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.
Alissa Ellis: Deputy Director
Alissa Ellis is a lifelong resident of Chapel Hill. She grew up attending local schools (FPG, Culbreth, and CHHS) and returned to Chapel Hill to finish both her undergraduate degree in Political Science (2011) and her law degree at the University of Chapel Hill (2015). Since returning to Chapel Hill, she has devoted her time to supporting local community organizations that work for community-driven justice in Chapel Hill and Durham. Alissa is very excited to work with neighbors and JC staff to sustain Northside and Pine Knolls communities.