Cape Fear Academy is proud of its 1300 alumni and the many ways in which they “go further. In its nearly-50 year history, alumni are currently living around the world engaged in an array of professions, community service, social justice work, and leadership roles.

Mark Flagler ’91
Founder, Flagler Films

To capture and share the many special places found on our Mark at San Francisco show croppedplanet is the mission of Flagler Films, founded in 2003 by Class of 1991 graduate Mark Flagler.  A video production specialist and proven expert in walking/hiking programs, Flagler Films is best known in the television and DVD industry for producing inspiring, outdoor recreation and adventure programs that take viewers off the beaten path to visit the wild and scenic backcountry found on our planet. Mark attended St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC, graduating in 1995, where he was a member of the soccer team.


Phil Dorroll ’94
President, Go Energies

“Cape Fear Academy instills a motivation and courage to seek out the things in life that inspire us.  It (CFA) prepared me for a 79547898-bf83-459f-8bd5-8f93fc746396pace and a backdrop of expected performance that pushed me ahead of others.”

Phil attended North Carolina State University where he obtained his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.  Currently as President of Go Energies, he focuses on investing his energy in growing the company with strategic direction and business development.  Recently, Go Energies was recognized as the INC 500 #10 Fastest Growing Private Company.

Anna Echols ’02
Owner, One Belle Bakeryimage1 (1)

Anna might be recognized as one of the competitors featured on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off, but locally she’s famous for her delicious and specialty baked goods.  Perhaps her love of baking started when she and her friends formed a baking club at CFA! A graduate of Meredith College with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and Le Cordon Bleu of Orlando with a degree in Patisserie and Baking, Anna now owns One Belle Bakery, specializing in custom cakes and dessert catering.  In addition to managing a team of creative pastry chefs, she designs and decorates custom cake orders personally and works with other industry professionals on special events along the east coast.

Reggie Shuford ’84

Executive Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania

“Because my background was different than most students, succeeding at CFA instilled in me a certain level of confidence in my abilities, as well as a level of comfort in different environments, that continues to serve me well.”

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After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate, Reggie went on to receive numerous awards and honors including UNC Law’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009, the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law School in 2009, the 2014 Minority Business Executive Leader Award in 2014, and the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2014.

Currently, Reggie manages and provides strategic leadership to a staff of 22 in three offices across the state of PA.  He is responsible for administrative oversight, fundraising, fiscal management, organization/board relations, and public and community relations, in the defense and protection of individual rights and personal freedoms enshrined in the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions and the nation’s civil rights laws.

Kerin Bentley, PhD ’05image1 (3)
Finding her passion for science

“I started to fall in love with biology in high school at CFA.  When I was a junior, I attended the NC Summer Ventures program where I participated in the Field Ecology course.  By senior year I was officially in love with ecology.  I majored in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Vanderbilt University and am now completing a PhD in Genetics at the University of Georgia.  I will always appreciate the and hope that other aspiring scientists at CFA can feel the same level of encouragement and support as I did.  It made a lasting impression on me.”