division of Extramural Research and Training

Dr. Rob Fish (Class of 96)

  • North Carolina State University graduate with a BS degree in Zoology.
  • 2004 East Carolina University graduate with a Master’s degree in Cell Biology
  • 2008 East Carolina University graduate with a Doctorate in Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine
  • Radiology Residency Program at the University of Florida

Scott Godwin (Class of 96)

  • 2001 East Carolina University graduate with a BS degree in Business Management and Marketing
  • Works for Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals where he is a Diabetes Care Specialist, promoting insulin products to physicians and hospitals.

Crystal Powell Modlin (Class of 96)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
  • Associate’s degree in nursing
  • RN since 2005

Dr. Christan Turner Holt (Class of ’97)

  • 2004 Campbell University graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Worked at High Point Regional Hospital
  • Worked one week each year for five years in Guayaquil, Ecuador at medical clinic that provides free care to small villages outside city

Dr. Ryan Swanson (Class of 00)

  • 2008 Campbell University graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the School of Pharmacy.
  • One-year executive residency in association management with the North Carolina
  • Association of Pharmacists (NCAP)

Katie Sturgill Edmondson (Class of 01)

  • 2005 Barton College graduate with a BS degree in nursing
  • Works as a registered nurse at Raleigh Pediatric Associates

Tony Woolet (Class of 01)

  • 2005 North Carolina State University graduate with a BS degree in Chemistry
  • 2009 Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University graduate
  • Residency at optometry practice in Goldsboro

Burke Dickens (Class of 02)

  • 2006 Appalachian State University graduate with a BS in Exercise Science
  • 2008 Duke School of Nursing graduate
  • Worked in Duke’s Cardiac ICU for 3 1/2 years
  • Work at Mission Hospital in Asheville in the Cardiac ICU
  • Starting an Adult Nurse Practitioner program in January through Duke

Nathan Humphries (Class of 02)

  • Received a four-year degree at Columbia International University with double-major in
  • Bible and Bible Teaching and minor in Biblical Languages
  • Took courses at NC State and Wake Tech
  • Worked six years of IT prior to working at Cone Health (two years as a Network Crew Lead for a subcontracting company, four years as a Help Desk Analyst at Columbia International University)
  • Field Engineer at Cone Health, deploying and repairing computers and printers
  • Currently working for the End User Device and Application Engineering team at the Cone Health hospital system in Greensboro, NC. Cone Health is rolling out a new program called Cone HealthLink that will become its main electronic medical record software
    Job is to make sure the hardware deployments go smoothly before our go-live dates
  • Assess department needs before the deployment, be available during the deployment, and follow-up on any issues afterwards

Nikki Jackson Hefner (Class of 03)

  • 2007 Liberty University graduate with a BS degree in Nursing
  • RN in the Cardiac Surgery ICU, where she receives patients from the operating room after any type of open heart surgery and takes care of them until they are stable enough to go to an intermediate care floor
  • RN for 5 years

Michelle Larson (Class of 03)

  • 12/2010 East Carolina University graduate with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Worked as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for 1.5 years at Pediatric Therapy Associates, which is a pediatric private practice with locations in Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest, and Cary.(https://mail.wakechristianacademy.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=bfa0381200d144609796d4a93edfa7ad&URL=http%3a%2f%2fpedtherapy.com%2f)
  • Pediatric OTs work with children who have behavioral challenges, developmental differences (including gross and fine motor delays), difficulty with attention and focus, perceptual impairments, handwriting delays, and dyspraxia. In OT, we work on the skills needed for various “jobs” children have on a daily basis. Some of these jobs include school skills such as cutting, coloring, handwriting, organization, and attention; home skills/ self-care activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting, and feeding; coordination for greater independence in PE class, sports, or playing on the playground safely. Play-based activities are used to motivate the children and make therapy fun and rewarding for everyone involved.

Zack Otto (Class of 03)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Campbell University
  • Has worked in law enforcement (DEA) and military
  • Has worked 1 year with Quintiles
  • Works with contractors in North America as a first line manager to ensure quality and promptness of Clinical Research Associates of Quintiles

Dr. Troy Swanson, O.D. (Class of 03)

  • 2003-2006 attended Bob Jones University
  • 2010 Southern College of Optometry with a Doctor of Optometry degree, magna cum laude
  • Optometrist for the last 2 years at My Eyes Optometry (located at the 40/42 intersection in Garner)
  • As an optometrist, Troy examines people’s eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases; prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses; prescribe medications to treat conditions such as glaucoma and conjunctivitis; provide preoperative and postoperative care to cataract and LASIK patients; and diagnose conditions due to systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure and refer patients to other health practitioners as needed

Andy Woolet (Class of 03)

  • Wake Technical Community College graduate with an Associate’s Degree in EMT
  • Received both National and NC Certification
  • Is an EMT in Wilson, NC

Allan Howard (Class of 04)

  • North Carolina State University graduate with a BS degree in forestry and a minor in wildlife science
  • Working toward a Master’s degree in plant pathology

Jon Douros (Class of 05)

  • 2009 Shaw University Summa Cum Laude graduate who graduated summa cum laude
  • Presently under a full scholarship pursuing a doctorate degree from North Carolina State University doing research in functional genomics.

Barrett Martin (Class of 05)

  • 2010 Barton College Summa Cum Laude graduate with a BS degree in Biology
  • Completing Optometry school at the University of Alabama
  • Residency will be with Dr. Bob Johnson of Johnson Optometry
  • 2011-2012 Student of the Year with a $500 scholarship

Dr. Morgan Surles (Class of 05)

  • 2012 Campbell University graduate in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Pharmacist with Kerr Drug

Jessica Buker Chiu (Class of 06)

  • 2009 Liberty University graduate
  • Pursuing her Doctor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio

Grace Hilliard (Class of 06)

  • 2010 North Carolina State University Magna Cum Laude graduate with a BS degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Genetics

Eric Jones (Class of 06)

  • North Carolina State University Summa Cum Laude graduate with a BS degree in Material Science Engineering
  • Presently under a full scholarship pursuing a doctorate degree from MIT doing research in Electronic Nanotechnology
  • Published in the American Journal of Applied Physics

Brittney Martin (Class of 08)

  • Attended Liberty University for 2 years
  • EMT License from Central Virginia Community College
  • Working toward becoming a paramedic
  • Works at Rex Hospital as a CNA and EMT.

Please keep us updated with news, accomplishments, contact information and e-mail by contacting: David Williams (919) 334-0977 davidwilliams@wakechristianacademy.com.
5500 Wake Academy Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

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