Shamecca Bryant is the new director at Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services

Pittsboro, NC – Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services (FVRC) has announced that Shamecca Bryant joined the agency this month as Executive Director. Bryant is the former director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center located in Chapel Hill, and served at that organization for eight years.

Shamecca Bryant

Shamecca Bryant

Bryant brings twelve years of fundraising experience and six years of experience running a rape crisis center to the position. In addition to serving on the board of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) as well as the board of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Bryant has also sat on multiple nonprofit, advocacy, and anti-violence task forces in the community.

“It is an honor to serve at an agency with such a long and successful history of empowering survivors and I look forward to working with the staff, board, and larger community to transition the agency to its next phase,” Bryant said. “The Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services Center is a stand-out organization and is vital to helping protect survivors and educate the community about violence prevention.”

Bryant is stepping into the position as Sherry Shudra exits the role to return full-time to Haven in Lee County. Lynn Weller, president of the board of directors, expressed her gratitude for Shudra’s contributions to Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services over the last seven months: “On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Sherry for her support. We look forward to a continued strong partnership with Haven and our neighbors in Lee County.”

Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services, a United Way of Chatham County Member, has worked to promote peaceful homes, build safe communities, and empower individuals and families to heal from domestic and sexual violence in the Chatham County community since 1982. For more information about the Center and the services they provide, visit or call 919-542-5445.