Camille Payton of Greensboro was re-elected Chair of the Friends for the coming year. 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 Jennifer Koenig of Greensboro. Koenig is a member of the Schell Bray law firm, where she specializes in trusts and estates. She also has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries. Koenig holds A.B. and J.D. degrees from UNC Chapel Hill. Outside the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time hiking, biking, attending church activities, and playing the violin with her 11-year-old daughter, Nelessen, while her husband, Dan, accompanies on his cello.
Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Ms. Carolyne Burgman, Dr. Bob Gatten, Ms. Carolyn Green, Ms. Miriam Herin, Ms. Leigh Seager and Dr. Lollie White, all of Greensboro. Re-elected to a second term was Kate Barrett, also of Greensboro.
The Dinner also marked the last Friends' event for retiring Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian. Kathy Crowe became Interim Dean of University Libraries on April 1.