State VOAD leadership is comprised of four officers elected annually from and by the entire nine-member board. Board members serve three-year terms and may not serve contiguous terms. For information on how to get in contact with our team, please visit our Contact Us page, or click on the team member that you wish to contact.
NC VOAD Officers and Board
Rev. Roland Whitley Jr. is the Executive Director for Community Technical Assistance, Inc. (CTA) a non-profit organization with a mission to provide technical assistance to low-to-moderate income communities in order for youth, faith-based, and community-based organizations to transform their communities. Since CTA’s inception in 2002, Rev. Whitley has focused his ministry within the communities of greatest needs with a desire to serve the least of them. Rev. Whitley is an itinerant ordained minister within the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) with a Master of Divinity from Shaw University’s Divinity School (SUDS) and is currently humbly pastoring God’s people. Rev. Whitley holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEDA) from NC State University, a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Master of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). His passion is to reach forgotten communities of color drives his ministry to break the cycle of systemic oppression. Everyone deserves an equal chance. His term expires in 2024.
Tom Beam serves as the Disaster Relief Coordinator, Baptists on Mission.
Tom Beam has served with North Carolina Baptists On Mission (NCBM) since 1999. His roles have included director of Camp Caraway for Boys, consultant for children/Royal Ambassadors, and consultant for student missions mobilization, which included running the Deep Impact Youth Missions program. Tom currently serves as the disaster relief coordinator as well as the Cuba partnership coordinator.
Prior to joining NCBM, Tom served as a youth minister in Boone, Hickory, Boiling Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation program management from Appalachian State University, and his master of divinity in Christian education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Daniela Archibold joined Church World Service in 2019. Currently, she works on the Domestic Disaster Response Team as the North Carolina Migrant and Emergency Services Manager. Daniela has worked in refugee resettlement for over three years and is passionate about closing equity gaps and connecting immigrants with inclusive services. Previously, Daniela worked for the local government in her home country, Colombia, as well as a bilingual educator in North Africa. Through her professional career Daniela has served in several committees and collectives to advocate for underserved communities, especially those that are ineligible for official funding. Ms. Archibold is honored to participate spaces like the National VOAD Communications Committee, the NCVOAD DEI Committee, and the State Disaster Recovery Function on Non-Profit and Volunteerism. Daniela is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the North Carolina State University.
Rev. Jerry T. Pearson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Mt. Olive College, a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury. He serves as pastor of New Kelly’s Chapel AME, Wilmington and St. John AME, Wrightsboro. He is a member of the 2nd Episcopal District AME Disaster Relief Committee. He represents the AME Church as a member of NCVOAD and as a member of the Recovery Support Function.
Robert Moore serves as the director of Disaster Recovery Group of Duplin County. Since its inception, the DRGDC Unmet Needs Committee has vetted and completed more than 120 cases. The DRGDC, along with its partners, have assisted more than 100 households.Robert has 5 years of experience in nonprofit leadership as well as more than 6 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and advertisement. He holds a BA in Public and Interpersonal Communications and a MA in Secondary Social Studies Education. His term expires in 2024.
Lesley Wiseman Albritton is the Project Coordinator and Managing Attorney of the Disaster Relief Project at Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc., where she is privileged to work with a team of outstanding lawyers, paralegals, and social workers assisting North Carolinians recover from natural disasters. In this role, Ms. Albritton leads LANC’s response to Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, and Dorian, Tropical Storm Fred and numerous other smaller events. Ms. Albritton is a member of the State Emergency Management Housing Recovery Support Function, serves on the board of the NC Housing Coalition and is a member of the North Carolina Rural Inclusive Recovery Network’s taskforce. She is a contributing author to the American Bar Association’s recent book, Meeting the Legal Needs of Disaster Survivors.
Gihan Ahmed is the US Programs Manager at Islamic Relief USA. Her term expires in 2024.
Kristy Kulberg is the Director of Operations at Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance. She directs the case management team and continues to develop and improve the functionality of case management for the recovery efforts of disaster victims. She trains and directs the intern program, organizing interns into areas needed such as case management, team leads, community outreach, etc. She assists the Recovery Director with tasks including, grant reporting, scheduling, training, maintaining privacy of all records and client information, ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies, interviewing and training volunteers/staff, maintaining and updating data software, and working along side our Organizational Partners. She manages volunteer scheduling, lodging, placement, and assists as needed on projects for CCDRA. She provides further education on disaster management, mitigation, and repair/recovery processes. and oversees repair projects, ensuring contractors/volunteers are meeting work scopes for each client.
Andy serves as the Director of Strategic Growth for WARM NC in Wilmington, NC. Andy keeps operations running smoothly, from administrative oversight through community relations. He brings 15 years of ministry experience as a Youth Minister and Missions Pastor at Baptist churches in Georgia before coming to North Carolina.
Since Hurricane Florence hit in 2018, Andy has taken on leadership roles in several Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRG). He serves as chair of the LTRG’s construction committees in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties. Other disaster-related efforts include Hurricane Katrina recovery in Biloxi. MS and recovery from a 2014 ice storm in Augusta, GA. It is a joy for him to connect with other agencies in the recovery effort.
NC VOAD Board
|Gihan Ahmed||2024||Islamic Relief USA|
|Robert Moore||2024||Disaster Recovery Group of Duplin County|
|Rev. Roland Whitley||2024||Community Technical Assistance|
|Lesley Wiseman Albritton||2025||Legal Aid of North Carolina|
|Daniela Archibold||2025||Church World Service|
|Reverend Jerry T. Pearson||2025||2nd Episcopal District AME Disaster Relief – North Carolina Conference|
|Kristy Kulberg||2026||Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance|
|Andy Jones||2026||Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry|
|Tom Beam||2026||Baptists on Mission|