Meet the 16 candidates
for Johnston County
Board of Education


February 20, 2020

LYN ANDREWS
Age: 62
Residence: Afton Lane, Smithfield
Occupation: Adjunct Professor, Campbell University,
   2011-present
Previous work:
   Aquatic Director, Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center,
      2010-12
   Johnston County Public Schools Exceptional Children
      Program Director, 2005-10; Coordinator, 2002-05;
      Diagnostic & Program Specialist, 1997-2002
   Johnston County Public Schools Adapted Physical
      Education Specialist, 1989-97
   Teacher, Wilson's Mills & Smithfield elementary schools, 1985-89
   Teacher & coach, Smithfield-Selma High School, 1980-85
Education:
   Graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School
   A.A. degree, Peace College
   B.S. degree, Appalachian State University
   Master's degree in Education, East Carolina University
   Master's degree in School Administration, N.C. State University
Married to Don Andrews, retired teacher & coach with Johnston County Schools.

MICHELLE ANTOINE
Age: 45
Residence: Plaza de Luke Square, Clayton (Riverwood)
Occupation: presently a "stay at home" parent
Previous work: Licensed to teach grades K-12 in Wisconsin
   and California
Education:
   B.S. and B.A. degrees, University of Wisconsin
   M.S. degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison
She and her husband Thomas have eight children, four of whom attend either Corinth Holders High School, Riverwood Middle School, or Cooper Academy.

KAY CARROLL
Age: 72
Residence: S. Lakeside Drive, Four Oaks
Occupation: Owner & pharmacist, Carroll Pharmacy,
   1977-present
Johnston County Board of Education member, 1992-2008
   (chairman 3 times)
Education:
   Graduate of Smithfield High School
   B.S. degree in Pharmacy, UNC-Chapel Hill
Married to Terry K. Carroll; three of their seven grandchildren are attending Johnston County public schools.

CAROLYN CASH
Age: 52
Residence: Collingsworth Drive, Clayton (Riverwood)
Occupation: Child Nutrition Administrative Officer, N.C.
   Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction
   and Juvenile Justice, 2011-present
Previous work:
   Served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years, retiring from Naval
   Recruiting District Raleigh in 2011
Education:
   B.S. degree in Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University
   Currently working on M.A. in Christian Ministry, Campbell University

KENON CRUMBLE

Age: 42
Residence: Sugarfield Lane, Clayton
Occupation: School Counselor, Polk Correctional Institute
   at Butner
Previous work: School counselor and administrator in North
   Carolina school systems
Formal education:
   Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems,
      Monroe College
   Master's degree in School Counseling, Advanced degree in
      Education Leadership, Long Island University

AVA ATKINSON GAINES
Age: NR
Residence: Second Avenue, Smithfield
Occupation: retired teacher & educator
Previous work: NR
Education: NR




TERESA M. GRANT
Age: 60
Residence: Crestwood Drive, Garner (Cleveland Township)
Occupation: Laboratory Environmental Health and Safety
   Administrator, Agricultural Sciences Center, N.C.
   Department of Agriculture
Previous work:
   Environmental chemist with two companies, Compuchem
   and CH2M Hill, for more than 20 years
Johnston County Board of Education member since 2016
Education:
   B.S. degree in biology, University of Alabama Birmingham
   B.A. degree in chemistry, Huntingdon College
She has three grandchildren who have been attending West View and Riverwood elementary schools as well as Riverwood Middle.

RONALD JOHNSON
Age: 36
Residence: Westminster Drive, Clayton
Occupation:
   Detective, Smithfield Police Department
   Adjunct Business Professor, Johnston Community College
Previous work:
   School Resource Officer, Smithfield Middle School
Johnston County Board of Education member since 2016
Education:
   Graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School
   B.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Mount Olive College
   M.B.A. degree, North Central University

MARK LANE
Age: 60
Residence: Yelverton Grove Road, Smithfield
Occupation: Operator of a commercial grounds-maintenance
   company based in Smithfield
Previous work:
   Operator of a greenhouse business for 30 years
   Smithfield fireman for 23 years (now retired)
Vice chairman of both the Smithfield Planning Board and the
   town's Board of Adjustment
Chairman, Smithfield Fire Tax Board
Education:
   Graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School
   Attended East Carolina and N.C. State universities
He and wife Cindy have three grandchildren attending Johnston County schools.

YVONNE MARLOWE
Age: NR
Residence: Aleah Court, Clayton
Occupation: NR
Previous work: NR
Education: NR

RICK MERCIER
Age: 54
Residence: Fireweed Place, Clayton
Occupation: Public Information Officer & Communications
   Manager, Town of Garner
Previous work:
   Editor, the Clayton News-Star
   Editorial Page Editor, Anniston (Ala.) Star
   News Editor, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
   Information Officer, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Boston, Mass.
   International Editor, Taipei Times
   Assistant English teacher, Yonago, Japan
Education:
  B.A. degree in history, University of Virginia
  M.A. degree in journalism, University of Texas at Austin
He and wife Lara have two daughters attending Archer Lodge Middle and Clayton Elementary schools.

KELLY O'HANLON-PEEDIN
Age: NR
Residence: Hawks Nest Circle, Smithfield
Occupation: NR
Previous work: NR
Education: NR

MELYNDA SLAY
Age: 49
Residence: Durwood Drive, Raleigh (Pleasant Grove
   Township)
Occupation:
Co-owner/operator of HRC Dental Inc., a
   supplier of equipment to dentists and veterinarians in the
   Triangle region (recently sold the business)
Previous positions:
   Software developer, Infor Global, Colorado Springs, CO
   Software support staff, International Paper, Augusta, GA
Education:
    B.S. degree in computer science, Augusta College
    M.B.A. degree, Augusta College (today's Augusta State University)
She and her husband have a child attending Clayton Middle School.

TERRY TIPPETT
Age: 56
Residence: Simon Road, Middlesex (O'Neals Township)
Occupation: Retired Johnston County teacher --- including
   school positions at Corinth Holders High, North Johnston
   Middle, Neuse Charter, Riverwood Middle, South Campus
Education:
   Graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School
   B.A. degree in Recreation Therapy, UNC-Wilmington
   M.S. degree in Recreation Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill
Wife Peggy is a retired teacher of exceptional children.

CHUCK WILLIAMS
Age: 50
Residence: Neuse Ridge Drive, Clayton
Occupation: Physician, Horizon Family Medicine, Clayon
Education:
   B.A. degree in history with honors, UNC-Chapel Hill
   M.D. degree, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
   Residency in Family Medicine, University of Missouri-
   Kansas City
He and his wife Robin have three children attending Clayton High School.
  
MIKE WOOTEN
Age: 57
Residence: Cedar Springs Drive, Princeton
Occupation: City Executive, United Community Bank (formerly
   Four Oaks Bank & Trust) the past 23 years in Smithfield
Additional work:
   Atlantic Coast Conference football official since 2003
Johnston County Board of Education member since 2008
   (immediate past chairman)
Education:
   Graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School
   B.A. degree in economics, Virginia Military Institute (on a football scholarship ---
   commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation)
Married to Paula Wooten, a teacher and coach at Princeton High School for more than 32 years. They have a daughter presently attending Princeton High.

EDITOR'S NOTE: "NR" in some profiles denotes "No Response" to the Sun's request for biographical information.

A REMINDER ABOUT EARLY VOTING:
It continues every day but Sunday through Saturday, Feb. 29. In Smithfield, early voting is taking place inside the First Baptist Church Ministry Center at 125 S. Fourth Street --- 8 a.m. to 7:30 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday.


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