Distinguished alumni featured at UNCF banquet
The UNCF “Share Your Love” banquet, as it’s commonly called, is one of Livingstone College’s most popular fundraisers and contributes money annually to the United Negro College Fund.
This year’s banquet featured distinguished people who’ve made an indelible mark in their communities and are stalwarts for Livingstone College.
• Dr. Elaine Johnson Copeland, ‘64, has been president of Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, S.C., since 2002. The South Carolina native began her career as a teacher in 1966, spent a considerable number of years with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a former vice president of academic affairs at Livingstone. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Rock Hill chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2004.
• DeLores Pouncey Guy, ’67, a Washington, D.C. native, is a retired educator who’s known for her remarkable voice. She began her teaching career in D.C. in the late 60s before pursuing graduate studies. After eventually leaving the classroom, she graduated from the renowned Columbia School of Broadcasting in 2003 and nowadays is often asked to deliver motivational speeches, emcee or host events or facilitate workshops.
• Joann Bowens Holmes, ’60, is a Belmont native who was among three black teenagers to integrate Danville, Va., public schools. At 16 she became the youngest person to serve the African Methodist Episcopal Zion’s Charlotte District as director of children in the Christian Education Department. A retired educator, Holmes spent 36 years with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where she worked in middle schools and also wrote competency goals for the Career Ladder Program.
• Delores McDowell Johnson, ’69, is a Statesville native who retired from AT&T in 1998 after nearly 20 years of service. A year later she became director of alumni affairs at Livingstone and is currently vice president of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association, president of the class of 1969 and a part-time tutor at Peck Elementary School in Greensboro. An avid tennis player, she has been part of three women’s doubles state championships.
• Dr. Joy Gabriella Kinard, ’98, manages six units and a staff of nine for the National Park Service and was featured in the HGTV documentary, “African-American Women and the National Park Service.” She has also worked as an adjunct professor in the Department of History at the University of the District of Columbia and studied race relations in Paris, London and Canada through Howard University. Her dissertation was on her father, John R. Kinard, a Livingstone grad.
• The Rev. Michael J. Massey, Jr., ’91, is a Buffalo, N.Y., native and a 1994 graduate of Hood Theological Seminary. He’s the Presiding Elder of the Rockingham District, which has 22 churches in four N.C. counties. He was ordained an Elder in 1988 at St. Stephen A.M.E. Zion Church in Hamlet and pastored six N.C. churches before being appointed Presiding Elder of the Concord District and ultimately Presiding Elder of the Rockingham District.
• The Rev. George E. McKain II, ’80, is a Ridgewood, N.J., native and 2008 graduate of Hood Theological Seminary. He has a certificate in Executive Management from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management and is completing his Doctorate in Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. McKain formerly worked in development and served as admissions director at Livingstone and now pastors Greater Unity A.M.E. Zion Church in Sharon, S.C.
• Mildred Ennis Ray McLean, a Lillington native, graduated from Fayetteville State Teachers College (now FSU) in 1956 and is president of the Women’s Home & Overseas Missionary Society for the Greensboro District of the A.M.E. Zion Church. A widow since 1970, her proudest moment occurred in May 2008 when her youngest son, David, received his Master’s of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, her son, Michael, received his Doctor of Divinity from Hood and her oldest grandchild graduated from Livingstone.
• The Rev. Dr. Karen Roberts Miller, ’89, is a Salisbury native, 1992 graduate of Hood Theological Seminary and 2006 graduate of Carolina University of Theology. A former Livingstone instructor, she’s been the first female pastor of seven North Carolina churches, provided in-home care for Salisbury patients and worked as a chaplain/bereavement counselor for Hospice of Rowan County. Her active church and community service includes involvement with prison ministries, Meals on Wheels, HIV ministry.
• Vivian Lee Brown Morrison, ’64, a Maxton native, has a Master’s of Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University. She spent 40 years with Newark, N.J. Public Schools, working as a teacher, vice principal and principal before retiring in 2004. Since returning to Maxton she has served on the Town Council, as an ABC chairperson and as a liaison representative for the Chamber of Commerce and she’s currently president of the Laurinburg chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
• Ervin D. and Joyce A. Reid are active members of Moore’s Sanctuary A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte and huge UNCF supporters. A member for more than 48 years, he’s held many roles including Preacher Steward and Chairman of the board of Stewards for 32 years. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 35 years, and she’s a former senior vice president of Bank of America. Mr. Reid, a member of Moore’s Sanctuary’s Deaconess Board, is very active on the district, conference and connectional level of the A.M.E. Zion Church and is a member of the Charlotte District Finance Committee and Chairman of the M.L. Greene Scholarship Committee. Mrs. Reid is District Director of Mission Education for the Charlotte District and is a past president of Women With Potential Growth (WWPG) Investment Club, an organization through which she provided new ideas and innovations to enhance the wealth of others.
• Catherine J. Rivens, ’63, a Rowan County native with a Master’s in Educational Administration and Curriculum from UNC Charlotte, taught at Leak Street High School in Rockingham and at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord before working in administration at RCCC. During her 36-year career she was appointed assistant principal at Concord High School in 1986 and assistant principal at Salisbury High School in 1988 – the first black woman to hold those positions. She also served as principal at a middle school and a high school before retiring.
• Dr. Jerry Wiley, ’70, is an East Spencer native who earned his medical degree from Duke University. He lives in Raleigh and has specialized in pediatrics throughout his career, formerly serving as chief of pediatrics at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham and clinical professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. A member of multiple professional organizations, Dr. Wiley was commissioned as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1985. Presently he’s practicing pediatrics with CommWell Health in Newton Grove.