Summer 2018


Randall Johnson

LNC Class XV

Randall Johnson, LNC Class XV

Executive Director – Southeastern Office
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

“As a lifelong North Carolinian, I’ve been honored to participate in the Leadership North Carolina program for over 10 years as a class member and now as a graduate, serving as alumni class chair, mentor, and sponsor. Whether I’m learning something new about our great state, strengthening my LNC relationships, meeting a new friend or professional colleague in the extensive LNC network, or working on a service opportunity to enhance North Carolina, the unparalleled LNC experience continues to enlighten me and to enrich my life immeasurably, both personally and professionally. I am now a lifelong Leadership North Carolinian.”


Dr. Delores Parker

LNC Class IX

Dr. Delores Parker, LNC Class IX

Retired Educator

“LNC provided me the opportunity to expand my knowledge on critical issues challenging the state. My career journey had allowed me to live outside of the state for over five years. Upon my return, I found it amazing to learn of the major changes, challenges and opportunities which had occurred during my absence. LNC Program sessions were intellectually stimulating and encouraged civic engagement.”


Kristina Fransel


Kristina Fransel, LNC CLASS XXIV

President, Greater Carolinas Chapter
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

“As a transplant to NC, the program helped me gain a thorough understanding of the many diverse regions that contribute to this great state including the interconnected, complex web of systems that are at work here every day. I walked away from LNC with an expanded network of amazing people and having been exposed to a multitude of volunteer opportunities. I grew personally and professionally and appreciated the emphasis that we as a group placed on embracing diverse perspectives and encouraging dialogue about the difficult issues facing North Carolinians and Americans alike.”


Bill Rhyne


Bill Rhyne, LNC Class XIV

Senior Director of Operations Support
Harris Teeter, LLC

“While I have had the opportunity to be very involved in my local community, Leadership North Carolina expanded my horizons from a state viewpoint. The LNC team goes through great effort to put together a broad mix in agenda topics that cover our public and private lives. They also put forth the same energy in selecting participants from across the state with various professional backgrounds and experiences. This combination makes for a great mixing bowl!”

Winter 2018


Joy Vermillion Heinsohn

LNC Class XI

Joy Vermillion Heinsohn, LNC class XI

Assistant Director
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

“What an honor it was to participate in Leadership NC as part of Class XI. I was early in my career, and LNC helped me begin to think differently about how I could make a difference in the state I love. It provided exposure to issues, places, and people that was invaluable. But the relationships I built and the way my classmates and I have continued to cross paths in our careers has been the most remarkable part of this professional development opportunity. What a gift!”


Shawan Gabriel


Shawan Gabriel, LNC Class XXIII

President and Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc.

“Coming into LNC, I had no idea what to expect.  I was introduced to people and aspects of our great state that I had never known.  I gained a deeper understanding of how systems are interconnected and can function as better supports for each other.  This experience propelled me into being a more efficient servant for mentoring services throughout North Carolina.”


The Honorable Carr Ipock

LNC Class I

The Honorable Carr Ipock, LNC Class I

Craven County Board of Education

“Though difficult to imagine, my Leadership North Carolina experience began 23 years ago.  Today, I still enjoy many of those friendships, and also new ones made through LNC.  Those lessons learned continue to enrich my life, having honed skills back then that I use daily through LNC.  I learned from LNC to prepare, network, and never turn down an opportunity to bring our community together.  My deep appreciation goes out to the LNC organization and all who are working to make North Carolina an incredible place to thrive.”


Jennifer Tolle Whiteside


Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, LNC Class XVI

President and Chief Executive Officer
North Carolina Community Foundation

“I had the privilege of participating in Leadership North Carolina early on in my tenure as president and CEO of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Initially reluctant to participate in yet another leadership program, this experience changed the way I view our state and allowed me the opportunity to develop deep and lasting relationships that have made a real difference to me personally and professionally.  I am a huge fan of this program and promote it every chance I get!”