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Rachel Mandell

Board Chair

VP and Chief Counsel, KBI BioPharma


Gillian Hare

Development Chair


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Daneene Barton


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Kicab Castaneda-Mendez



Pam Edwards

Vice President, LabCorp


Laura Horrigan
Formerly Human Resources, Investment Banking & Retail


Jackie Jenks

President & CEO, IFC
(Inter-Faith Council for Social Service)

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Amanda Kyser

Amanda Kyser Design

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Sherry Wallace

VP, Marketing and Brand Management

Butler University


Catherine Stratton

Retired (labor market policy)
Volunteer County-to-County

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Dr. DeVetta Holman Copeland

Public Health Program Coordinator,
Student Wellness, UNC Student Affairs

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Associate Director at

Orange County Rape Crisis Center

Board Statement regarding racial equity 

We believe that Black Lives Matter.  We stand in support of racial equity and social justice.  

We acknowledge that: 


  • There have been historical injustices of structural and systemic racism

  • We need to be part of the movement for racial justice

  • There is a sense of urgency.


We commit to:

  • Take responsibility for our actions, including when we allow people to be mistreated

  • Educate ourselves on an individual basis and as Compass Center Board

  • Collect more data regarding who we serve and the needs of our community

  • Review our policies and look through a racial equity lens and seek to correct biases that we discover

  • Go outside our networks and work to increase board diversity

  • Reassess the Compass Center strategic plan

  • Support openness and honesty among the board so differences of opinion can be shared and heard

  • Be open to feedback and collaboration from staff, clients and volunteers

  • Create a culture of inclusion

  • Create measurable goals to hold ourselves accountable to these commitments.


We will advocate for:

  • Agencies and organizations with which we interact to demonstrate their efforts to improve racial equity and social justice

  • Clients who we may have underserved in the past by seeking to understand how to reach out to them or lower barriers to accessing our services 

  • Each of our employees who have experienced inequity in their work with us or with agencies we interact with. 


We will challenge ourselves to

  • Understand where we need to improve:  our desire to correct injustice does not automatically mean we will be able to see it more clearly. We will need focus and assistance to create measurable improvements.  

  • Learn effective ways to implement change in vision and practice

  • Open our conversations to a diverse range of voices.


Board of Directors

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