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Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

Cape Fear Voices & Teen Scene Staff

Cape Fear Voices & Teen Scene Board of Directors

Governance:  An appointed Board of Directors governs Teen Scene and Cape Fear Voices. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to ensure that both publications are operated and published in an ethical and accountable manner. Board members will represent a broad spectrum of current and retired professionals with extensive experience in working with teens, publications, marketing, and leadership. Directors volunteer their time in an advisory role to ensure that our programs most adequately address the proper standards and ethics for fulfilling our mission.


Gerald Decker, President

Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for 9 years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Gerald was the founder of Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald currently serves as Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor’s Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020.

Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc in Oct. 2021, entitled “The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology.”

Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (54 years), and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher, in a men’s adult fast pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

Jan Morgan-Swegle, Acting VP

Jan has been a Leland resident for 11 years.  She retired from Novant Hospital after a career in banking and insurance where she held senior management level positions.  Jan has been a writer for many years publishing her work in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Blue Moon–A Magazine for Girls,  Leland Magazine and the Coastal Buzz.  Jan has been married to her husband, Tony, for 33 years.  They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.   Jan has been with Cape Fear Voices/Teen Scene for two years, working in a variety of positions.


Board Directors

Members of our board hail from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Each brings a different strength to our Board.

Debbie Channell

Debbie L. Channell has been the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Georgia Primary Care Association (GPCA) since January 2016. As the Training and TA Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating and supporting training and technical assistance activities across all programs and services offered at the Association. Ms. Channell is a key member in developing and implementing GPCAs Workforce Development Program, developing and maintaining the association’s website, and developing and publishing GPCA’s Annual Report and supporting documentation. In addition, she is a TA Team member for the Georgia Family Planning Systems. Prior to joining GPCA, Ms. Channell was the Administrative Coordinator for twelve Community Health Care Centers in Northeast Georgia; was the Executive Director of a teen-based newsletter where she supported students in production of the newspaper, marketing, and fundraising; was the Administrative Services Director for a 14 program aging services agency where she supported all programs, conducted agency trainings, fundraisers, annual events, marketing and community outreach, supported grant writing, etc.; and was the Administrative Secretary for a leading corporation that focused on advocacy for small and independent businesses.

Jenny Stedham

Jenny Stedham has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s degree in English from Jacksonville State University. She has spent the last decade teaching middle school English in both Alabama and Colorado. In addition to teaching, Jenny is passionate about literature, travel, live music, and animal rescue. She lives with her husband Jon and their rescue dog Bowie (named after David Bowie) in Huntsville, Alabama.



Terri Delfino

Terri has years of experience in business management, marketing, sales and event planning. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she was the Operations Manager for a large sales force and business lobby organization. She later became the Business Manager for a large religious order. Twenty years ago, she and her husband, Jim, moved to Roseburg, OR and started a vineyard. They now have 18 acres of grapes in full production and make 1500 cases of wine each year. While Jim is responsible for the health of the grapes and the wine production, Terri manages the wine tasting room and Bed & Breakfast, and is the General Manager in charge of wine sales, marketing and planning of summer events. Her hobbies include playing the piano, tending the garden, feeding the farm animals and starting her new beehive. They live on the vineyard property with their two dogs, Bella and Abby. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

James Nys

James A. Nys is the President and Chief Human Resource Management Consultant for Personnel PLUS! Consulting Services, Inc. His firm specializes in Selection and Recruitment, Performance Appraisal, Personnel Policy Development, EEO/Affirmative Action, and Management Training for a wide variety of businesses throughout the inter-mountain west. Nys has well over 25 years experience in personnel management working for the State of Montana and for the past 12 years, as a private consultant. Nys is the author of several widely distributed employer’s Human Resource handbooks including his ever-popular books on avoiding wrongful discharge claims and hiring. Nys holds a Master’s degree from the University of Montana and has since 1991 taught human-resource-related graduate classes for four different Universities and for several community colleges. He also holds the highest recognition in public speaking awarded by Toastmaster’s International and is certified as a “Professional in Human Resources” by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He was chosen as the 1999 Business Education Leader by the Montana State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management. Nys also serves as an expert witness in employment litigation matters. He has been the Montana state lobbyist for personnel professionals since 1983 and has lobbied at the national level since 2001. Nys retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1988 as an Operations Specialist first-class (OS1) after 22 years of service, including 5 with the Montana Army National Guard. During his military career, Nys spent almost 10 years serving as an instructor of various naval subjects. Nys served as a military journalist in the Montana Army National Guard.

Pat Batleman

Pat Batleman graduated with Honors from Bay State School of Business in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a distinguished career in Washington, DC, having worked as a legal assistant to former CIA Director William Colby, Editor-Crofton Courier, an award-winning Freelance writer for the Alexandria Gazette Packet, and Executive Assistant to former Congressman and Chairman of the American Stock Exchange, James R. Jones. Pat also worked as Executive Assistant to Christopher Finn-former VP of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Pat and Ron moved to Leland in 2005. For the past 12 years, Pat has served as Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Leland, representing the town in many capacities. She is the daughter of an Italian war bride and a WWII glider pilot.




Deb and her husband, originally from New Jersey, are relative newcomers to the area from Holly Springs, NC. They reside in
Leland, NC. Deb has a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix and started her career as a pediatric nurse. She moved
on to hold several positions in sales and marketing for large corporations and is currently a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.

Deb currently serves as President of the Kiwanis Club of North Brunswick and a member of the Board of Directors of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Foundation of the Brunswick Community College. Deb was recently recognized by the NB Chamber as “Woman of the Year.”

Howard Cohen

Howard and his wife Janice (Jan) Janken lived in Charlotte for 28 years before moving to Leland. Howard is a retired attorney and his wife is a retired nursing professor. Early in his career, Howard worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, wrote environmental news columns for several publications and served as acting chief legal counsel at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Later in his career, he developed an employment law practice and represented plaintiffs in discrimination and sexual harassment cases. Howard is a long-time member of the Sierra Club and an active member of the Kiwanis Club of North Brunswick.



Jeff Rivenbark– News anchor at WWAYTV3.  Jeff is an award-winning journalist with a sharp eye for news, a dedication to excellence in the field, and a sterling record for upholding the highest standards of professional conduct.

“Throughout my career, I’ve earned widespread acclaim for my work as a reporter and strategic communicator, as well as for my work on high-profile marketing campaigns and public relations. In the industry, I’m recognized as a tenacious reporter and storyteller who excels in a deadline-driven, round-the-clock newsroom while simultaneously covering news, features, and other events.

Among my many accomplishments, I’m especially proud of my ability to convey news with authority, professionalism, and empathy, my writing and editing skills, and my uncanny ability to convey complex ideas in a way that engages an audience.”

Laura Askue

Ms. Askue is the head of the English Department at Brunswick County Early College High School in Bolivia, NC.




















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