Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) announced the appointments of Audrey Kemp Curry, DDS, MPH; Ilina Ewen; Katherine Vail Pope; Susan Scott; and Catherine Williamson-Hardy, MPA to its 2019/2020 statewide board of directors. They join a team of 17 volunteer leaders dedicated to ensuring all North Carolina children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships.

For Audrey Kemp Curry, DDS, MPH, attended Meharry Medical College to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  While in dental school, Curry served on a medical mission trip to Haiti.  After graduation, Curry worked with the National Health Service Corp providing dental care to the Navajo Indian Tribe in Utah. She volunteered dental services and oral health education at Give Kids a Smile Day, health fairs, Baptists on Mission Dental Bus, and other events. Curry has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Health Policy Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Currently working full time at Bull City Dental in downtown Durham, she still serves the underserved as a Locum Tenens at Piedmont Health Services.  Audrey has volunteered in Durham at Families Moving Forward working with the youth, and Urban Ministries, NC Central University working with a first generational mentoring program.

Ilina Ewen of Raleigh pens the blog “Dirt & Noise” and is a contributing writer for Walter Magazine. Ewen’s previous career history includes: Chief of Staff to the First Lady of North Carolina, Adjunct Professor at William Peace University, and leading her own brand strategy and marketing consulting business. Ewen has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications. She currently serves on the board of VAE, and has previous volunteer experience serving as former board member of SAFEchild, a founding board member of the Cecilia Rawlins Fund, served on the Enloe School Improvement Team, was a UN Foundation Shot@Life champion leader for North Carolina, and served on the Green Chair Project advisory committee. After serving on the board of SAFEchild for six years, Ewen’s personal and professional time became devoted to advocating for children’s well-being and became particularly interested in the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Ewen earned a BA in History form the University of Virginia and MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Catherine Williamson-Hardy of Durham has over 25 years of experience in the human services field and over 12 years of experience as a professional trainer and consultant.  After serving five years as the Assistant Director of Customer Accountability and Talent Development at Durham County Department of Social Services, she was appointed Interim Director of Durham County Department of Social Services by the Durham County Board of Social Services.  At the end of her tenure as Interim Director Williamson-Hardy was named Deputy Director of Durham County Department of Social Services. Williamson-Hardy worked as a professional trainer for Appalachian State University, Barium Springs Home for Children, and in 2015, she became the founder and lead trainer of Creative Approaches to Talent Development, LLC (CAT-D). She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Williamson-Hardy is married to fellow Eagle Leroy Hardy.  They have two children: Paige Hardy a graduate of North Carolina State University and Chad Hardy a senior at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

Katherine Vail Pope of Raleigh is a dedicated child advocate and community leader. She has been involved with PCANC since 2009, serving as chair of the program committee in 2011-2012, chair of the program and policy committee chair in 2012-2014, board vice chair and co-chair of the program and policy committee in 2014-2015, and board chair in 2015-2017. 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 served 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.

Susan Scott of Durham is the Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer at UNC-TV. Scott is a public media executive with experience ranging from sales leadership and strategic operations to communications and marketing. Scott served as startup mentor and venture advisor for Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Venture and worked abroad during her time with Turner Broadcasting. Scott volunteered as a Board Member for Durham Housing for New Hope and served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Board for the National Chair of Women in Cable Telecommunications. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Theater of Durham and serves as Secretary and Treasurer for the Durham Sports Commission. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“These diverse community leaders bring with them unique skill sets, connections, and experiences that shape their invaluable perspectives,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President and CEO. “We are so grateful they are joining the Prevent Child Abuse NC team as champions for expanding our connections and footprint to reduce North Carolina’s maltreatment rate and improve outcomes for more children and families.

They will all serve a three-year term on the PCANC board.