NCEC Welcomes Two New Board Members 


August 9, 2023 
BJ Rudell, Marketing and Communications Director

Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Education Corps (NCEC) is thrilled to welcome two new members to its dynamic, bipartisan, results-driven Board of Directors.  

Johanna Anderson serves as chief impact officer at Broward Grove, where she works with family office clients to navigate the effects of wealth while finding fulfillment and meaningful impact through philanthropy. Broward Grove provides strategic leadership, governance, planning, and advisory services to families committed to being effective stewards of capital across generations. Previously, Ms. Anderson spent more than a decade as executive director of the Belk Foundation, a long-time investor in public education with a focus on K-3 academic achievement and high-performing teachers and education leaders.  

The other new Board member is David Stegall, who is chief of staff of Blue Ridge Community College. In this capacity, Dr. Stegall plays a strategic leadership role alongside Blue Ridge President Laura Leatherwood to advance the College’s mission, vision, and goals. Dr. Stegall’s career includes serving as deputy state superintendent of innovation and chief academic officer of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, as well as superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools. Additionally, he possesses international educational experience, having spent a year as vice president of education and superintendent at GEMS Education in Dubai, UAE. Dr. Stegall’s career began as a teacher in Iredell Statesville Schools, where he quickly rose to assistant principal, and then principal.  

Ms. Anderson said, “I’m looking forward to collaborating with my fellow Board members and NCEC leadership to help fulfill NCEC’s vitally important mission. Thousands of young people need and deserve to be successful readers, and the Corps is on the front lines of delivering real results for students.”  

Dr. Stegall added, “This is a pivotal moment for schools and families across our state. There are no shortcuts to combating illiteracy. We must continue to implement research-based methods that are proven to work. NCEC’s efforts—in tandem with school administrators, teachers, and tutors—already have had a sizable impact. I’m excited to support this meaningful endeavor.”  

Board Chair Mike Ward also weighed in: “Johanna and David are ideal fits for an active Board overseeing a results-driven, education-focused nonprofit. As leaders in their respective fields, they understand how improving literacy is critical to building a successful workforce for North Carolina’s future.”  

The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of North Carolina Education Corps. It is responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities and advancing the mission of the organization.  


Launched in 2020 to combat rising educational challenges in North Carolina schools, NCEC has become a leader in engaging and training community members to extend the reach of educators and accelerate student learning and success. North Carolina Education Corps does this by identifying, recruiting, training, progress monitoring, and mentoring adult literacy tutors to work hands-on with K-5 students in need. The Corps’ approach is steeped in cutting-edge research on the optimal methods for teaching children how to read. Collaborating with school administrators, principals, teachers, and other student-centric stakeholders, NCEC works to positively impact reading achievement through high-impact student engagement.   

The North Carolina State Board of Education and the Office of the Governor, in partnership with former state superintendent Mike Ward and local school districts, launched NCEC to accelerate learning recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCEC now operates as an independent nonprofit organization. Additional support comes from the North Carolina General Assembly, the Mebane Foundation, the C.D. Spangler Foundation, the SECU Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. For more information, visit  


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