First In Families of North Carolina is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of at least fifty percent people with developmental disabilities or their family members.

Become a Board Member

If you are interested in learning more about membership on the Board of FIFNC, print and complete our board membership application. Postal mail the completed application to the address provided.

Current Board Members

Meet some of our board members.

photo of Mark Bullock
Mark Bullock, Board Vice President, is a self-advocate living in Durham who joined the board in 2009.

photo of Robin McDuffie
Robin McDuffie, Treasurer of the FIFNC Board, is a principal with Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, P.A. in Chapel Hill.

photo of Christopher Demetropoulos
Christopher Demetropoulos, is a Portfolio Associate with Trillium Asset Management, LLC in Durham.

Tim Ferreira is the Director of Quality and Compliance at the Autism Society of North Carolina, Inc. and a graduate of the Advancing Strong Leadership in I/DD program through the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities.

Bonnie Nelson is a family member who is a long-time advocate for disability and aging supports. She lives in Reidsville.

photo of Pat Reid
Pat Reid is a self advocate from Statesville, NC, and has been a board member since 2002. Pat is very active in promoting self-determination for persons with disabilities.

photo of Jilliane VanEssenJillaine VanEssen is the regional director for NC START Central, an organization that provides crisis prevention and intervention for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have co-occurring behavioral issues.