BOONE—Five new members have been elected to the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors: Stephanie Billings ’92 of Greensboro, Bryan Haas ’82 of Boone, Dr. Kimberly Jones Green ’98 ’01 of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Allen Lockwood Jr. ’93 of Charlotte, and Steven Price of Blowing Rock.
Stephanie Billings is a 1992 graduate of Appalachian. She is co-owner of BE Creative, an online personalized gift and accessories business that also provides marketing assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is past president of the Appalachian State University Alumni Council, past president of the Junior League of Greensboro, past chair of the Enrichment Fund for the Guilford County Schools, past co-chair of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina Greater Greensboro Leadership Council. Billings is also a former board member of Susan B. Komen Northwest North Carolina as well as a former trustee for the Family Services of the Piedmont Greensboro Foundation. She is currently a sustainer in the Junior League of Greensboro, scholarship chair for the Enrichment Fund for the Guilford County Schools and an executive committee member for the Appalachian State University Alumni Council.
Bryan Haas is a 1982 graduate of Appalachian. He is owner/president of Southern Star Management Group Inc., a real estate and restaurant management company with properties in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. Haas is a current board member of the Independent Hardee’s Franchisee Association and has served the association as president and past president. He is a member of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and has served the chamber as a past board member, executive committee member as well as business affairs committee chairman.
Haas and his wife, Michaele, are members of Boone United Methodist Church where he has served on several committees and in various positions. He is a past president of Boone Jaycees and also served the North Carolina Junior Chamber as a district director and a regional director. His recent awards include the two-time recipient of Hardee’s Franchisee of the Year Award, the Wilber Hardee Founders Award, Hardee’s Food Systems Operational Excellence Award and the Bill Boddie Founders award, which is voted on by fellow franchisees.
Dr. Kimberly Jones Green holds undergraduate (1998) and graduate (2001) degrees from Appalachian. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for Western Kentucky University (WKU). As a faculty member there, she teaches graduate level courses in speech-language pathology (SLP). She also develops and teaches international SLP courses within Europe and Central America. She previously was a speech-language pathologist at Johns Hopkins and Kennedy Krieger Institute; clinical practitioner for the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders at WKU; and a small business owner. Her community service posts in Bowling Green, Kentucky, include steering committee member of the Warren County Services Fair, targeting community members with immigrant and refugee status; the Warren County Public Schools Equity Council; the Community Partnership for Refugee and Immigrant Family Issues; and Greenwood Park Church of Christ where she assists refugees from Iraq, Burma, Congo and Somalia. Green was recently nominated for the 2015 Faculty Award for Teaching and the 2015 Faculty Award for Public Service. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and a former member of Appalachian’s track team.
Allen Lockwood Jr. is a 1993 graduate of Appalachian. He is a senior vice president-private advisor team director for BB&T. Lockwood’s past professional positions include assistant vice president-financial center leader for BB&T in Charlotte, and internal auditor and branch manager for American General Finance in Charlotte and Atlanta, Georgia. Lockwood is a two-year president of the Charlotte Chapter of Appalachian’s Alumni Association, a member of Appalachian’s Alumni Council, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1991-99. Lockwood has maintained an active presence with Appalachian, through his participation in numerous events and membership in the African American Alumni Network.
Steven Price is the architect and general manager of Westglow Resort and Spa in Blowing Rock. His community service includes serving on the boards of the Blowing Rock Community Foundation, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and An Appalachian Summer Festival. Price was an architect for the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts renovation, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, and the Blowing Rock Equestrian Center. He also served as the architect for the restoration and renovation of the Westglow Resort and Spa. Before moving to Blowing Rock, he worked as an architect in Charlotte and Greensboro. Price studied accounting at Guilford College before earning undergraduate and professional degrees in architecture at the University of North Carolina.
About the Appalachian State University Foundation
The Appalachian State University Foundation exists solely to help create the best possible learning environment for Appalachian State University students. The foundation provided more than $106.18 million in support of university activities in the past 10 years. It operates as a nonprofit Internal Revenue Code Sec. 501(c)(3) organization.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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