Donna

Vanhook

for

MAYOR

Making a shift in Burlington.

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MISSION

To remove barriers to economic development and

building community resilience.

VISION

To improve quality of life for all persons.

EXPERIENCE

 

2021-Present

Social Justice Fellow

NC Black Alliance Faith Engagement Team Fellow

  • Coordinate efforts for social justice in Alamance County.

  • Assist with strategizing for democracy within the state.

  • Write womanist articles for the newsletter.

2016 - Present

Associate Pastor

Associate Pastor and Womanist Community Organizer

  • Ordained ministry in full standing at Union Chapel United Church of Christ. Lead worship and occasionally preach when needed. Coordinator of the community partnership with Elon University (including grassroots organization Alamance Resiliency Coalition) for more than four consecutive semesters.

  • Lead community outreach in Burlington around violence prevention, notably as Womanist Community Organizer formerly with grassroots organization Morrow Town Task Force (now a 501c3 non-profit). Currently, connecting communities with resources by building community resilience through Alamance Resiliency Coalition.

  • Developed programming for ministry to older adults, co-organizing a series of three events with the COAACH program at North Carolina A&T University, which circulated - 2 - local resources and services for older adults. The third of these was virtual, circulated online due to the pandemic crisis.

  • Community partner and co-educator with Elon University faculty and students, including guest lectures in classes, mentoring undergraduates. Coordinated and assisted with the production of a podcast, Learning, Lifting, Leading: Social Equity for and by Black and Brown Girls and Women, in collaboration with Elon University, Shaw University Divinity School, and the Raleigh-Apex NAACP.

2006 - 2013

Associate Minister

Associate Minister, Elon First Baptist Church of Morgan Place

  • One of the first four women ordained by the Guilford Educational & Missionary Baptist Association at Elon First Baptist Church.

  • Established, taught and wrote curricula for Contemporary African American Young Adult Sunday School.

2012 - 2014

Program Coordinator

GED Program Coordinator and Instructor, Men's Empowering Resource Center, Inc.

  • Coordinated and facilitated off campus GED classes for male and female clients through Alamance Community College.

  • Supported students in their efforts to successfully complete GED requirements. Four clients graduated through the program.

2000 - 2002

Founder and President

Founder and President, Triad Therapeutic Foster Parent Association

  • Organized to provide support to specialized foster care parents and caregivers of youth with special needs and/or Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

  • Facilitated meetings to equip caregivers of youth with special needs and to share resources.

2000 - 2005

Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer

Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer, Alamance County Courts

  • Investigated instances of child abuse and neglect by court order. Advocated for the wellbeing of youth in the court proceedings.

  • Referred families to appropriate community agencies and organizations to meet treatment and support needs, including shelters, legal resources and educational programs.

EDUCATION

 

2015

Master's Degree in Non-profit Management

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY

MA in Nonprofit Management at Norcross Graduate School with courses in advocacy, executive leadership, strategic planning, fundraising.

2010

Master of Divinity Degree

SHAW UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL

Graduate level studies in theology, preaching, pastoral care to African American families, womanism (Black woman's lived experience in the nation), disenfranchised and marginalized populations, Strong Black Woman and Strong Black Man ideologies.

2007

ELON UNIVERSITY

Bachelor's Degree

BA in Religious Studies and Minor in Human Services with courses in groups and communities

1991 and 1994

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

ALAMANCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

AAS in Criminal Justice/Corrections and AAS in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

1995

Basic Law Enforcement Training

DURHAM TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Basic Law Enforcement Training-Police Academy

 

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

Zoom/Facebook Live: A Critical Roundtable with Black Women and Women of Color Bible Scholars and Clergy

Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church: Womanist Community Organizing Table Talk; Sermon Topic: “Hope in the Holla”

Learning, Lifting, Leading: Social Equity for and by Black and Brown Girls & Women podcast project

Elon Law School:
Discussion panelist for “Why Black Lives and the Movement Matter.”

Facilitated focus group discussion on education equity in Alamance County for LatinxEd and recently elected NC State Representative Ricky Hurtado

SHAW UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL
 

  • Discussion Panelist about Womanist Community Work for Women’s History Month and 60th Anniversary of Ella Baker organizing and leadership in forming the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

  • 34th Annual Women’s Conference “Becoming: Souls of Black & Brown Girls/Women Rising” panel discussion of the podcast project with Elon University Professor Carmen Monico and students.


ELON UNIVERSITY

  • ALANAM (Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan Native and Multiracial) Women’s Institute workshop presentation – From A Womanist Perspective: A Woman of Color’s Lens for 21st Century Community Work.


ZOOM
 

  • AME Church Women in Ministry Western NC Conference – “Traveling Safely”

  • Facilitated discussion on: History of Green Book Travels, Race & Law Enforcement in NC - 3 - Best Practices for Women Traveling Safely in NC

  • 33rd Annual Women’s Conference “The Souls of Black and Brown Girls: Learning, Lifting, Leading” Workshop Co-facilitator, Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, with Elon University Professor Carmen Monico and Julie Budd, Crossroads Sexual Assault and Resource Center.

  • 32nd Annual Women’s Conference, “The Souls of Black and Brown Girls.” The first of three consecutive years as co-educator and coordinator of community partnership of Elon University with Shaw University Divinity School and local branch of the NAACP.

  • Alumni Preacher at 44th Annual Alexander/Pegues Ministers’ Conference, Sermon Topic: Numbers 27: 1-5 “Hope in Community.”

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

Sarah Tupper Award at Shaw University Divinity School 34th Annual Women’s Conference

Elon University Delegate for Inauguration of Shaw University President Paulette Dillard

Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service – Morrow Town Task Force

Phenomenal Women of Alamance County by African American Cultural Arts and History Center

Distinguished Alumni Preacher at Shaw University Divinity School 41st Annual Alexander/Pegues Minister’s 

Norcross Graduate School Movers & Shakers at High Point University

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Sojourners & Howard University School of Divinity: Theology and Racialized Policing nationwide virtual cohort

Chatham Organizing Racial Equity – Race and Trauma

Alamance Racial Equity Collaborative (ACRE Colab) – selected to participate in first cohort for institutional change in systems

North Carolina Industrial Areas Foundation (NC IAF) Training

Vision | Power | Solutions: Essential Elements of Community Driven Planning – year long training for environmental and racial equity

The King Center Nonviolence365: Understanding and Applying Nonviolence

University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center and the North Carolina Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch Injury-Free NC - 5 - Academy

Racial Equity Institute – Groundwater Presentation and Phase I

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University – Center for Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Outreach (COAACH) Caregiver College; coordinated workshops for Union Chapel UCC

African American Pulpit 21st Century Preaching Institute, Instructor: Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas

Princeton Theological Seminary Black Theology and Leadership Institute

Community Resilience Model © Training

Society of Biblical Literature Membership

Community Based Participatory Research Training in community partnership with Elon University

The King Center #Be Love Campaign Inaugural Training

VOLUNTEER WORK

Elon University Advisory Board for Black Student Spiritual Support Member

Alamance Health Equity/Community Health Improvement Plan Collaborative

Appointed to Minimum Housing Commission by City of Burlington City Council

Selected to serve on Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity Committee

Alamance County Elder Justice Project

Alamance Food Collaborative

Alamance Community Collaborative (System of Care) with Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

Alamance County Womanist Community Organizer