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The Executive Committee

Anna L Richards retired in 2013 from The Boeing Company, Seattle Washington, where she provided enterprise leadership of Finance Operations including payroll, payment services and supply chain financial analysis. During a 42 year career with several corporations, while pursuing increasing professional responsibility, Anna was a committed mentor and community volunteer.  She is the proud mother of three children and is married to her friend and husband of 31 years, LeRoi Brashears. (

First Vice President
James E. Williams, Jr. is Public Defender for Orange and Chatham Counties in North Carolina where he has served since 1990 (Retires 5/31/17).  Prior to 1990 he was felony chief of the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office.  He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1973 and Duke University School of Law with a J.D. in 1979.  In October, 2010, while a member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Mr. Williams moved the Board to establish a Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System. The motion carried and Mr. Williams served as Chair of the Task Force.  The work of the Task Force led to the establishment of the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System in September, 2012.  Mr. Williams is a member of the Board of Directors of the Commission.  He is the founder and Board member of the North Carolina Public Defender Committee On Racial Equity. He served as the Committee’s President from its creation in 2011 until 2016. He has twice served on the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. Mr. Williams serves on the Advisory Board of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. He chairs the Orange Bias Free Policing Coalition and co-chairs the District 15B Bar’s Racial Justice Task Force. Mr. Williams was presented the Thurgood Marshall Award in 2016 by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He is a regional co-chair of the National Association of Public Defense Racial Justice Task Force.  (

Second Vice President
Richard Paddock: Retired; California native, Stanford BS, physics; Duke MA, physics; Professor physics and computer science North Carolina Wesleyan College, 1966-68. Engineering analyst and computer programmer, RTI, 1968-2004. Current member of Southern Anti-Racism Network (Treasurer Emeritus); Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Steering Committee,); Coalition for Health Care of North Carolina. (

Third Vice President
Joal Hall Broun: 1992-1998 Assistant Public Defender, Orange and Chatham counties; 1998 served with Self Help, a community development bank; 1999-2011 Carrboro Alderman; 2004 in the office of the NC Secretary of State as General Counsel; since 2006,  Director of the Lobbying Division; currently on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board. Married to Jonathan, their two children attend Chapel Hill High School.  Member of St. Paul AME Church, where she serves as a bus driver, usher, and trustee.  Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 3:23-24  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. (

Tye Hunter, lawyer, married to branch member Wanda Hunter for 46 years; two children and two grandchildren. Born and raised in Greensboro, Mr. Hunter has two degrees from UNC. (

Assistant Treasurer
Collene Rogers: Retired from Citibank, NA, Vice President, Upper Manhattan Healthcare Team; Married to Fred J. Rogers, AT&T (deceased); 3 sons, 3 daughters. Joined NYC NAACP, Harlem Branch in 1969, Newark, NJ Branch 1973 and CHC Branch 1999-Present (Life Member).  (


Barbara Foushee: OWASA Board of Directors,  Secretary to Executive Committee; Town of Carrboro Human Services Advisory Board, Vice Chair;  Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate; Mentor Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Undergraduate Advisor to the Chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill; Order of the Eastern Star, Randolph Chapter #185, Democratic Women of Orange County; League of Women Voters–Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties; Community Awareness and Political Action Ministry–First Baptist Church, Chapel Hill;  NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, 2016; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Finer Womanhood Award, 2016 & 2017. (

Assistant Secretary

Kris Garvin: Experienced the work of the NAACP in action the summer of Journey for Justice in 2014 and became a NC member. She gained more exposure to the work by volunteering at the state office in Durham before joining the Chapel Hill Carrboro branch. Newcomer to the South, Kris moved from the Central Coast of California in 2014. Married to Jeff Sherman. Professional Career: Registered Nurse, retired in 2015.  (

Members At Large

Dianne Jackson,
now retired, worked as an Elementary School Librarian for thirty years in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools. She has a small family, a dog, and loves travel and community service. She volunteers at UNC Hospital as a Pediatric Cuddler and is mentoring her second match through the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program.  Dianne is President of the American Federation of Teachers of North Carolina and has been a member of the NAACP for the past decade. (

Minister Robert Campbell has been married 30 years, and has one daughter; Past Present of the NAACP Chapel Hill Carrboro Branch 2013-2016; Vietnam vet; initiated the Equity campaign for Chapel Hill Carrboro schools working with administrators, teachers, parents, and community professionals. (

Education Committee Chair

Greg McElveen:
 Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Business and Economics, Fayetteville State University, previously Strategy and Marketing Manager, IBM. Also prior member, Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board. BA in Economics with Distinction, Stanford University, MBA, Stanford University. Married to Karen Green-McElveen, with blended family of six children (now all young adults). NAACP member for15 years. (

Labor Committee Co-Chairs

Miriam Thompson has Master degrees in Education and Social Work. Both of her daughters work in and with the public schools–one is a teacher and the other directs teacher training and research; grandchildren in Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools; fifteen years as founder and director of  a public school advocacy project in NYC representing students and families most disenfranchised. Ten years as Community and legislative staff liaison, and director of shop steward training for the United Auto Workers, Local 259 in NY. Thirteen years as Administrator and recruiter for a union subsidized Urban Leadership development program for members returning to the City University of NY to finish their undergraduate and graduate work in Urban Studies. (

Jesse Gibson: Retired Educator; member of the Hank Anderson Breakfast Club; Board member of the Albright Community Association; Master of Education from NCCU; MSW from UNC; past Branch Treasurer; recipient of the James E. Britton award; life member of the NAACP.  (

Legal Redress Co-Chairs

Tim Longest: Rising third-year law student at UNC School of Law, B.A. in Philosophy from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Currently works as a legal intern in the North Carolina State Senate. 2016:  summer law clerk in the Voting Rights Section of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. 2015:  selected as a Jamie Kirk Hahn Fellow with the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation. Following graduation from UNC, worked as the office manager for McSurely & Turner, a civil rights law firm in Chapel Hill. Has worked on several political campaigns, including as campaign manager for a state legislative race; 2017 joined the NAACP. (

Josh Mayo, a lifelong resident of Chapel Hill, is a recent graduate of UNC majoring in Public Policy. (

Health and Wellness Committee Co-Chairs

Doreen Stein-Seroussi, MA & MPA, is currently a yoga instructor specializing in working with people with health challenges, especially cancer survivors. Before coming to this career path, she worked as a public health analyst and program manager at the U.S. Public Health Service and for Orange County non-profit organizations. She has been an active member of the NAACP for 4 years. (

Karen Reid is married with two adult children; retired classroom teacher; member of Women in the NAACP (WIN) and Mother of the Year Committee; member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP since 2012. (

Membership Committee Chair
Dawna Jones, Originally from New Jersey, Dawna is a transplant to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area by way of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dawna is owner of 4 Simplicity Sake LLC, a travel and retreat planning company specializing in romance and group travel. Dawna also works as the Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students, at UNC Chapel Hill. At UNC, Dawna serves on the Carolina Black Caucus steering committee, is Chair of the UNC Sister Circle, and organizes the UNC Employee Forum Book Club. Dawna is a passionate social worker, and dedicated community member, who enjoys reading and international travel. She has been a member of the Chapel Hill Carrboro Branch since 2016 and is a past member of the Pennsylvania State University collegiate branch. (

Political Action Committee
Diane Robertson is a recognized leader in North Carolina grassroots training/organizing, fundraising, and political strategy. She is a successful businesswoman and consultant to political, social justice, and arts organizations. As an active volunteer in her community, she serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) and Democracy North Carolina (DemNC). Ms. Robertson’s undergraduate degree is in history and Asian Studies from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She did graduate work in Latin American history at Indiana University. Her commitment to social justice work stems in large part from being a proud mother and grandmother. (

Communications Committee Chair 

A graduate of Marquette University, Michael O’Reilly’s career involved the import and export of fine wine. He has published five books on the wines of the world and is now principally occupied writing fiction. He is married to Marjorie and they have six children sprinkled around the country.  NAACP member since 2014. (

WIN (Women In the NAACP)
Michelle Laws (

Mother of the Year Chair

Collene Rogers: Retired from Citibank, NA, Vice President, Upper Manhattan Healthcare Team; Married to Fred J. Rogers, AT&T (deceased); 3 sons, 3 daughters. Joined NYC NAACP, Harlem Branch in 1969, Newark, NJ Branch, 1973 and Chapel Hill Carrboro Branch 1999-Present (Life Member).  (

Criminal Justice Co-chairs
Tye Hunter (

James E. Williams (  

Youth Council Co-chairs
Liz Carter, a Chapel Hill native, graduated Chapel Hill School then Shaw University with a degree in Communications. Now retired, she worked at UNC Hospitals and the Town of Chapel Hill. (

Vilma Ferrell is a clinical nurse and manager at Lincoln Community Health Center, bilingual wife of almost 21 years, mother of three, and a veteran of five years in the US military; Vilma has a deep love of family and enjoys cultural collaborations, with a passion for US southern culture and heritage.  Ms. Ferrell joined the NAACP in February, 2017, after her experience that the 2016 elections precipitated treatment that reminded her of what her husband’s great grandmother described of slavery. “I never thought I’d feel like that in the US in 2017.” (

Housing Chair
Heather Brutz moved to Chapel Hill in 2013 to attend the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she received her MBA. She grew up in Warrensville Heights, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. She has worked for numerous social justice and environmental nonprofits, including Transportation for America (a project of Smart Growth America) where, as Field Director, she successfully led efforts to defeat attempts to end dedicated federal funding of public transportation. She currently works at North Carolina State University.  (

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