Editor's note: This story is part of a series on Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Board of Education candidates. The Daily Tar Heel is not endorsing any CHCCS school board candidates.
Vickie Feaster Fornville, a retired probation parole officer and special projects coordinator for Orange County, wants to bring a local voice back to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.
Feaster Fornville said she filed for the school board race with her mother and youngest daughter beside her. Her youngest daughter currently attends Chapel Hill High School, and her oldest graduated in 2020.
Feaster Fornville also graduated from CHHS, attending six schools in the district growing up. After attending college at UNC Wilmington, she moved back to Orange County to begin training to be a probation parole officer, where she supervised local high school students on probation.
Natasha Adams, an assistant public defender in Orange County, said she met Feaster Fornville in the court system and has known her for 19 years.
"She genuinely cared about the individual, and it was never about, ‘This person being on my caseload,'" she said. "It was about, 'What can I do in the capacity that I have right now to help provide all services that I can to put that person in a better position.'"
Feaster Fornville said she also was assigned to Orange County’s first specialty mental health court, Community Resource Court, where she worked with people with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use.
"The best part of my job was people successfully completing probation and being able to have better outcomes than they would have had had they not had the opportunity for probation," she said.
Chris Wallace, the associate executive director at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, said he met Feaster Fornville when she signed her daughter up to be part of the Communiversity Youth Program, an enrichment program for students in the community operated out of Sonja Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Wallace was the executive director of the program for almost 11 years.