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Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that our Children enjoy childhood experiences that create life-long memories,  help develop unique talents and skills, and build the resilience our children will need to live productive and successful lives.  The majority of Board members are active Guardians ad Litem.

  • Darlene Powell, Interim President
    Darlene Powell, Interim President

    Darlene Powell has called Wilmington home for more than 30 years.  After retiring from a successful real estate career to become a stay-at-home mom, Darlene quickly found that community service work was her passion.  Darlene has served on numerous committees and boards throughout the years with a commitment to children, the elderly and the underserved.  Most recently, Darlene served as President of the Wilmington Chapter of the National Charity League, President of the Wilmington Girls’ Choir, the New Hanover High School PTSA President; and she sits on the Regional Council for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Wilmington Branch.  Darlene also served on the capital campaign committee to raise over $9M for a new Food Bank facility to be built in Wilmington.  

    Becoming a GAL has been one of the high points of Darlene’s time as a volunteer.  She is dedicated to the children with whom she is placed and is grateful for the opportunity to be an important part of their lives.  Darlene is a reader, gardener, and dog-lover.  She lives with her husband Grayson and their teenager. 

  • Mary Elizabeth Butler, Treasurer
    Mary Elizabeth Butler, Treasurer

    Mary Elizabeth has been a Guardian since 2009 and joined the CFGALA board in 2014.  She recently retired from Wells Fargo after 32 years.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo she was a Special Education teacher.  

  • Pamela Stambaugh, Member
  • June Cradick, Member

    June has been a Guardian ad Litem since December 2010.  She has active cases, co-facilitates the training of new Guardians and assists with the local Guardian ad Litem mentoring program. She spent more than 30 years working for the federal government in environmental management programs – first in Washington, DC and ending her career at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as a member of the management team.  While working in environmental management programs was her career, children’s issues were, and still are, dear to her heart.