Alumni Spotlight – Tom Warren

tomWarrenParrott Academy’s middle school bible study groups welcomed Rector Tom Warren, APA Class of 1999, as a guest speaker on Wednesday, April 11.  Reverend Warren talked to the middle schoolers about our attempts to make plans and how sometimes things go as planned and sometimes they don’t.  His message was that God has a plan.  Reverend Warren shared a slideshow of his life including playing basketball at Parrott, serving in the Coast Guard, and starting a family.  We congratulate him on his appointment as Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kinston, NC and thank him for returning to his alma mater and sharing his experiences with our students!

Tom began service to St. Mary’s Church as the Rector in February, 2018, after having been the Assistant Rector since August, 2011. He grew up in Cheverly, MD and moved to Snow Hill, NC as a teenager. After finishing high school at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, NC, he attended the US Coast Guard Academy and graduated with a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. His active duty Coast Guard career included duty as an engineer on a polar ice breaker in Seattle, WA and an environmental response officer in Elizabeth City, NC. He currently serves as a reservist drilling in Norfolk, VA.  He attended Duke Divinity School (M.Div. 2011 with a certificate in Anglican Studies). Tom was ordained a deacon in June of 2011, and a priest in February of 2012.



Alumni Updates – Sept ’17


A member of our Patriot family is serving his community.  Miles Minges, Class of ’98, has been selected by the Pitt Community College Foundation board to serve as chair.  Minges is the key account director at Minges Bottling Group in Ayden, and has been a member of the PCC Foundation Board since 2011.  Prior to being elected chairman, he had served as vice chair of the board that oversees PCC’s chief fundraising organization for the past four years.

Alumni Updates, May ’17

We have exciting news to share about our alumni!

WillCannon      Will Cannon, APA class of ’98, has been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Award for the NCBA IP Section (North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property Section).  Will is being honored for his exceptional pro bono efforts in the last year.  Throughout 2016, Will sought out and provided legal support to organizations including Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Sow Much Good.  These organizations are dedicated to the distribution of fresh food to impoverished areas of the state. He has also worked with nonprofits that provided support to women, as well as ecological conservation groups.  Will’s community service work began at Parrott where he was one of the students who founded SERV!  Will is a partner in the intellectual property group at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, based in the Raleigh office.

Greg Ellis, APA class of ’00, was recognized for his work as the Maury Volunteer Fire & Rescue captain.  He was the recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.  Ellis focuses on fire prevention education in schools.  Ellis is quick to acknowledge his fellow volunteers’ help and support. Ellis was on the scene when our college advisor, Mitzi Moye was struck by a vehicle in 2015.  Mitzi is very grateful for his attentive care.  (Read more here)

Wine & Design
Patrick Mills & wife Harriet while filming for Shark Tank

Patrick Mills, class of ‘94, and his wife, Harriet, co-founder and CEO of Wine & Design, will be featured in the season finale of ABC’s Shark Tank on Friday, May 12 at 9:00 PM EST.  Wine & Design offers not only a chic and upbeat space for painting and fun, but also prospective entrepreneurs and artists an opportunity to build a career that provides flexibility needed to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Alumni Updates

-McLean Ellis, ’06 has been named chief resident for the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital.

-Tara Pilato, ’13 gave her senior viola recital at Notre Dame on March 26.  Orchestra instructor, Eulalia VonFossen attended and got the chance to catch up with sisters, Jackie and Tara.  Tara is heading to med school next year.

-Several Parrott alumni were recognized as up and coming movers and shakers in a new publication, My Lenoir Magazine. The cover story, “Become Your Own Best At-home Chef” is about current parent and alumna, Caroline Briley Roberts, ’01, and her family’s take on the boxed meal services. Other alumni were recognized in its “20 under 40 article:”  Keely Mills Koonce, ’08; Zacchaeus Rasberry, ’16; Nathan Perry, ’07; Rev. Thomas Paine Hopfengardner Warren, ’99; and current parent and onetime student, William Nelson Wilder, Jr.; Michael Reid Martin, current parent.

-Hadley Bryan, ‘13 has been accepted as a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and Human Genetics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine after graduating from NC State.

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