Kraft named ED of RMHWS
The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem
celebrated its 28th birthday of providing a "home
away from home" for families of children receiving
treatment in our local medical facilities with the
arrival of a very special present: new Executive
Director Charles "Chuck" W. Kraft.
Kraft comes to the Ronald McDonald House with
more than 30 years of experience in the CPA and
non-profit arenas. He has lived in Winston-Salem
since attending Wake Forest University on a football
scholarship. Kraft graduated
with an accounting degree,
earned his CPA credentials,
and worked with two account
ing firms for ten years.
In 1990, Kraft transitioned
to the non-profit sector and
joined the YMCA of
Northwest North Carolina as
CFO. He later worked with
Smart Start and became exec
utive director for five years.
Most recently, Kraft held the
position of executive director of the Robinhood Road
A long-standing member of the Ronald
McDonald House Winston-Salem family since 1986,
Kraft has served as an Audit Committee member,
Board of Directors treasurer and a volunteer'. Capital
Development Services (CapDev) conducted the
search for the Executive Director and evaluated over
"It was very important to us that the newest
member of our team corpe to the table with not only
a great understanding of our mission, but also with a
clear passion for our work," said Board President
Edward Griggs. "Chuck has exhibited that passion
through his various involvements with our House."
Over the past 28 years, RMHWS has established
its place in this community as a home for families
during a critical time in their lives. Serving more
than 1,000 families a year, the RMH provides a
much-needed service to these families.
"We couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate
our 28th year than by having Chuck on board,"
remarked Griggs, adding that "we know that his
leadership will usher us into the next years of our
Goler CDC co-hosting
The Goler Community Development
Corporation (Goler CDC) and the Piedmont
Contractors Resource Center (PCRC) will present
their 4th Annual Piedmont Construction and Design
Symposium, "Gaining Entry
into Health Care and Science
Construction," at the state of
the art Wake Forest Biotech
Place in Piedmont Triad
Research Park, 575 N.
Patterson Ave., on Friday,
This year's Symposium
features experts from the
health care, science and the
biotech industries to discuss
future growth of these sectors
as it relates to design and con
struction in the Triad, Triangle and Piedmont
The Symposium provides a unique opportunity
for attendees to hear firsthand about the new con
struction and expansion projects planned by the
major health care providers in the region. The lunch
eon keynote speaker will be Dr. Eric Tomlinson,
president of Piedmont Triad Research Park and chief
innovation officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Registration is available online at
http://www.golercdc .org /.
to mark anniversary
The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship will
hold a 25th anniversary celebration on Sept. 29 at the
Airport Marriott in Greensboro.
The Nussbaum Center is a private non-profit cor
poration whose mission is to enhance economic
development in Greensboro and the surrounding area
through creating successful business owners. The
incubator is designed to support non-retail, new or
emerging businesses. Ine Center
provides shared support services
such as business counseling,
receptionist, copier, fax, mail
boxes and word processing, along
with office and light manufactur
Billed as The Big Event, the
anniversary dinner will feature a draw-down raffle of
$10,000, a silent auction, dinner and more. This cel
ebration serves as the highlight of a busy year for the
25-year-old business incubator. The Nussbaum
Center recently completed renovation of the former
Carolina Steel Headquarters at 1451 S. Elm Eugene
Street and made the move into this facility in June.
"This celebration allows us to highlight the fact
that we are the safe place for entrepreneurs in the
Triad. The sense of community we have cultivated
and the network of supporters will be on full display,
and I hope everyone can join us," said Nussbaum
Center President /CEO Sam Funchess.
Tickets are still available at the Nussbaum
Center web site, www.nussbaumcfe.com.
WSSU to name dorm for chancellors
Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr.
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
The Board of Trustees of
approved naming the new
residence hall on campus the
Residence Hall in honor of
two former chancellors.
Additionally, one of the
two towers of the residence
hall will be named for Dr.
Harold L. Martin Sr., who
served as chancellor from
2000 until 2006, and the
other tower will be named
for Dr. Alvin J. Schexnider,
who was chancellor from
1996 until 2000.
The building, which is
scheduled to open in August
2013, will help meet the
need for more housing to
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support WSSU's require
ment for first and second
year students to live on cam
pus. Each of the towers will
contain 227 beds with two
shared bathrooms and a
common living space on
every floor. A one-story
connector building links the
two towers with common
space for all residents,
including a classroom for
group resident instruction in
a living learning community.
Naming the new resi
dence hall for Martin and
Schexnider is part of the
Board's efforts to recognize
those who have served as
chancellor of the universi
ty. The next building with a
naming opportunity will rec
ognize Douglas Covington
who served as chancellor
from 1977 until 1984. The
Board recently voted to
name the school's student
center, which is still under
construction, for current
chancellor. Dr. Donald
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President Barack Obama jokes with members of the 2012 Summer White House Intern Class before a group photo shoot
in the East Room of the White House on Aug. 7. The coveted intern positions are open to current college students, recent
college grads and men and women of the Armed Forces.
Grant will allow Forsyth Tech to
train next generation of workers
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
The U.S. Department of Labor
(DOL) has awarded a $15 million
grant to Forsyth Technical
The three-year grant
comes from the DOL's
College Career Training
which will establish the
The national partnership
will consist of 12 commu
nity colleges from across
the nation and is designed to develop
and expand workforce training across
the $100 billion biosciences industry.
Forsyth Tech is home of the
National Center for the
Biotechnology Workforce, a NC
"This award attests to North
Carolina's national leadership in
biotechnology and Forsyth Tech's
leadership in biotechnology work
force development," said
Dr. Gary Green, president
of Forsyth Tech. "This will
define the next generation
of biotech and life-science
industry and provide vital
support for community
colleges across the country
in meeting skills require
ments for the entire
J biotech economic sector."
Over the three-year
grant period, the project
will train and help trade
impacted workers get new jobs.
Training programs will include cer
tificates in core biosciences skills,
core laboratory skills, core medical
devices skills, biomedical plastics and
Alumna joins UNCG Board
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has
appointed Andrea Jenkins to its Alumni Association
Board of Directors.
She will represent the western region of North
Carolina on the board, which is the governing body of
UNCG's Alumni Association.
Jenkins has nearly 10 years of experience in the non
profit and for-profit sectors, including in event planning,
fundraising, marketing and volunteer recruitment.
She recently joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center as a major gifts officer for the Alumni Affairs and
She has served in other development roles at
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join HAWS Board
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Dr. Sharon "Shari" Covitz and Kelly Cason are
the two newest members of the Housing Authority of
Winston-Salem Board of Commissioners. They
replace longtime members Lida Hayes-Calvert, who
served for eight years, and Doris Kimbrough, who
was a commissioner for 11 years.
Covitz brings her wealth of
knowledge to the board, which
oversees and directs all aspects of
the Housing Authority. She is a
humanitarian with a background
in education and civic leadership.
She earned a B.A. and Ed.M.
degree from the University of
Cincinnati and a Ph.D. from
Boston College. Since retiring
from Forsyth Technical
Community College after 15
years as head of the school's
Foundation, Covitz spends her
time as a volunteer with many
nonprofit community groups,
including Leadership Winston
Salem (past chair), the Women's
Council of the Forsyth Medical
Center Foundation (Board of
Directors), The Women's Fund
(Finance Committee) of the
Stratford Rotary (past president)
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Covitz said she is excited about joining the HAWS
"Having met with the staff, it's obvious they have
a passion for their work," she said.
Cason will serve as the Board's representative for
Housing Authority residents. Her journey with the
Housing Authority began as a Housing Choice
Voucher program participant. She says the program
put her on the path toward home ownership.
"I have found that they are inspirational in helping
me accomplish that ultimate goal of becoming eco
nomically self-sufficient," Carson said of the HAWS
She currently works as a key account sales repre
sentative at Aramark and Pepsico Foodservice, Inc.
Throughout her career there she earned several acco
lades for outstanding customer service, including two
Circle of Excellence General Manager awards and
multiple Top Sales awards.
As a commissioner, she said she plans to work
with staff to ensure residents are treated with respect,
offered job training opportunities and provided with
the "decent and quality housing that they deserve."