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Your NCServes Team

Below are members of the NCServes team who help serve the veterans, service members and their families of the Coastal North Carolina region.

Jerrick Vernon

Jerrick Vernon

Program Care Coordinator
[email protected]
p: 910. 353. 1226 | 910. 347. 2151
Jerrick Vernon is a United States Air force veteran. He supported Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from locations within the US and abroad as an Aerospace Propulsion Technician before resettling back in his hometown of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Jerrick began his career of community service as a case manager for the Community Service Block Grant Program, where he assisted low income families with becoming self-sufficient. Later, he became lead case manager for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). In this role, he assisted homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless by providing services that promote and achieve housing stability. In addition to providing these services, his duties included outreach, advocacy, and developing partnerships to combat veteran homelessness in four counties. He received a BA in Communications from North Carolina Central University and Family Worker Credentials from Temple University.

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Development Associate
[email protected]
p: 910. 353. 1226 | 910. 347. 2151
Katherine Allen joined ECHSA, Inc. as a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Specialist for the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program. Katherine was raised in nearby Camp Lejeune as the daughter of a Marine Corps veteran. She has first hand experience of the struggles military families face, including deployments and transitioning back into the civilian world. Katherine is passionate about helping veterans and their families in becoming self-sufficient and live fuller and happier lives. She appreciates the opportunity to continue assisting in an endeavor that will impact a population that is close to her heart. Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.

Daphany Hill

Daphany Hill

ECHSA Executive Director
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p: 910. 353. 1226 | 910. 347. 2151
For over 33 years, Daphany Hill has been employed with Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. serving as Executive Director for the past 17 years. Daphany brings a wealth of energy, drive, passion, knowledge and experience to the community action network. She received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Cape Fear Community College and Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Campbell University. Daphany received certification in management from the National Community Action Management Academy. She is active in her church and community and serves as a member of various boards and civic groups including: COED (Council of Executive Directors), North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA), SERSHA (Southeast Regional Section 8 Housing Association) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association. She is married to a disabled U.S. Marine Corp veteran and continues to advocate for the low-income and veteran population.

Trudy Murray

Trudy Phillips-Murray

Care Coordinator
[email protected]
p: 910. 353. 1226 | 910. 347. 2151
Trudy Phillips-Murray has over 32 years of experience in community action with Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc (ECHSA, Inc.). Trudy is the spouse of a disabled Army Veteran, mother of an Active Duty Airman and the sister of a retired/disabled Army Veteran. She brings a wealth of military knowledge and experience through many years of services from her husband and family. Trudy served as the Program Director for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families, managing the day to day operations of the program. She currently holds the position of Deputy Director, assisting the Executive Director with the agency’s daily operations. Trudy received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Campbell University. She also earned the North Carolina Family Support Credential for Family Workers from Duke University. Trudy remains committed to serving low income families, veterans and active duty military.

Brianna Torres

Brianna Torres

Outreach Specialist
[email protected]
p: 910. 353. 1226 | 910. 347. 2151
Torres is the daughter of a Marine Corps veteran and the sister of two siblings who currently serve in the United States Army. As a member of a military family, Brianna understands many of the challenges that military connected families face. Through this connection, along with professional experience, she has developed a passion for helping people and providing quality care in the human services field. As a case manager, Brianna assisted low-income and veteran families to become self-sufficient by providing referrals and supports through established partnerships, advocacy, and community outreach. In 2014, Brianna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is currently working towards her Master of Science in General Psychology. She is also credentialed as a Strength-Based Family Worker through Temple University. Brianna is motivated and excited about the opportunity to continue to serve military and veteran families.

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