Monday, November 26, 2018

UPDATE Week of November 26


a quick check in with alums!

Alex Loy is in Nashville back to working at Sunshine Beverage (her job while a Fellow)

Will Troxler is happily married to his college sweetheart Mary Page. He is doing commercial real estate and development in Raleigh

Christina Sandstedt recently was commissioned as an officer in the Coast Guard!

Campbell Anderson with his sis. He is leading a small group at church and is also doing commercial real estate and development - but in Winston!

Rahel Tafese (Jess is in several photos!) is currently in Memphis working as analyst consultant for a hedgefund 

Camille Stogner is on the Dean's List in her masters of nursing program at WSSU

Dakota Lee is currently working at PENTA and as a Recruiter for Alantis all the while planning his bid to run for mayor once Allen Joines retires. (I'd vote for him!)

Reese Schaffner and Julia Lovett are busy planning their wedding in January! Reese is working at Inmar; Julia just took a position with Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Jessica Kok is in England studying Art History and Museum Curation at the University of Norwich

Sean Henderson is working with Boosterthon and word on the street is that he is in a relationship!

Ashley Trewhella is enjoying living with Morgan and Kate. She is working as an Account Manager at the Budd Group

Tate Heisler is in the Leadership Academy with Chikfila and is back to leading Young Life

Kate Donahoo and her mom pictured here. Kate is enjoying living with Ashley and Morgan. She is Sam Speakman's favorite teacher at Forsyth Country Day School where she is teaching US History

Natalie Bayer is enjoying living with Julia Lovett (until Julia gets married). She continues to love her work with autistic children at ABC of NC
Tucker Bartholomew is working at a consulting company and playing music in Nashville

Sarah Wilkins is living large in Richmond, Virginia where she is working at the hospital at VCU.

Patrick MacCarthy is having a wild adventure in Tanzania where he is teaching English with YAGGUM

Morgan Bonds is making a big impact at the Winston-Salem Street School. She is also enjoying living with Ashley and Kate. Morgan also became a Young Life Leader at Reynolds High School

Grace Mezzy like many of our Fellows are on the Bridesmaid and Groomsman circuit. She continues to thrive in California working with Lacy Maxwell Experiential

Caleb McKillop is on his way to getting his Masters of Divinity at Columbia St. in order to become a military chaplain.

Abbey Thomas and Isaiah Thomas are bundled up after their honeymoon in Jamaica. Abbey has started her Masters of Counseling Program at Messiah College and is working in the Guidance Office at a school in Richmond, Virginia

JP Flynn is still doing great accounting work at Aladdin Travel. He is volunteering using his chess skills for the common good and playing soccer on the weekends. 

I am so proud of all of our Fellows Alumni. What an amazing gift it is to watch them grow into themselves, flourish where they are planted, and make significant impact in the world!


A Feast at the Meyers

We had an awesome night over at Dave and Lisa Meyers. Dave brought out some of his home brew. Lisa provided the meal. And there was much rejoicing and singing around the hearth. Thank you guys! 

It was fun to see Sarah Wilkins' photo front and center on their island. They told me it is always there in a place of honor!

Mathu doing work

I got this awesome picture of Mathu from Todd and Judy Smith. 

The perks of hosting a Fellows. Just saying!

The Fellows were off for Thanksgiving and so was their director.

the places were set

Mom's side of the family - all 28 of us!

Lia is Salem's favorite - not sure why...
On Friday we had the extended family as well as our dear sweet friends the Harrises
 That gave us 34 people! Woo Hoo!!!!

Sarah Beth, Elizabeth and Lia
Ned and sister Lee wearing our head gear

Playing games with the nephews

Searching for a Christmas Tree

Playing for hours on the floor with Nathaniel
Robyn McElwee with Crazy Running
Here we go!

On Sunday, all 300some Crazy Runners were invited to run the Mistletoe 5k Course. I was one of the helpers...which ultimately landed me with Jacob.

Jacob has a hard brutal background but has been adopted into a loving home. I went through about every emotion you can think of trying to get this guy from point A to B. Finally, I was able to get him to go by playing his favorite music on my iPhone, which was all video game music! AHHH!!!!


We are a lean mean organization, but even we need support.

Join the team by writing a check to 
Winston-Salem Fellows
851 W. 5th St. 
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

or by going online at



Round Table is at Todd and Judy Smith's house (Mathu's Host Parents)
Leader Lunch is with Chuck Spong - Today is his birthday!!!!!! Executive Director of Love Out Loud
Wednesday Night we have a Board Meeting
Friday we have a Double Class with Clay Cooke and our first of three classes with Giorgio Hiatt
Saturday we have the Mistletoe Half Marathon among other things on the schedule!!!

Mel, Lia, Renee and Erin


Lee with 34 bowls!

Nathaniel with his favorite cousin

The weather was gray but beautiful

Monday, November 19, 2018

UPDATE Week of November 19

Doing Brain Work.

Dr. Tony Atala and Garrett Briggs. 

Garrett this year has had the amazing opportunity to work in Dr. Atala's lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. 

On Wednesday night, all the Fellows had the opportunity to hear Dr. Atala speak on the intersection of science and faith. 

Aly called it her favorite night so far as a Fellow. 

A packed room on a cold wet Wednesday

Thankful for Jay Helvey on right for his vision

Thankful for Holli Billings for her organization skills

Thankful for Christian McConnon for his coordinating efforts

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Andrzej Turkanik of the Quo Vadis Institute in Austria. Dr. Atala gave a short presentation on the size and complexity of both the universe and the human body. He left time for questions and answers then stuck around to continue to talk with folks. 

Tim Spangler asking follow up questions to Dr. Atala and Dr. Turkanik


Audra Beth Lynn

Welcome Audra Beth! We are excited to announce that we have received our first acceptance for NEXT YEAR'S CLASS. Audra Beth hails from Rock Hill, South Carolina and is a senior at Clemson University. 

She is completing her degree in Business and Marketing and is thrilled to be joining what is already guaranteed to be another outstanding class of Fellows. How do you know, Ned? You only have one commit. Well, Audra Beth is THAT AMAZING. That's how I know!

this is not an actual picture of us talking on the phone - but I like to pretend it is

ROUND TABLE at the Raineys

A Greek Feast was held around this table
No correlation between the last name of David and Shannon and the weather but OH MY! Monday night was a deluge! 

We were grateful to have a roof over our heads, especially one as nice as David and Shannon's. It was a solid night of worship and sharing. I loved how the Raineys jumped right in. 

Thanks guys!

LEADER LUNCH - with Lia Erickson, Ellen Robinson and Jennifer Keller

Lia, Ellen and Jennifer and the gang

This was one of my favorite lunches of the year. Watching the Fellows get blown away by my wife and her story is worth the price of admission. Always at some point some Fellow asks along the lines of What in the world did you see in Ned? Which always makes me go I know!

What can I say? I married way out of my league.

Lia shared about her journey to medicine and the privilege she feels it is to care and advocate for her patients.

Here is a clip about her practice:

It was also awesome to hear Ellen and Jennifer share about their journeys.

Ellen is Chanice's host mom as well!

Lia shares with the Fellows
It was the first Leader Lunch we have ever had in a doctor's office! The lunch also is the only one we have had so far served by a taco truck.

THAT EVENING was Dr. Atala's event

Trent received much praise for his bartending skills

Shannon and Julie Baughan

More amazing ladies

THURSDAY NIGHT we attended our second evening extravaganza at Westwood Swim and Tennis Club for Mission Emanuel 


Nicole and Holly two of Mission Emanuel's great staff members
It was a true fiesta!


Welcome to the family, Juliette

We drove all the way up to Columbus and back to greet our newest niece and cousin: Juliette Collins Vishnauski. 

And to see all these guys

And to build a gingerbread house

And eat too much

A great weekend - almost was thrown off by Ohio State losing to Maryland - fortunately, calamity was avoided (not earned) and the Buckeyes survived. 


Anna Rose, Maggie and David slayed it
Hope Church participates in the local backpack program in Winston-Salem. On Sunday night, our small group helped put the meals together. 

The kids were amazing - out performing the adults in speed, enthusiasm, and teamwork. Well done guys!


Kelly at home with the Hopkins

After four straight weekends either coaching or on trips with the Fellows, Kelly had a well-deserved quiet weekend with the dogs. She also dominated on the GRE this week. So proud of this woman!


We are SO THANKFUL for the generous support that we have received from the community. We are about 25k away from reaching our annual goal. Would you help us surpass it?

Here is how:

checks to 

Winston-Salem Fellows
851 W. 5th St. 
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

or online 

Thanks. This is a community-based program in every sense of the word. You make that true with your support!


Monday ROUND TABLE with David and Lisa Meyer. Thanksgiving Edition!!!


Wednesday Fellows are going home for the holidays. I've got some fun meetings lined up before heading to the hills myself. 

Thursday Turkey Day!

Friday Turkey Day part two!

Saturday and Sunday fun with family

Monday back to it with work and round table with the Smiths!

THANKS ALL! Keep sharing the story and spreading the love... 

David and Cousin Wyatt

Photos of a feast

Chad, Lia, Cara and Caitlin - the Simpsons!

Anna Rose takes out the braids

Garrett celebrates his brother getting his ring at VMI

The Simpson Clan

The Fellows Clan