WRC is honored to have such a distinguished Board of Directors on the slate for 2019-2020
Asterisk (*) denotes members who are new to the WRC Board.
Erin Cockman, CFP – Board President
Erin Lynch Cockman is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Owner of Pinnacle Wealth Partners. Erin has a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Elon University. With over 22 years of experience as a Financial Planner, Erin has developed a passion for helping clients navigate life’s transitions. Whether it’s retirement, marriage or divorce, a career change, aging parents—each situation is an opportunity to make smart, pragmatic financial decisions. By focusing on her clients’ life passages, Erin is able to help them plan ahead and avoid impulsive, reactionary or emotional decision making with their finances. This highly personalized approach builds trust, confidence and understanding, which in turn has helped Erin develop long-lasting relationships with her clients. Erin also serves as a board member of The Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, The Hospice of Alamance/Caswell Foundation and as a Founding Member of the Women United Steering Committee through the United Way of Alamance County. In addition to volunteering, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
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Cathy Lavoie – 1st Vice President
Cathy Lavoie is a resident of Alamance County and a native of Caswell County, NC. She completed her BA in Religious Studies at Elon University (Elon College at the time) and her MA in Youth Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. She holds a Personal Training certification from American Council on Exercise and an Associate in Project Management certification from the Project Management Institute. Her professional interests revolve around being part of creating a community-integrated, preventative focused, and accessible model of health care. Her personal passions include educating others about their own health, participating in physical activity, promoting the importance of education at the local level, music, watching sports, and pondering the meaning of life. She and her husband, JP, have two mischievous cats and love spending time with their five nieces and one nephew.
Katy Davis – 2nd Vice President
Alamance County has been home to Katy since 2010, moving here upon completion of her Master’s 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 six 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, a N.C. State graduate, enjoy a friendly rivalry in their “house divided” during football and basketball season!
Jennifer Pettie, CPA – Secretary
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.
Shawn Baker, Treasurer
Shawn Baker is a branch manager for Woodforest National Bank. He has been with Woodforest Bank in several different capacities in different regions of the country for the last 14 years. Shawn is originally from Ohio and loved his time rowing on the crew team in high school and in college at Marietta College. Shawn enjoys working with children through Junior Achievement and is a Meals On Wheels volunteer. Shawn also served as a board member for Boys Town of Louisiana. Shawn and his wife, Anne, have two daughters- Isabel and Lizzie live in the Elon area.
Jean Anderson has been an active member of the WRC since 1994 and first served on the Board of Directors in 1995. After serving 15 years on the board, she is pleased to be rejoining the board in 2019. Jean facilitates BookWomen, the WRC’s monthly book club, participates with Herb Festival planning committee and attends Write In. She is a retired physical therapist and enjoys being able to teach Tai Chi at the Senior Center, Parkinson’s community exercise classes at Alamance Regional Medical Center, teach wellness classes, volunteer with Alamance Arts and You Can Vote, and read, read, read. She is a member of Front Street United Methodist Church and serves as an adult Sunday School teacher. Jean is a single parent with 5 children (who live all over the country) and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys now having the time to visit with family.
Cameron Aydlett, CFP, ChFC
Cameron Aydlett is a vice president and senior financial Advisor with Triad Financial Advisors. She is passionate about helping clients live with intention. Cameron was born in North Carolina but spent most of her early years living on a small, non-working farm in Axton, VA. She now resides in Liberty, NC where she raises and shows Arabian horses. Cameron looks forward to visits from her daughter Brittany, son-in-law, Shaun, and adorable grandson, Caleb. Graduating with honors, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She received her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ certification in 2008 and her Chartered Financial Consultant ® designation in 2010. In addition to serving on the membership committee of the Women’s Resource Center for several years, Cameron is a member of the Alamance County Agri-Business committee and is active at Spring Friends Meeting in Snow Camp. She is a former 4-H club leader. “Service to others is the rent you pay for the room here on earth,” Muhammed Ali once said. Cameron strives to serve others and reminds herself of the rent she owes according to Ali’s quote.
Vanessa came to Elon University in 2011, where she is an associate professor in the School of Communications (SoC), and where she received the SoC`s Excellence Award in Research in 2018. She refers to herself as “a feminist and I am a Latina woman living in Alamance County. This is a community that I am proud of being a part of, but also a community that needs more diversity and inclusion. I think that as a woman, as an immigrant, as a Latina, as a minority, as a university professor, as a U.S. citizen now, and as a journalist and public relations practitioner with 15 years of industry experience, I have an inter-sectional identity that helps me bring different perspectives and establish a variety of connections with our local community”. She is married to an Elon professor who is originally from East Africa and also a U.S. citizen. The rest of her family –including the two loves of my life, my nieces Jimena and Emma—live in Costa Rica. I am avid reader, I love music, and I sang in choirs as a contralto for about 20 years while in Costa Rica”.
Dan Bullard, Attorney
Dan Bullard was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1993. He received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1990 and his J.D. in 1993 from Wake Forest University. Dan has served as an elected member of the Family Law Counsel of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves as a speaker for many Continuing Legal Education seminars. He maintains an AV®Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubble, which is the highest available anonymous peer review rating for competency and ethics. Dan’s practice primarily focuses on all areas of family law, representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, and prosecuting and defending alienation of affections and criminal conversation cases. He also represents clients in appeals of cases to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court.
Originally from the NC mountains, Lisa Delphias moved to Alamance County in 2007 to join Burlington Pediatrics, PA as the practice administrator and holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from UNC Chapel Hill. She is looking forward to joining the WRC board and to the opportunities to connect small businesses and their employees with the resources at the WRC. She and her husband, Charles, have a teenage son and twin middle-school girls. She is a graduate of Leadership Alamance, has served on school PTO boards for several years, and is active in the NC Pediatric Society.
Vanessa Diggs, PhD
Vanessa Diggs, PhD veteran educator in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro School System retiring to be the first Youth Solutions Coordinator with the City of Burlington. She received her PhD in 2013 from Hampton University. She has been an educator since starting in 1983 in Baltimore, Maryland. In the past Vanessa has also helped with United Way of Alamance County. Currently she is a community organizer for Promise Messengers Inc., a non-profit that developed an organized free community summer school program which she co-founded in 1998.
A native of Wilmington who grew up at Topsail Beach, Cathy attended UNC-G and UNC-CH, majoring in biology. She 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, she retired in 1994. First Presbyterian became their church home after marriage, and they have served as youth leaders, participated in Peru mission trips for many years and served as elders. Cathy has been an active member of Alamance County Arts Council and FOCUS, a women’s investment group. The arts have been her passion. She enjoys painting in watercolor and acrylics, as well as mosaic tile work, which she was lucky enough to study in Italy. Since retiring, the Dusenberrys spend time doing adventure travel, hiking and birding. Together they have five children and nine grandchildren.
Allison Gant currently serves on the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education as Chair. Prior to being elected in 2014 to the Board of Education she served at the Executive Director for Alamance Citizens for Education for seven years. Allison has been a resident of Alamance County for twenty-seven years and lives in Burlington. She has been a dance instructor of twenty-six years at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts, where she teaches tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and modern. Her passion for the arts began early as a dancer and she owned her own dance studio for sixteen years in Suffolk, Virginia. Allison serves on the several committees for the Alamance Chamber and works with other non-profit agencies serving as Past-President of the Board for Alamance Arts and Past Board Chair for North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center. Allison is married to Eddie Gant. Jr and has two grown children, Olivia and Edmund.
Kim grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and made Burlington her home in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, and North Carolina State University with a Master of Education. She works with the North Carolina Oral Health Section as the Public Health Dental Hygienist serving Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, and Rockingham Counties. She has two grown children, Kelly (daughter) and Ross (son). She is also the proud mom of two Boston Terriers, one cat, and one lovebird. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, walking and traveling.
Ruth Koester, PhD
Ruth Koester is a long-time volunteer and former board member (2003-2009) at the WRC, previously serving two 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.
Gail Moore is a retired Franchise Owner at Home Instead Senior Care, serving Alamance and Randolph counties. In January 2004, her dad was hospitalized suddenly and then given the dreaded diagnosis of only having four to six months to live. Her 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 of the family to create a schedule around work, family, church, and other outside activities. Gail is the oldest of six children and as a team they worked together to maintain a 24-hour schedule and kept a log book to make notes of when their father took medications, ate meals, received personal care, and much more. Gail realized in her heart that God was leading her in a new direction and on a journey. She wanted to enable other families to help maintain their loved ones at HOME, wherever they call home. Through the journey of caring for her dad, she did research and decided that Home Instead Senior Care had the same values and mission that she did and Gail decided to purchase the franchise. She purchased the Alamance and Randolph County Franchise, which is independently owned and operated. Gail recently retired from Home Instead Senior Care.
Edna Parker, a Maryland native, resides in the southern Alamance County area where she is a wife and mom to 3 adult sons and Nana to two grandsons. Edna received her BS degree in Medical Technology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in Philadelphia, PA. She received her MA in Healthcare Management from Central Michigan University. She is a clinical laboratory scientist by profession and works at LabCorp where she is vice president in the National Office of Quality where she oversees quality for the diagnostic business. She has served on the WRC board previously, is a member of the Alamance County DSS board, Alamance Arts Board, a volunteer for the Alamance Chamber’s Women’s Symposium committee and is chairman of the finance committee at her church, Ebenezer UCC. Travel, especially beach trips, flower gardening and jewelry-making take up her spare time.
Stacie Turpin Saunders began working in public health in 2007 and began serving as the Health Director for Alamance County in 2014. She is originally from the mountains of Virginia and has called North Carolina her home for the last ten years. Stacie received her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology and a minor in Chemistry from Radford University in 2000 and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2007. Prior to public health, she spent much of her time in clinical laboratory settings working in hematology/oncology, reproductive endocrinology and preimplantation genetics. Currently, she is serving as Vice President of the NC Association of Local Health Directors as well as other various state and local boards and coalitions. She enjoys traveling when she can and in other times, she and her husband enjoy chasing their very active children around Mebane.
Cynthia Stevens is a Lead Accounting Instructor at Alamance Community College. She has her Master’s Degree in Accounting from UNCG and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Missouri – Rolla. She has been teaching accounting for more than 10 years. When she isn’t teaching she enjoys gardening, hiking and the outdoors in general. She and her husband live on a small farm in southern Alamance County, raising blueberries and honey bees. Ken and Cindy have 4 adult sons.
Carrie Theall was born and raised in Orlando, Fla. She worked on her undergraduate studies at Mercer University and completed her degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on human development at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG). Ms. Theall has worked in the service of children and families throughout her career. Ms. Theall became involved in the Smart Start program in 2000. She has worked for the North Carolina Partnership for Children as well as with many local partnerships across the state. For the past thirteen years, Ms. Theall has been the Executive Director of the Alamance Partnership for Children.
Stephanie has lived in Alamance County for the past 14 years with her husband, Mac. They have two college-aged daughters, and a lovable but rambunctious dog who keeps them entertained with their girls are away. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. She is currently a partner in the newly formed Life Design Institute that provides coaching for individuals, as well as consulting and training services for institutions of higher education. Volunteering is one of Stephanie’s’ passions, and she strives to always serve in some capacity in the community in which she lives. Previous board experiences include: Alamance Partnership for Children, Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, Alamance Tourism Authority and she also serves as the Chair of the Stewardship Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Burlington.
Debarah is a management consultant with DHW Management Consulting. Recently, she has been with TS Designs where she served as the finance consultant part-time. Previously, Debarah was the finance director for Allied Churches after retiring from LabCorp. Debarah started her volunteering in Austin, Texas and brought her love of volunteering to places such as California, Oregon, and now North Carolina. While in California and Oregon, she was on boards with volunteering services and fund-raising events. Debarah has been a volunteer for WRC since 2002 and has previously been a board member as well. Her specialties within Management Consulting are finance, management, and fund raising. Locally she has volunteered at Christmas Cheer, Family Abuse Services, Allied Churches, Habitat, and Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County.