Exchange Family Center Board of Directors

Kate Shirah  President  Kate Shirah joined the Board of Directors in 2015. She serves as the Executive Director of the Fox Family Foundation, founded in 1991 to further the Fox family's philanthropic interests in the areas of the arts, community service, education and health across the N.C. Triangle region. Kate also is the founder and principal of Alignmeant Consulting.

Kate Shirah
President

Kate Shirah joined the Board of Directors in 2015. She serves as the Executive Director of the Fox Family Foundation, founded in 1991 to further the Fox family's philanthropic interests in the areas of the arts, community service, education and health across the N.C. Triangle region. Kate also is the founder and principal of Alignmeant Consulting.

Kevin Griffin  Vice President  Kevin Griffin began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. He is the Founder and President of AVANT, a full service staffing and recruiting company based in Durham. Kevin is a father, coach, and improvisational performer. He brings a breadth of business experience to the board, including personnel and team development, financial management, and operations expertise.

Kevin Griffin
Vice President

Kevin Griffin began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. He is the Founder and President of AVANT, a full service staffing and recruiting company based in Durham. Kevin is a father, coach, and improvisational performer. He brings a breadth of business experience to the board, including personnel and team development, financial management, and operations expertise.

Alan Jessup  Secretary  Alan Jessup most recently began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. He has been a member of the Exchange Club of Greater Durham for 25 years and served on the task force that originally formed the agency. He also served on the Board of Directors from 1999-2003. Alan is a graduate of East Carolina University and has worked for Nationwide Insurance for 35 years.

Alan Jessup
Secretary

Alan Jessup most recently began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. He has been a member of the Exchange Club of Greater Durham for 25 years and served on the task force that originally formed the agency. He also served on the Board of Directors from 1999-2003. Alan is a graduate of East Carolina University and has worked for Nationwide Insurance for 35 years.

Susan Joines  Treasurer  Susan Joines began serving on the Board of Directors in 2019. She is retired from full-time work but continues to work part-time in accounting as an independent contractor.

Susan Joines
Treasurer

Susan Joines began serving on the Board of Directors in 2019. She is retired from full-time work but continues to work part-time in accounting as an independent contractor.

Dorothy Hairston Mitchell  Member-at-Large  Dorothy Hairston Mitchell began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Supervising Attorney for the Juvenile Law Clinic at North Carolina Central University School of Law. Dorothy has represented juveniles and parents in juvenile delinquency court and abuse, neglect, dependency court here in Durham, NC since 2003. She is married and is the proud mother of 2 young boys.

Dorothy Hairston Mitchell
Member-at-Large

Dorothy Hairston Mitchell began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Supervising Attorney for the Juvenile Law Clinic at North Carolina Central University School of Law. Dorothy has represented juveniles and parents in juvenile delinquency court and abuse, neglect, dependency court here in Durham, NC since 2003. She is married and is the proud mother of 2 young boys.

Rachel Galanter  Executive Director  The Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and relays information about the daily operations of the agency to the Board.

Rachel Galanter
Executive Director

The Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and relays information about the daily operations of the agency to the Board.

Nancy Gordon  Past President  Nancy Gordon began serving on the Board of Directors in 2013. She is a retired District Court Judge for the Adult Drug Treatment Court. Nancy presided over the Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Court until 2015.

Nancy Gordon
Past President

Nancy Gordon began serving on the Board of Directors in 2013. She is a retired District Court Judge for the Adult Drug Treatment Court. Nancy presided over the Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Court until 2015.

Leanne Link   Leanne Link began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a marketing manager at Cisco, specializing in education and government. Her past experience includes consumer publishing and education nonprofit marketing.

Leanne Link

Leanne Link began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a marketing manager at Cisco, specializing in education and government. Her past experience includes consumer publishing and education nonprofit marketing.

Verona Middleton-Jeter   Verona Middleton-Jeter began serving on the Board of Directors in 2014. She is retired and was formerly the Executive Director of the Henry Street Settlement in New York.

Verona Middleton-Jeter

Verona Middleton-Jeter began serving on the Board of Directors in 2014. She is retired and was formerly the Executive Director of the Henry Street Settlement in New York.

Chip Roe   Chip Roe began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. He is a Durham native and a past president of the Exchange Club of Greater Durham. Chip is a Vice President and owner of the Potter Financial Group.

Chip Roe

Chip Roe began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. He is a Durham native and a past president of the Exchange Club of Greater Durham. Chip is a Vice President and owner of the Potter Financial Group.

Kelsey Sharp  Fuqua on Board  Kelsey Sharp began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Kelsey received her undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering and was a Consultant at Clarkston Consulting from 2014-2018.

Kelsey Sharp
Fuqua on Board

Kelsey Sharp began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Kelsey received her undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering and was a Consultant at Clarkston Consulting from 2014-2018.

Anna Sturkey  Fuqua on Board  Anna Sturkey began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Anna was a Consultant at Bain & Co. from 2014-2018 and will be returning there after business school.

Anna Sturkey
Fuqua on Board

Anna Sturkey began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Anna was a Consultant at Bain & Co. from 2014-2018 and will be returning there after business school.

Susan Sugarman Kirsch   Susan Sugarman Kirsch began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a general pediatrician in Durham.

Susan Sugarman Kirsch

Susan Sugarman Kirsch began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a general pediatrician in Durham.

Barbara VanDewoestine   Barbara VanDewoestine began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. In addition to recent service on the board of Durham’s Partnership for Children, Barbara has been working for decades to help improve child care quality, especially for children living in poverty.

Barbara VanDewoestine

Barbara VanDewoestine began serving on the Board of Directors in 2016. In addition to recent service on the board of Durham’s Partnership for Children, Barbara has been working for decades to help improve child care quality, especially for children living in poverty.