Flynn Named 2024 Woman of Substance Award Recipient

Tami Flynn (center) was selected as this year's PCC Woman of Substance Award recipient. Presenting her with the award are PCC Marketing Director Jane Power (left), who helped organize the women's history event as a member of Pitt's Multicultural Activities Committee, and PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marianne Cox.

WINTERVILLE—During Pitt Community College’s Women’s History Month program Wednesday, the college presented the 2024 Woman of Substance Award to Tami Flynn in recognition of her campus and community involvement, caring attitude, and willingness to go the extra mile.

Flynn, who said she was “completely surprised and humbled” to learn she was this year’s Woman of Substance (WOS), has worked at Pitt since 2014. Though she contributes to the Health Sciences Division in many ways, including helping organize the annual PCC Health Sciences Career Fair, her primary role is managing professional practice experiences for Health Information Technology (HIT) students as the program’s clinical coordinator.

“I appreciate that PCC recognizes the work that women do in and around the college. The award says to me that our place in the workforce is important and valued and makes a difference in more ways than we can imagine,” Flynn said, adding that her WOS Award was only made possible by the “amazing women walking alongside me in this journey.”

PCC HIT Director Ashleigh Walker has known Flynn for the past 11 years and worked with her the past 10. She said she has come to learn that Flynn is someone who will show up early, stay late, and go “above and beyond, regardless of who is ‘watching.’”

Walker nominated Flynn for the WOS Award, saying she is a role model for students and “genuinely wants” the best for them. She said Flynn leads by example and exudes “passion for the field of health information technology” and the students she teaches through her daily interactions.

“Tami is a true friend and one of the most thoughtful, kind and hardworking people I have ever met,” Walker said.

Kendall Commodore, clinical coordinator of PCC’s Respiratory Therapy program, also nominated Flynn, saying she was the first person who came to mind as she read the award’s selection criteria. Commodore says Flynn is an advocate for students, family and friends, an active member of her community, and “one of the most selfless, Christian women” she knows.

“Tami and I are co-chairs for the Health Sciences Career Fair, and after I received my breast cancer diagnosis, she took on some of my responsibilities to ensure the event was successful and to help me,” Commodore said. “There is not enough room on this [nomination] form to list all the reasons that Tami should receive the Woman of Substance Award.”

A Bethel native, Flynn and her husband, Tommy, have two children: Jonathan and Kristen, who is getting married this weekend. She is an active member of Bethel Baptist Church in her hometown and, as an East Carolina University graduate, loves Pirate football.

PCC established the WOS Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage outstanding women role models on campus. In addition to Flynn, this year’s nominees were Cicoira Drummond, Avis Gray, Brooke Green, Letita Joyner, Ina Rawlinson, Sandra Saunders-Smith and Elaine Spencer.