LINC Staff

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Frankie Roberts

Executive Director

Frankie Roberts was born and raised in Wilmington NC.   He went to private school in his early years (K-8th grade) and he graduated from John T Hoggard High School. Read more.


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Michelle Gunn

Operations Director

Michelle serves as a member of QENO Advisory Council and a 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.


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Anne Rose

Development and Communications Director

Anne has  had various responsibilities in the nonprofit arena, including executive director, communications, grant writing, and special events. She has worked with healthcare institutions, including Edward Hospital Foundation, and Columbus-Cabrini Medical Foundation – Project Hope and Programa C.I.E.L.O.; a community foundation; and a number of membership organizations. Most recently, she has been digital marketing consultant to a major online shopping portal, a Wilmington-based real estate group, and a broad range of small businesses. A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in English Editorial, Anne started her career in direct mail advertising.


Nita DeGroodt-Pettet, PHR

Human Resources Director

Nita is certified through the Society for Human Resources Management, and specializes in investigations, EEOC, DOL, recruiting, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining LINC, Inc., Nita worked with Brookdale Senior Living as Business Office Coordinator, and before that with Springer Eubanks and VPS Convenience Store Group as Corporate Human Resource Manager. She received her Human Resource Certification from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

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Linda Thomas

Lead Case Manager

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.


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Micah Moore

Case Manager

Micah has been with LINC since August 2013. She is a lifelong Wilmington resident, and has a 4-year-old son who is her world. Micah has a Criminal Justice degree. Being able to support individuals who are her heroes is what drives her to work at LINC.


Wilma Moses

Case Manager


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La-Tanya Rivers

Case Manager

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Vincent Burgess

Resident Manager


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Demond Wells

Facilities Manager/Peer Support


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Steve Lee


Steve has a B.A. in English/Language Arts Teacher Education, Summa Cum Laude, from University of North Carolina – Wilmington. Steve served on the Board of Directors as Secretary and Manager of the Community Action Center – a program of SEACC. For 14 years, he was a teacher with New Hanover County Schools, teaching English, Creative Writing, and Remedial Reading. He served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Early in his career, he was a boatwright and boat operator at Carolina Yacht Yard.


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William E. Hennessee

Treatment Services Coordinator/Peer Support

William was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and moved to New Hanover County in 1976. He grew up on Wrightsville Beach. A graduate of  New Hanover High School, he graduated from UNC-W in 1994 with a B. A. Anthropology. CSAC-I 2010. NC Board Certified. 2800 hours of clinical supervision.


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Rashawn Sidbury

Overnight Treatment Services Coordinator

Rashawn Sidbury native of Wilmington, NC. Father of 4 children, who are his life. Believes everyone deserves a 2nd chance. Just the 2nd time around you have to make it count. “A team is only a team when everyone matters.”



Lauren Secero

Weekend Treatment Services Coordinator

Lauren has lived in Wilmington 15 years and was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned a Fashion Merchandising Bachelor of Science at Johnson & Wales, Providence R.I.. She was previously employed in the Cellular industry for 22 years. Currently, along with her position at LINC, Lauren works as a nanny, and as a substitute teacher for New Hanover County. She is the mother of two young men, Dominick (US Navy) and Dylan (UNC-W, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION).


Darryl Palmer

Weekend Treatment Services Coordinator


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Davonna Cohen

Relief Staff

Davonna is a graduate student from the UNCW School of Social Work. She is currently interning with the Local Reentry Council (LRC), as well as Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO). During her time with the LRC she will provide case management and group facilitation services.