This past July, WomenNC appointed new board and committee members for the following committees: Advocacy, the Convention on the Status of Women Fellowship, Events, Fund Development and Public Relations. Get to know the board members for each of the committees by reading the bios below.
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.
Convention for the Status of Women Fellowship Committee
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.
Admin and Events Committee
Delana Epps is a Patient Community Resource Coordinator with United HealthCare’s MyCommunity Initiative. She formerly worked as Director of Emergency Shelter and Support Services at Interact of Wake County. She has a BA in Social Work and Sociology from Methodist University and a MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. She is currently working on a Master’s in Non Profit Management at the University of NC at Greensboro. She has been an advocate for the rights of families experiencing trauma for over 15 years and wants to continue to champion the rights of women and girls in NC in a global fashion. She continues to work closely with the local community to develop direct access practices for resources.
Carla Nunn has over 20 years of experience in accounting and providing financial services, having provided those services for nonprofit organizations for 19 years. Currently, Carla is the Director of Finance and Administration for the Triangle Land Conservancy. She also owns a consulting practice that provides accounting and and human resource services primarily to small nonprofits. Carla has sat on the finance committee of KIPP Baltimore and volunteers with the Girls Scouts. She attended Howard University and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Accounting. Carla is originally from Durham, NC.
Fund Development Committee
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.
Public Relations Commitee
Dr. Mariola Kopcinski is a Scientific Director at Ag Bio company, which develops new technologies for sustainable agricultural production. Prior to joining Plant Health Care, Dr. Kopcinski worked at several major chemical companies, both in the US and Europe, where she focused in the strategic marketing and new business development areas. She holds Ph.D in Plant Pathology and Biochemistry and MBA in Finance, and is an active member of Credentials Advisory Council, Sustainability Institute at AICHE. Her deep commitment to promoting social, economic and environmental sustainability resulted in creation of AICHE courses to promote and train in sustainability.
Tamika Cheek Terrell is a practice manager for a private dermatology practice, specializing in business planning and marketing. Prior to joining Skin Wellness Dermatology Associates, Ms. Terrell worked as a healthcare administrator for Duke Medicine. Tamika Cheek Terrell holds a B.A. with honors Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tamika’s approach is to work with clients and community members, tapping into the knowledge and wisdom they already possess, to help the communications “flow.”
Cities for CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) is a nationwide, grassroots effort to encourage local governments to become more gender equitable. Research shows that inadvertant discrimination is common without a proactive review of city activities. CEDAW ordinances require cities to evaluate their programs and budgets and ensure they affect men and women equitably. It is a process, a fairer way of operating. These laws help cities make changes to become more equitable. Learn more here.
WomenNC UN CSW Fellowships are awarded to young women and men in order to conduct and present research on an issue that affects women and girls at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conferences in New York City. Learn more here.