CANDIDATES TO COMPLETE THE TERM OF
CITY COUNCIL NORTHEAST WARD MEMBER
Due to the recent passing of Dr. Vivian Burke, the position of Northeast Ward City Council member is vacant. If you are interested in being appointed to complete the term (expires December 2020), please send an email to Kevin Farmer, TheFCDPChair@gmail.com, and Anne Taylor, FCDPSecretary@gmail.com, along with a short biography (300 words) and photograph.
Brenda B. Diggs
Brenda B. Diggs is an independent consultant and does consulting in the areas of leadership and board development, operational and financial management, organizational planning and strategic management. During her professional career, Mrs. Diggs was a senior vice president of Wachovia Bank, N.A and served as manager of Sales Performance Services in the Retail Financial Services Group of Wachovia Corporation from 1992 through end of year 2001.
Mrs. Diggs joined Wachovia's Operations Group in 1968 and moved to Retail Banking in 1971. She served as a Personal Banker for several years and became a branch manager in 1977. She was named retail marketing officer for the Winston-Salem banking offices in 1980. She became an Executive Personal Banker with responsibility for retail commercial accounts in 1982. She was promoted to manager of the Main office in Winston-Salem in 1985 and was elected vice president that year. Brenda assumed the position of senior product manager in the Financial Institutions Group of Wachovia Corporate Services Inc. in 1987. She became manager of Corporate Banking Training and Development for Wachovia Corporate Services in 1989. She returned to Retail Banking in 1990 as manager of the bank's East, South and South Express offices in Winston-Salem. In 1994, Brenda was elected senior vice president of the corporation.
Mrs. Diggs is a native of Winston-Salem. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from High Point College and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking in Chapel Hill. She also completed the Leadership, Strategy Development and Negotiation Skills program offered by Duke University. She is married to James H. Diggs and they have two adult children.
Current Board - Committee Positions
- Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind d/b/a IFB Solutions 2016-2019
- Citizens’ Bond Review Committee – City of Winston-Salem
- United Way of Forsyth County – Place Matters Committee
- The Winston-Salem Foundation – Community Philanthropy Builders Committee
Previous Board - Committee Positions
- Winston-Salem Police Foundation Board, 2015-2019
- North Carolina Baptist Hospital Board of Directors, 2011-2015
United Way of North Carolina, 2009-2015; Elected Board Chair February 2014
- Winston-Salem Police Officer’s Retirement Commission, 2013-2015
United Way of Forsyth County Board, 2011-2014; January 1992-March 2002; Chairman, March 1999-March 2002
- Citizens Baseball Stadium Review Committee, 2009-2011
- Winston-Salem Foundation – Black Philanthropy Initiative Advisory Committee
- Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth County, Inc., 2006-2008
- Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Poor and Needy Division Advisory Board, 1995-2007
- Appointed by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors to serve a second 4-year term on the Board of Trustees at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), beginning July 1, 1999. Vice Chairman 1998-1999; Chairman 1999-2002; Term completed 2003
- Utility Commission – served nine years
- Leadership America North Carolina Board, 2002-2004
- Spearheaded Project Blueprint project for local United Way, Chairman 1992 and 1993 – Project Blueprint Program designed to identify, recruit and train minorities for board and committee positions in community; funded by Ford Foundation
- Board of Leadership Winston-Salem, Chairman 1994-1995
- Rotary Club of Winston-Salem - Special Assignments
- United Way of Forsyth County Campaign Chairman, 2002
- WSSU Chancellor Search Committee Chairman, January-May 2001
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
- Member of Deaconess Board
- Winston-Salem Chronicle’s Woman of the Year Award 2002 (Awarded March 2003)
- YWCA Woman of Vision Leadership Award, April 2003; Corporate Volunteer Award, March 1994
- The Salvation Army Girls Club – The Strong, Smart & Bold Award, February 2002
- Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society, WSSU Chapter Honoree, March 2002
- Winston-Salem Chronicle’s Volunteer of the Year Award, 2000
- Institute of Political Leadership Women in Office Program Graduate July 20, 2013 - Leadership North Carolina Program Graduate, 2009-2010
- Leadership America North Carolina Program Graduate, 2001-2002
- Leadership Winston-Salem, Graduate 1991-1992; Economic Day Chair 1992-1993
- Member of Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Keith A King is the owner and founder of Kingz DownTown Market in Winston Salem, North Carolina which has been in business for 14 years. He was born and raised in Mount Airy, North Carolina and attended Mt Airy/Surry County Schools and Durham Technical Business School.
Keith is a faithful member of Revealed Church of Christ where he has served as Trustee for the last 16 years. In his role as Trustee, Keith assists the ministry in managing finances and the daily operations of the church. Keith also collaborates with other church board members to plan and implement growth activities such as construction projects and fund raising.
Keith was employed in the fast food industry for 16 years. He began as a cook and eventually progressed to district manager with responsibility for 12 restaurants. Upon leaving the fast food industry, Keith opened his own restaurant in Clemmons, NC, Kingz Wingz & Thingz. Keith had a strong desire to own a restaurant in downtown Winston Salem. He sold the restaurant in Clemmons and began his search for a location in downtown Winston Salem. While researching prospective locations Keith noticed the absence of a grocery store in the downtown area. After much prayer and faith in God, he decided to open a grocery store at 418 N Liberty Street. On December 18, 2007, “The Market” opening was attended by Mayor Allen Joines, several City Councilman, Goler Memorial Missionary Baptist Church and many others.
Due to his success in operating and growing “The Market”, in 2012 Keith received the Black Achievers Award for small business. Keith has also been featured in The Chronicle as “Business Person of the Month”.
Keith received a small business loan to open the market from the Winston Salem City business development office. Keith exhibited excellent stewardship of these funds by repaying the loan four years ahead of schedule. Because of his repayment history and the success of The Market, his business was chosen as the site to announce Governor Bev Perdue’s small business initiative. On March 5, 2010, Governor Perdue, held a press conference at The Market to announce the JobsNOW small business lending initiative that served to help more small businesses get the loans they need to grow or to stay in business. Keith is also member of the Winston Salem Downtown Partnership. This organization serves to promote business in the downtown area.
Keith is the Co-Chair of the Winston Salem Transit Authority where he has served for 10 years. He has served as the vice chair of this board for the last seven years. Keith was instrumental in promoting transit services such as Sunday Bus Service and door to door service for Trans Aid riders.
Keith served as treasurer of Winston Salem Tiny Greyhounds organization for seven years. In this role, Keith was responsible for preparing and managing the budget, paying bills, preparing financial reports and fund raising. Keith’s work as treasurer enabled the organization to participate in national championships in Florida for seven years. Keith continues to serve the Winston Salem community through financial support, donation of goods and services and being an advocate for those who are impoverished and underserved.
Keith has been married to Denise King for 14 years. They enjoy gardening, exercise and spending time with their beloved grandchildren.
Keith has been a candidate for City Council for the Northeast Ward in one general election and two primary elections. He has a sincere desire to work for the constituents of the Northeast Ward for improved public safety and economic development.
Daughter of the late Albert and Earline Parmon. Graduated from Carver High School Class of 1995. Joined United States Army 1996. Obtained three MOS's. 92A-Automated Logistical Specialist, 92F-Petroleum Supply Specialist, and 92Y-Unit Supply Specialist. While serving my country I also acquired my credentials I and II in Early Childhood Education, became a NC State Certified Med Tech and Hab Tech. During my time in the military I received six ARCAM awards, four ARCOM awards, expert in weapons qualification, Army Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Comp Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
Most recently I was a candidate for City-Council Northeast Ward. I have been actively involved in the Democratic Party by way of helping with Get Out The Vote efforts, registering residents and High School students to vote, and working on different political campaigns. Married to Kelvin Killian for 16 years and I am the mother of two daughters, LaSonya and KaTrina. I served my country and now I want to serve YOU.