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Harry Payne - Executive Director

Harry leads Toxic Free NC's efforts to educate North Carolinians about pesticide hazards and common-sense alternatives to toxic chemicals.

Born and raised in Wilmington NC, Harry received his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, prior to serving 6 terms in the NC House of Representatives. He went on to serve 2 terms as NC Commissioner of Labor (1993-2001), pior to joining Toxic Free NC in 2015


Preston Peck - Policy Advocate

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. Prestonís 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 Bachelorís of Science in Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College and is currently pursuing a Masterís 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 Raleighís 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 todayís 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.


Dylan Williams - Program Manager

Dylan, an Asheville, North Carolina native, continues to deliver positive outcomes in all program activity for Toxic Free NC. Previously, Dylan has worked for nationally recognized organizations such as, Autism Society of North Carolina where he developed educational programs for Spanish-speaking families that have children with autism. Furthermore, he has international experience as a training coordinator for a water filter distribution program in Northern Nicaragua. Currently in pursuit of his Masterís of Arts in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Non-Profit Business Management, Dylan leads the implementation and evaluation of Toxic Free NCís program initiatives through measuring impact for systemic change. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and culture. Currently living in Raleigh, you can find him exploring the outdoors and hiking whenever possible.


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