Meet the NCCJ Staff
Susan Feit, Executive Director
Susan Feit is executive director of The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont-Triad. Raised in the Chicago area, Susan lived in Israel for over twenty years before returning to the United States in 2004. Across two continents, Susan has dedicated her life to building inclusive, just societies. In Israel, she worked extensively with Arabs and Ethiopian Jews and co-chaired a committee to improve educational opportunities for the Ethiopian-Israeli community. She also established and chaired two affinity groups for foundations – one for funders of initiatives supporting Ethiopian-Israelis and the other for foundations working to advance Bedouin Arabs. Susan was instrumental in establishing a fund dedicated to promoting human rights in the Palestinian territories in addition to other leadership roles on national initiatives.
After moving to Greensboro, Susan consulted with foundations and organizations before taking the helm at NCCJ in 2007. She brings strategic focus and has broadened the reach of the nonprofit's nationally-recognized programs. She also serves as a vice chairman for the National Federation of Just Communities.
April Atchley, Program Director
A native of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, April Atchley was a Teaching Fellows Scholar at Appalachian State University. She holds a B.S. in English and Marketing, as well as a M.A. in English Education.
April has many years of experience in creating impactful curriculum for youth, adults and families in academic and enrichment programs. She has served as a student advocate at the middle school, high school and college levels, and her life’s purpose is to help others overcome obstacles to be successful individuals.
Prior to coming to NCCJ, April was an associate director for Guilford College’s Adult Degree Program. She enjoyed encouraging adults to go college and achieve their dreams. She helped create programs and support services for adult students as well as professional development opportunities for employers in the Triad. She later served as assistant director for GEAR UP at Appalachian State University, a federally funded grant program that encouraged first-generation and low-income students to attend college.
Jody Clayton, Program Coordinator
Jody Clayton joined the NCCJ team with experience in marketing, education, human relations and a desire to build a community free of bias, bigotry and racism. He earned a degree in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro and a master's degree in Community Counseling from UNC Charlotte. At UNCC, Jody joined the Housing and Residence Life team as a Residence Coordinator. Additionally,he served a clinical internship in the Mecklenburg County Jail as a substance abuse counselor-in-training. He is a past president of Mu Tau Beta; a chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, UNC Charlotte’s counseling program’s honor society.
Jody resides in Greensboro and enjoys making a true difference in the lives of those touched by NCCJ.
Alia Henderson, Program Coordinator
Alia Henderson is a native of Lexington, NC. She received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Duke University and has completed her coursework and examinations in the School Counseling master’s program at UNC- Greensboro.
Prior to NCCJ, Alia worked for Duke University doing research in pediatric psychiatry as well as worked part time as an Emergency Medical Technician. In addition to being a program coordinator for NCCJ, Alia is also an experienced Weight Watchers leader and she continues to facilitate weekly meetings regarding weight loss and developing healthy lifestyles. She lives in Greensboro.
Alison Jones, Office Manager
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.
Charles Jones, Community Outreach Coordinator
Charles Jones received his bachelor of arts in Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro, where he also competed in wrestling and track and field for the Spartans. He competed in the NCCA Championship in track and field and was an NCAA Leadership Conference attendee.
Charles joined NCCJ in 2012 after working in marketing and development for the Greensboro Children’s Museum for more than three years. As an intern at the museum, he co-chaired the “Running of the Green” 5k and Family Fun Run. He eventually became Special Events Coordinator, working on events such as the “Green Acres Gala,” Make Believe Ball/Harvest Hoedown and National Adoption Day. He lives in Greensboro.