Leadership & Staff

Women AdvaNCe board of directors

Laura Edwards is the Founder and Board Chair of Women AdvaNCe. She is a trailblazing civic leader with a passion for women’s issues, social justice, environment, and the arts. Edwards has dedicated decades to various boards in her home state of North Carolina, including the NC Arts Council, Penland School of Crafts, and NC Equity. She is the Co-Founder and Board Emeritus of Lillian’s List of NC. She currently serves as Trustee on the Julian Price Family Foundation and the Educational Foundation at UNC-CH. Edwards has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious civilian honors in our state. She lives with her partner and children in Chapel Hill.


Janeen Gingrich has spent the past 14 years of her career focused on advancement work for non-profits, with an emphasis on leadership development and capacity building. She has built non-profit development programs from the ground up with budgets from $250,000 to $20M. Her expertise includes annual campaign development, data-driven strategy, grassroots fundraising, social media strategy foundation relations, strategic planning and partnership development, board development and volunteer organizing. Janeen has worked in the social justice arena for 20+ years, starting out as an overnight shelter manager at a shelter for battered women in rural southwest Virginia. Her background is in clinical social work, which has given her extensive experience facilitating groups and conversations in diverse situations. Janeen lives in Durham with her husband, Seth, and daughter, Zora Simone.

jean hamilton 1Jean Hamilton is an Adult Guardianship Social Worker. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in Aging from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before Jean started working directly with adults and their families, she was employed as a public health researcher on issues facing children in North Carolina and California and as an assistant professor of economics in California. Jean enjoys applying her analytical training and experience to address the challenges facing older adults. Jean is married with two sons – 21yrs and 16 yrs old. She is the OCDP precinct chair for Booker Creek. She was on the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education from 2005-2009 (elected) and 2010-2011 (appointed). Jean’s two favorite exercises are walking around my neighborhood with friends and riding on my exercise bike while watching a movie on Netflix. In my younger years I spent time abroad in Switzerland and Sweden.

IMG_25418446584762Antionette Kerr is a nonprofit leader, syndicated journalist, author, and lover of all poetry. The Lexington, NC native spent her youth living in pockets of economically-distressed neighborhoods. She credits a family filled with activists for sparking her compassion for people and passion for storytelling. Antionette studied journalism and African American history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she began researching and writing about the influence of race, gender, and politics. She is Executive Director of Lexington Housing Community Development Corporation, where she founded Empowerment Magazine. Some highlights in her recent years include being named a Z. Smith Reynolds Sabbatical Award Recipient, a TEDx Penry Street presenter and the inaugural US recipient of the Yale Publishing Course Innovative Leader Scholarship.

KiviLerouxMillerSept2014Kivi Leroux Miller is a certified executive coach, President of NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, and author of The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause (2010) and A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money (2013). Leroux Miller helps small nonprofits make a big impression. She teaches a weekly webinar series – which draws participants from thousands of nonprofits in the U.S., Canada, and more than 30 other countries – and writes a top-ranked blog on nonprofit communications. Leroux Miller lives with her husband and two young daughters in Lexington, NC.

Kim Pevia 1Kim Pevia is an experienced life coach, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in personal, professional, and community development. Pevia is an entrepreneur whose business KAP, Inner Prizes reminds us of our gifts and strengths to overcome life’s hurdles. Pevia serves as the President of the Board of the Southeastern Family Violence Center, Committee Chair of the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference, Co-Chair of Women AdvaNCe Redefining Robeson, and former President of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce.

Amy TiemannAmy Tiemann, Ph.D.,  is an award-winning author, educator, speaker, and commentator who plays a central role in today’s conversations about personal safety and sexual assault. Tiemann channels this effort through her work with Teenpower Fullpower International, and as Center Co-Director of Kidpower NC.  She is co-authoring Doing Right by Our Kids:  Protecting Child Safety at All Levels, which looks at personal safety through both an individual and systematic lens. She also served on the UNC Title IX Task Force, which worked for more than a year change the way that universities handle sexual assault.  She serves a member of the statewide North Carolina Council for Women.


Executive Director

Board_of_Trustees_May_2015__163 (2)Naomi A. Folami Randolph is an experienced nonprofit leader, award- winning trainer and a community capacity builder. She has spent the last 21 years focused on the holistic development of nonprofit organizations and communities across the country. Ms. Randolph’s experience as an employee, director, volunteer, and board member in the nonprofit sector inspired her to establish a consulting firm in 1999. She has spent her professional life as a consultant and trainer in the areas of organizational development, program development, strategic planning, leadership development, community building / organizing, and diversity. Ms. Randolph has based her life’s works on the principle of helping organizations hold fast to their organizational vision in order to facilitate social change for our society as a whole.  Ms. Randolph has worked for the advancement of grassroots organizations, faith based groups, community development organizations, small businesses, corporations, local, state, and federal government entities, in rural, urban, and international settings. A North Carolina native she attributes her love of humanity and commitment to serve to her family’s legacy of civic leadership in the state.

Editorial Director and Communications Coordinator


Stephanie Carson went to school to be a foreign war correspondent, earning degrees in Broadcast News and International Politics, and now finds herself writing about the rights of people to live and work here at home. After working for a major news network for several years as an investigative producer, Stephanie moved to North Carolina with her husband and two daughters for better work-life balance and she adds “while I still had some of my soul left.” A recipient of two Emmy’s and an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Journalism, Stephanie is a self-described travel junkie, craft beer and cider lover, and a “Ski Mom” to her two daughters who race competitively on the slopes of North Carolina in the winter.

Lillian Delano Brown Fellow

The Lillian Delano Brown Fellowship is a ten week, full time fellowship focusing on communication for Women AdvaNCe. Running the various social media outlets and updating the website, Brown fellows get hands-on experience working for a nonprofit focused on women’s issues.

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Zoë Redfield is the Lillian Delano Brown Fellow for the summer of 2016. She grew up in Chapel Hill, and has strong ties to her home state, as well as a passion for improving and furthering progress on women’s issues in North Carolina.  Zoë is a rising sophomore at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, studying English and Gender Studies. She has worked in various volunteer positions, including early childhood development, care for the elderly, and political advocacy. Zoë hopes to work more in the field of nonprofits in the future. She enjoys traveling, food, and being outdoors.

Moxie Intern

emily heashotEmily Hagstrom is a summer intern at Women AdvaNCe as part of the Moxie Project, a collaboration between the Carolina Women’s Center and the Southern Oral History Program at UNC Chapel Hill. She is working on a double major in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Beyond the classroom, Emily writes for the feminist magazine on campus, The Siren, is active in research in the Public Policy Department surrounding reproductive justice in North Carolina, and works as a Program Developer for the Carolina Women’s Center. In her free time, Emily is involved in advocacy groups and theater productions on campus. She also enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with her dogs.


Dr. Lisa Levenstein, UNC – Greensboro
Dr. Rachel Seidman, UNC – Chapel Hill