Who We Are

Rethinking Guardianship is a collaborative effort between the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, the NC Department of Aging and Adult Services and the UNC-CH School of Social Work's Jordan Institute for Families.

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NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

The NC Council on Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to empowering people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) by supporting self-advocacy, independence, and the right to self-determination. The Council promotes inclusive and welcoming communities so people with I/DD have options to make choices about work, where to live, friendships, taking part in the various activities of their community and other personally defined outcomes.

For more information, go to our website at http://nccdd.org/.

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NC Division of Aging and Adult Services

The Division of Aging and Adult Services works to promote the independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina's older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families through a community-based system of opportunities, services, benefits, and protections.

For more information, go to our website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/daas.

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NC Division of Social Services

The Division of Social Services provides guidance and technical assistance to agencies that provide direct services that address issues of poverty, family violence and exploitation. The Division promotes self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and works to prevent abuse, neglect, dependency and expoloitation of vulnerable individuals, children and their families.

For more information, go to our website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dss.

UNC School of Social Work

UNC School of Social Work Jordan Institute for Families

Addressing family issues across the lifespan, the Jordan Institute for Families brings together experts—including families themselves—to develop and test policies and practices that strengthen families and engage communities. What do we really know about families? What do they need to be healthy and loving—better able to overcome life’s challenges? How are families changing? And are the professionals and policy makers of today taking the right actions to support the families of tomorrow?

From community projects in rural North Carolina to federally funded projects of national scope, the Jordan Institute is in pursuit of answers. Founded in 1996 and named in recognition of a gift from Michael Jordan, the Jordan Institute has a clear vision: to strengthen families and engage communities.

For information about Jordan Institute projects, please go to our website at http://ssw.unc.edu/jordan.

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Rethinking Guardianship Workgroup

  • Adelmann, Richard, NAMI
  • Adolphus, Sobeida, Forsyth County Department of Social Services
  • Alleman, Cynthia, Elder and Special Needs Law Firm
  • Baldwin, LeShana, North Carolina Division of Aging & Adult Services
  • Baluyot, Erin, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Social Services, Foster Care Coordinator
  • Barlow, Pam, North Carolina Clerk of Superior Court (Ashe County)
  • Beauchamp, Kelly, North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Bilos, Helaine, Neuro Community Care
  • Bing, Erica, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare (MCO)
  • Brady, Diane, Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Brinkley, Nicole, Assistant Clerk of Court, Wake County
  • Burney, Wanda, Forsyth County Department of Social Services
  • Burrus, Craig, Wake County Department of Human Services
  • Cabe, Samantha, Orange-Chatham County Departments of Social Services
  • Caison, Walt, North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
  • Cameron, Kathleen, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill North Carolina
  • Clark, Sam, North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association
  • Climo, Ali, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Cole, Lori, North Carolina Court System
  • Colwell, Beverly, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Corbett, Lisa, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Cronin, Julie, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant General Counsel
  • Davis, B., North Carolina Center for Independent Living
  • Dawkins Berry, Kim, Area Agency on Aging for Region G
  • Donohue, Bill, Parent Advocate
  • Dorton, Robyn, Self-advocate
  • Dunn, Corye, Disability Rights North Carolina
  • Eubanks, Annette, Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging
  • Farmer-Butterfield, Jean, ARC of North Carolina, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Flowers, Kent, Craven County Department of Social Services
  • Franklin, Rodney, Catawba County Department of Social Services
  • Frederick, Daina, Rowan County Department of Social Services
  • Fredricksen, Dorian, Corporation of Guardianship, Inc.
  • Fuller Cooper, Charmaine, North Carolina AARP
  • Funderburk, Amy, North Carolina Administrative Office of Court
  • Garton, Gloria, North Carolina Center for Independent Living
  • Graham, Carey, Elon University, Elder Law (Intern)
  • Greenarch, Keith, North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council, The Adaptables-Winston Salem
  • Haber, Michele, Geriatrics Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Hefner, Tami, Catawba County Department of Social Services (Catawba Pilot)
  • Henson, Chandra, Catawba County DSS
  • Herr, Matthew
  • Hines, Jason, Community Member
  • Hippler, Debbie, North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council
  • Hurley, Pat, NC General Assembly, House Committee on Aging (Chair)
  • Jackson, Kathy, Social Services Attorneys Association
  • Jackson-Diop, Damie, NC Families United
  • Jett, Laura, Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging
  • Johns, Frank, Booth, Harrington, & Johns, Elderlaw Firm
  • Karim, Nicholle, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Keith, Jessica, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kelly, Carol, Advocate
  • Kendall Fields, Linda, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Kinch, Athena, A Helping Hand
  • Kipnes, Joanna, Duke University
  • Kirk, Gale, National Guardianship Association
  • Lanier, Kathryn, NC DHHS, Division of Aging and Adult Services
  • Lassiter, Jamie, NC Conference of Clerks of Superior Court
  • Lawson, Terri, Assistant Clerk of Court, Catawba County
  • Leach, Barbara, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Lee, Tameka, ARC of North Carolina
  • Levy, Helayne, Elder Law - NC Bar Association
  • Lewis, Mya, NC DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
  • Luong, Tienna, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
  • MacMichael, Betsy, First In Families North Carolina
  • MacMichael, Janie, Self-advocate
  • Maid, Seth, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill North Carolina
  • Manly, Regina, Trillium Health Resources (MCO)
  • Manus, Roger, Campbell University, Senior Law Clinic
  • Marsh, Sarah, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Massey-Smith, Joyce, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
  • McDowell, Letha, Hook Law Center
  • Merrill, Suzanne, Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHHS
  • Mewhinney, Kate, Wake Forest University, Elderlaw Clinic
  • Meyer, Graig, Representative, General Assembly
  • Miller, Natalie, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Miller, William T., North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council Staff
  • Nelson, Bonnie, ARC of North Carolina
  • Nelson, Gary, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Norris, Tamara, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Nowacki, Shevodka, Catawba County
  • O'Donnell, Mark, NC DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
  • Owen, Michael, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Pegram, J. Mark, North Carolina Clerk of Superior Court (Rockingham County)
  • Pender, Richard, Forsyth County Department of Social Services
  • Pettyford, Belinda, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Pettyford, Rosalyn, North Carolina Guardianship Association
  • Pitchford, Evelyn, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
  • Premakumar, Raj, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • Ransome, Sharnese, North Carolina Association of County Departments of Social Services Directors
  • Reed, Glenda, Wake County Department of Human Services
  • Reeves, Larry, Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging
  • Register, Jack, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill North Carolina
  • Riddle, Holly, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Rogers, Denise, Office of the State Ombudsman
  • Ross, Cynthia, Pitt County Department of Social Services
  • Rozycki, Amanda, Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center
  • Salmon, Mary Anne, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Schmidt, Winsor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Secor, Scott, First In Families North Carolina
  • Sigmon, Kim, North Carolina Clerk of Superior Court, Catawba County (Catawba Pilot)
  • Simpson, Shayna, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Skradski, Stacey, Empowering Lives Guardianship Services LLC and NC Guardianship Association
  • Smith, Meredith, University of North Carolina School of Government
  • Smith, Michael, Partners Behavioral Health Management (MCO), Catawba Pilot
  • Smithmyer, Judy, Autism Society of North Carolina
  • Strom, Steve, NC DHHS, Division of Medical Assistance, Money Follows the Person Program
  • Terhune, Peggy, Monarch North Carolina
  • Trickel, Cynthia, North Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • Turnbull, Rud, Retired, Co-Founder, Beach Center on Disability
  • Turner, Rena, North Carolina General Assembly, House Committee on Aging (Chair)
  • Vaughan, Hannah, Elon University, Elder Law
  • Walfall-Flagg, Cheryl, Parent Advocate
  • Walker, Sunni, University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute
  • Walls, Jason
  • Walton, Kate, NC DHHS, Division of Aging and Adult Services
  • Ward, Heather Carty, Elder Law (Private Practice), Charlotte NC
  • Warren, Nancy, NC DHHS, Division of Aging and Adult Services (retired)
  • Watkins, Alice, Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc.
  • Webster, Debbie, NC DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, Community Mental Health Section
  • Welsh, Polly, NC Health Care Facilities Association
  • Whitaker, Carrie, Duke University
  • Wilhelm, Jeanette, Monarch North Carolina
  • Woodward, Philip, NC Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Woolard, Deborah, Parent Advocate
  • Zuver, Deborah, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at University of North Carolina