WRC is honored to have such a distinguished Board of Directors on the slate for 2020-2021
Asterisk (*) denotes members who are new to the WRC Board.
Cathy Lavoie – Board 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 – 1st 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!
Dan Bullard, Attorney – 2nd Vice President
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.
Kim Jernigan – Secretary
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Diane Duffy – Former Board member, pediatrician*
Diane Duffy is a pediatrician and former educator at Elon University. She has served on the Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County’s Board of Directors in the past and is looking forward to joining this hard-working, engaged Board once again. She has lived in Alamance County with her family since 1992 and is committed to the mission of the WRC to empower women in our community to improve and enrich their lives. She is on the Reach Out and Read – Alamance Books for Children committee which works to provide free books for children at their well child appointments.
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.
Crystal Cavalier-Keck – Seven Directions of Service*
Crystal Cavalier-Keck – is a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation from NC. She is an expert in her field of Strategic Intelligence, Political Campaigns, and Public Administration. She has conducted training around the East Coast on Coordinated Tribal/Community Response for emergency management through disasters (natural or man-made). She currently co founded Seven Directions of Service with her husband Jason Keck. Crystal is working on her Doctorate at the University of Dayton and dissertation on Social Justice of Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Gas/Oil Pipelines in front line communities.
Deirdre Lea – Elon University, Human Resources*
Deirdre Lea is from Burlington, North Carolina. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Capella University and an undergraduate degree in Biology from North Carolina Central University. Deirdre is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and works in the capacity of Human Resources Project Manager at Elon University. Her responsibilities at Elon involve managing the orientation program for new faculty and staff, benefits open enrollment, salary administration, project management for HR programs/processes, years of service recognition, and various other HR duties. Deirdre also teaches Elon 101 and serves as an academic advisor for first-year students. She previously served as HR/Provider Benefits Manager for Alamance Partnership for Children and Benefits Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her career in human resources, she shared her love of science and adult basic education, teaching at Walter Williams High School and Alamance Community College. Deirdre is an active member and previous board member of the Alamance County Human Resources Association (ACHRA).
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.
Jennifer Pettie, CPA
Jennifer Pettie is a CPA and works for GlaxoSmithKline . 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.
Leigh-Anne Royster – Elon University*
Dr. Royster is currently the Director of the Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence at Elon University. Much of her current work is focused on crafting policy and educational opportunities around issues of equity development, inclusion work, and violence/bias prevention. She coordinates and develops educational opportunities for faculty and staff focused on diversity and cultural consciousness. She also develops anti-bias and anti-oppression education for students. In addition to her educational development and training facilitation, she oversees the bias/harassment reporting and response system. She consults with a variety of fields and enjoys remaining connected to disciplines outside academia. Leigh-Anne has over 20 years experience working with violence response and prevention, and public health activities. Before heading up these efforts at Elon University, Leigh-Anne worked at the University of North Carolina’s Institute on Aging, the Injury Prevention Research Center and the North Carolina Institute of Public Health on several federal and state projects including PreVENT (a national training initiative engaging public health approaches to violence prevention). She has experience working in the criminal legal system and various non-profits. She has also served on institutional, local and state boards. While energized and deeply committed to her professional engagements, Leigh-Anne remains most humbled, connected and sustained by her family – her partner, Shawn, and their 3 children.
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.