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Matthews, Strickland Named to Board of Guidance

posted Feb 21, 2014, 11:57 AM by Interfaith WS

The Rev. Peggy Matthews and Dr. Deon Strickland were appointed to the Board of Guidance of Interfaith Winston-Salem at its February 20, 2014 meeting.  They join 14 other community leaders on the diverse board.

Rev. Matthews, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a member of Parkway United Church of Christ, is a Chaplain and Healing Touch Provider.  She is a graduate of William C. Peace University (formerly Peace College), Salem College, the UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School of Social Work and the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University.  Before returning to Winston-Salem in 2013, she was director of Congregational Care for nine years at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.  Among her many activities in social work, she was an advocate for and originator of North Carolina’s first Battered Women’s Shelter, which was located in Winston-Salem.  She and her husband, Sam, have two daughters, three granddaughters and one great-grandson.

A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Dr. Strickland is an assistant professor in the School of Business at Wake Forest University.  He grew up in Pembroke and attended the North Carolina School of Science and Math.  He received an A.B. in economics from Harvard University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.  Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest in 2008, he held faculty positions as The Ohio State University and Arizona State University.  He worked as an economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2000-2002.  He and his wife, Dr. Carmen Strickland, have two children.  He is an active member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church.