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Class of 2020 Directory

William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations

Class of 2020-2022

The 23 members of the 2020-2022 Friday Fellowship class represent eighteen North Carolina counties. Class members were selected during a competitive process that included a formal nomination, written application, and seated regional interviews.  For this fellowship cycle, the WLI selection committee and staff seated three class members from each of the organization's selection regions alongside five additional at-large members from across the state. In addition to prioritizing place-equity considerations, class members were evaluated and selected based on their curiosity, creativity, connectivity, and courage as North Carolina leaders and learners. Once the class meets in October 2020, each new class member will have the opportunity to share more with the fellowship community and networks during a given month over the course of the Fellowship cycle.

Trinette Boone-Langley
Nash County

Trinette works as Director of the Social Work Program and Assistant Professor of Social Work at Barton College. She was recently awarded Barton College’s 2020 Lincoln Financial Excellence in Teaching Award. Trinette is also Lecturer for the School of Social Work at NC State University. With her students, Trinette volunteers yearly at various locations in Wilson County to include the Imagination Station, Salvation Army, and the Hope Station. Trinette is secretary and board member of Especially For You, a non-profit in Rocky Mount. Trinette’s parents are Haywood and Ruth Boone of Enfield. She is married to Pernell Langley, with whom she has two sons: Jaylen Langley and Airman First Class Jhaqez Langley, US Air Force. Trinette is thankful to each of her professional mentors who have sowed into her life. She gives all the glory to God for her many accomplishments.

Lisa K. Bryant
Henderson County

Lisa lives in Hendersonville where she works as Producing Artistic Director of Flat Rock Playhouse. Through Flat Rock Playhouse, Lisa partners with community groups including the Education Foundation and the United Way. Lisa also supports International Literacy Program Letterland and is a frequent key-note speaker on Arts, Education, and Leadership. Lisa is married to John M. Bryant, Associate Superintendent of Henderson County Schools.

Dalton Dockery, PhD
Columbus County

Dalton is the NC Cooperative Extension Director of Columbus County. Dalton is a graduate of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Dalton mentors young people at Edgewood Elementary School in Whiteville and volunteers with the Mission Ministry at his local church. Dalton is a board member of the Columbus County Farm Bureau and the North Carolina Partnership for Children. From 2019–2020, Dalton served as state president of the North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents. Dalton is a charter member of the Whiteville Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. The fraternity’s motto is "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity". A resident of Bladenboro, Dalton is married to Sheila Applewhite Dockery with whom he has two wonderful children, Whitley (16) and Bryson (10). Dalton loves spending time with his family on outings to the beach. When he’s not working or volunteering in the community, Dalton enjoys fishing, walking, and studying history.

Ryan Emanuel
Wake County

Ryan is a Citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a first-generation urban Indian. His parents left the Lumbee community in rural Robeson County in the 1970s to raise a family in Charlotte. Ryan maintains strong family ties in Charlotte, Robeson County, and in other communities across the state. Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and affiliated with the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State, Ryan will be a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park during the 2020–2021 academic year. From his home in Raleigh, Ryan volunteers with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs' Environmental Justice Committee. Ryan sits on the board of the Wake County Public Schools Indian Education Program.

Angie Flynn-McIver
Buncombe County

Angie is President of Ignite CSP: Coaching/Speaking/Presenting, a communication and coaching group that helps people make a fundamental shift in the way they understand their own power to communicate. A resident of Asheville, Angie volunteers with the Buncombe County Remembrance Project and sits on the board of the North Carolina Stage Company. Angie lives with husband Charlie and their children, Nora (17) and Cameron (14). Angie is an active member of South Slope CrossFit.

Becky Greer
Ashe County

Becky has worked at Wilkes Community College for 22 years and currently serves as Director of Workforce Development & Community Education on the Ashe Campus and at the Alleghany Center. Becky was a Marshbanks-Anderson Scholar at Mars Hill University where she earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and History. Becky is a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church and sits on the Board of Directors for the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. A resident of West Jefferson, Becky is an Advisory Board member for the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union in Ashe County. Becky’s husband of 24 years is Eric Greer. The couple has a son, Matthew Greer, and twin daughters, Allyson and Sydney Greer. Becky is committed to her family, her church, her workplace, and community. She truly believes the Friday Fellowship will allow her to be more effective in each of those areas.

Merald Holloway
Wake County

Merald is a passionate and dedicated advocate for economic empowerment and social justice within several North Carolina communities and business sectors. He is CEO and President of NC 100, a non-profit focused on mapping and identifying opportunities for collaboration and change in Rockingham County, serving as a partnership organization with Rural Forward NC. A resident of Raleigh, Merald serves on the boards of the North Carolina Employee Ownership Center and the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce. Born in Reidsville, Merald serves on the leadership team of the Rockingham County Racial Equity Learning Community and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Rockingham County Partnership for Children.

Liam Hooper
Forsyth County

Liam works with national peers and colleagues as a trans advocate for radically revisioned intersectional justice and serves as executive director of Ministries Beyond Welcome, a community-focused nonprofit organization formed and led by trans/transgender and gender non-conforming persons that works for greater acceptance, affirmation, socio-political accommodation, and spiritual thriving of the greater trans community. A resident of Winston-Salem, Liam volunteers with Temple Emanuel’s Social Action Committee and recently served on the board of the North Star LGBTQ Center. Liam lives with his now legally married spouse, Diana, and terrier Dodi. Their son, Lucas, is in college. Liam contributed to the anthology OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance and is author of the forthcoming book Trans-Forming Proclamation (OtherWise Engaged Publishing).

Tiffany N. Jacobs
Cabarrus County

Tiffany works as the Piedmont Triad Regional Apprenticeship Coordinator for the North Carolina Community College System, where she works to create a better-skilled workforce to increase economic development opportunities throughout the state. A resident of Kannapolis, Tiffany is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She serves as a volunteer for the Integrated Service Delivery Network Work Group for the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Tiffany sits on the board of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Forge Greensboro. Tiffany participated in the Institute for Emerging Issues ReConnect to Economic Opportunity Community Cohort. A native of Wilmington, Tiffany is always proud to represent the Port City. Tiffany’s passion is to assist, educate, and empower others to succeed.

Lara Khalil
Durham County

Lara works as City-County Youth Initiatives Manager for the City of Durham Office on Youth. In her role, Lara works to elevate youth voices and nurtures intergenerational and cross-disciplinary connections to make Durham a better place for young people. A Durham resident, Lara serves on the Partnership for a Healthy Durham - Racial Equity Task Force, and the Bull City Community Schools Partnership. Lara delights in growing plant things, tending to her mini worm farm, and being mother to a very kinetic four year old! Lara finds hope supporting young people in accessing the platforms, resources, and support they need to be their whole, healthiest, and most liberated selves.

Andrew J. Knoblich, M.Ed., NCC
Mecklenburg County

Andrew is the Program Manager for the City of Charlotte’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. In his role, Andrew works to address systemic inequities that inhibit the upward mobility, career exploration, and social capital development of youth. As a former high school counselor and higher education professional, Andrew maintains his passion for creating access to educational and career opportunities for all stakeholders, especially those from historically marginalized populations. Andrew has enjoyed supporting his community through his involvement as a board member of his neighborhood association, as an advisory board member to Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, and as a facilitator of the East Charlotte Education Coalition. He and his wife, Clare, live in East Charlotte with the newest addition to their family, Ella Francis (born December 2019).

Anne Lord
Mecklenburg County

Annie is Director of Marketing with the Lord Law Firm. A resident of Charlotte, Annie is co-chair of the Shalom Park Freedom School and Critical Needs Committee Chair at Randolph Middle School. Annie served on the Temple Beth El Board from 2016–2019 and on the Levine Jewish Community Center Board of Directors from 2014–2016. From 2013–2016, Annie served on the Jewish Family Services Board. Annie is married to her husband, Harrison Lord. They have two children together, Andrew (14) and Hadley (12).

Kelly McRell
Mecklenburg County

Kelly is a Practical Theologian who uses her creativity to foster spaces that include, honor, and celebrate all bodies. Kelly carries a heart full of gratitude for the various individuals who have called her into the work of love and justice, especially Nikkeia Lee of The Possibility Project-Charlotte. Kelly works as the Connect, Family, and Outreach Minister at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte. In 2017–2018, Kelly participated in the Arts and Science Council Cultural Leadership Training. Kelly was a member of Leadership Charlotte Class 37 and volunteers with the Rainbow Express Ministries. Kelly sits on the board of The Possibility Project-Charlotte.

Jonas Monast
Orange County

Jonas is an assistant professor at UNC School of Law. He directs UNC’s Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3) and serves on the Orange County Climate Council. His work focuses on climate change mitigation, energy policy, and conservation of natural resources. Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty, Jonas worked at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham. Jonas is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University and now lives near Hillsborough with his wife and two children.

LaTanya Pattillo
Hoke County

LaTanya works as Teacher Advisor in the Office of the Governor of North Carolina where she interacts with educators and other stakeholders to inform policy priorities. LaTanya also serves on the advisory board of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. A 2013–2014 Fellow in the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, LaTanya is a former Business Education Teacher and a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). A resident of Raeford, LaTanya is the wife of Duane and the mother of five wonderful children. LaTanya is excited by the opportunity to learn and grow with the Friday Fellowship family.

Kevin Rumley, Vet. Purple Heart, MSW, LCAS, LCSWA
Buncombe County

Kevin is a combat wounded (32 surgeries) Marine Corps veteran who received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. In long-term-recovery, Kevin is a vocal community advocate for harm reduction modalities, including medication assisted therapy (MAT). Kevin now serves as the Program Director for the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), a diversion court for justice-involved veterans. Kevin is a NCSAPPB Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, and IATP Certified Expert Trauma Professional. Most recently, Kevin was inspired to become a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). Kevin is a member of the Asheville City Veterans Council and sits on the boards of Helios Warrior and Blue Ridge Honor Flight. An Asheville resident, Kevin is a drummer in several groups including Tyler Ramsey (of Band of Horses), Her Marigold, and Electric Owls.

Timothy Schwantes
Chatham County

Tim lives in north Chatham County and works at Healthy Places by Design, a nonprofit consulting firm that focuses on increasing access to health through the built environment. Tim works on local, regional, and national initiatives that support community collaboratives and partnerships to improve public health. He currently serves on the Healthy Communities committee of Creative Parks, volunteers at his son's school when he can, and is a former board member of Farmer Foodshare. Tim is a Tar Heel times three over, having earned master’s degrees in social work and public health, as well as a B.A. in public policy from UNC. Tim is an avid runner and has completed dozens of triathlons including an Ironman. He is often thinking about, planning, or going on the next adventure with his seven year old son, Sam.

Tara Spivey
Wake County

Tara lives in Raleigh where she works as University Program Associate for the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at NC State University. Tara provides administrative and programmatic support to the Kenan Institute and the Kenan Fellows Program. Raised in Bertie County, Tara received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from NC A&T State University in Greensboro and an executive graduate certificate in Information Technology from Strayer University.

Timothy Tolson, MD
Pasquotank County

Tim works as a physician at Albemarle Allergy & Asthma, PC. Tim is Co-Investigator of the “Study of Well-being and Burnout in Healthcare Providers in Eastern NC” (East Carolina University) and Co-Investigator of “Impact of Dismal Swamp Fires on Respiratory Health” (Old Dominion University). Tim makes his family in community, mentoring students and volunteering with Green $aves Green, a non-partisan, non-profit, all-volunteer local environmental action group in the Albemarle Region. An avid gardener, Tim is eager to bring his passion for rural health to the 2020–2022 Class of Friday Fellows and to bring his learning back home to Elizabeth City.

DeSandra Washington, Ed.D
Cumberland County

DeSandra is Associate Vice President for Academic Support in the Academic and Student Services Division at Fayetteville Technical Community College. DeSandra volunteers with the United Way of Cumberland County, The Links, Inc. and the HBCU Initiative. A resident of Fayetteville, DeSandra is a mentor to several young men and women and sits on the board of the Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce. DeSandra participates in The Household of Faith World Outreach Center and is a member of the Omega Kappa Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. DeSandra’s mantra, “do no harm,” has never meant more to her than now.

Willard Cline Watson III
Watauga County

Willard works as Programs and Outreach Director at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. A resident of Boone, Willard volunteers at F.A.R.M. Cafe and sits on the board of the High Country Beer Fest. Former organizer of the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson Music Fest in Sugar Grove (2010–2014), Willard received his Masters in Appalachian Studies with a concentration in Sustainability from Appalachian State University. Willard partners with Melissa Ed in both life and music. The couple share a cat, Ollie. A musician and bass player, Willard enjoys cooking and believes that a good meal can bring people together.

Dr. Clinton Wilson
Guilford County

Clint has lived in Greensboro for 17 years where he attended UNCG for his bachelors degree and NC A&T State University for his masters and doctoral degrees. Clint works as Supervisor of High School Counseling for Guilford County Schools. Originally from Raleigh, Clint is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is affiliated with the American School Counselors Association and College Board Forum. Clint and his brother were raised by a strong single mother who is his most influential person.

Mary Wilson, PhD, RN
Pitt County

Mary earned her PhD in nursing from East Carolina University and worked as a nurse in both clinical and academic settings for over 30 years. Before retiring, Mary worked with Eastern AHEC as assistant director of nursing and allied health education. Mary volunteers as a Lay Minister and Vice Chair of the Pastoral Council at St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville. Mary also supports the Greenville Chapter of Catholic Social Ministries. Married with two adult daughters and two grandchildren, Mary is grateful for the opportunity to represent eastern North Carolina as a 2020 Friday Fellow.

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