Monday, March 4, 2024

Governor appoints Cape Fear leaders appointed to state boards

WILMINGTON — Three local leaders in military services and healthcare will soon continue their advocacy on state boards and commissions after Gov. Roy Cooper announced their appointments. 

Coastal Horizons Center President and CEO Margaret Weller-Stargell was appointed as member at-large to the Andrea Harris Task Force, which addresses social, environmental, economic and health disparities in communities of color. Cooper established the force in 2020 to identify best practices to improve disparities in disadvantaged communities. 

Weller-Stargell also chairs the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services Waiver Advisory Committee. 

Robert Cooley was appointed to the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission, which provides counsel to the governor on supporting service members. Cooley will serve in his capacity as a current or retired member of a reserve component of the Air Force, Army or Navy. Cooley retired earlier this year from his role as a brigadier general and senior staff officer for the United States Army Reserve. 

With her advocacy for children with Sickle Cell Disease, Shameka Stokes will serve as member at-large on the North Carolina Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome. Stokes is the mother of a child with disorder. The council works to provide resources to individuals and their families affected by the disease while also working to decrease its morbidity and mortality.

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