Contact Our Staff
Executive Director and Volunteer Mentor Program Coordinator:
- Susan Worley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Worley is a lifelong resident of Chapel Hill. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC and also earned her masters degree in social work at UNC. In 1988, she was hired as the executive director of Volunteers for Youth and has been with the organization ever since. In addition to her director’s job, Susan coordinates Volunteers for Youth’s mentoring program. Susan feels fortunate that her job allows her not only to help connect many adults with children in need of positive adult role models but to serve as a mentor herself to staff, interns, and volunteers at Volunteers for Youth. She has a passionate commitment to the well-being of children and to her community and appreciates that her job allows her to pursue both. Susan serves on the board of directors of the Chapel Hill Historical Society, the advisory board of the UNC Center for Public Service, the volunteer committee of Project Connect, and as the convener of the Third Sector Alliance.
Juvenile Community Services & Restitution Program Coordinator:
- Scott Dreyer, email@example.com
Scott Dreyer joined Volunteers for Youth in January of 2002 as a coordinator in the mentoring program. A native of Chapel Hill/Pittsboro, Scott moved back to the triangle after graduating from UNC-Pembroke in 2000. Scott was first interested in Volunteers for Youth for their hard work in helping youth before they get in trouble, as well as assisting those who have made a mistake and need some help to get back on track. Scott coordinates both the VFY golf tournament and auction.
- Alex Lowrie, firstname.lastname@example.org
The newest member to the Juvenile Community Service team and VFY staff, Alex graduated from Carolina in 2012 with degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies, and has returned to the ‘southern part of heaven’ this fall to begin her Masters of Social Work. She brings with her experience and research in the sectors of anti-human trafficking, refugee resettlement, and anti-interpersonal violence. Alex is excited about the opportunity to once again be working with young people, and hopes to help adolescents turn mistakes into opportunities for growth in developing skills and interests through community service. When she isn’t at work, you can find her playing with her two dogs Bagel and Mango or on stage performing improv comedy.
Teen Court Coordinator:
- Kate Giduz, email@example.com
Kate Giduz joined the staff at Volunteers for Youth in June 2013, shortly after graduating from Elon University with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Criminal Justice and Communications. As a fourth generation Chapel Hillian, Kate is passionate about helping local youth learn from their mistakes by giving back to the community. Kate currently serves as the co-chair for Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth and volunteers with paws4people by socializing service dogs.
Every Girl Counts Coordinator:
- Nicole Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Hunter has been with VFY for eleven years. She believes in helping young people become successful adults. She started her academic career at UNC Charlotte, but finished at NCCU. She loves VFY because it gives her a chance to interact with the youth in our community, and help them in their time of need. She believes that a little encouragement can go a long way in helping a young person to change the way that they think and act. Working with our youth on a daily basis gives her some insight of what they have to go through and helps her appreciate her own life. Nicole really enjoys her career at VFY because she knows that all of the staff here really want to make a difference in a young person’s life. In addition to working at VFY, Nicole is the cheerleading coach at Smith Middle School.
UNC Bonner Leaders:
VFY currently has two Bonner leaders, Oluseun “Seun” Omitoogun and Whitney Edmonds, class of 2018 and 2017 respectively. In contrast to having traditional on-campus jobs, Bonner leaders complete their work-study at local non-profits. Seun and Whitney were selected from a competitive pool of applicants and will serve with VFY during all 4-years of college. For more on the Bonner program please visit http://campus-y.unc.edu/get-involved/bonner-leaders-program
- Oluseun Omitoogun, email@example.comSeun is a Sociology major from Greensboro, NC. Though serving as president of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority- Alpha Chapter keeps Seun busy, she still finds time for her favorite hobby – cooking! Seun helps Nicole run the Every Girl Counts Program at Smith Middle School. Seun loves VFY as her community partner because of how accepting and welcoming the staff are, but more importantly, the foundation of the non-profit – helping guide the path of those who do not quite have a voice yet!
- Whitney Edmonds, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhitney hails from Halifax County, NC. She enjoys majoring in Dramatic Arts which allows her to help with costume/set design for plays held at UNC. Some of her various interests include art, thriller movies, and community service. She is also a member of the Club Gymnastics team. In addition to helping with tasks around the VFY office, Whitney mentors a local fifth-grader.
UNC School of Social Work Intern:
- Rebecca Datus, email@example.comTraveler of the East Coast, Rebecca is from Naples, FL, obtained her B.A. in Sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and is currently a first year MSW student at UNC. Throughout her undergraduate career, she held leadership positions, such as Public Relations Officer, Senior Ambassador, President, and Step Team Captain, of her campus’ African-American/Afro-Caribbean club UJIMA. She was also very involved in her campus’ InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Eromdiks Yearbook committee. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings, from summer camps and youth groups to mission trips and community programming. For personal enjoyment, Rebecca sings, dances, and writes and has integrated these creative interests into her work with youth. She is excited to be assisting in coordinating VFY’s mentoring program.
Location & Directions:
205 Lloyd Street, Suite 103 in Carrboro
From I-40 (West or East): Take exit 266, South onto Martin Luther King Blvd. Continue on Martin Luther King Blvd towards downtown Chapel Hill. Take a right onto Rosemary Street. Continue on Rosemary Street towards Carrboro, through three lights. Take a right onto Lloyd Street, just before the railroad tracks. Lloyd Street Office Building is the fourth building on the left. Our office is located on the first floor, second door on the parking lot side of the building. Click here to map it.
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