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Meet the Equality NC C4 Board

Candis Cox (she/her)

Candis Cox joined Equality NC’s C4 board in 2016, where she serves as the secretary as well as sitting on the executive committee. Candis also sits on the board of the LGBT Democrats of Wake County and previously on the board of The Crape Myrtle Festival. Candis hold a BA in Sociology from NC State university. Candis has worked helping to develop inclusion policies for numerous Triangle and national organizations. As the sole transgender person to have met with Gov. McCrory regarding HB2, Candis has received significant media attention, which she uses to educate others on the need for inclusion and improving the lives of transgender individuals. She has been featured on outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, lending a transgender voice and perspective to issues. Candis’ personal time is spent enjoying the two things she loves, her family and travel.

Frank Dorsey (he/him)

Frank D. Dorsey, II joined the Equality NC C4 Board in 2020. Dorsey is the Associate Director of Student Engagement at Johnson C. Smith University, where he is responsible for coordinating comprehensive engagement programs that create intentional opportunities for students to identify and enhance their leadership potential. Furthermore, he assists with efforts to create a more inclusive campus through policies and initiatives. Aside from overseeing the University student union, he provides leadership to JCSU student programs, including student government, student activities, intramural/club sports, Greek Life, and civic involvement. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and received his Master of Science in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University. He is currently a doctoral student in the Leadership Studies program at North Carolina A&T State University.

Recognizing the need for LGBT resources & assistance on historically Black college and university campuses, Dorsey partook in both the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative and the Human Rights Campaign’s HBCU Leadership Summit. In Charlotte, he participated in the Community Building Initiative’s Leaders Under 40 Program to link him with compatible leaders, who are also passionate about the achievement of inclusion and justice for all. Beyond his responsibilities at Equality NC, Frank is a board member with the Carolina CARE Partnership and Charlotte Black Pride. When not serving the local community, he enjoys outdoor recreation, photography, and spontaneous trips home to Arkansas. “#StopPretendingHashtagsAreTheSameAsDoingSomething” – Shonda Rhimes

Elinor Landess (she/her)

Elinor Landess is the Chair of the Equality NC C4 Board and has served on ENC’s board since 2015. She is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in the Charlotte area, but now calls Durham home. Elinor received a BA from Davidson College and an MA in higher education from Michigan State University. After working in K-12 education, non-profits, and higher education, she now serves as the director of the Campus & Community Coalition, a cross-sector coalition in Chapel Hill. Elinor brings a focus on younger members of the LGBTQ+ community to the ENC board, and is energized by the strength inherent in intersectional movements in the South. "As the South goes, so goes the nation." -W.E.B. DuBois

Andrew Spainhour (he/him)

Andrew Spainhour has served in many roles since first joining the Board in 2001, including Foundation Chair (2004-06), Board Nominations Chair (2015-17), and Executive Director Search Co-Chair (2017-18). His current assignment is Governance Committee Chair. A graduate of Davidson College and UNC School of Law, Andrew lives in Greensboro and is SVP, General Counsel of Replacements, Ltd. His other current community work includes serving First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, the Greensboro Public Library Foundation, the North Carolina Commission on Inclusion, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Prior service includes work for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Guilford Green Foundation, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Triad Health Project, and Triad Stage. To help fight North Carolina’s unconstitutional Amendment One, Andrew was a co-founder of the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families. He enjoys meals with family and friends, yoga, long walks, yard work, reading, movies, and travel.

Scott Taylor (he/him)

Scott Taylor is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the C4 Board of Equality North Carolina. This is his fifth year on the Board, where he has also served as the Secretary of the C4, and on the Executive Committee. Scott has a passion for politics, and also serves as the Chair of the PAC Committee. This body makes recommendations to the Board for the Equality NC Voter Guide, which encompasses endorsements from the local level to the Congressional level, including the judiciary and ballot initiatives. Scott is an attorney, currently a sole practitioner, and lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where he also went to undergraduate school. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Scott served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Western Samoa, and also studied Japanese for two years at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.

Tracy Ward (she/her)

Tracy L. Ward joined the Equality NC C4 Board in 2017 and is in her first term as Chair of the Board Development Committee. Tracy works full time as a Director, Talent Acquisition with The Fresh Market and holds additional offices with service organizations in her community.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, NC and started her professional career in behavioral health care, overseeing inpatient psychiatric units in NC, SC, and MS. Tracy obtained a Master of Science degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and shortly after shifted her career focus. Over the last 14 years, Tracy's professional leadership experience has been in corporate HR with a specialty in Talent Acquisition and Employee Engagement. She joined the Board to have a voice for the LGBTQ community in the fight for equality.

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