CDM Board of Directors
Chairman - Carl R. Durham
Carl is retired after 38-years in the nuclear industry with Babcock and Wilcox/ BWXT Technologies. He was in various levels of management for 32-years at several locations. At the time of his retirement he was President of American Centrifuge Manufacturing, a joint venture with two companies that was in charge of a $1.4 billion project at multiple sites. He helped develop long range business plans to insure the success of the company. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of another non-profit organization. Carl has a degree in Engineering Operations from N.C. State University.
Vice Chairman (vacant)
President / Executive Director – Kym Nixon
Kym co-founded Changing Destinies Ministry in January 2013. Her work history consists of 24-years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and an instructor for 11-years at two Naval training facilities. After retirement, she was then employed by the Army as a contract instructor for eight years. She has an M.Ed in e-learning Technology and Design from Jones International University. As the mother of a trafficking survivor, she brings personal experience and insights to the organization.
Assistant Executive Director – Iris Kelly-Wallace
Iris has spent the last thirty years working in residential settings with individuals that have mental disorders or intellectual disabilities, unaccompanied minors, foster children, and sex trafficked teenagers. She has worked in various capacities as a direct support professional, residential counselor, program coordinator, human resources trainer/recruiter, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Specialist. She has earned an AAS in Criminal Justice, BIS - Public and Nonprofit Administration and MS in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior. She possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding trauma informed care and has been trained in the faith based trauma informed care model called Sanctuary. Most importantly, she hopes her faith and walk with Christ to show the vulnerable and exploited residents that their pain can be replaced with the joy of the Lord.
Secretary – Ashley Groce
Ashley is a native of North Carolina and has lived in Moore county for over 5 years. She has a B.S. in social work. She moved to Moore county 7 years to work at Camp Duncan an outdoor residential wilderness camp that provides a year round program helping girls and their families overcome personal and family struggles. She is now working at Salvation Army in Lee county working with homeless children and families. Ashley is passionate about advocating for those who are hurting and feels God has called her to help those affected by human trafficking.
Treasurer – Jamila Baker
Mila has extensive background in the financial industry. For the last decade, she has served as a Financial Wellness Consultant in her community promoting financial wellness programs and financial education. She is also a survivor of domestic violence and addiction, which has given her a passion to help others.
Board Member – Brooke Autry
Brooke is an entrepreneur who, with her husband, runs a very successful ETSY wood burning business personalizing novelty items. She is the mother of three daughters, the youngest being special needs. As a survivor of sex trafficking, she brings wisdom gleaned from personal experience to guide organizational policies and procedures.
Board Member – Joanna Coxe
Joanna graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She spent 9 years teaching in various classroom settings before coming becoming Director of Children’s Ministries at her church. She developed and lead a program that served over 250 children. She is very passionate about helping families grow in their faith and providing resources for them. She has been married for 31 years and set an outstanding example to others as a pastor’s wife.
Board Member – Mamie LeGrand
Mamie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of NC at Pembroke. She has twenty plus years of management experience in the non-profit arena. Mamie is the Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator/Housing Specialist Self-Sufficiency Coordinator with Sandhills Community Action Program, Inc. She links families with affordable housing, resources and services that empower self-sufficiency. With a heart to serve, she leads a prayer team at Grace Church and is also a team leader for 4-H (Dare to be Different) youth group.
Board Member – Kathy Newcomb
Kathy has a B.S. in math and education along with a Masters in Psychology and Philosophy -Critical and Creative Thinking. She spent 15-years in education as a teacher and an administrator. She then opened her own business as an Interior Designer. Kathy analyzed her clients’ needs, creating plans and specifications in accordance with the timeline and budget. Kathy grew up in the Boston area, moved to Florida, and then had extensive travels as she went with her husband to Singapore and Hong Kong for four years. Today, Kathy is very active in the community participating in many organizations with various responsibilities helping to make the world a blessing for all. She is currently serving as CDM's Fund Raising and Development Director.
Board Member – Leslie Smith
Leslie has over 30 years in a leadership role with a variety of service organizations. Since 2017, she has worked as a sexual assault and long-term domestic violence advocate with Friend to Friend. She is also a volunteer at Family Promise Women’s Shelter of Moore County as an overnight shepherd for current residents. She attended Auburn University and pursued a degree in Psychology. Prior to moving to Pinehurst, NC, she lived in the Middle East with her husband where she was tapped by the Admirals’ wives to create and lead a family group for the spouses and dependents of civilians and active-duty servicemen and women. In Leslie’s early career, she was a paraprofessional in the Alternative School System working with high-risk students. Fueling her desire to make a difference, she is a survivor of sexual assault and brings a first-hand perspective that is valuable to the organization.