Advisors

Karen Armstrong
Summerfield, NC
Karen currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Duke Cancer Institute, the Board of Directors for the Excellence Foundation for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (a Governor appointment as Public At-Large member). She served three years on the Steering Committee for the Make-A-Wish Kentucky Derby Classic in Greensboro and has volunteered for Woodberry Forest School, Greensboro Day School, Alamance Presbyterian Church, Jesse Wharton Elementary School, and Senior Resources of Guilford County.
Jane Brown, PhD.
Chapel Hill, NC
Jane was the James L. Knight Professor in the School of Media and Journalism and retired from UNC in 2012. She is an expert on how the media are used by and influence adolescents’ health and has studied the influence of the media on adolescents’ tobacco and alcohol use, aggression, and sexual behavior. She currently serves on the boards of Lillian’s List NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and Child Fund International. Jane enjoys advising Voices Together because she has seen firsthand the confidence of young people improve and is inspired by the program.
Perry Colwell
Chapel Hill, NC
C. Perry Colwell served as Senior Vice President of Financial Management at AT&T. Mr. Colwell serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Victory Social Capital, LLC. He has also been active in the Executive Service Corps of the Greater Triangle for a number of years. He served on the board of the Triangle Community Foundation. He received the 2009 Excellence in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Governor's Award for Volunteer Service in 2012. Serving as board chair among other positions, he has worked with more than 40 nonprofits during his years with ESC. Perry was Voices Together first "unofficial" advisor and taught Yasmine everything she knows about fundraising!
Jo Ann Currie
Jamestown, NC
Jo Ann is a retired Exceptional Child Director from the Guilford County School System and an avid supporter of Voices Together. A scholarship is named for her daughter, Brenna Currie. Brenna a student of Appalachian State studying to be a music therapist, passed away in 2013. The Brenna Currie Scholarship is targeted at parents or a classroom that might not have the resources for a Voices Together program. Jo Ann has hosted successful fundraisers in the Guilford County area for the past three years.
Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.
Chapel Hill, NC
Geraldine Dawson is Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University, North Carolina. Dawson is President of the International Society for Autism Research. She serves as a member of the NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), which develops the federal strategic plan for autism research, services, and policy. Dawson is a licensed practicing clinical psychologist and scientist, having published extensively on early detection and treatment of autism and brain development. Dr. Dawson served as a principal investigator on the Duke and the Bass Connections research team for Voices Together in 2014-2015. Dr. Dawson will be the consultant on the research project for 2016/2017 to measure and evaluate the Teacher Toolbox training pilot for the Alamance/Burlington School System.
Florence Peacock
Chapel Hill, NC
Florence Peacock has been recognized for her quiet cultural contributions to the Chapel Hill community. Florence, a soprano, is a critically acclaimed international soloist in oratorio, recitals and baroque opera. She has been featured on National Public Radio and regularly performs in Chapel Hill and at Oberlin College. Mrs. Peacock's support of her community goes beyond cultural contributions. She is also involved in Preservation Chapel Hill, an organization that works towards keeping historical sites and landmarks intact, as well as local anti-hunger organizations and maternity facilities for women in prisons. We are fortunate at Voices Together to call Florence our "friend" and ardent supporter; hosting events for others to become acquainted with the Voices Together mission.
David Pottenger III
Durham, NC
David has been with Morgan Stanley for over 30+ years. In 2015 Dave relinquished the role of Branch Manager in order to devote all of his time and energy to the team and its advisory practice. Community engagement plays an important role in Dave's life also. He has served in leadership capacities with Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hope Valley Country Club, NC Museum of Life and Science, Durham Community Shelter for Hope, The Forest at Duke, YMCA, Executive Service Corps, Durham Academy, and Davidson College.
Mary Lou Rollins
Durham, NC
Lou is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Special Projects in the Office of Durham & Regional Affairs at Duke University. Lou has been an advisor for Voices Together since 2009. She holds a B.S. from Campbell University and an M.A. from Duke. She is a North Carolina native and has made Durham her home since 1990. Lou is active in her beloved Watts Street Baptist Church, a member of the Durham Kiwanis Club, and a current board member of a myriad of local non-profit organizations, city task forces, and Duke committees. Lou's assistance in connecting Voices Together to key partnerships and brainstorming with VT has been essential to the growth of our program.
Steve Strom
Raleigh, NC
Mr. Strom has a degree in mathematics education from Asbury University, a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from Regis University. Steve is now the project director for the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project. This is the largest Medicaid sponsored project helping states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems. Prior to becoming the MFP Demonstration Project director, Steve was a systems change manager for the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities in Raleigh and a frequent speaker at disability related events. He managed a portfolio of grants for the Council totaling over $3,000,000 supporting innovation for services for NC citizens with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. "My wife and I have been fans of Voices Together for several years. Our son participated in the program as an elementary school student and we saw the power of the program to help him express himself in ways he had never done before." Mr. Strom volunteers with the PTSA at Heritage High School in Wake Forest as the special education inclusion liaison. He and his wife launched a ministry at their church for children and adults with disabilities and their family members. In his spare time, Steve enjoys training for marathons and half marathons along with 600 of his closest friends in his running club, The Raleigh Galloway Group as part of The Thundering Herd.
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