BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STERLING EUGENE FREEMAN, MDIV, DMIN
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Chair

Dr. Freeman is a liberation theologian, and leadership educator and coach, building capacities for equity and systemic social change for the cause of achieving an anti-racist,  fairer and more just world. He is the Co-Founder and Principal of CounterPart Consulting, Inc., where he leads client-partners’ strategic efforts to incorporate a racial equity lens into the core of their organizations. The work includes facilitating baseline racial equity capacity building, organizational assessments, coaching and technical assistance. Client-partners cover a myriad of sectors including early childhood education, higher education, philanthropy, healthcare, religious, environmental and more. 

REV. DR. LYNNE CALDWELL
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Interim President

Lynne is the Dean of Neighborhood Seminary and pastor at Bethel UMC in Winston-Salem. An Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and former District Superintendent, she taught for 10 years at the Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

BETH CRISSMAN
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Member-at-Large

Beth serves as Lead Pastor at West Market Church in Greensboro. Along with her husband, Rev. Kelly Crissman, they serve as founders and executive directors of Plowpoint, a non-profit organization committed to transforming leaders and churches for the transformation of local communities. She has served several congregations and authored several books, A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (BS in Nursing), Beth also has Masters degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles and Emory University.

DINA HELDERMAN
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Secretary & Treasurer

Dina has a passion for helping organizations engage their missions and achieve their goals by building infrastructure and processes that enable teamwork and efficiency. She is a partner at Saison Consulting, LLC, in Durham, NC, and works as the office manager for Neighborhood Seminary. Previously, she was the director of Events Management and on staff in Leadership Education, both at Duke Divinity School. She holds an MDiv from McAfee School of Theology.