Senior Leadership

John Dodd
President of the Jesse Helms Center

John Dodd

John Dodd

Since joining the staff of the Jesse Helms Center in 1994, John Dodd’s work has focused on the continuing development of numerous initiatives promoting liberty and our country’s founding principles. Under the direction of Dodd, the center successfully completed a $5 million capital campaign which led to the construction of the current Helms Center headquarters, the 23,000-square-foot A.J. Fletcher building. Dodd completed his undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary and received his Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to his work with the center, Dodd was president of J&T Dodd, a consulting firm where he worked with political candidates and nonprofits. Dodd is the author of The World Came His Way – Jesse Helms’ Contributions to Freedom and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs to discuss the policies and programs of the Jesse Helms Center. He is a current member of the Young Britons Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife Teresa have two adult daughters, Mary and Katie.

James. C. Broughton
Chairman of the Board of Directors

John Hendley
Vice Chairman of the Board

Marion Bagwell

Andrew Hartsfield


Board Members

  • Tom Boney, Jr.
  • William W. Cobey, Jr.
  • C.C. Dickson, Jr. (Emeritus)
  • James D. Duncan
  • The Honorable Robin Hayes
  • Dorothy Helms (Emeritus)
  • Nancy Helms
  • Dr. Jerry McGee
  • Luther T. Moore
  • Joseph Patterson
  • Col. Emmett E. Stobbs, Jr.,
  • Mike Stuart,
  • Mary Summa
  • Brian Summers
  • Robert Wilkie

Jesse Helms Center Staff

Brian Rogers, Chief Operating Officer

Brian Rogers joined the staff in 2004, after working as Executive Director of the Defenders of Property Rights, based in Washington, D.C. As the Chief Operating Officer, Rogers works closely to ensure the programs and fundraising initiatives of the center keep a close focus on free enterprise and Founding Fathers principles. Rogers’ prior roles include working for Century Communications, Inc and working as the Director of Special Projects for the Leadership Institute. Rogers is a graduate of Wingate University and began his policy-focused work with an internship for the late Senator Jesse Helms. Additionally, he is a 2009 graduate of the E.A. Morris Fellowship. He and his wife Catherine, have four children, Ashley, Sarah, James and Sam.

Wanda Goodwin, Chief Financial Officer

With over 20 years of dedicated service to the Jesse Helms Center, Chief Financial Officer Wanda Goodwin works daily to ensure financial and book keeping practices are in keeping with the mission of the organization and with non-profit standards. Goodwin attended Winthrop University and graduated from King’s Business College with a business degree. She and her husband Sam have four adult children and give grandchildren.

Lindsay Hollandsworth, Programs & Communications Manager

Lindsay Hollandsworth joined the staff of the Jesse Helms Center in 2008 and works with the centers educational initiatives and marketing/communications objectives. Hollandsworth worked in the commercial mortgage industry before her work with the center. She interned with the Jesse Helms Center while in attendance at Wingate University, where she majored in Organizational Communications and Management. A native of the Baltimore, Maryland area, she now calls North Carolina home along with her husband and young son.

Jo Jackson, Archivist and Curator

Jo Jackson joined the Jesse Helms Center in 2000 and worked to gather and establish the official repository of the late Senator Jesse Helms in the center’s then-new A.J. Fletcher headquarters building. Additionally, Jackson serves as curator of the center’s interactive museum. Prior to her work with the center, Jackson served as the University Archivist at Louisiana State University where she taught history courses, published and curated exhibits. She received her B.A. in history from Lenoir-Rhyne College and her Master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Carolyn Phifer, Development Associate

As a Development Associate, Carolyn Phifer has worked since 1997 on fundraising and constituent concerns. Prior to her work for the center, Phifer worked in the Admissions Office of Wingate University. She attended Wingate University and received her degree in Business Management. She and her husband Jerry have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Ladonna Snodgrass, Rental Coordinator and Facilities Manager

Since joining the staff of the Jesse Helms Center in 2001, Ladonna Snodgrass has worked in several capacities including assisting with programs, managing the center’s gift shop, assisting in the archives department, coordinating rentals of the facility and managing all facility/museum concerns. Prior to her work with the center, she worked in the Admissions Office at Wingate University and held managerial retail roles. She and her husband Mike have four children.