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The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement

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The A.J. Fletcher Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity formed by the founder of Capitol Broadcasting Company, the late A.J. Fletcher. The Foundation is organized to support The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement, a school for learning-disabled children, and also supports the work of other charitable, civic and social organizations. The school is for students who need a highly structured, very personalized context in which to learn. The school provides students with opportunities to discover the strengths of their own minds and to develop learning styles consistent with those strengths.

Officers:
Barbara L. Goodmon | John M. Brennan | Vicki S. Murray | Daniel P. McGrath

Board of directors:
John M. Brennan |  Barbara L. Goodmon | James F. Goodmon |
James F. Goodmon, Jr. | Michael D. Hill | Daniel P. McGrath | Joseph G. Vetter

John M. Brennan is the former Chief Financial Officer of Capitol Broadcasting Company. He currently serves on the Board of the A. J. Fletcher Foundation and is involved in several community and charitable activities.

He has an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and a graduate degree from the University of Detroit. Mr. Brennan is a Vice president and Treasurer of the Fletcher Academy.

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Barbara Goodmon is president of The Achievement School and president and executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Memphis, Tenn., in 1965. She is a 1994 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh and completed the master of liberal studies program at North Carolina State University in 2000. She serves on a number of community boards and brings a wealth of experience to the Fletcher Foundation. With primary interests in the field of human service, she has served as chairman of the Salvation Army, vice chairman of The Healing Place of Wake County, and chairman of Wake County Human Services. She has received the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army and was inducted into the Academy of Women of the Raleigh YWCA.

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James F. Goodmon is Chairman of the Board for the A. J. Fletcher Foundation and The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement. He joined Capitol Broadcasting Company in 1968, and has been its President and CEO since 1979. Mr. Goodmon serves on numerous other Boards, including the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; A. J. Fletcher Foundation; and Capitol Broadcasting Company. He has received many outstanding honors and awards, and has been recognized by the community, the broadcasting industry, and the State of North Carolina.

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James F. Goodmon, Jr. is a 1999 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, where he received the B.A. degree in Managerial Economics and was inducted into Phi Beta Theta, the history honorary society. In 1994 he served as a Page in the United States Senate.

Since 1993, Mr. Goodmon has held various positions with Capitol Broadcasting Company, including operations and sales assignments at WRAL-TV, and management training positions at both WJZY-TV in Charlotte and WRAZ-TV in Durham. He is currently Programming Associate for WRAL-TV/DT in Raleigh. Among his community activities, Mr. Goodmon serves on the Board of Directors of The A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

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Michael D. Hill is vice president and general counsel for Capitol Broadcasting Company. His responsibilities include redevelopment of Durham’s American Tobacco Warehouse district. He recently worked on expansion of Durham Bulls Athletic Park and construction of the Diamond View Office Center. Mike is a graduate of Yale University and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Daniel P. McGrath joined Capitol Broadcasting Company as its chief financial officer in 2003. Prior to that, he served as CFO for a venture-backed software company, and as vice president of finance for a $200 million technology and systems integration company, each in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Dan also worked for Price Waterhouse in both Raleigh and Washington, specializing principally in audit and IPO services for growth-oriented technology companies in the software, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is active in several Triangle area charitable and civic organizations.

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Vicki S. Murray is corporate secretary for Capitol Broadcasting Company and its 10 subsidiaries. Vicki is a life-long resident of Raleigh who graduated from Millbrook High School and attended Hardbarger Business College.

Married in 1971 to Mike Murray, now a retired captain with the Raleigh Fire Department, she has two sons, Michael and Nick, both Raleigh firefighters. Before joining Capitol Broadcasting Company in 1997, she was employed as a legal assistant for 12 years with the Raleigh law firm Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove.

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Reverend Joseph G. Vetter is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.  He is Catholic campus minister at Duke University in Durham, director of campus ministry for the diocese, and chair of the Priests’ Council and the publications committee of the diocese. He is on the executive board of the North Carolina Council of Churches, and chair of the development committee of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association.

Father Vetter has been pastor of several churches in eastern North Carolina and editor of the N.C. Catholic newspaper, and director of communications and chancellor of the Diocese of Raleigh. He is a native of Burlington, N.C., and earned a B.A. in philosophy and M.Div. at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

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