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.
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.
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.
William E. Hennessee
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. William started at LINC in 2018 as Treatment Services Coordinator/Peer Support.
Case Manager – Local Reentry Council
Stefani is from the St. Louis, Missouri, area and moved to NC in 2014 with her daughter. She was previously a social worker at the Department of Social Services in Wilmington, and has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Columbia University in Missouri. Stefani enjoys exploring the area, reading, and being outside.
Urban Farm Manager
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.
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.”