Our Board members come from various backgrounds and are responsible for the vision, policies and financial health of our agency. Board members serve three-year terms and act as ambassadors for our services.
Matt Epstein, President
Matt practiced law for many years and served as a New Hampshire legislator. Since moving to Chapel Hill, he has run several nonprofit and advocacy agencies. He has over thirty years of experience as a mediator, including serving as a Family Mediator with DSC.
Mia Burroughs, Immediate Ex-President
Mia Burroughs served as the Board Liaison for Ipas, an international non-profit based in Chapel Hill. She served as an Orange County Commissioner and member of the Orange County Board of Health from 2014-2018, and served on the Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board 2007-2014 through which she was first introduced to the special contribution that the Dispute Settlement Center makes to our community. She worked at Advocates for Youth in Washington, DC; Shift NC in North Carolina, Planned Parenthood in South Florida, and as an aide to a US Representative from Pennsylvania. She has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, with a double major in Political Science and Spanish.
Rick Igou, Vice President
Rick completed his first mediation training at DSC in early1990 and has been involved with the Center as a volunteer mediator, facilitator, and trainer/coach ever since. His professional practice is limited to mediation and arbitration – he holds all three certifications from the NC Dispute Resolution Commission and is a Durham County District Court arbitrator and a member of the FINRA Board of Arbitrators. He is also co-founder, with Hank Straus, of Elder Matters of the Carolinas, LLC, an elder mediation practice.
He is a past-chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the NCBA, served twice as president of the NC Association of Professional Family Mediators, and has been a member of the NC Supreme Court Custody Mediation Advisory Committee since 2012. He is also an adjunct professor at the NCCU School of Law, teaching both mediation and arbitration. He has a B.A. in Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from UNC School of Law.
Moira Downey, Secretary
Research Facilitator, NC State University Libraries
Moira works as a Research Facilitator at NC State University Libraries, connecting faculty and other scholars with the resources needed to support computationally intensive research. She has worked in libraries for over fifteen years, most of which has been spent between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed an MS in Information Science at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science in 2018. She has lived in Chapel Hill and Carrboro since 2000.
Shelley Gist Kennedy, Treasurer
Assistant Director, Carolina Women’s Center, UNC
Shelley’s professional background has centered around gender equity and violence prevention in the higher education and nonprofit sectors. She is a double Tar Heel, having earned both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Manager of Individual Philanthropy, Accion International
In her 25+ years with non-profits, Annie has raised major and leadership gifts for environmental, education, and reproductive rights groups. At Accion International, she works with major donors to support microfinancing and impact investments for underserved populations worldwide. Annie’s professional experience includes WUNC Radio, the Southern Environmental Law Center, NC Outward Bound School, and Ipas. She also serves as the Vice President on the Triangle Fly Fishers Board of Directors, volunteers with the Mayfly Project, and has served on the boards of ToxicFree NC and the Escambia Coalition on the Homeless. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in International Communications from the University of West Florida.
Family Support, Center for Child and Family Health
Erica received her B.S. in Business Administration in 2015 and her J.D. and M.S.W. in 2021, all from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her interests include the intersection of spirituality, social work, and law.
Erica worked in the legal unit at the Alamance County Department of Social Services on child abuse, neglect, and dependency cases. She hopes to focus on vocational rehabilitation, mental health consultation, and other counseling for families and adults who have been exposed to trauma such as criminal justice involvement and domestic violence. Her goals include providing community resources to empower families, decreasing the likelihood of children being exposed to trauma, and helping adults break negative generational cycles.
Erica was licensed to minister in January 2020 and is the Founder of True Lifetime Commitment Ministries, which promotes holistic wellness and having fun while following Christ.
Executive Director, Community Home Trust
Kimberly has a law degree from the University of Miami, Florida. She worked as a housing and consumer attorney for fifteen years with Legal Aid organizations in Florida and was CEO of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida for five years before moving to North Carolina in 2020. Kimberly is the Executive Director of the Community Home Trust, an affordable housing organization that receives the majority of its inventory through inclusionary zoning, primarily in the Town of Chapel Hill.
Hank Straus is a mediator certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate settlement conferences in Superior Court. Prior to mediation, Hank owned and operated Aurora Restaurant in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Hank is from Asheville, NC. He received a BA in Urban Studies from George Washington University and worked for the city of Washington as a rental housing analyst before moving to Chapel Hill to attend law school. Hank has previously served on the boards of The Art Center, Interfaith Council and Jelly Educational Theatre and has been a precinct chair. Hank is in his third term on the board of DSC and enjoys mediating as a volunteer for DSC and North Carolina Department of Labor.
Assistant Chief of Police, Town of Chapel Hill
Joshua Mecimore brings over two decades of dedicated service to the Chapel Hill Police Department, where he currently holds the position of Assistant Chief of Police. Having worked across every police division, he has gained profound insights into the inner workings of the police department, the town, and the community alike. His current work involves managing the support divisions of the Police Department and directing long-term projects and grants. Josh holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.
Annette Moore retired as an attorney with Orange County, having previously been Director of its Human Rights and Relations Department, and is part of many local anti-racist and social justice efforts, when she is not fencing.
Ken worked as a newspaper reporter at the Sanford Herald, United Press International, and the Charlotte Observer before going to law school. He then represented public school districts in North Carolina for thirty years. Now (mostly) retired, Ken works as a parliamentarian – helping membership organizations run efficient meetings while respecting democratic principles.
Terri serves as a Crisis Counselor in a co-response model within a law enforcement setting and provides outreach and training on de-escalation techniques, safety planning, and other crisis-related topics, She has a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Campbell and a BA from Queens University. Terri has been a Special Education teacher, Spanish teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, and a Spanish interpreter/translator. She taught abroad in South Korea for 2 years and learned to navigate cultural differences and language barriers. She values the importance of mediation to help find short-term and long-term resolutions to conflicts in our local community.
Kira is a School Counselor at Riverside High School in Durham. She is a North Carolina School Social Worker and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has a BA in Social Work from Appalachian State University, and an MA in School Counseling and a JD from North Carolina Central University. With training in Restorative Circles, she brings a passion for connecting students in healthy ways.