Meet The Board

Meet your Board of Directors! YNPN Triangle NC is a completely volunteer-run organization. We're always looking for new voices and emerging leaders to join us at the table. Please reach out any of us below with your questions and ideas on how we can better support you - our members!

 

Katie_Todd_Headshot.pngKatie Todd - Board Chair
Director of Digital Strategies, NC League of Conservation Voters

Katie serves as the Director of Digital Strategies with the NC League of Conservation Voters, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates on behalf of protecting North Carolina's natural resources. In this role, she oversees membership engagement, including holding elected officials accountable on making environmentally-sound decisions, as well as providing education on how to influence policy that keeps our water and air clean. Katie received a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2013. Outside of the nonprofit sector, Katie enjoys reading, running, cooking, traveling, watching sports, and indulging in the North Carolina craft beer scene. Follow her on Twitter @NoYinKatie. Email her here.

 

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Molly Rivera - Vice Chair
Communications Associate - American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina

Molly Rivera joined the ACLU of North Carolina in 2016 as the organization’s Communications Associate. With a background in digital media, Molly works to expand the organization’s public education campaigns on a range of issues, with a particular focus on reproductive freedom. Prior to joining the ACLU of North Carolina, Molly worked as the Digital Media Specialist for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina where she managed the Food Bank’s blog, website, and social media accounts. Outside of work she volunteers at InterAct of Wake County as a Children’s Group Facilitator, speaks fluently in Spanish, and composes amusing and informative tweets for @YNPNTriangleNC. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge and love of cheese with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter @MsMollyRivera or email her here.

 

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Adrian Day - Treasurer
Director of Finance and Business - PowerAmerica Institute

Adrian, a North Carolina native, began his nonprofit career at Georgetown University where he served as the Director of Business and Operations for Auxiliary Services. Currently, Adrian is the Director of Finance and Business at the PowerAmerica Institute. Led by NC State University, PowerAmerica is a public-private partnership between industry, the U.S. Department of Energy, and academia focusing on U.S. manufacturing. In this role Adrian manages nearly a $170 million budget and provides general management support for the institute. Adrian earned his BA in Political Science at American University, professional certificate in Business at Georgetown University and is currently enrolled in the graduate certificate Nonprofit Management program at NCSU. When out and about Adrian enjoys cooking, traveling, and visiting breweries.

 

Sarah.jpgSarah Shapiro - Administrator
Program Director - The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation

Sarah moved to North Carolina 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM to pursue her Master’s degree in Education at NC State University.  She has worked at many non-profit, out-of-school time organizations including Citizen Schools, the YMCA, and City Year.  She currently serves as the Program Director for the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation where she manages the Fellows Program—a college preparatory and mentoring program designed to help motivated, yet under resourced students succeed personally and academically.  Sarah also enjoys volunteering in the community at places like the Interfaith Food Shuttle and Habitat for Humanity.  In her spare time, you can find Sarah reading, running, playing with her cats, or crafting with friends.

 

Jessica.jpgJessica Griffin - National Liaison
Fund Development and Event Manager, The North Carolina Partnership for Children

Having lived here since the age of two, Jessica claims Triangle native status. As a nonprofit professional she worked at her local Planned Parenthood and the NC Bar Association before landing her current role at The North Carolina Partnership for Children. Her main focus is statewide fundraising for the Smart Start network and execution of the National Smart Start Conference. She completed her Masters of Business Administration at Meredith College, previously served on the NC Friends of State Parks board as Secretary, and has worked on several projects through local volunteer center, Activate Good. Outside of work Jessica loves camping, kayaking, and hiking, indulges in reading through both a book club and a ladies comic book club, regularly cooks up a storm, and actively tries new craft brew. Find Jessica on LinkedIn or Facebook. Email her here.

 

Mitch.jpgMitch Yelverton - Governance Chair
Attorney

Mitch began his nonprofit career as a member of the staff of the Duke University Office of Alumni Affairs. In that role, he led strategic volunteer efforts for the Duke Alumni Association, focusing on enhancing the volunteer experience, coordinating efforts between alumni affairs and fundraising programs, and improving outcomes for volunteers and donors alike. Mitch currently practices law in Raleigh, specializing in small business formation and advising with a developing practice in charitable and gift planning. He earned his BA from Duke University and JD from Campbell University School of Law.

 

 

 

Charles_Robinson.jpgCharles Robinson - Fundraising Chair
Web Designer/Founder at Charles & Whitney

Charles Robinson is a business owner of a web design company (Charles & Whitney) and a leather accessories company (FreshlyGiven). Prior to being a business owner, he provided leadership and management to companies locally area and internationally. Passionate about making a difference within his sphere of influence and community, Charles has served on numerous boards and committees like Movement of Youth, StepUP NC,and DukeLead. Charles is also a EA Morris Fellow for Emerging Leaders, a program designed to work with emerging leaders to solve key problems in North Carolina. Charles graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Markets and Management Studies.

 

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Alexa Sykes - Programming Chair
Senior Recruitment Associate - Teach For America

Alexa Sykes is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio who first made her way to North Carolina 7 years ago as a student at Elon University. Upon graduating in 2013, Alexa briefly moved back to the Midwest to work in Corporate America, but quickly realized that her passion for educational justice was more important than her corporate paycheck. A role on the National Recruitment Team at Teach For America brought Alexa to Durham in 2014, and she is now entering her third year at Teach For America, now managing data and impact for the Eastern North Carolina regional team. Alexa now spends a significant amount of time conducting various research projects and conducting analysis to help determine the most effective methods to train, coach and support Teach For America corps members to achieve transformational outcomes for their students. In addition to her work at TFA, Alexa is passionate about black entrepreneurship and supporting minority-owned business in Durham, disrupting systems of oppression, and shopping the wine aisle at Trader Joe’s.

 

Zainab_Baloch.pngZainab Baloch - General Director
Policy Audit - Quality Management at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Zainab is a proud native of Raleigh, NC. She received her undergraduate degree from NC State in psychology and chemistry and is currently an MPA candidate at UNC-CH. Zainab works at the Division of Mental Health as a quality management analyst on a policy audit team. She compiles the state mental health data and performs policy audits on NC's mental health providers. She is the oldest of six kids and her parents immigrated from Pakistan. Her first love is sports. She grew up playing basketball and is a die hard NC State fan (sorry Tarheels). Outside of work and school, Zainab enjoys watching basketball and football, volunteering with various non profits, playing Catan, shopping, and reading. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

 

Nick.jpgNick Johnson - General Director
Communications Manager - Carolina for Kibera

Nick Johnson has been with Carolina for Kibera, Inc., a grassroots international development organization in Kibera, Kenya, for 3 years. He started as a communications intern, and then progressed to become the organization's Communications Manager. Nick graduated in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned Bachelor's degrees in Global Studies and Spanish. Born and raised in the Triangle, Nick is excited to be even more connected to the growing non-profit sector through serving on the YNPN board!

 

Nicholas_Johnson.JPGNicholas Johnson - General Director
Communication and Program Manager at Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

Nick currently serves as the Communication & Program Manager for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, a membership organization dedicated to advancing the business interest of the town, and building a sustainable community where business thrives. In his role, he manages communications as well as numerous Chamber programs, ranging from monthly networking events to annual fundraisers. A native of Rocky Mount, NC, Nick came to the region to pursue a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and fell in love with Chapel Hill and the Triangle region. Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time with friends, going to the movies, discovering different restaurants and local hotspots and is an active member of an adult sports league.

 

Joy_Monet.jpgJoy Monet Kajogbola - General Director
Campus Ministry Resident - The Summit Church

Joy Monet currently works with The Summit Church as a Campus Ministry Resident. She hails from Atlanta, GA and moved to the Triangle to pursue an undergraduate degree in Global Studies and Social & Economic Justice at UNC-Chapel Hill. A lover of building relationships, Joy Monet employs this skill by mentoring young women and serving and leading at The Summit Church. Outside of the non-profit realm she spends her time plotting her next adventure overseas, perfecting her whipped body butter and sugar scrub recipes, preparing unique dishes and researching all things health & wellness. Connect with her on LinkedIn

 

 

Aisha.jpgAisha Mitchell - General Director
Assistant Director of Corporate and Employer Relations - Elon University

Aisha, a proud native of Washington, DC, began her journey to the Triangle just a short year and a half ago. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Corporate and Employer Relations at her alma mater, Elon University, where she helps students navigate their postgraduate transition through building relationships with employers, and marketing opportunities to students. Prior to Elon, Aisha worked at a Chinese immersion public charter school, as she has always had a genuine love for education. The beach is her happy place and she enjoys yoga, making people laugh, and trying new restaurants. She has a heart for the underdog and a passion for community development, and believes these will serve her well on the YNPN board. Aisha is thrilled to learn more about and invest in the Triangle community! 

 

Meredith_Richard.JPGMeredith Richard - General Director
Executive Director - Musical Empowerment

Meredith is passionate about her role in bringing music and mentorship to under-served children in North Carolina through her work with Musical Empowerment. She double-majored in business and music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after four years of volunteering with Musical Empowerment, she was excited to begin working as the organization's first Executive Director. Meredith also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. In her spare time, she can be found salsa dancing around the Triangle and singing with VOICES. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.

 

Libby.jpgLibby Richards - General Director
Senior Community Programs Officer - Triangle Community Foundation

Libby Richards is the Senior Community Programs Officer at Triangle Community Foundation.  In this role she manages the Foundation’s Community Programs in youth literacy, the arts, and the Send A Kid To Camp initiative.  Libby is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Converse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and in Theater.  She is a Goodmon Fellow and has her certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. 

 

 

 

 

Tanaya.jpgTanaya Suddreth - General Director
Volunteer & Administrative Coordinator - Democracy North Carolina

A native of Morganton, NC, Tanaya Suddreth recently relocated to the Triangle to serve as Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator of the nonpartisan organization, Democracy NC. Prior to moving to Raleigh, she spent the last decade in the Triad studying and finessing her skills in the nonprofit arena. Holding a BS in Public Health Education and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Tanaya has always had a desire to be of service to those in need. Whether it's through directing programs or raising funds, Tanaya is driven by her passion for helping others. She has worked with organizations including the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad and the United Way of Greater Greensboro. In her free time, Tanaya enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, trying new Pinterest recipes, going to sporting events and anything that gets her out of the house.

 

Ayana_Thompson.jpgAyana Thompson - General Director

At a young age, Ayana always knew that she wanted to help others. Her passion to positively impact the world geared her to pursue her career in health communication. Through her passion, Ayana strives to advocate for populations highly affected by varieties of health disparities and ultimately become an entrepreneur, and start her own non-profit organization entitled “CHANCE” within various states. Originally a native of Charlotte, Ayana is a recent graduate of NCCU with a BA in Public Relations, she considers Durham her second home. Beyond achieving abundant success within her career and personal endeavors, Ayana also practices being a positive role model to her younger brother Ernest. In her spare time, Ayana loves to read, write, walk her dog, and travel. Ayana's motto for life is “not to be just good but great”, and she is extremely enthused to be a part of YNPN Triangle NC board of directors. Great things are to come!

 

 

 


Advisory Board:

Valerie-Arendt-425x640-133x200.jpgValerie Arendt
Associate Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers - North Carolina Chapter

Valerie is the Associate Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter. She provides program management, communications and marketing for the association and gives professional support to over 5,000 social workers in North Carolina. Before moving to North Carolina from Minnesota, Valerie obtained her Master of Social Work and Public Policy degrees from the University of Minnesota. Valerie’s social work experience includes a focus on refugee and immigrant families, early childhood education, women and youth education, affordable housing, and nonprofit management. Follow her on Twitter @vlarendt and email her here.

 

 

Brent-ynpn.jpgBrent Laurenz
Common Cause North Carolina

Brent received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech (“Go Hokies!”) and a Masters degree from George Washington University. He has been, as he calls it, “nonprofiting” since 2005. In that time, Brent has helped protect animals, promote a better future for children, and preserve Civil War battlefield land. Currently, in his position with the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, Brent makes democracy work for all citizens. In his free time, he can be found roaming around the Triangle and exploring North Carolina with his wife and floppy-eared mutt, taking photos, hiking in the woods, paddling in his kayak, and drinking local beer. Email him here.

 

TimmermansPhoto-247x300.jpgErin Timmermans, YNPN Triangle NC Founder
Program Specialist, Give an Hour

Erin holds a Masters in Public Administration and a B.A. in Psychology and Leadership Studies. Her professional focus is creating a positive impact through programmatic development and strategic planning to increase business and community capacities to serve their target market. Erin has worked in the nonprofit arena since 2007, moving from office management to organizational management in 2010. She has created and implemented programs, ensured fiscally sound organizations, and overseen training, development, and HR procedures for staff members. Erin also serves as a consultant for social media, technology and start up issues for area nonprofits, is a Family Readiness Leader for 340th PYSOP CO, founded the PeaceLovePackage Project, and is an active member of three associations. In her spare time, she works to connect area veterans with critical resources for reintegration. Connect on LinkedIn and email her here,

 

Tonya-ynpn.jpgTonya Gilham
Director of Development and Marketing, National Inclusion Project

Tonya joined the board in 2010. Along with having a wonderful husband and beautiful little boy, she is currently the Director of Development and Marketing for the National Inclusion Project in Research Triangle Park. Her organization partners with recreational programs across the country to help them become inclusive of kids with disabilities so that no child has to sit on the sidelines. Before starting with the Project, she was the Vice President of Workplace Giving at the United Way of the Greater Triangle for 10 years and managed the day-to-day operations and sales force of their annual campaign. Email her here.

 

Special Recognitions and Thanks:

Dawn A Crawford
Principal/Communicator, BC/DC Ideas
Dawn has dedicated her career to nonprofit communications and marketing and is an independent consultant for BC/DC Ideas. Dawn is the creative marketing and social media force behind YNPN Triangle NC's initial success and we thank her for her dedicated volunteer work!

Kacie Wiersma
Kacie identified the need for YNPN Triangle NC and set on a quest to encourage its development before moving out of state. Kacie moved to North Carolina and worked to begin the local YNPN chapter, but moved to another state for a job position before she was able to see the work completed. Special thanks to her for identifying the need in the Triangle and assisting in making it happen!

Kay Castillo
Kay was instrumental in the early days of YNPN Triangle, helping us get organized and off the ground. As an advocate for all young nonprofit professionals, her leadership helped steer YNPN Triangle NC and put us in the strong position we are in today.

 

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