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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates contributes to First and Ten Campaign

The concession facility at UNC Pembroke’s football stadium was dedicated November 7 to an area health care provider with deep attachments to the University.

Concessions dedication - From left are Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates staff: : Jody Thomas, Joni Floyd Thomas, Chancellor Meadors, Frederick Stephens, Jonna Davis and Daryl Locklear.

Concessions dedication - From left are Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates staff: : Jody Thomas, Joni Floyd Thomas, Chancellor Meadors, Frederick Stephens, Jonna Davis  and Daryl Locklear.

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Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates (CPMHA), which is headquartered in Lumberton, N.C., and serves four counties in the region with mental health and social work services, earned the naming rights with a major gift to UNCP’s First and Ten Campaign for Football and Athletic Excellence.

The concession area will be part of the planned multi-purpose building that will also house the Paul and Pat Willoughby Press Box and the First Bank Chancellor’s Box. It will rise up from behind the main stadium grandstands.

CPMHA founder and partner Frederick Stephens is a UNCP graduate and faculty member in the Social Work Department.

“I would like to thank all those individuals who made this day possible,” Stephens said.

Stephens thanked his family and colleagues who inspired and guided him as a student and professional. In particular, he thanked key members of CPMHA’s staff, including business partner Jody Thomas, a 2001 UNCP graduate, Joni Floyd Thomas ’03, Jonna Davis ’03 and Daryl Locklear ’96.

“If not for these people and their striving for excellence, this would not be possible,” Stephens said.

A Columbus County native, Stephens earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from UNCP in 1987, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of California at Berkley and joined UNC Pembroke’s faculty in 1992.

Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates was founded in 2004 and has 70 employees. It serves Robeson, Scotland, Columbus and Bladen counties.

 Chancellor Allen C. Meadors linked the health care provider’s gift to the University’s larger mission.

“A university is a lot more than athletics and academics,” Chancellor Meadors said. “A student’s educational experience builds the total person, similar to the purpose of mental healthcare providers.”

Football coach Pete Shinnick thanked Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates for its gift.

“The concession facility will be important pieces of this overall facility,” he said. “I continue to be excited by the generosity that comes from the people in this community.

“As a football program, we are supporting the community by volunteering,” Shinnick said. “On behalf of the team and our program, thank you for stepping up and giving back.”

For more information about the First and Ten Campaign for Football and Athletic Excellence and giving at UNCP, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu.

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