Staff

Ashley Bethea

Ashley Bethea

Program Director

Over ten years ago, Ashley began attending workshops and seminars that covered the gamut of Praise and Worship presentation: music, mime, drama, rap, step, classic and contemporary dance. In a relatively short period, the perfecting of those things she had learned enabled her to be appointed as Choreographer of 2 performing arts groups at her local church Descending Dove Christian Center. For half of her years of dance and directing, Ashley was a student and teacher of GAFA Studios, and summer teacher for several other dance studios, including DREAMS…all while attending UNC at Wilmington. To date, she received her B.A. in Criminal Justice and her Masters degree in Liberal Studies, affording her the opportunity to learn and ‘live’ dance and life from diverse cultures.

Kevin Blackburn

Kevin Blackburn

Interim Executive Director

Kevin has worked and volunteered with youth nonprofits all over Wilmington, serving in roles ranging from program coordinator to director of business and finance. He attended UNCW, where he graduated with University Honors, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. His passion for social justice, youth, and the arts drives everything he does. Permanently infected with the “travel bug,” Kevin loves traveling the world with his wife. In his free time, he is an environmental activist and a volunteer scuba diver for the Ft. Fisher Aquarium. He also volunteers as a Crisis Text Line counselor. He loves discovering music, reading, playing guitar, riding anything with two wheels, and outdoor adventure.

Lauren Hurley

Lauren Hurley

Program Coordinator

Lauren grew up in Wilmington and has an ongoing love for the area. She loves the beach and the sense of community the Wilmington area has to offer. She completed her B.A. in History at the UNC- Chapel Hill. After a bit of traveling, she returned to the Wilmington area where she has worked and volunteered in a number of positions and community organizations. She went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from UNC- Wilmington where she focused on crisis intervention services. She enjoys doing yoga and has spent time teaching yoga to children in the community. She believes that creating a sense of community and self worth is vital when working with children and hopes to bring her passion for community programs and development to her work at Dreams. She enjoys live local music, walking anywhere outside with her dog, Ted, and really good bagels.

Amy Jeffrey

Amy Jeffrey

Office Manager
After many years as a professional in the private sector, Amy took a position as Finance
Manager in a local nonprofit in 2008. She quickly realized that she was a “natural born” non-
profit worker and spent the next several years at two non-profit agencies: one that provided
mental health services to women and one that provided medical services to the elderly. During
those years, Amy was mentored by two very experienced and dynamic non-profit Executive
Directors who helped her learn how to best support a good mission. Becoming a part of the
DREAMS mission is what Amy calls “the cherry on top!” She is extremely excited about
everything going on at DREAMS and the future of the DREAMers.
Amy’s two children are recent Hoggard graduates and her daughter is currently enrolled at
CFCC ‘s Theater Arts program – you may see her volunteering at DREAMS!
Amy has an Associates Degree in Business Administration and is nearing completion of her
Bachelor’s in Accounting. In her spare time, she loves hanging with her kids, cooking, stained
glass, and reading. She has been studying and practicing Zazen meditation for over twenty
years and would love to share her zafu (mediation cushion) with you anytime!

Jamie La Lalonde-Pinkston

Jamie La Lalonde-Pinkston

Program Coordinator

Jamie La Londe-Pinkston obtained her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She first joined the DREAMS family in 2012 as a volunteer, and has since worked for DREAMS as a teaching artist and program coordinator. Before and since her involvement with DREAMS, Jamie has built up a portfolio career in education, nonprofit, and the arts. She has worked as a creative writing teacher, reading interventionist, and as the education coordinator for Recovery Resource Center, Inc. Jamie also served as Art in Bloom Gallery’s first Writer in Residence. Her most recent published works can be found in Rust + Moth. Jamie cares deeply about helping others feel empowered, especially people in the mental health community and local area youth. Aside from her work with DREAMS youth, Jamie mentors FIRST Robotics teams in Pender County.