BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Urban Community Agrinomics. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Delphine Sellars is the retired Director of the Durham Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. She holds a Master's of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Pfeiffer University, and an undergraduate degree in Social Studies from North Carolina Central University. Mrs. Sellars has 30 plus years of experience in social and human services. Positions held both past and present include: Community Outreach Coordinator, Social Worker, Adult Vocational School Director and Employment Specialist. She resides on a number of boards and committees, is a skilled facilitator, grant writer, and manager.
Food Securities Chair and Garden Coordinator
Lucille Patterson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Shaw University, two Associate's Degrees, one in Early Childhood Education, and the other in Operation Management. She retired from the City of Durham Parks and Recreation. Mrs. Patterson has a passion for sharing, caring, and collaborating with others. She has collaborated with many organizations in an effort to provide for those in need.
She is an analytical and resourceful executive assistant with over 10 years’ experience delivering C-level executive assistance and leading and supporting projects ensuring compliance and on-time, under budget project completion. Valued as an effective adviser, and discreet and knowledgeable partner with the ability to juggle and prioritize needs while providing swift responses to all logistics and business concerns. Track record of implementing lean processes and procedures, coordinating executive C-level meetings and workshops onsite and offsite, and generating confidential budget and employee reports. Reputable for working individually and collaboratively at all levels of an organization, handling unforeseen issues while serving as a liaison to clients, internal staff, and external contacts.
“Success isn’t about the money you make, it is about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Michelle Obama
Stacia has over a decade of experience engaging the community and youth in environmental advocacy and urban sustainability issues. She works in the Parks with Purpose program to assist communities across cities in the Southeast advocating for urban greenspace acquisitions and sustainable urban remediation projects. She draws from her experience in community organizing and grassroots activism to build partnerships and to facilitate sustainable urban land use and conservation planning that centers community engagement and environmental justice.
Experienced environmental professional with a demonstrated history of working in both the public and private sectors. Skilled in community organizing and participatory processes, environmental education, community facilitation, and technical writing. I enjoy thinking creatively and strategically about capacity building among organizations and community members to advocate for access to decision-making in natural resource planning and sustainable development
She holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a B.A. in Sustainability from Arizona State’s Global Institute of Sustainability.
KHARMIKA TILLERY ALSTON
Kharmika is a real estate broker and investor who sells real estate all over the Triangle area. She also has prior experience in food system finance where she advocated for expanding capital to food entrepreneurs of color that are expanding access to healthy foods and creating equitable economic development. Kharmika earned a Master's in Public Policy from Duke University and a BA in Global Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is fluent in Spanish and has studied Dutch and Arabic, and has lived in six countries.
Sabre Morris is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She recently graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Social & Developmental Psychology from the Winston-Salem State University. Sabre is currently working at College Foundation, Inc as a Residency Determination Specialist who assist students with getting validated for college enrollment. In her spare time she enjoys: cooking, reading, exercising, crafting, hanging out in nature and being a chauffeur for her two children. She has a passion for helping others and believes that it is still okay to help people even when you know they are in no position to help you back.
OTTO A. PHILLIPS
Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, Otto Phillips Jr. aka Toby came to UCAN after 21 year of service in the United States Navy. His contributions to our country encompass an extensive background in electronics, automotive and machinery engineering, as well as, project management leadership. Experienced Scrum Master with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Skilled in Negotiation, DevOps, Operational Planning, Command, and Information Assurance. Strong engineering professional with a Project Management/Business Administration focused on Project Management from Liberty University.
Toby is married to his lovely wife, Dr. Kendra Phillips, a graduate school professor at North Carolina Central University. He enjoys restoring cars, carpentry, hunting, fishing and traveling cross country in his RV.
MARK J. SIMEON
With a 25+ year history of NC criminal/traffic defense trial practice, Mark Simeon has been honoring the legacy of the public servants and civil rights trailblazers, in his family and in his life, who make his journey possible.
Having established himself as a leader in traffic courts and DMV hearings, and after becoming a statewide go-to-guy for drivers license restoration, Simeon is now combining his vast field experience, his knack for creative problem solving, and his deep knowledge of how “the system” works and where the problems are, with his desire to contribute, in the public sector, to the improvement and redevelopment of tomorrow’s ground transportation management policies for manned, unmanned, and mixed-use vehicles.
A lifelong automobile enthusiast and avid futurist, Simeon understands that civil societies work best when vehicular traffic flows well, that is, when people in their daily pursuits can quickly, safely and efficiently drive their cars to and from their chosen destinations. This desire to help federal and state governments “keep it moving” is what fuels Simeon’s innovation of next-level win-win solutions that ‘connect the DOTs’ -- with each other and through optimized public-private partnerships.
Mark holds a IBS (Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science) from Morehouse College and a Doctor of Law (JD) from Howard University School of Law.