Yuna Shin, after hesitating for years about giving up her Korean citizenship, is now a naturalized American citizen. She teaches German and Women’s Studies at Cape Fear Community College where she meets students from all walks of life and finds great satisfaction in opening people’s minds. Yuna uses her role as a language teacher to teach her students about the world and her role as a Women’s Studies teacher about the importance of politics in everyday life of women. That is why she believes that Women AdvaNCe is important: it exists to empower women so that they can not only better their own lives, but also the lives of those around them. When women succeed, everyone succeeds.
Tasha Thomas was born in Durham and raised in Wilmington, NC. Tasha graduated from New Hanover High School in 1992 and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science with a Music Minor at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. Tasha returned to North Carolina to begin a professional career working in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and is currently employed at AAI Pharma/CML in Wilmington, where she resides with her son, Ruben. Tasha’s service has allowed her to witness positive, effective change in the hands of competent women united for a common goal. Tasha believes that unity for a common goal is the best way for women in North Carolina to effectively advance causes that serve their best interests in this state.
Kyle Horton, M.D. is an internal medicine physician who took an interest in policy while participating in a physician leadership program to earn her MD and MBA. Kyle has worked as an advocate and community activist for policies affecting veterans’, women, and students. Kyle is proud to join the efforts of Women AdvaNCe in New Hanover County, because she wants to embolden and empower other women to engage in and shape policies affecting their families. Kyle hopes to be a part of educating and empowering our local women to take on bold initiatives and policies to create progress and move NC women and families forward.
Eden Avery is from Atlanta, GA, and has lived in Wilmington for the past 10 years. She has a Master’s degree in Community Psychology, but has found a “second calling” in teaching 4- and 5-year-olds. She is interested in the impact of environmental stress on young children and families and would like to become more engaged with families, communities, and policy makers to mediate these stressors. She volunteers at her sons’ schools and other community organizations such as the YWCA, GOTV efforts, and the emerging Black Lives Matter movement. As a member of the NHC NAACP, she has been active with the Parent’s Advisory Council and the Forward Together / Moral Monday Movement. Eden serves on the Board of Trustees at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington, and is co-leader of the Social Action Ministry, working to engage her congregation in community-based social justice efforts. Eden joined Women AdvaNCe in order to stay informed about legislative policies through well-researched and clearly written articles. She looks forward to working through Women AdvaNCe to network with other women in the Cape Fear region to facilitate opportunities for education, empowerment, and action within the community.
Amy Schlag is the LGBTQIA Resource Office Developer and Program Coordinator at UNC-Wilmington and a .First Responder at the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons. She supports women’s access to comprehensive reproductive care and queer justice. Amy has a B.A. in English from the University of Montevallo and an M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut. She received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in 2014, UNC-W’s Employee of Excellence award in 2014, the YWCA Woman of Achievement award in 2015.
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