The Elon Black Alumni Network leadership team seeks to uphold the mission and purpose of EBAN. Outside of regularly scheduled meetings and events, the team meets quarterly to facilitate the leadership and direction of EBAN. If you are interested in joining the EBAN leadership team, please contact Deirdra Smith, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dr. Renita L. Webb is a native of Durham, NC. While a student at Elon, Renita served as the President of the Black Cultural Society among other involvements. In 2002, she became a member of the Omicron Iota chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.in 2002. Renita graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English with a concentration in Literature in 2004.
After graduation, she began teaching and coaching in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools system, and later taught in the Durham Public Schools system. In 2006 she completed her Masters in Education Administration at Grand Canyon University. In 2008, Renita became an Assistant Principal in the Alamance Burlington School system.
In 2012, Renita became the inaugural principal at Kestrel Heights Elementary School in Durham, NC, and in August of 2013, she received her Ph.D. in Leadership in Education Administration from Capella University.
Throughout her years as an Elon alumna, Renita has remained active in the Elon community. She has served on the EBAN leadership committee since 2007, and been invited to return to Elon as a speaker for numerous University classes and events. Renita is happily married to Jared Webb, and the mother of two children: Jarred Jr. and Reign.
Gregory “Carl” Hairston, Jr. received his B.S.B.A. from Elon in 2011, and his MBA from Elon in 2015. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Hairston is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics at North Carolina A&T. He serves on both the Elon Black Alumni Network (EBAN) board, as well as the Greensboro Alumni Chapter Board. For the Greensboro Alumni Chapter, Carl is in charge of coordinating sporting events and leagues for the chapter to attend and compete. Hairston believes it is important to make a philanthropic commitment to Elon, because of the integral part Elon played in his development. After receiving the Outstanding African-American Senior Award from EBAN in 2011, Hairston made a commitment to contribute to the EBAN scholarship on an annual basis. As a strong supporter of Phoenix athletics and a former Elon athletics employee, Carl believes that it is great to support the Phoenix from the stands but even better to do so financially.
A former certified law enforcement officer, Rev. Donna Vanhook was one of the first four Baptist women ministers ordained at Elon First Baptist Church-Morgan Place through the Guilford Educational Missionary Baptist Association. She previously served as specialized foster care parent for Elon Homes for Children, a Guardian ad Litem volunteer for the Alamance County Courts System and NC Foster Parent Association conference presenter and foster parent trainer. Rev. Vanhook founded Triad Therapeutic Foster Parent Association in Burlington, NC in the early 2000s, and recently founded Leading Extraordinary Clergywomen, Inc., a local (Alamance County) and online nonprofit organization that equips clergywomen of color to do greater works in the kingdom of God. She will soon assume the position of Criminal Justice Committee Chair for the Alamance County NAACP.
Rev. Vanhook has achieved numerous educational credentials including two associate degrees in criminal justice from Alamance Community College. She earned a B.S. degree from Elon University, where she majored in Religious Studies and minored in Human Services. She also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Shaw University Divinity School and an MA degree in Nonprofit Management from High Point University. Her current educational pursuit is a doctor of ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Eden Esters Brown, NCTM is a pianist and independent music teacher in Elon, NC. Raised in New Jersey, she received classical and jazz training from the late, Mr. Morris Nanton, a nationally renowned jazz artist and Julliard graduate. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Elon University, under the tutelage of Dr. Victoria Fischer Faw. In 2009, she completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University under the acclaimed classical and jazz artist, Dr. Willis Delony. While at LSU, Eden coordinated the LSU Music Academy, served as a graduate teaching assistant in Group Piano for music majors, and taught a studio of 18 private students ranging from age four through adult.
At Elon, Eden teaches applied piano to non-piano music majors and non-majors, as well as class piano and piano pedagogy. Her professional affiliations include the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) with national certification, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Eden is the current president of the Alamance County Piano Teachers Association, and is the Certification and Technology chair for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.
Eden has a special affinity towards elementary school-aged children. She teaches a private studio of beginner and intermediate students based in Elon, NC since 2009, and she is committed to cultivating the arts in Alamance County. She co-directs the Children's Music and Handbells program at Elon Community Church, which includes a preschool Musikgarten class. Making music at the piano is a true passion of hers, and she is dedicated to increasing the availability of classical music training for children and families of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.