Perry Newson is currently the Executive Director for the North Carolina Ethics Commission. He served in that same position for the North Carolina Board of Ethics from 1999 until passage of the State Government Ethics Act in 2006. Mr. Newson is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. He attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors in 1979. He earned his law degree in 1983 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Prior to his tenure with the Ethics Commission and Board of Ethics, Mr. Newson served for almost six years as a special deputy attorney general in the N.C. Department of Justice. Before joining state government, he worked as an attorney in private practice in both Tampa, Florida, and Raleigh, where he has lived since 1987.
Pamela Brewington Cashwell
Pam Brewington Cashwell earned her BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992 where she served as Chief Justice of the Holderness Moot Court. After clerking at the North Carolina Court of Appeals for Judge James A. Wynn, Jr. (now 4th Cir. COA), Ms. Cashwell spent ten years working in federal government positions in Washington, DC. She served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Administration at USDA, a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division at USDOJ and as a Special Counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office. After returning to NC, Ms. Cashwell worked with the 501(c)3, North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law before beginning work as a contract attorney with the State Ethics Commission. She became Assistant Director in August 2014.
Carson Carmichael graduated with honors from North Carolina State University in 1976 with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Science and Technology. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University in 1980 where he was a member of the Law Review. Mr. Carmichael was in private legal practice in Raleigh for over 30 years prior to joining the Commission staff. His private practice focused on occupational licensing, public utilities, construction, health care, and environmental law. Mr. Carmichael is a past Chair of the Construction Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and was peer selected for Best Lawyers in America in Administrative/Regulatory Law.
Kathleen Edwards graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida and received a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in three states and has over 23 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Most notably, she was an Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel for a Fortune 500 company where she managed the company's business ethics program. In doing so, she drafted the company's business ethics handbook, responded to company ethics inquiries, and assisted with the key employee financial disclosure and conflict review program. She also managed the company's employment law group and represented the company in state and federal litigation. She has also worked in private legal practice, for the NC Attorney General's office, and for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government covering the NC General Assembly.
Susan Lundberg earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School and has practiced law in both the public and private sectors for 18 years. She has worked for the North Carolina Department of Justice for the past 9 years, most recently with the Property Control Section representing and advising the State Purchase and Contract Office, the State Property Office, the State Construction Office, and various other state boards and commissions under the State Department of Administration's umbrella. Prior to that she worked in the Labor and Employment Section representing the State Department of Labor in all of its diverse matters. Her state experience also includes working as the Appeals Officer for the Wage and Hour Division of the State Department of Labor where, among other things, she conducted hearings regarding wage and benefit disputes between employers and employees. In addition to her public sector experience, Ms. Lundberg practiced law in Colorado for six years representing private clients in a broad range of areas including business, contract, and labor and employment law.
Gretchen D. Aycock
Gretchen D. Aycock is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. 1990) and the North Carolina Central University School of Law (J.D. 1995). Her legal career has been spent in service to the citizens of North Carolina where her family has made its home for 6 generations. Gretchen has been pleased to serve as legal counsel for State Boards and Commissions including the Veterans Commission, State Youth Council, and Council for Women, Domestic Violence Commission, Commission of Indian Affairs, Human Relations Commission, and Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, and State Building Commission.
Gretchen is active in her church and the local arts community as well as a member of the UNC Order of the Valkyries. She is a doting Aunt and Godmother, and is endlessly amused by children and dogs.
Dottie Crouch Benz
Complaints and Education Administrative Assistant
Dottie Benz graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2007 she became a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal. Ms. Benz is a Wilmington native and has worked in the legal field for 20+ years from coast to coast. Returning to Raleigh in 1992, Ms. Benz has worked in private law firms as well as at the North Carolina Department of Justice as a litigation paralegal, specializing in administrative and lobbying law.
Beth Carpenter is a graduate of NC State University where she earned her BA in English with minors in writing/editing and psychology. Beth began her public career with the North Carolina Human Relations Commission in April 1992. Her state service includes working in the Secretary of Administration's Office, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, the Governor's Policy Office and the Governor's Boards and Commissions Office. Beth joined the Board of Ethics in October, 2004.
SEI Administrative Assistant
Brenda Covert is a North Carolina native who was raised and educated in Alamance County. She earned an Associate’s Degree from Alamance Community College, and began work at UNC Hospital in an administrative capacity for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Later, she became licensed as a title insurance underwriter, but ultimately discovered an interest in law. For 20 years, she was a legal assistant in private law practices, both in North Carolina and Florida, before joining the SEI team at the State Ethics Commission. Brenda and her family enjoy all the natural wonders of North Carolina, but have a special affinity for the North Carolina coast.
Advice and Complaints Paralegal
Lisa Johnson is a graduate of Durham Technical Community College where she earned her Associates Degree in Paralegal Technology and a Certificate in Business Law and Civil Litigation. Lisa has worked as a legal secretary since 1992 with private practice attorneys, Veterinary Medical Board and started working for the State of North Carolina in 2000 with the Rules Review Commission, Office of Administrative Hearings and with the Social Services Commission.
Diana Latta-Faison is a graduate of Johnston Community College. She earned her Associates Degree from Johnston Community College in Paralegal Technology. Diana also earned an additional Associates Degree with concentrations in Criminal Justice from Wake Technical Community College. Diana held an internship with the Johnston County District Attorney’s office before beginning her career in the legal field with the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office in 2011.
Peggy Malpass is an honor graduate of Cape Fear Community College where she earned her Associates Degree in Paralegal Technology, and is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal. Peggy’s past experience includes several positions in the health insurance industry and consumer credit account security before beginning her legal career as a litigation paralegal with a private practice real estate firm. She joins the State Ethics Commission as a paralegal on the SEI team.
LaTonya Washington earned her B.S. Business Administration/Human Resource Management degree from Columbia Southern University in 2014. Prior to earning her Bachelor’s degree she earned her Associate’s degree in Business Administration/Human Resources from Wake Technical Community College in 2007. LaTonya’s work experience includes 6 years with the North Carolina Education Lottery as an Administrative Clerk, 8 years with the North Carolina State Bar as an Administrative Assistant & Membership Coordinator, and 8 ½ years as a Communications Specialist with the US Army.