Governor's Task Force on Safer Schools

Gov. Pat McCrory created the Governor's Task Force on Safer Schools in September 2013 to provide guidance to the N.C. Center for Safer Schools and considers future policy and legislative action that is needed to improve school safety in North Carolina. The Governor made his initial appointments to this task force in November 2013: a group that ranges from students and teachers to elected officials, lawyers and law enforcement from across North Carolina. The members, listed below, will serve two-year terms.

Frank L. Perry
Wake County
Secretary, Dept. of Public Safety
Perry is the secretary of the Department of Public Safety. Previously, he was the commissioner of the Division of Law Enforcement where he oversaw the operations of Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement and State Capitol Police. Perry is an extension assistant professor at North Carolina State University in the School of Public and International Affairs. He also served 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent and senior manager retiring as head of the Raleigh/Durham FBI Office. He attended Wake Forest University and the University of Miami.

Sheriff Robert L. Holland (Chairman)

Macon County
Local Law Enforcement

Sheriff Holland -- serving his fourth term as Macon County's sheriff -- is the chairman of the task force. He served in the following positions before being elected as sheriff: detention officer, deputy sheriff, investigator and detective sgt. and supervisor of the sheriff's office juvenile unit. He attended Southwestern Community College. 

Buddy Collins
Forsyth County
State Board of Education
Collins is an attorney at A.L. Collins Attorney at Law. He is a Metro Board member and member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and the North Carolina State Board of Education. He is the past president of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Collins attended North Carolina State University and Campbell Law School.

Chief Patrice Andrews

Wake County
Local Law Enforcement

Andrews is the Chief of Police in the Town of Morrisville. Before that, Andrews was the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division with the Durham Police Department. During her 20-year law enforcement career, Andrews has held positions in Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division, Special Operations Division, Warrant Squad, Office of the Chief of Police, and the High Enforcement Abatement Team. Andrews is a graduate of the 263rd session of the FBI National Academy.



Mary Jane Ferguson
Jackson County
Local School Board member
Ferguson recently retired as the director of marketing & promotions for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She taught public school in the Jackson County school system and has served as a school board member for Cherokee Schools. Ferguson attended Western Carolina University and received her master's degree in education.
Donna White
Johnston County
Local School Board member
White is a registered nurse with the Department of Health and Human Services. She has served as the president and on the board of directors for the Johnston County Nurse Association. She is completing her second term on the Johnston County Board of Education. White attended Watts Hospital School of Nursing.
Wendy Jordan
Richmond County
Public School Administrator
Jordan is the principal of Mineral Springs Elementary School and she received the Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Region IV – Sandhills/South Central region. She attended Appalachian State University and East Carolina University where she received her Ph.D in education.
Jeff White
Halifax County
Public School Administrator

Jeff White has fourteen years of experience in education, and he has been a school administrator for the past eight years.  Currently, Jeff is the principal at Chaloner Middle School in Roanoke Rapids.  Jeff graduated from East 

Caroline W. Daily (Vice Chair)
Johnston County
Public School Teacher

Caroline is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher and the Public Information Liaison for Riverwood Middle School in Clayton. She attended Western Carolina University for her undergraduate degree and UNC-Charlotte for her master's degree.

Greta Metcalf
Jackson County
Public School Psychologist
Metcalf is the chief operating officer at Jackson and Haywood County Psychological Services. Previously, she was the care manager and outpatient counselor at Smoky Mountain Center. She received a B.A. in counseling psychology from East Carolina University and a master's degree in community counseling from Lynchburg College.

Officer Joe Pass
Guilford County
Public School Resource Officer

Pass is the public school resource officer for Northwest Guilford High School. Previously, Pass worked as a detective in the Guilford County Sheriff's Office. He served in the US Army after high school and then received an associate's degree from ECPI College of Technology.

Sarah Strickland
Sampson County

Sarah Wallace Strickland is a junior at Lakewood High School in Sampson County. She is  active in the following activities: a member of the varsity cheerleading squad, Vice President of the science club and of the student body, and a member of the Beta club and key club. This year, she was chosen to participate in the Sampson County Junior Leadership Program. Sarah is a member of the Roseboro United Methodist Church and helps with community service projects. She is also a member of the North Carolina Youth Advisory Council.

Richard W. Parks
Nash County
Parent of public school student

Officer Parks has spent 22 years in law enforcement, all in Nash County. He has actively supported many organizations including My Sister's House, Reach Out Rocky Mount, Kids 4 Change, Young Professionals Network and the Governor's Youth Advisory Council. 

William Lassiter
Wake County
Juvenile Justice Professional
Lassiter is the deputy commissioner for Juvenile Justice in the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice at NCDPS. Lassiter plans and directs operations of the juvenile justice section and serves as a member of the Department’s senior leadership team. He earned his master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University. Lassiter received the prestigious National Service Award from the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence, for his exemplary service to children, youth and communities. He is the coauthor of "Preventing Violence and Crime in America’s Schools: From Put-Downs to Lock-Downs."
Evonne Moore
Richmond County
LIcensed Social Worker
Moore is the school social worker for Richmond County schools. She has been a social worker for 27 years and worked within the school system for 24 years. She received a B.A. in social work from UNC-Pembroke. She received a degree in Human Services from Garner Webb. She received a master's degree in school social work from Fayetteville State University. She is currently in school to become a clinical social worker.
Dr. Amy James
Craven County
James is a forensic and clinical psychologist in private practice in New Bern. She completes evaluations, therapy, and provides expert witness testimony in state and federal court in the areas of criminal, juvenile, and family matters. She has specialty training in child and youth welfare, child abuse and neglect, and youth and adult violence risk assessment. James obtained her bachelor’s degree from Concord University in Athens, W.V., and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. She is a member of the North Carolina Psychological Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Karin Evanoff
Wake County

Evanoff is a community registered nurse. She served on the Wake County Safer Schools Task Force created by the Wake County Board of Education. Currently, she works with the Wake County Public School System planners and architects on plans to bring Athens Drive High School campus up to ADA and safety standards. She received a criminal justice degree from the University of Delaware and a nursing degree from Watts School of Nursing.

Dr. Ben Matthews
Wake County
Dr. Matthews is the director of Safe and Healthy School Support at the Department of Public Instruction. He received a master's degree from UNC-Greensboro and a Ph.D from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Matt Knight
North Carolina 
Alcohol Law Enforcement

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Knight began his law enforcement career in 2000 and joined ALE in 2006. He is currently an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Coastal District of North Carolina and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Gang Intervention for the Task Force.


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