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.
Karen Luken, Board President, has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of disability and health, and currently works as the project director for the “Medical Health Homes for People with Developmental Disabilities” initiative, funded by the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Mark Bullock, Board Vice President, is a self-advocate living in Durham who joined the board in 2009.
Robin McDuffie, Treasurer of the FIFNC Board, is a principal with Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, P.A. in Chapel Hill.
Adonis Brown, is a self-advocate living in Durham who has been active with disability initiatives throughout North Carolina for many years.
Christopher Demetropoulos, is a Portfolio Associate with Trillium Asset Management, LLC in Durham.
Dawn Dudley is the parent of two children on the autism spectrum. She also is Executive Director of My Circle Of Girls, an initiative that provides positive support and camaraderie for girls with autism in the Triangle.
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.
Cindy Parkey works for East Coast Migrant Head Start Project and has long been involved in advocacy for people with disabilities and inclusive communities.
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.
Jillaine 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.