The Pulaski County High School Hall of Fame Committee announces five new inductees for 2017. These individuals will be honored at an induction ceremony and reception in the PCHS Commons on December 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM. The inductees are all PCHS graduates and represent a wide variety of achievements and contributions. They are as follows:
Angela Charlton is a 1989 PCHS graduate. As a Cougar, Ms. Charlton played basketball, participated in track, and was a B’nai Brith recipient in her senior year. She received a degree in psychology from UVA in 1993 and a master’s in counseling degree from there as well. Continuing her education, she earned a doctorate in counseling education from VA Tech.
Ms. Charlton’s educational background led her to a career that blended her interests in sports and counseling. She worked for the NFL Director of Player Engagement, managing a rookie symposium and field programs as well. She has done consulting in the area of counseling for the Washington Redskins, the NY Giants, and the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Currently, she serves as the Director of Team Wellness and team psychologist for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA.
John M. Epperly, a 1985 PCHS graduate, grew up in a Navy-Marine Corps family in Fairlawn. Upon high school graduation, he received an appointment to West Point. He graduated from the academy as a 2nd lieutenant and began a long and impressive military career. Aside from service in the US and other sites, he served as an instructor at Drexel University.
Upon leaving active duty, he served with the VA National Guard. In that capacity, he served in response to Hurricane Katrina relief, with Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also assisted in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He is currently the executive vice-president for a cyber security professional services firm. He and his wife Kimberly are the parents of two sons, one of whom is a US Coast Guard officer and the other who is attending the US Naval Academy.
Kenneth Mike Fleenor is a 1983 PCHS graduate. During his high school years, he played basketball and chess, was a member of the Golden Cougar Marching Band, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from the Mississippi School of Law in 1991. Mr. Fleenor then returned to Pulaski County and practiced law for nine years, after which he won election as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Pulaski County, a position he has held for 18 years. He has incorporated the Victim-Witness Assistance Program into his office, working to assist the victims and witnesses of the crimes his office has prosecuted.
Mr. Fleenor’s service to the community includes his work with the Friends of the Pulaski Theatre. He also serves on the board of directors for the Randolph House, a group which provides scholarship funds for deserving Pulaski County students.
Cynthia M. Southern is a 1992 PCHS graduate. She attended the College of William and Mary, from which she received a BS degree in 1996. She earned a DDS degree from the VCU School of Dentistry in 2000, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and was honored with the Edwin H. Smith Award for sophomore excellence.
Dr. Southern has served in a multitude of leadership roles, including positions with the ADA and VDA. She has been a member of the American College of Dentists from 2015 to the present.
She has served her community not only as a dentist but in many other ways as well. She has been a planner for the NRV Free Adult Dental Care Day from 2012-2014 and also provided dental services for those events. She has been an active board member of the Pulaski YMCA since 2014 and has led the “We Build People” financial campaign for the organization.
Michael W. Williams is a 1976 PCHS graduate. Mr. Williams began his newspaper career as a pressman at the Southwest Times in 1977. He has worked in every area of newspaper production and served as the publisher of the Times from 1999 until 2009. In May of 2009, he began publishing the Pulaski County Patriot, a position he continues to hold.
Mr. Williams has been honored for his work many times over his lengthy journalism career. He was the winner of awards from the Virginia Press Association for writing, editorials, in-depth and investigative reporting, and newspaper design. He also served as a member of the Virginia Press Association Board of Directors from 1993-1997. He has served with local community groups, including the PC United Way, the PC Chamber of Commerce, and the board of the Adult Day Care Fall Prevention Center.
The PC Chamber of Commerce recognized him as its Business Executive of the Year in 2005, an acknowledgement of his contributions to the community. He has provided a “starting point” for many Pulaski County young people and remains deeply invested in the county and its citizens.