• The SHAC is in place to help plan, update, implement, promote, and monitor policy 6140 as well as to address other health and nutrition issues within the school system. The council serves as an advisory committee regarding student health issues and works in conjunction with the lead wellness officials charged with oversight of this policy and the school system’s efforts to promote student and employee health and wellness.


    David Hackney, David_Hackney@dpsnc.net

    Jim Keaton, James_Keaton@dpsnc.net

    Michael Somers, Michael_Somers@dpsnc.net


    Council Members

    American Heart Association 

    • Mel Downey-Piper

    Durham TRY

    • Wanda Boone

    Durham Tech

    • Wilma Herndon


    • Janelle Averill
    • DeShea Blake

    Durham County Dept. Public Health

    • Morgan Medders
    • Marissa Mortiboy
    • Raina Bunnag
    • Donna Rosser 
    • Jessica Bousquette
    • Susan Thompson
    • Kamaria Mason
    • Marsha Edwards

    Insight Human Services

    • Armenous Dobson
    • Agyei Ekundayo

    NC Dept. Public Instruction

    • Susanne Schmal

    Duke University Health / Community Engagement

    • Amanda Snyderman
    • Audrey McKinnon
    • Cindy Haynes
    • Tricia Smar
    • Kim Nichols
    • Stephanie Martinez
    • Kiah Gaskins
    • Kimberly Monroe

    Durham Public Schools 

    • Angela Teal, School Counselor
    • Becky Pope, Registered Dietician
    • Tricia Howard, Lead School Nurse
    • Chris Soto, Social-Emotional/Mental Health
    • Mary Jane Palmer, Human Resources
    • Teresa Dafford, Community Education 
    • Elizabeth Simms, Healthful Living 6-12
    • Leslie Atherholt, Health & PE Teacher K-5
    • Dr. Deborah Pitman, Specialized Services

    Alliance Behavioral Health

    • Ashley Bass-Mitchell
    • Jennifer Meade