Stanly Community College Foundation welcomes new board members

Published 11:07 am Saturday, May 20, 2023

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The Stanly Community College Foundation has announced the appointment of Adam Elkins, Trent Helms, Cathy Lowder and Frank Sparger to its board of directors.

Adam Elkins

A native of Montgomery County, Elkins received his bachelor’s degree from NC State University and his law degree from Campbell University.

He practiced law in Troy until joining the Stanly County District Attorney’s Office in 2019 where he currently works as the chief assistant district attorney for Stanly County and prosecutes a broad range of felony criminal charges. He and his wife, Morgan, have lived in Albemarle since 2019.

He enjoys all sports but spends his spare time playing golf and participating in a men’s softball league.

Helms lives in Norwood along with his wife and two sons.

Trent Helms

With a love for electronics, computers and networking, he started taking classes at SCC in the Computer Engineering Technology program. After graduating in 2001, he came to SCC full-time where he worked as a lab assistant and earned degrees in both computer engineering technology and electronics engineering technology.

In 2003, he taught within those programs as an adjunct faculty member before becoming a full-time instructor for the Technology Division the following year.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and his master’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 2019.

Away from work, he enjoys finding new experiences and adventures with his family, spending time outdoors and being active.

Cathy Lowder

Lowder earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics with minors in chemistry and physics from Pfeiffer University before obtaining her master’s degree in mathematics from UNC Charlotte.

As a teacher with Cabarrus County Schools for 32 years, she served as chairperson of the Science Department and Student Council.

She currently works with the Daughters of the American Revolution program and makes hope pillows for the Roy M. Hinson Cancer Center.

She and her husband, Steve, live in the Millingport community and are members of Salem United Methodist Church.

Frank Sparger

Sparger received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with majors in finance and economics from Appalachian State University and his master’s degree in business administration from Queens University of Charlotte.

He has worked as a financial advisor since 1988 and currently owns and operates Sparger Investments.

His board service includes holding offices with the Albemarle Optimist Club, Albemarle Rotary Club, Piney Point Golf Club, Stanly County Family YMCA and Stanly County Partnership for Children.

He has one daughter and enjoys golf, racquetball and saltwater fishing in his free time.

For more information about the SCC Foundation, contact executive director Jeania Martin, at 704-991-0370 or