The Board of Directors for Pharaoh’s Daughter.
Single mother of four, Susan was divorced when her children were all still at home between the ages of 6 and 14. Previously, she had stayed at home with them, raising and homeschooling them. Once she became divorced, she returned to the workforce, but continued to stay actively involved in their parenting, instilling solid values and virtues.
Susan has worked mainly in office administration for the past twelve years, and is currently gainfully employed at a firm in Chapel Hill, NC. She has also owned two businesses: as an independent contractor, working as a labor and delivery doula; and owner of a home-based nutritional business.
Susan has always had a love for children and has taken the responsibility of raising children to become contributing and well-adjusted adults very seriously. Her children have stellar reputations in the community and are well known as upstanding, God-fearing individuals. She has raised them to value integrity, honesty, and a good work ethic.
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? My experience as a mother and my heart for the underprivileged, have led me to found Pharaoh’s Daughter for babies born to incarcerated women, which will include transitional housing for their mothers upon their release. I feel old-fashioned values are still important in today’s culture, but are rarely taught. I am burdened by the lack of stable options for women newly released from prison, and feel there is more that can be done in the way of educating and offering psychological and emotional healing for women who have been in prison. I plan to offer classes to the residents in various and necessary life skills like parenting, financial IQ, cooking, career assessment, as well as substance abuse accountability, etc.
Diane Virginia Henson, 64, of Henderson, NC, has a wealth of experience in management, including Facilities Manager for Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, NC, where she was in charge of Housekeeping, Security, Front Desk, and Support Staff; Optical Manager for Family Eye Center in Henderson; co-owner and manager of three Curves For Women Fitness Centers, where she facilitated weight loss classes and seminars, and Director for Sylvan Learning Center.
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? My goal is to incorporate my experience, skills, and talents developed through my managerial positions as well as my volunteer work as a Rape Counselor, Life Coach, and facilitator for Wounded Heart (an organization for victims of sexual abuse) in an instructional, training, and mentoring program for women and children.
Dolores served for 23 years in the US Air Force. During that time, she attended night school and received a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Also during that time she developed her leadership and management skills, culminating with her leading a multi-agency Department of Defense working group. Her skills were honed as she mediated resolution of differences and brought about consensus on forward direction.
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? I’ve been writing to incarcerated women for a few years, and continue to write to them after they leave prison. I’ve been touched by how difficult it is for them when they get out and try to turn their lives around. I have also seen how sometimes their children wind up following in their footsteps, including going to prison for the same sort of offenses as their parents. The deck is stacked against them, and I’d like to change that in any way I can.
Born and raised in Winston Salem, N.C., Kathryn moved to Raleigh as a young adult where she received a Bachelor’s Degree at NCSU and later a Juris Doctor Degree from NCCU-School of Law. She has been a practicing attorney for almost 30 years with a concentration in Family Law. When not working she enjoys spending time with her dogs. She sees herself as someone on a Spiritual Quest, always striving to learn how she may be of service to others though her connection with God.
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? I have worked with women in prison in several capacities. As a volunteer and past attorney for the Women’s Center of Raleigh I lead workshops for women in prison as well as volunteering to go into the prison and take 12 step Recovery meetings. I’ve also worked with individuals transitioning out of prison to help them remain active in Recovery. I believe it is extremely important to help women break the cycle that may have lead them to prison and to be the best mother possible for their children.
Russ Taylor has twenty years of experience organizing teams of people from different backgrounds to develop effective systems and procedures. As a day job, he is manages federal grants that fund computer scientists to develop software and workflow for four teams. He is also currently the vice president of technology systems for Rheomics, Inc. (a spin-off company to commercialize the microscopy research).
Russ has also been actively involved in the A/V ministries of two churches over this same time period. He was the chairman of the A/V subcommittee of the new facility committee when the Chapel Hill Bible Church built its current worship center. He was a member of the pastor-search team for Chatham Community Church (CCC). He is currently the team leader for the audio team for CCC, managing a team of six that set up, tear down, and operate the audio during worship each week.
Russ has board-of-director and management experience in three start-up companies that he co-founded: Rheomics (listed above), MegaWatt Solar (a utility-scale concentrated photovoltaic company), and nanoManipulator, Inc. (another UNC spin-off company). He has served on the organizing committees of several international conferences and scientific review boards as well as on various University steering committees.
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? I have a heart for helping those who want to turn their lives around and work find ways to support their families.
The Advisory Board for Pharaoh’s Daughter.
Patricia Attix, age 71, and her husband, George, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS and a Master’s Degree in Education from State University of New York. Mrs. Attix has taught at all levels including elementary, secondary, and college, as well as ESL (English As A Second Language) programs. She and her husband served with the International Missions Board of Southern Baptists for ten years, and currently live in Rocky Mount, NC.
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? I’ve been leading Bible studies with women’s inmates in two county jails and I hear the heartache in their voices when they talk about their children and the uncertainties of what is going to happen to them. Pharaoh’s Daughter offers hope.
Carolyn V. Huggins
A recent replant to Chapel Hill, NC, Ms Huggins has a wealth of experience in management, finance, housing development and real estate management. She currently serves as a Principal Bank Examiner at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Prior to that she worked at a number of other financial regulatory agencies. She has served as subject matter expert on risk management practices and credit risk, especially back-end or loss mitigation efforts. Ms. Huggins earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and holds a MBA with a finance concentration. In addition, she holds a number of certifications including Certified Investments and Derivatives Auditor, and Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP)
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? As someone with a strong love for children and experience volunteering with children of women in shelters and in foster care, I feel this is a perfect match for my interests, talent and skills. I am able to offer insight to these transitioning women not only from a financial and real estate standpoint, but with tutoring and mentoring, as well. I have also helped women and their children transition to permanent housing from shelters and other locations.
The birth of grandchildren brought Jackie to North Carolina in 2003. Now she has four with whom she enjoys spending time. She brings to the board of Pharaoh’s Daughter many years of experience in accounting and tax preparation. Since coming to this area in NC, she has worked for TrueBridge Capital Partners in Operations and Accounting and as a Senior Tax Accountant at William H. Bunch, CPA, P.A. Prior to that, she had nineteen years of experience working for CPA firms doing tax work and providing advisory services for client accounting. She attended the University of Kentucky and completed coursework in Accounting at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Jackie will retire at the end of 2017 and devote more time to volunteer work.
In the past, Jackie has served on the boards of Orange County Mental Health Association in Carrboro, NC, Partnership for a Drug-Free Community, CASA of South Central KY, and Joshua’s Place of Bowling Green, KY. She currently serves on the Finance Board of her church.
Why Pharaoh’s Daughter? I believe that Pharaoh’s Daughter serves a vital role in the area of helping women who are in the midst of unfortunate consequences based on their past behavior, but who have hope that there is a happy and productive future ahead of them. Keeping their families intact can keep their hope alive while they are incarcerated. I want to use my skills to help and support behind the scenes in this organization. It is our calling from God to help the poor, sick, and downtrodden and my heart goes out to these women who are in this situation.