Antionette Kerr

Freelance Article Writer & Public Relation Freelancer

Location:Lexington, North Carolina, United States
2 Skills
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001 Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelors of Arts
African American Studies

Professional Experience

Founder of The Write Folks, LLC

Executive Director
Lexington Housing Community Development Corporation (LHCDC), 2006 - Present Lexington, NC

• Secured funding from private foundations including: Z Smith Reynolds, Sisters of Mercy, Foundation of
The Carolinas, The North Carolina Community Development Initiative
• Secured 1 Million Dollar Community Revitalization Grant
• Secured 2.1 Million Dollar Neighborhood Stabilization Grant
• Led staff through HUD Housing Counseling Agency Certification
• Assisted the City of Lexington with the development and chairmanship of The Homeownership Study

• Oversee strategic implementation of LHCDC programs
• Promote the mission of LHCDC
• Facilitate adherence to the vision and core values of the agency
• Report to the board, donors, city and local community leaders
• Provide grant writing, management and reporting
• Provide staff oversight, evaluation and development
• Provide housing counseling and assist in the facilitation of the Financial Literacy Program
• Oversee annual audits
• Oversee adherence to budget and financial policies
• Implement annual strategic plan and oversee progress toward goals
• Coordinate annual giving campaigns, golf tournaments and other fundraisers
• Communicate with donors and friends of LHCDC

Executive Director
Youth Life Foundation of the Triangle (YLFT), 1998 – 2004 Durham, NC
• Secured approximately $1 million dollars in private, individual and government donations for after school program for students living in public housing
• Developed programs for teens referred from Juvenile Court Counselors
• Developed Financial Policies, Human Resource Documents, Grant Management System and Volunteer Training Policy
• Completed Darrell Green Foundation’s Learning Center Management Course for Learning Center Directors
• Secured Articles of Incorporation for YLFT
• Secured Darrell Green affiliate status for the Youth Life Foundation of the Triangle
• Interviewed and trained YLFT staff and local volunteers for Youth Life Learning Centers
• Coordinated annual fundraisers and capital campaigns for YLFT

Executive Assistant
Youth Life Foundation of the Triangle (YLFT), 1998 – 2004 Durham, NC
• Assisted Executive Director with grant writing and reporting
• Provided administrative support for the Executive Director of YLFT
• Coordinated annual fundraisers and capital campaigns
• Conducted training to comply with Darrell Green Youth Life Learning Center affiliate status
• Assisted Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation with Pilot Program for Youth Life Learning Center Affiliates

Summer Editorial Intern
New York Times Regional Newspaper, 1995 – 2004 The Dispatch, Lexington, NC
• Provided administrative support to circulation department
• Processed newspaper subscriptions and payments
• Reported and photographed local events
• Reviewed and filed incoming press releases

Grant Management
• Z Smith Reynolds Foundation (2010-2011)
• North Carolina Housing Finance Agency Urgent Repair Grant (Financial Management 2006-2008)-LHCDC
• Lexington Area Community Foundation Grant (2006-2008)-LHCDC
• United Way of Davidson County Grant (2006-2008)-LHCDC
• Sister’s of Mercy Foundation Grant (2006)
• State Street Foundation Grant (2006)-LHCDC
• 21st Century Learning Center Grant-Sub recipient of Durham Public Schools (2005-2009)-YLFT
• Institute for Youth Development Compassion Capital Fund Grant (2004-2005)-YLFT
• Department of Juvenile Justice Grant (2004-2005)-YLFT

Professional & Civic Affiliations
• Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Durham , Former Member
• Lexington Kiwanis Club, Member
• Project Potential Scholarship Committee, Former Secretary-Board of Directors
• Communities In Schools, Former Mentor
• City of Lexington Homeownership Study Committee, Vice Chairman
• City of Lexington Homeownership Study/Neighborhood Revitalization Committee, Chairman
• Focus on Leadership, Curriculum Chair- Board Member
• Tourism Recreation Parks, Branding Committee
• Davidson County Chapter of American Red Cross, Former Board Member
• Family Services of Davidson County, Board Member
• Davidson Vision, Corporate Secretary-Board Member
• Charity League of Lexington, Provisional Member
• Leadership Davidson County, Class of 2008
• American Legion Post Auxiliary, Member
• Board of Trustees, Thomasville Medical Center
• Founding Member, Young Leadership Forum

Awards & Certifications
• 2006 Women of Distinction in Business, The Dispatch Lexington, NC
• Certified Housing Counselor, The Association of Housing Counselor of, North Carolina-2006
• The University of North Carolina Earnest H. Abernathy Chancellors Award for Excellence in a Student Publication, Chapel Hill, NC 1999
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Public Relations