United Way Day 2018

A wish for a thriving community is what we all share. This year, as we prepare to kick off another remarkable campaign season, we examine what we can do to combat toxic stress in the lives of our children. What happens to these children when they have to face a big reality? How deep do these effects run? What can we do to incite change and encourage hope to children that deal with this stress? Join us as we explore building a resilient community this year for our official campaign kickoff – United Way Day 2018!

This two-part event features a community breakfast and conversation on what we can do to ease the effects of childhood trauma and improve health and education outcomes for kids. Our panel of experts from around the state features:

  • Betsey Tilson, MD. State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Laura Marx, President, and CEO, United Way of North Carolina
  • Stacie Saunders, Health Director, Alamance County Health Department
  • Susan Osborne, Director, Alamance County Department of Social Services
  • Tim Britt, Chief Deputy, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office

In the afternoon of #UWACDay, we will view Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. This groundbreaking documentary explores toxic stress and the lasting effects of childhood trauma that children face. The hour-long film explores how to create resilient, thriving communities.

Throughout the day we will rally to raise awareness for the ways United Way of Alamance County mobilizes the caring power of our community on our social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and look for the hashtags #UWACDay and #Hope4AC

Join us as we work together as a community to build a culture of optimism in Alamance County.

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About Our Panelists

Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson is the State Health Director and the Chief Medical Officer for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she promotes public health and prevention activities, as well as provides guidance and oversight on a variety of cross-departmental issues. She is also a practicing physician and delivers primary care at the Wake County Human Services Child Health Clinic.

Tilson has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College, a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a general preventive medicine/public health residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is board certified in both fields. She has been active in many local, state and national pediatric, public health and preventive medicine organizations, in which she has served in numerous leadership roles.

Before joining DHHS, Tilson was the Medical Director of Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties, one of the 14 Community Care of North Carolina networks, and as the Chief Network Clinical Officer for CCNC. Prior roles have also included serving as an Assistant Consulting Professor and Cancer Control Specialist with Duke University Medical Center and a Clinical Pediatric Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Laura Marx is working with local United Way leaders across the state to develop strategic partnerships and relationships that promote United Way’s impact and the work of North Carolina’s 2-1-1 system. Building upon 2-1-1’s strengths, Laura has focused on creating scalable solutions with industry leaders that seamlessly connect people to services while tracking outcomes to inform system improvements and funding strategies to maximize impact.

Laura brings with her 25 years of experience with various groups in the non-profit sector – including resource development and strategic planning capacities, both as a staff member and a consultant. Prior to her joining United Way of North Carolina, Laura was the Executive Director of the New Jersey 2-1-1 Partnership and worked alongside the United Ways of New Jersey to grow the system into a $5 million organization serving over 400,000 callers each year and providing a single point of access for many statewide and local programs.

Susan Osborne is a long-time Alamance County resident and a North Carolina State University graduate. She has worked in the human services field for more than 34 years, working for the Alamance County Department of Social Services for more than 28 years in many social work roles, and has been the agency’s Director for more than 18 years. Susan has served on various state and local committees, boards and initiatives that include board chair of the United Way of Alamance County, chair of the Children’s Executive Oversight Committee and chair of Healthy Alamance Steering Committee and currently co-chairs the Alamance County Justice Advisory Council. Susan believes that strong community collaboration and partnerships are at the center of our work to improve the well-being of our citizens and has committed her energy, the agency and the resources available to improve outcomes for our community.

Stacie Saunders has almost 12 years experience in local public health with four years as the Local Health Director for Alamance County. She has a passion for collective and coordinated approaches to improving health outcomes and has been involved in local efforts including Stepping Up, Alamance Achieves, and Opioid Response. Stacie currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the NC Association of Local Health Directors and serves on various other local and state boards. Prior to public health, she enjoyed a career in laboratory science with concentrations in Hematology/Oncology and later in Preimplantation Genetics and Reproductive Endocrinology. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology from Radford University and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Tim Britt is the Chief Deputy of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Graham, North Carolina. The Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Alamance County and is charged with general law enforcement duties and operating the Alamance Detention Center. Tim has been a Deputy with Alamance County for more than 29 years. During this time he has served as a Patrol Deputy in field operations, a Criminal Investigator and many administrative roles including supervising detention operations.




About Our Contributors

Carrie Bethea was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina where she currently resides and attended the Guilford County School System. She has two children. She holds several diplomas in Medical Health and Office Technology, Information Processing Technology (Brookstone College of Business) and Medical Assisting from The Concord Career Institute.  She also holds an Associate’s degree in General Education from Alamance Community College.

Carrie began her career with Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in July 2017 as a Center Specialist. She was promoted to Assistant Coordinator by January 2018. Carrie was also featured in Goodwill Industries International News. She is also a member of The American Business Women Association, who recently awarded her a Protégé of the Year Award.

Jason Norris is a Greensboro native. He began his career with Goodwill when he completed a class that focused on employment possibilities for individuals with criminal backgrounds. After successfully completing the class, he applied for a job at Goodwill. He began as a receptionist at the Burlington Career Center and he’s risen to the ranks to become the current Coordinator of the Burlington Career Center.  In his role, Jason assists individuals from all walks of life find employment and or gain skills that will lead to more meaningful employment. He has received several awards and accolades including the Michael W. Haley Award, Rookie of the Year (Goodwill) and was nominated for  Achiever of the Year (Goodwill). He is a certified facilitator of Survival Skills for Men, Women, and Youth. Jason has a special place in his heart for the “underdogs of society”, however, he enjoys reaching out to and helping everyone reach their full potential.



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Find more information on Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope and childhood trauma, see the videos below.