December 2021: Ashley Stover '14
Congratulations to Ashley Stover ’14 on being promoted to Director of Internal Audit at First Community Bank! Ashley is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) through the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). In addition to her professional duties she also serves as the Membership Officer for the IIA’s Southwest Virginia Chapter. Ashley is a Mercer County native, graduating as valedictorian of her class at Concord. Congratulations Ashley, we wish you the best in this new role!
November 2021: Samuel Lusk '20
This month’s Alumni Spotlight is Samuel Lusk for recently being named at the beginning of the semester the first Director of the newly formed Princeton Economic Development Authority! Samuel is a former member of Rep. Carol Miller’s staff and 2020 graduate of Concord. In his role he is working to help with economic development in Princeton alongside the PEDA Board of Directors.
To read the full release on Samuel’s position: https://www.bdtonline.com/news/samuel-lusk-named-first-director-of-new-princeton-eda/article_c2049582-f3f9-11eb-ad8e-174434d41104.html
We wish Samuel the best of luck in this position and look forward to seeing all the great things he accomplishes for the area in this role!
September 2021: Fumika Nakamura ‘05
This month we wanted to spotlight Concord alum Fumika Nakamura for her participation in the Tokyo Olympics! Not only did she get to represent her home country of Japan on the tennis courts during the Summer Games, but she was also selected to carry the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremonies.
Congratulations to Fumika on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
August 2021: Charity Holman ‘99
Congratulations to Concord grad Charity Yates Holman on being promoted to General Manager of WVVA in Bluefield, WV! Charity has held a number of sales positions for the station since she joined WVVA in 2006. She has served as the station’s General Sales Manager since 2014, and she added the position of Station Manager to her responsibilities in January 2019. In her new role, Charity will maintain her role as General Sales Manager.
Charity has long been active in the local community. She has served as an Executive Board member on the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias for the last five years. Charity also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mercer County Child Protect. She received the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
We wish Charity the best of luck in this new role!
July 2021: Jina Belcher '09
Congratulations to Jina Belcher on being recognized by the state business journal as one of its 2021 Generation Next “40 Under 40” recipients! Each year the WV News and The State Journal honor 40 West Virginians under the age of 40 who are “making a difference in their business and communities.” This year’s awards ceremony was held June 17 at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center in downtown Clarksburg. Belcher currently serves as the executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.
June 2021: Kevin Garay '97
Congratulations to Concord alum Kevin Garay on his recent promotion to Superintendent of Kannapolis City Schools in North Carolina! Kevin has a more than 20-year career in education and has been serving as the Assistant Superintendent in that district since 2019. He has been named Principal of the Year for KCS and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in the past. He also led the creation of a strategic plan for the district and coordinated their pandemic instruction methods.
We wish Kevin the best of luck as he transitions to this new role this summer!
May 2021: Michelle Keeney Martin '04
Congratulations to Concord alum Michelle Martin on being selected as the 2022 Teacher of the Year for Mercer County Schools! Michelle teaches a 4th and 5th grade split at Athens Elementary School and was selected for the county award after being named Teacher of the Year at her school.
To read more about Michelle's recognition please visit:
Mercer County Schools announces 2022 Teacher of the Year (wvva.com)
As we celebrate teachers everywhere during Teacher Appreciation Week in May, we are proud of all the outstanding teachers out there, like Michelle, who call themselves Concord alums!
April 2021: Candace Justice '05
Congratulations to Candace Daniel Justice ’05 on recently being named the Community College Faculty Member of the Year by the Tennessee Board of Regents! Justice is the director of instructional design and associate professor of English at Walters State Community College, located in Morristown, TN. She is the first Walters State faculty member to receive this honor which was presented during a virtual ceremony on March 25.
To read the full release about her recognition please visit:
March 2021: Lindsey Reed Byars '03
This month we wanted to feature Concord alum and employee Lindsey Byars for recently having not one but two books published in which she is a contributing writer! “Unmasked: Reflections on Virus-time” is available on Amazon in Kindle format and “Humans in the Wild: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country” is also available in Kindle and paperback format on Amazon. Both books were released this past fall and have pieces written by Lindsey in them. Lindsey has worked on campus in the President’s office since December 2018 and is currently working on a Master’s degree through Harvard University.
Congratulations to Lindsey on having her first pieces published!
February 2021: Scott Noble '13
Congratulations to Concord alum Scott Noble for starring in a film that was featured during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival! Noble plays the role of Dennis in the film “First Date”, a comedy directed by Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp.
We are proud of Scott for such an outstanding accomplishment!
January 2021: Becky Payton ‘96
Congratulations to Concord alum and Athens native Becky Payton ’96 on recently being selected as the winner of the 2020 Joan E. D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year Award for Adult Education by the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education (VAACE)! Becky is a teacher and career coach at the Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education Center of Piedmont Virginia Community College, located in Charlottesville.
To find out more about Becky’s work in the adult education field and her journey from Athens to Charlottesville please visit:
We are proud of alums like Becky who are truly making a difference in the lives of others!