Dr. Penny is a longtime advocate for those who have been pushed to the margins. She brings over 20 years of experience leading organizations, serving as an executive director, consultant, and organizer. She founded Mary’s Grace Incorporated in 2013 to assist faith communities and schools with creating safe spaces of inclusion with persons who are differently abled. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of Family Abuse Services of Alamance County, Inc. and the Associate Director of Church Services for All Belong Center for Inclusive Education. Dr. Penny is committed to giving time and talents to the community and does so by participating on the boards of North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness (NCCEH). Her commitment to inclusion led her and her partner to launch Belonging Fellowship, a ministry committed to creating a safe space for all to live out their faith and make an impact in their community through community service and giving. She is a published writer and sought after speaker. Dr. Penny earned a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a Master of Arts from East Carolina University, a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University and she completed her Doctor of Ministry from Campbell University. She is the mother of twins and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.