2021-22 Board of Trustees
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 Davidson-Davie 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.
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 Davidson-Davie trustee because he believes Davidson-Davie 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 Davidson-Davie 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 Davidson-Davie 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.
Dr. Rita C. Haire
Dr. Rita C. Haire has served on the board since 2021. She is the Financial Controller at A.M. Haire Manufacturing & Service Corporation, a Davidson County family-owned truck manufacturing business located in Thomasville. Dr. Haire has served Davidson County on the Board of Elections since 2018, and also serves on the Department of Public Instruction’s N.C. Charter School Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. She has taught in elementary and middle schools, as well as worked as a school administrator in both public and private schools. Dr. Haire has also worked as an adjunct professor for Carolina University (formerly Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem). Dr. Haire believes community colleges play a vital role in educating and equipping individuals for diverse occupations and industries with affordability and efficacy. She and her husband, Darrell, have three children and three grandchildren.
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 Davidson-Davie mission and is committed to seeing the college continue to grow in success. He is married to Harriet and they have two sons.
Donnie Holt joined the board in 2020. During his 32 years as an educator Mr. Holt served Thomasville City Schools as a teacher and coach, Lexington High School as Principal, and Lexington City Schools as the Director of Student Services. Mr. Holt believes in the power of education, the important opportunities Davidson-Davie offers, and the powerful impact the college has in our communities. Donnie is married to Carla and they have two children, Corey and Shana, and two grandchildren, Kayla and Devontae.
June Johnson joined the board in 2020. She served Davie County Schools as a career educator and volunteer. She enjoys additional volunteer opportunities through Davie Community Foundation and Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary organization of women dedicated to educational excellence. June understands the continued expansion of Davidson-Davie programs directly benefits the quality of life in our communities. Mrs. Johnson is most excited about Davidson-Davie welcoming students in the Ignite Davie, College Promise Program. She and husband, Bill, live on a farm and are parents of three and grandparents of six.
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 Davidson-Davie 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 Davidson-Davie 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 Davidson-Davie 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 Davidson-Davie trustee. She and her husband, Keith, have one daughter.
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 Davidson-Davie 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 Davidson-Davie 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 Davidson-Davie 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.