Our Team


Hayley Sink, mpa

910.508.6788 | hayley@accessilm.org

Hayley became involved with ACCESS of Wilmington upon moving to the area in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Having an older sister living with cerebral palsy, Hayley is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of individuals living with disabilities and their families.

Prior to becoming Executive Director of ACCESS, Hayley worked for UNCW and as House Manager and Acting Director of Community Development for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia. She is honored to serve the participants, families, partners, and volunteers of ACCESS, as well as the southeastern North Carolina community.

Hayley serves on the executive committee of the Cape Fear Disability Commission and is a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club.


MIAYA Alston, BS
Program director

910.398.2211 | miaya@accessilm.org

Miaya is a North Carolina native who became involved with ACCESS through interning and volunteering for many ACCESS programs while she was a student at UNCW. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Exercise Science.

Miaya has a passion for creating inclusive, tactile, and fun exercise programs for individuals with disabilities. She currently oversees ACCESS Fit and Miracle League program operations.

Prior to joining the ACCESS team, Miaya worked for the City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation  Camp Programs as camp director. Miaya is more than excited and grateful for the opportunity to  make a difference in the lives of all ACCESS participants! 


Samantha Wang, CTRS/LRT

Program Coordinator

910.508.6788 | samantha@accessilm.org

Samantha is a UNCW Recreation Therapy Alumni, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and Licensed Recreation Therapist. She spent countless hours volunteering with ACCESS and serving our participants through ACCESS Fit, Project SOAR and Miracle League! She is thrilled to be able to create equal opportunities for all individuals through Recreation Therapy and Leisure Activities. We are thrilled to have Samantha on our team to lead Project SOAR and establish a Recreation Therapy 1:1 Program similar to what she did at Ability 360 in Arizona prior to returning to Wilmington!

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Linda Cowan, BSW  

Program Assistant 

910.508.6788 | linda@accessilm.org

Linda is a NC native who became involved with ACCESS through her 480-hour Recreation Therapy Internship, which she completed in August! Linda will be graduating from the Recreation Therapy program in December, and previously received her BSW from UNCW! Linda has a passion for helping others become who they were created to be and overcome any adversity. Linda believes in celebrating the ABILITY within a disability. We are thrilled to have her on our team to lead the ACCESS Fit Mobile program at Elderhaus at the Lake - They absolutely loved having Linda with them over the past several months, and we are grateful she can continue thanks to the support of our New Hanover County funding for the Fit Mobile program!

Board of Directors

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dr. Cathy Barlow

Dr. Cathy L. Barlow has been an educator since 1970. She has served as teacher and professor. The first half of her career in P-12 education and the last half in higher education. Most of her career she has been in a leadership capacity from principal to associate superintendent at the P-12 level to department chair, dean and Provost at the university levels. As she served in these capacities she developed curriculum, lead organizational change, headed up fundraising, negotiated contracts, and dealt with a multiple of personnel issues to name a few. She currently is affiliated with UNCW via the Renaissance Group of which she is President; and is the Past President of the Wilmington (Downtown) Rotary Club.

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Zane Bennett, MBA
Vice Chair

Zane is the Executive Director of Plantation Village, a life plan community, and is an employee of Life Care Services.  He has a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Florida Atlantic University.  Zane earned his Master of Business Administration through the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  He is a licensed nursing home administrator in the states of California and Wisconsin and has served residents in multiple life plan communities across the country.  Prior to becoming the Executive Director at Plantation Village, Zane was the Administrator at Newcastle Place, a life plan community located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Laura Kay berry, JD

Laura Kay is mom to Miracle League All Star and ACCESS Fit participant, Walker. She is a passionate community member and advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. Laura Kay brings years of legal and fundraising experience to our team, and loves sharing the ACCESS story in our community and beyond!


Craig Kelly

Craig is a Violence Intervention Supervisor for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from UNCW, and brings a great deal of nonprofit experience to the ACCESS team. Craig serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. Craig can often be found at the Miracle Field and Playground with his family.



Stephanie is a Clinical Team Manager at PRA Health Sciences, a proud supporter of ACCESS of Wilmington! You can often find Stephanie at the Miracle Field, running a marathon, or a local race for a cause. Stephanie serves on the Fundraising and Marketing Committee, and is Co-Chair of the annual Miracles in Motion Run, Walk or Roll.

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Amanda brings a great deal of finance and business experience to the ACCESS team. She is Customer Success Manager at nCino, a proud supporter of the Miracle League of Wilmington! Amanda serves on the Finance Committee and loves helping with the annual Miracles in Motion Run, Walk or Roll.

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Corey Barnhill

Bio coming soon!

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Dr. Benjamin Baldwin, PsyD

Benjamin is a clinical psychologist and is a founding member of Delta Behavioral Health.  He came to know ACCESS and The Miracle League through his daughter, Charlotte, who was a player on the Diamondbacks for a couple of seasons. Benjamin enjoys the opportunity to bring greater inclusiveness to Wilmington. 

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John McLean, cpa

John is the Chief Financial Officer at Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. He has a master’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience in governmental and non-profit finance.


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Ray is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Director of Veteran’s Services at Cape Fear Community College. He is an advocate for veterans and disabled veterans on a local and national level. Ray first learned about ACCESS through his involvement with Project SOAR. We are thrilled to have his experience and passion on our team!

Board of directors Emeritus


Dr. Dan Johnson
Founder, Chair emeritus

(910) 962-3659 | johnsonde@uncw.edu

Dan is the visionary and founder of ACCESS of Wilmington. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as an Associate Professor of Recreation Therapy.

Dan received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He previously worked for three years as the Corporate Director of Activity Therapy for Rivendell of America, eight years for the Veterans Administration and five years for the Center for Recreation and Disability Studies at UNC. Dan has developed the concepts of Accessible Recreation Day and Accessible Golf of Wilmington. He is on the advisory board of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.

Dan currently serves as the UNCW Liaison to ACCESS to provide student involvement, research and programming.

Dan was awarded the Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2016 Healthcare Hero in Community Outreach for his work with ACCESS.


L.S. “Bo” Dean, Jr.
Director Emeritus

Bo serves New Hanover County in the Human Resources department. Bo, former Executive Director of ACCESS, brings a great deal of fundraising and board development experience to ACCESS. On Saturdays you can find Bo announcing at the Miracle Field as the voice of the Miracle League of Wilmington!

Bo has received many community accolades including Cape Fear Association of Fundraising Professional's Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 2010 and Encore Magazine's Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and 2018. Bo is chairing the Miracles in Motion Run, Walk or Roll for the 6th year in 2019!

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Director Emeritus

David serves as a business and strategic communications consultant at DF Morrison Consulting. He was a visionary as part of the founding ACCESS Board and dedicated many years as Vice Chair of the Board. David graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Professional Writing with a from UNCW and, most recently, with his Master of Public Administration.

David loves to bring his knowledge of baseball and smiles to the countless individuals that now have the opportunity to “Play Ball” in our community. You can find him each week at the Miracle Field hitting home runs serving as Head Coach for the Cubs!

David was also a founding Chair for the Cape Fear Disability Commission (CFDC). 


Director Emeritus

Tammy has served New Hanover County as a Special Education Teacher for 20 years. She brings a heart for disability awareness, inclusion, and programming experience to ACCESS. When she is not teaching, coaching the Hoggard Swim and Dive team, or serving at Winter Park Baptist Church, you can find Tammy behind home plate at all the Miracle League baseball games!

Tammy was awarded the UNCW Community Partner Award for Excellence in University Engagement in 2016.


Michael Franklin, mba
Director Emeritus

Michael is Controller at IKA Works, a proud support of ACCESS of Wilmington. Michael was a key member of the Wilmington Believes in Miracles campaign to build the Miracle Field and Playground, and served as Treasurer for ACCESS for over 10 years!


Chad Porter
director Emeritus

When he is not pitching for the Miracle League of Wilmington, you can find Chad traveling the United States as a Motivational Speaker and Leadership Trainer. Chad brings years of community building and programming experience to ACCESS. He also serves as the M.C. for the Annual Miracle Makers Luncheon and I Am Beautiful Fashion Show. 

Chad was honored as the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Alumni of the Year in 2017.

Amy Queen
director Emeritus

Amy works for Syneos Health in Wilmington, NC. She is a founding member of the ACCESS Board, bringing business and community relations experience to ACCESS team. When Amy is not singing in the choir at First Baptist Church or leading the Azalea Festival Princess Pageant, you can find her cheering on the Hoggard Men’s Basketball Team with her family.