Chief Equity & Engagement Officer

Phone: 919-967-8211 x28247


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Rodney Trice

Dr. Rodney Trice returned to the district in July 2021 as its Chief Equity & Engagement Officer.  Trice returns to CHCCS after working in Wake County Public Schools for seven years as its assistant superintendent of equity affairs.  Before leaving the district, Trice served as the executive director of curriculum, instruction and technology and then later as associate superintendent for student and social services and equity oversight.  He previously served in CHCCS for eight years.  Trice has also worked as a policy advisor for NC Department of Public Instruction, an associate principal in Orange County Schools and a director and teacher in Detroit.  Trice holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Detroit at Mercy, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Director of Family and Community Engagement

Phone: 919-967-8211 x28260


Degrees and Certifications:

Jacqueline Love

Jacqueline Love joined the Equity and Engagement Department in the summer of 2022. 

Parent Engagement Specialist

Phone: 919-967-8211x 24006


Degrees and Certifications:

Carla Smith

Carla Marlin Smith is the Parent Engagement Specialist for CHCCS's Parent University. Carla's passion is education; it's not just her career. Prior to joining the team, she has been a parent advocate, school administrator, and teacher with 18+ years of experience in public school education and parental education/training.

Carla received her B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill; Middle Grades Teaching Certification from Catawba College; and a Masters in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte.  She is a NC Qualified Parent Educator and received a certification in Family Life Education from NC State University. Carla is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Western Carolina University.

A native of Salisbury, NC, Carla considers parenting her most challenging and rewarding venture. She and her husband, Johnny, are the parents of two amazingly, brilliant, young men, Jonathan and Cameron.

Equity Specialist for Family and Community Engagement

Phone: 919-967-8211 x24003


Degrees and Certifications:

Esther Mateo-Orr

Esther Mateo-Orr serves as an Equity Specialist with CHCCS.  She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, where she taught for 16 ½ years.  She moved on to a position as a Parent Advocate for a Non-profit organization in East Durham. Her work focused on providing children in East Durham with equal access to education through, increasing parental involvement, equitable opportunities for success, and helping parents learn to navigate the educational system.  In 2018 she returned to the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools as an Academic Support Specialist for the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program.  

As a life-long educator Ms. Mateo-Orr is passionate about, and dedicated to equalizing the playing field for our most marginalized populations. Esther received a BA in American Studies with a minor in African American Studies from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Esther developed a strong desire to become an educator, and pursued a Master Of Science in Elementary Education, from Alfred University, Alfred, NY. Esther and her Husband Kym have lived in North Carolina since 1995. They are raising their four daughters; Hallie, Marlee, Kayla and Maya in Durham. She has dedicated her career to empowering youth and helping students become life-long learners.  

Coordinator for Student Leadership & Engagement



Degrees and Certifications:

Lorie Clark

Lorie Clark serves as the Coordinator for Student Leadership and Engagement. She served as the Blue Ribbon High School Specialist for seventeen years.  She encourages students to use their voices for the advancement of educational and human rights.  Lorie has also organized numerous local, national, and international service-learning enrichment trips so that students can expand their global perspective.  


Lorie received a B.A. in Communication from Eckerd College.  She believes that “to whom much is given, much is required” and that you should dream until your dreams become your reality.  Lorie is the recipient of the 2019 Pauli Murray Award and 3x WCHL Hometown Hero, honoree.  Lorie is also the founder of the Hannah Ruth Foundation and serves on numerous academic and non-profit boards and organizations.  


Lorie was born and raised in Chapel Hill. Her family’s legacy spans seven generations. She is the proud mother of two sons D. Landon Hawkins II and Langston J. Hawkins. Her passion is empowering youth to fulfill their dreams and providing them with support and opportunities to do so. Lorie has learned to embrace life to its fullest and believes her work is both her calling and ministry.

Equity Specialist for Student Leadership

Phone: 919-967-8211 x24002


Degrees and Certifications:

Tiffany Boston

Tiffany Boston joins the CHCCS team as an Equity Specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree in English, Secondary Education from Appalachian State University, and a Master’s degree from East Carolina University in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. For the past 11 years, Tiffany has taught at public schools in both eastern and western North Carolina, as well as collegiate classroom experiences in The Triangle. Throughout Tiffany’s educational career, she has championed for her minority, disenfranchised, and culturally misrepresented students to push forward toward growth opportunities and discovery of self. She has co-founded a school’s first gay/straight alliance, received a 2019 SHIFT NC Impact Award, spoken at the Safe Schools NC conference, and other panels. At the forefront of her educational philosophy is the belief that becoming aware of who and what you are--in the context of your orientation among others--will be a postmodern discourse that can restructure the impact of academic discrepancies and discipline data for students of color. She lives in Durham with her fiancée, Leah, and their dog Tanner.

Coordinator for Instructional Equity and Leadership

Phone: 919-967-8211 x24004


Degrees and Certifications:

Trilce Marquez

Trilce joined the CHCCS Equity and Engagement Team as an Equity Specialist in 2019 after 12 years as an NYC public school teacher. She now serves as the Coordinator for Instructional Equity and Leadership.

During her time in New York, Trilce presented at the New York Collective of Radical Educators 2018 Conference on building an anti-bias elementary community, served as a district equity leader in the Critically Conscious Educators Rising Series, and worked on her school's Racial Equity Advisory Team. Trilce holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in Sociology and a Masters in Childhood Education from Fordham University. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Jason, her children Seneca and Kahlo, and her dog Freddy.