The Changemakers Series

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Join the NHC Office of Diversity and Equity as we kick-off a year long series entitled “Changemakers”. Each session will feature a panel discussion around local individuals and their amazing stories of overcoming challenges, helping change lives and our community. 

Episode 3

June Changemakers:

New Hanover County is filled with committed healthcare professionals. Joins us this month for our next Changemakers as we meet three outstanding professionals who have committed their lives to making incredible strides in our community in the field of health.


Kevin Briggs, Senior Director of DEI and Health Equity,  Novant

Donna Fayko, Director of Health and Human Services,  NHC

Althea Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, MED North

Margaret Weller-Stargell, President & CEO of Coastal Horizons

Episode 2

In celebration of International Women's Month we have convened a phenomenal panel of women who have positively impacted the lives of people in New Hanover County. They are all Changemakers in our community. The panel discussion is facilitated by Sheila Evans, Chairperson, NHC Commission for Women. 


  • Vannia Aguilar, Cape Fear Latinos
  • Sheila Boles, Retired Hoggard Men's Basketball Coach
  • Wanda Copley, NHC Attorney
  • Wilma Daniels, CEO & Philanthropist
  • Caroline Morin, Executive Director, LGBTQ Center of Cape Fear
  • Daisy Wooten, NC Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

Recorded live, Tuesday, March 21st at 6pm at the Cape Fear Museum, Williston Room. 

Episode 1

The first session features Cape Fear Museum historian, Jan Davidson and six local residents who will help us explore the history of race relations in NHC and their personal stories.

February’s Featured Changemakers:

  • Ronald Sparks & Charles Boney, Jr. - two men navigate friendship through a violent season of school integration 
  • Brian Jones & James Jones - a father and son navigate the challenges of race and parenting in the South
  • Francine DeCoursey & Stacy Smith Gause - a Big Buddy advocate, mentors a set of twins living in Wilmington’s Inner-city and learns to navigate discrimination and cultural differences for more than 37 years.