Attorney General Roy Cooper has named 45-year-old Steven Combs the new director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division. The Jacksonville native will begin in the new job Monday, Cooper spokeswoman Noelle Talley said. The position administers the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission’s certification program for sworn police officers.
Combs will succeed Windy Hunter, who has served as acting director since Wayne Woodard retired last year. Combs has most recently served as an assistant special agent in charge in the Jacksonville office of the State Bureau of Investigation. He has worked for the SBI for 15 years.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and completed training in law enforcement management through the N.C. Justice Academy.
Combs worked previously with the Raleigh Police Department and in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.
Jose Morales, a student in the School of Hospitality Leadership at East Carolina University, was recognized as General Manager of the Year by the Strand Development Company. Morales serves as GM at the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham in Greenville.
Jose Morales is pictured with executives from Strand. (Contributed photo)
Under Morales’ leadership, the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham was chosen as one of Microtel’s Top-20 properties out of 350 worldwide during Wyndham Hotel Group’s annual conference in Las Vegas in 2013.
“The Microtel Inn & Suites Greenville’s commitment to excellence in revenue, rewards enrollment and guest satisfaction has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels in the Microtel Brand,” said Raju Uppalapati, owner of the Microtel Inn & Suites Greenville. “I am very proud of our dedicated and customer oriented team. Their commitment to service and quality shows through this award.”
Dr. Robert O’Halloran, director of the School of Hospitality Leadership, said, “Our students and alumni who represent us in the workforce continue to bring national attention to our program. We are very proud to have such an outstanding hospitality leadership program here at East Carolina.”
Strand Development Company is a 50-hotel management company with locations in the Southeastern United States. The company specializes in the two to four-star hotel segments and is approved to operate hotels under all the leading hotel brand families including; Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Wyndham, Choice and IHG.
East Carolina University alumna Kolenya Edwards, an officer with the Greenville Police Department, was named Woman of the Year at the North Carolina Law Enforcement Women’s Association annual conference last week in Edneyville, N.C.
A Roanoke Rapids native, Edwards holds a master’s degree in criminal justice. She is a 9-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department, where she serves as personnel and recruiting officer. She is a member of the department’s Honor Guard and a certified N.C. law enforcement instructor.
The NCLEWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the professionalism of women in law enforcement in North Carolina.
The ECU School of Social Work will host an informational session at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 for persons interested in earning a master of social work degree through an extended time cohort program held in Rocky Mount, N.C.
The session will be held at the Gateway Technology Center, 3400 North Wesleyan Boulevard.
Tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014, the MSW program is a 60 credit hour, degree-focused program with classes offered on Saturdays through a hybrid of delivery methods, including face-to-face and online instruction.
For additional information, contact the ECU School of Social Work at 252-328-5650, visit www.ecu.edu/che/socw, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Sharon M. Ballard has been appointed the new chair of East Carolina University’s Department of Child Development and Family Relations following a national search.
Dr. Sharon Ballard
Ballard joined the faculty of the department in 2000 and served as interim chair for one year. Ballard has taught for The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Western Carolina University. She also taught family and consumer sciences in the public schools for six years.
Ballard’s research interests include family life education, sexuality education, parenting education, service-learning and community engaged scholarship. The majority of her publications are related to family life education and sexuality education.
“I am thrilled to serve as chair of such a vibrant department,” said Ballard. “CDFR has amazing faculty, staff and students and our nationally recognized programs prepare students for rewarding careers in which they make a positive difference for children, families, and communities. It is gratifying to lead a department that has such a positive impact, not only in Eastern North Carolina, but nationally and internationally.” she said.
Ballard is the past chair of the Certified Family Life Educator Advisory Committee with the National Council on Family Relations and she was the 2012 recipient of the Certified Family Life Education Service award.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from the University of Maine. She received both a master’s degree and doctorate in child and family studies from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Ballard is a Certified Family Life Educator, Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences, a trained provider of the Triple P Parenting Program and a licensed K-12 family and consumer sciences teacher.
The Department of Child Development and Family Relations is housed within the College of Human Ecology. For more information on the College of Human Ecology, its students and programs, visit www.ecu.edu/che.