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Wendy (she/her)


Wendy is the Chief Financial Officer with Capital Associates Management, LLC in Raleigh. She is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting, information systems, banking relationships, tax planning, administration and human resources. Wendy is currently on the Audit Committee and the Land & Building Committee at SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals. She is also a former board member and Treasurer of SECU Family House. She is also a former board member and Treasurer for the NCACPA Foundation. Wendy has lived in Durham for over twenty years with her husband and two sons.


Jackie (she/her)

Jackie Pilgrim is an Advocate for persons having Epilepsy, Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Mental Illness; Founder of Autism’s Love: The Pilgrimage, Public Speaker, Artist, Poet, Blogger and Parent to a young adult who challenges the stigma of having disabilities. Jackie is currently partnered with the Durham CIT Leadership Collaborative to increase Autism and Intellectual/Developmental Disability awareness. In 2017, Jackie received an invitation to participate as a panel speaker at the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day Observation in NY, where she spoke on the importance of increasing autism awareness and education for Police Officers and First Responders. Jackie also serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Durham (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Mayor’s Committee for Disabled Persons and Jackie is a representative of the National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) and serves on several committees. Jackie’s goals are to dismantle disability stigma and empower disabled individuals, family members, caregivers, and providers by increasing education and awareness of Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Mental Illness from the vantage point of lived experience.


Annabelle (she/her)

Annabelle is a Data Specialist for the Triple P Program at the Durham Public Health Department. She earned a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Denver, where she served as the LGBTIQ&A Programs' Coordinator. She is a member of the DuRham ACEs and Resilience Task Force, the READY Project, and the Racial Equity team at the Health Department. In her free time, you can find her working at the garden with her partner, winning at trivia, and hiking and foraging around the triangle.


Brandon (he/him)


Tyler (he/him)

Tyler is a Senior Associate with Thomas, Judy & Tucker P.A. working in downtown Durham. He has extensive experience in Not for Profit accounting and provides Audit and Advisory services to many nonprofit businesses in the Triangle. Tyler earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as a director in the nonprofit sector for several years before returning to school at UNC to earn his Masters in Accounting and CPA license. Tyler is a born and raised North Carolinian and has lived in the Triangle for 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two-year-old son, attending local events and shows, and cheering on the Tar Heels and Chicago Cubs.


Felicia (she/her)

I am a native of the District of Columbia. Durham has been my home for over 40 years. I graduated from North Carolina Central University and earned by BSW in Social Work.  I’m married and have two children ages 30 and 18.  My oldest was diagnosed with Autism in 1996 at the age of 4.  I made it my mission to learn about Autism and to advocate for my son.  I currently work at Social Services as a Social Worker for elderly and disable adults.  My job as a social worker is very fulfilling and allows me to advocate and assist others.  I have been at Social Services for 30 years.  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and dog Nova.  Gardening, walking and spending time with friends are also weekend favorites.   I am also a member of the Black Disability Network Committee.


Bethany (she/her)

Bethany Bash earned her BFA from the University of Connecticut, and has been living and working in Durham since 2008. She has exhibited her art at VAE in Raleigh, The Carrack Modern Art formerly in Durham, the Carborro Arts Center and the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University. She is a member of the Durham Art Guild, and was part of their Creative Mentorship Program in 2020.

Along with her studio art practice, Bethany is an active muralist in Durham. Among her public works are one of the satellite dish murals at the Duke Arts Annex, the Corcoran Poetry Wall mural, and a community-created mural at Durham Public School's Hub Farm.


Catalina (she/her)

Catalina was born in Tijuana, Mexico.  She moved to the United States in 1996, spent 9 years in Racine, Wisconsin, and then moved to North Carolina in 2005. Catalina is married and has 7 children, 5 girls  and 2 boys with Autism. She believes that “being a parent is the only profession where you first get the diploma, and then you study the course.” Since two of Catalina’s children have autism, she has learned to value the inclusion of others who learn in different ways. She has jumped into advocacy for children with learning differences, and embraces the opportunity to share her experiences with other families.

Catalina studied ESL at Durham Technical Community College in 2006. She has actively volunteered at organizations and programs that promote the healthy development of children and adults, including the Autism Society of NC for 12+ years.  In 2020 Catalina started working in a child care as a teacher so she decided to continue her education  in Early Childhood at Durham Technical Community College.

Advocacy for her children is something that will continue to be a fundamental part of her life.  Catalina is excited and thankful to be part of the Board because she believes in it and that, not only her children, but all people with different capacities, deserve and need an opportunity to be active in the community and develop their many abilities.

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