Tuesday, December 12, 2023

NCDPS Office of Violence Prevention Appoints Community Violence Advisory Board

Twenty-five members represent multidisciplinary violence prevention leaders from across the state.
Dec 12, 2023

NCDPS Secretary Eddie M. Buffaloe Jr appointed 25 violence prevention leaders to serve on the state’s first Community Violence Advisory Board. The board will serve as a centralized strategic resource connecting the growing number of programs working across law enforcement, public health, social services and other disciplines to reduce violence and firearm misuse in N.C. communities. 

“Across our state, organizations are digging in and doing the work to reduce violence in their local communities,” said NCDPS Deputy Secretary Caroline Valand, who leads partnership engagement for the agency. “This board will bring these leaders together in a discussion that will help to elevate all of our individual efforts.”

As part of the executive order establishing the N.C. Office of Violence Prevention, the Community Violence Advisory Board is a specialized body formed to provide expert guidance and strategic advice. It plays a pivotal role in enhancing the effectiveness of violence prevention programs across the state.

“Violence prevention requires a connection between organizations that may not traditionally work together,” said Gerard Tate, executive director of the Office of Violence Prevention. “My team is pleased to be hosting this first conversation, and we are looking forward to building a centralized repository of resources that support all stakeholders working on violence prevention.”

The advisory board will meet virtually for the first time on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. For meeting login information and the agenda, visit ncdps.gov/news/events

Member Name Title Organization
David Johnson Program Manager Bull City United
Uzuri Holder Program Manager Duke Violence Recovery Program
Willa Robinson Program Manager Firearm Injury Prevention Partners
Patrice Andrews Chief of Police Durham Police Department
Andrae Banks Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work North Carolina Central University
Ingram Bell Program Director Gate City Coalition
Latisha McNeil Office of Community Safety Division Manager City of Greensboro
Tracie Campbell Director, Office Violence Prevention Mecklenburg County Health Department
Liz Star President and Founder HopeStar Foundation
David Jacobs Trauma Surgeon Atrium Health
Rashad Gattison Director Port City United
Beth Moracco Associate Director UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
Stella Patterson Chief of Police City of Raleigh
Kerwin Pittman Program/Policy Manager Emancipate NC
Becky Ceartas Executive Director NC Against Gun Violence
Martin D. Avery Trauma Surgeon Wake Forest Baptist Hospital/Atrium Health
Becca Palmer Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Wake Forest Uiversity School of Medicine
Sue Anne Pilgreen Manager Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program
Nicole Elliott Chair and Founder The Marcus Jackson Project
Doris Stith Executive Director Community Enrichment Organization
Ronny Bell Director Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, UNC School of Pharmacy
Clarence Birkhead Sheriff County of Durham
William Baxter Community Safety and Violence Prevention Coordinator Bumcombe County
Curtis Brame Sheriff County of Vance
Krystal Harris Director The Community Intervention and Support Services (CISS) Department


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