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. 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.

 

 

Ann Gerhardt serves as a consultant and coach to nonprofit women leaders.  She has spent a career working for the rights, health and well-being of women and their families.  On her docket have been child care advocacy and training; women’s reproductive health in the U.S. and Africa, launch of the abortion pill and emergency contraception, teen pregnancy prevention; domestic violence and financial literacy programs.   In the last several years she has worked on the launch of the Affordable Care Act, and on AmeriCorps programs serving veterans and in workforce development.   Two of her most satisfying coaching and consulting relationships have been with UNC Moxies and the Community Refugee Project.  She earned the Z. Smith Reynolds sabbatical award and served on the Board of the NC Council of Women.  She has a Master’s in Public Health Policy and Administration from UNC, is a loyal Tar Heel, and a Buddhist meditation teacher.  Ann lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and going to the gym.

 

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Janeen Gingrich has worked in the social justice arena for 22+ years, starting out as an overnight shelter manager at a domestic and sexual violence program in rural SW Virginia. Her background is in clinical social work, which has given her extensive experience facilitating groups and conversations in diverse situations. Janeen has spent the past 10 years consulting with nonprofits with an emphasis on capacity building, leadership and organizational development, and grassroots fundraising. Janeen has also built non-profit development programs from the ground up for a range of organizations, with budgets from $250,000 to $20M annually, and with local, statewide, and international focuses. Janeen has a passion for change management and was recently the interim CEO at SHIFT NC.

 

Antionette Kerr is a nonprofit leader, media correspondent, author of Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits, publisher of Bold & Bright Media and lover of all poetry. Native of Lexington, NC, she spent her youth living in pockets of economically-distressed neighborhoods. She went on to study 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. Kerr has provided training for the National Council of Nonprofits, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide and The Nonprofit Academy.

 

 

Kim Pevia is an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a uniquely skilled experiential style transformational workshop facilitator. Her company, K.A.P., Inner Prizes, specializes in identifying and addressing the issues that can keep us stuck by continually developing a personalized toolbox to help us hurdle over them.  Her favorite work is done in circles.  Diversity of favorite topics include Emotional intelligence, Gifts of Conflict, Impacts of Historical Trauma, Cultural Healing, Innocuous Nature of Fear.  Born and educated in Baltimore, MD she currently lives in Robeson County, NC where her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She serves on many local, state and national boards that support community activism and local economy through arts, food, culture and tourism.  She is a writer and is the founder of Artist Market-Pembroke, providing retail opportunities for local and regional artists in southeast North Carolina.

 

Stephanie Nesbitt received her law degree from The University of Michigan Law School and is certified as a Superior Court Mediator, Family Financial Mediator, and a Clerk of Court Mediator. Having served as an Assistant District Attorney, and also as an arbitrator for sixteen years, she has vast experience with the court system, the law community and the public. In her more than 20 years of law practice, she has earned a reputation for unwavering integrity and fairness. Ms. Nesbitt is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, and the Michigan State Bar. She serves as a committee chair of the Clerk Mediation Committee of the Dispute Resolution Commission, in her capacity as a Court Management Specialist at the NC Administrative Office of the Courts.

 

 

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Ericka Faircloth is a 2014 graduate of UNC-Greensboro and a native of Laurinburg, North Carolina. She has been an Energy and Water Justice Organizer with Clean Water for NC in Durham since late 2014. She is Co-chair of the UNCG Native American Alumni Association as well as a graduate of the UNC Native Leadership Institute. Ericka is a standing representative for the Coalition of Woodland Nations, and has been a leader in the North Carolina movement to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as well as a volunteer in the North Dakota Access Pipeline movement.

 

 

Leadership Team

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.

 

 

Antionette Kerr is a nonprofit leader, media correspondent, author of Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits, publisher of Bold & Bright Media and lover of all poetry. Native of Lexington, NC, she spent her youth living in pockets of economically-distressed neighborhoods. She went on to study 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. Kerr has provided training for the National Council of Nonprofits, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide and The Nonprofit Academy.

 

 

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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 who 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.

 

Kim Pevia is an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a uniquely skilled experiential style transformational workshop facilitator. Her company, K.A.P., Inner Prizes, specializes in identifying and addressing the issues that can keep us stuck by continually developing a personalized toolbox to help us hurdle over them.  Her favorite work is done in circles.  Diversity of favorite topics include Emotional intelligence, Gifts of Conflict, Impacts of Historical Trauma, Cultural Healing, Innocuous Nature of Fear.  Born and educated in Baltimore, MD she currently lives in Robeson County, NC where her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She serves on many local, state and national boards that support community activism and local economy through arts, food, culture and tourism.  She is a writer and is the founder of Artist Market-Pembroke, providing retail opportunities for local and regional artists in southeast North Carolina.

 

Staff

Olivia Neal – Moxie Intern, Summer 2018

Olivia is from Greensboro, NC, and recently transferred to UNC from NYU. She is a double major in English and Women’s and Gender Studies and she has a special interest in creative writing. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of language and activism, and in how we can use creative arts to advance a greater good and to share our stories. Olivia wrote and self-published a book of poetry last year and would like to publish more books in the future, both fiction and poetry. She is also interested in reading queer fiction, specifically in the young adult genre. She got her start in writing by competing in poetry slams at local music festivals, and she has a passion for celebrations of art and community. Olivia hopes that her work through the Moxie Project, as well as all of her academic pursuits, will allow her to use creativity and language to contribute to our local community and empower women and girls.

Joy K Ayioka – Z Smith Reynolds Intern, Summer 2018

Joy Ayioka is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, majoring in social work with a minor in legal studies. She was born and raised in Kenya and moved to North Carolina when she was 10 years old. Since then it has been an incredible journey of growth. She is very passionate about working with local communities to address community needs that are often overlooked. She wishes to work and become an ally for vulnerable groups within our society. In my free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, backpacking across different countries, and volunteering at her church and local organizations. She is very excited to embark on this journey interning at Women AdvaNCe and working alongside such an incredible group of women and mentors.

 

Scholars

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