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!
Molly Rivera - Board 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, handling all things communications for the team with a particular focus on digital media. Prior to joining the ACLU, Molly worked 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 and speaks fluently in Spanish. 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. 2018 is Molly's fourth year serving on the board of directors for YNPN Triangle NC. Follow her on Twitter @MsMollyRivera or email her here.
Jessica Griffin - Vice Chair
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.
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 Shapiro - Administrator
Executive Director - The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation
Sarah currently works as the Executive Director at the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation where she directs a college access program for low-resourced high school youth. She also attends school part-time at UNC Chapel Hill in the Department of Social Work. Sarah has a passion for improving the quality of life for young people and their families and wants to help. With her social work degree she would like to work as a school social worker or in child welfare.
Nicholas Johnson - National Liaison
Communication and Program Manager - 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.
Mitch Yelverton - Governance Chair
Research Agreements Manager - Duke University School of Medicine
Mitch is an attorney and clinical research contract negotiator for the Duke University School of Medicine. When he's not working, you can usually find him in the woodshop or playing tennis. Mitch is in his third year as Governance Chair of the YNPN Board and is responsible for organizational development, board governance, and legal consulting for the organization and the board.
Alexa Broderick - Programming Chair
Director, Recruitment Learning and Development - Teach For America
Alexa Broderick is a racial equity organizer, entrepreneur, adult learning strategist, and organizational change leader. She has extensive experience in public speaking, equity-focused leadership development, and designing programs and learning experiences that interrogate the status quo and help individuals and organizations cultivate anti-racist and anti-oppressive beliefs, mindsets and practices. Outside of leading her diversity, equity and inclusion firm, The Equity Paradigm, Alexa leads learning and development programming for Teach For America's national recruitment team comprised of over 200 recruiters across the country. In this role, she designs and facilitates rigorous learning experiences that support the recruitment team in achieving its ambitious goals of enlisting thousands of our nation's top leaders to teach in low-income schools and become systems leaders for equity. Alexa is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, received her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications from Elon University, and currently resides in Durham, NC with her loving husband.
Tanaya Suddreth - Summit Chair
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.
Janay Jones - Fundraising Co-Chair
Volunteer Community Problem Solvers Teacher - Citizen Schools
A true southern fried delight, Janay Jones realized that her particular set of experiences as a military kid in MS and NC were drawing her to a life dedicated to cheerful giving, and building relationships to provide the tools to empower people in low-income and under-resourced communities. After receiving a B. A. in History from North Carolina Central University in 2011, Janay left Durham to submerge herself in the non-profit culture of Washington, DC. She began studying Non-profit Management and Leadership at Capella University, joined a number of millennial-centered non-profit organizations, and immediately used her skills to effect change nationally and internationally. Her ultimate goal is to help create prosperous models for knowledge, wealth, self-care and service for her generation, and those to come. Now that she is back in great ol' Bull City, she hopes to contribute greatly to the culture of philanthropy in the Triangle.
Waleed Jarrad - Fundraising Co-Chair
Kate Maxcy - Marketing & Communications Co-Chair
Communications Associate - Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
After graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2016, Kate made the move to North Carolina for her first post-grad job with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic as a Communications Associate. In this role she crafts email communications to supporters about reproductive health policy, blogs about intersectional issues in health care, and aims to find innovative ways to inform audiences that everything is connected to reproductive health and rights. Going on her second year living and working in the Triangle, Kate enjoys traveling to various NC beaches during the warmer months, learning how to cook, and reading. Follow her on Twitter @keight_macksea. Email her at email@example.com.
Leah Catotti - Marketing & Communications Co-Chair
Managing Director of Operations & Strategy - WISER International
Leah is the Managing Director of Operations & Strategy for WISER International, a Triangle-based nonprofit that empowers girls in rural Kenya through education and health initiatives. Leah manages WISER’s strategic partnerships, program development, operations, and fundraising efforts (and enjoys frequent trips to Kenya to visit the WISER girls). She is passionate about empowering marginalized communities locally and globally to address social justice and equity issues. Leah has a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health and is a proud Durhamite (born and raised). You can also find her teaching yoga, practicing handstands, dancing, eating, reading, or traveling. Connect with her on LinkedIn or email her here.
Devin Patterson - General Director
Outreach Specialist - Duke University Talent Identification Program
Devin Patterson, an Ohio native, joined the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) in August 2015 as the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Outreach Specialist. In this role, Devin coordinates outreach and recruitment initiatives for JKCF scholarship programs, specifically targeting high achieving students with unmet financial need. Before relocating to the Durham area, Devin spent three years as the Home Base Head Start Program Coordinator for The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC). Making a difference in the lives of others is very important to her and has played a major role in the path she has chosen to follow professionally. She is a graduate of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Child Studies. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, cooking, concerts, and discovering new music.
Meredith 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, cheering impassionately at UNC basketball games, and planning her next travel adventure Connect with her on LinkedIn here.
Janice Rojas - General Director
Marketing and Communications Director - Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Janice Rojas serves as General Board Director for YNPN. She currently works at Carolina Small Business Development Fund as Marketing and Communications Director. In this position, she manages all internal and external communications and is responsible of implementing marketing strategies and promotion plans for programs and initiatives, as well as maintaining media relations. Janice spends her leisure time dancing salsa and bachata and writing novels. She is passionate about working for nonprofits, a sector she’s served for over 5 years. She is also a proud UNC Chapel Hill alumna and graduate of the UNC School of Journalism.
Whitney Stanley - General Director
Attorney – Do Work That Matters
Whitney is a non-profit law attorney and lives in Raleigh and plays in Durham. She double majored in economics and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her law degree from Campbell University. Whitney travels as far as she can as often as she can. When she is home in the Triangle area, she’s volunteering, reading, eating (and cooking) good food, going to art-related events, and creating art. She doesn’t do much on social media so you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Erin 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,
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 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 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.