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.
Satana Deberry – is an attorney in private practice who specializes in helping not-for-profit organizations function better. Currently, she is the executive director at the North Carolina Housing Coalition.
Leah Devlin – is a dentist with a masters degree in public health administration. Dr. Devlin began her professional career at the Wake County Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as Director for 10 years. Devlin joined the NC Department of Health and Human services in 1996, and served as State Health Director from 2001 – 2009. She is also past president of the NC Public Health Association and of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
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.
We are actively seeking board members! If you would be interested in serving on the NCHN board, contact editor_at_northcarolinahealthnews.org
In particular, we need a media attorney and someone who knows about fundraising!!