WHO WE ARE
Making the invisible, visible.
Brunswick Partnership for Housing (BPH) was established in 2019 through the insightful vision of area church representatives and the Southport-Oak Island community. Even before 2014, this group saw homelessness as a significant, but invisible social problem in our communities. They witnessed a clear lack of services for families threatened with homelessness. Together with other local agencies they tried to fill the gap. But it wasn’t enough.
With BPH, the time is now to make the invisible, visible. As a community we can solve the challenge of homelessness and lack of affordable housing for families in Brunswick County.
The Brunswick Partnership for Housing Board of Directors was formed in 2020 to help address this need.
Meet the Board Members of the Brunswick Partnership for Housing
Sally T. Learned has built a career focused on service to her community. A graduate of Duke University, Sally was community director for housing and economic development programs throughout the state. She was executive director for Repay, Inc., a non-profit, community-based criminal justice agency serving Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and McDowell counties in North Carolina. Later she led the Burke County United Way. Most recently she was Development and Human Resources officer for Catawba Valley Behavioral Health/Catawba Valley Health Care where she was responsible for grant writing, the annual fund, human resources and program development.
As an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, Sally serves at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, North Carolina. Through this service, she became aware of the critical need to find solutions to the homelessness issue in Brunswick County. With diligent focus and collaboration with local churches and community leaders, Sally was instrumental in helping form the Brunswick Partnership for Housing.
Rebecca H. Felton, M.Ed., Ph.D. is a primary advocate for the creation of the Brunswick Partnership for Housing. As a member of Trinity UMC, Becky is active in many volunteer activities with a special interest in ministry to the homeless. For the past five years, she has represented the Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship on the Brunswick County Task Force on Homeless and has served as coordinator of the Winter Shelter homeless ministry.
In her private practice, Becky specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and development of treatment plans for students with dyslexia. She taught students with disabilities for many years before beginning a career as a clinician and researcher with the Neurology Department of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Teacher training was a major focus of her career and, as a consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, she developed a course on the foundations of reading, which has been used to train teachers throughout the state.
Stephen J. Dillon
Stephen J. Dillon brings decades of nonprofit executive management and fundraising experience to the Brunswick Partnership for Housing. An undergraduate of Villanova University, he earned his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
In partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Family Services, Stephen directed the startup and operation of a 24/7 shelter for neglected and abused children. He went on to transform a century’s old foster family care agency whose mission became keeping families together by providing intensive in-home services.
Stephen served 10 years as national director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, raising funds to support the national headquarters and 500 local affiliated agencies. As president of the United Way of Chester County, West Chester, Pennsylvania, he was recognized by United Way of America for having the fastest five-year growth rate within the United Way system.
Steve and his wife moved to North Carolina in 2004 when he became executive director of the Community Foundation of Southeastern North Carolina in Wilmington until his retirement in 2010.
Steven Chavis brings extensive and significant experience to the Brunswick Partnership for Housing board. He spent much of his career working in homeless shelters in New York City. In addition, Steven is a general contractor.
Steven spent his early career working with youth as director of the Police Athletic League in New York, then as regional operations manager for a five-county mental health and substance abuse clinic. He then dedicated himself to the cause of homelessness as director of security and operations for Flagstone Community Center, a Tier 2 cluster homeless shelter serving 160 families. Following Flagstone, Steven joined Children’s Community Services as director of security and operations for a 145-bed men’s shelter program in Bronx, New York.
As a general contractor, Steven brings knowledge of building codes and regulations and is an experienced facility and violations remediation expert.
Susan Fellows Crabtree
Susan Fellows Crabtree is a retired marketing and communication executive for Fortune 500 life insurance companies. She also served on several nonprofit boards.
William J. Fairley
The Honorable Judge William F. Fairley is newly retired as district court judge for the Thirteenth Judicial District, presiding over Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties. In his years as judge, he witnessed the impact of homelessness on families in the legal system and courts.
Karl Moser is the plant general manager for the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. With a career spanning more than 40 years, he has provided leadership focused on the safe reliable power generation to the communities he has served via nuclear energy. He enjoys volunteering for local community projects and serving on advisory boards.