Florence Bowens – President
Florence is a native North Carolinian, having been born in Tarboro and raised in Durham. Her desire to help others began at an early age. She first dreamed of becoming an attorney around the age of seven. Florence is married and currently works as an attorney in Durham, NC. After graduating high school, Florence was off to college, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree at Lenior Rhyne before attending North Carolina Central University School of Law, an HBCU. Florence is an Eastern Star and is an Alpha Kappa Alpha. After passing the bar, Florence practiced in different areas of law, all of which put her in the position to help those in need. Her first job as an attorney was working with a non-profit organization. She has continued to work in areas that allow her to help the needy. She is involved in several organizations that help various communities and organizations. She is a member of the Triangle Park Chapter of the Links Inc., which helps various communities in the Triangle area. She is also the President of the Board of the Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center.
Meredith Bunnel – Vice President
Honey Minkowitz – Secretary
Honey is originally from New York’s Hudson Valley and is currently a PhD candidate at NC State. Her research is at the nexus of policy and public organizations. Honey has more than 20 years of experience with nonprofits and higher education. She is also a Transformative Mediator and Restorative Justice practitioner. Prior to moving to Raleigh, she was the coordinator for bullying prevention programs at a community mediation center. She also worked in college student affairs for more than 10 years. Honey has a master’s degree in adult learning and higher education administration from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Rockefeller College at the State University of New York in Albany. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and volunteering.
Jeremy Rigsbee – Treasurer
Lea Efird, MSW, MPA, has been a CRC board member since 2021 and a Durham resident since 2018. She graduated with her MSW and MPA from UNC Chapel Hill in 2021, and also received her BA at Carolina. She is currently a Social and Clinical Research Specialist with the UNC Sheps Center’s Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care. At Sheps, she specializes in project management, research administration, and data collection and analysis. Lea has previously worked with the Duke Community Engaged Research Initiative, the ncIMPACT Initiative, and the City of Raleigh, among other organizations. She is a member of the Durham Racial Equity Commission, and serves as the secretary of the Durham Citizens Advisory Committee. She is passionate about equity and social justice, particularly in the fields of social services, criminal justice, and housing.
Sabrina Golling is a nonprofit professional, serving as a Partnership Manager for MDC’s Rural Forward program. She is the lead for work in Edgecombe and Nash Counties, providing technical support, capacity-building services, and leadership development. Sabrina also serves as her team’s lead for bodies of work relating to health equity, access to care, and data/evaluation. The Rural Forward program provides responsive support to organizations, groups, and individual leaders, including organizational development consulting, process facilitation, strategic planning, and coaching services.
Sabrina attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communication Studies, then her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community, Management, and Policy Practice. She has experience as a nonprofit leader and in community-based participatory research, and has worked across issue areas such as mental health, criminal justice, and public health. Sabrina lives in Raleigh, NC and enjoys crafting, reading, and reality TV.
Krista is a longtime resident of Durham, NC. She joins the Conflict Resolution Center with over 15 years of experience in neuroscience and education, nonprofit management, organizational learning, and research. Currently, Krista serves as an Audit Services Manager within the Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance at Duke University. Before this role, Krista was the director of learning and evaluation at the North Carolina Partnership for Children, where she oversaw program effectiveness and data integrity evaluation across North Carolina’s statewide Smart Start network. In another role, Krista served as the Clinical Research Compliance Officer at Cone Health. She led change management initiatives to provide enterprise-wide leadership for clinical research compliance and development, including the creation of a centralized research infrastructure to support sponsored programs, research compliance, and system-wide research quality assurance. She also facilitated the Research Advisory Board and the Research Conflict of Interest Committee there. In addition, Krista has also held roles at the Duke Office of Clinical Research, Duke’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)- Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Krista is currently a member of the Institutional Review Board at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a county-appointed member of the Durham City-County Racial Equity Commission. Krista is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina State University with a projected completion date of June 2022. Her research focuses on applied research in human resource management, employee well-being, burnout, organizational culture, intersectionality, and workplace health promotion. In her free time, Krista enjoys yoga, reading, baking, tennis, travel, and spending time with her partner, Ron, and her stepson, Jeremiah.
Carolyn Reynolds is the Development and Communications Director for Senior PharmAssist, a nonprofit in Durham that helps older adults remain as healthy and active as possible. In her role, she focuses on developing fundraising and communication strategies to advance the mission of Senior PharmAssist. Previously she served for 14 years as the Membership and Volunteer Manager of WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, NY. Her experience gives her a deep appreciation how nonprofits can strengthen a community through education and information. She enjoys developing relationships with donors and other community partners to transform shared beliefs and hopes into action. Carolyn brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and management.