Our Team

Investigator

Connie Dixon joined Disability Rights North Carolina in April 2022 as an investigator/advocate on the Rep Payee Team. Her work focuses on investigations involving Social Security beneficiaries and their representative payees. Conni…

Director of Public Policy

Corye Dunn joined DRNC in 2011 as the agency’s director of public policy. Dunn, who was born and raised in Durham, N.C., graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC Central University School of Law. Prior to coming to work at DRNC, Dunn practiced l…

Intake Advocate

Julie-Ann joined DRNC in June 2023 as the intake advocate to the Client Assistance Services & Engagement team. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Dominican University. Before joining the team at DRNC, Julie-Ann worked in…

Law Extern

Shirley will be working with the DRNC team as their legal extern for the 2024 spring semester. Currently, she is a 3L at Duke Law School. Born and raised in Durham, Shirley is passionate about disability advocacy, voting rights and law. Shir…

Attorney

Lisa Gessler joined DRNC in March 2019 as an attorney on DRNC’s community access team. In March 2023 she transitioned to spearhead a new initiative to increase access to medications for opioid use disorders in jail settings as part o…

Investigator

Sandra González joined DRNC in August 2019 as an investigator/advocate for the investigations and monitoring unit. She has a personal and professional connection with people with disabilities and has worked in various advocacy roles f…

Project Manager (contract position)

Desireé Gorbea-Finalet, MA joined Disability Rights North Carolina in September 2021 as the Traumatic Brain Injury Justice Initiative project manager. Her work focuses on developing and implementing an innovative Traumatic Brain In…

Litigation Counsel

Lisa Grafstein joined DRNC in 2011 and served the agency with distinction as legal director 2014 – 2020. In her role as litigation counsel, she focuses on developing strategic legal cases, both individual and systemic, on behalf of DRNC’s…

Director of Constituent Services

Iris Peoples Green joined DRNC when it became the state’s Protection & Advocacy agency in 2007. In 2019, Green took on the challenge to lead the agency’s emergency management and disaster relief efforts as the supervising attorney of…

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