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The Network

Board of Directors

Dr. Beth Ashburn

As a young girl Dr. Ashburn’s family moved to Winston-Salem in 1967 so that her father could undertake leadership of Piedmont International University. In the 50 years since, Dr. Ashburn has built her life and career as an educator in Winston-Salem. She earned her MA in English in 1985 and her PhD in English (Rhetoric and Composition) in 1996, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her career at Piedmont began as a professor and has evolved into Chairperson of the General Education Division, Dean of Academics, Vice President of Academics and, since 2009, Provost. She currently serves as a member of the TRACS Commission and is a regular workshop presenter for TRACS and ACSI as well as other organizations. She also is known for her infectious passion for excellence in all areas of her life.

Jeremy Pattisall

Jeremy Pattisall is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. He completed a BA in Biblical Studies at Piedmont International University (PIU) and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. Jeremy serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at PIU. When away from work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. Jeremy and his family have been engaged in local volunteer work across Winston-Salem, with a special focus on south and east Winston-Salem. 

Logan Philon

Executive Director

Logan Philon graduated with his B. S. from Piedmont International University in the spring of 2017. He has led the Renewal Network since its inception in 2014 and spent a large portion of his time as a college student leading student involvement in the poorest areas of Winston-Salem, while studying poverty and forming the ideas that would become the foundation for the Piedmont Renewal Network. Logan enjoys reading, travel, and lives with his wife Heather in Winston-Salem.

Willette Nash

Willette Nash was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and educated in the area’s public schools. She graduated from East Forsyth High School and went on turn earn an undergraduate degree in Education from Winston-Salem State University. After teaching at the elementary level for Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, she became curriculum administrator specializing in multicultural education. Dr. Nash has earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist, a masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and a doctorate of philosophy in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Dr. Nash currently resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently retired from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools after a 30 year career as a public school educator. She has one daughter, two sisters, several nieces and nephews, and a dog. Her interests include travel, cooking, art, music, working out, and photography.