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Alumni briefs: Maynard, MSW ’97; Hunt, MSW ’14; Crea, Ph.D. ’07; McDonald, MSW ’16

Easter Maynard, MSW ’97, was elected in October to the board of directors for BB&T Corporation. Maynard serves as director of community investment for Investors Management Corporation in Raleigh.

Brittany Hunt, MSW ’14, was the keynote speaker for the Native American Heritage Month Program at UNC-Charlotte. Hunt, who is a member of the Lumbee Tribe, spoke on Native education, dismantling systems of oppression and eliminating stereotypes.

Thomas Crea, Ph.D. ’07, was recently awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study of the long-term social, physical, and mental health effects of children exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone. Crea, who is assistant dean of global programs at the Boston College School of Social Work, is also currently leading studies on children in Honduras, Guatemala, Kenya, and Burkina Faso.

Donald McDonald, MSW ’16, was recently featured in the NC Policy Watch article, “NC recovery courts training encourages reducing stigma, equal access.” McDonald serves as executive director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina.