President – Astra Wilson-Kirksey
Astra W. Kirksey is a Program Administrator with the State of North Carolina Child Support Services Program. Astra is responsible for the System and User Support team at the Central Office. She oversees functionality updates, enhancement and maintenance projects for the Automated Collection and Tracking System (ACTS), the North Carolina Child Support statewide system. She ensures the security and access to systems used by child support services is provided to individuals that have a “need to know” and not “I want to know” request.
Astra has over 25 years of experience in the field of child support either working directly with the program or contractually.
1st Vice President - Veronica Pinion
Veronica Pinion is a proud wife to a retired Marine, proud mom to 5 crazy kids and 3 English bulldogs. Her kids ages range from 20 years old down to 12 years old. She like the rest of us are learning teach our children through a pandemic. When not working, attending a marching band competition, child’s sport event, she is enjoying her flowers and gardening. Veronica has been in child support for just a little over 14 years and has always been with Onslow County Child Support. She started out as the court liaison, a position that had been vacant for some time. She worked to get the position back on track and put procedures in place to track order locations. Once a case manager positioned became available, she stretched her knowledge and moved into establishment intake, where she spend about 2 years. Once an initiating interstate position opened, she moved into working out puzzles and striving to get assistance for the intergovernmental orders. She was able to spend almost 2 years in the intergovernmental position when the establishment judicial worker was being transferred due to the military. Veronica moved to the establishment judicial position where she remained for her next 4 years. For the next couple years, she worked in the enforcement and responding intergovernmental cases until she was able to achieve a supervisor position. As we all know in child support, just when we are settled more changes come. People move and get promoted and new positions become available. Veronica was appointed the project manager position in November 2019 for Onslow Child Support. Since being in child support Veronica has held various positions, with varying job duties. She is always seeking out opportunities to assist with training new hires and to help the child support program. Veronica sat on the child support board from 2012 through 2014. She has been a part of the scholarship committees, assisted with moderating, handing out presenter gifts for conference, was brave enough once to be a presenter and currently assists on the newsletter committee. Since Veronica has become project manager, she has participated with ERICSA for their IJ Fair virtual training as well as moderated the chat room for questions during the IJ Fair. Veronica is very much looking forward to being a part of the board as we move North Carolina into the way of pandemic conferences.
2nd Vice President - Beverly Wright
Immediate Past President – Sonya Scott
Sonya Scott serves is a Program Administrator with the Pitt County Department of Social Services. Sonya began her career with Durham County Department of Social Services as an Administrative Assistant in November 1995 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then worked with Wilson County Department of Social Services for 2 years. She began working with Pitt County Department of Social Services in November 1998. She has 22 years of service with the Child Support Program and a total of 26 years with Social Services. She has worked in all child support program levels as well as an Income Maintenance caseworker. During her 22 tenure in the Child Support Program, she has always been a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council. She and her husband, John, have been happily married for 10 years and has one daughter, Zaria. Sonya enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.
Secretary - Carrie Leonard
Carrie Leonard’s child support career began as an intern, the summer of 2001, while attending Catawba College. She began full-time employment with the Child Support Program January 2003. She has experience working as a case manager in the areas of establishment, enforcement, and interstate caseloads and is currently the Lead Agent/Trainer on staff for Rowan County. In 2013, Carrie received the NC Regional Employee of the Year Award. She has served as a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council Board of Directors since 2019 and is currently serving on the Executive Board as Secretary.
Treasurer - Renee Davis-Jones
Ex Officio - Verna Donnelly
Verna Donnelly is the North Carolina Child Support Director. Prior to assuming the role of director, she was the Section Chief of Program Operations for the Child Support Program, with overall responsibility for Policy and Training, Central Registry, State Parent Locate Services and County Support team. With more than 20 years of child support experience, Verna has worked at the local level of child support in Louisiana, the state and local level in North Carolina in various capacities and contractually on the Automated Collection and Tracking System (ACTS) Project for the State of North Carolina child support system. She is a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council, where she has served numerous years on the curriculum committee and is currently the ex-officio board member. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Verna understands the importance of the child support program and the tremendous impact it has on families. She firmly believes that every new and innovative idea used to continue to move the child support program forward begins with a single step.
Rosanne Wiley-Hayes currently serves as the Director of Child Support & Court Services for Guilford County Government. She started her career in Child Support with Forsyth County in April of 2012. She began as an office specialist and then became an establishment agent. She was later promoted to the office specialist supervisor and was then promoted to the supervisor for a specialized unit comprised of Intergovernmental, foster care and lead agent/training staff. She worked with Forsyth County’s Child Support for six years. In October of 2018, she began working with Guilford County’s Child Support High Point office as the Establishment/Intergovernmental unit supervisor. She was later promoted to the program manager of the High Point office in Guildford County. Rosanne filled the position of Deputy Director for Child Support in April of 2021. She became the Director of Child Support and Court Services for Guilford County in April of 2022. Rosanne has been a member of the Child Support Council sporadically throughout her tenure with Child Support Services and served one year on the Curriculum committee. Rosanne is currently a board member of the NC Child Support Council and co-chairs on the newsletter and nominations committees. Rosanne’s prior work experience includes 12 years of Banking Call Center Customer Sales and Service representative and supervision.
Rosanne is married and has three beautiful daughters. She resides with her family in the city of Winston-Salem, NC. Rosanne loves to read and sing whenever she can. Rosanne is also the founder of Courage2Heal, a ministry where she pours into the lives of others to identify, overcome, and heal from past hurts. Rosanne has a passion for motivating and developing others within and outside of the workplace.
Pamela Ellis is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She began her career working for Pitt County Child Support Enforcement in 2012 as an Office Assistant III. She currently serves as an Administrative Assistant I for her department. She has also been a member of the Wellness Advisory Council since 2019. During the 2022 Child Support Conference, Pamela was one of the NC Child Support 2022 Employee of Year Nominees for Front Line Staff Workers. She has been a member of the Child Support Council for the past 10 years and served as a volunteer during the conferences.
Personally, Pamela is married to Tony Ellis and have 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren. She currently serves on the East Carolina University Black Alumni Chapter Executive Board and President of Bennett College Alumnae Association Coastal Carolina Chapter. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Erica J. Frasier is an attorney. She began her legal career in 2000 as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County, NC then went on to do criminal defense for a few years. In 2007, shortly after the birth of her son, she joined Wake County Child Support Enforcement where she has served as an attorney for over 16 years. She previously worked as a child support case manager for one year in Mecklenburg County and one year in Wake County. She holds a BA in History from North Carolina A&T State University and a JD from North Carolina Central University. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her 17-year-old son and is anxiously awaiting becoming an empty nester.
Kristen Sigmon is the North Carolina Child Support Section Chief for Fiscal Operations. Prior to assuming the role of Section Chief, she was a policy and training consultant with responsibility for providing training and policy information to all 100 counties. Kristen has over 25 years of child support experience. She began her child support career at the local level as an agent in Catawba County, North Carolina. Later she became an establishment supervisor and then the program director for Catawba County Child Support Services. Kristen served at the local level for 20 years before coming to the State of NC Child Support Central office. She is a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council, where she has served numerous years on the curriculum committee and is currently a board member. She has also served on the ERICSA Awards and Recognition committee. Kristen attended Wake Forest University and East Carolina University. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Kristen believes in child support and its mission. She is very passionate about serving families and believes that every idea begins with reaching out and taking a single step towards growth. Kristen strongly feels the child support program is a vital building block in helping families build a stable and solid foundation- with both parents actively involved in the lives of their children.
Jennifer Crudo Allen
Renea Stewart has worked in the North Carolina Child Support Program for over 27 years, which includes time in Wake County, Johnston County and the CSE State office. She has worked in several areas of child support program, from administrative support, Case Manager, Trainer, Supervisor and currently she is the Information Technology Specialist for Wake County Child Support. She believes in doing the work and strives to work hand in hand everyday with staff at Wake CSE to get things done. She has felt this way since her first interaction with the child support program back in 1985, as she was a client for over 17 years.
Renea graduated from Wake Tech with an AAS in Business Computer Program, Meredith College with a BS in Computer Information System, and Johnston Community College with both an AAS in Paralegal Technology and AAS in Business Administration.
Renea is a mother of two boys Terrence, who died in 2004 and Kendall who is currently 28 years old. Renea is also the proud grandmother of her 2 year old granddaughter, Addison.
As a legacy to her sons, both Terrence and Kendall, Renea wants to have an impact on the children of North Carolina as the child support program played an important part in her sons’ lives. Every child deserves to receive the financial support they need to survive in this world. Her hope is that she can play some part in doing just that.
Jennifer has been employed with Forsyth County DSS since 2002 and has over nineteen years combined experience in Economic Services and Child Support. She has played several different roles in the agency including: income maintenance caseworker, child support agent, senior child support agent/trainer, child support supervisor, and economic services supervisor. She transitioned back to Child Support in February of 2016, and she is thoroughly enjoying this chapter in her career as Division Director. Jennifer graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology. She currently serves on the Forsyth County Re-entry Council, and she heads her county’s Incarcerated NCP Project. Jennifer enjoys bird-watching and spending time with her husband, Nick, and their two children, Carson Nicholas (2012) and Carter Elizabeth (2014).
Paula Finchum has worked in Child Support in Moore County for 28 years and currently holds the position of Lead Establishment Agent. Paula started in the customer service unit and throughout her 28 years she has also worked initiate, locate, enforcement and interstate establishment caseloads. She is a valued resource to the Moore County Community and beyond. Paula has served on the NCCSC Board of Directors since 2018 and has enjoyed getting to know other members of the child support community.
Paula is a certified Paralegal. She and her husband Neal have been married for 26 years. They share a 20-year-old son, Logan who is currently attending East Carolina University pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She keeps her co-workers happy with her delicious baking skills — especially her peanut butter chocolate cake.
James McQueen earned a Bachelor of Science from Campbell University in 1994. After school and on his path to finding home in Child Support, he made employment stops at Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (Roche Biomedical at the time), Richmond County Schools, and WestPoint Stevens-Wagram, NC. James finally found a place to call home at Scotland County DSS as a Child Support Enforcement Agent in 2001. From 2001 to 2016, he served many roles in Scotland County including Agent II, Lead Agent, Supervisor, and Program Administrator. In 2016, he ventured to work with NC Child Support as the Assistant Chief of Fiscal Operations, and in 2018 accepted the role of Child Support Director in Cumberland County. James enjoys playing Candy Crush, home renovation projects, and vacation time with family. In 1995, he married his high school sweetheart, and they have one son. James is a laid-back guy who lives by the motto that no matter what happens “it’ll get better.”
Andra Robinson has served over 20 years within North Carolina Child Support.
During this time, she had the opportunity to serve within various counties within the state; from which she has gained experience in Establishment, Enforcement, and Intergovernmental Child Support. Andra is actively involved within her agency and has served in initiatives including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Wellness, and Leadership. Andra also spends her time engaging in service and volunteer work within the community. Andra currently serves as the Supervisor of Alexander County Child Support. She is a native North Carolinian and earned her degree in Management at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Andra currently serves as Co-Chair of the Public Awareness; Registration & Membership; and Scholarship Committees.
Teresa Clifton is the Customer Service Manager at the labcorp DNA Identification Testing Division in Burlington NC where she leads the DNA Customer Service and Account Management teams responsible for servicing government, state, and county agencies as well as private client DNA relationship testing needs. Teresa’s thirty plus years at labcorp has been working in the DNA division where she continues to demonstrate proven leadership, organizational and customer relations skills, and lead process improvement efforts.
Teresa joined NCCSC as a board member in early 2021 and states “ Joining the North Carolina Child Support Council Board during a pandemic time has been unique, thought-provoking, and affords me the opportunity to continue my journey and labcorp mission of Improving health and Improving lives. I came to the board earlier this year in February 2021 to fill a recently vacated seat where board members were already established for the term. Attending meetings remotely, the absence of in-person interaction with fellow board members, while volunteering to serve on a committee to plan our first virtual conference has definitely stretched my limits! I look forward to rising and meeting my board member responsibilities! My belief is ‘Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does’. Thanks for the opportunity!”
Teresa enjoys traveling and spending time with family, she has a daughter, a son, three grandkids whom she adores, and a host of other relatives and friends.
I began my career with Mecklenburg County Child Support in January 2013 as an Administrative Support Assistant and currently a Quality and Training Specialist. In this role, I oversee new hire onboarding, assist with new hire training, and develop training content to contribute to the professional development of staff members. I am a creative, resourceful, and out-of-the-box thinker and passionate about exploring ways to address the needs of individuals and families to increase their economic independence and positively affect their quality of life. I am also involved with the community support efforts of the Mecklenburg County Child Support Services Empowering Fathers Program and the Community Outreach Committee. I am a Southern New Hampshire University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a 2017 NCSEA-U (National Child Support Enforcement Association-University) graduate, and recently completed the State of North Carolina Qualified Training Professional Program. I am excited to have been chosen to serve as a Board Member for the North Carolina Child Support Council and look forward to helping advance the mission of the Council during my term.Teresa joined NCCSC as a board member in early 2021 and states “ Joining the North Carolina Child Support Council Board during a pandemic time has been unique, thought-provoking, and affords me the opportunity to continue my journey and labcorp mission of Improving health and Improving lives. I came to the board earlier this year in February 2021 to fill a recently vacated seat where board members were already established for the term. Attending meetings remotely, the absence of in-person interaction with fellow board members, while volunteering to serve on a committee to plan our first virtual conference has definitely stretched my limits! I look forward to rising and meeting my board member responsibilities! My belief is ‘Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does’. Thanks for the opportunity!”
Monika White began her career with Mecklenburg County Child Support Services in October 2019, as a Case Coordinator. Monika was recently promoted to Senior Case Coordinator in January 2023. She is extremely skilled in providing thorough details, playing close attention to detail, and ensuring each party within the child support system is treated fairly.
Monika graduated from North Carolina Central University as a Cum Laude graduate, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Her education has attributed to her strengths within her career, and as a result, she decided to accept an active role within the North Carolina Child Support Council. Monika has become a board member in February 2022, and she is extremely honored to serve the children and child support professionals within the state of North Carolina.
Monika has served with many organizations in the following capacities:
Foundation A.M.E. Zion Trustee Board Officer, February 2023 to Present
Young Adult Missionary Society/Y.A.M.S. Coordinator – February 2023 to Present
York County, S.C. Board of Elections (2022 to Present)
North Carolina Child Support Council Board of Executives (2022 to Present)
Virtual Reading Tutor – Reading Partners (2021 to 2022)
Notary Public (North Carolina Expiry July 2, 2024: South Carolina Expiry February 8, 2031)
Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund Mentor (2019 to 2021)
Parent Body Missionary Secretary – Foundation A.M.E. Zion Church (2018 to Present)
Mecklenburg County, N.C. Board of Elections (2016 to 2020)
Mecklenburg County Guardian ad Litem (2017)
Samaritan’s Feet (2016)
Attorney Charles L. Morgan Intern (2013)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (2008 to 2020)
Classroom Central (2005 to 2013)
Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest Council (2008 to 2010)
Summit House (2004 to 2006)
Tanya Glenn began her career with DSS in 1999. She has served in positions in Food Assistance, Family & Children’s Medicaid, Adult Medicaid, Special Assistance, Child Protective Services, Foster Care Licensing, and Child Support. Her Child Support career began in 2003 in Rutherford County after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During her tenure in Rutherford County, she was named as the 2007 Western Area Employee of the Year. She later served in Cleveland County as Supervisor and Program Manager prior to beginning a position at the State Office in 2017 on the Policy & Training team. Her current position is the County Support Supervisor for the state office.
Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, family and friends. She volunteers with the local mental health agency in her hometown of Shelby, NC. Tanya has a passion for helping other people reach their fullest potential.
Diana Weaver began working at Pitt County Social Services in 1996 as an Income Maintenance Worker. She started her career in Child Support in 2006 as an Establishment Agent and has recently been promoted to Supervisor of the Establishment Unit. During her years with Social Services, she was a
member of the North Carolina Social Services Association where she was on the state board for several years and held positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer with the Pitt County Chapter. She served on the Entertainment Committee with the NC Child Support Council for several
years in the past. Diana is a hard worker and always willing to do whatever is needed of her. As an Establishment Agent she aided the Supervisor helping with training, implementing policy, creating forms and orders, covering vacancies and learn other aspects of child support, such as review & adjustment, intake, and interstate.
Diana has an associate degree in Social Work and a BA in Sociology/Psychology. She has always had the desire to help families in need, especially to help children with their childhood needs in an effort to
make life better for them. Diana is married to her husband Donnie who worked as a school teacher for 32 years. They have been
married 24 years and have 3 children.
Linda Flick began in Child Support in March of 1998 in Davidson County. She started with intake and moved quickly to Establishment, and then to Enforcement. She worked with the Davidson County Child Support office for 1 year before transferring to Guilford County in 1999. She has worked as an Enforcement and an Establishment Agent
Linda has been working in the Guilford County Child Support / High Point office, as an enforcement agent, for 23 years. Linda has previously served 7 years on the NC Child Support Board of Directors where she was Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. She has also served on many committees over the past 15+ years as a Council Member.
Linda has 1 daughter and 2 granddaughters, and currently lives in Davidson County. She earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Guilford Technical Community College, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from High Point University.
Sherri Sellars is currently a Program Manager II with Brunswick County Department of Social Services. She started her career in Guilford County in 2004. She began her career as an Enforcement Agent, later she transitioned to the Intergovernmental unit and ending her term with Guilford County as the Community Outreach Liaison. She worked one year with New Hanover county as a Universal Services worker in the Department of Social Services. Sherri started back in Child Support in 2016 in Brunswick County. Sherri has served approximately 19 years with North Carolina Child Support and has served 3 years on the NCCSC Board of Directors. She was also the recipient of the North Carolina Child Support Manager of the Year award in 2020.
Sherri is a graduate of Elon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She is also a graduate of Guilford Technical Community College with an Associate in Applied Science Degree. She is married to her husband, Antonio and they have three children, Quintin, Quierra and Hayden. Sherri enjoys working with others and loves to assist wherever she is needed.
James Leo Carr
Timothy S. Kincaid
William S. Lockamy
J. Ray Elinburg
Anne C. Barnes
Michael L. Adams
Hobert L. Freeman
J. Randall McWaters
Kathryn S. Foley
Judge Kristin Ruth
2006 – 2007
Tony C. Dalton
Alice B. McCoy
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Astra Wilson Kirksey