Our commitment to
being there for you
We strive to make authentic connection possible everyday, from anywhere. We harness the power of empathetic listening to provide a space for people to share what’s on their mind with Listeners who want to be there. Our Listeners come from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, experiences that have taught them the importance of having someone who just listens without judgement.
Meet our leaders
Director of Operations & Finance
Ashley is passionate about equity and ensuring that everyone —regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status— is heard and cared for, which drives her work with CONTACT Line. She hopes that this service will help people feel supported, validated, and encouraged. At CONTACT Line, Ashley serves as the Chief Operating Officer, managing logistics, handling finances, and brainstorming ways to better serve the community. To unwind, she likes to cook, play her saxophone, and work out.
Director of Training & Research
Annie Hagood Sheeder
Director of Outreach
Our Mental Health Advisory Committee
Demah S. Payne III
Dr. Payne has 11+ years experience working as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, School Counselor, and a Crisis Counselor. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at North Carolina State University and completed his internship at the Community Counseling, Education and Research Center (CCERC) at North Carolina State University. He currently serves as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Referral and Case Management Liaison at Duke University and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University and Wake Forest University.
PhD, MSW, LCSW
Dr. Fuller is a clinical associate on staff at the Counseling and Psychological Services of Duke University. She is a certified member and approved supervisor (CEDS-S) of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™). She is the Co-Founder of African American Eating Disorders Professionals(iaedp). She is the Co-Editor of Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician Guide. She is also the Co-Founder and Principal of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity.
Dan V. Blalock
Dr. Blalock is a license clinical psychologist in North Carolina. He is also an Assistant Consulting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, and a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Durham VA. He is a behavioral health researcher and mental health provider who specializes in researching and treating patients via telehealth.
Harry Owen Taylor
Ph.D, MSW, MPH
Harry Owen Taylor is an assistant professor in social work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. His research examines the correlates and associative health outcomes of social isolation and loneliness, with a specific emphasis on Black and older populations. He wants to use his research to inform policies, programs, and interventions to reduce social isolation and loneliness for all people. He obtained his MSW and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan, his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed his postdoctoral training at the Center for Aging and Human Development at Duke University. Harry is also an avid jazz listener and music enthusiast in general. He also likes journaling, reading, cooking, and staying active.
Our family of empathetic listeners help us help you feel heard.