Board of Directors

DEPC’s Board of Directors and working committees are made up of parents, child care providers, representatives from the school systems and human service agencies, members of the faith community and local business and government. Each member is committed to ensuring the financial and programmatic integrity of the Partnership.


Officers & Committee Chairs:

Board Chair: Jama Greene, Medical Practice Professional 

Vice Chair: Karen Lachapelle, Edgecombe County Health Department

Treasurer: James Haberfield, PNC Bank

Secretary: Tim Wilson, Poyner & Spruill


CCR&R Advisory Committee Chair, Barry Richardson

            Head Start

Community Outreach Committee Chair, Verna Gessaman

            Graff-Gessaman Consulting

Evaluation Committee Chair, Karen Lachapelle

            Edgecombe County Health Department



Donna Boone, Nash County Department of Social Services, Designee Deena Lancaster

Fred Belfield, Jr., Nash County Commissioner

Catherine Roche, Braswell Library Director, Designee Gloria Sutton

Art Bradley, Edgecombe Cooperative Extension, Designee Tanya Heath

Eric Evans, Edgecombe County

John Farrelly, Superintendent Edgecombe County Schools, Designee Dr. Valerie Bridges, At-Large Seat

Debby Futrell, Area L AHEC

Xavien Harrison, Faith Community (Parent)

Charlene Hedgepeth, Child Care Center Provider

Dr. Shelton Jefferies, Superintendent Nash/Rocky Mount Schools, Designee Robin May, At-Large Seat

Stacy Jesso, Nash Health Care Foundation

Ken Jones, Eastpointe, Designee Gina Lane

Shawanda Jordan, Parent (Child Care Center)

Bernice King, Child Care Home Provider

Dr. Deborah Lamm, President – Edgecombe Community College, Designee Mary Miller Stocks

Sarang Palsule, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, At-Large Seat

Barry Richardson, Head Start, Designee Kristi Snuggs

Marva Scott, Director, Edgecombe County Department Social Services, Designee Bobbie Williams

Sorell Massenburg, Faith Community Representative

Melvia Batts, Nash County Department of Social Services, Designee Deena Woodruff


*The Executive Committee is to be made up of the Board officers, Committee Chairs, and 3 At-Large members.

If you are interested in joining a Committee or the Board, please contact Henrietta Zalkind, Executive Director.