John L. Rustin is President and Executive Director of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. A 25-year veteran of North Carolina’s political and public policy arena, John returned to lead the Council in May 2013 after serving four years as Executive Director of the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation, a business-oriented political research organization.
Prior to this, he spent 12 years as Director of Government Relations and then Vice President of the North Carolina Family Policy Council where he directed the Council’s government relations team, served as editor of Family North Carolina magazine, and produced the Council’s widely distributed Voter Guide. During this time, John was twice recognized as one of the “Most Influential Lobbyists in the North Carolina General Assembly” by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.
John is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives with his wife and two teenage children in Raleigh. He is a member of Church of the Apostles where he enjoys running sound for the worship team about once a month. John is an avid cyclist, snow skier, all-around tinkerer, and enjoys spending time with his family.
Jere Z. Royall
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY IMPACT AND COUNSEL
Jere Z. Royall has served as Director of Community Impact and Counsel for the North Carolina Family Policy Council since 2000. Prior to that, he helped manage his family’s retail furniture business for 17 years and then served as a lay minister with a Raleigh church for 8 years.
Jere graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in business, and earned his J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law. He has served in leadership with Bible Study Fellowship, as a board member of the Salvation Army of Wake County and Hospice of Wake County, and as a volunteer in an inner city after-school ministry. Jere enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, and other activities that he can do together with his family.
Catherine D. Strickland
Catherine Davis Strickland has served as the Administrator for the North Carolina Family Policy Council since March 2012. In this role, she manages the Council’s administrative, accounting, and event planning activities. Prior to joining the NCFPC team, she served as the Office Manager for Crossroads Fellowship Church. Catherine received an undergraduate degree in economics and business management from Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a Masters of Religious Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She enjoys fishing, gardening, biking, writing, and being creative artistically. Catherine and her husband Craig are Raleigh natives.
Traci DeVette Griggs
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Traci DeVette Griggs feels fortunate to work alongside a talented team of writers, designers, and social media communicators at NC Family. Traci has spent much of her professional life working with nonprofits, on work ranging from helping to raise awareness and funds for sewing classes and schools in Africa to assisting organizations who help women in unplanned pregnancies. She also worked as a contractor for many years for large corporations in the Research Triangle Park, such as GlaxoSmithKline and IBM.Traci has a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a she received her Masters in Communication from North Carolina State University. Traci is happy to be a member of the Fairview Baptist Church body in Apex and she and her husband attend a weekly Bible study for Chinese graduate students. She loves to run, bike, swim and spend time on Ocracoke Island.
Eileen Brown handles constituent services for the North Carolina Family Policy Council. She joined the NCFPC in 1998 and served as Administrator till 2012 when she semi-retired and is now working on a part-time basis.
She hails from the UK and South Africa, and is now an American citizen who is proud to be able to vote. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren, reading, church activities, walking, yoga, and leisure travel with her New Bern-based sister.
Jake Sipe COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
Brittany Farrell ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF POLICY
Courtney Volker GRAPHIC DESIGN
Board of Directors
Henry Williamson CHAIRMAN
Dick Douglas CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Alan Cole MEMBER
Herb Ormond MEMBER
Lee Teague MEMBER