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Board Members



Janet Brower

Board Chair

Janet Brower is a retired reading specialist from Harnett County School with more than
40 years working with children.. She has years of experience planning and coordinating events such as fundraisers, church & community programs for youth, and family reunions.She enjoys coordinating the SFHA Annual Rural Heritage Food Celebration.


Priscilla Burton


Priscilla Burton is a licensed clinical social worker and a community organizer with experience in nonprofit financial management, community engagement, veterans issues, caregiver support, mental health and geriatrics. Priscilla's background makes her a valuable asset in work with the elderly and with inter-generational initiatives. Her degrees are from NC A&T State University and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a licensed real estate agent in North Carolina.

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Debra Clyde


Debra Clyde came to Spring Lake in 2006 after serving in the United States Army and became active in the community. She is on the ministerial team at Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church having been ordained in 2013. She is very active with young people in the
community. Her B.S. Degree in Public Administration and Policy affords her the skills to work with non-profit organizations along with municipal governments.  
Ms. Clyde also serves on the board of directors for Grands To Grown, a non-profit organization providing assistance to grandparents and other kinship caring for another’s children.

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Larry Dobbins

Board Member

Larry Dobbins, a native son of Spring Lake NC, is retired Mayor of Spring Lake. Mr. Dobbins holds a B.S, Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Fayetteville State University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Biology from Duke University. Dobbins served for 40 years as an Educator; served as Pastor at Mt. Herman A.M.E. Zion Church in Goldsboro; was elected to the Spring Lake Board of Alderman; and served as Mayor of Spring Lake from 2017 to 2021. Dobbins currently serves as Pastor at Mt. Hebrew A.M.E. Zion Church in Fayetteville, operates a tax preparation business and is active in several community programs.


Doris Lucas

Board Member

Doris Lucas is an active member of the Sandhills community. Lucas volunteers with her church and with SFHA to organize health and wellness workshops and events. Lucas, who holds a Master's Degree in Health and Physical Education, taught for the Cumberland County school system for 33 years and also served as a sports medicine trainer. Lucas has been an SFHA association member for over ten years, She a member of  the SFHA Sankofa Players and serves as Coordinator of the SFHA HealthWise program.

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Leon Dockery

Board Member


Leon Delton Dockery is a retired educator, author & member of the NC Writers Association, Mr. Dockery is a skilled public speaker, community organizer and writer. His experience includes youth development and landscaping.


Myron Jones

Board Member

Myron Jones is a retiree who served 25-years in the US Air Force as Superintendent in Human Resources. For more than 19 years, Myron was employed with the
Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as Director of Sales. He has worked closely with Sandhills Family Heritage Association promoting African
American heritage tours in the Sandhills. He is a resource person for SFHA’s Veterans History Project
and Deerfield Cemetery Project. Myron holds a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management. His home church is Spring Lake Memorial Missionary

Baptist Church in Spring Lake where he is an usher.


Ammie McRae Jenkins

Executive Director

.Ammie McRae Jenkins is founder and executive director of Sandhills Family Heritage Association.  She brings decades of experience as a community organizer, family historian, social entrepreneur, author, and heritage keeper.  She is committed to documenting and preserving rural African American experience in the North Carolina Sandhills Region.  Ammie is a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow and 2019 recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree from High Point University (HPU).  She is also known as the first African American student to integrate HPU in 1962 during the violent civil rights movement era.


Chanai Winborn

Administrative Assistant

Chanai “Genie” Winborn is the CEO, Manufacturer and Co-Founder at Naturally Blessed, the one-stop shop for #naturalfixers. Chanai’s expertise is in social media presence, youth and community involvement. She has planned, helped and led many community events in the Cumberland County area. Chanai also serves as Coordinator of Sankofa Youth and Girls REACH program which are both SFHA programs. 


Pamela Marks

SFHA Food Distribution Coordinator

Pamela Marks, a dedicated servant-heart leader, is the SFHA Food Distribution Coordinator.  She supervises our food distributions at AME Zion church food pantries and mobile locations in Harnett County.  She also recruits volunteers who are passionate about helping the poor and feeding the hungry. 

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