Ivan Canada
Executive Director
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Alison Jones
Director of Administration
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Michael Robinson
Program Director
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Erika Rain Wilhite
Director of Development
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Susie Williams
Development & Community Engagement Coordinator
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Meet the NCCJ Staff

Ivan Canada, Executive Director

Ivan CanadaIvan 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 JonesAlison 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.







Michael Robinson, Program Director

Susie WilliamsMichael Robinson is NCCJ’s program director. He comes to us from High Point University, where he served as a Success Coach for two years. Before that, Michael spent 7 years teaching English at the Early/Middle College at GTCC - Jamestown. Michael credits his time in the classroom as being pivotal in developing his perspective on youth engagement and leadership development.

Michael received his master’s degree in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. In November 2016, Michael founded Shifting Lenses, a workshop series designed to bring people from all walks of life together to discuss divisive issues in public spaces. In addition to his work here at NCCJ, Michael serves on the board of the Piedmont Interfaith Council and as part-time volunteer coordinator for the Servant Farm.




Erika Rain Wilhite, Director of Development

Erika Rain WilhiteErika 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. Erika interned with the National World War II Museum and Next Exit History while earning an MA in public history from the University of West Florida. After graduate school, she worked as assistant director and curator for the Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum, where she updated the museum's collections management system and interpretation and fundraised to restore the 1859 lighthouse.

Erika's past projects in Greensboro include volunteering as a museum operations assistant with Elsewhere, a living museum inside a former thrift store, and working on The Hair Do Project, a project that explored issues of class, race, and gender through images and stories shared at hair salons and barber shops.



Susie Williams, Development & Community Engagement Coordinator

Susie WilliamsSusie Williams is NCCJ's development and community engagement coordinator. Susie graduated from Guilford College, where she majored 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 Greensboro Roller Derby, local athletic organization, 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.