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Our Team

Brad Spivey Portrait

Brad Spivey

Chief Financial Officer

Brad Spivey joined DRNC in January 2018. As chief financial officer, he oversees accounting and financial management functions for the agency. Spivey, who brings many years of e…

Holly Stiles Portrait

Holly Stiles

Assistant Legal Director for Litigation

Holly Stiles is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a J.D. from New York Law School. She started practicing law in…

Ashleigh Swayze Portrait

Ashleigh Swayze


Ashleigh Swayze joined DRNC in August 2021. Her work focuses on investigations involving Social Security beneficiaries and their representative payees. Swayze has over 10 yea…

Debbie Thome Portrait

Debbie Thome

Senior Advocate

Debbie Thome came to DRNC in 2007 via Carolina Legal Assistance, where she first worked on the Thomas S. class litigation and then on the Special Education Juvenile Justice Projec…

Craig Waleed profile

Craig Waleed

Project Manager (contract position)

Craig Waleed, EdD joined Disability Rights North Carolina in May 2022. He serves as Project Manager for Unlock the Box (UTB) Campaign Against Solitary Confinement. Craig is an ed…

Lena Welch Portrait

Lena Welch

Kennedy Fellow

Lena Welch 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 North Carolina…

Luke Wollard Portrait

Luke Woollard


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 ye…

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