Board of Directors
WRC is honored to have such a distinguished Board of Directors on the slate for 2016-2017.
(*new to WRC Board)
Cathy Dusenberry, Board President
I am a native of Wilmington, N.C. and grew up at Topsail Beach. I attended UNC-G and UNC-CH, majoring in Biology. I lived in Hillsborough for 11 years before marrying Reid Dusenberry and moving to Burlington in 1983. After working as office manager in Reid’s orthodontic practice for 12 years, I retired in 1994. First Presbyterian became our church home after our marriage, and we have served as a youth leaders, participated in Peru mission trips for many years and served as elders. I have been an active member of Alamance County Arts Council and FOCUS, a women’s investment group. The arts have been my passion and I enjoy painting in watercolor and acrylics, as well as mosaic tile work, which I was lucky enough to study in Italy. Since retiring, we spend time doing adventure travel, hiking and birding. Together we have five children and nine grandchildren.
Julie Howe, 1st VP
Julie Howe is an Account Executive with AFR Furniture Rental. Over the past several years, she has served as a board member of the Kettering-Moraine-Oakwood Chamber of Commerce in Ohio. While active with the American Heart Association, she was the Silent Auction Committee Chairperson. She has also participated in and volunteered with numerous other organizations. She considers herself to be organized and a good team player. Julie serves on the membership committee with WRC as well as assisting with the Herb Festival.
Diane Duffy, Secretary
Diane Duffy has been a member of the board for the past four years. She and her husband, Kevin Johnson, have 2 children getting ready to leave the nest: Sarah is a junior at Virginia Tech and Ben is a senior in high school. She has lived in Alamance County for 22 years, 16 of which she was a pediatrician and partner at Burlington Pediatrics. She is now the Director of Clinical Education in Elon University’s Department of Physician Assistant studies. Diane has been very involved in Girl Scouts, leading a troop for 13 years and now serving as an advisor for Girl Scout Gold Projects. In addition she is a committee member of Healthy Alamance and the ABSS School Health Advisory Committee.
Andrea Lambert, Treasurer
Andrea Lambert started her career at Gilliam Coble & Moser, LLP in September or 2013. She prepares income tax returns for corporate entities, partnerships, and individuals. She is originally from Stephenville, Newfoundland in Canada. In her time away from the office, Andrea enjoys ice skating, keeping active with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
A native of Wilson, NC, Karen Carrouth and her husband Henry have called Alamance County home for 35 years. She received a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. For several years Karen was reporter then editor/owner of City-County Newspaper, Magazine, then Alamance Magazine. She calls her current position for the past three years as volunteer coordinator for the Alamance Arts Council the most fun job she has ever had. She manages a base of about 100 active volunteers, produces the monthly newsletter and coordinates the Artful Traveler program at the Arts Council.
Her past community service includes serving on the boards for Habitat for Humanity, Alamance Children’s Theatre, Meals on Wheels, Alamance County, Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Resource Center and as an elder at First Presbyterian Church.
The Carrouths have three children: Andrew, age 31, a high school football coach; Adam, 27, a project engineer and Emily, 24, who is working managed health care organization. Also they boast of the world’s cutest grandson, Levi Carterwho is now 20 months old.
Vickie Hall Coon, CPA
Vickie Hall Coon is a native of Alamance County. A 1978 graduate of Cummings High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from UNC-Charlotte. She has been a CPA for 15 years. Vickie primarily works on governmental, insurance or non-profit audits outside of tax season, and she has been with Cobb Ezekiel Loy & Company, PA for 17 years. She is a volunteer for the Alamance Chamber of Commerce where she serves as a Chamber Ambassador. Residents of Graham, Vickie and her husband Doug have been married for 27 years. Their daughter, Shannon, is an occupational therapist at the VA Hospital in Columbia, S.C. The Coons are active members of Swepsonville United Methodist Church. Hobbies include making/stamping greeting cards and travel.
Katy Davis *
Alamance County has been home to Katy since 2010, moving here upon completion of her Masters in Healthcare Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill for a post-graduate administrative fellowship at Alamance Regional Medical Center. She has now been with ARMC and Cone Health for the past 6 years. Katy currently serves as President of the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an organization with which she has been actively involved since moving to the Triad in 2010. This is her third year on the board, having previously served in the roles of Secretary/Treasurer and President-Elect. With two degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Katy and her husband, and N.C. State graduate, enjoy a friendly rivalry in their “house divided” during football and basketball season!
William Gattis has been the director of the Mayco Bigelow Community Center for 21 years. Prior to that, he was employed with the Burlington City School System. As Director, he was instrumental in securing a $54,000 grant in 2010 from NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund for “North Park in Motion.” He reports that he loves working with people and especially enjoys fund raising.
Paige Berntson Gilliard
Paige Berntson Gilliard is a staff attorney at Children’s Law Center of Central NC (currently working as a GAL on domestic violence and custody cases in Forsyth and Guilford Counties). While living in Minnesota, she was policy advocate for children’s issues. She has volunteered with Orphan Foundation and Parenting Under Two Roods in Alamance County. Also she is a mother of six in a blended family. Her expertise would be in the professional connections and resource referrals she could bring to WRC.
Diane Heath, CPA
Diane Heath is an Accounts Payable Specialist with Hospice of Alamance-Caswell. She is a recent graduate of Guilford College. This is a second career for Diane. Prior to her career transition, Diane was the founder and owner of Custom Made Inc., a printing and sign business she founded in 1991. Seeking a less stressful lifestyle, she sold the business in 2008. Diane chose to major in accounting to gain additional knowledge and credentials in order to help others in small business and to help anyone who desires to improve their financial situation. She is passionate about raising the level of financial education in the community and is preparing to make this her life’s work.
Diane’s involvement with WRC includes eight previous years’ service on the board, including one year as board president and multiple years of service on the Finance Committee.
Joy Isley is currently a vice president at Carolina bank. Since 2006 when she moved to Alamance County, she has served on boards in our community as secretary, treasurer, and president. Some of the volunteer commitments include Twin Lakes Board, Elon Campus Ministry, as well as chair of the Leadership Alamance Alumni Association for the local Chamber of Commerce. Her contributions to the WRC has included serving as Board Treasurer and as a member of various board committees.
Ruth Koester, Recent Past President
Ruth Koester is a longtime volunteer and former board member (2003-2009, 2014) at WRC, previously serving three years as board president. She currently serves on the Herb Festival Planning Committee, Governance and Working Women Wednesday Committees. Ruth is a PhD scientist in the DNA Identification Testing Division at LabCorp with degrees from Cornell University and NC State. She lives in Burlington with her husband Dave and daughters Jenna and Emily. Ruth also serves on the board of the Twin Lakes Community and the Alamance Lutheran Church Council.
Lorry was born and raised in Illinois. Her life’s journey has taken her to many states including Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, and her favorite, North Carolina. She received her nursing degree from Kennesaw University in Georgia. Her professional career started at UNC Hospitals and has led to many fulfilling and exciting positions. She was the Director of General Surgery for ten years. She is currently Special Projects Coordinator for ARMC. She has lived in Burlington for four years and has two fabulous grown daughters and four grandchildren. She and her late husband spent many years involved with foster care and the families of the children they cared for. In her free time, Lorry loves to hike, garden and is an avid reader.
Gail Moore, Franchise Owner *
In January 2004, my dad was hospitalized suddenly and then the dreaded diagnosis that he had 4 to 6 months to live. My dad was capable of making his own decisions and there was no doubt that he wanted to go home. Requiring 24 hour care, it took all the family to create a schedule around work, family, church and other outside activities. I am the oldest of 6 children and as a team, we worked together tomaintain a 24 hour schedule and keeping a log book to make notes of when he took medications, meals, personal care and much more. I realized that in my heart, God was leading me in a new direction and journey. I wanted to enable other families to help maintain their loved ones at HOME, wherever they call home. Thru the journey of caring for my dad, I researched and decided that Home Instead Senior Care had the same values and mission that I did and decided to purchase a Home Instead Senior Care Franchise. I purchased Alamance and Randolph County franchises which are independently owned and operated. I am in my 12th year in business and my passion has never changed.
Tom is a professor of anthropology and folklore at Elon University. He teaches courses in American Indian Cultures, Cultures of the American South, Folklore, and Video Ethnography, among others. His research focuses on oral narrative, and has included studies of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians oral traditions, Mormon stories of personal revelation, and narratives of pottery collectors. His current work dovetails nicely with his work on the Board of WRC. Collaborating with students, faculty and community partners across Alamance County, Tom is studying the stories people tell about public assistance. In doing so, the research team is confronting pervasive stereotypes and working to provide a more accurate and personal picture of public assistance in Alamance County.
Back in the ’90s, before heading back to graduate school, Tom worked at the Department of Social Services in South Carolina, an experience he draws on regularly in his work on the WRC Board. He is married to Brooke Barnett and has two children, Lily and Jack.
Tom has served on the WRC board for a total of ten years, providing is valuable assistant as board secretary most of his time on the board.
Rebecca Parks is employed as a unit manager for Vocational Rehabilitation in Burlington. She is currently serving on the Alamance Area Chamber of Commerce Board (vice chair of Workforce Development and Leadership), United Way, ARMC Charitable Foundation Board, NC Therapeutic Riding Center and she advises an Elon sorority. Despite the extensive community involvement, she feels that she could serve of the WRC board and commented, “My expertise is in connecting people, organizing events, and attention to detail.”
Jennifer Pettie, CPA *
Jennifer Pettie is a CPA and works as senior auditor for LabCorp. She serves as the Lead Mentor in Haiti for “Creating Jobs”, a non-profit that offers consulting and strategic planning to small businesses in developing countries. Additionally, she volunteers as a Curriculum Coach for Partners Worldwide” where she helps develop teaching material for entrepreneurs in developing countries to improve their businesses. She is lead creator for deminimisdata.com, a data analytic review blog. In her free time she enjoys distance running, travel and playing with her dog Artie.
Jondeen is a lifelong resident of Burlington, graduating from Williams High School and Alamance Community College. She has fond memories of many iconic sites and events in town and believes Burlington is a wonderful place to live.
Jondeen spent nearly 20 years in the banking industry and helped introduce the first 24 Hour Automated Teller Machine to Alamance County. She joined the City of Burlington as City Clerk in 1991 and worked closely with four mayors, two city managers, many Council Members and city staff. She attended the Municipal Administration Course at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and later received the Certified Municipal Clerk designation. She also served several terms on the Board of Directors of the NC Association of Municipal Clerks.
After 20 years, Jondeen retired in 2012 and is enjoying spending time with family and friends. She travels, especially to the beach, attends water aerobics and is a whole blood and platelet donor. Her two children Jamie & Julie reside nearby and enjoy their mom’s cooking. Jondeen is a member of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church which her father and mother, John W. and Nadine Davis, were founding members. You will rarely find her sitting idle at home, more likely she is visiting a relative, helping someone who needs a hand or simply having lunch with friends.
Brandi Tipton *
Brandi Tipton is a Staffing Coordinator at Prime Personnel Resources, Inc. She specializes in Job Placement across Alamance County. Brandi believes in developing trusting relationships and jhelps to provide solutions for her clients. Her attention to detail and organizational skills enable her to act as a strong advocate for her employees to accomplish their goals.
Prior to this position she was a National Recruiter for 8 years. She developed a strong knowledge of Leadership, Integrity, Trust and Loyalty. Brandi helped develop a program called, “The Elite Ladies of The Alliance”. ELA was designed to help women believe that they could be as successful as they set their minds to be. Brandi arranged monthly conference calls, meetings, and large events which helped the growth of this strong group of women and produced $100,000+ income earners. She said to be a part of something bigger than you could ever imaging and to truly change someone’s life was the most rewarding thing that she has ever done!
Brandi currently lives in Graham, NC She is a mother of two beautiful children and is married to her high school sweetheart. Brandi enjoys spending time with her family, listening to live music, and anything outdoors!
Brand believes there are no limits in life, the bar is as high as you want to set it. She is proud to be a part of the Women’s Resource Center Board of Directors and can’t wait to help make a difference!