WomenNC’s calendar year begins in July of each year. Our Board members typically serve for two year terms, although some remain for an additional year. WomenNC strives to have a diverse Board that includes multiple generations, men and women, many cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and a variety of career experiences.
2016-17 WomenNC Board of Directors
WNC President & Founder
Beth Dehghan is the fearless of WomenNC, an organization she founded in 2012 to raise a generation that honors women’s rights as human rights and advocate for the gender equality agenda in North Carolina. She has attended the annual United Nationals Commission the Status of Women (CSW) every year since 1997. Beth is also the founder and capacity builder of three U.S. nonprofits: WomenNC; the Association of Iranian Women-USA; and the Association of International Women for Human Rights. Since 1995, she has been a member of the International NGO Committee for the U.N. CSW. Also a public speaker, community volunteer, event organizer, and board member of several philanthropic organizations (UNA-Wake Chapter, Wake County Commission for Women, InterAce, Stop Child Abuse in NC, Woman’s Club of Raleigh and Cary, and UN Women NC Chapter). Beth has a B.S. in Agronomy from LSU, and Elementary Teaching Certificate from Tehran University, and is currently enrolled in Duke’s Continuing Education Non-Profit Management program. Beth is an entrepreneur and family business manager along with her husband, with whom she lives in Cary. They have two daughters who work in Houston and Washington D.C.
Convention for the Status of Women (CSW) Committee Chair
Jackie Saber, one of our Mentors last year, has over 25 years experience as a child advocate attorney and guardian ad litem and is devoted to progressing the human rights of girls and women. Her volunteer work in this area includes mentoring and leadership with WomenNC, building local women’s philanthropy through the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County, a donor-advised women’s giving circle, and as a reader for statewide need based college scholarships administered through the North Carolina Community Foundation. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from University of Georgia and law degree from Emory University.
WNC Advocacy & Outreach Committee Chair
Jamie Cole is the Policy Advocate for the NC Conservation Network, specializing in Environmental Justice Policy, Air Quality and Recycling. Jamie holds a Juris Doctor degree from NCCU School of Law and a BA in Political Science from Spelman College. Before joining the NC Conservation Network, she worked for the NC NAACP as the Public Policy and Legal Coordinator and while in school was a Fellow in Washington, DC in the office of Former U.S. Representative Mel Watt. Jamie received the NC NAACP’s 2014 “Humanitarian of the Year” award. She is a licensed NC Attorney and is committed to achieving equality for all.
Stephen Gray is the founder and COO of Undercover Colors, a start-up company working to reduce the rate of drug-facilitated sexual assault through nail products that can detect date rape drugs in a spiked drink. Stephen founded the company with three other engineers while studying materials engineering and mathematics at NC State University. In addition to his work at WomenNC, Stephen volunteers at Interact working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Fund Development Committee Co-Chair
Sean Minty recently graduated from NC State earning a Masters degree in English with concentrations in Linguistics and Composition/Rhetoric. His research focused on discourses surrounding anxiety. While enrolled at NC State, Sean served as an Academic Advisor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He also mentored first-generation students, helping them to get their emotional and academic bearings as they transitioned into their first year of college.
Fund Development Committee Co-Chair
Deanna Froeber – Bio coming soon.
Events Committee Chair
Olivia Horton – Photo and Bio coming soon.
Public Relations Committee Chair
Amy Hemmeter works in the tech industry, in natural language processing. She is passionate about women’s rights, and in addition to WomenNC she uses her programming skills to volunteer for Girl Develop It, an organization dedicated to providing tech skills to women. She also works for Code for Durham, a “civic hacking” group where programmers gather to improve municipal services for the people of Durham.