Anita is a Certified Peer Support Specialist who has proudly been recovering from mental health and substance use disorder for 28 years. Living and loving in Lumberton, NC, she helps her community where she can, always in all ways.
LeiLani is a longtime activist. Before receiving her Ph.D. in English, LeiLani served as program coordinator for an undergraduate mentoring program serving the largest university system in the U.S. As Accounts Manager at SVA, she provides financial assistance and training to fiscally sponsored projects.
Elena (she/they) is a co-founder of SVA with a background in media, community organizing, and ameteur disaster response. In 2005 she helped launch the Gulf Coast Recovery Watch project at the Institute for Southern Studies. In 2018 Elena worked with dozens of Eastern NC partners to help form the Justice Florence Recovery Coalition and the Just Recovery Fund.
Mac is Co-Director of the Robeson County Cooperative for Sustainable Development and consultant in social justice program design, community organizing, grant writing, and evaluation. He co-founded the Center for Community Action and served as Executive Director for 36 years. His recent experience includes climate disaster and climate justice organizing, education, and training.
Brother Wesley is a native of Raleigh, NC. He is an internationally acknowledged speaker, dedicated mentor and facilitator that actively works to build better relationships in his community. Brother Wesley also serves as Senior Pastor at Faith Community Church and considers the work of social justice and healing as major inspirations. He currently serves as the Director of Frontline Funds Programs & Strategies with SVA.
Joshua is an artist, organizer and academician from Raleigh, N.C. Currently, he is the director of the Education Not Incarceration Network, and Board Co-Chair of SVA. His work over the last decade has focused on racial justice and the impacts of the carceral state, specifically in the US South.