Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Education: National Business College and Virginia Western Community College
Year Appointed: 1971; 2007
Current Position: Receptionist
Previous Positions: Secretary of Development and Alumni Affairs (1971-1977); Assistant to the Headmaster (2010)
I was interviewed by Tom Engleby, Tom Slack's son-in-law, in March 1971 and came to work as the first Secretary of Development and Alumni Affairs - the beginning of our current Development Office. I worked closely with John Tucker and Tom Slack, who was Chairman of the Board at the time, to bring to fruition the many visions our founders had for North Cross. Back then most of the fundraising was done by the Board of Trustees. I was responsible for keeping the books, posting every gift by hand, writing all the thank you notes, preparing development handouts that the Board could give to potential donors when making asks, and assisting Lucy Hazelgrove and Betsy Watts in the planning of dinners and parties for the school’s donors. I also worked closely with Beirne Carter, Bob Fishburn, Gordon Willis, and Bob Bennett. It was an exciting time for the school.
How have things changed since your first year working here?
Since that time, there have been changes along the way as the campus expanded. Buildings have been renovated which gave us Eaton Hall, and we have added Old Slack Hall, New Slack Hall, Willis Hall, and the Carter Athletic Center. With the expansion came greater educational opportunities. We have added foreign languages, expanded athletics and the arts, and we have slipped into the world of technology with computers, iPads, and white boards in classrooms. Students even have opportunities now to travel to foreign countries and study with international students right here on the North Cross campus. Yes, NCS has definitely grown in many ways since I first started here.
How have things stayed the same?
North Cross has from its inception continued to focus on a sincere and endless effort to grow and expand the educational opportunities available to its students, and today we are reaching around the world for some of these opportunities.
What do you enjoy most about working for North Cross?
I enjoy the atmosphere you find on a school campus working with educators. The staff and faculty have one purpose—to provide the best possible education for its students. North Cross is constantly improving and reaching toward new educational goals, and something interesting and exciting is always on the North Cross agenda. Just take a look at the school calendar, and that is just the initial plan for the year. Additions are constantly being made throughout the school year.
What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
Nothing that I can think of at the moment, but I enjoy spending time with my family, cross stitching and knitting. My daughter, Lisa Havens, also works here in the IT Department, so it is nice having her close by. We have an exciting summer on the horizon - my son Mark is getting married and my son Chris is expecting a baby girl!