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Reaves installed as president of Appalachian’s Alumni Association

BOONE—James K. Reaves of Kernersville has been installed as president of Appalachian State University’s Alumni Association. Joining Reaves on the executive board are Stephanie L. Billings of Greensboro, vice president; and Carolyn J. Clark of Boone, secretary. Each will serve a one-year term.

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Reaves is a senior vice president of BB&T’s Life and Financial Planning Department in Winston-Salem. A 1993 graduate of Appalachian, he is a member of the Appalachian State University Foundation board and a former president of the Yosef Advisory Board, Appalachian Athletics’ fundraising and advancement group. Reaves was a member of the Mountaineer football team and captain of the team for two years.

He also is active in his local community, volunteering as a youth coach for the YMCA, assisting with fundraising efforts for the M.S. Society and the United Way and contributing as a benefactor and volunteer for Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He established the Reaves Family Scholarship for Student-Athletes at Hillside High School in Durham and the JK Reaves Financial Planning Scholarship for the Walker College of Business.

A 1992 graduate, Billings is co-owner of BE Creative, an online personalized gifts and accessories business, which also provides marketing assistance to small businesses. She is also the administrative and marketing manager with Austin Financial Management Inc.

Active in the local community, Billings is leader of Girl Scout Troop 40580, chair of the Enrichment Fund for the Guilford County Schools, a trustee on the Family Services of the Piedmont Greensboro Foundation Board, and a member of the Children’s Home Society Greater Greensboro Leadership Council. Billings is a member and past president of the Junior League of Greensboro, and in 2010 received the organization’s Kathleen Price Bryan Award.

Clark is a 2004 graduate of Appalachian. She started her career in news broadcasting, then moved to New York City to work for NBC. She has worked on “Saturday Night Live,” “The “Today Show” and “Conan O’Brien.” She ran public relations campaigns for Donald Trump, Mark Burnett Productions (The Apprentice, Survivor, etc.) and more. She is now the senior communications manager at Yahoo!, working on communications for Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Flickr and more. She was an adjunct instructor in Appalachian’s Department of Communication in fall 2013.

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