Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Announces Board Officers for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) announces the election of its fiscal year 2016-2017 executive officers: Katherine Vail Pope, board chair; Jesica Averhart, board vice-chair; McLean Pollock, secretary; and Zeke Bridges, treasurer and operations committee chair. Thomas Schenck, PCANC’s fiscal year 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 board chair, will serve as immediate past board chair. The executive officers will lead a team of 14 statewide volunteer leaders dedicated to child well-being and family strengthening efforts across North Carolina. 

Katherine Vail Pope of Raleigh is a dedicated child advocate and community leader. She has been actively involved with PCANC since 2009, and served as board vice chair and co-chair of the organization’s Program and Policy Committee in FY 2014-2015, and board chair in FY 2015-2016. Pope has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Tech and a M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia. Her career has spanned positions from counseling to employee relations. Pope also serves on the Statewide Advisory Committee for Nurse Family Partnership. Before joining PCANC’s Board she served as a volunteer parent aide and HR Committee member with the Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) Center.

Jesica Averhart, owner of SESA Events, joined Capitol Broadcasting in 2012, where she currently serves as director of community partnerships & new business development for American Tobacco and American Underground. Averhart will succeed Winkie La Force as executive director of Leadership Triangle in the first quarter of 2017.  She serves as a member on the Boards of Directors for Youth Villages, Housing for New Hope, YMCA of the Triangle, Friends of the Nasher, Durham Central Park, and Durham Art Guild. Averhart joined the PCANC Board of Directors in August 2014.  Averhart lives in Durham and has a fourteen-year-old son.

McLean Pollock currently works as a research scholar at Duke University. In addition to her work in research and evaluation, Pollock has worked in community mental health, specifically with children exposed to family violence. She has been volunteering since high school and has volunteer experience with AmeriCorps NCCC and various organizations related to family’s and women's health. Pollock earned a BA in International Studies and PhD in Public Health from UNC-CH and went to Boston University for her MSW and MPH. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two kids.

Zeke Bridges currently serves as the assistant dean of administration and as an adjunct faculty member at Campbell University Law School in Raleigh, teaching Start Your Own Law Firm class in the fall and a Law Practice Management class in the spring. Bridges has been actively involved on PCANC’s external relations committee since 2013. In addition to his service at PCANC, Bridges serves on numerous North Carolina and Wake County bar association committees. He is also actively involved in his local community of Cary. Bridges holds dual B.A.’s in political science and criminal justice from the University of Georgia in addition to receiving his Juris Doctor from Campbell Law School in 2003. He lives in Cary with his wife and two daughters.

Tommy Schenck has 36 years’ experience in Broadcasting in NC. He also has a long history of service to PCANC, having served on the organization’s board and committees since 2000, including terms as board chair in FY 2003-2004, FY 2013-2014, and FY 2014-2015 as well as board vice chair in 2012-2013. In addition to Schenck’s service to PCANC, he is actively involved with the Triangle March of Dimes and Dress for Success Triangle and served as board chair of Light up Durham in 2010. An avid runner, he has completed over 20 marathons including Boston and New York. Schenck is the father of two children and lives in Chapel Hill with his wife.


Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. Through collaboration with partners across North Carolina, PCANC works with communities to build safe, stable, nurturing relationships for all children. Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is the North Carolina chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. For more information contact Kristie Demers, Communications Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (919) 829-8009, ext. 619

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