Carteret Community College Board of Trustees

2018-2019 Board Meeting Schedule
Regularly scheduled meetings will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the McGee Boardroom, McGee Building, Carteret Community College at 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC on the following dates:

August 14, 2018September 11, 2018October 9, 2018November 13, 2018
January 8, 2019February 12, 2019March 12, 2019April 9, 2019
May 14, 2019June 11, 2019

2018-2019 Board Of Trustees


Carolyn Barnett Brady  – Trustee

Carolyn B. Brady returned to the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2016.  She was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina for a four-year term. Ms. Brady previously served on the Board from 2009-2014. Ms. Brady is a partner with the law firm Kirkman, Whitford, Brady, & Berryman, P.A. in Morehead City, N.C., and has been with the firm since 1996.  Her areas of concentration include: criminal law, litigation, municipal and education law.  She served as Assistant District Attorney for Carteret County for five years prior to joining the firm.

She and her husband, Doug, have two children, and live in Beaufort.  As a family, they enjoy boating, golf, tennis, and traveling together.  She and her family enjoy Carteret County and its natural environment spend as much time outside and on the water as possible.

“I believe in the community college’s open door philosophy, and am honored to serve as a trustee,” Ms. Brady said.  “I have taken several classes at Carteret Community College and am impressed with the quality of instruction and the variety of class offerings.  I believe Carteret Community College enhances the quality of life for our community and I want to help it continue.”Ms. Brady has also served as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City, and as President of the Home School Association at St. Egbert’s School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.


james-brettJames Elverton Brett, Jr. – Trustee

James Elverton Brett, Jr. joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2015.  He was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina.

Brett grew up in Ahoskie, North Carolina.  That is where his passion for sports began.  He played football, basketball, and baseball from age eight through high school and turned his love of sports into a career.

After graduating from Chowan College and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education at Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, Brett became a teacher, coach, and athletic director.  Throughout his 36 years of experience he coached football, men’s track, and golf.  Brett coached and served as athletic director at Tarboro High School, West Brunswick High School, West Carteret High School and Northern Nash High School.

“Four year degrees are not for everyone,” said Brett. “Carteret Community College provides specialized training for those men and women who want to get an education in their community and get started in their professional career as soon as possible.  Having spent most of my adult life in education, I want to make sure that the citizens of Carteret County and surrounding areas have access to a quality education without having to leave the area.  I want our community college to grow and change with the demands placed upon us with the ever changing job market so that our citizens can lead a happy and productive life.”Brett is a charter member of the Emerald Isle Civitan Club, a lifetime member of the North Carolina Coaches Association, and a former member of the NC Athletic Directors Association.

Brett and his wife Terri have two daughters, Betsy and Rene, a grandson, Brett, a granddaughter, Gracie, and a four-legged furry child named Buddy. In his spare time, Brett serves as a member of his Home Owner’s Association and works to make his neighborhood a nice place to live and be a part of.  He likes to spend time on the beach with his wife, fish and supporting the Blue Devils.


michael-curtisMichael Curtis – Chair

Michael Curtis of Cape Carteret joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2014. He was appointed by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners for a four-year term.

Mr. Curtis is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law where he was awarded his juris doctor degree in 1989.  Mr. Curtis received his baccalaureate degree in history, magna cum laude, from Boston University in 1986 and his associate’s degree, with highest honors, from Cape Cod Community College in 1984. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Curtis has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania (1989), New Jersey (1989), Massachusetts (1995) and North Carolina (2002).

Mr. Curtis currently practices law in Cape Carteret, North Carolina, where he concentrates in employment and municipal law.  He is currently the town attorney for Cape Carteret.

Mr. Curtis is a United States Navy veteran.  He retired from the United States Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant Commander (Cryptology).  He was twice the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Commendation Medal; twice recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal; recipient of the Overseas Service Medal; recipient of the Humanitarian Service Medal; recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Medal; recipient of the Navy Good Conduct Medal and several other service medals and awards.

Mr. Curtis is co-chairman of the Camp Lejeune Restoration Advisory Board.  He also serves as a representative to the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments and previously served as Chairman of the Cape Carteret Trail Committee.


Melodie DardenMelodie Darden – Trustee

Melodie Darden joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2017.  She was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina.
Melodie has spent 26 years in the classroom as an English teacher at West Carteret High School, teaching every grade and level. As a senior English teacher, in addition to teaching the basic curriculum, she also helps with college applications, scholarships, recommendation letters, counseling advice and other life preparatory lessons.

Mrs. Darden was selected as West Carteret’s  Teacher of the Year for the 2015/2016 school year.  She is a co-chair  of the Accreditation Committee where she is responsible for working with the School Improvement Plan and drafting five-year accreditation renewals.  On the state level, she was a writer for the NC Standards in English, grades 11-12, and a grader for honors portfolios. Melodie graduated magna cum laude with honors and distinction in English from Duke University.  She earned her MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Melodie is an avid reader, especially literary fiction, current nonfiction, mysteries, psychological thrillers, and cookbooks.  She loves to cook and is especially interested in food anthropology.  She and her husband Rob live in Morehead City and have three children, Bobby, John and Katherine.



terry-frankTerry Frank – Trustee

Terry Frank joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2016.  He was appointed by the Board of Education. Since moving to Carteret County in 2000, Mr. Frank has become increasingly involved in the community devoting countless hours to long-range planning, economic development, workforce development, education and job training.

Mr. Frank is committed to helping his community improve their lives and shows his support and dedication to Carteret County by volunteering his time for government, planning and education.  He is currently serving as a Carteret County Commissioner, a member of the Transportation Committee, on the Carteret Health Care Board of Trustees, on the Economic Development Council Board of Directors, and on the Eastern Carolina Job Training Consortium.  He is the Chairman of the Carteret County ABC Board, a member of the NCEast Alliance, and a member of the 2011 Newport Long Range Planning Committee.

Terry Frank is also helping countless students at Carteret Community College.  Terry and his wife founded the “Frank Door Fund” and have donated nearly $220,000 to the college.“I have found that education is the key to success,” says Mr. Frank. “Carteret Community College is a local key we can provide.  I am proud to be a part of that process as a trustee.”

Mr. Frank graduated from Dowling College in Long Island, New York with a B.A. in Business Administration.  He opened the Frank Door Company in Newport in the year 2000.  He currently employs 60 people and continues to expand and reinvest in his Carteret based company.

Terry has been married to Maryanne Frank for 32 wonderful years.  They have three children; Jennifer, Chris and Katie, three grandchildren; Owen, Carter and Madelyn and a rescue dog named Roxie.



gene-garnerGene Garner – Vice Chair

Gene Garner joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2015.  He was appointed by Carteret County Commissioners. Garner was born and raised in Beaufort and comes from a long line of deep Carteret County roots.  He says his ancestors moved to the area in the late 1700s to hunt for whales.

When Garner graduated from East Carteret High School, he already knew what he wanted to do professionally.  He enrolled at Lenoir Community College where he pursued an education in refrigeration and air conditioning.

Gene married Dianne Sellers Garner in 1972.  While Dianne finished school at ECU for Elementary Education and Media Science, Gene worked in Greenville. Dianne and Gene have one son, Joshua.

On April 1st, 1975, Gene opened and Ran Coastal Carolina Corporation, a heating and air conditioning company in Beaufort.  Over the next 35 years he grew his company and employed 21 people. Garner also opened one of the largest ice machine leasing companies in the state.  A few years ago he retired and sold his company. Gene Garner is a proud supporter of Carteret Community College.  He served 13 years on the College’s Foundation Board where he was Chairman twice.  He is now Director Emeritus at the CCC Foundation.  He also taught Refrigeration classes on Campus. While Gene is retired, he still maintains commercial and residential properties he acquired during his heating and air conditioning days.  Gene loves to sail and spend time at his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


bill-hendersonBill Henderson – Trustee

Bill Henderson has been a member of the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees since 1995.  He is a past chairman of the board, and currently serves on the board’s Building and Grounds, Finance, and Executive committees.  He was appointed to the board by the Carteret County Board of Education.

Mr. Henderson’s role as a trustee enabled him to be part of the largest construction and modernization effort in the college’s history following the passage of the Higher Education Bond Referendums in 2000.  Mr. Henderson and his fellow trustees oversaw construction and renovation projects totaling $15 million, which allowed the college to expand learning opportunities in health science, marine trades, business technologies, applied marine science, and a variety of occupational training courses under continuing education.

As a trustee, he has been involved in curriculum program development and has helped with the implementation of a variety of programs including:  associate degree nursing, aquaculture technology, boat manufacture and service, culinary arts, therapeutic massage, and others. Mr. Henderson is one of the owners of H & H Electric Service, Inc.  He also has ownership interest in The Bookshop New and Used and Little 9 Storage, LLC.  All businesses are located in Morehead City.

Since 2002, Mr. Henderson has taken an active role in county politics while serving in a number of capacities.  He worked with the Carteret County Board of Elections from 2005-2015, and served as chairman through 2013.  He is a past chairman of the Carteret County Democratic Party.

“I believe Carteret Community College needs to be on the forefront of change in Carteret County,” said Mr. Henderson.  “The college is an asset for our county and has helped many people reach their goals, improve their lives, and create a better quality of life for themselves and their families.”

Mr. Henderson is married to the former Beth Avery, and they have three children:  Averi, Jenna, and William who are all graduates of Croatan High School.  Both girls received degrees from North Carolina State University, and son William is currently a senior accounting major at NC State.

Mr. Henderson and his wife are active in St. James United Methodist Church in Newport, where he currently serves as Chairperson of Finance and President of the United Methodist Men.  He also has been active over the years working with local sports leagues and serving in a variety of roles.

Mr. Henderson is a 1978 graduate of West Carteret High School and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Operations from North Carolina State University in 1982.  He is a member of the NC State’s Wolfpack Club, Alumni Association, and Varsity Club.


ted-johnsonDr. Ted Johnson – Trustee

Dr. Ted Johnson joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2012. He was appointed by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners.

Dr. Johnson was born and raised just outside of Raleigh, NC.  He received his BS degree Summa Cum Laude from NC State University. He earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University College of Medicine and while there he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his surgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he also served as chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Johnson served for three years as a general and vascular surgeon in the United States Air Force. Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of numerous medical and surgical societies. He has published several journal articles on shock and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Johnson has practiced medicine in Carteret County since 2003. His practice encompasses all general and vascular surgery. He has special interests in minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery, biliary surgery and surgical oncology. Dr. Johnson performed the first successful laparoscopic gastric bypass and the first laparoscopic adrenal resection completed at Carteret General Hospital. He has performed over 1,000 bariatric surgeries and helped Carteret General Hospital become a Bariatric Center of Excellence. Dr. Johnson lives in Morehead City with his wife and daughter. He is active in a variety of community service projects, and is also an avid hunter and fisherman.


John Warrington -Trustee

John Warrington was appointed to the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2007.  He has served on the Building and Grounds Committee, Personnel Committee, Legislative Committee, President Search Committee and as Vice President of the Board.  He was appointed by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners.

“Having benefited from the community college system and recognizing it as the best return on the dollar in the North Carolina Education System, I accepted the invitation to serve on the board with enthusiasm,” said Mr. Warrington.  “I am interested in how we can best prepare our fellow citizens for the workforce needs we have now and in the future.”

Mr. Warrington joined Beaufort Yacht Sales in 1980 and has been president of the organization since 1986.  Previously, he worked at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital as a Surgeons Assistant (Physical Assistant) on a Cardiac Thoracic Surgery Service. An active community volunteer, Mr. Warrington serves on several of boards of directors in Carteret County. In addition to being a trustee at Carteret Community College, he is a member of the Carteret County ABC Board, where he has worked as Past Chairman.

Mr. Warrington also serves on the regional board of First Citizens Bank.  He is a previous member of the Carteret County Economic Development Council, Beaufort Planning Board, Vice-President of Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, Commodore of Morehead City Yacht Club, President of Carteret County Aviation Association, Carteret General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Carteret County Hospital Board. Mr. Warrington is currently a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Beaufort Business Association, Caliber Cruising Club, Carteret County Aviation Association, Crossroads (Life Member), Morehead Beaufort Yacht Club, Seaplane Pilot Association, Seven Seas Cruising Association, Special Forces Association (Life Member), Yacht Brokers of America Association, Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum (Life Member), American Legion, and Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.

John and his wife Sonda, who is the retired director of outpatient services at Carteret General Hospital, enjoy working in the community, boating (cruising, fishing, clamming), flying and traveling.


matt-zettlDr. Matt Zettl – Trustee

Dr. Matthew Zettl joined the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees in 2010.  He has served on the Board’s Executive, Building and Grounds, Personnel, and Curriculum committees. He was vice Chairman of the Board from 2014-2016. He was appointed by the Carteret County Board of Education in 2010, and re-appointed in 2014.

Dr. Zettl retired in 2006 from a career as an orthopedic surgeon in Morehead City for 26 years.  He is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  Dr. Zettl graduated from Orange High School in Pepper Pike, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1967.  He received a B.S. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 1971, and received his M.D. degree from Tulane in 1975. He served a residency in orthopedic surgery from 1975-1980 at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, now Carolinas Medical Center.

“When asked to become a member of the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees, I agreed enthusiastically because I know that I can use my experience as a physician to assist the college in a number of areas in addition to the health science programs,” Dr. Zettl said.  “I have long been an advocate of the community college system, and look at my membership on the board as one way that I can serve the community that has been my home for so many years.” Dr. Zettl has been married to his wife, Vickie, for 34 wonderful years. They have one daughter, Kathryn Muros, an occupational therapist who lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband, Chris.

He currently spends much of his time as a furniture maker and woodworker, and is skilled in programming and using computer numerically controlled cutting devices.  He has work in three exclusive galleries across the State of North Carolina, and is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild.  He enjoys motorcycling, skiing, craft beer, and cooking. He is also a long time member of the Morehead City Lookout Rotary Club.

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