Johnston resident named to foundation post
Alison Drain of Johnston County has been named executive director of WISER International, a nonprofit that has its roots at Duke University.
Drain comes to the organization with 10 years of fund-development experience and 15 years of program implementation and administrative leadership in nonprofits.
Her dream to empower girls through nonprofit work began during her undergraduate degree in communications at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and continued as she pursued a master’s degree in social work and public administration from West Virginia University. Her goal was to learn to implement community-development efforts that created grassroots change for girls and women.
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Drain became a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 2014 from CFRE International. She was able to take this exam thanks to scholarships from Clayton Women in Networking and the Chamber Women’s Business Network in Johnston County.
Drain has been executive director of the West Virginia Women’s Commission, executive director of the Johnston Health Foundation and, most recently, manager of development for the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
The aim of WISER, or the Women’s Institute of Secondary Education and Research, is to improve the health, education and economic outcomes for girls in Kenya, particularly those orphaned by AIDS. Starting in 2009 with a primary school program, WISER has now expanded to include a boarding school for 240 girls and partnered with UNICEF to provide clean drinking water to 5,000 people.
Princeton student elected to state post
Mary Lee Howell, a rising junior at Princeton High School, has been elected president of the N.C. Society of the Children of the American of Revolution. She is the daughter Valerie J. Howell and the late Ricky Howell.
As president, Howell will represent the state group at state, regional and national meetings. During her term, she will raise money for her state project, “Patriots and Public Servants.” The money will go to the Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston to replace or repair signage, refurbish exhibits and help with landscaping.
Howell is the granddaughter of the late Junior and Ada Lee Howell. She is the niece of Ira Lee and Judy Howell Dunn of Princeton.
Johnston man named leader of state board
Gov. Pat McCrory has named Christopher W. McGee chairman of the state’s Underground Damage Prevention Review Board.
The board reviews all reports of alleged violations of the state’s Underground Utility Safety and Damage Prevention Act. If the board determines that a person has violated the act, it may impose penalties or otherwise punish the violator.
McGee is manager of transportation field services for the City of Raleigh. He is president of the Streets Division Board for the American Public Works Association.
Separately, McCrory has reappointed Don Rogers of Johnston County to the N.C. Pesticide Board. He is owner of Neuse River Home Inspection Service in Clayton.
4-H award winners
A number of Johnston County young people brought home awards from district 4-A competition.
Earning medals in ages 14-18 competition were Cecilia Fricke of Middlesex, bronze in Arts & Communication; Austin Little of Angier, gold in Beef Char Grill; Grayson Barefoot of Willow Spring, gold in Bugs & Bees; Adrianna Little of Angier, gold in Chicken BBQ; Dylan Schexnayder of Garner, gold in Fisheries & Aquatic Resources; Travis Anderson of Four Oaks, gold in Livestock & Dairy Production; Nicole Worth of Selma, silver in Open Class; and Sarah Allen of Four Oaks, gold in Safety.
Earning medals in ages 11-13 were Olivia Schexnayder of Garner, gold in Bugs & Bees; Madeline Little of Angier, gold in Chicken BBQ; Chloe Allen of Garner, gold in Fisheries & Aquatic Resources; Kyra Worth of Selma, silver in Horse; and Madison Rosenbaum and Reagan Shepherd, won gold for their team presentation in Horse.
In ages 9-10, Savannah Little of Angier won gold in Family & Consumer Sciences.
McKenzie Gross of Smithfield and Fiona Hocutt of Zebulon received blue ribbons for their singing performance.
Air Force trains Princeton High graduate
U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Tyler O. Embree graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2012 graduate of Princeton High School.
The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force’s core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Johnston teacher named to group’s board
Gov. Pat McCroy has appointed Robin Hiatt to the board of the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teacher.
Hiatt teaches third grade at Powhatan Elementary School in Clayton. A teacher for 10 years, she earned her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and her master’s from N.C. State University.
Johnston County State Trooper R.B. Maynard has been promoted to sergeant and transferred to Raleigh.