NCCJ announces new board members and staff growth

NEWS RELEASE                                                                              
For Immediate Release:                                                                     
March 12, 2012 

Contact: Anne Krishnan
336-272-0359, ext. 15


NCCJ announces new board members and staff growth

NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad wrapped up a record setting year in 2011 and is preparing for further growth in 2012 with the addition of new board and staff members.

We are pleased to welcome three new board members, effective January 1, 2012:

Annah AwartaniAnnah Awartani, Owner, Zaytoon Mediterranean Café & Catering, was born in Palestine and moved to Greensboro in 1989. She operates Zaytoon upon the concept of “food as medicine” in downtown Greensboro. Certified as an integrative health coach, she has given lectures focusing on Islam, women within Islam and food as medicine, and she plans someday to expand her ideas to Middle Eastern countries in need.







Annie Tyson JettAnnie Tyson Jett, President & COO, B&C Associates, Inc., has over 30 years of corporate and consulting experience. Her areas of expertise include business management, public and community relations, human resources, organization development, diversity planning and education, risk management, strategic planning and manufacturing. She is also Interim Executive Director of the BookSmart Foundation.






Anthony Petitt, Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer & Controller, Lorillard Tobacco Company, joined Lorillard in 2010 and previously served in leadership positions at Whirlpool Corp., Kforce Inc. and Watkins Motor Lines. He began his career as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen LLP.



NCCJ also hired three staff members in 2011 and 2012, including for the newly created positions of program director and community outreach coordinator: (Click here for staff photos)

Anne Krishnan joined NCCJ as director of development and communications. Anne began her career as a newspaper reporter covering business in Durham and Raleigh. Most recently, she worked as communications manager at the National MS Society's Greater Delaware Valley Chapter in Philadelphia, supporting that organization’s programs, services and development efforts. A Mt. Airy native, Anne graduated from the N.C. School of Science & Mathematics and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. She lives in Greensboro.

April Atchley joined NCCJ as program director. Prior to coming to NCCJ, April was an Associate Director for Guilford College’s Adult Degree Program, where she helped create programs and support services for adult students, as well as professional development opportunities for employers in the Triad. She later served as the Assistant Director for GEAR UP, a federally funded grant program that encouraged first generation and low income students to go to college. A native of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, April was a Teaching Fellows Scholar at Appalachian State University. She lives in Greensboro.

Charles Jones joined NCCJ as community outreach coordinator. Charles received his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Greensboro, where he also competed in wrestling and track and field for the Spartans. Charles joined NCCJ after working in the marketing and development department of the Greensboro Children’s Museum for more than three years. A native of Wilson, N.C., Charles lives in Greensboro.

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