ECU Women’s Roundtable honors 10 incredible women for 2022


GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — The East Carolina University Women’s Roundtable will honor 10 honorees at its Incredible Women Luncheon later this month.

Established in 2003, the Women’s Roundtable recognizes women’s contributions to ECU’s legacy and encourages new levels of women’s engagement for the future of the university. The event will take place Sept. 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Student Center Ballroom at East Carolina University.

The Incredible ECU Women Luncheon takes place every three years and celebrates the legacy of ECU women leaders while making a difference for deserving ECU students. Awards are presented to deserving alumni who have achieved excellence in the fields of education, business, health sciences, fine arts, performing arts, public service, media, sports, professional services and research.

Guests will hear a keynote address from former hackers Jamie Lynn O’Grady and Sarah Evans – partners at award-winning public relations firm, J/PR. Attendees will also benefit from inspiring messages from alumni and students, updates on university initiatives, and opportunities to connect with university and community leaders.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s Roundtable Access and Honors College Scholarship Endowment Fund, which supports undergraduate scholarships.

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After lunch, winners will participate in a panel discussion at 2 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in the Main Campus Student Center. The event is free and open to the public, places are limited.

Award recipients:

Mary Sue Cummings Deaton, MSN, RN, FABC of Greenville

A two-time ECU graduate, she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She is Director of Engagement for Patient Centered Innovation, a company providing services designed to promote patient, family, caregiver and community centered care.

Susan M. Durrwachter of Williamsport, Pennsylvania

An Emmy-nominated CNN producer. She graduated from ECU in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and later earned her master’s degree from American University.

Mary W. Earp of Winnabow

Graduated from ECU in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. A community leader in Brunswick County, Mary and her husband, Wilbur, settled in 1960 at Funston Farm, where they adopted cutting-edge businesses to support their farming operation, which included a vineyard, hogs and beef production.

Marybeth Petteway Greenville Season

An Elizabethtown native who earned an associate degree from Peace College in Raleigh and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from ECU. After graduating, she joined BB&T, now Truist, where she is responsible for marketing and sales support for merchant services.

Karen E. Evans, Washington, D.C.

A native of North Carolina, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ECU in 1980. She is a former Registered Nurse and Captain in the US Air Force and is an attorney at the Cochran Law Firm in Washington, DC.

Valerie Madden from Los Angeles

Graduated from ECU School of Art and Design in 1991 with a BA in Communications, Arts and Graphic Design. She is a multidisciplinary entertainment marketing and advertising professional with over 20 years of industry experience. She is Creative Director of Entertainment and Advertising Marketing at Amazon Studios.

Ariana McAuley, New York

Graduated from ECU in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She then obtained a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from the International University Schiller-Paris and the University of Roehampton-London. She is a senior consultant in global strategy and operations for Deloitte Global in New York.

Danielle Moinet, Raleigh

A Raleigh native who earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from ECU in 2006. Moinet is an accomplished actress known for being a WWE diva under the ring name Summer Rae, as well as her nonprofit work. profit for the DTM Foundation – named after Dean Thomas Moinet – which provides services to families with medically fragile children at Duke University and UNC hospitals.

Windy O’Connor, Charlotte

An award-winning, world-renowned American painter graduated from ECU in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Based in Charlotte, her passion for art and design has grown into a lifestyle brand of textiles, wallpaper, clothing and home accessories.

LaNika Wright, Ph.D., WHNP-BC of Greenville

She received her Doctor of Nursing degree from ECU in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree and certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Carolina. North to Chapel Hill. Wright is Associate Vice Chancellor of Health and Wellness and Executive Director of Student Health Services at ECU.


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