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.
Antoinette Joyner believes in the work of Urban Community AgriNomics. She believes in developing and improving communities economically and educationally. Joyner has taught in public school for over twenty years. She also developed a nonprofit organization named DOVE, which is an educational program for middle school students.
Geraldine Young retired from a 30 year career as a teacher and principle in the Chapel Hill-Carboro City Schools System. During her tenure she was the recipient of the 1993 Teacher of the Year Award and Assistant Principal's Exemplary Leadership Award in 1995. Throughout her career Mrs. Young exhibited a belief in benefits of education. She has a MA in Administration and Supervision (1995), MS in Business Education (1980) and BS in Business Education (1979) from North Carolina Central University. Mrs Young is currently employed with the EPA and is very involved with her family, in her community and faith.
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.
DANA G. JONES-REESE
Owner of Dana G. Jones Health Care & Associates, Atty. Jones completed her LL.M in Health Care Policy & Regulation at the Beazley Institute, Loyola University School Of Law-Chicago. Her emphasis is in insurance regulation, behavioral health law management systems, Medicaid/Medicare litigation, contract negotiations and strategic planning. Jones served for 6 years as Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Commission of Durham with responsibilities for representing low- income families in obtaining permanency placement for children. She and her husband Darrell live in Northern Durham with their two children.
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.