Staff and Board

Sherry Thornton – Executive Director
Sherry Thornton
 is a retired school guidance counselor and obtained her Master’s of Education (Counseling) through East Carolina University in 1998.  Prior to joining the CPC team, Sherry worked for three years at a pregnancy center in Wilson, NC. She has brought to the table an unwavering and unyielding dedication to the spiritual /Gospel-centered identity of pregnancy center ministry. 

Sylvia Smith – Executive Assistant
Sylvia Smith is a retired school secretary who joined the CPC staff in September 2020. Although she has no prior experience with pregnancy centers, Sylvia is no stranger to ministry. An ordained minister, she holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Grand Canyon University and a Doctor of Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology. Along with her passion for serving others, Sylvia brings over 30 years of experience in administrative support.

Angela Nichols – Client Services Director
Angie, is a seasoned nurse with 9.5 years experience, who loves people, and helping others. She has been volunteering at the Coastal Pregnancy Center since December 2021. Angie is enthusiastic, outgoing, self driven and very compassionate. She enjoys helping others learn and helping them to meet their goals through her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. She is inspired daily by her husband and their four children. In her free time, Angie likes to hike (in Virginia-hometown), help husband in building projects, loves to learn, and enjoys all the quality time with building her family in Christ.

Barbara Knox – Operations Director
Barbara began serving on staff in November 2017. She attended North Carolina Wesleyan College and Pitt Community College studying Business Administration and Human Services/Counseling. After a 20 year career caring for seniors in long term care, she was called to serve at CPC where she welcomes every client with warmth and kindness. Barbara is married to Gregory and they have two children, Dan in  Boston and Angela in Bear Grass and two grandchildren.


Melissa JonesPrevention Director
Melissa is a former full time high school youth minister, originally from Tampa, Florida.  She is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, leads public prayer rallies, and assists the Embrace Grace ministry, (for pregnant mothers).  Melissa has two degrees in Humanities and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and lives to serve Jesus and share His truth.  She believes that teaching embodies more than lectures but student interaction with hands-on exercises and hopes to reach as many students as possible with God’s grace.  Melissa is married to Jon and full-time mother of three boys who love soccer.  She enjoys hiking in the mountains, reading, praying and any other adventure with her boys.

Miriam Carey – Certified Sonographer
Miriam Carey is a certified and registered sonographer.  She began serving on staff at CPC in April 2015 and is excited to utilize her sonography skills in support of CPC’s mission. Miriam lives in Greenville with husband Mike, and their twin college boys, Michael and Aaron.

Karen Pittman – Nurse Manager
Karen Pittman obtained her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education in 2009 from East Carolina University. After retiring from a 25-year career teaching nursing and dialysis technology, she was called into the ministry of serving others at CPC. She is warm and caring and is excited to utilize her skills and God’s grace to help those families in need. Karen is married to Bobby, and
they have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren, all of whom are the “apple of her eye”.


Nancy Leggett-Frazier – Staff Nurse
Nancy Leggett-Frazier taught high school science, worked as a research technician and taught diabetes education as a diabetes nurse educator for 30 years. She has a master’s degree in adult nursing from ECU. She has been helping with children at Reimage Church for years and wrote a children’s book, What My Dog Taught Me About God. She has supported CPC through the years and looks forward to following God’s lead in joining the team at CPC. Nancy is married to Joe Frazier and has two sons and 4 grandchildren. 

Lonette Baity – Public Relations/Events (Contracted Staff Support)
Lonette Baity has served in event planning and public relations for pregnancy center ministries for more than 10 years. She is passionate about helping centers carry the message of hope and life to the families who need it most


Dr. Jack Coiner, MDMedical Director (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Board of Directors

Margie Dellasega, Board Chairperson

Russell Kilpatrick, MD, Vice Chairperson

Lisa Shepherd, Secretary

Jay Cox, Treasurer

Kevin Justice

David Price, MD

Rae Fountain, MD