Meet the NCCJ Staff
Ivan Canada, Executive Director
Ivan Canada is executive director of NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad. Prior to joining the NCCJ staff, he worked with Guilford Green Foundation as interim executive director and as director of special projects.
Ivan is a leader in the Triad community. He has been awarded the Triad Business Journal’s “Forty Leaders Under 40 Award" and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s “Change Agent Award,” and was recently recognized by Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and Emerging Practitioners of Philanthropy (EPIP). He serves as secretary on the National Board of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN); community board member of the S.J. Edwards Foundation, a local family foundation; and a member of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Board of Visitors. Ivan has served on numerous other boards and committees over the past ten years.
Alison Jones, Director of Adminstration
Alison Jones took over as NCCJ’s office manager and executive assistant
in 2008. Alison brings extensive administrative experience. She holds
a BS in Political Science and Justice and Policy Studies from Guilford College, and she has completed courses in nonprofit management and fundraising
at Alamance Community College.
After college, Alison set her sights at first on law school and Constitutional Law,
then realized that
she would rather be involved hands-on in the community. Her rich volunteer experience includes
work with the Greensboro Jaycees, North Carolina’s Junior Miss scholarship program, Delancy Street and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Megan Sappenfield, Program Director
Megan Sappenfield is the program director for NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad. A product of Guilford County Schools and a graduate of our flagship program, ANYTOWN, Megan has spent years volunteering and honing her skills with NCCJ. Megan holds a BA in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she focused on PR for non-profit and government organizations with a concentration in social and economic justice.
Before returning to NCCJ, Megan spent three years in Beijing, China, first teaching English and then at an intergovernmental organization focused on social justice through environmental work. Megan has worked with the American Cancer Society in Chapel Hill, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Red Cross Center for Cooperation in the Mediterranean in Barcelona. Megan has a passion for service, social justice and youth leadership development that she is thrilled to be able to share with NCCJ.
Erika Rain Wilhite, Director of Development
Erika Rain Wilhite is NCCJ's director of development. Before joining NCCJ, she served as associate director of development for TROSA, a residential substance abuse treatment center in Durham. While earning an MA in public history from the University of West Florida, Erika worked with the National World War II Museum and Next Exit History. Later, she served as assistant director and curator for the Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum, where she focused on updating the museum's interpretation and collections management and raising funds to restore the 1859 lighthouse.
After relocating to North Carolina in 2012, Erika volunteered with Elsewhere, a living museum housed inside a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, and worked with The Hair Do Project, a project that explored issues of class, race, and gender through the narratives shared at hair salons and barber shops. Erika is thrilled to be welcomed aboard the NCCJ team and put her skills and talents to work for the benefit of the Triad community.
Susie Williams, Development & Community Engagement Coordinator
Susie Williams is NCCJ's development and community engagement coordinator. Susie graduated from Guilford College, majoring in Community and Justice Studies. She is a native of Greensboro and felt the call to do community service work to serve the south after becoming active with the Vote Against Amendment 1 Campaign.
Susie helped found the local athletic organization, Greensboro Roller Derby, which is where she developed her community outreach skills. She also volunteers with Unchain Guilford, a local non-profit that builds fences for formerly chained dogs, and QORDS, a non-profit camp for LGBTQA youth. Susie’s newest adventures are volunteering with Paperhand Puppet Theater and playing on a local kickball team.