ESDB Advisory Council

Each ESDB school has its own advisory council that reports to the State Board of Education per SBE policy ADVS 007.

Each Advisory Council:

  • Meets regularly to advise the State Board of Education regarding all aspects of school operations (day and boarding programs), including timelines, standards, and criteria, and other matters as designated by the State Board of Education
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding development policies, personnel matters, student life and conduct, curriculum, finances, and other matters as designated by the State Board of Education
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD) Advisory Council Members

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD) Advisory Council Members

Name Role Background
Robert Sidney Boyette Jr. Individual from the county in which the school is locatedMember representing a local school district Retired Assistant Director of the Div. of State Historic Sites, Archives and History, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources; Currently on the Wilson Board of Commissioners
Gary W. Farmer, Vice-Chair Member representing a local school district Retired teacher, Dean of Students; Currently on the Wilson County School Board
Vacant Individual from special education  
Ken Jones Member-at-Large

Former Chairman of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. Former Chair of the Wilson Community College Board of Trustees; Past Director of Wilson Community College Foundation Board; Past Member of the Barton College Board of Trustees

Hal Wayne Wright, Chair Individual from the deaf community Retired Teacher and Principal of ENCSD
Governor Morehead School for the Blind (GMS) Advisory Council Members

Governor Morehead School for the Blind (GMS) Advisory Council Members

Name Role Background
Rachel Martinez, Chair Member representing a local school district Teacher of Visually Impaired: Spanish K-12
Traci Wilkerson Individual from the county in which the school is located Braillist, Equal Eyes Vision Services
Donna Permar Individual from special education Staff Assistant for Medical Intensive Care Unit at Duke Medical Center
Ed Summers Individual from the blind community Senior Manager, Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology at SAS Institute, Inc.
Annette Vinding Member at large Teacher of Visually Impaired: 35 years of service to students with visual impairments from birth to age 21 and their families.
North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) Advisory Council Members

North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) Advisory Council Members



Name Role Background
Nellie P. Aspel, Ed.D Member representing a local school district Director of Exceptional Children, Cleveland County Schools
Jim Burnett, Ed.D. Individual from the county in which the school is located Retired (7/31/14) President of Western Piedmont Community College where he served 7 years as VP and 8½ years as President; Celebrated WPCC 50th Anniversary in 2014
Georganne Crowe, B.S. Individual from special education Curator NCSD Historic Rusmisell Museum Society Retired NCSD Librarian, B.S. in Library Science, Gallaudet University NCSD Alumna Class of 1963
Barbara Palmento, Vice-Chair Individual from the deaf community Retired NCSD English Teacher; B.A. Gallaudet University; MA California State University; Past President, NCSD Foundation, Inc.; Alder Springs Living Community Foundation Board
Alvin C. Proffit, Ed.D., Vice-Chair Member at large Appalachian State University Associate Professor in Education Administration; Former Superintendent of Schools in West Virginia and Virginia