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Lena Epps Brooker

Lena Epps Brooker was American human services, consultant. Certified elementary school teacher, North Carolina, lay minister Western North Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church.


  • Brooker, Lena Epps was born on October 13, 1941 in Lumberton, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of Frank Howard and Grace Evelyn (Smith) Epps.

  • Education

    • AB, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1962.


    • Elementary school teacher,, Charlotte, Robeson County, North Carolina, Winchester, Virginia, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Raleigh, 1962-1975. Coordinator human services program North Carolina Commission Indian Affairs, 1975-1978. Planner, administrator human services program North Carolina Department Natural Resources and Community Development, 1978-1986.

      Director diversity management The Women's Center, 1990-1996. Manager Diversity progressive First Citizens Bank, 1996-1997. Human relations and diversity management consultant, 1998-1999.

      Developer model program United States Department Labor, Raleigh, 1976. Presenter President's Commission on Status of Women, Raleigh, 1979. Facilitator International Year of Woman, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1977.

      Speaker in field.

    Major achievements

    • Certified elementary school teacher, North Carolina, lay minister Western North Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church.


    • Contributing writer The Carolina Call, The Carolinian.


    Chaplain, Democratic Women Wake County, Raleigh, 1989-1991. Member Task Force on Native American Ministry North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church, chairman ethnic minority local church concerns committee, 1988-1991, board evangelism, 1986-1991, audit committee council finance and administration, 1990-1991, council ministries, 1992-1994, member bishops task force on staff and structure, 1993-1995, certified lay speaker, 2006. Member Wake County Mammography Task Force, 1990-1993.

    Cultural diversity committee Wake County Arts Council, 1990. Board directors International Festival Raleigh, 1990-1991, Triangle Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, 1991-1993, North Carolina Civil Liberties Union, 1992-1994, United Arts Council Wake County, 1996-1997, secretary 1996. Member steering committee for Year of native American, North Carolina Museum Natural History, 1986.

    Member city of Raleigh Human Resources and Human Relations Commission, 1990-1993. President board directors Women's Fund of North Carolina, 1993-1997. Board advisors Heritage Arts Foundation, 1993, North America Health Education Fund, 1994-1998, Women's Leadership Institute, Bennett College, 1995-1996.

    Active North Carolina Council on Women, 1999-2002. Board directors Carteret County Domestic Violence Program, 1999. Administrative board Weaverville United Methodist Church, 2003.

    Member North Carolina Natural Sciences Society (board directors 1987-1990), Triangle Native American Society (past coordinator special projects), Meredith College Alumne Association (board directors 1994-1995),The Women's Forum of North Carolina.



    Tennis, reading, writing, collecting american indian art and objects, gardening.


    • Married James Dennis Brooker, July 30, 1966. Children: Lora, Lindsey.
    • father: Frank Howard Epps
    • mother: Grace Evelyn (Smith) Epps
    • spouse: James Dennis Brooker
    • children: Lora Brooker
    • Lindsey Brooker
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