• Meade horton van pelt


    Meade began as Executive Director on December 1, 2016. Meade comes to us after 21 years at Pitney Bowes, Inc. and is involved in the community through her church, Gregory Elementary PTA, The Ministering Circle, the Community Counseling Center board and much more. Meade holds a BA in Mass Communication/Media Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and a MBA Business Administration and Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Meade and her husband, Joel Van Pelt, have two children, Max and Josie. 

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  • Lindsay Prickett

    Director of development

    Lindsay Prickett joined the Harrelson Center team in February 2017. Lindsay and her family attend First Baptist Church Wilmington where Lindsay serves as Chair of the the Children’s Ministry Committee and she teaches Sunday School. She is also currently serving on the Board of Directors at The Children’s Museum of Wilmington, on the local JDRF Board of Directors and actively involved in The International School at Gregory PTA. Lindsay and her husband, Warren, have two daughters and they enjoy traveling and going to the beach. 

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    Sonja volunteered with the outreach program at St. James Episcopal Church for many years. As the Help Hub Director, Sonja coordinates volunteers and the daily activities of the Help Hub. Sonja works part-time at The Harrelson Center and also works as a care coordinator.

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  • audrey hart

    New Hanover Disaster Coalition, Director

    Audrey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She has experience in case management, politics, and recruiting. She was nominated and received the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Pacesetter Award for the Health and Human Services Department in 2015. Audrey is originally from Montreal, Quebec and has been in North Carolina since 2003. 

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  • christy aley

    community outreach coordinator

    Christy will serve as the liaison and information specialist educating and engaging our community, Harrelson Center nonprofit partners, neighbors, and volunteers for centralized and efficient collaboration. Christy joined the Center in March 2018 and was previously the Interim Worship Director at First Baptist Church, in sales, and in many volunteer roles with organizations in our community. Christy graduated from Appalachian State University with degrees in Psychology and music. She moved to Wilmington in 1996 where she met her husband, Austin Aley, who was the Harrelson Center 2017 Board President. They have two growing boys, Jack and Banks, and they enjoy adventurous family vacations.  Click here to contact Christy.

  • KimberLy Bandera

    Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Kim moved to Southport from Boston 17 years ago with her husband Rich to enjoy the warmer weather and the sailing. She worked with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County and Brunswick Community College. She has a background in marketing, teaching, and nonprofit management. 

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  • Robert davis

    maintenance assistant & security

    Robert entered the Phoenix Hometown Hires program in 2015 and joined our staff shortly after to help with evening security & building maintenance. He is the father of two teenagers. Robert always wears a smile along with his security badge.

  • Arnetta Farrington


    Arnetta joined the Harrelson Center team in June 2019. She comes to us through the United Way. She volunteers at the Northside Bridge Builders and attends St. Andrew AMEZ Church. Arnetta has three daughters and seven grandchildren. 

  • Margee Herring

    director of public relations

    Margee is an accredited PR professional and has been providing media and community relations guidance to her clients throughout the Carolinas for the past 30 years. She's also served on several non-profit boards: Carousel Center, Coastal Horizons and GLOW Academy, where she still serves as the PR board member. That is to say, she is delighted to pull her PR savvy, media network and devotion to the region's non profits together in her new position as part time Director of PR for The Harrelson Center.

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  • Frances Reyes

    Donations MANAGEMENT and Help Hub Assistant

  • John robbins, jr.


    John Robbins, Jr. began as our Building and Maintenance Supervisor in the fall of 2017.  He has extensive maintenance experience, serving 17 years in the field. He has also served 20 years in the United States Air Force! John has one daughter and 2 grandchildren and loves motorcycling, golfing and the beach.  

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  • Aaron schnurbusch

    Administrative Assistant

    Aaron and his wife live in Porter’s Neck with their two children. They moved here in 2018 from Asheville, NC. Aaron has a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector in many different capacities but always with a focus on alleviating poverty, ending homelessness and providing space for community volunteers to share their gifts. They attend St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal. 

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  • Kimberlie Thompson

    Hospitality and development

    Kimberlie and her husband Greg moved to Wilmington 2 1/2 years ago and love living downtown. She fell in love with the Harrelson Center after a tour with Meade and has been volunteering ever since! She and Greg have two children, Parker and Addie, who are both in school pursuing their love of the arts. Kimberlie loves traveling, cooking, and playing as much golf as possible.

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