On the Ground and On the Go in Burlington
Dejuana’s roots run deep in Burlington. She grew up in the Rauhut Street area and graduated from Cummings High School. Upon graduation, Dejuana stayed in Burlington to earned her college degree in business administration while also working full-time. Dejuana appreciates the struggles of small business owners and the jobs they create for the local economy. For six years, she owned and operated a women's clothing store near downtown Burlington.
Community service and bringing people together to improve their neighborhoods have always been callings for Dejuana. In 2017, Dejuana helped bring neighbors together to stop a spike in violence in the Morrowtown area. With Dejuana’s guidance, residents created their own neighborhood watch committee that is still active today. Community safety is still a passion for Dejuana, as she now co-chairs the City of Burlington’s Community Police Advisory Team (CPAT) that offers feedback to improve partnerships between police and the communities they serve.
Dejuana has served as a board member for the Alamance Partnership for Children. She is a member of the Cone Health Diversity Council, and she is a founder of Women Empowering Women. She is also the founder and president of Future Alamance, a group dedicated to improving the future of Alamance County.
Dejuana received the 2020 Rising Star Award from the Women's Resource Center. She also organized and led a successful Souls to the Polls event, which increased voter turnout during the 2020 election in Burlington. In 2022, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority awarded Dejuana with their Community Jewel Award.
Dejuana has consistently worked with local organizations to sponsor backpack drives, Thanksgiving meals, giveaways, and Christmas gifts for struggling families in Alamance County. She believes in the power of people coming together, sharing ideas, and standing up for each other.
Dejuana and her husband, Lea, are raising their two small children in Burlington today. Through their young family, they are personally invested in Burlington’s future. In addition to her family and community bridge-building, Dejuana also works as a healthcare administrator at UNC Health.