MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

MANAGEMENT

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Laurel C. Sneed
Executive Director


Laurel Crone Sneed is Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Crafting Freedom Institute. She has directed 20 offerings of the Crafting Freedom Workshops…

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Charles D. Sneed
Assistant Director


Charles D. Sneed is the co-founder of the Crafting Freedom Institute and assistant director. He has been a classroom teacher at…

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Elsabet Fisseha
Administrator & Workshop Assistant Director


Elsabet Fisseha began working with the Thomas Day Education Project/Apprend Foundation, the precursor of the Crafting Freedom Institute when she was still a college student…

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Beverly J. McNeill
Board of Directors, Chair


Beverly J. McNeill is a veteran K-12 teacher with 30+ years of experience. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her Masters…

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Elsabet Fisseha
Board of Directors (Treasurer)


Elsabet Fisseha began working with the Thomas Day Education Project/Apprend Foundation, the precursor of the Crafting Freedom Institute when she was still a college student…

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Michele Ware
Board of Directors (Secretary)


Michele Ware is Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literature at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she has served as department…

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Patricia Dane Rogers
Board of Directors


Patricia Rogers is a former Washington Post reporter and columnist with a focus on design, architecture and the decorative arts. Now an independent writer, she…

ADVISORY BOARD

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William Andrews
Scholar Advisor


William L. Andrews is the E. Maynard Adams Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at the…

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Jerome Bias
Artisan Advisor


Jerome Bias is a traditional furniture maker following in the footsteps of NC furniture maker Thomas Day (1801-ca1860). Bias gives presentations and…

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Vanessa Richmond Graves
Educator Advisor


Vanessa Richmond Graves is a retired K-12 teacher with 30+ years of experience in the classroom. She currently serves as chairperson of the board of…

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Reginald F. Hildebrand
Scholar Advisor


REGINALD F. HILDEBRAND served as Professor of African American Studies and History at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and at the University…

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Nellie Chubbs Miles
Artisan Advisor


Nellie “Chubbs” Miles, is a traditional seamstress and dress designer. She grew up in the 1940s and 50s on several tobacco farms in rural Person County, NC…

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Peter Wood
Scholar Advisor


Peter H. Wood is professor emeritus at Duke University where he taught American history for over 30 years. Wood graduated from Harvard College in 1964…

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Patricia King-Butler
Educator Advisor


Patricia King-Butler is Executive Director of the Sankofa Institute for Higher Achieve-ment based in Teaneck, NJ, her home for 43 years. The Sankofa…