- Public Safety Team
- Dancers: Connie Elks, Eric Griffin, Tina Locklear-Knox,
Marcia Perkins, Kimberly Robb, Heidi Serrano, and Procopio Serrano
- Dance Style: Salsa
- Song: Mi Libere (I Will Escape) by El Gran Combo
Connie Elks is a proud native of Pitt County. In fact, she attended Pitt Community College and ECU, realizing no greater schools existed! Connie graduated from Pitt Community College B.L.E.T. program in 1986 and served in the capacity as a Police Officer/Cpl. Detective until her recent retirement. She has been noted for working many high profile cases which led to the incarceration of several hardened criminals.
Connie is married to the love of her life Pitt County Sheriff, Neil Elks. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. While Connie has a number of hobbies and interests none make her beam as much as spending time with family.
Connie has taken on this challenge because of the importance of the PCC Scholarship program, desiring to make higher education available to anyone wanting to attend college. She and her dance team look forward to entertaining for a great cause!
Connie openly acknowledges she has no dancing experiencing, but exclaims
“I am very excited to see my two left feet conform to a right and a left!”
Eric Griffin is the Deputy Fire Rescue Chief of the Greenville Fire Rescue Department. He is a native of Elizabeth City, NC and moved to this area in 1990. He holds a M.S. in Leadership and Emergency Preparedness, B.S. in Business Management, A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Services; he has also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the Department of Homeland Securities’ National Fire Academy. He is married and has one son. He loves football and drag racing. He enjoys traveling and meeting new people.
“PCC is a distinguished educational institution and community partner. They provide this community an exceptional value by training and developing a diverse workforce. I appreciate everyone’s support and their votes as I dance to raise money for PCC student scholarships.”
Tina Locklear-Knox is originally from Robeson County, but she has been a resident of Pitt County for 18 years. She is a Pitt County Sheriff’s Deputy as well as a Reserve Officer for the Greenville Police Department. Tina is also a full time student at Pitt Community College pursuing a degree in Networking Technology. She is married to Keith Knox and they have two daughters.
Tina says, “I am putting on my dancing shoes because Connie Elks is my friend AND because I want others to have the quality educational experience I am enjoying at PCC.”
Marcia Perkins was born in Maine but reared in Pitt County. She is 28 years old and the youngest of 5 girls. Marcia’s family means the world to her and plays a very big part in her life. She graduated from D.H. Conley High School in 2002 and received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University in 2006.
Marcia is known and loved by many. She is also known to be the life of the party. Although she’s never taken any formal dance lessons before now she is a lover of many dances and music.
Marcia began her law enforcement career in 2007 dispatching for the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. She recently graduated from Pitt Community College’s BLET program. As of January 2, 2012, Marcia is now a sworn deputy and is currently working as a detention officer at the Pitt County Detention Center.
When asked to participate in such an awesome event, Marcia happily said “Yes!”
Kimberly Robb grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from SMU and the University of Texas School of Law in 1988. A resident of Greenville since 1988, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Pitt County from 1991 to 2013. Most recently she was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to the position of District Attorney, following the retirement of Clark Everett. She has prosecuted all crimes from misdemeanor cases to high profile homicides.
Kimberly is married to Dr. Jeff Robb, an anesthesiologist with East Carolina Anesthesia Associates. They have three teenage children, one of whom attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kimberly has been dancing since she was a young child. In her spare time, she enjoys target shooting, working in her yard, and all outdoor activities.
“I am excited to join my law enforcement colleagues to dance for such a worthwhile cause!”
Heidi and Procopio Serrano
Procopio Serrano and his wife Heidi Serrano both live and work in Greenville NC. By day Procopio practices architecture at the East Group PA and Heidi works as an educational/testing specialist with Pitt County Schools, but by night and weekends they continue to nurture one of their passions by teaching and dancing Salsa. They have been teaching Salsa, Bachata, and Merrengue with the ECU Folk Arts Society Since 2002. Procopio and Heidi have been guest instructors for the Greenville Chapter of USA Dance for Salsa and most recently the “All About Dip” Lessons.
They are members of a salsa dance performance group, “NuestroRitmo” which have performed at several different venues. They are also active members of “Salsa Collaborative of Greenville,” a local salsa group that exchanges lessons and ideas. Procopio enjoys dancing with his special dance partners (his daughters) Amaya and Isabela.
Procopio and Heidi have volunteered their time for this event to participate with the Public Safety Team for Pitt Community College for several reasons. First, Heidi attended Pitt Community College and is always ready to participate with PCC community events and secondly because many of their close and longtime friends are members of law enforcement. They feel…
“It is a privilege to participate and compete with this team.”