The Alumni Council
The Alumni Council is an important group of volunteer leaders who take on a variety of important projects at Christ School. In addition to the planning for Alumni Weekend, the Alumni Council works on the Alumni Awards, the Legacy Scholarship, the Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Teacher and Staff of the Year Award. Christ School is truly grateful for all the ways in which the Alumni Council strengthens the ties between alumni and the school.
Alumni Council Mission Statement
The Christ School Alumni Council is committed to preserving the history and improving the future of Christ School by promoting sincere connections among former students. The Council will work to engage alumni in the school’s philosophy that balances academics, spiritual life, athletics, leadership development and a direct understanding of work’s dignity. By encouraging alumni participation, organizing events and frequently communicating with the school’s former students, Council members will build on more than 100 years of experiences and values shared by the Christ School brotherhood.
The 2012-2013 Alumni Council
Peter Gartrell '01, President
(307) 689 - 4440
BA, Geography, Macalester College
When musician James Taylor talks about greens and blues, he could well be talking about Peter's blood -- an avid Duke fan hailing from Durham, N.C., he spent three years at Christ School before matriculating to Macalester College, where he majored in geography. Peter is set to work in Congress after receiving a fellowship from the American Political Science Association. Prior to that he spent six years writing about energy markets, business and policy, first for the Gillette (Wyo.) News-Record, then for McGraw-Hill. He was elected Alumni Council president in 2011 and was the 2009 recipient of the school's Robert B. Moore III Young Alumnus Award.
John Holding '84, Vice President
BSBA, Marketing and Economics, UNC Charlotte
Originally from Concord, John spent 3 years at Christ School. After high school, John joined the Army where he was stationed in Korea. After his Army discharge John stayed in Asia for six years working in advertising in South Korea & Vietnam. A graduate of UNC Charlotte in Marketing and Economics, John resides in Raleigh, NC with his fiancé Leigh Ann and English Bulldog Bentley.
Rick Rodgers '64
AB - English; JD - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A retired lawyer and Campbell University law professor, Rick and his wife Nancy live on a 100+ acre farm between Buies Creek and Coats, (NC) where they raise endangered breeds of livestock and poultry and serve as a venue for special occasions. Rick is also an ox driver, computer systems architect, Model T restorer and world traveler who is passionate about his experiences as a Christ School boy.
Tom Beck '69
BA, Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
Accounting, Western Carolina University
After a long career in the construction industry as owner, superintendent and project manager, Tom joined MetLife in August 2010 as a financial services representative. He is married to Annette and they have two grown children: a daughter Meredith Merrill, mother of their first grandchild Lane Thomas, and a son Andrew Thomas '09.
George A. Berger '83
BA, History, Washington and Lee University, 1987
Master of Community Planning, Auburn University
Post-graduate fellow, University of Alabama
George has worked in community planning, economic development, downtown revitalization and public administration for almost two decades, and currently manages interdepartmental and inter-agency strategic growth initiatives for the City of Charlotte. He is married to Lara Whorton Berger, has an elementary school-aged daughter, and lives in Davidson, NC where he serves on the Town Planning Board and volunteers at the local farmers market. His other interests are most keenly focused on pursuing the middle of the pack at various bicycle races around the southeast and on practicing the traditional southern art and magic of barbecue.
Robert Clawson '88
BS, Business Administration, Birmingham Southern College, 1992
MBA, The Citadel, 2000
A native of Charleston, SC, where he makes his home, Robert is the third in his family to attend Christ School, following his two uncles to Arden. Robert is a sales representative with Samuel Shapiro & Co., a customs house broker and freight forwarder based in Baltimore, Maryland, a job in which he frequently travels the East Coast. He is a member of both the Hibernian Society, an Irish fraternal order, and College of Charleston Cougar Club. In his spare time, he likes to travel and is a regular at Cougars' basketball games.
John Knapp, Jr. '91
(803) 446 - 3962
BA, English and Sociology, Wofford College, 1995
At Wofford College, John was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Alpha-Nu Chapter) and the Terriers' Varsity Baseball team (1991-1993). In 2000, he joined Valic Financial Advisors as a financial advisor. He and his wife, Asheville School graduate Pamela Knapp, have a daughter Sarah who was born in 2010.
Will Willimon '94
(706) 410 - 5080
BA, English, Wofford College, 1998
Will is in his sixth year as a Regional Director of Development for the University of Georgia. Following his graduation from Wofford College in 1998, he began a career in education as an Associate Director of Admission here at CS. From Admission, Will moved into independent school fundraising and gained experience in capital campaigns and strategic planning before moving to his position at UGA.
Guy Campbell '00
(828) 779 - 0023
BA, Political Science, Presbyterian College, 2004
Guy is Vice President of Carolina Colortones in Black Mountain. He is married to Erica Campbell and they have 3 boys - Bradley, Wyatt & Davis - who come to campus to cheer on their dad's varsity soccer team. Guy has coached the Greenies since 2010.
Kelly Burkett '01
BS, Engineering Technology, East Tennessee State University, 2005
Kelly works for Controls Southeast as an estimator. Married to Tracy, they have two children Emma and Luca.
Calvin Covington '01
BA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2005
MBA, Hampton University, 2007
Calvin came to Christ School in 1999 from Brooklyn, NY, and quickly became a star member of the football, basketball and track teams, and a prefect of West House. He matriculated to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was a Senior Marshal when he graduated in 2005. He went on to earn an MBA from Hampton University in 2007. He now works at Bank of America as a Financial Analyst in Global Wealth Investment Management. Covington currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with his wife Andrea McAfee Covington.
Eric Thorp ’01
(828) 684 - 6232, Ext. 162
BS, Sports Management, Elon University, 2005
Eric returned to campus in 2007 when he joined the Advancement Office as Associate Director of Alumni and then became the Director of Alumni, a role he served through May 2011. Now in the Admission Office, Eric is Assistant Director of Admission, one of the varsity basketball coaches and an adjunct houseparent to Cuningham House.
Townsend Tanner '03
BS, Business Management, North Carolina State University, 2008
Originally from Rutherfordton, NC, Townsend moved back to Arden in 2010, where he currently works as a financial advisor for the Tanner-Ashe Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. He earned a degree in business management from North Carolina State University in 2008 after graduating from Christ School, where he was a proctor of South Carolina House. Outside of work Townsend enjoys playing golf, spending time with family, and supporting our Greenies sports programs.
Jack Smallpage '06
New Orleans, LA
BA, History, University of Alabama
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jack attended CS from second through sixth forms, and was recently the 2011 recipient of the school’s Robert B. Moore III Young Alumnus Award. Jack currently works at Donovan Marine, Inc. in New Orleans, selling boat supplies. During his free time, Jack enjoys fishing in the summer, hunting in South Louisiana during the winter and in the fall supporting the Alabama Crimson Tide.