John L. Rustin is President and Executive Director of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. An over-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 NC Family, 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 in Raleigh. They are the proud parents of two grown children. He is a member of Church of the Apostles in Raleigh and is co-leader of the church’s mission team to Guatemala. John is an avid cyclist, snow skier, all-around tinkerer, and enjoys spending time with his family.
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.
Tom recently joined NC Family to further engage churches, pastors, and leaders at the local level. He has been a pastor for 38 years, serving in churches in Georgia, Oregon, California, and North Carolina. Tom has been active in political affairs and public policy for years, serving in various community volunteer roles and, recently, in a two-year engagement with Family Research Council. He has a passion to connect and engage church leaders, particularly pastors, in their communities.
Tom has also worked in the private sector as a commercial contractor and construction management consultant. He is a graduate of Colorado State University and Gateway Theological Seminary. He is an active member of Aberdeen First Baptist Church and lives in Pinehurst. He has directed several mission trips to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and is a volunteer with First Tee golf for kids. He and his wife Lindalyn have seven grandchildren.
Heather Greene joined NC Family as the Administrator in 2020, and became our Director of Strategic Partnerships in 2022. She manages NC Family’s development and marketing efforts, and builds relationships with our ministry partners. Heather earned a BA from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and worked with the YMCA for several years prior to joining NC Family. Outside of the office, Heather enjoys coaching gymnastics and spending time with her husband and two children.
AnnaScott Cross oversees Communications for NC Family by researching and writing stories, managing NC Family’s social media accounts, editing our flagship publication Family North Carolina magazine, and producing our Family Policy Matters radio show and podcast. She graduated from Campbell University with degrees in Public Relations and Health Communication, and then decided to stay at Campbell to get a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and traveling to new places.
Trisha Ruckart is NC Family’s new administrator, as of July 2022. Trisha manages the Council’s administrative, accounting, and event planning activities. Trisha earned a BS in Law and Policy from Liberty University and worked for the North Carolina Judicial Branch prior to joining NC Family. Outside of the office, Trisha enjoys outside adventures with her family, reading, playing the piano, and entrepreneurship.
Traci DeVette Griggs is the host of NC Family’s weekly radio show and podcast Family Policy Matters, which airs on over a dozen radio stations across North Carolina. Traci served as NC Family Communications Director for many years, and we are grateful she continues to serve as our radio show host. In her spare time, she travels to enjoy the beaches of Ocracoke, and to visit her daughter in California.