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Board of Directors

DRNC’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about the rights of people with disabilities. All or most of our board members are disabled or have a family member with a disability. The DRNC Board of Directors seeks to reflect the ethnic, racial, geographic, socioeconomic and disability diversity of North Carolina.

Selection of board members is based on current diversity and skills needed, as well as knowledge, connection and commitment to advancing the human and legal rights of people with disabilities.

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DRNC Board Members

Connie Butterfield Portrait

Connie Butterfield

Connie C. Butterfield joined the DRNC board of directors in August 2021. Connie lives in Greensboro, N.C and is a retired North Carolina educator. Connie has served on the Rocky Mo…

Edward G. (Woody) Connette Portrait

Edward G. (Woody) Connette

Woody Connette has practiced law for more than 40 years, representing clients who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries, loss of family members by wrongful death, and lo…

Victoria Ekstrand Portrait

Victoria Ekstrand

(Central Region)

Victoria (Tori) is an assistant professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she teaches media law and researches web ac…

Kim Lan Grout Portrait

Kim Lan Grout

Chairperson (Central Region)

Kim Lan is a marketing and communications professional, freelance journalist and photographer, and a disability educator and advocate in Durham. She is the founder of the Redef…

Candace Harke Portrait

Candace Harke

(Central Region)

Candace D. Harke joined the DRNC board in June 2021. She serves as managing attorney for the Pembroke Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina where she advocates for individuals, inc…

Evan Lewis Portrait

Evan Lewis

Secretary (Eastern Region)

Evan joined our board in March of 2019 and has also been a pro bono attorney volunteer for DRNC. He opened his own law practice in 2014 and resides in Beaufort County. Evan graduated w…

Edward Rizzuto Portrait

Edward Rizzuto

Chair-elect (Piedmont Region)

Ed Rizzuto joined the DRNC Board of Directors in February, 2020. He initially became involved with DRNC in 2017 as a pro bono attorney, providing assistance to clients seeking to p…

Juvencio Peralta Portrait

Juvencio Rocha-Peralta

(Eastern Region)

Juvencio Rocha-Peralta, Jr., a native of Veracruz, Mexico, has lived in North Carolina since 1980 and has been a community leader and advocate for the past 35 years. Juvencio is th…

Jill Scercy Portrait

Jill Britton Scercy

(Eastern Region)

Jill has lived in North Carolina for more than 35 years. She lives in Greenville with her husband and has three grown children. She graduated from East Carolina University and is a l…

Cheryl Mulloy Villemagne Portrait

Cheryl Mulloy Villemagne

Treasurer (Western Region)

Cheryl is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in nonprofit organizational management. She lives with her husband, Dick, in Waynesville, in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.…

Sheila Wall Hill Portrait

Sheila Wall-Hill

(Western Region)

Sheila joined our board in March of 2019. Her education includes a Bachelor’s of Science, with a Biology major and Chemistry minor, from Johnson C. Smith University; a NC Teacher C…

Patrick WIlliams Portrait

Patrick Williams

Vice Chair (Central Region)