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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Allison Guenther

Outreach Director

Allison Guenther brings with her an extensive background in advocacy and outreach as well as desire to help connect parents to the educational option that best meets their child’s needs. Prior to PEFNC, Allison worked at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina guiding outreach and advocacy strategies for child maltreatment programs. She spent the first six years of her career as…

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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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Falasia West

Operations Associate

Falasia West assists with the many different tasks that help PEFNC thrive: from organizing lists to ensuring that PEFNC maintains healthy relationships with parents and schools to pulling together events that showcase how the organization is an asset to the community. Falasia, who is originally from Savannah, GA, attended the University of North Carolina Pembroke, where she majored in Mass…

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Thomas Miller, Ed.D.

Director, NC Public Charter School Accelerator

Dr. Thomas Miller is the Director Consultant of PEFNC’s North Carolina Public Charter School Accelerator and is also the founder of Leaders Building Leaders. Dr. Miller believes that everything rises and falls on leadership. He combines his leadership certification with his public charter school leadership research to help public charter schools navigate a course from success to significance. His dissertation…

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