Meet the team at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina below.

Darrell Allison


As president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Darrell Allison continues to lead strategic efforts to redefine the meaning of public education. To him, it means every parent, regardless of income or zip code, should have the ability to choose the educational model that best meets the needs of their children. Darrell’s belief, coupled with his tenacity and…

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Karen Duquette

Vice President

As Vice President, Karen Duquette manages the day to day operations of the organization and assists with strategic planning and initiatives. Along with the President, she also directs PEFNC’s parental school choice legislative outreach and policy priorities. She helps develop and build relationships with grassroots and school leaders, elected officials and educational advocacy groups across the state. Karen works with…

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Katie Trout

Operations Director

Katie Trout brings media and communications experience to PEFNC, along with the desire to see North Carolina parents, not the system, decide how and where their children should be educated. After graduating from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Katie gained media and research experience through her time as a Research Assistant at WBT 1110AM in Charlotte,…

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Tara Petty

Executive Team Assistant

As PEFNC’s Executive Team Assistant, Tara is skilled in a variety of administrative tasks. She maintains the schedules for both the President and Vice President, manages all financial work, and handles the day to day tasks that keep the organization running smoothly. Tara earned a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has always had a passion…

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Kwan Graham

Parent Advocacy Director

Kwan Graham has an extensive background serving parents and advocating for the educational needs of children. She has worked diligently across the state to empower parents to become better advocates for their child’s educational needs and oversees Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina’s Parent Liaison Initiative (PLI). As Parent Advocacy Director, she assists parents in learning about school related…

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