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.
Linda Foxworth
Chapel Hill, NC

Linda has over 50 years of experience working with young children with special needs and their families. Linda is the founder of the KidSCope program and has been its director since 1988 serving Orange and Chatham Counties. Linda started the KidSCope program in Orange County, growing the program over the next thirty years to include inclusive childcare, mental health and family support, childcare consultation, and early intervention for children, birth to five, and their families in Orange and Chatham Counties. In 1980, she founded and directed Sycamore Preschool, the first full-time inclusive childcare center in Orange County, NC. She instituted the first childcare consultation program for children with special needs at Durham County Mental Health Center in 1984.  Linda has served on numerous local and statewide committees and task forces. She is Founder and Co-Chair of the Orange Chatham Early Childhood Mental Health Task Force since 2012. KidSCope currently has Voices Together in Chatham County and at the Chapel Hill locations.

 

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.
Renée Price
Chapel Hill

In 2010, Renée co-founded Free Spirit Freedom, a cultural arts initiative that explores the history of Orange County through the lens of African-Americans, and celebrates the heritage and legacy of all people.  Renée was elected to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, in 2012, and re-elected in 2016. In this capacity, she also serves on various local, state and national boards and steering committees. She has devoted her life to civil rights, community empowerment, women’s equality, environmental protection and justice for all. Her background is in city development planning and environmental planning and design.  She is experienced in the research, drafting and implementation of policies and programs promoting neighborhood revitalization, economic development, ecosystem management and human resource development in rural and urban communities.  Renée earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Tufts University, and Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University. She also studied at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in the Master of Arts program.  Commissioner Price has been an ardent supporter of Voices Together programming for Orange County Schools.

 

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.
Jennifer Trapani
Chapel Hill, NC

Jennifer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for The Redwoods Group, which is a Property and Casualty Insurance Provider. She and her husband Kevin are co-founders of The Redwoods Group, which is a company committed to being a strong engine for positive social change. Their business provides insurance to non-profit, child serving organizations, and gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to non- profit organizations around the world through the Redwoods Group Foundation.  Jennifer is currently serving on the corporate board for YMCA of the Triangle. She is past board chair for Habitat for Humanity Durham County, and past Board Chair for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. She is a board member of Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP) and was an advisory member for the Tomorrow Fund, an organization helping first generation Latinos to meet the financial challenges associated with attending college.  She has also been a volunteer with Teach for America, a Sunday school teacher for her church, a supporter of WUNC and Camp Kesem. Jennifer and Kevin have been co-chairs of the Triangle Land Conservancy River Society and EnLIST, a group of key supporters of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke and they will chair the Annual Campaign for YMCA of the Triangle for 2019-2020.

 

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