Board of Directors: Diocese of East Carolina
Not PicturedDaniel Cenci
Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Silvia came to the U.S. with her family when she was 7 years old. She grew up in Benson, North Carolina and graduated from high school in 1992. Silvia attended Mount Olive College and graduated in 2005. She began her work with the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in November 1993.
Dr. Juan Carabaña, Ph.D, is a native of Spain, a molecular biologist by training and a longtime member and current senior warden of ”El Buen Pastor”of Durham, NC.
He obtained his PhD in molecular Biology in Madrid, Spain and came to the US in 1998, to the Triangle. In the past, he was as a researcher at Duke University Department of Immunology and at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Ophthalmology.
He is also very involved with the Latino community at his church as a co-leader of a Latino Girl Scouts group, as director of the youth group and youth soccer, and developing leadership and educational programs aimed to strengthen the Latino community and improve the quality of life of Latino residents in Durham.
He has three children and enjoys spending time with his family, the great outdoors, and playing soccer.
Administrative Assistant & Immigration Specialist
Maria was born in Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico. With her family, she migrated to the U.S. in 1983 and settled in Benson, North Carolina. She graduated from high school in 1994 and is studying for a degree in criminal justice. She began working with EFwM as an immigration specialist in November 1998.
Bishop Robert Skirving
Sonny Browne representing Bishop Skirving
Nanci Atkeson grew up in Pennsylvania. After graduating from East Carolina University, she taught in Wake County Public Schools for 30 years, retiring in 2005. Atkeson is active in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, singing in the choir and participating in numerous committees, including Adult Missions, Needlepoint, Prayer Shawl, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, ECW, and Bible study. She also sings in the North Carolina Master Chorale.
Atkeson serves as secretary on the EFwM board of directors and is on the ministry’s Finance Committee.
Jack Fleer served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at Wake Forest University for 40 years, retiring approximately ten years ago. Fleer has been active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, NC, in its various outreach ministries, including Social Action, Stop Hunger Now, Outreach Funding, and the World Mission Refugee Family committees. For two years he served as chair of the Outreach Development Council, which coordinates all outreach ministries at St. Paul’s. During his retirement, Fleer has been volunteering in numerous programs, including public schools mentoring and tutoring, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Samaritan Kitchen and Inn, and the YMCA English as a Second Language courses. He has traveled to Haiti, Mexico and Puerto Rico on various missions trips with St. Paul’s groups. Fleer received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the author of three books and numerous articles and chapters on North Carolina and Southern politics. He and his wife, Martha, live in Winston-Salem and have three children and seven grandchildren.
Vicar, The Episcopal Church of the Advocate
Chapel Hill, NC
Dick Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, an association of plaintiff and criminal defense lawyers. Prior to his tenure at NCAJ, he was Executive Director of Legal Services of North Carolina, the program to provide legal services in civil matters to low-income people.
Dick grew up in Asheville as a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergraduate and law school.
He is active at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, having served on the vestry three times and as Senior Warden twice. He has served as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention and member of the Diocese Council. He is also on the board of the Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, and the Chief Justice Commission of Access to Justice, and previously served on the board of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.
Marlene Weigert serves as the Canon to the Ordinary for Administration for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. In this role, Canon Weigert has responsibility for management of all business, financial and administrative affairs of the Diocese.
Canon Weigert has served at the Diocese of North Carolina since 2005, and including that time she has served the Episcopal Church as a lay professional for 33 years. She began her ministry in 1977, and served for 16 years as the Financial Administrator for the Diocese of New Hampshire. From 1993 to 2005, she was the Parish Administrator for the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas.
Canon Weigert resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Bruce; they have four children and four grandchildren.
Canon Weigert serves on EFwM’s fundraising committee.