Man, Woman, Youth of the Year nominees

The Pilot Club of Enterprise will host the 61th Annual Civic Night at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at First Baptist Church of Enterprise in the fellowship hall. Refreshments will be served.

The special event honors a Man, Woman and Youth of the Year for the city of Enterprise and recognizes other individuals who have volunteered their time and worked hard for the betterment of the community and its residents.

The following candidates are nominees for Man of the Year:

O’Neal Boswell

The Literary Club has nominated O’Neal Boswell to receive the honor of 2016 Man of the Year. Over the years, Boswell has not only donated tens of thousands of dollars to many wonderful causes, but his time as well.

He was raised in Enterprise and attended Enterprise City Schools, graduating from Enterprise High School in 1983 where he was president of the Senior Class. In 1990 O’Neal was recruited back to Birmingham by the Crown Automobile organization and helped launch the Infiniti brand for them. In 1994 he started Performance Solutions, a company that specializes in finance and insurance products used and sold by automobile dealers, banks and credit unions.

Boswell took over operation of Sam Boswell Honda in 2007. He decided to purchase the business from his father in 2009.

Boswell married Terri Hudson in 2013.

Community involvement includes board member of the ESCC scholarship foundation, board member of Economic Development Commission, committee member of Wiregrass Wounded Veterans Committee, president of the Wiregrass Area Honda Dealers Ad association, chairman of the HO05 NADA 20 Group, board of directors of Enterprise Chamber of Commerce from 2012 to 2016, corporate sponsor of Fort Rucker Moral , Welfare and Recreation, raised and donated over $75,000 to Coffee County Relay for Life in the last five years.

Through Sam Boswell Honda he supports several local veterans organizations including VFW Post 6683, DAV Chapter 9, American Legion Post 73 and Team Red White and Blue.

Roger Page Dionne

Roger Page Dionne is the Altrusa International Inc., of Enterprise nominee for 2016 Man of the Year. Dionne is married to Deanna Dionne and they have two married children, Alex who is married to Brittany Dionne and Jill, who is married to Kyle Campbell. Dionne also has three grandchildren.

Dionne is a hard-working veteran and instructor who humbly shares his gifts with the city of Enterprise. After his work day ends his volunteer service begins as he leads in music at First United Methodist Church as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the two weekly Contemporary Worship Services in addition to volunteering countless hours to lead music at various church and community activities, including the Thursday night dinner for the Wildcat Football Team, the Angel Tree Christmas party and the Spring Training Revival Week activities.

He also volunteers as the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 99 and he assists with local recovery programs through Enterprise Celebrate Recovery Program and The Christian Missions New Life Program graduation ceremonies.

Kummel Fleming

The Semper Fidelis Club proudly nominates Kummel Fleming as the 2016 Man of the Year. Fleming is a native of Enterprise and a graduate of Enterprise High School, where he was the first African-American Blue Knights Drill Team Commander in 1978. Fleming also served in the United States Navy reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He retired after 21 years of faithful service. Fleming is married to Pamela Anderson-Ali for 15 years and they are the proud parents of four children: Toney, Mynshia, Kimoya and Ian Alexander.

Fleming is a member of Enterprise Planning Commission Board. He is an active member the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce where he chairs the Citizen Interaction Committee. Fleming is known throughout the Wiregrass as a faithful servant leader, a hard-working volunteer and dedicated pastor.

As a member of various organizations, Fleming seeks to improve the life of his community. Many of the agencies he serves immediately impact the children and families of the Wiregrass.

Fleming has given countless hours helping to raise funds to support local agencies such as Coffee County Family Services, Christian Mission Centers, the Enterprise YMCA, The Salvation Army (Coffee-Dale), Enterprise Public Library, Enterprise School Health Services, 4-H Program of Coffee County and The American Red Cross. Fleming served as the Coffee County United Way Board Chair for the 2015-2016 Campaign year. He has also served on the Wiregrass United Way Board of Trustees from 2012-present. Fleming is the pastor of Center Missionary Baptist Church, Newville.

Ron Jones

The OSCAR Club of Enterprise has chosen Ron Jones as the nominee for 2016 Enterprise Man of the Year. Jones and his wife Dia are the parents of two children, Kati and Casey.

After his graduation from Holy Cross, he served in the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is a Vietnam veteran and a member of St. John Catholic Church.

Jones has been a business owner for more than 30 years and volunteers the use of his restaurant to clubs and organizations for meetings, gatherings and parties. Through the years, he has hired high school and community college students and taught them a skill while earning a paycheck. Many students from Enterprise have expanded their knowledge as a result of his willingness to employ them.

Jones has been a member of the Enterprise Lions Club for more than 27 years and is currently the first vice president. One of his responsibilities is to schedule weekly presenters for meetings. He supports the two largest fundraisers for the club by donating his facility and talents for a Spring and Fall pancake breakfast. These events generate several thousands of dollars to help support club projects. He is a dedicated supporter of the Boll Weevil 100 and Wounded Warrior Project.

Relay for Life is celebrating 25 years in Coffee County and Jones and his family have been supportive all of these years with fundraising, food donations, door prizes, campsite and clean-up.

Jones supports churches, schools, Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Healthy Woman, Christian Mission, the Coffee County Arts Alliance, and various other community projects. He volunteers his time, energy and resources to improve the lives of others.

Travis Parker

Travis Parker is nominated by the Enterprise Civitan Club for 2016 Man of the Year.

The real estate volunteer ensemble for Parker in 2016 includes president of the Wiregrass Board of Realtors, state director, along with initiating grants for adding wheel-chair accessible swings and other improvements to local parks. He was voted the #2 Agent in the “Readers Choice Awards” and earned the “Senior Real Estate Specialist” Designation.    

He was president-elect of the Enterprise Civitan Club and joined their National President’s Council.  

Parker was vice president of the Wiregrass Vietnam Veterans of America and was selected “Veteran of the Year”. He enlisted State Representative Barry Moore to sponsor a state proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. 

Serving as the Enterprise American Legion second vice-commander and the district chaplain, Parker initiated the placing of tables at businesses honoring POW/MIAs; “The Eternal Tree” which is lit year-round for those serving who can’t celebrate Christmas; and placing Purple Heart parking signs.

Two events that he is very proud of are the “Wreaths Across America” and the “Memorial Day Ceremony.” He created both in 2015 and the attendance doubled in 2016 with the Civitan and American Legion sponsoring.

Parker was again a “Man in Pink” raising money for the American Cancer Society. He started a campaign to raise funds so that city employees could bring their families to the Summer City Picnic and originated the “Angel of Hope Monument” project for parents who have lost a child.   

He’s very active on five Chamber of Commerce committees.. 

A former high school and college drum instructor, he enjoys playing at church and performing in the tri-state area with the recording artists “J.O.E.” (Jesus Owns Everything). 

In 2016 Travis also started “Guitars4Vets,” free guitars and lessons for military members; “Operation Tank-Full-of-Gas,” free gas for military family holiday travels; and the “Armed Forces Day Celebration.” 

The following candidates are nominees for Woman of the Year:

Dr. Shavonne

Holloway Burrows

Dr. Shavonne Holloway Burrows is the Club Yesapoch nominee for 2016 Woman of the Year. She resides in Enterprise with her husband Cornelius Burrows and their son Cornelius Burrows Jr.

After graduating from Eufaula High School in May 1997, she began her college career at Troy State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in K-6 Collaborative Education in May 2001, master’s degree in K-6 Elementary Education from Troy in December 2004, an Educational Specialist in K-6 Elementary Education from Troy in May 2008, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (K-12) from Argosy University, Atlanta.

Dr. Burrows began her teaching career in the Georgia system. After leaving the Georgia school system June 2010, she began teaching with Enterprise City Schools system in August 2010. She taught fifth grade for two years at Pinedale Elementary and sixth grade for the past five years at Rucker Boulevard Elementary. At Rucker Boulevard Elementary, she is the lead Beta sponsor where she spends five hours or more each week after school working with students in grades 4-6 completing monthly community service projects including the S.O.S. Animal Shelter, Wiregrass Food Bank, Toys for Tots and the Enterprise Nursing Home, building their achievement, character, leadership and service. As an educator, she always encourages her students to be critical thinkers and strive to be the best at whatever he/she does. She also strongly believes that all students can learn no matter what his/her disabilities are.

Dr. Burrows worships weekly with Beth-El Faith Church of Enterprise and Popular Springs Baptist Church in New Brockton, where she sings with the praise team and senior choir.

Dr. Burrows is a member of Club Yesepoch, where she is the recording secretary and serves on the ad committee. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Dr. Burrows received the Scholar of the Year award during the Finer Womanhood Luncheon March 2016. She participates in the following activities: Breast Cancer Awareness, Military Appreciation, Prematurity Awareness, Thanksgiving Meals, School Supply Donations, Finer Womenhood Observance, Graduating Senior Scholarships, Health Fair, Women Veterans Rock, March of Dimes, Christmas Donations, Salvation Army Volunteers, Honor Community Leaders, and Volunteering and Donating.

Lisa Michele Fenner

Lisa Michele Fenner is the Altrusa International, Inc., of Enterprise’s nominee for 2016 Woman of the Year. Fenner is the Director of Marketing for Medical Center Enterprise. She is a native of the Wiregrass, attending Zion Chapel High School and Enterprise State Community College.

She is married to Chad Fenner and they have two children, Britne and Jeramy Fenner.

Because of her passion for her city she volunteers countless hours to many organizations. Fenner is an active member of Altrusa International Club, Rotary Club, The Enterprise Chamber Foundation Board of Directors, Coffee County Family Services Board of Directors, DEBA, AUSA Board of Directors, Hand Up Enterprise, the Commerce and Technology Committee for Enterprise High School, Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Health and Retiree Committee. Fenner is also a member of First Baptist Church of Enterprise.

Her volunteerism to the community was most evident as she was an integral part of the “Annie’s Christmas Dinner” volunteer committee. In 2016 this group provided meals for over 825 people on Christmas Day as well as 600 to-go plates prepared and delivered. She, along with a small committee, worked to coordinate volunteers, donations of food and money and the names and addresses of those to receive the meals, in addition to coordinating the plate preparations and delivery process on Christmas Day.

Regena Lacey

Regena Lacey is the OSCAR Club’s nominee for 2016 Woman of the Year.

Lacey is a native of Enterprise and is married to Robert Lacey. They are the parents of daughter Jessica Lacey Goodson, son-in-law Sam Goodson, son Jacob Lacey, and grandparents to Adelaide Grace Goodson.

She is a member of the Downtown Enterprise Business Association and gave volunteer leadership with the promotion, planning and hosting of downtown events. She helped to organize and promote Ladies Night Out events that raised money for charity. In March she worked to host an event to benefit Domestic Violence Awareness and September she worked to host an event to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. Lacey also helped plan and promote Fabulous Fourth Friday events and a Holiday Open House. She also serves on the executive board of the group and as marketing director.

Lacey is a member of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce and has worked with events and promotions. She is a member of First United Methodist Church. In 2016 she volunteered with children’s ministry, organized mission fund raisers, served on the finance committee, volunteered with the C3 worship committee, was a member of the church council and helped with VBS and other summer programs. She worked to partner with other churches and her Sunday school class to build a house for a family in need.

Nicole Sharp

The Enterprise Literary Club nominates Nicole Sharp for Enterprise Woman of the Year.

Sharp is a 1999 graduate of Troy State University’s nursing program. She has been married to Wade Sharp for 20 years. She is the mother of two sons, Nicolas and Colson.

Sharp is a member of First United Methodist Church. Her main contribution to the church is in the Children’s Ministry program where she serves as a Sunday School teacher, Wonderful Wednesdays worker and chairperson for the Children’s Ministry Committee. She uses her talent for arts and crafts to help decorate the children’s events at the church.

Sharp can be found on most days helping at her children’s school. She is an active member of the PTO serving as president for the last several years. Some of the duties she performs are organizing volunteers and supplies for events at the school. She serves as Coordinator for the Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education and Coke Rewards programs that give back to participating schools.

Sharp coordinates volunteers to aid with the first grade reading and math program. She maintains the school’s resource room, which doubles as a science lab complete with fish and reptile terrariums. She also helps to organize art supplies used by various clubs at the school.

Col. (ret.) Teresa Townsend

Col. (ret.) Teresa Townsend is the Semer Fidalis nominee for 2016 Woman of the Year.

Born in Ozark, and having been a military dependent and a career Army officer and educator, Col. Townsend has an expanded world view and an openness to and appreciation for all cultures. The hallmark of her life’s work has been the education, mentorship and welfare of young people.

Through her organizational affiliations, Col. Townsend donated countless hours to serving and uplifting others. As Senior Mentor for BOLT (Building Outstanding Leaders Today), students gain the skills and confidence to assume leadership positions in student government and honor societies, and first-hand experience in giving back.

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she donated seasonal clothing to the less fortunate, helped refresh, restore and renew area playgrounds, and formed two teams for the Sickle Cell Awareness Walk, donating the proceeds to the South East Alabama Sickle Cell Foundation. She recently retired as the graduate advisor of Troy University’s award winning Mu Alpha Chapter.

Col. Townsend was recently inducted as a charter member of the Tuskegee University ROTC Hall of Fame.

The following candidates are nominees for Youth of the Year:

Isaiah D. Brown

Semper Fidelis Club nominates Isaiah Brown as 2016 Youth of the Year.

Isaiah was born in Enterprise and has lived here his whole life. He attends Enterprise High School and feels that each and every one of the staff that he has come in contact with has helped motivate him in some way to go for his goals in life.

Brown is the son of Victoria Brown and the grandson of Brenda Brown. These two are a very special part of his success and the making of who he is today as a young man.

He truly loves the Lord and is not ashamed of his faith. He is a member of Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church where he has served on the junior usher board from 2015-present and he received Youth of The Year at his church in 2016.

Brown loves the game of basketball and currently plays for his high school team. Basketball has taught him the importance of discipline and character and how to face adversity. On the basketball team, he has been team captain for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 season and he received the Wildcat Character Award for the 2015-2016 season. At school he is an A/B honor roll student, a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA) from 2016-present and Cats for Christ, which is a student- led Christian prayer and worship group, from 2014-present.

Brown uses basketball to help inspire children younger than him. He volunteered Sunday nights throughout the year of 2016 to help teach and coach younger children the game of basketball. He also teaches younger children how to take care of their work in school and make good grades. He has volunteered at multiple events in the community such as bagging groceries and with the Baptist Hill Community Organization Labor Day event.

Sophia Frances

Carnazza

Sophia Frances Carnazza is the Sesame Study Club’s nominee for 2016 Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Vince and Jane Carnazza.

She is a member of the Junior Sesame Club where she serves as president. She worked to help needy families, host events, a charity pancake breakfast fundraiser and organize and work with the Girls Club Dance. She is a member and volunteered with the Junior Civitan Club. In the Student Government Association, Carnazza serves as secretary, works with the administration, staff and students in school affairs to promote good citizenship, school spirit and plan and coordinate student activities such as Homecoming festivities and Diversity Education.

At Enterprise High School she is also a member of the Health Occupation Students of America and the Drama Club. In the community she volunteered with the Brendan Franco Day in the Park. She also worked with WinShape camps greeting families, providing summer camp information, playing games and encouraging involvement.

Carnazza volunteered over 120 hours during football season for practices and games as an assistant to the athletic trainer. She worked on the sidelines for practices and games as a sports medicine student and provided support for any medical need of the players. She is a member of the First Baptist Church and helped with a Valentine Dinner, volunteered with children, Vacation Bible School, the senior breakfast and is a member of the senior Sunday school class.

J’Myah Deemer

The Yesepoch Club nominates J’Myah Deemer for 2016 Youth of the Year.

In January 2016, Deemer won a shopping spree for an essay contest called “My Hero.” This essay talks about the “hero” in his life, and gives a brief description on why he chose that person. He was named the Student of the Month at Dauphin Junior High School for his academic learning skills and work ethic and Student of the Week award due to his hard work and willingness to learn new things.

The certificate for hard work recognizes him making A and A-B Honor Roll for the entire year.

Jenna Goulart

The Enterprise High School Anchor Club is proud to nominate Jenna Goulart for 2016 Youth of the Year.

Goulart, the daughter of Karen Duncan and Chris Goulart, is a current senior at Enterprise High School. She has earned a 4.33 GPA while taking rigorous courses, being a leader among her fellow students, and giving back to her community through various volunteer activities.

Goulart is the drum major of the EHS Big Blue Marching Band, the EHS Homecoming Queen, president of the EHS Anchor Club, former vice president of the EHS Health Occupations Students of America, EHS Wildcat Representative, EHS Student Government Association Representative, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the EHS Math Team. In addition to her school activities, she is also a member of the Highpointe Church Dream Team, Highpointe Church Student Serve, Chief Petty Officer of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Venture Scouts.

Her many volunteer activities include helping residents at Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center play bingo every month, assisting with Fall and Spring Fun Days for special needs students at EHS, volunteering at Winshape Camp, assisting with the VFW Poker Run, making and delivering Candy Grams to Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center residents, serving meals to displaced Elba residents after the flood, and volunteering at Flowers Hospital.

Upon graduation, Goulart plans to attend Auburn University on a four year Army ROTC Scholarship. A bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science with a pre-med emphasis will be the first step in her journey to become a doctor.

Ryan Nagy

Ryan Nagy is the OSCAR Club’s nominee for 2016 Youth of the Year. Nagy is the son of Steve and Michele Nagy and is a senior at Enterprise High School where he takes advanced classes and assists students with tutoring.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, an honor senior and a Wildcat Representative. He is the lead engineer of a VEX Robotics Team and his work created the first state bound robot in the history of the engineering department.

Nagy is a member of the Interact Club and currently serves as president. He has been a part of the JROTC program since the 10th grade and has earned the rank of Sergeant First Class. He is also an award winning member of the JROTC Rifle Team, is second in command of the team and the Precision Team Captain.

Nagy worked alongside Rotarians to volunteer at the Children’s Festival in the Park. He volunteers to maintain the musical instruments at Johnny Henderson Park. During the summer of 2016 he worked with WinShape Camps and was named as the “Most Dependable Volunteer.”

He has been a member of Troop 77 for the past seven years. He began Scouting as a Tiger Cub and has earned 33 merit badges and a Bronze Eagle Palm. He completed the Ad Altare Dei (At the Altar of God) Medal in 2016. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in September 2016.

Nagy volunteered with the annual Relay for Life with the luminary bags and torches. He is a member of St. John Catholic Church where he is an active member in the youth group, worked to set a walkway and help with Vacation Bible School.

Lyne Nguyen

Lyne Nguyen is nominated for the Pilot Club’s 2016 Youth of the Year Award by Knights of Columbus, Council 11480, of Enterprise’s St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Nguyen exemplifies the well-rounded youth the Pilot Club seeks to recognize with this prestigious award.

Nguyen’s school volunteerism and leadership are highlighted by her founding of the Enterprise High School Recycling Club and program in 2016. Her club goal was to reduce the amount of waste at the school and within the community. She developed a business plan resulting in a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart, along with $600 from local businesses, to fuel her idea. Since the program’s inception, Nguyen’s Wednesdays start at 6 a.m. collecting and re-bagging recycling bins from over 112 classrooms.

Her school and community service are further highlighted by her varied leadership roles with the American Legion Auxiliary Alabama Girls State, Alabama Youth in Government, Interact Club, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, Lion’s Club High School Youth Leadership Forum, Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs Junior Sesame, and Health Occupations Students of America. She performs all activities while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average as a graduating senior. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

Nguyen’s church service is evident in the altar server ministry at Saint John Catholic Church. She is the lead server responsible for teaching and leading trainees and inexperienced servers in a pool of 25 altar servers. In 2016 alone, she gave 84 hours of service and trained eight novice altar servers to proficiency.

Nguyen is the daughter of Hoa Mai and Thao Nguyen of Enterprise. When she is not at school or volunteering, she is a co-operative worker for Dr. James McQueen at Southeastern ENT. She rounds-out her waking hours helping at her family’s nail and hair salon business.

Jayden Michelle Webb

Jayden Michelle Webb is the Luncheon Pilot Club of Enterprise and Altrusa Internaional, Inc., nominee for 2016 Youth of the Year.

Webb is a native of Enterprise. While being born and raised here, her love for Enterprise has always shown through. In 2016 she was crowned Miss Enterprise and represented her hometown in the Miss National Peanut Festival pageant, placing second runner-up. As Miss Enterprise, she was able to participate in numerous community events such as ribbon-cuttings, Relay for Life, Wal-Mart donation day and much more.

Webb’s love for Enterprise also shows through to her schoolwork and school activities. She was the varsity cheerleading captain, Mini Cats cheer clinic volunteer, and a diamond doll member. Recently Webb was awarded the AJ Jackson and Ryan Molher Spirit Award, which is a big honor in her book.

During her time at Enterprise High School Webb was inducted into the National Honor Society, is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Cats for Christ and is a senior class representative in the Student Government Association.

The most rewarding activity she takes a part in is dressing up as Cinderella for cancer patients through Characters for a Cure. Webb has also started a platform for Crohn’s Disease research and plans to create an annual kickball tournament to raise awareness and funds to hopefully find a cure for herself and for the many others battling this disease.

After graduation she plans to attend the University of Alabama and hopefully cheer on the Crimson Tide as a cheerleader. Webb plans to go into nursing school and later become a nurse anesthetist.

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