• Longleaf Leadership

Jessie Birckhead

Jessie Birckhead

Chair

Jessie here, your 2018 Longleaf Collective Chair. I am a Raleigh native, with a BS from NC State (Go Pack!) and a MS from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!). I work as a wildlife biologist for the state of North Carolina, and my research is focused on mitigating human-wildlife conflicts (read: helping NC citizens coexist with wild animals). I live in Durham with my wildlife biologist husband Brandon and our border collie mix pup Sophie. I joined the Longleaf Collective in 2015 and have been privileged to serve on the Grants and Communications committees for the past two years before taking on the position of chair for 2018.

Jennifer Delcourt

Jennifer Delcourt

Vice Chair

I am honored and excited to be the new vice chair, having worked as chair of the Grants Committee last year. I was born and raised in upstate NY and studied sociology at SUNY Geneseo. I worked as an AmeriCorps member before moving to North Carolina to earn my master‘s degree in public health at UNC-Chapel Hill. I’ve been here for over five years now and currently work for Wake County Human Services on a state grant-funded project to improve access to walking and biking for students. I’m very excited to continue getting to know our members and having fun as we work to help our community.

John Coggin

John Coggin

Grants Committee Co-Chair

In 2018, I will be serving as the co-chair of Grants after serving as chair of the Longleaf Collective for 2017. I‘m originally from Sanford, NC, came to Raleigh first as an undergrad at NC State, and then after a couple of years of grad school in the cold Northeast, I quickly high-tailed it back to Raleigh and have been here for the past 5 years. I work as the Director of Advocacy at the NC Rural Center, where I work to mobilize citizens from across the state to speak up for economic development issues in rural North Carolina communities. I’ve been a part of the Longleaf Collective from just about the start, and I served as the Grants Committee Chair for our first two grant cycles and now our most current.

Charles Phaneuf

Charles Phaneuf

Grants Committee Co-Chair

After serving on the Grants Committee for the last few years I’m excited to be a co-chair this year along with John! Currently I work at Raleigh Little Theatre and my career has been in non-profit arts management with stops along the way in Washington, DC, NYC, Durham and Raleigh. I was born in Michigan but spent most of my childhood in Raleigh, so was excited to move back here a few years ago. I think Longleaf is a great organization to get involved in because of the opportunity to learn about our communities and make a significant impact through a collaborative effort.

Amy Sawyers-Williams

Amy Sawyers-Williams

Stewardship Chair

I‘m pumped to be the 2018 stewardship lead for the collective. I’m originally from Chicago and I‘ve been bouncing around ever since. I did my undergrad at UW Madison and then moved to Raleigh in 2009. In 2011, I went up to NYC to pursue a Master’s in Applied Theatre and moved back to Raleigh in 2013 to work with Arts NC State. I‘m now working as the Arts in Communities Director at the NC Arts Council. I’m passionate about the arts as a vehicle for social change, and look forward to volunteering with you to support our 2017 grantee, Arts Therapy Institute.