Dylan Williams – Executive Director
Dylan began his work with Toxic Free NC in 2014 as program manager. In that role he expanded and diversified the Integrated Pest Management arm of the Toxic Free Kids program, and worked to increase health and safety protections for the youngest members of our community. As executive director he oversees all program areas, provides staff support, and continues to deliver pesticide safety trainings to child care providers across the state. A graduate of UNC-Charlotte with a BS in Geology and BA in Spanish, Dylan is currently completing his Master’s in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Non-Profit Management.
Charles McNair – Program Manager
Charles is a native of eastern NC and grew up in the farming tradition. Commitment to the people of NC living a toxic free life is what drives him. Today, his focus is on organic, non-GMO, sustainable and regenerative Agroecology. He was a farming member of the Wayne Food Initiative and formally employed at a pre-K – 7 charter school, Dillard Academy where he wore many hats, the primary ones being the IT Coordinator and Garden Coordinator and Community Engagement. His endeavors are focused on youth, organizing, and health. He founded Freedom Farm for Dillard Academy, where he raised food to give to needy families, taught youth and others how to grow soil and utilizing local herbs and “weeds” in traditional folk healing. He also assisted others in planting community gardens, including a current project to build gardens at local housing units.
Preston Peck – Policy Director
Originally from Alabama, Preston has a background deeply rooted in community organizing and grassroots policy development. He offers skills in facilitating informational workshops around a variety of issues and self-advocacy trainings.
While at Toxic Free NC, Preston has been deeply involved with environmental health advocacy work at the municipal, state, and national level. He continues to work closely with legislators and community leaders to develop policy that truly reflects the values of all North Carolinians. Preston’s passion for people and the environment stem from his upbringing in rural Alabama and a family history deeply rooted in farming and politics. Preston holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College and has a Master’s of Arts in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Policy Advocacy and Methods. In his free time, Preston enjoys backpacking, skiing, and riding his bike on Raleigh’s beautiful Greenway.
Morgan Price – Office Manager
Morgan supports the Toxic Free NC team by ensuring smooth, efficient execution of office procedures, handling issues related to organizational operations and providing direct administrative support to the Executive Director. Prior to joining Toxic Free NC, she was a Program Coordinator at Duke University. Morgan has years of professional experience in administrative and programmatic efforts with an emphasis on grant management, finances, and community building. She has always had a strong desire to contribute to non-profit organizations, as well as make a difference in today’s society. While not at work, you will find Morgan volunteering, playing basketball or with her very hyper black lab.
Rosa Saavedra – Community Engagement Manager
Rosa has extensive experience as a labor and community organizer utilizing participatory methods. She developed a regional leadership and development program for the Latino community in the Southeast – Pueblos de Latinoamerica program at Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. Prior to joining Toxic Free NC, Rosa assisted farmers applying for discrimination relief through the Pigford and Hispanic & Women Farmers and Ranchers claims processes. She is committed to including the voices of every North Carolinian in the effort to make North Carolina a toxic free state. Rosa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at NCSU in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.