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Meet Our Board

Paul LaVack

Board President
Paul LaVack, has a MS in Conflict Resolution from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His studies include: Facilitation: Conflict Resolution in Groups, Cultural Dimensions of Conflict Resolution, Gender and Conflict, Conflict Transformation: Reconciliation and Healing, Conflict in Communities, Cultural Dimensions of Conflict Resolution, and Dispute Systems Design. He has worked as a Conflict Consultant, and presently he is an Employment Consultant for NC Dept of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions. In addition to serving on the Joy A. Shabazz Center as Board President, Paul is a former member of the Statewide Independent Living Council.


Jamey Gaddy

Vice Chairman
Jamey is the youth member of the Board. She studied Office Systems Technology at Guilford Technical Community College and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the ARC of Greensboro. She is a strong self advocate who monitors the Specialized Community Assisted Transportation (SCAT) Riders Advisory Committee (RAC).


Bernetta Lemon

Bernetta Lemon’s, educational experience includes: Business Writing — Hadley School f/t Blind Online, Medical Transcription — Medical documentation Training Online, Medical Billing and Coding, Ultimate Medical Academy Online, and Communication Studies and German, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Community Civil Rights Educator, Chapel Hill, NC — Education and advocacy within Orange County, North Carolina on the Civil Rights Ordinance, including issues such as housing, employment, predatory lending, landlord/tenant conflicts, domestic violence and hate crimes. Her professional expertise includes: Sensitivity Awareness Trainer, Chapel Hill, NC — Training groups of employers, transit drivers and restaurant/department store staff on how to provide effective customer service to persons with disabilities in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the ADA., Relay Agent, Sprint Communication, Charlotte, NC Sent and received calls for the deaf and hearing impaired, Minister of Music (1997 to present): Director and Musician for various churches, Computer Instructor, Lion Services, Charlotte, NC, worked with persons with disabilities on basic computer skills and assistive technology.


Nancy Fitzgerald

Board Member
Nancy has over 20 years experience in transportation and customer service management. She has studied computer science, business operations, and liberal arts at North Carolina State University, Guilford Technical Community College, and Rockingham Community College.


Dewey McKoy

Board Member
Business professional with over 30 years in business services. Previous experience includes management of various Greensboro local restaurants as well as local retail businesses. Mr. McKoy has a background in finance and will utilize his expertise to help grow the Center’s fundraising goals and objectives. He also desires to conduct outreach to share his story about the challenges he has overcome as a result of his visual impairment in hopes of helping others.

Mary Walston

Board Member
Licensed Professional Counselor who is FCT certified. Mary received her undergrad and graduate degree from North Carolina A&T SU. She currently works with Military Life Family Counseling. Her passion for serving on the board comes from her personal story of raising her daughter who has a disability. The opportunities and vantage point she’s experienced by helping her daughter navigate through school and other social determinates has encouraged Mary to serve and to learn more about integrating persons with disabilities, particularly youth with disabilities into mainstream society.


Matthew Fowler

Board Member
Business professional with over 25 years in management and professional services. Primarily, his experience has been in enterprise and more recently staffing. Mr. Fowler currently works in NCWorks Career Center as the Center Manager for Elizabeth City area. He is an advocate for people to gain and maintain employment; especially persons with disabilities who are often overlooked for jobs but who may very well qualify and be a great asset to the company. He desires to serve on the board to offer his expertise and guidance in community partn.
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