LINC Staff

Frankie Roberts

Executive Director

Frankie Roberts was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. He went to private school (K-8th grade) and graduated from John T Hoggard High School. He owned a community-based barbershop for 18 years, where he received an informal education in community organizing, job development, relationship building, and individual/family counseling. Since 2000, Frankie has been the Executive Director of (LINC) Inc., which he co-founded with Tracey Ray after losing his brother to addiction and incarceration. Frankie won “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 2011, is past Chairman of the Department of Social Services’ Board of Directors, member of Criminal Justice Partnership Board, and past member of the Juvenile Crime Commission. Frankie is honored to be a husband, father, and grandfather.
Michelle D. Gunn

Deputy Director

Michelle serves as a member of QENO Advisory Council, board member for The Tides, and a previous member of New Hanover County’s Health and Human Services Board. Michelle is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, minor in psychology and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector arena. Michelle is a certified trainer of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). CRM’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach.
Jamesetta “Ta” Wainwright

Finance Manager

Jamesetta, or Ta, has her Bachelors in Accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan University . She has been with LINC since 2021. Her goal is to help LINC continue to build and grow strong.
anne rose linc nc

Communications and Development Director

Anne has worked with LINC leadership and Board over the past five years in development and fundraising, as well as coordinating special events, managing communications, and maintaining websites. She has extensive experience in digital marketing, nonprofit management, and corporate communications/public relations. She has previously worked as Marketing Director for KBT Realty Group – Keller Williams, and Director of Communications and Digital Content for the e-commerce website Catalogs.com. Anne owns the website Port City Foodie, and runs an Etsy shop.
linda thomas linc inc nc staff member

Lead Case Manager/Local Reentry Council Coordinator

Linda is Lead Case Manager and Transitional Manager for LINC, Inc. She has a B.S. in Business Administration and Management, with a minor in human resources.
Bill Warren

LINC Urban Farm Manager

Bill Warren joins LINC, Inc. as Urban Farm manager, with more than 35 years of farm management experience.

 

LINC clients are supported by a team numbering more than 40 staff:case managers, treatment coordinators, peer support specialists, community health workers, school resource coordinators, and volunteers. The LINC “Dream Team,” works as a cohesive whole to provide individualized services through its network of programs and community initiatives.

Contact Information by Program/Department:

LINC Administrative Office  (910) 332-1135

MER Campus  (910) 332-1132

NHC Local Reentry Council  (910) 889-1140

LITE Manhood Youth Program  (910) 332-1148

Board of Directors

Chair

Dr. Ashley Wells is the assistant dean for community engagement in the College of Health and Human Services at UNCW.

Vice Chair

Tracy is an Investigator/Attorney with the New Hanover County Office of the Public Defender.

Treasurer

Evelyn is a long-time board member and supporter of LINC, and is currently a legal assistant with Andrew Waters Law Firm.

Secretary

University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Criminology & Sociology

Member

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

Member

University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Criminology & Sociology

Member

Katy Parker is Compliance Counsel at CastleBranch, headquartered in Wilmington.

Member

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.

Member

Teresa is CEO of T.A. Woods Co., a Wilmington-based contracting firm.