Our Team

Philip Buchanan, Ph.D., FACMGG
Member Since 2013
Dr. Philip D. Buchanan, Ph.D., FACMGG, is a Medical Geneticist and Clinical Cytogeneticist boarded by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the American Board of Medical Specialists. He is Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University. Dr. Buchanan graduated from North Carolina State University. Post-doctoral studies were completed at the University of Michigan, Harvard University and the University of Oregon. He joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 to direct a new Prenatal Genetic Counseling Clinic and Cytogenetics Laboratory. Dr. Buchanan is a member of many professional societies. He presents at international meetings, publishes, moderates conferences, teaches, and serves as reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, serves on college committees and as an NIH, FDA, NIEHS, and EPA Advisor. In 1983, Dr. Buchanan established GeneCare Medical Genetics Center in Chapel Hill. The Center had very active international research, clinical, laboratories and teaching programs. Dr. Buchanan served as Executive Vice President for Genetics at Alere. He has helped start and manage multiple private and public companies and foundations. He served as Chairman of the Board for Vestrics, a predictive business analytics corporation. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Voices Together. He serves on the board of the Fetal Medicine Foundation of the USA and of Biofluidica. He is also a business, research, and medical consultant.
Jan Riggsbee, ED.D
Board Secretary, Member Since 2013
Jan Riggsbee is the Director and Chair of Duke’s Program in Education and the NCATE Unit Head for the Duke University undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs. As a licensed K-12 educator with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, curriculum specialist, and teacher educator, Riggsbee’s research interests focus on teacher retention and professional development; school curricula and reform; school leadership; and community-based learning. Recent initiatives include a three-year federal grant initiative focused on service-learning as a pedagogy for K-12 schools, a research project with faculty in Psychology and Neuroscience to study factors impacting fifth-grade students’ transition to middle school, and a six-year professional development and renewal program for mid-career teachers in the Durham Public Schools. Recent honors include recognition by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Dean of Academic Affairs for teaching excellence (Fall 2012 and Fall 2010) and the Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award/The Robert B. Cox Award in 2006-2007.
Donna Q. Deck
Board Treasurer, Member Since 2013
Donna is a native of North Carolina, growing up in Southern Pines, where her parents still live. She attended North Carolina State University where she earned her Mathematics degree. While in college, Donna volunteered with Loaves and Fishes, an organization that serves underprivileged youth. Donna also worked closely with The Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill as a house volunteer, as well as with The Women's Center in Chapel Hill to help strengthen the lives of those in need. Donna has over fifteen years of experience in the financial industry, twelve of those years with First Citizens Bank. She is currently an Assistant Vice President in Durham whose responsibilities include achieving Bank growth and profitability. Donna is married to Tim, who works with the Durham County Sheriff's Department, and they are the proud parents of a son named Evan. She enjoys spending time with her family and running.
Laura McHenry
Member at Large
Laura McHenry is an Assistant Attorney General in the Education Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Her practice focuses on employment matters, constitutional and civil rights issues, and contract disputes for North Carolina's public universities and the North Carolina Community Colleges System. Before attending law school, Laura was a first grade teacher, lead literacy teacher, and curriculum coordinator in Chicago Public Schools.
Caterri Woodrum
Member at Large
Caterri Woodrum is the Chief Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer for the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. In her role, she is responsible for all aspects of business operations and financial performance for the Museum and its earned income business units (Iris Restaurant, the Museum retail operations, and the NCMA Performing Arts program). Caterri also oversees the operations of the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, which provides the majority of funding for the Museum. Caterri is an accomplished CPA with over twenty five years of senior financial and managerial experience in long-range planning, budgeting, financial reporting, business operations, public accounting, auditing, recruiting, consulting and process enhancement. She has been with the Museum for nine years. Caterri’s expertise stems, in part, from a strong background in financial and operational management within the pharmaceutical industry. She held several positions of increasing responsibility during her tenure at GlaxoSmithKline, culminating in her oversight of Audit and Consulting Services for the North American operations. Caterri was recruited into the pharmaceutical industry from her auditing career with Price Waterhouse. Caterri has also had her hand in entrepreneurship as the managing director/owner of an independent financial consulting and recruitment business.
Yasmine White, MT-BC
Member at Large, Member Since 2006
Voices Together founder and CEO Yasmine White has spent nearly three decades as a music therapist and has devoted most of her career to working with children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism. The techniques and methods that form the core of the Voices Together program are the product of those years of hands-on work. She is a board certified music therapist, has a degree from the University of Maryland and has taken advanced studies in music therapy. The mid-Atlantic Music Therapy Association recognized her with its annual achievement award. Yasmine has appeared on radio programs and was profiled in newspaper articles. She has written articles and has presented at regional and national conferences. In 2014, Yasmine conducted a workshop at the international music therapy conference in Vienna Austria.
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