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Debbie Crane (board chair) – is currently the lead press officer for the North Carolina chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Prior to that, she spent 18 years in state government as a press officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she was eventually head of the office.

Beth Howard – is a writer and editor in Charlotte, N.C., She is a graduate of the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Beth worked in New York as an associate editor and in Los Angeles as the West Coast editor for Omni Magazine, covering science and the environment. She served as senior editor at SELF, New Woman (health), and My Generation magazines, and later returned to SELF as editor-at-large.

Beth has penned scores of articles for publications, including Good Housekeeping, Conceive, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, The Washington Post, Glamour, Prevention, Fitness, Ladies’ Home Journal, MORE, AARP: The Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Woman’s Day, and has written health columns for Details, Bride’s, Shape, Babytalk, and Reader’s Digest.

Donald Vaughn – is an accountant who practices his craft in Chapel Hill. Most recently, Vaughn was the treasurer of the Chapel Hill/ Carrboro PTA, and helped them raise and finance the rebuilding of their Thrift Shop.

Phoebe Zerwick – is a prize-winning investigative journalist, narrative writer and college teacher, specializing in telling complex stories in human terms.  Her most recent work includes a multimedia documentary about the Yadkin River and the people whose lives are shaped by its currents. Her work has been recognized by The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, Columbia University and the North Carolina Press Association. Zerwick’s work was instrumental in helping Darryl Hunt, a man wrongfully accused of murder, gain a new hearing on his case. Hunt was subsequently exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison after serving close to two decades.

Ruth Sheehan – is an attorney in general practice in Raleigh. Before heading back to law school, Ruth was a reporter and columnist at the Raleigh News & Observer for 18 years, and a reporter for close to 25 years.

We are actively seeking board members!  If you would be interested in serving on the NCHN board, contact

In particular, we need someone who knows about fundraising!!


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