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Class Instructors
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Landowner Education Series

Don Reaves

Don has been a licensed electrician for 35 years, both in the military, the public sector and private commercial and residential work.  He teaches the Electrical wiring and basics classes.  

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Health Meal Instructor

Rebekah Benton

Rebekah has been teaching kids and adults how to make delicious meals using fresh and healthy ingredients.  She is a Columbus County Co-Op Extension agent with expertise in nutrition, food safety, marketing and profesional development.

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Information Technology Instructor

Mark Coleman

Mark teaches the basic programs of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Internet research skills to be a whiz in the workplace, school or home!

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Founder & CEO

Wanda Campbell Clay

Awarded by the Governor for her work as Director Duplin County Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State University, Ms. Clay teaches the many ways to create financial stability and good stewardship using untapped assets.  

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Author and Presenter

Dr. Ben Justesen

Ben Justesen, Ph.D., is the author of six books including his Pulitzer Prize–nominated biography, George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life. As a local news reporter, at the Whiteville News Reporter and Fayetteville Observer, he discovered the obscure career of George H. White (1852-1918) which led to his writing books such as In His Own Words: The Writings, Speeches, and Letters of George Henry White (iUniverse.com, 2004); Broken Brotherhood: The Rise and Fall of the National Afro-American Council  (SIU Press, 2008) and Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality, ( LSU Press, 2020). He also wrote the script for the documentary, American Phoenix (2012). He worked as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State in Jamaica, Denmark, Suriname, Singapore and Latvia, as well as Washington, DC. 

Dr. Justesen is a frequent contributor and editor of the North Carolina Historical Review, and he is an adjunct faculty member at Heritage Bible College, Dunn, N.C., from 2012 to 2019.

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Personal/professional development mentor

Stedman Graham

Author and speaker with more than a dozen books published teaches the ways that each of us can transform our lives to become a strong champion.  Active with Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, and Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, and founder of Athletes Against Drugs. 

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Curator, North Carolina Museum of History

Earl Ijames

Noted historian and speaker Earl Ijames shares the rich history of North Carolina, including that of George Henry White and the significant figures of history.

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Fitness Sessions

Patricia Ray

Pat is a Registered Nurse and helps lead fitness sessions that range from chair exercises to Tai Chi to stretching and balance. The group is now demonstrating the fun movement for health fairs and other events!

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Jewelry Instructor

Brad Johnson

Brad is the director of Bladen Community College's Small Business Center.  He has had a career in the business world as well as in education.  He is certified as an Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator.  

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Information Technology Instructor

Captain Keith Jacobs (Ret.)

With 20 years experience in Information Technology, Professor Jacobs is teaching Computer Networking--the structure, protocols and operations of electronic communications systems.   Students will understand the theory and practice, with application to both workplaces and home.  

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Family Nurse Practitioner

Maria Campbell, DNP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner at Columbus Regional Healthcare, and holder of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (Board Certified) from East Carolina University, Dr. Campbell addresses health topics, and teaches self-care and management, in order to live our best lives.  

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Fine Food and Fitness Instructor

Meleah Collier

Family and Consumer Sciences, Extension Agent with NC Cooperative Extension-Columbus County Center. Earned Masters, Agricultural and Extension Education, NC State, and Bachelors, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, East Carolina University. Presents healthy meal preparation and principles, and fitness keys, for a happier, healthier life.

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Suggest events and classes:

The George Henry White Memorial Health and Education Center is here to serve the entire community.  Tell us what classes and events you would like.

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