New Member – Carlton Koonce

Please introduce yourself and say hello to our new member Carlton Koonce sponsored by Melissa Mills. A brief bio for Carlton is below.

Carlton Koonce is a North Carolina native who has been married to his talented wife, Claudia, for ten years and is also a proud father of an 11-year-old son, Michael. He is an alumnus of N.C. Central University where he acted as editor-in-chief of the award-winning Campus Echo student newspaper and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in mass communications and English literature as well as a Global Studies certification.

Koonce is the workforce director for the nonprofit Partners for Youth Opportunity, where he has been coaching Durham youth into productive, employed members of the community for the past five years. Before his nonprofit work, Koonce worked for UNC-Chapel Hill’s journalism school as point-person for the Durham VOICE community newspaper and as a contributor for the News & Observer’s Durham and Chapel Hill News.

Koonce’s hobbies include coaching youth football for the Durham Firebirds and shuttling his son around to various karate practices and tournaments. He is an avid reader of “anything and everything” and is a huge fan of any sports that is North Carolina connected — in particular the Panthers, Hornets, Hurricanes and Tarheels.

“I joined the Rotary because members hold a belief, like me, of service to those who can’t help themselves and having an understanding of our fellow humans,” he said.

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