Our Board of directors

Kim Lawyer

Chair
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Kim is the Communication Manager for ACES: The Society for Editors. Her focus is on member engagement through committee volunteers, communication outlets, and the annual conference. She has been working in Association Management since February 2012 but her nonprofit experience began even earlier while still in college at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana). Her association background consists of meeting and event planning as well as internal operations. She is an active volunteer with both the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She helped launch AENC’s young professionals’ network, FUEL, and served as the committee Chair in 2015-2016.

Why she serves:

“My passion is helping other people and building community. Being involved with the Partnership allows me to make a difference in the community I live and work in, and help be a part of the solution to end homelessness.”

Sharon Edmundson, MPA, CPA

Treasurer
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Sharon Edmundson is currently a Deputy Treasurer and the Director of the State and Local Government Finance Division of the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer.  She has over 30 years of experience in accounting with most of that being in the local government arena.  She also currently serves as adjunct faculty at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Sharon currently serves on the Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee of the NCACPA, the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel, and the Women in Public Finance Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association. Sharon is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina, Class XXII. When not working she loves to spend time at the beach with her husband Drew and their three dogs. 

Why she serves: 

“My work as a public servant in the accounting field has given me the business experience of how government works.  By serving with the Partnership I can see how that work affects the lives of citizens in Wake County and help to make a difference to its most vulnerable people.”  

David Smoot

Past Chair
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David L. Smoot PhD serves as Past Chair of the Board for the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness.  He was active in developing the Oak City Outreach Center and in planning the Oak City Center Multi-Service Center. David became active with the Partnership through efforts of downtown churches to engage more effectively with those who are experiencing homelessness. He has been the Missions Chair and Administrative Board Chair for Edenton St UMC. David draws on his experience as a Child & Family Psychologist in working with those without homes and with service providers. He trained at Ohio University, Penn State, and Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in DC before coming to Raleigh in 1988. Smoot also has served the NC Psychological Association as the Legislative Chair, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, and President. He and his wife, Beth, who co-founded The Green Chair Project, raised two children in Raleigh.

Why he serves: The first and last answer for me is the people. Several years ago, I became friends with people living on the street and it was a great awakening for me to discover how strong our friendship could become. Later, I met some of the most amazing people who day in and day out serve these friends and I knew I wanted to be part of the solution to homelessness. In the middle of those two reasons, my faith and my thirst for more effective ways to see everyone have a home compel me to be part of the Partnership to End Homelessness.

Tracy Dixon

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Tracy Dixon has over 17 years of experience in developing, managing and implementing projects, programs and outreach in the public and nonprofit sectors. She is an experienced strategic planner and implementer addressing long term, complex and interdependent systems. She is a skillful facilitator with the ability to lead community decision-making and to coordinate diverse stakeholders toward a shared vision. Her leadership results in empowering and sustaining culture change within organizations. Tracy has deep experience in environmental, social and economic sustainability with double master’s degrees in Public Administration and Natural Resources. Tracy currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for NC State University Facilities and Energy Systems.

Tracy is a mother, partner, daughter and caregiver. She is an avid learner, organizer and connector forever called to public service.

Tracy’s present and past leadership and service roles include the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness Board of Directors, Beehive Collective Board, Wake County School District 6 Board Advisory Council, Stough Elementary PTA Advocacy Chair, NC State University Council on the Status of Women Chair, Wake County Precinct Official, NC State Paid Parental Leave Task Force, NC State Sustainability Council Strategic Planning Chair, NC State Turtle Rescue Team, Leadership North Carolina Class XXI, Society of Women Environmental Professionals Program/Events Co-Chair and Treasurer, NC Sustainable Energy Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Triangle Net Impact Board of Directors and Events Chair, Emerging Green Builders Leadership Team, NC Green Power Speakers Bureau, National Association of Environmental Professionals, Sustainable Sandhills Initiative, NC State University Graduate Association of Public Administration Executive Council.

Tracy’s collaborative leadership style led to being named one of NC State’s 125 Transformational Women and NC State being recognized for sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Princeton Review, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the City of Raleigh and APPA/the Association for Higher Education Facilities Officers.

Why I Serve:

“I care about our community, especially those who are among our most vulnerable citizens. I want to be a part of the collective impact that ends homelessness and builds sustainable communities.”

Frances Dibrell Bisby

Vice-Chair
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Frances Bisby grew up in Wilson, North Carolina, and came to Raleigh to attend NCSU earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After almost 20 years in transportation design and planning, she retired following her heart into the community and founded her own consulting firm, the Transformation Exchange, LLC, in 2016, on the premise that we have only one community to which we all belong. So, the responsibility to come together, to remove barriers, and to open access to opportunities belongs to everyone that calls it home.

Why she serves: 

“Homelessness has always weighed heavy on my heart. It began as a child working alongside my mother in St. Timothy’s soup kitchen and with my father in workforce development in one of the most vulnerable communities in Wilson. As an adult, those impressions stayed with me and took root in my work here in Wake County. Homelessness is about a series of failed systems and, for those experiencing homelessness, the journey to, and from, the circumstance depends largely upon the “heart of their community.” Its commitment to finding a solution, compassion in the face of need, and perseverance when the road is long. I cannot think of a greater need, or a weight heavier, than seeing our neighbors without safe shelter, access to basic needs, and opportunities to thrive.  It is by faith that I followed these heartstrings and I am grateful, and humbled, to stand with so many amazing advocates and organizations that answered this same calling.”

Paige Jacob

Secretary
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Paige gained her earliest experience as a writer and editor in her role with a custom magazine publishing company in Raleigh. She worked with a team to produce magazines for regional hospitals and wrote health articles to meet the various marketing needs for each hospital. 

As her children grew, Paige worked for several years as a teacher’s assistant within Wake County Schools. Her experiences at the elementary school level opened her eyes to various issues children and their families face in our area.

Why she serves:

“I read a news story about homeless families and the struggles they face. The headline stated 40 percent of Americans are one paycheck away from poverty. That shocking reality brings the extent of homelessness and those struggling with poverty front and center for me. I want to make more of an impact on my community by helping find solutions for those with housing insecurities. I understand how one set-back can put things in motion that makes it difficult for people to recover and also how easily they can find themselves displaced. As this issue continues to grow, it is crucial to find real solutions.”

Ed Barberio

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Ed is the Deputy Director for Wake County’s Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization Department.  Ed has 35+ years of local government experience in community and economic development as well as public housing, serving communities in both south Florida and North Carolina.    Ed loves history and is an avocational archaeologist; he’s worked on many significant archaeological projects in Florida, as well as MIA-POW recovery missions in Europe.

Why he serves:

“I am Wake County’s representative on the Board.  I’ve spent my career in public service and serving on this Board provides another opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of our community’s most vulnerable residents.”

Johnny Hill

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Dr. Johnny Bernard Hill serves as Dean of the historic Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Hill is a leading scholar, theological educator, author, activist, and preacher. Author of Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation (Eerdmans Publishers, 2013) and The First Black President: Barack Obama, Race, Politics, and the American Dream (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Dr. Hill is a passionate advocate for justice, reconciliation, peace and human rights in America and abroad. Dr. Hill has led a historic fundraising effort of over $4 Million Dollars in restricted and unrestricted gifts and grants in three years and increased enrollment by over 30%. With the support of the Lilly Endowment, he established the Black Church Leadership Academy and led the Awakening Campaign initiative for transformative engagement with the Church and community. Dr. Hill served as Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He held the position as Special Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar and Dean of The Baptist School of Theology at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served as Visiting Scholar at the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College.

After finishing Morehouse, he completed his Master of Divinity degree and Master of Theology degree at Duke Divinity School; and later his PhD in Philosophical Theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. Dr. Hill is also author of The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Desmond Mpilo Tutu, and Multidimensional Ministry to Today’s Black Family. He co-chairs the Center for Racial and Social Justice at Shaw University as well. He is the proud father of two wonderful children, his daughter (Regan) and son (Jonathan).

 

Maddie Horner

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Officer Horner has worked with the Raleigh Police department for over 12 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University and a Master’s in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Cappella University.  She has served on the PEH board for one year and very much enjoys her time working with at-risk populations. 

Why she serves:

I serve because I believe we can make the world a better place for all its inhabitants.

Vince Rozier

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Judge Vinston (Vince) Rozier, Jr. has embraced the role of public servant. A native of Tar Heel, North Carolina, Judge Rozier is the son of Rev. Vinston Rozier, Sr. and Lynne Rozier, a retired school teacher. His parents instilled in him the importance of faith, family, community, and education. Though he spent time farming with his grandparents and working in tobacco fields from the age of 12 until his senior year in high school, he was determined to become valedictorian of his high school class. He made this a reality.

Judge Rozier received a full academic scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and was even voted upon by his peers as Mr. UNC for homecoming. He later earned his law degree from NC Central University School of Law.

In 2006 at the age of 29, following his work as a prosecutor, he became the youngest judge in Wake County history on his level of court. Following his appointment, he served on an international delegation to the country of Jordan through the U.S. State Department for young political leaders. For his service and time dedicated to the youth in his community, Judge Rozier has a number of awards and recognitions.

Judge Rozier is married to Attorney Dekhasta Becton Rozier of Raleigh, NC, an attorney with The Becton Law Group in Raleigh, NC. He is an avid runner, having completed a marathon and multiple half marathons and triathlons. Judge Rozier also is the published author of multiple books including: 101 Days: Reveal The Fruit In You and God’s Fruit In Me (a children’s book). He serves as an elder at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Raleigh.

 Why I Serve

In my role as a judge, I have seen the impact of housing instability. I have presided over cases involving parents and children facing obstacles and needing a place to call home. I have spoken with people in need of treatment who find it impossible to progress until they know where they can regularly lay their heads safely.  I have heard the challenges of maintaining a job or custody of children when there it is difficult to have a secure residence. The problems that come from not having housing stability are evident on a regular basis. In my professional role, however, there are few ways to help those experiencing housing instability before or after they appear in court. 

 

The Wake County Partnership gives me the opportunity to do more than just offer someone an encouraging word. The Partnership work makes a direct impact on the lives of those I might see in court who do not necessarily need a helping hand, but who simply need a roof. The Partnership helps to provide a stable address so that the people we expect to have or go find jobs, can put an accurate address on a job application.  The Partnership works to make a difference and have a great impact. 

 

I serve because I want to make a difference. 

Tori Willis

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Tori Willis is an innovative thinker with broad-based expertise in business and organizational operations, responsible for managing multi-million-dollar grant projects. She has been a resident of Raleigh-Wake County since 2016 and has served the community through volunteer and professional engagements. Tori works at Shaw University as the Director of Sponsored Programs. As part of the Leadership Team, she provides information vital to the identification and allocation of resources for the University and community surrounding the campus. She has worked in higher education Sponsored Programs since 2008; while also working as an entrepreneur since 2001, helping small businesses and non-profit organizations operate successfully and build fiscal stability. Tori has a BA in Business Administration with a Finance minor and is currently pursuing a MBA at UNC-Wilmington.

 

Why she serves:

I am a servant leader whose passion and purpose is helping others. Housing is a basic necessity that should be available to all in a country as rich as America. I am excited to serve so I can help improve the systems that provide assistance to the most vulnerable population. There are too many resources in Raleigh-Wake for me to look out my downtown office window and see people sleeping outside of McDonalds! I want to help put an end to the homelessness pandemic!!

John Niffenegger

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John Niffenegger is a Senior Planner for the City of Raleigh Department of Housing & Neighborhoods, Community Development Division. The focus of his work is affordable housing and homelessness.

Why he serves:

I represent the City of Raleigh on matters pertaining to homelessness and homelessness service delivery. I also believe that everyone deserves access to a safe and decent place to call home, and The Partnership plays a vital role in helping ensure that no Wake County resident will go without.

Rashid Salahat

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Rashid Salahat is an experienced entrepreneur and business owner with a demonstrated history in the restaurant industry for over 24 years. He has served on the Subway Marketing Board and as Chairman of Safety and Security Committee at the Islamic Association of Raleigh since 2005. His service and outreach in the Raleigh region reveals his love of people and heart for helping his community. His doors are always open to everyone especially when there is a need whether it is for emergency responders in the area, supporting his faith community as a liaison, advocate, and leader, or just feeding a neighbor that seemed hungry and needed a warm place to sit. He walks as a servant leader for his community working to renounce discrimination of origin, color, religion, and race. Whether rich or poor, there is always a place at his table for someone who needs support and a meal.

Why I Serve on the Board:

My journey has taken me across the world and I see people and communities through a lens of greater understanding because of it. We are part of one community and it is for us to hold each other up when times are challenging. When I was a child in a small town in the Middle East, there was great need in our community. It was deeply imprinted on my heart to help wherever I could in our neighborhood reaching out to our farmers, our elderly, or anyone that presented with a need. When I came here to the United States and established myself, I never forgot the opportunities that were made available to me and I have tried to live in gratitude dedicating myself to helping others find the same.

This is a time in our history of great division, but it is also a time of great brotherhood. When my store was damaged in the riots of 2020, I experienced what was for my family a life-changing crisis as we thought we would lose our store. But, it was also in this dark hour, that my community came forward with abundance to help us restore all that had been lost. I want to pass that same spark of hope forward to my brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness. As the owner of local restaurants, feeding people experiencing homelessness or providing an open door to the community when others are closed, is just part of serving and giving back.

Homelessness walks into my store every day. I hope to work with our fellow Board members to join communities of faith, to dispel divisions caused by our racial and ethnic differences, and bring like hearts together in the endeavor to end homelessness in Wake County.