Ashley C. Wells, PhD, MPH | Chair

University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Impact

Dr. Ashley Wells is the assistant dean for community engagement in the College of Health and Human Services at UNCW. She is also a part-time instructor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. Dr. Wells facilitates the following groups within CHHS: Interprofessional Collaboration Advisory Council; Community Engagement and Impact Advisory Council; and the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic Task Force. At the university level, Dr. Wells leads the Recognize and Reward Committee for the UNCW Office of Community Engagement.

Dr. Wells’ areas of interest include asset-based community development, appreciative processes, leadership development, and workforce development and continuing education.
More info on Dr. Wells 


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Tracy Wilkinson | Vice Chair

Office of the Public Defender

Tracy is an Investigator/Attorney with the New Hanover County Office of the Public Defender. She earned her law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law, and her B.A. in Sociology from University of North Carolina – Asheville. Tracy is an expert in litigation, legal research, and legal writing. She is passionate about Public Justice, Restorative Practices, and the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford representation.



Evelyn D. Adger | Treasurer

Legal Assistant, Andrew Waters Law Firm


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Mike Maume, Ph.D. | Secretary

University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Criminology & Sociology


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Kristin Bolton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Social Work


Jean-Anne Sutherland, UNCW Sociology & Criminology PHOTO BY: JEFF JANOWSKI/UNCW

Jean-Anne Sutherland, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Criminology & Sociology



Katy Parker

Compliance Counsel at CastleBranch

Katy Parker is Compliance Counsel at CastleBranch, headquartered in Wilmington. Katy is passionate about civil rights and particularly about the rights of individuals who are presently or previously incarcerated. Katy previously served as Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina.


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Ethan Welch

Lead Pastor, The Bridge Church

Ethan is Pastor of Teaching and Vision of The Bridge Church in Wilmington, NC. Ethan is a coastal native who grew up about an hour away from Wilmington in Myrtle Beach, SC. He earned a bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry from Pensacola Christian College in 2005 as well as a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. Ethan and his wife have three daughters.


Teresa Woods Cox

Teresa Woods-Cox

CEO, T.A. Woods Co.

Teresa is CEO of a Wilmington-based contracting firm. She is a general contractor with expertise in project estimation, construction contracts, negotiating, strategic planning, risk containment, and labor management. Teresa has a BA from Ohio University and a Master’s from Campbell University. T.A. Woods has an impressive roster of community projects and partnerships.