The new Chair of the Friends is Camille Payton of Greensboro. Payton has been practicing law since 1993. She is a shareholder of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, where she heads the firm's workers' compensation department. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Payton graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. After working as a reporter and then a copy editor in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, she began work as a copy editor for the Austin American Statesman in Texas until 1990, when she left the newspaper profession to pursue a different career. She received her J.D from the University of Texas and began practicing law in the fall of that year in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience, and she is the co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association Workers' Compensation Forms Manual.
The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Rosemary Wander of Greensboro. Dr. Wander was the Associate Provost for Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro beginning in 2002 and served as the interim Associate Provost in 2001-02. She was also the initial Director of UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement. Prior to these appointments she served as the Chair of the Department of Nutrition. Before coming to UNCG she was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition at Oregon State University for 13 years and Mississippi State University for two years. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in Foods and Nutrition, her MS in Physical Chemistry from Ohio State University, and her BS in Chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana.
Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Janet Gordon, Terri and Clint Jackson, Pat Austin Sevier, and Hermann Trojanowski, all of Greensboro. Re-elected to a second term were Schleunes, Wander, Jennifer Koenig and Catherine Magid.