Black, Chapman, Evins named award winners for 2013

Hanover’s Alumni Association has named Ray Black Jr. ’74, Sandra Chapman ’77 and Jennifer Clark Evins ’88 to the ranks of Alumni Achievement Award winners for 2013.

Ray Black Jr. ’74 has served as executive director of the Lide White Boys & Girls Club in Madison, Ind., for almost 30 years, helping thousands of children.

In 1975, he started the Madison Wrestling Club, coaching at all levels; Black also served as a high school girls’ softball coach between 1993-2001. During his tenure in both sports, almost 80 students earned  scholarship offers to college.

Black is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) professional and was the Indiana Area Leadership Council executive secretary in the late 1980’s.

Awards include the 2001 BGCA National Professional Service Award, the 2008 Madison/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Jeff Garrett Community Service Award and the 2011 Madison Elks Club, #524 Distinguished Citizenship Award, among many others.

Additionally, Black was inducted into the Madison Cubs Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association State Hall of Fame in 2012.

He and his wife, Vicki, live in Madison, Ind. and have three children and two grandchildren.

Sandra Chapman ’77 currently serves as an attorney at Casey and Chapman, PLLC. Her practice focuses on litigation, and she has extensive experience in personal injury, liability, premises liability, vehicular accidents, mass torts, employment litigation, education law and professional liability.

Chapman also serves as a research fellow for the West Liberty University Institute for Innovation in Education.

She is a founding member of the West Virginia Council of School Attorneys; Chapman also served a nine-year appointment on the West Virginia Board of Education. She led state board initiatives in the areas of bullying/harassment and the statewide grammar initiative. Chapman also held all offices of the West Virginia Board of Education, twice serving as president.

Along with serving as the state superintendent’s sole representative on the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission, she is a past-president of the West Virginia State Bar, a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents.

After earning a master’s degree from West Virginia University, she earned her juris doctor degree from that institution’s law school. She and her husband, Patrick Casey, live in Wheeling, W.V., and have three children.

As president and CEO of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (S.C.), Jennifer Clark Evins ’88 heads a conglomerate of nine nonprofit partners dedicated to visual and performing arts, science and history. Her duties include overseeing a budget of $1.8 million, a staff of 12 full-time employees, community outreach and education.

Evins joined the organization in 2010 as senior development officer after raising $10 million for the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg between 2008-09. She served as public affairs manager for a local television station from 1998 to 2001. Prior to this, Evins held increasingly higher levels of positions in marketing.

In community service, Evins is a trustee for both the Spartanburg County Foundation and the College Hub of Spartanburg County. She serves as commissioner for the Spartanburg County Commission on Higher Education, is an appointed member of the City of Spartanburg Public Safety Committee and serves on the President’s Advisory Board for Wofford College.

In 2011, Evins received one of the state’s highest honors, Woman of Achievement 2011 from the South Carolina Business and Professional Women.

She and her husband, Alex, live in Spartanburg, S.C., with their two children.