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Board of Directors

As a top decision-making body, our Board of Directors includes at least one director from each region of the state, as well as representatives from retired members, aspiring educators, and active members employed in ESP positions, student services, and administration.

2021-2022 NCAE Board of Directors

President: Tamika Walker Kelly
Term: 2020-2023

Vice President: Bryan Proffitt
Term: 2020-2023

Region 1A: LeAnna Delph
Buncombe County

Region 1B: Zachary Parker
Rutherford County

Region 2: Tripp Jeffers
Forsyth County

Region 2:  Eyanna Lessane 
Stokes County

Region 3:  Justin Parmenter

Region 3:  Cherie Feemster
Gaston County

Region 4: Elizabeth Hackney
Guilford County

Region 4: Brian Link
Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Region 5: Kristin Beller
Wake County

Region 5: Symone Kiddoo
Durham County

Region 6: Dee Grissett
Robeson County

Region 6: Yolanda Freeman
Bladen County

Region 7A: Jassmin Smith
Nash / Rocky Mount

Region 7B: April Lee
Johnston County

NEA Director: Turquoise Lejeune Parker

NEA At-Large Director:  Margaret Powell

ESP Division President: Tijuana Greene

Student Services Division President: Michelle Burton

Principal/Administrators Division President: James Hopkins

NC Retired School Personnel President: Willie Ramey III

NC Retired School Personnel Vice President: Linda Gunter

Student NCAE President: Sarah Troxell

Honorary NEA/NCAE Director: John H. Lucas

NCAE Executive Director (Ex-Officio):  Matt Aber-Towns

NCAE Associate Executive Directro (Ex-Officio): Nicole Price


An equitable, quality public education for every child.

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), NC's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NCAE's members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NCAE has affiliate organizations in every county and student chapters in select colleges and universities throughout the state.