Mr. Bob Williams

Phone: 910-750-1356

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Mr. Bob Williams

Onslow County Board of Education member since May 6, 2014

Chairman, Onslow County Board of Education since January 5, 2021

Additional committee, boards and community organizations that you are involved in and time framed served:

  • Treasurer for the Brigade Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington, NC
  • Former Advisory Board Chairman – Brigade Boys & Girls Club of Onslow County
  • President Elect – New River Rotary Club of Onslow County
  • Member – Crisis Prevention Coalition of Onslow County
  • Member - Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce – Military Affairs Committee
  • Member - Council for the Arts, Jacksonville, Onslow County
  • Former Vice President - Association of Inspectors General Los Angeles Chapter
  • Former President - Association of Certified Fraud Specialists Los Angeles Chapter
  • Former Member - Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Former Member - Information Systems Security Association
  • Former Member - Association of Former AFOSI Special Agents 

Professional Experience and Background:

  • Retired Deputy Inspector General, Investigations, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Retired Criminal Investigator, Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • Former Private Investigator and Senior Investigator for Major US Airlines
  • Former Criminal Justice Faculty Instructor, University of Phoenix
  • MPA, Administrative Organization & Management, Golden Gate University
  • BA, Social Sciences & Psychology, University of the Philippines
  • AA, Criminal Justice, Los Angeles Metropolitan College

 Why you chose to become a member of the Board of Education:

In 2013, the Board of Education did not convince voters to approve a $149 million school construction bond referendum, despite our critical needs for new facilities.  In early 2014, the Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners agreed upon a ten year plan to build up to six new schools, costing $150 million.  Onslow County Citizens deserve to know where their tax dollars are spent and that they are spent wisely.  As a Board Member, I will advocate for openness and transparency in all financial matters before the Board of Education.  I oversaw a School District's $19 billion school construction program and have the experience to oversee our current school construction program.  

What do you enjoy about serving the children of Onslow County? 

The children of Onslow County deserve the best education they can receive and their parents should feel their tax dollars are spent on a quality education. School Boards set policy and provide guidance to the Superintendent and Staff, whose business is to provide an education for our children. A quality education requires expenditures to fund qualified teachers, administrators, support personnel, and to provide adequate classrooms. My role as a Board Member is to make sure we have an adequate source of funds and that the funds are spent appropriately to give our children the education they deserve. 

Additional information and/or statement:

I will work with the other School Board Members, the Superintendent, and his Staff to provide the Citizens of Onslow County with financial information that demonstrates our willingness to be transparent. Trust in Government has to be earned through openness and oversight.

 
Mr. Jeffrey Hudson

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Mr. Jeffrey Hudson

Onslow County Board of Education member since December 2018

Vice-Chairman, Onslow County Board of Education since January 5, 2021

Additional committees, boards, and community organizations that you are involved in: 

  • Member, Board of Directors, Trail Life USA
  • Member, State Employee’s Credit Union Advisory Committee
  • Chartered Organization Representative, Trail Life USA Troop NC-4316
  • Deacon, Tar Landing Baptist Church
  • Vice-Chairman Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce

Professional experience and/or background: 

  • Richlands High School Graduate, Class of 1988
  • Campbell University, BA Cum Laude, 1992
  • Webster University, Master of Arts Public Administration, 2001
  • Town Manager, Town of Holly Ridge 1993-1996
  • Deputy County Manager, Onslow County 1996-2001
  • Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Auxiliary Services, Onslow County Public Schools, 2001-2009
  • County Manager, Onslow County 2009-2016
  • Chief Executive Officer, ONWASA 2017 - Present
  • Elementary Curriculum Development Team Leader, Trail Life USA 2013
  • National Hurricane Center Training
  • FEMA

Notable Public Service Accomplishments 

At 22 years of age, Mr. Hudson was the youngest person to hold the position of Town Manager at time of his appointment.  While serving as Deputy County Manager of Onslow County, Mr. Hudson let disaster response and recovery efforts to Hurricanes Bertha, Fran, and Floyd, as well as construction of the county’s Emergency Operations Center and renovation of the historical Superior Courthouse.  During his tenure as Assistant Superintendent the Onslow County Board of Education passed the largest school construction bond ($90 million) in its history.  Mr. Hudson’s team was responsible for completing nearly 30 major school construction projects, including Carolina Forest Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, and Stateside Elementary schools on time and within budget.  Mr. Hudson also instituted process reviews of Auxiliary Services that resulted in increased efficiencies in the care of buildings, assets, and multiple departments such as information technology, printing services, maintenance, and transportation.  As County Manager, Mr. Hudson was tasked with implementing a public information campaign which resulted in the passage of the county’s local-option sales tax referendum by an overwhelming margin.  The sales tax passage resulted in the first mid-year reduction of property taxes for Onslow County taxpayers and funded the largest number of construction programs in the county’s history.  Successful county government construction projects included the Onslow County Justice Complex, Sneads Ferry Environmental Education Center and Public Library, Albert J. Ellis Airport Terminal, Onslow County Government Center, the Downtown Jacksonville Boat Ramp (in partnership with the City of Jacksonville), Onslow County Vehicle Maintenance Center, Consolidated Human Services Facility, and new Onslow County Courthouse.  While Manager, Mr. Hudson facilitated process improvements with key members of the county team which resulted the establishment of the county’s Emergency Responder Program, national and international recognitions for solid waste program sustainability, and a joint education funding formula between the Board of Education and County Commissioners.  In his current capacity as CEO of the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority, Mr. Hudson and his team have worked to implement new strategic planning, capital improvement programs, and best practices in customer service.

Why you chose to become a member of the Board of Education: 

Without the wonderful educational foundation Onslow County Schools gave my wife (a Southwest High graduate) and me, we could have never pursued our careers.  I want that same great experience for my own son and all the other students of the Onslow County Public School System.  In 2017 I first considered running for the Board of Education because I wanted to provide an experienced, conservative voice for my fellow parents and residents of Onslow County.  My desire is to serve in such a way that I never tarnish the dignity of the office, or the trust of my constituents.

What do you enjoy most about serving the children of Onslow County: 

For several years I had the joy of helping “provide the stage from which instruction performs” as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Auxiliary Services.  Auxiliary Services handles much of the logistics of the massive business enterprise that is the Onslow County Board of Education.  As I visited schools weekly, I was overjoyed at seeing first hand how a positive educational environment could literally affect the lives and futures of our children.  On a personal note, I have deeply enjoyed teaching kids over the past 9 years as an adult leader, first in the Boy Scouts of America, and then in Trail Life USA.

Additional information and/or statement: 

In pure economic terms, the Onslow County Public School System is an enormous enterprise with a budget in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  It is the largest employer in the county outside the military bases.  It is the owner of the largest amount of public buildings, the largest bus system, the largest restaurant (cafeteria) system, and the largest computer network.  It bears the responsibility of protecting our most valuable asset, the children of our community.  But more than the money and the “things”, school systems influence the very culture of our society.  For some kids, their teacher is the kindest person they know.  School is the safest place they can be.  And education is their only path to meeting the needs of both themselves and their future families.  To be successful, we must support our teachers and every supporting player on our school system team.  I will work toward doing just that using a common-sense approach to the duties of my office.

Mr. Bill Lanier

Phone: (910) 381- 4616

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Mr. Bill Lanier

Onslow County Board of Education member since December 4, 2018

Additional committee, boards and community organizations that you are involved in and time framed served:

  • NCGOP Executive Committee Member
  • NCGOP, 3rd Congressional District Member At Large
  • Onslow County GOP Executive Committee Member November 2008 – February 2018
  • Chairman, East Northwoods Voting Precinct (EN03) March 2017 – February 2018

Professional Experience and Background:

  • Special Needs Instructional Assistant, Onslow County Schools March 2003 – January 2016
  • Chief Judge, North East- A Voting Precinct, Onslow County Board of Elections August 2013 – March 2015
  • Registered Agent/Business Manager/Treasurer/Webmaster, Midville Baptist Church September 2009 – October 2014
  • Community Based Behavioral Healthcare Paraprofessional, Crystal Coast Therapy July 2003 – March 2008
  • Community Based Behavioral Support Specialist, Onslow County Behavioral Healthcare Services January 2001 – July 2003
  • Retail Jewelry Sale Person, Mills Jewelers (REEDS) August 1997 – July 2001
  • Gunnery Sergeant United States Marine Corps (Tactical Motor Fleet Operations Chief/Manager-Trainer/Formal Schools Instructor) with total years of service May 1976 – October 1996
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Business Administration and General Management, Campbell University 2004 – 2008
  • Associate of Applied Science, Administration and General Management 1997 - 1999
  • Phi Theta Kappa Society, International Order of the Two Year College 1999

Why you chose to become a member of the Board of Education:

After 20.5 years of service as a United States Marine, 5 years as a Behavioral Healthcare Paraprofessional, and 12 years as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant retirement would seem an easy choice.  With closing the chapter on a long and loving relationship upon the death of my wife Mitsuko, to simply rest seemed pretty enticing.  But, as fate would have it, I was called upon by my community to vie for a seat on Onslow County’s Board of Education.  I am humbled by their faith and confidence in my experience and wisdom to fulfill the task. 

It is my hope, as a board member, to assist in eliminating distractions that hamper teaching and learning, to help ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability, to promote professionally competitive school environment where the curriculum is specific to subject matter and age appropriate and students are academically successful.

What do you enjoy about serving the children of Onslow County?

My enjoyment of serving the children of Onslow County stems back to my experiences as a behavioral healthcare Specialist/Paraprofessional.  The sheer joy I experienced helping individuals and families achieve specific goals for growth and living is far exceeded by the joy and empowerment they attained.  I was extremely heartened to be recruited by the Principal of Trexler Middle School in 2003 to sign on in the Social Skills/Special Needs Program.  I simply love to see happy and productive people, and serving the children of Onslow County is a perfect way to do it.

Additional information and/or statement:

It is the duty of the communities of Onslow County to make sure our schools are responsive to valid concerns and accountable in managing the resources and means necessary adequately educate our children.  It is the Board of Education’s responsibility to ensure that policy is conducive for making it happen.

It’s MY HOPE to be an integral part of helping Onslow County Schools achieve and maintain a level of responsiveness conducive to communication, transparency and results expected by all stakeholders in Onslow County.

Mrs. Melissa Oakley

Phone: 828-460-1195

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Mrs. Melissa Oakley

Onslow County Board of Education Member since December 2020

Mr. Ken Reddic

Phone: 910-539-4281

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Mr. Ken Reddic

Onslow County Board of Education member since August 2018

Additional committees, boards and community organizations that you are involved in:

  • Member, Jacksonville Civitan Club (25 years)
  • Member, Board of Directors of Marine Federal Credit Union
  • Member, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (45 years)

Professional experience and/or background:

  • S. Social Studies Education- East Carolina University (1970)
  • A. School Administration and Supervision- East Carolina University (1983)
  • Teacher, Coach- Onslow Academy (1970-1974)
  • Teacher, Coach, School Administrator, Curriculum Director, Math-Science Partnership Grant Manager- Onslow County Schools (40+ years)
  • Educational Consultant, NC State Educational Assistance Team (2004-2006)
  • Adolescent Literacy Coach- Johns Hopkins University (2006-2007)

Why you chose to become a member of the Board of Education:

As a life-long educator in Onslow County, I am passionate about the future of public education in our community, state and nation.  I became a board member to be a positive and supportive voice for students, teachers, parents and community.  Our community expects Onslow County Schools to offer an excellent education to all students by hiring great teachers, designing effective curriculum and instruction, providing modern facilities and resources, and keeping our children safe.  As a board member, I plan to work cooperatively with community agencies, governmental groups and fellow school board members, and make decisions that are in the best interest of the students of Onslow County Schools.  I continue to remind myself and others that “Excellence in the classroom begins with excellence in the board room.”

What do you enjoy most about serving the children of Onslow County?

During my more than forty years of educational experiences in the Onslow County School System, I have attended thousands of events, celebrations, demonstrations and competitions.  I thoroughly enjoyed the culmination of all the work, study, preparation and practice that was required of the students, teachers, volunteers, and parents.  Onslow County Schools has a rich history of showcasing students in such venues as plays, musicals, athletic events,  academic competition and recognition events, and community volunteer efforts.  As a School Board member, I look forward to attending and supporting school and district events that focus on student achievement, growth and success.   

Mr. Joseph Speranza

Phone: 910-548-4302

Email:

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Mr. Joseph Speranza

Onslow County Board of Education member since December 2020

Mr. Eric Whitfield

Phone: 910-803-8756

Email:

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Mr. Eric Whitfield

Onslow County Board of Education Member since December 2020

Additional committee, boards and community organizations that you are involved in and time framed served:

  • Onslow County Board of Education since December 2020

Why you chose to become a member of the Board of Education:

To be a great asset to all the citizens of Onslow County. 

What do you enjoy about serving the children of Onslow County?

Ensuring that all children are treated fairly regardless if their parents choose government funded education, parent funded education, or other methods of education funding.  No child should be treated poorly based on their parents’ best decision. 

Additional information and/or statement:

All citizens in Onslow County pay for education.  None of the citizens should be ostracized from the education process.  I’m not ashamed to include citizens with no children in the public education school system.  All means all and that is all that all means.