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 Deidra Smith, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, at email@example.com.
Cameron B. Davis is a native of Charlotte, NC. While a student at Elon, Cameron served as the Executive Treasurer of the Student Government Association, and President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Cameron graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Minor in Economics.
After graduation, Cameron took a full time position at MetLife Auto & Home Insurance in Charlotte, NC. In 2008, he completed his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Currently, Cameron serves as a Claim Supervisor at MetLife Auto & Home.
As an Elon alumnus, Cameron has remained active in the Elon community. He has served on EBAN Leadership, the Young Alumni Council and has attended every homecoming since graduation. Cameron also served on the local chapter board in Charlotte. He truly believes in giving back financially to his alma mater has supported the EBAN Scholarship yearly since it's inception. Cameron is also very involved in his local church where he directs multiple choirs and serves as a assistant church musician.
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.
Jeffrey Williamson is a native of Reidsville, NC. He graduated from Elon in 2013 with a degree in Fine Arts. He then went on to pursue his Master's Degree in 2014 from Elon University's Interactive Media program. While enrolled at Elon, he was a member of Gospel Choir, Praise Team, Residence Life, Admissions, SMART, Live Oak Communications, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and various other organizations. He was also an Honorable Thad Eure Odyssey Scholarship recipient as well as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Alum.
He currently resides in Raleigh, NC where he works as the Multimedia Production Manager at French | West | Vaughan. He previous worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Carolina Friends School and Forbes Travel Guide in Atlanta, GA. He is also the founder and creative director of JeffreyLynn Media, LLC., a creative/design production company that he began in 2010.
Aliana received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Elon. As an undergraduate she served as a Resident Advisor, Vice President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, President of the Elon University Gospel Choir, Program Coordinator for the SMART Mentoring program, held various leadership positions in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, INC. and served as an student worker in the Multicultural Center.
Aliana has a passion for working with college students and ensuring their successful retention in the university environment. Aliana states that her Elon experience played a huge role in shaping her to be the woman and professional she is today. As an alumna Aliana has consistently given back to the EBAN scholarship, attended multiple homecomings since graduation and volunteered in other capacities.
She is originally from New York City and currently resides in Blacksburg, VA where she serves as the Assistant Director for Residence Life for the Department of Housing and Residence Life at Virginia Tech. After graduating from Elon, Aliana went to North Carolina State University to receive her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration before working professionally at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is active in various professional associations and her sorority' local graduate chapter. Aliana is excited to dedicate her time and energy towards the advancement of EBAN and the scholarship.
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.
Damon F. Ogburn is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Elon in 2007. As an undergraduate student, Damon served as Honors Chair in the Student Government Association, and was involved in various organizations including S.M.A.R.T., Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. He was also a member of the inaugural class of Elon College Fellows.
In 2012 Damon received his Masters of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after conducting HIV vaccine research and development at Duke University’s Human Vaccine Institute. As a current doctoral candidate in Epidemiology at UNC, he is assessing the impact of structural factors on delayed entry into HIV medical care and depression among HIV-infected persons living in North Carolina. In addition, Damon serves as a research associate at the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases where he works on various HIV prevention and Flu studies.
As an alumnus and member of the 1889 Society, Damon is committed to contributing to the development of Elon’s student programming. He is an active Homecoming attendee and continues to share his Elon experiences and professional insight to Elon College Fellows and science majors at the university, particularly students interested in Public Health. Damon looks forward to working collaboratively with Elon alumni to advance the reach of EBAN.
Shana A. McLaughlin Winstead is a native of Rockingham, N.C. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2003. As an undergraduate student, Shana was a NC Teaching Fellow, she served as a SMART Mentor, a member of the Gospel Choir, Black Cultural Society, and became a member of the Omicron Iota’s Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
After graduating, Shana was offered a position in the Elon area at Altamahaw Ossipee Elementary School where she served as a First and Third Grade Teacher. While there, she continued to work with Elon’s Teaching Fellow program as a mentor, member of the Teaching Fellow Advisory Board, and Cooperating Teacher for Elementary Education practicum students and student teachers. She obtained her Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina A&T in 2008 and later traveled to Durham, N.C. to work at Kestrel Heights Elementary Charter School. Shana was humbly honored as her schools’ Teacher of the Year Award recipient in 2010 and 2015.
Currently, Shana is a Fourth Grade Reading Teacher at Montlieu Academy of Technology in High Point, N.C. and is beginning work as a Doctoral candidate at High Point University.
As a member of the 1889 Society and member of EBAN’s Leadership Team, Shana believes that she and her fellow alums have a legacy to continue and build upon through their service and commitment to the University’s efforts. She counts it an honor and privilege to be a part of this exciting time in EBAN’s development and look forward to the impact it will make in the lives of current students, the Elon community, and alums near and far.
Lamar Lee is a 2012 graduate of Elon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Event Management. After graduation Lamar moved to Laurel, MD to work for Howard County Parks and Recreation at North Laurel Community Center and intern with the University of the District of Columbia Athletic Department. In 2013, he returned to his hometown of Greensboro, NC to work for High Point Parks and Recreation where he currently serves as the Park Supervisor for Oak Hollow Park. His responsibilities entail managing a multi-use 800 acre lake, campground, and three satellite parks used for special events such as the Annual John Coltrane Festival. Lamar has experience planning a variety of special events and working with groups from various backgrounds. At Elon, Lamar was involved with Elon Gospel Choir, Campus Outreach, Allied Churches, Alamance County Boys and Girls Club, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and other organizations.
Currently, Lamar is pursuing a Master’s in Public Affairs from UNC-Greensboro with a concentration in Local Government Management. His aspirations are to become a Director of a Parks and Recreation department and eventually become a City Manager. Lamar has remained active around Elon and looks forward to working with EBAN members, the leadership team, and the university to engage alumni to be involved around campus and create positive experiences for students of color.
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.