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2013 Outstanding Alumni

The 2013 Outstanding Alumni recipients are shown left to right: Anita Wyatt, Stephen Worley, Dr. Lesia Banks and G. Rodney Reynolds.

DANVILLE, VA, April 19, 2013 – Four individuals were honored recently as Outstanding DCC Alumni. Sponsored by the Danville Community College Alumni Association, the 2013 honorees represent Danville Community College, as well as its two predecessor institutions - Danville Technical Institute (DTI) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute - Danville Extension.

The honorees are:
Anita Wyatt - DCC and DTI, retired from Danville Community College Business Office
G. Rodney Reynolds - VPI—Danville Extension, Director of Finance for Roman Eagle Memorial Home and retired Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Dan River Inc.
Dr. Lesia M. Banks – DCC, Auditor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and founder of Dr. Lesia M. Banks Enterprises, a career coaching and organizational leadership consulting business
Stephen Worley - DCC, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Children’s Medical Center in New Orleans

Also participating on the program were Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Laura Fornash, who came to support her father, honoree Stephen Worley; Linwood Wright, City of Danville Economic Development Office and former Danville Mayor; Clarissa Knight, retired Assistant Superintendent for Pittsylvania County Schools; Shannon Hair, Executive Director of the DCC Educational Foundation; and DCC President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey.

Anita Wyatt graduated from Danville Technical Institute in 1957, as well as business and technology degrees from DCC in 1973, 1975, 1978, 1983. She retired after 20 years employment in DCC’s Business Office. After high school Wyatt began a career at C&P Telephone Company, diligently saving money for education.

“When I entered Danville Technical Institute as a one-year secretarial student, I had no idea that I would ever be able to obtain the education I have now,? Wyatt explains noting that she has also completed studies in business administration at Averett College in 1977, and completed her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at Averett in 1988.

Active in her community, Wyatt has been a member of the Danville Chapter American Business Women’s Association since 1989. She served two terms as chapter president, and in 1999, she honored as Woman of the Year. Wyatt has also established two endowed scholarships at DCC, contributed to the Alumni Scholarship Fund, and purchased four commemorative bricks at the DCC Student Center.

G. Rodney Reynolds, a 1967 graduate of VPI—Danville Extension, is Director of Finance for Roman Eagle Memorial Home and the retired Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Dan River Inc. Early in his career, he became affiliated with Dan River Inc., holding various accounting and financial positions. In 1990, he became Vice President for Finance and Controller for the Apparel Fabrics Division. In 2004, he assumed the position of Vice President and Controller for Operations. He became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2006.

While working at Dan River, Reynolds had the opportunity to study at the Colgate-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia for six weeks.

“Colgate-Darden used the casework methodology where you worked in teams to analyze various business scenarios and, in response to a series of questions, present the results of your analysis,? Reynolds explains. We interacted on a daily basis; the global world view changed the way I think.?

Reynolds is also active in his community. He has been involved with United Way since the mid 1980’s, serving as both vice president and the treasurer. In addition, Reynolds has served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army; Dan River Foundation, where he also has served as President; Hughes Memorial Home; and the DCC Educational Foundation Board.

Dr. Lesia M. Banks is a 1985 DCC graduate, earning an associate degree in Police Science in 1985. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology/Law Enforcement in 1987 from Averett College. In 2001, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. Banks earned her Doctor of Education Degree from Nova Southeastern University.

In her current position, she serves as the Internal Review Officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Banks is the sole auditor for FEMA’s Mission Support Bureau. In addition, she has consulting firm, Dr. Lesia M. Banks Enterprises, which specializes in career coaching and organizational leadership services.

Prior to joining Homeland Security, Banks served as Chief of the Statutory Compliance and Research Division in the Office of Information Programs and Services at the U.S. State Department and as Director, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. In 2004, Banks was detailed to the Executive Office of the President of the United States where she worked on developing privacy policy.

Her government career began in 1990 at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she eventually served as FOIA Officer to the late Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown.

Banks created an endowed scholarship in memory of her late father, Robert Wayne Grasty, and in honor of her church, High Street Baptist in Danville. The annual $1,000 scholarship is created for students in the administration of justice or business fields.

Stephen Worley came to Danville Community College for a year and a half of study with the objective of obtaining a business degree.

“The preliminary business courses set me up for my next two years at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU),? he says noting that VCU not only has a large business department, but also a medical school. “The medical school hired some of the business students to conduct a study. I thought ‘it’s helping me with my degree and it’s the opportunity for a summer job.’ I had never considered that hospitals are businesses.?

Worley graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and in 1974, he completed his Master of Science Degree in Business Administration. He joined Children's Hospital in New Orleans, in 1980, as an Assistant Administrator, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer two years later. In 1986, he became President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

With the partnership between Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary in 2009, Worley was appointed President and CEO of Louisiana Children’s Medical Center (LCMC), the system’s parent corporation, which includes Children’s Hospital, a 241-bed pediatric academic medical center with referrals from throughout Louisiana and the Gulf South; Touro Infirmary, a 347-bed adult hospital; Children's Hospital’s Calhoun Campus, which includes a 75-bed psychiatric hospital; and the 260-bed retirement center, Woldenberg Village.

Worley is a member of the Children's Hospital International Executive Forum, and serves on the Board of the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers. He is a past chairman of the board of the Blood Center for Southeast Louisiana; past chairman of the Louisiana Hospital Association; past chairman of the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans; and past chairman of the board of the Child Health Corporation of America.

For more information about the Outstanding Alumni Awards program, please contact the DCC Educational Foundation Office at 434.797.8437 or click here.


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