PEACH Board of Directors

The business and affairs of PEACH are managed by its Board of Directors. Board members serve a two year term of office, and may serve consecutive terms. The PEACH Board meets quarterly and Directors serve on at least one sub-committee, which meet monthly. Directors receive no compensation for their service on the PEACH Board.


Current Board Members


Patrick Baker

Bio for Patrick Baker coming soon.


Dan Curry

pic-1Dan Curry is Executive Director of Clean Energy Durham. During his three years with this non-profit organization he has helped create an innovative energy efficiency education program called Pete Street™ that teaches neighborhood residents how to save energy in their home and share that knowledge with other neighbors. For over 35 years Dan has worked to discover opportunities for neighborhood-based change. As a community planner, program manager, and grant administrator for the City of Greensboro, NC he managed neighborhood development activities that resulted in more than $200 million of urban reinvestment and job creation activities. As the City of Greensboro’s first Sustainability Manager he led the team responsible for Greensboro’s successful application to the US Dept. of Energy for a $5 million Better Buildings Neighborhood Program award setting the stage for their neighborhood-based energy savings program.

In his spare time, Dan works on his 100 year-old home and enjoys camping, surf fishing, and getting to as many live concerts as possible.

Dan received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture degree from NC State University and is Past Chair of the Piedmont Triad Chapter US Green Building Council.


Genell Curry

pic-6Gennell currently works as an administrative assistant in the NC Central University law school. She has also worked at JC Electric Inc., Hunt Law Firm, Duke University, and UNC-CH. Gennell is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice as well as an Associates of Science degree in Paralegal Technologies from Durham Technical Community College. Gennel currently serves as an administrative assistant with JC Electric Durham and has been in that position since 2007. She has also worked for Hunt Law Firm, Duke University, and UNC-CH. Gennell has always had a passion to help people and contributes her volunteer time to several faith-based and scholarship initiatives. Gennell is an avid reader and she also enjoys golf, running, swimming, and writing. Gennell currently lives in Creedmoor, NC, however she was a Durham resident for 18 years, prior to moving to Creedmoor. Gennell is excited to be a member of the PEACH Board of Directors and to continue to help the program meets its goals and objectives.


Johnny Green

pic-3Johnny R. Green has always shown an interest in all things science related. In the early 2000’s, he began working with the Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Children’s Health (PEACH), under Mrs. Lenora Smith.  As a PEACH youth, Johnny won 3rd place in his school science fair for a research experiment he did on “Effective Techniques for the Removal of Lead Dust Particles.” This early exposure to science and research influenced Johnny to seek a career in research. He received his B.S. in biology and currently works as a breeding technician for a contract company in Research Triangle Park. Johnny has also worked as an animal caretaker for research institutions and aspires to be a college professor. Johnny participates in the tutoring program at Morehead Avenue Baptist Church, he serves on the Executive Council for the Research Triangle Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Science (AALAS), and he volunteers as a regular platelet donor at the American Red Cross. Johnny does his very best at all he sets his mind to and he seeks to inspire others to do the same.


Lawrence Little

pic-4Lawrence served as a PEACH AmeriCorps member in 2006-2007. He coordinated and managed community outreach programs that included such projects as helping a resident to implement a low cost soil remediation strategy to cover bare soil outside her rear entry doorway; and coordinating a poster contest for summer campers who learned about the dangers of lead poisoning. Campers were encouraged to illustrate what they learned about lead for a chance to win a new bike. As an AmeriCorps member Lawrence also worked with Operation Breakthrough (OBT), a PEACH partner and the Durham County non-profit agency that managed the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEP). Lawrence was hired full time by OBT in 2007 as the community coordinator for the weatherization program. He was promoted to Accounting Technician in late 2007 and worked with OBT for 7 years. Lawrence is currently employed at Credit Suisse. Lawrence has served as a state notary, and when he isn’t working, he enjoys singing in three choirs at his church, First Cavalry Baptist Church in Durham.


Victor Morrison

vicVictor Morrison, Sr. earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration a minor in Education from North Carolina University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina. While  at NCCU, Mr. Morrison played football which included being in the team that won the MEAC Tournament Championship in 1972 and 1973 consecutively.

Mr. Morrison worked in various positions in Durham, North Carolina, which included as an Assistant Program Director for the Salvation Army Boys’ Club; Assistant Recreation Department; and Co-Founder and Director of Boys to Gentlemen Residential Servoces Inc.

Currently, Mr. Morrison is retired; however, he works closely with his wife, who owns Morrison and wells Cleaning Service, Inc. He resides in Durham, North Carolina and is the  father of two sons and one daughter.


Barrington Ross

baringtonThe Reverend Barrington Bernard Ross is a native of Winnsboro, S.C. His ministry began in 1990 at Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Phoenix, Arizona under the late Reverend Russell Hill, Jr. and the current pastor, the Reverend Benjamin Thomas, Jr. In 1993, his family and he moved to Durham, N.C., where he attended seminary and transferred his membership to St. Joseph’s AME Church.   At St. Joseph’s, he worked as an associate minister to with the Reverend Philip R. Cousin, Jr., Senior Pastor. In 2007, Rev. Ross evangelized and preached in Paris and Lyon, France for 10 days with the collaboration of Rev. Melynda Clarke of Greater Mt. Nebo, Bowie, Md. and Dr. Adrien Ngudiankama, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, Baltimore. The Reverend Barrington B. Ross currently serves as the senior pastor of Pearson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Yanceyville, N.C.

As an educator, he is certified in Secondary Middle School Science, High School Biology and Earth and Space Science in Arizona and North Carolina. He began teaching middle schoolers in 1999 at Shepard Magnet International Baccalaureate School. Science students were exposed to various dissections, activities, field trips, science fairs, and events during his career at Shepard. He helped to create and field test lessons with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) middle school lesson supplements on “Chemical, the Environment, and You” developed by the Biological Curriculum Study Center (BSCS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   During the summer of 2000, he coordinated and directed Enviro-camp for elementary and middle school students at North Carolina Central University.

He worked in leadership with many science programs MSEN (Math and Science Educational Network), Science Olympiad, Science Decathlon, SMASSS (Students Making another Science Success Story) and Project SEED. In the fall of 2004 he escorted six Project SEED high school students to Montreal Canada, to present their work at the prestigious Sigma Xi’s international convention. Also, in 2004, he began collaboration with NCCU and the University of California Berkeley on a 5-year National Science Foundation Grant, “Technology Enhanced Learning in Science- TELS” where he helped to create and field test web-based inquiry lessons. In 2006, he was featured for his work in Science magazine in the article, “New Curricula Aim to Make High School Labs Less Boring”. (Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, 2006).

Shawn Myers Ross, his loving wife of 27 years is a Licensed AME Missionary from Cheverly, Maryland. They have 2 children, Amena Estelle Ross, a graduate of Hampton University and former in the U.S. House of Representatives analyst and Caleb Wallace Ross, a business administration junior at Florida A&M.


Michael Scott

pic-7Michael Scott is a Health Education Specialist at the Durham County Department of Public Health. He received his B.S. in Health Education from North Carolina Central University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Michael began his Public Health career as an undergraduate student working part-time for The Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Children’s Health through a partnership with North Carolina Central University. He currently works at the Durham County Department of Public Health coordinating tobacco use prevention efforts. He has worked previously in the field of diabetes education with the Durham Diabetes Coalition (DDC). Prior to his work with DDC, he worked with the Diabetes Improvement Project, a community based participatory research project with Duke Medical Center which focused on social support as a way of increasing diabetes self-management.  His background in Public Health also includes HIV/AIDS education and awareness , men’s health research, as well as course work towards an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education.

He is a member of North Carolina Society of Public Health Educators and The American Public Health Association.


Angela Smith

pic-5Ms. Angela Armstrong Smith is a registered nurse with a BS degree in biology, a BSN in nursing and an MSN in nurse education. Her specialty is surgery and she currently works at the Durham VAMC in Ambulatory Primary Care as a nurse care manager. She has provided caring service to patients at the VAMC since 1997. In addition to caring for patients, she has served as a preceptor, mentor, and clinical leader for staff nurses and has served as nurse manager for the medical surgical unit. Angela believes in a Holistic lifestyle and likes learning about and eating organic foods. She also believes in having a balanced lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, laughing and living. She enjoys the arts, specifically dance. She is married and has 4 children.


Lenora Smith

pic-2Lenora S. Smith is the Executive Director of the Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Children’s Health (PEACH) and currently serves as the board chair. She has more than 20 years of community connectivity – creating, directing, and working with residents and other organizations to make resources available to marginalized and underserved residents throughout the community. Lenora’s work has focused on making PEACH a comprehensive lead-based paint training program and environmental remediation company. She has relied on community volunteers, residents, middle school students, college interns, and work force development interns to help develop training, assessment, research, and remediation techniques for the organization.  Lenora uses experiential education philosophy to engage program participants in methodologies for community outreach, lead-based paint presentations, lead-based paint remediation, community-based research, and other skills associated with developing a community training and environmental remediation company.  Under her leadership PEACH has provided paid AmeriCorps Service opportunities for 11 Durham residents including high school students, formerly incarcerated residents, college and graduate level participants. Lenora believes everyone can mentor and teach and works one on one with PEACH participants to help them realize and develop their inherent potential. Lenora currently serves on the Duke Chancellor’s Community Health Advisory Board, Mayor’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, Northeast Central Durham Leadership Council, and Latino Health Roundtable. She also served as the secretary for the Durham Branch NAACP from 2006-2008 and she received the Inter-Neighborhood Council, Neighborhood Hero Award in 2006. Lenora is from Port Chester, NY and lives in Durham with her husband, Lester and they have three grown children.


Effie Steele

effieMy interest and commitment to neighborhood volunteering was born when I worked for Operation Breakthrough, the first national anti-poverty program to come into Durham in the late 1960’s. I resided in North East Central Durham (NECD) for 23 years and I was very active in the North East Central Durham (NECD) Revitalization process during the 1990’s. I was the Board Chair for the NECD Reinvestment Board for several years, and was very instrumental in organizing the first PAC (Partners Against Crime) organization in North East Central Durham.

I have served as the chair for the Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Children’s Health (PEACH) BOARD since 1998 and I have been instrumental in keeping the child-centered and community health focus prominent in the work we do in the community. I also provided support and guidance towards creating the business focus of the organization. In addition to my volunteer work with PEACH, I also serve on the Religious Coalition for a non-Violent Durham (RCND) Board. I am the chair for the Triangle Right To Life chapter and have participated in numerous baby rescues and life chains. I also serve as the Discussion Leader for the monthly RCND Roundtable Meetings and serve on the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCGV) Board. Additionally, I am involved with Holy Infant Community Garden to provide free fresh fruits and vegetables for the sick and shut in.

I am a warrior against injustices in our world and an advocate for those who are unable to fight for themselves. My love for humanity drives my efforts to “just get things done” with as little bureaucracy as possible.


George Stevens

George Stevens is the owner of George Stevens Insurance Agency, Inc. Founded in 1995. The agency was started three days after he retired from North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. The agency offers auto, home, commercial, life and health insurance. Mr. Stevens is dedicated to providing quality, yet affordable insurance to the community.

Since 1995 George has been active in various community organizations. He is currently the president of the Old Farm Neighborhood Association and has served as the president and chairman of the board for the James E. Shepard Sertoma Club and served on the board of the John Avery & Girls Club.

George has been a licensed pilot and instructor for over 40 years and spends his free time video editing and learning to play the bass guitar. He has been married to his wife Gloria for 41 years. They have two daughters, Kimberly stevens and Valarie (Raymond) Dobson with two grandchildren Raymond III and Noelle.

A native of wilson, North Carolina having served in the United States Army. George is a graduate of the former Barnes Business College, Goldsboro, NC. Currently he is a member of St. Mark AME Zion Church serving as a trustee, Chairperson of the institutional Development Committee and manager of the St. Mark Media Ministry.


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