Pablo Robles (they/them) is a community organizer and compassioning coach. They work at EL Centro Hispano as the Youth Program Coordinator empowering latinx youth and supporting their journeys to reach their highest potential. They have been part of many community projects in Mexico, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and North Carolina– bridging visions + missions with action and collaboration.
Pablo’s overall mission is to promote and support a healthier earth by nourishing hearts, minds, and bodies around the world.
Heather is an avid “thrifter” who enjoys gardening, running and upcycling. She moved to the area from Illinois in 2006. Her prior retail management experience at two locally owned businesses, TWIG and The Red Hen, as well as her accounting experience has made her a wonderful addition to the CommunityWorx team as the organization’s Finance Manager. Heather is completing her degree in accounting at Durham Tech and has been a part of the CommunityWorx team since the fall of 2018.
Jen has a passion for helping people realize their strengths in transforming their own lives. She works within the Durham community to assist students in reaching their academic and behavioral goals. One of her missions is to dismantle the stigma of mental health and strengthen the community. She utilizes a strength-based approach when working with youth and families. She also incorporates restorative practices to help build relationships. She believes that everyone possesses the ability to be better but may need assistance on the journey, which is where she steps in.
Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and a Master of Social Work from North Carolina Central University. Jen is a self-identified lover of ice cream, dream chaser, and difference-maker.
Bethlehem Ferede is a sophomore at Duke University studying History, African and African American Studies and Education. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she has lived in Durham most of her life. She is a B.N. Duke Scholar, a Gill Fellow at Tufts University, and currently does research on health risks and disparities at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. She is deeply engaged in local justice and organizing efforts, formerly through a non-profit called Made in Durham, and currently through organizations such as BYP100 and Duke’s Chapter of NAACP. Her interests include creative writing, binging on films and youth advocacy.
Dorel Clayton is a peer support professional with practical, life-changing experience, who works to assist individuals with chemical dependency, mental health disorders, and other stressors. Dorel has helped peers of all ethnic groups but has focused on African Americans. As a result of his real-world experience, Dorel has expertise that professional training cannot replicate. He has the mentality and ability to reach today’s youth, providing assistance with articulating recovery goals, learning and practicing new skills, helping with monitoring progress, assisting in treatment, modeling effective coping techniques, and implementing self-help strategies based on his own recovery experience. He also assists individuals with increasing self-advocacy to obtain necessary and effective services.
Dorel spent 5 years working on a crisis unit and has been trained in health care counseling and Peer Bridging. Dorel is certified in Peer Support by the State of North Carolina and also received certification as a facilitator with Cardinal Innovations, in addition to certifications in CPR, First Aid, and EBPI, as well as being well-versed in WRAP® intervention. Dorel’s experience, compassion, and previous justice involvement led to him becoming a Supervisor for Durham’s implementation of the cure violence model designed to prevent gun violence. Today Dorel continues employment with Durham County and is the Community Health Worker for the FIT Program (formerly incarcerated transitions). Dorel is a dedicated Husband and Loving Father. He’s also commitment to reducing recidivism and the stigma associated with Substance use disorder and Mental health in the Black community.
Peggy Nicholson works as a supervising attorney in the Duke Children’s Law Clinic. In this capacity, she works with law students to represent children and their families in special education, school discipline, and public benefits cases. Before joining Duke Law, Peggy served as director of the Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, where she worked with directly impacted youth, parents, and communities to advocate for legal and policy solutions to North Carolina’s school-to-prison pipeline. She earlier practiced public interest law at Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she provided legal advice and representation in education cases to hundreds of low-income students and families across the state.
Peggy believes in the power and agency of young people to identify their own needs and develop solutions to meet those needs. She believes it is important to create, support and protect youth-centered and youth-led spaces, which is why she serves on the RSN Board.
Terence Johnson is a second year PhD student at the UNC School of Social Work and is interested in reducing racial disparities in the criminal justice system and the design of interventions to address the social and healthcare needs of justice-involved individuals. The criminal justice system has taken away years from his loved ones and he is passionate about creating a compassionate and equitable system.
Tom McQuiston, a Doctor of Public Health, retired in 2015 from 30 years of work in the labor movement where he focused on health, safety, the environment, and participatory education and research. During his career he worked for international labor unions where he developed, directed, and evaluated national public health programs involving international labor unions, universities and hundreds of workplaces. For over 13 years, Tom has volunteered and sponsored residents at Orange Correction Center, a NC state prison. He is also a co-founder of Wounded Healers NC, a peer mentoring and support program for those transitioning from prison back to the community. In addition to being RSN’s Founder and Board Treasure, Tom also serves as RSN’s Senior Advisor. Tom brings his Quaker values to every aspect of his life and work.