Our Team

Project Manager (contract position)

Craig Waleed, EdD joined Disability Rights North Carolina in May 2022. He serves as project manager for Unlock the Box Campaign Against Solitary Confinement. Craig is an educator, counselor, certified Restorative Practices group faci…


Lena Welch focuses on employment rights as a member of the community access team. Lena joined DRNC in August 2020 as a Kennedy Fellow on the education team. Welch earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and economics from the University of…


Von Weston joined Disability Rights North Carolina in May 2022 as a paralegal/advocate. She has over 30 years experience in litigation with a specialty in insurance defense, personal injury, corporate and banking law, family law, trade…


Luke Woollard joined DRNC’s prison and jails team in January 2019. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. He attended UNC School of Law after spending two years in Americorps. Prior to DRNC, Woollard began his legal c…

Governor's Crime Commission Advocate/Investigator

In March 2023, Nia joined DRNC, taking up the role of Governor’s Crime Commission advocate and investigator. She has an extensive background in working with children, accumulated from years of working in preschools, her church an…


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