Board Members

Beaufort County Community College Board of Trustees

Rev. Dr. Robert Cayton, Chair

  • Residence: Aurora
  • Appointed by: County Commissioner
  • Term: June 30, 2018

Rev. Robert Cayton is the Pastor of Reelsboro Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Concord Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pamlico County. He is a member to the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, representing North Carolina. He also serves as a Trustee of Barton College and as a member of the search committee for the next regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina. The Beaufort County resident attended Luther Rice Seminary and earned a Doctor of Ministry. Husband of Debra Rose Cayton, he is committed to the vision and mission of BCCC which will break the cycle of poverty and give each person the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and goals.

Kathleen Simpson, Vice Chair

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2019

Kathleen Simpson served in the U.S. Army as a Colonel. Now retired, she taught at East Carolina University’s School of Nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She also served as a Vice President at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. The Washington resident received a Master of Nursing Administration form the University of South Carolina. Wife of Glenn Simpson, mother of two and grandmother of 2, Ms. Simpson has had one son to attend BCCC and has taken Continuing Education classes at the college.

Betty Randolph

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2021

Betty Bar-Randolph is the owner of New Beginning Funeral Home and Creation in Washington. She holds a Master of Education from North Carolina State University. Randolph’s husband Louis had served as a Trustee and Board President. Randolph has served previously as Vice Chair. Her daughter Naomi Ann Randolph is the Executive Director of North Carolina Women Advance. Randolph is a resident of Washington.

Jim Chesnutt

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2018

James Chesnutt is the Chairman and Chief Executive Office for National Spinning Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University. Chesnutt is a Washington resident. Husband of Judy Chesnutt, he also has two sons, Warren and Stephen, and four grandchildren, Tripp, Mary Powell, Claire and Elizabeth.

Jim Chrisman

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: County Commissioner
  • Term expires: June 30, 2020

Jim Chrisman is the Chief Financial Officer for Tideland EMC, a position he has held since 2014. He worked for Carteret County, and later served as the Assistant County Manager and Chief Financial Officer for Beaufort County. Mr. Chrisman lives in Washington and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from East Carolina University. Husband of Karen Chrisman, father of twins Owen and Sydney, he has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Carteret Community College.

James Gaynor

  • Residence: Chocowinity
  • Appointed by: County Commissioner
  • Term expires: June 30, 2019

James Gaynor is the President and Owner of Occupational Therapy Plus, Inc., a position he began in 1988. OT Plus, Inc. provides direct occupation therapy services to eight school systems and numerous home health care agencies and nursing homes. Mr. Gaynor received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University and is currently working on a Master of Public Health degree. He attended BCCC (then Beaufort County Technical Institute) and completed the College Parallel program before transferring to ECU. He is currently living in Raleigh part-time with his wife Cathy Gaynor and has a daughter who attends Meredith University.

Teresa Canady

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: County Commissioner
  • Term expires: June 30, 2021

Teresa Canady served the Martin County Department of Social Services as a Social Worker Supervisor until she retired in 2015. There she supervised the Child Care, Work First Employment Services Units and Intake Services. She started working with Beaufort County Department of Social Services in 1977 and later worked for Washington County DSS for 16 years. Ms. Canady holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management. She earned an Associate of Applied Scneice in Secretarial Science from BCCC. The wife of William Canady has one daughter, Felisha Canady, and lives in Washington.

Cornell McGill

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2020

Amy Sasnett

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2020

Amy Sasnett now works as a farmer, having retired from Vidant Beaufort Hospital in 2016. She worked in a number of roles at the hospital, having started her career there in 1992, and most recently working in quality control. Amy earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, S.C. After the tragic death of her teenage son Reid, Ms. Sasnett wanted to establish an endowment in his memory. Reid loved farming, fire training, the outdoors and sunsets. The family had discussed his college attendance, and they believed that he was headed to BCCC after high school. Wife of Paul Sasnett, she a mother of three daughters.

Russell Smith

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2019

Russell Smith is the Owner of Russell’s, a retail clothing store in Washington that he has owned and operated for 35 years. He holds an Associate Degree in Retailing and Marketing from BCCC (then Beaufort County Technical Institute). Besides being a graduate of the college, Mr. Smith has served as a Trustee for the past ten years. His wife Denise Smith graduated from the Medical Laboratory program from BCCC (then BCTI). His son Zach and daughter Olivia both took classes at BCCC to further their educations.

Mitchell St. Clair Sr.

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2018

Marya Shavender

  • Residence: Pantego
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2021

Marya Shavender, along with her husband Buddy Shavender, started Shavender Trucking, Inc. in 1878 and have successfully run it for 40 years. She holds a degree from Lenoir Community College. The grandmother of eight also has three daughters: Marcy Morgan, Stacy Swindell and Tracey Brown.

Jean Woolard

  • Residence: Plymouth
  • Appointed by: Washington Co Commissioner
  • Term expires: February 2, 2020

Jenny Futrell

  • SGA President Ex-officio member
  • Term expires: June 30, 2018

Jenny Futrell is a work-study student in a biology lab and serves as President of the Student Government Association. Futrell holds an Associate in Applied Sciences in Medical Office Administration, and she is working toward an Associate Degree in Nursing. She is the daughter of Carolyn Marlowe and Pete Futrell, and has two children, Analiyah Futrell and Jayden Little. She is a resident of Jamesville.