Meet Our Board
Board of Directors
Nikia E. Bye, Founder & Chief Executive Director: Nikia works full-time running the operations of Trusted Parents. She earned two Bachelors of Arts degrees at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, one in Psychology and the other in Religious Studies. She is a graduate of the Disability Rights Council of North Carolina Partners in Policymaking, a disability advocacy training program. She is also the Coordinating Director of Family Support Network in the Charlotte region (FSN of Trusted Parents). She is an active board member of the Black Alumni Chapter at UNCC. She co-pastors Built on Faith Ministries with her husband of 21 years. She resides in Huntersville, NC with her husband and three beautiful children, one of which has autism.
Merton W. Bye Jr., Co-Founder & Director: Merton is the co-founder of Trusted Parents. He attended the College of New Rochelle in New York where he received a degree in Business Management. He is Senior Business Risk & Control Analyst at TIAA, where he has been employed for 12 years. He is the senior Pastor of Built on Faith Ministries located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Along with his wife, Merton has over 17 years’ experience serving the community of those affected by disabilities. Merton is married to Nikia Bye, and resides in Huntersville, NC with their three children.
Victoria Mercer, President: Victoria is a Resident Assist at Strategic Behavioral Center, a Psychiatric Therapeutic Residential Facility for adolescent children. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Education. She has a passion for children with special needs and behavioral issues and has dedicated her time volunteering for many organizations including but not limited to; T-MAC (Teens Making a Change) and Autism Society, where she was later hired as a Community Support Instructor. Victoria believes that because a child has a disability does not hinder them from becoming productive individuals in society, school, or at home. Her passion is to advocate for families while teaching others in society that people with disabilities; like anyone, can make a huge contribution to this world. Victoria resides in Concord with her husband and beautiful little girl.
Richard Wright, Vice
President: Richard is the
Assistant Director of Radiology at Emory University Hospital. He received his
education in Radiology at the Academy of Health and Science at Fort Sam in
Houston TX, and his Bachelors of Arts in Marketing from Mercy College in New
York. His is an active member of the ARRT and the AHRA. His dedication to
serving the community of those living with disabilities stems from his love for
his nephew diagnosis with autism. Richard resides in Lawrenceville GA with his
wife and three children.
Candice Grant, Treasure: Candice is an author and public speaker. She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism, and now is the owner of The Word Artisan, a professional writing and speaking company. She is a kidney transplant recipient with a devout appreciation for nonprofit organizations. She is an advocate for special needs children in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System as a Surrogate Parents in the educational planning sessions and she serves as a speaker representative for the National Kidney Foundation. She is a mother of a son diagnosed with autism and resides in Charlotte with her husband and two additional children.
Jolean Hilliard, Secretary: Jolean is a Payment Specialist at Duke Energy. She is a recent graduate of the NC Partners in Policymaking, a disability advocacy training program. She is an active volunteer in the community of those living with disabilities. She resides in Charlotte with her husband and son diagnosed with autism.
Eddie L. Hubert, Director: Eddie is an Exceptional Children Teacher with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, and was recognized as the First Year Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant from the Air Force, where he served for six years. He has worked extensively with a diverse group of community organizations including Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Special Olympics, Beyond Academics, Camp Soar, the Autism Society of Mecklenburg County, and many more. He led a team of staff and students from his school in carrying the torch from the Special Olympics World Games when it came through Charlotte in 2015. Working with individuals with special needs has been a lifelong commitment for Eddie and he lives by the quote “Serving is the rent we pay for being.” Eddie resides in Charlotte with his beautiful daughter.