Board of Directors
Christine is one of the three founders and directors of PORCH. Through a combination of her professional background in project management, nonprofit development and educational consulting, her many years of volunteerism and community development, and her dedication to serving others, Christine’s goal is to utilize her skills and compassion to keep PORCH growing into an organization that will be relevant in the community for years to come.
Debbie is one of the three founders and directors of PORCH. She manages PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s fresh Food for Families program, growing participation by nearly 20-fold since 2010. Debbie’s favorite parts of her job include working directly with recipient families and school social workers, recruiting and managing wonderful volunteers, overseeing finances, and collaborating with the many other organizations that partner with PORCH.
Susan is one of the three founders and directors of PORCH. From her decades working with non-profit organizations, Susan gained experience in public relations, organizing and coalition-building, volunteer recruitment and training, and administrative and managerial duties that serves her well in her role as a director of PORCH. She considers the founding of PORCH – with her friends Christine and Debbie – to be her most rewarding professional achievement.
Julie had a career in various entrepreneurial businesses in the medical device industry for over 25 years. As part of her role, she raised significant funds through state and federal grants for product and business development, and she brings that experience to grant writing for PORCH.
Lisa grew up around the family dinner table hearing stories, learning life lessons and just sharing the day over a meal. She graduated with a BSN from Northeastern University in 1985 where she began to understand the importance of nutrition. Her work as a nurse helped her understand that food and the nutrition it provided were not available to everyone. Lisa has served PORCH, first as a Neighborhood Coordinator and then as a Board Member, since its inception in 2010. She appreciates the opportunity to affect real and meaningful change in our community.
Laura, the mother of three growing boys, has seen firsthand the speed with which children can empty a well-stocked fridge. She can only imagine the stress parents face when their monthly budgets are stretched too thin to adequately feed their growing children. Helping to relieve at least a little bit of this stress is a very important cause, one that Laura is proud to support over the past six years through PORCH. Her primary duties include using her marketing degree from Virginia Tech to promote our hunger relief effort within the community, assisting with the distribution of non-perishable foods to local pantries, and supporting the Food for Families program by packing and delivering fresh produce to local families. Outside of her work with PORCH, Laura is active in the PTAs at hers sons’ schools and sits on the parent committee of their Boy Scout troop.
Becky is a native of Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Economics and Communications. After working in Human Resources in the manufacturing and banking industries, she was fortunate to stay at home while she and her husband raised their four children in Chapel Hill. During that time, she volunteered in their classrooms and held various positions on PTA and Athletic Booster Club committees. Becky Hebert is currently the Food for Schools Coordinator for PORCH.
Steve is recently semi-retired from Change Healthcare to start Spokane Growth Partners, an interim marketing leadership and demand generation consultancy focused on the healthcare industry. Prior to Change, he spent 16 years with McKesson Corporation in a variety of marketing leadership roles. He also volunteers with Executive Service Corps of the Triangle, providing consulting and capacity building services to local nonprofits, and works with SCORE (a resource partner to the Small Business Administration) to provide mentoring to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Dennis retired after building a successful software company in Columbus, Ohio for hospital business administration. Earlier in his career, Dennis was Director for Ohio Medicaid Systems and Operations. He worked as a social services caseworker; and as a software engineer, project manager and senior IT executive in state government and private industry. He brings this expertise to his role as Treasurer for PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro. “I am very pleased to be a part of a team that has built PORCH into an important community service organization. I would like to contribute my experience in finance and accounting, and skills developed in building a private company, to assist PORCH in continuing its successful and sustainable growth.”
Katie Ray Pratson
Katie grew up on her family’s farm in Hillsborough. Coming from a community with agrarian roots, she remains passionate about fresh, local food and ensuring all have access to and an understanding of how it is produced. She worked as a high school English teacher in rural Japan, before moving into a career in development. Today, she is Associate Director of Development for the Arts and Sciences Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill. With degrees in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and international education & communication from the George Washington University, she aspires to use knowledge from both to grow support for PORCH locally and beyond.