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Lee County

"We are excited about the impact the program has made for youth and parents that have participated. We aim to connect to more families to share life-changing tools for a better future."

Lee County began programming for the Spring 2019 Empowering Youth and Families Program in March 2019, in partnership with the Lee County Health Department. This was the first family cohort to participate in EYFP in Lee County. Each family participates in a ten session program that is designed to strengthen their relationships and empower them to lead community change.  Families also take part in a weekend retreat at Black Mountain YMCA Assembly in May, where they learn community action planning and create a vision for opioid misuse prevention in their community. 

Meet Our People

Pam Kerley

Pam Kerley

4-H Program Assistant
  • Part-time Lee County 4-H Program Assistant in her fourth year with Lee County.
  • Enjoys working with Lee County youth and volunteer leaders, being a volunteer leader herself for the Crazy Quilters 4-H Club.  
  • She and her husband, Jon, have three children, one busy in College, and two homeschooling.  
  • Her parents brought her to Lee County when she was four years old so she is invested in keeping our little heart of the Carolina’s healthy and happy.
Gabrielle Dunlap

Gabrielle Dunlap

Program Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program
  • Program Assistant for Empowering Youth and Families Program
  • Spent time teaching at-risk youth about social emotional learning and mentoring juveniles before joining EYFP.
  • Believes that it is important to give youth the resources and support needed for a better future, while also making sure a community is behind them to push them beyond their limits.
Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson

Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences – Nutrition
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Lee County
  • A Registered Dietitian
  • Helps strengthen families through nutrition education and hands-on cooking programs
  • Excited to be part of a team that supports multiple aspects of family wellness in her community
Edward Mulnix

Edward Mulnix

  • A lifelong resident of Lee county
  • Has worked with families in various social services programs since 1993
  • Looks forward to continuing this work in this new endeavor
Ruby Sanchez

Ruby Sanchez

  • Human Services Coordinator at Department of Social Services.
  • She and her husband Juan have two children all whom participated in EYFP
  • Excited to be part of a program that is providing resources and making a difference to families in her community
Lauren Stens

Lauren Stens

  • Health Education Supervisor at Lee County Health Department
  • Graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Public Health
  • Passionate about improving the health of communities and vulnerable populations through education, prevention, research and health promotion
Marisa Ramos-Mason

Marisa Ramos-Mason

  • Health Education Specialist of Lee County Health Department
  • Enjoys working in diverse communities, where she can provide linkage to care
  • Compassion and empathy are the driving force behind her work
  • Wants to work in all communities, educate, encourage, and exemplify self-management and self-sufficiency skills

Program Contact Information

EYFP PA – Gabrielle Dunlap

  • 2420 Tramway Rd., Sanford, NC 27332
  • (919) 775-5624 (Office)
  • gjdunlap@ncsu.edu