About Us

Long Story Short

CFEP originated in 2014 when Dr. Linda Mechling brought together a group of people that saw area for improvement in our community. We are parents, teachers, educators, executives and directors. While we all have diverse backgrounds, we have one thing in common: our passion for bettering the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Many members of our board are proud volunteer leaders of our programs!

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Our Team

The Board of Directors of CFEP is composed of parents, teachers, therapists and friends of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Board members personally understand the challenges faced by these individuals and are dedicated to fostering programs designed to meet their individual needs and enrich their daily lives.

Linda C. Mechling

President

Linda C. Mechling has a Ph.D., M. Ed., and B. S. in Special Education. She has 16 years of experience teaching in higher education and over 16 years teaching children and young adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities in both private and public school settings. Her interests include teaching functional life skills. She recently retired as a Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Becky McGee-Hudson

Vice President

Becky McGee-Hudson is the mother of an adult daughter diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Becky’s educational background is in special education and school administration. She began her career as a special education teacher with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, working in collaboration with the TEACCH program. She retired from the University of Chapel Hill TEACCH Autism Program in November 2018, where she worked as an Autism Specialist for over 30 years. Becky has served on a variety of local boards and advisory committees focused on the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. Becky, her husband Stuart and daughter Abbey live in Wilmington.

Judd Hartman

Secretary

Judd Hartman is the father of three children, two of whom are young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since moving to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2001, Judd and his wife Keri have spent time participating in family support groups and supporting Surfers Healing of Wilmington. Judd also supports Keri in managing their adult children’s day-to-day activities. Professionally, Judd serves as General Counsel of PPD in Wilmington, North Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington and Lee University in 1985 and a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1989.

Betsy McCormick

Board Member

Betsy McCormick is a TEACCH Certified Advanced Consultant who worked as an Autism Specialist for the Wilmington TEACCH Center from 1984 to 2018. She holds a BA in Education and prior to coming to work at the Wilmington Center was a teacher in TEACCH affiliated primary and adolescent classrooms. As an Autism Specialist, Betsy worked with individuals of all ages across the autism spectrum. Her experiences include diagnostic evaluations and work with parents, children, and adults on Structured TEACCHing strategies and skill building. She has facilitated parent support groups, consulted to programs serving individuals with autism, and led early intervention groups and social skills groups for older individuals. Since leaving the Wilmington Center in 2018, Betsy continues her work with TEACCH through educational training for parents and professionals both nationally and internationally.

Keri Hartman

Board Member

Kerri Hartman is the mother of three children, two of whom are young adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kerri spends much of her day supporting her adult children’s day-to-day activities. Kerri is a past board member on the New Hanover County Schools Advisory Council for Exceptional Children. Kerri is an avid quilter and loves the mountains. She and her husband Judd participate in family support groups and also support Surfers Healing of Wilmington, the local chapter of a non-profit organization that conducts surf camps for individuals with autism at beaches throughout the United States, including Wrightsville Beach.

Richard Mechling

Board Member

Richard Mechling has a B. S. in Physical Therapy and an M. Ed. in Elementary Education. He has 30 years of experience providing physical therapy services to persons with developmental disabilities in the state of Georgia. Within the field his focus has been on development of adaptive equipment to increase individuals’ independence and participation in community and daily living activities. Within the field his focus has been on development of adaptive equipment to increase individuals’ independence and participation in community and daily living activities.

Angela M. Pollock

Board Member

Angela M. Pollock has a B. S. in Adapted Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She has several years of experience working with adults with disabilities, and is currently the Director of Development and Operations at Oasis NC. She is the founder/creator of the “I Am Beautiful Fashion Show”, a fundraiser event featuring persons with disabilities that has raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of people with disabilities.

Marilyn Ward

Board Member

Marilyn Ward retired from the public school system after spending 30+ years as a Speech Therapist and a teacher of the Deaf. During the past few years, she has worked in various settings with children and adults with special needs. However, most of her time is devoted to her son Brian Stephens. Marilyn’s children are her greatest blessing. Brian is 33 years old, has Down syndrome and currently lives at home. Marilyn’s daughter, Erin Long, is her greatest supporter and the two of them team up to help Brian reach his fullest potential.

Teresa Redmon

Board Member

Teresa is a Human Resource Partner Manager for Connections Academy and a graduate from Wright State University. Teresa recently relocated to the Wilmington area and has a passion for diving in and supporting her new community. She has assisted with the “I Am Beautiful Fashion Show” for the past few years and truly loves getting to know the models who walk down the runway to raise awareness for individuals with disabilities. She is excited use her years of human resources and organizational development experience to continue the growth and success of CFEP.

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