Executive Committee

Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee, Chair

Joanne Lee is Collaborative Learning Director at Healthy Places by Design, and part of the organization’s leadership team. She provides strategic guidance on the organization’s Collaborative Learning and Networking services which are designed to share expertise and resources, develop new partnerships, and spark generative thinking. Joanne engages directly with funders and leaders in the field to build capacity and develop initiatives that accelerate and sustain community-led action to ensure health and wellbeing for all. Joanne also provides strategic coaching and technical assistance to community-based partnerships across all phases of planning, implementation, and sustainability. She joined the Healthy Places by Design team in 2005, and has been involved in several of the organization’s major initiatives across national, state, and local levels, including the Fit Community and Fit Together initiatives in North Carolina.

Joanne has professional experience and personal passion around equity, cultural diversity, authentic community engagement, sustainability, and community-based policy and systems approaches. She has lived and worked in diverse settings across the country. Joanne previously served as Program Director for the Nutrition Division of the Pitt County Health Department in eastern North Carolina. She was also Lead Research Dietitian for the Nutrition Support Shared Resource Unit of the Cancer Research Center of Hawai`i, and served in lead roles on national and international research studies, including NIH-funded investigations. Joanne completed her MPH and BS degrees at the University of Hawai’i. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Education in Child and Adolescent Obesity from the University of California, San Francisco.

Joanne grew up in Hawai’i and currently resides in rural eastern North Carolina. She supports local parks and walkability initiatives, and is a regular patron of farmers’ markets in her community. Joanne has a special love of dogs, owning dogs rescued from shelters and volunteering with animal welfare groups. She has volunteered at local senior facilities with her certified therapy dogs and as a trainer for the New Leash on Life program at a local correctional institution.

Jayne McBurney

Jayne McBurney, Vice Chair

Jayne is the Program Coordinator for Steps to Heath, NC State’s SNAP-Ed Program. The Steps to Health program is delivered through Cooperative Extension across the state with the goal to help people make the healthy choice, the easy choice. SNAP-Ed programs such as Steps to Health teach people who are eligible for SNAP about good nutrition, how to make their food dollars stretch further, and learn to be physically active. The program also helps communities to create Policy, Systems, and Environmental changes to create healthy communities.

Jayne began her career in North Carolina as a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator in 2007 with Cooperative Extension. Over a ten-year period in the field, she built a financial education program featuring money management classes and home buyer workshops. She also taught classes in food safety, healthy eating, and food preservation. She has served on the Executive Board for Eat Smart, Move More, NC; and on the Board of Directors for Partnership for Children of Johnston County, Garner Area Ministries, United Way of Johnston County, and Reach Out Johnston; she was a member of the Garner Planning Commission from 2015-2017.

A native of Ohio, Jayne received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Ohio State University. After receiving her BS, she spent a year as a Youth Development Volunteer through International 4-H in the country of Panama. Upon return to Ohio she was a 4-H Extension Associate, then returned to Graduate school. She had an 8-year career at Ohio State advising students in the Admissions Office, University College and the College of Nursing.

Jayne has a love of teaching and a passion for helping people live within their means by making good choices in all aspects of life. When not at the office, Jayne enjoys traveling, time with her family, and using her skills and abilities in service projects.

Sherée Thaxton Vodicka

Sherée Vodicka, Past Chair

Sherée Thaxton Vodicka is the Chief Executive Officer of the NC Alliance of YMCAs, a coalition of the state’s 26 independent YMCA Associations. As the CEO, Sherée convenes the state’s YMCA thought leaders to plan, implement and evaluate strategy designed to create collective impact in the state as each YMCA strengthens the communities they serve. Sherée also oversees all of the Alliance’s government relations and statewide collaborations activities. Sherée manages a staff team who support local YMCAs with strategic planning, board governance, philanthropy, local advocacy and peer-to-peer learning and networking. Sherée is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina, the state’s premier program for developing leaders who want to drive improvements and influence outcomes. Sherée received a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky with honors; a Master’s degree in Mass Communication, with an emphasis in public relations, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow, and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University in 2013. She is a member in good standing with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the NC Professional Lobbying Association. Sherée resides in Raleigh with her husband, Doug.

Richard Rairigh

Richard Rairigh, Member at Large

Richard Rairigh taught elementary physical education, received his Master of Science degree at West Virginia University in Physical Education Teacher Education with a concentration in Motor Development and Motor Learning, and then pursued doctoral work at the University of South Carolina. After the University of South Carolina, he worked at Meredith College in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science and then worked as the Director of Programs at Be Active North Carolina. He currently serves as the Director of Be Active Kids, a signature program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Rich is co-chair of the Children and Nature Coalition, Founder of the Active Play Alliance, and North Shape NC Design and Implementation Team member. He has also served on the North Carolina IOM Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force, Kids Eat Smart Move More Advisory Committee, North Carolina Child Care Commission, Clayton Downtown Development Association, and more. Rich has co-written two resources on Sport Education and over 25 articles on physical education and active play, and provided over 100 presentations at the national and international level.

Ashley Honeycutt

Ashley Honeycutt, Member at Large

Ashley Honeycutt, RD, LDN is the manager of Heart & Vascular Outreach at UNC REX Healthcare. She oversees Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Heart & Vascular Mobile Screenings, REX Nutrition Services and Diabetes Education.

Ashley received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, a short trip from her hometown of Raleigh. After working six years in the technology industry, she decided to make a career change and become a dietitian. She completed her DPD and dietetic internship through Meredith College and was offered an opportunity as an outpatient dietitian at REX Wellness Centers.

In her years at UNC REX Healthcare, Ashley has led the development and growth of community and corporate health promotions, nutrition and lifestyle enrichment programs both within UNC REX Healthcare and in the local community. She has served on the Justus Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force since 2009. In 2008, she was awarded the North Carolina Dietetic Association’s Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. In 2011, she was named a finalist for the Triangle Business Journal’s Health Care Hero Award. She has received two national awards from the Medical Fitness Association – the Robert Boone Award of Merit in 2008 for her work with Rex’s Healthy Way weight management program and Director of the Year in Health Education in 2012.

Ashley has been involved with the Eat Smart Move More NC movement since 2007 and is excited to be more involved as part of the Executive Committee.

Susanne Schmal

Susanne Schmal, Member at Large

Susanne Schmal is a public health practitioner with 20+ years in chronic disease prevention, wellness and school health. She is the Healthy Schools Consultant in the NC Department of Public Instruction, a position funded by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She works with school districts in NC, community partners, as well as state and national partners to support their efforts and build on successes addressing components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework. Prior to being with the Department of Public Instruction, Susanne worked as part of various grants at the NC Division of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Division of Community Health at Duke University Medical Center, as well as Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She received her MPH at UNC-Chapel Hill from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She currently serves on many committees and additional boards, including:

  • NC School-Based Health Alliance, which supports accessible, affordable and quality healthcare in school-based and school-linked health centers across NC.
  • Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, which provides advice to the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners on questions relating to bicycle and pedestrian issues.

She is a member of the XXVII Class of Leadership NC, the state’s premier program for developing leaders who want to drive improvements and influence outcomes. Susanne has lived in Durham for over 15 years with her spouse, Molly, their two dogs and a cat. One of their dogs, Sydney, is a certified therapy dog that has visited with the NC Department of Justice staff, the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, and an assisted living facility.

Susanne enjoys biking the ATT, running, eating good food, traveling, and hanging out on her back porch with friends.

Jenni Albright

Jenni Albright, Coordinator

Jenni Albright, MPH, RDN is the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina Coordinator. In this role, she provides staff support and administration to the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement. Jenni is proud to support the vision of a North Carolina where eating smart and moving more are the norm rather than the exception. Her seven years of full-time service at the North Carolina Division of Public Health laid a strong foundation for her current role. Jenni is honored to coordinate the ongoing partnership and opportunity for collaboration that Eat Smart, Move More NC offers. Jenni graduated from Furman University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science and then earned her Master of Public Health degree with a Nutrition focus from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Former Chairs of Eat Smart, Move More NC

Gregg Griggs (Served: 2007-2009), NC Academy of Family Physicians
Carolyn Dunn (Served: 2009-2011), NC Cooperative Extension, NC State University
Dave Gardner (Served: 2011-2013), NC Center for Health and Wellness, UNC Asheville 
Vondell Clark (Served: 2013-2014), Novant Health 
Sherée Vodicka (Served: 2014-2016), NC Alliance of YMCAs
Melissa Roupe (Served 2016-2019), Vidant Health