Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is proud to welcome three new members, Vernisha Crawford, Tanya Armour and Bill Goebel, to the board of directors. They join a team of 14 volunteers dedicated to ensuring that the prevention of child maltreatment is a priority in North Carolina.  

Vernisha Crawford of Charlotte is the founder of BYE Foundation and the CEO of BYE, LLC, an agency dedicated to helping organizations become trauma-informed, reduce workplace trauma, and prioritize wellness. She earned her master’s degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University and her bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She also holds a Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University. Crawford is active as a member of the Early Childhood Executive Committee at Smart Start, the NC ACES Task Force Advisory Board, NC Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Committee, Charlotte Lab School Board serving as Co-Chair of the Wellness & Culture Committee and is the Vice President of the Charlotte Community Board for The Gathering Spot.  

Tanya Armour of Wilmington is currently the Director of Philanthropy with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, serving patients and families in the Cape Fear region. She has over 20 years of experience in development and philanthropy. Armour is a graduate of Kent State University and has previously volunteered as a board member of Delta Gateway Foundation Inc. and currently serves on the board for StepUp Wilmington. She is also a former participant of the Leadership Wilmington program.  

Bill Goebel of Greensboro is active as the Vice Chair of the Boy Scouts National Service Territory 15, works as the Area President of FocusCFO and President of MPACT Maintenance & Reliability Solutions. Goebel holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and attended Harvard University, Roosevelt University and Case Western University. He has been involved with the Boy Scouts for over 40 years and is an Eagle Scout himself. Goebel is active with his church where he has served as a middle and high school Sunday school teacher and youth group leader and is the co-host of the podcast “Finding Common Ground” with partner Odell Cleveland. Goebel also serves as a board member of Youth of NC and Emmanuel Senior Enrichment Center. 

“The growth in geographic diversity that our board has seen recently is wonderful,” said PCANC President & CEO Sharon Hirsch. “Having board members from across the state will bring relevant and unique perspectives, experiences and expertise to our board, helping to lead to more equitable outcomes for all children and every family in each corner of the state. We are so proud to have a board with a strong commitment to addressing the root causes of child maltreatment and advocating for all families in North Carolina.”   

PCANC Board Member Jed Hysong’s 9-year term concluded on June 30. We thank him for his dedication to prioritizing child maltreatment prevention in North Carolina. 

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