Wake County Board of Commissioners

Vickie Adamson

Women Awake PAC endorses Vickie Adamson for District 7 of the Wake County Board of Commissioners

Vickie Adamson is a North Carolina native, and she graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. Her 17-year professional career includes budgeting, financial analysis, and reporting for both Fortune 500 companies and smaller software firms.

Vickie changed her focus when her son entered the Wake County Public School System and has volunteered in the schools for 13 years. She has held multiple leadership positions in the PTA, which gave her first-hand opportunities to understand and serve the pressing needs of our public schools and community. Vickie is an advocate for providing teachers with the respect and salaries that they deserve as professional educators.

Vickie has seen the inadequacies of affordable housing programs in Wake County through her volunteer work resettling refugees. In addition, Vickie works with the Clothing Closet, Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh, AnimalKind and African American Dance Ensemble.

Susan Evans

Women Awake PAC endorses Susan Evavns for District 4 of the Wake County Board of Commissioners

Susan Evans is a North Carolina native who grew up in Alamance County, where she attended public schools. She has lived in Wake County for over 30 years. As a first-generation college graduate, Susan earned a BS degree in Business Administration and Accounting at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Susan began her career as a CPA in audit services with Ernst & Young’s Raleigh office, and later held accounting management positions with several locally owned businesses. A significant portion of her career was spent in the residential construction industry and for several years she co-owned a small general contracting firm.

Susan served on the Wake County Public School System Board of Education for 5 years, where she gained important experience on the Finance and Facilities Committees. Susan’s experience and perspective will enable her to build much-needed understanding and bridges between the WCPSS Board that is responsible for the planning and operations of Wake County’s school system, and the Wake County Board of Commissioners that is responsible for adequately funding the needs of that school system.

Jessica Holmes

Women Awake PAC endorses Jessica Holmes for District 3 of the Wake County Board of Commissioners

Jessica Holmes is the current Chair of the Wake County Commissioners. She was elected to a one-year term as Chair by a unanimous vote of the seven-member board in December 2017, thereby becoming the fourth African-American woman, as well as the youngest Commissioner, to wield the gavel. In addition, she is currently the only woman serving on the board, and she has been a vocal advocate for affordable housing and public education.

Commissioner Holmes, who grew up in Pender County in Eastern North Carolina, is an education law attorney who received her undergraduate degree and her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She serves on the Board of A Helping Hand and also serves as Chair of the Board of the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children.

WCPSS Board of Education

Monika Johnson-Hostler

Women Awake PAC endorses Monika Johnson-Hostler for District 2 of WCPSS Board of Education

Monika Johnson-Hostler was re-elected to the Wake County Public School System Board of Education to represent District 2 for her second term in 2016. She was twice selected unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Chair of WCPSS Board of Education, a position in which she currently serves.

Monika’s life work is dedicated to advocating with and for women and children, and she isn’t new to leadership in that endeavor. She is the Executive Director of the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault. NCCASA is the state-level voice for rape crisis centers and survivors, and is the sole statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through education, advocacy and legislation. Monika is also currently appointed to the Human Trafficking Commission and the NC Partnership for Children.

Monika was born and raised in Thomasville, NC. She has a master’s degree in public administration and resides in Raleigh with her husband and daughter.

Christine Kushner

Women Awake PAC endorses Christine Kushner for District 6 of WCPSS Board of Education

Christine Kushner represents District 6 on the Wake County Board of Education and is seeking a third term in November 2018. A professional policy analyst and freelance writer, she has lived in Wake County since 1989 and is a product of North Carolina public schools. Christine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

Christine’s work as a policy analyst, consultant and journalist has focused on the fields of public health, health care access, and public education.  She has experience in communication, policy, program administration and grant-writing.  She has been active in several PTAs, has served on school improvement teams, and still volunteers in WCPSS classrooms.  She is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and is a William Friday Fellow for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative.  Christine has served on the Wake County Board of Education since 2011, serving two terms as Chair and two as Vice Chair.

Kathy Hartenstine

Women Awake PAC endorses Kathy Hartenstine for District 7 of WCPSS Board of Education

Kathy Hartenstine is running for reelection to continue representing District 7 on the WCPSS Board of Education. In addition to knowledge gained in her current term on the Board, she brings a wealth of experience in the field of education. Kathy retired as Principal of Baileywick Elementary School in Raleigh after a total of 37 years of service as an educator across both Durham and Wake Counties. Her teaching experience included both elementary education and academically gifted education. Her years in the classroom were followed by experience in curriculum development and school improvement planning processes, and then by a tenure of over 7 years as a principal.

Kathy holds a BS degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her children graduated from WCPSS schools and she is proud to have grandchildren in NC public schools as well.

Kathy recognizes that WCPSS is an exceptional system that requires the talents, skills, motivation, and leadership of dedicated Board members to continue its progressive path and to serve the families of Wake County and District 7. She looks forward to the opportunity to continue to bring an educator’s voice and perspective to the Board.

Lindsay Mahaffey

Women Awake PAC endorses Lindsay Mahaffey for District 8 of WCPSS Board of Education

Lindsay Mahaffey is a current member of the WCPSS Board of Education, and running for reelection in District 8. She firmly believes that whole-child education is essential to helping all children achieve their full potential. This means that educators must first meet children where they are, and that social, emotional, and academic learning are all important.

Lindsay is also an experienced classroom teacher, holds an advanced degree in Education, and has two young children in Wake County Public Schools.

The knowledge gained from experiences on both sides of the desk – and her tenure as WCPSS District 8 School Board Rep – have shown Lindsay that good communication, thoughtful review of policy, and transparency in decision-making are essential to maintaining a strong public school system.

Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

Nervahna Crew

Women Awake PAC endorses Nervahna Crew for Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

Nervahna Crew was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and earned a BA in Sociology: Criminal Justice in 2002 from Delaware State University, before making Raleigh her home in early 2004. She is the proud mother of a seventh-grade student at Ligon GT Magnet Middle School. As a mother, she understands the importance of preserving resources and building a solid foundation for our future.

Nervahna has been active with the Wake County Democratic Party since moving to Raleigh in 2004. She currently serves on the Wake County Commission for Women and previously served on the Wake County Democratic Party board as Secretary, as well as being a volunteer for her local precinct.

After volunteering on countless local, state, and national campaigns, Nervahna made the decision to seek office in 2018 as a candidate for Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. Her goals are to convey the importance of protecting our natural resources, to address the growing concerns regarding our water quality, and to be a voice for all of Wake County. She is committed to serving as a leader that Wake County can believe in and count on to get the job done.

Jennifer Wadsworth

Women Awake PAC endorses Jennifer Wadsworth for Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

In 2010 – at the age of 21 – Jennifer (Jenna) Austin Wadsworth was elected to the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, and became the youngest woman ever elected to public office in NC. Re-elected in 2014, she now serves as Vice-Chair of the Board, and the only female on the five-member Board of Supervisors.

Jenna was born in Raleigh, and grew up on a family farm in Johnston County, where she learned firsthand the importance of agriculture and farmland preservation. With her leadership, the District secured its first conservation easement to protect drinking water and has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps and NAVY – preserving open space and restricting development under a vital military flight path.

Jenna graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham in 2007, and in 2011 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with majors in Political Science—with a concentration in American Politics—and Women’s and Gender Studies, and a minor in English.

Jenna is the Co-Founder and former Co-Director the New Leaders Council – North Carolina non-profit.  She serves on the NCSSM Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and she is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Elevated Prospects, a fundraising consultancy.