About GMS » Administration


Melvin Diggs
Director, Governor Morehead School

Melvin Diggs has a vast knowledge of teaching and administrative experience with students with disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments. His past experiences include Exceptional (EC) Children’s Teacher, Behavior Coach, Literacy Consultant, EC Programs Specialist, Assistant Principal, Senior Administrator for EC Policy, Statewide Policy Consultant with NCDPI, EC & AIG Executive Director. Mr. Diggs received a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University, Master of Education (Special Education) from North Carolina Central University, and School Administration Certification from UNC-Greensboro.


Mr. Matthew Mescall
GMS Principal

Matthew Mescall comes from the Maryland School for the Blind where he served as a teacher, Athletic Director, Coordinator of Outreach Programs and Special Projects. He brings a knowledge of residential schools for he blind as well as outreach to public schools in the community through IEP's, professional development, camps, and summer programs. 


Dr. Sarah McManus
Digital Learning Director for the Education Services for the Deaf and Blind, NCDPI

Dr. Sarah McManus provides leadership to the Governor Morehead School as well as the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf and North Carolina School for the Deaf in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, and technology to support learning in the digital age. Her past positions have been Director of Instructional Content, Director of Learning Systems, Section Chief of Testing Policy and Operations, and Testing Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has taught at North Carolina State University, Wake Technical Community College, and in Wake and Guilford county high schools. Dr. McManus is a three time graduate of North Carolina State University where she earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics Education with a Concentration in Statistics, Masters of Science in Mathematics Education with a Concentration in Mathematics, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Concentration in Computer Science


Stephanie Ray
Human Resource Manager

Stephanie Ray is the HR Manager at the Governor Morehead School. She has over 20 years of HR experience spanning from the private sector, nonprofit, local, and state government as well as executive level administrative experience. Stephanie is responsible for setting the human resources direction and leadership for the Governor Morehead school and is the point of contact for staff and management related to human resources. She joined the State of North Carolina as an Office Assistant, HR liaison, Retirement Counselor, HR Technician and HR Manager
serving in these state positions for 12 years. Prior to joining the State of North Carolina, she was employed with the private sector, nonprofit, and local government for 13 years as an office manager and HR generalist. Stephanie was born in Wilson, NC. She’s a proud mother of one child (daughter) and resides in Raleigh.


Jocelyn Crumble 

Student Life Director

With over twenty years of experience working with young adults with disabilities, Jocelyn Crumble brings a profound depth of expertise and compassion to the field of education. Transitioning from special education to early childhood development, Jocelyn has dedicated her career to nurturing the potential in every child. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, emphasizing her commitment to foundational learning and development. Jocelyn has also served as a Compliance Auditor at the Johnston-Lee-Harnet Community Action Head Start program, where she ensured that educational services met rigorous standards and truly benefited the communities they served. Her role required meticulous attention to detail and a steadfast commitment to regulatory excellence, ensuring that program operations supported both educational integrity and accessible learning.




Katrina Harrell

Business and Finance Director

With over 25 years of experience in managerial accounting, social entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and transformational leadership, Katrina is passionate about helping organizations and leaders operate efficiently and sustainably. She is a Certified Ambulance Finance Officer (CAFO) and a Professional Executive Coach with an emphasis in leadership and transformation. Katrina's career started as a Tax Accountant Intern for a global financial services company in New York and continued to build expertise in accounting, strategic management, leadership, and corporate financial management for for-profit, government, and nonprofit entities. Katrina also served for AmeriCorps as a VISTA for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. As the former Division Head and Operations Officer for Durham County Office of Emergency Services, she provided visionary and executive leadership to a team of 16, and financial and strategic oversight of over $20million budget in the logistical, financial, technological, human resource and administrative functions of the 200+ member department which served over 300,000 citizens. She has also made significant efforts in improving cost recovery, efficiency, staff engagement and was instrumental in advancing the compensation competitiveness of emergency medical personnel, making the County a market leader in North Carolina.


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