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Beth Bordeux
Executive Director
Western Wake Crisis Ministries

Beth Bordeux is an executive leader with extensive nonprofit and local government experience. Her work includes experience across organizational levels and service systems such as direct-service social work, organizational leadership, and community development. She has worked in programs and across systems supporting individuals and families with varied types of needs: mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, housing, childcare, and childcare quality, early intervention, maternity care, domestic violence, faith support, education, and basic needs such as food and shelter.

Marianne Cockroft
Associate Professor
UNC School of Nursing

Dr. Cockroft is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill. A nursing educator for a range of educational contexts (i.e., University professor, community college instructor, hospital community educator), Dr. Cockroft’s public and community health nursing, disease prevention, and health and safety promotion work has served populations across the lifespan—from infants to senior citizens—and has mostly addressed high risk behaviors, chronic diseases in aging, and self-care.

Inés Freile
Program Coordinator
Taylor Family YMCA

Inés Freile is an experienced resource administrator and has coordinated a variety of programs including pastoral care activities, community-based initiatives, language development interventions, and crisis management. Currently, she is a Community Support Specialist at the Taylor YMCA, where she serves as point of contact between program participants and community resources. She believes that education is the key to more empowered, productive and stable families.

Kathleen Herndon-Lee
Director of Human Services
White Oak Foundation, Inc.

Kathleen Herndon-Lee is director of human services for the White Oak Foundation Inc., where she coordinates Client Services for the White Oak Resource Center. These services include food security, senior services, and crisis management. Kathleen’s passion is serving the most vulnerable in our communities. Prior to joining the White Oak Foundation team, Kathleen worked in the field of Education as a public-school teacher and as a national professional development consultant/coach for numerous education companies.

Mercedes Ortíz
Breast Feeding Counselor
WIC of Wake County, DHHS

Mercedes Ortíz works as a breastfeeding peer counselor in Cary for the Wake County Human Services Department’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She assists prenatal and postpartum moms with breastfeeding support. Mercedes gives basic breastfeeding information to new mothers, including telling them about the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. She also helps mothers prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns.

Shannon Hood Smith
Director of Development
UNC School of Nursing

Shannon Smith joined the UNC School of Nursing as its new director of development last year, after working at the UNC University Development Office (UDO) where she served as associate director of development. In her role there, Shannon acted as the fundraising consultant and major gift officer for 19 pan-university centers and institutes. She was recently named one of 40 Under 40 advancement professionals in the U.S. by EverTrue, a leading advancement automation platform used by more than 300 institutes of higher education.

Jill Straight
Director of Patient Services
Dorcas Ministries

Jill Straight is the director of client services at Dorcas Ministries where she oversees the organization’s crisis ministry, food pantry, and the training and career advancement programs. Jill began her career at Dorcas in 2008 as a volunteer crisis minister and served on the board of directors from 2009 to 2011. Jill joined the staff at Dorcas in 2011 and brought her adult education program management experience to bear as she reshaped crisis services to focus on building clients’ self-sufficiency and stability. Prior to her service at Dorcas, she worked in higher and adult education program management in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Daniel Turnbull,DDS
Turnbull Dentistry

Dr. Turnbull is a native of Toledo, Ohio, but has lived in Cary since 1986. He is a graduate of Indiana University with Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science and Spanish Literature. His DDS degree was achieved at The Ohio State University. Dr.Turnbull has been practicing in Cary for over 30 years. He has long been active in the community through his membership in the Cary Page Rotary Club, Read and Feed, and Christ the King Lutheran Church. He has served as the president of Cary Page Rotary club, and president of the Christ the King Congregational council.