Board of Directors
- April Giancola has been Chief Legal Programs Officer at Disability Rights North Carolina since May of 2012. Previously, she was an attorney at NC Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. in Raleigh, NC where she served as managing attorney for the post-conviction team. April has been practicing law for over 10 years with her main focus on indigent defense and civil legal services. Originally from Centereach, NY, April is married and has a son. She enjoys hiking, cooking and singing.
- Jennifer Wyatt is the founder and executive director of R2JNC. She is a social justice attorney in Durham, focusing on education, criminal justice and poverty law. She studied History at the University of California, Riverside and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a concentration in Public Interest Law. She enjoys traveling around North Carolina, especially when accompanied by music, stories, and of course, food!
- Kim Manturuk holds a PhD in sociology and is a research associate at the Center for Community Capital, a research institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has conducted research on the costs and benefits of different short-term credit products and has provided expert testimony to several state legislatures on this topic. Presently, her research focuses on consumer debt and credit use and the impacts of matched savings accounts. She is a co-investigator on the Community Advantage Panel Study, a longitudinal survey of low-income families in urban communities. Her work has appeared in Sociological Inquiry, Sociological Forum, Cityscape, Children and Youth Services Review, Social Service Review, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. She is currently working on a project exploring linkages between household assets, neighborhood conditions, and disability.
- Vanessa Lucas is an attorney with the law firm of Edelstein & Payne in Raleigh, North Carolina where she represents workers in civil matters including employment discrimination, labor and workers’ compensation cases. She is active with the National Lawyers Guild, where she serves as the Philippines Subcommittee Chair to the International Committee. Vanessa graduated from the University of San Diego where she received a joint International MBA and JD. She did her undergraduate work at University of Michigan majoring in Creative Writing and Literature. She enjoys North Carolina’s biking trails and dog parks.
Jennifer Wyatt, Executive Director
Jennifer founded Roads to Justice in March of 2011. She is an attorney and a mother of two school-aged daughters. Her life has been devoted to advocating for others, but most important to Jennifer, is that people have the tools to advocate for themselves. When she was raising her daughters, especially when they lived in public housing, Jennifer relied on the strength and knowledge of other women. Roads to Justice is part of her effort to pay back some of the help she was given, which allowed her to eventually graduate from law school and become a licensed attorney in North Carolina.
- DeDreana Freeman is the Program Manager at Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Childrens Health and has Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Economics from Rutgers University. DeDreana works to improve environmental conditions for her community, which is an important aspect of our long-term health. She is an activist in the Golden Belt District of Durham, NC where she lives with her husband and three children.
- Mizka Brick, Graphic Design