Regularly scheduled meetings will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the McGee Boardroom, McGee Building, Carteret Community College at 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC on the following dates:
August 11, 2020 | September 8, 2020 | October 13, 2020 | November 10, 2020 | December 8, 2020
January 12, 2021 | February 9, 2021 | March 9, 2021 | April 13, 2021 | May 11, 2021 | June 8, 2021 | July 13, 2021
Comments and questions for the Board of Trustees should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair | Melodie Darden Vice Chair | June Fulcher
Mr. Comer was appointed to the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees by the Board of Education at the end of 2019. A retired realtor, he also developed resort communities in the western end of the county, specializing in RV Resorts. He has had a real estate license since 1988 and plans to reenter the workforce soon. He graduated from Rosewood High in Wayne County and NC State University with a BS in engineering. He is currently a County Commissioner.
He has been married to Donna for 34 years, and they have two sons, Harold Russell Comer II and Ryan Marshall Comer. He also considers his dogs as family. His hobbies include boating, fishing (especially tournament fishing), traveling, and exercising.
He has been involved in civic clubs since college graduation. He received the Brownfield Award his first year in the Jaycees. He joined the Swansboro Rotary in 1996 and has served at all levels. He says it “is still a joy to participate and help others.” He has received many honors and awards over the years for civic and public service work, adding “I was just proud and glad to do it.” His biggest reason for wanting to serve on the Board of Trustees is “to help steer and encourage curriculum that complements the need in our community today. I want to be acutely aware of workforce needs so that the college will be able to adjust to constantly changing needs.”
Michael Curtis of Cape Carteret joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2014. He was appointed by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners and reappointed in 2018. Mr. Curtis currently practices law in Cape Carteret, concentrating in employment law. He was the town attorney for Cape Carteret from 2007-2018.
Mr. Curtis is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law where he was awarded his juris doctor degree in 1989. Mr. Curtis received his baccalaureate degree in history, magna cum laude, from Boston University in 1986 and his associate degree, with highest honors, from Cape Cod Community College in 1984. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Curtis has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania (1989), New Jersey (1989), Massachusetts (1995), and North Carolina (2002).
Mr. Curtis is a United States Navy veteran. He retired from the United States Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant Commander (Cryptology). He was twice the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Commendation Medal; twice recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal; recipient of the Overseas Service Medal; recipient of the Humanitarian Service Medal; recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Medal; recipient of the Navy Good Conduct Medal; and several other service medals and awards. Mr. Curtis serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Carteret Interlocal Agency and as a member of the Camp Lejeune Restoration Advisory Board.
Melodie Darden joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2017. She was appointed by the Governor. Mrs. Darden is a retired English teacher who spent her entire career at West Carteret High School, teaching every grade and level of English. As a senior English teacher for many years, in addition to teaching the basic curriculum, she also helped with college applications, scholarships, recommendation letters, and counseling advice. Mrs. Darden graduated magna cum laude with honors and distinction in English from Duke University. She earned her MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Darden is an avid reader, especially literary fiction, current nonfiction, mysteries, psychological thrillers and cookbooks. She loves to cook and is especially interested in food anthropology. She serves on the vestry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Morehead City. She and her husband Rob live in Morehead City and have three adult children, Bobby, John, and Katherine.
At West Carteret High School, she was selected as the Teacher of the Year. She served as co-chair for the WCHS Accreditation Committee where she worked on School Improvement Plans and five-year accreditation renewals. She was the chair of the Scholarship Committee for many years. On the state level, she was a writer for the NC Standards In English, grades 11-12, and was a grader for honors portfolios. Mrs. Darden believes the community college provides affordable opportunities for students of all ages to improve their lives.
Beverly “June” was appointed to the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2018. She was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina.
Bill Henderson has been a member of the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees since 1995. He is a past chairman and currently serves on the Building and Grounds, Finance, and Executive Committees. His appointments have been by the Carteret County Board of Education. Mr. Henderson is one of the owners of H & H Electric Service, Inc. He also has ownership interest in The Bookshop New and Used and Little 9 Storage, LLC. All businesses are located in Morehead City. He is a 1978 graduate of West Carteret High School and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Operations from North Carolina State University in 1982.
Mr. Henderson is married to the former Beth Avery, and they have three adult children: Averi, Jenna, and William, who are all graduates of Croatan High School and North Carolina State University. Averi is married to Grant Linderman, lives in Raleigh, and they have three children. Jenna, a logistics analyst, and William, a CPA at RSM, LLC, both live in Carteret County. Mr. Henderson and his wife are active in St. James United Methodist Church in Newport, where he currently serves as Chairperson of Finance, President of the United Methodist Men, and leads an adult Sunday School class. He also has been active over the years working with local sports leagues serving in a variety of roles. He is a member of NC State’s Wolfpack Club, Alumni Association, and Varsity Club.
Mr. Henderson’s role as a trustee enabled him to be part of the largest construction and modernization effort in the college’s history following the passage of the Higher Education Bond Referendums in 2000. Mr. Henderson and his fellow trustees oversaw construction and renovation projects totaling $15 million, which allowed the college to expand learning opportunities in health science, marine trades, business technologies, applied marine science, and a variety of occupational training courses under continuing education. As a trustee, he has also been involved in curriculum program development and has helped with the implementation of a variety of programs including: associate degree nursing, aquaculture technology, boat manufacture and service, culinary arts, therapeutic massage, and others. “I believe Carteret Community College needs to be on the forefront of change in Carteret County,” said Mr. Henderson. “The college is an asset for our county and has helped many people reach their goals, improve their lives, and create a better quality of life for themselves and their families.”
Mary Charles Jenkins joined the Board of Trustees in 2020 after being appointed by Governor Roy Cooper. She grew up in Greenville, graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and has resided in Morehead City for almost three decades. Jenkins worked in bank marketing, and retired as Marketing Manager for Sound Bank (now Dogwood State Bank). After taking pottery courses at ECU and CCC, she has become an avid potter and participates annually in the Empty Bowls program in support of Hope Mission and Martha’s Mission.
Mary Charles is married to retired Special Superior Court Judge Jack Jenkins. They have two children. Jacob, their oldest, graduated from UCLA and works in Denver, Colorado. Anna is an NCSU graduate and an instructor at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham. Mrs. Jenkins has been involved in a variety of civic endeavors in Pitt, Wake, and Carteret Counties. She has volunteered countless hours in schools tutoring, organizing science fairs, making and manning games for fall carnivals, planning learning experiences for classrooms, and teaching enrichment art classes. Jenkins also served on the local Habitat for Humanity board and organized build days for Sound Bank employees. She has organized multiple Red Cross Blood Drives, served as National Charity League liaison for PAWS and Encore Pets, and acted as crafts director at summer bible schools.
Mary Charles loves everything Carteret County has to offer, including boating on Bogue Sound, meeting friends at Bird Shoals or Cape Lookout, hiking the Fort Macon trails, sampling local products at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market in Beaufort, eating at the many fine local restaurants, and especially taking classes at Carteret Community College.
Rosa Langston joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2019. She was appointed by the Governor. Mrs. Langston is a retired educator, beginning in 1972 with Carteret County Schools. She presently works with the United Methodist Church P4P Reading Program, a reading program for elementary students, as a counselor. She has also enjoyed substitute teaching after retirement, which enables her “to keep abreast of students’ needs and trends in education in the global economy in which we live.” She has a B.S. and M.S. degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University in Greensboro, NC. These degrees and certifications include comprehensive business education, guidance and counseling, exceptional children, and career development coordination. During her 37 years of service to schools in Carteret County, Mrs. Langston has worked at the middle, high, and community college levels.
She resides in Newport with her husband, Von, and they have two adult sons, Dedan and Bakari. African American History, sewing, and gardening are among her hobbies.
Highlights of her career include serving as past president of Carteret County NCAE, President of the North Carolina Vocational Special Needs Division, and a member of the Board on the North Carolina Vocational Association. She has been honored by being selected West Carteret High School Certified Employee of the Year and Carteret County Woman Educator of the Year.
Mrs. Langston is a member and president of Les Vingt Femmes Women Club of Carteret County, Northeastern Vice President of North Carolina Association of Colored Women, a member of the National Association of Colored Women and a member of the W. S. King Alumni Association. Mrs. Langston is a passionate advocate for education. She feels it “is the vehicle which drives the happiness and prosperity of all of our nation’s people. It is and will continue to be what helps to make our nation great.”
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Catherine Wood Parker served on the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees for a 4-year term, appointed by the Governor, from July 2013 until June 2017. In October 2018, Mrs. Parker returned to the Board of Trustees to fulfill an unexpired term, appointed by the Carteret County Board of Education. Mrs. Parker currently works in outside sales and public relations for their family business, Parker Buick GMC and Parker Honda. She also works with Wood Insurance Consultants selling personal and commercial insurance policies. Mrs. Parker graduated from North Carolina State University in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting with a Financial Analysis concentration. While at NC State University, she completed a semester study abroad with Griffith University in Australia. She was awarded her masters in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., in 2007.
She and her husband, Brian, General Manager of Parker Buick GMC, have three children ages 5, 7, and 9. Mrs. Parker believes strongly in education and knows what an impact continuing education can do to better the lives of individual families, as well as promoting new opportunities within our community.
Mrs. Parker is experienced in financial analysis, particularly working with healthcare and hospitals. She worked as a financial analyst for Duke University Hospital in Durham, where she prepared and supported the annual budget for the Heart Clinical Service Unit with annual revenue of $370 million. Additionally, she served as a liaison between Duke Hospital Finance and Operations and the hospital’s heart inpatient units and cardiology labs performing financial analysis for several capital projects greater than $1 million. In addition to regularly scheduled financial and statistical analysis, she prepared five-year financial plans for Duke Health System Board of Directors. She also prepared Duke Hospital’s NC Hospital License Applications. Mrs. Parker joined Carteret General Hospital in 2008 as a Quality Data Cost Analyst. A year later she was promoted to Director of Decision Support and continued to support the hospital until 2012. She developed business plans and presented data and information to hospital leadership, expanding transparency and access to data for decision making.
John Warrington was appointed to the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2007. He has served on the Building and Grounds Committee, Personnel Committee, Legislative Committee, President Search Committee and as Vice President of the Board. He was appointed by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners. Mr. Warrington joined Beaufort Yacht Sales in 1980 and has been president of the organization since 1986. Previously, he worked at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital as a Surgeon’s Assistant (Physical Assistant) on a Cardiac Thoracic Surgery Service.
“Having benefited from the community college system and recognizing it as the best return on the dollar in the North Carolina Education System, I accepted the invitation to serve on the board with enthusiasm,” said Mr. Warrington. “I am interested in how we can best prepare our fellow citizens for the workforce needs we have now and in the future.”
An active community volunteer, Mr. Warrington has served on several boards of directors in Carteret County. Mr. Warrington also serves on the regional board of First Citizens Bank. He is a previous member of the Carteret County Economic Development Council, Carteret County ABC Board, Beaufort Planning Board, Vice-President of Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, Commodore of Morehead City Yacht Club, President of Carteret County Aviation Association, Carteret General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Carteret County Hospital Board. Mr. Warrington is currently a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Carteret County Aviation Association, Crossroads (Life Member), Morehead Beaufort Yacht Club, Special Forces Association (Life Member), Yacht Brokers of America Association, Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum (Life Member), American Legion, and Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.
Ed Wheatly was appointed to the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2019. He was appointed by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners. Mr. Wheatly owns and operates Wheatly Boys, LLC located in Beaufort, North Carolina. He has owned and operated this business since 1975. Mr. Wheatly graduated from East Carteret High School and received his Bachelor of Arts in History from The Citadel.
Mr. Wheatly and his wife, Sondra, have two children, Julie Wheatly Young and George Edward Wheatly, Jr.
Mr. Wheatly is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort, serves as Chairman of the Carteret County ABC Board, serves on the North Carolina Scenic Highway Board, serves on the Carteret County Waterways and Dredging Board, and is currently a Carteret County Commissioner.
Matt Zettl was appointed by the Board of Education to the CCC Board of Trustees in 2010. Dr. Zettl is a retired orthopedic surgeon, originally from Cleveland, OH. He has lived in Carteret County since 1980. He received a B.S. Degree from Tulane University in 1971, and an M.D. Degree from Tulane in 1975. He completed a five-year orthopedic residency training program at Carolinas Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital of Charlotte in 1980. He served as Board Chairman for two terms from 2016-2018
Dr. Zettl has been married to his wife, Vickie, for 38 years. They have one daughter, Kathryn Muros, an occupational therapist living in San Francisco, CA with her husband Chris. Kathryn attended public school in Carteret County from kindergarten until her graduation from West Carteret High School in 2005.
Since retiring, Dr. Zettl has spent much of his time as a furniture maker. He is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen, and his work has been shown in galleries across North Carolina. He has done commissioned work for clients in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. He is also a member of the Morehead City Lookout Rotary Club. He enjoys skiing, motorcycling, cooking, and craft beer. Dr. Zettl is an enthusiastic advocate of the community college system, and Carteret Community College in particular. He understands and believes in the opportunities that CCC brings to all of the citizens of Carteret County, from K12 students to senior citizens.