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
Dr. Greg Lentz is the Director of Hearts With Hands Disaster Response. In 2020 Hearts with Hands responded to COVID-19, tornadoes in Nashville, tornadoes in Chattanooga and adjacent Georgia, Hurricane Isaias in Windsor, NC, Hurricane Laura in Louisiana and Georgia, and Hurricane Sally in Alabama and Florida. He is completing a term vacated by a resignation which expires in 2023.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Dunn serves as the NC/SC Disaster Director for Lutheran Services Carolinas. He has taken response and recovery roles for Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Dorian, and Isaias. His term expires in 2023.
Gihan Ahmed serves with Islamic Relief USA. Her term expires in 2024.
Ann Huffman has served in disaster for more than 20 years as Volunteer Coordinator and Trainer for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She served as NC VOAD president 2016-2019, through Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. She is currently filling out the term to which John Robinson was elected. Her term ends in 2023.
NC VOAD Board
|Paul Dunn||2023||Lutheran Services Carolinas|
|Ann Huffman||2023||North Carolina Conference-United Methodist Church|
|Greg Lentz||2023||Hearts With Hands|
|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|