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Board of Directors



Helen “Sunny” Ladd, Ph.D., Board Chair

Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Duke University

Shawn Cockerham, Vice-Chair

Agent, State Farm

Nikia Williams, J.D., Secretary

Attorney, State of North Carolina

Melissa Ekanem, MBA

Data Consultant, Fidelity Investments

V. Dianne Pledger

Senior Director of Development, Shaw University

Craig Savage

Business Consultant

Interim Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Durham

Dr. Stacy Stewart 

Assisstant Superintendent for School Transformation, Durham Public Schools



I had a conference this week with my son’s teacher about his grades, and she reported to me that she had seen such a magnificent change in him within the last month. And I owe it all to the Strengthening Families Program. 



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