The Moore County Board of Education Monday thanked the outgoing board members for their service at the November 9 Regular Business Meeting, held at Union Pines High School.
Parents, during a public address, expressed appreciation for the contributions of the departing board members who lost their seats in the Nov. 3 election – Dr. Betty Wells Brown, John Weaver, and Helena Wallin-Miller.
At the conclusion of the superintendent’s report, Dr. Bob Grimesey closed by “expressing my deepest gratitude to Mrs. Wallin-Miller, Dr. Wells Brown and Mr. Weaver on behalf of our 1,800 employees and our 12,600 students.”
Brown, who retired from the School of Education at UNC-Pembroke in 2015, was elected to the school board in 2016. Brown has a PhD in reading education, an EdS in administration and supervision, a master’s degree in reading education, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Appointed to the seat left open by the passing of Bruce Cunningham in 2019, Weaver, a retired electrical engineer, spent more than 40 years in the electric energy field. He’s also served on the Southern Pines Planning Board and the Moore County Hazardous Materials Planning Committee.
Wallin-Miller, a member of the school board since 2015, did her undergrad work at Claremont McKenna College. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. While on the school board, Wallin-Miller served as Vice Chair in 2017 and as Chair for two terms in 2018 and 2019.
The Board of Education will welcome three newly elected members – David Hensley, Philip Holmes and Robert Levy – when they’re sworn into office December 7.
Hensley retired from the U.S. Marines in 2004 after 20 years of service. The founder, owner and CEO of Quantico Tactical, he was a finalist for Ernest & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019. He’s lived in Moore County since 2008.
Holmes, a funeral director, owns and manages Crumpler Funeral Home in Aberdeen. Holmes has a degree in Criminal Justice and while in law enforcement, he obtained several certifications from diverse areas in the field. He resides in Pinebluff.
Levy is a graduate of Pinecrest High School and UNC Chapel Hill, where he majored in history and sociology. An attorney, he owns a law degree from the University of the San Fernando Valley. After spending several years practicing law in Los Angeles, he moved back to Moore County on a full-time basis.
Contributed feature photos: L,R: Helena Wallin-Miller, John Weaver, and Betty Wells Brown.
~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Dave Lukow.