2019-2020 Board of Trustees
Jerry Black joined the board in 2016. He is the owner of Black Concrete, Inc. Black is a member of numerous professional and community organizations, such as the Davidson County Homebuilders Association, Memorial Lodge 473, and the Reeds Methodist Church. He has served as the president of booster clubs at Reeds Elementary and West Davidson High schools, as well as coached numerous local sports teams for 15 years. He and his wife, Sue, live in Lexington.
Melanie Crowder has served on the board since 2007. She is an adjunct professor at High Point University and instructional coach at Thomasville City Schools. Crowder received National Board Certification in 2019 and has been inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma. She strongly believes DCCC provides students and the community with the necessary tools and resources to help individuals reach their educational and personal goals, which allows successful participation in today’s changing global environment. She and her husband, Gerry, have two children.
Dr. G. Mark Davis
Dr. G. Mark Davis, DDS, has served on the board since 2011. He owns and operates Mark Davis, DDS dental practice. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor fraternity. He served on the Davidson County Board of Health from 2002 to 2011, while serving at its chair from 2006 to 2011. Since 2011, he has served on the Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Board of Dentists. Davis believes DCCC provides an education that has the power to change lives, the community and the world. He is married to Summer Davis.
Kevin Firquin has served on the board since 2014. Previously, Firquin worked with Communities in Schools at South Davidson Middle and High schools. He has served as a teacher, coach, and school administrator in the Davidson County Schools system and was twice named Davidson County Principal of the Year. He chose to serve as a DCCC trustee because he believes DCCC is a life-changing resource for personal growth in students and is a unifying force in the community. He is married to Jennifer and they have one son.
Neal Foster has served on the board since 2006. He is the owner of Neal Foster and Associates, Inc. and Provident Real Estate, LLC. He has previously served as a board member for the Davie County Community Foundation and the Winston-Salem Salvation Army. Foster chose to serve as a DCCC trustee to give back to the school that changed his life as a student. He and his wife, Kim, have two sons.
Kelly L. Gallimore
Kelly L. Gallimore has served on the board since 2017. She works as a nurse care manager at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Gallimore currently chairs the Davidson County Republican Party and serves as the Central Region Vice President for the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. She is committed to seeing DCCC grow because of the great education she received at the college as a student. She credits the college as integral to having a positive impact on her life and career. She is married to Eddie Gallimore.
Thom Hege has served on the board since 2002. He is a partner at Robana Farm, LLC. He is a trustee at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, vice chair of the North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority, and part of the Davidson County Agriculture Leadership Committee. Hege believes in the DCCC mission and is committed to seeing the college continue to grow in success. He is married to Harriet and they have two sons.
Tonya Lanier joined the board in 2018. She works as a paralegal for the City of Winston-Salem and currently serves on the Lexington City Council. Lanier is a local historian and has authored the book African Americans of Davidson County. She believes that DCCC offers students a great educational choice that has the power to change lives. She and her husband, Robert Freeman, have one son.
Dr. Barbara Leonard
Dr. Barbara Leonard joined the board in 1990. She retired as an associate dean and professor in the School of Education at High Point University. Previously, she served as president of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association. She also earned the Don Bailey College/University Distinguished Service Award. Leonard became a DCCC trustee because she believes education is critical to the lives of all Davidson and Davie county citizens. She and her husband, Charles, own a local business in Midway.
Julie Loflin joined the board in 2016. She is the Chief Operating Officer at Southern Amusements, Inc., and currently serves as a commissioner for the Town of Denton. Previously she served on the Denton EDC and STAR revitalization committee from 2003 to 2008 and the South Davidson Middle School Advisory board from 2005 to 2008. Loflin is most excited about all of the growth DCCC has experienced and will continue to experience in the future. Her strong belief in the power of higher education led her to serve as a DCCC trustee. She and her husband, Keith, have one daughter.
Beth Parrott joined the board in 2002. She is the owner of Parrott Insurance and Benefits. She currently serves on the Association of Community College Trustees Member Communications and Education Committee. Her previous awards include the Triad Business Journal Women of the Year award in 2012 and the Lexington Chamber Athena Award for Women of the Year. Parrott believes education is the foundation of our communities and is committed to seeing the college continue to grow and thrive. She and her husband, Mac, have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Tina Royal joined the board in 2017. She currently works as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Community Corrections. Royal was awarded the Governor’s Lifetime Medallion Award for Volunteer Service in 2014 and recently honored for her community involvement by the Dr. Martin Luther King Social Action Committee in Thomasville. Royal’s favorite part of DCCC is the beautiful campus and the warm feeling you receive when you step on the grounds. She believes this is due to the board’s mission to serve for the greater good of our communities and the employment of a great and giving staff.
Dr. William P. Steed
Dr. William “Bill” Steed joined the board in 2016. He has dedicated his career to public education, with over 33 years worth of professional experience in the North Carolina education system, most notably as Superintendent of Schools for both Davie County Schools for 13 years and Greenwood School District 50 in South Carolina for five years. Steed is committed to seeing DCCC continue to grow due to his belief in lifelong learning. He has three daughters and six granddaughters.
Kennon A. White
Ken White joined the board in 2009. He works as a graduate faculty member and executive development coordinator at Appalachian State University. He previously served two terms as a Davie County commissioner, including time as chair and vice chair. White has also served as a trustee for Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Davie Campus for over 15 years and district president of United Methodist Men. White’s favorite feature about DCCC is that the college’s faculty and staff live out the mission and values of the institution every day. He believes education can elevate a person’s life more than anything else. He and his wife, Anne, have four children.