Della Pollock: Executive Director
Della Pollock is a professor in the Department of Communication at UNC. She has long been dedicated to the power of oral history to change how we think about ourselves, our world, and the relationships that make up both. Her background in Performance Studies leads her to approach oral history as itself a kind of performance—a creative exchange between a listener and teller who, together, are making history as they speak. She has been listening to histories in Northside since 2001 and feels extraordinarily privileged to continue to learn from Northside neighbors and friends about what it does and can mean to live in abundant community. Della has now lived far longer in NC than she did in her home town outside of Chicago. She has 2 incredible kids, Isabel and Nathaniel, and a very lovable pup, Sukha.
Hudson Vaughan: Senior Director
Hudson Vaughan has been blessed to work with the Jackson Center since its founding in 2008. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee as a preacher & teacher’s kid and became passionate about racial reconciliation and community development from the challenges and strengths he saw in his home community. Hudson graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill in 2008. He had planned to pursue international reconciliation work until he met Mrs. Marian Jackson, Pastor Troy Harrison, and leaders of Northside who taught him about history and home. He now lives in the Northside neighborhood and recently married the best person in the world.
George Barrett: Associate Director
George Barrett graduated from UNC in 2013. In the second semester of his senior year, he came to Northside as a service-learning volunteer and never turned back! He joined the Jackson Center the following fall as an Americorps Vista volunteer for Economic Development. George currently leads university-community partnerships and manages student relatons, with the hope that new Northside neighbors may enjoy the strong, compassionate community he has felt so privileged to enjoy. George thinks of himself as a true nerd who loves theatre, tennis, and discussing world issues with everyone.
Yvonne Cleveland: Administrative Associate
Yvonne Cleveland relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Chapel Hill, NC in 1989. She is a dedicated member of St. Joseph C.M.E.—where she teaches Sunday School—and of the Chapel Hill Community Outreach Ministry. Yvonne believes the Jackson Center could not be a more perfect place for her to work serving others, helping those in need, and making a difference. Sometimes she even thinks “it doesn’t feel like work at all!” Yvonne is the mother of four children and the proud grandmother of Khaza Demetri Young. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Office Administration at Alamance Community College.
Brentton Harrison: Assistant Director of Education
Brentton Harrison is the southern son of a preacher man. Brentton can’t remember a time when he hasn’t been proudly serving others. Brentton loves to uplift others and to help them realize their beauty. He has a particular passion for educating and empowering youth, which he has done as a mentor for Fusion Youth Radio since it was established in 2011. Brentton is particularly renowned for delivering Jackson Center Valentine’s Day “song-a-grams” (to have your message sent, just call!). Brentton intends to pursue advanced study in African-American history and culture.
Rachel Glasser: Coordinator for Youth Leadership and Education, NC Campus Compact VISTA
Rachel Glasser came to the Jackson Center after completing her Master’s in English Literature and Gender Studies at Wake Forest University. Although born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Rachel has spent many years in North Carolina—and admits to being a Tar Heel at heart. She is excited to use her teaching experience and passion for social justice work to strengthen and preserve her new home in Chapel Hill! In her spare time, Rachel likes to run, cook adventurously, update her blog, and read novels by her favorite writers. She loves to travel but her favorite memories are holidays spent with family and loved ones.
Zachary Kopkin: Coordinator for Organizing and Advocacy, NC Campus Compact VISTA
Zach Kopkin moved to Boone, North Carolina from Atlanta in 2011 to attend Appalachian State University. Growing up Zach was a serious student, athlete, and musician who could surprise the people around him with bursts of comedy. His godfather Ted Kopkin inspired him to join the Jackson Center. Ted was a remarkable storyteller and gentle person who meant every word he said, especially “I love you”. Zach traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2014 and returned motivated to struggle for justice in North Carolina as part of a global movement. A cautious, yet stubbornly optimistic dreamer, Zach is honored to work alongside the Northside community and live in Chapel Hill with his wonderful girlfriend.