VeQuain Joyner joined the North Carolina Sea Grant’s advisory board in 2021. Since 2017, Joyner has been the unit director for the New Bern Boys & Girls Club, a program of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain. There, he coordinates year-round and summer programs and serves as a mentor for dozens of youth.

He also maximizes community and educational partnerships, including several Sea Grant projects in recent years that have looked at recovery and resilience for New Bern neighborhoods with repeated flooding. Joyner has had advanced training in risk management.

VeQuain is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. After graduation, he continued to supervise a diverse intramurals program for students, faculty, and staff and had an early role with the Boys & Girls Club of Lenoir County.