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!
Tanaya Suddreth Lynch - Chair
Operations & Events Specialist - Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship
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.
Meredith Richard - Vice Chair
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.
Rebekah Dixon - Administrator
Academic Services Manager - Wade Edwards Foundation
A native of Greenville, NC, Rebekah has dedicated her professional career to seeking equal educational opportunities for under-served children. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years in multiple capacities. Rebekah serves as the Academic Services Manager for the Wade Edwards Learning Lab. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing academic and enrichment programs for Wake County High School students. She attended NC State University for her undergraduate degree and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Program Management. For her graduate studies, she received her Master in Education in Secondary Education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education with an emphasis on Educational Leadership K-12. In her spare time, Rebekah loves all types of music and loves to attend live music shows. Currently, she is the scorekeeper for the Southeast Raleigh Women’s Basketball team and is the volunteer Academic NCAA Administrator for the Trinity Plus Foundation’s AAU Basketball team Carolina Lynx.
Karyn Miller - Treasurer
Special Projects and Operations Manager - Miraclefeet
Karyn has been in and out of the Triangle since the age of 10, leaving to earn her B.S. in International Health from Georgetown University in DC and to serve in the Peace Corps in Rwanda. She has been grateful to land back in this community and continue working on global public health access through her role as Special Projects and Operations Manager at MiracleFeet, a nonprofit in Chapel Hill that coordinates treatment for children born with clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries. She spends her free time singing mixed barbershop music with Heart of Carolina A Capella and working with a talented team of folks to build a social impact career site called Second Day.
Nicholas Johnson - National Liaison
Project Manager-BCD Meetings & Events
Nick currently works as a Project Manager for BCD Meetings & Events. In this role, he plans and manages meeting logistics for clients both nationally and internationally. A native of Rocky Mount, NC, Nick came to the region to pursue a degree at 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 new hot spots, and traveling.
Whitney Stanley - Governance Chair
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 email@example.com.
Shalondra Greenlee - Programming Co-Chair
Shalondra currently works as the Pipeline Development Coordinator for Public Allies NC, which is a part of a national organization committed to an equitable society and creating diverse leadership to sustain it. At Public Allies NC partnered with the North Carolina Institute for Minority and Economic Development she is focused on building relationships with local universities in order to develop ongoing programs. In her role she conducts strategy meetings for program development through creation of marketing and public relations. In her spare time Greenlee enjoys watching movies and being challenged by unfortunate opponents on Dance Central.
Chanae Wilson - Programming Co-Chair
Engagement Coordinator - Budget & Tax Center
Chanae Wilson is the Engagement Coordinator with the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Justice Center, located in Raleigh, NC. She joined BTC in January 2017, as a Public Allies Apprentice, through the AmeriCorps program. In her time working at Justice Center, she’s learned the best policy solutions are those driven by research practices that are informed by the communities who are directly affected. As a result, Chanae is committed to creating tools that support communities with the knowledge of key social and economic justice issues. Through advocacy, program development and implementation, and community involvement, she aims to encourage a more equitable society through access and opportunity. At the Justice Center, she primarily works on the coordination of community engagement events and key initiatives under BTC such as the NC Summer Policy Institute. Chanae is currently pursuing a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Liberal Studies with a focus in Social Policy from North Carolina State University. She earned her Bachelors of Arts (B.A) in Psychology at Saint Augustine’s University.
Asia A. Johnson - Summit Chair
Asia is currently the Founder/CEO of Student Loan Assistance Program, Volunteer Executive Director of Veteran Connection Inc., and COO of Youth Connecting Foundation, all registered 501(c)3 organizations. A graduate of the nationally known Hillside High School in Durham, NC, and the illustrious Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC where she embraced the schools motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve”. Asia is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star, PHA. Asia has used her education to raise funding, compose grants, and cooperative agreements for numerous nonprofit organizations. In her down time, Asia enjoys exploring new restaurants, museums, attending athletic games, and playing with her dogs Fish & Duck.
Kyle Goodfellow - Fundraising Chair
Development Coordinator - College Advising Corps
Kyle’s work at College Advising Corps focuses on building strategic partnerships, engaging online donors, and increasing brand awareness. He has a deep passion for increasing educational access, equity, and success for low-income and underrepresented students. Kyle previously worked with college students in a number of capacities at Davidson College and Minnesota State University, Mankato. He began his professional career booking musicians and serving as a stagehand in Nashville, TN and Boulder, CO, and still loves to catch a live show. Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a native Minnesotan, excessive coffee drinker, IPA lover, occasional photographer, part-time runner and Minnesota Timberwolves fan.
Arlene Brown - General Director
Fund Development Training Specialist - NC Partnership for Children
Ambitious, charismatic professional with an amalgam of experience in building quality relationships and empowering others to create strong results. I help teams conceptualize their goals and lean in to transform those goals into strong results. I bring to the table a methodology to streamline processes, maximize efficiency, and foster collaboration. An enthusiastic team player, able to lead or follow. My philosophy is teamwork makes the dream work. I understand and embrace my gift for anticipating the needs of others and exceeding their greatest expectations. This innate talent is my superpower, my daily craft, and as a "30-something", I'm just getting started!
Lindsey Lassiter-Zarracina - Marketing and Communications Chair
Market Research and Strategy - The Redwoods Group
Lindsey Lassiter is currently a new market researcher and strategist with The Redwoods Group, the primary insurer of YMCAs in the U.S. Using policy research, data analysis, and her experience in the nonprofit industry, Lindsey performs in depth market research and go-to-market planning. This allows Redwoods to engage authentically with youth-serving organizations like the YMCA to create safe communities for all.
Jack Ahern - General Director
Jack currently works with the University of Chapel Hill General Alumni Association as the Coordinator of Alumni Networking and Outreach. In his role, he develops career and outreach related programming and coordinates volunteers throughout the country on scholarship fundraising. Jack is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Bachelors-Political Science and History) and NC State University (Masters of Public Administration – Nonprofit Management). While at State he served as the Assistant Graduate Editor for the Philanthropy Journal and Grassroots Fundraising Intern for the Davis Phinney Foundation. In his spare time, Jack enjoys running slowly, listening to his favorite podcasts, and making and/or eating ice cream.
Leah Catotti - General Director
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.
Waleed Jarrad - General Director
As someone who grew up in Jordan, Waleed has always been involved with the global refugee crisis. Carrying his love of cultures and a global perspective to Wilmington, Waleed attended CFCC/UNCW and involved himself with different environmental organizations eventually leading him to serve as Student Body President. Concurrently, he served as a community coach for GREENPEACE promoting positive changes on college campuses and cities nationwide. Empowered by this activism, he went to App State and pursued a degree in Sustainability and Development. Currently residing in the Raleigh, Waleed manages a young adult mentorship/tutoring program, T.E.A.M., that serves underprivileged communities. He is also finishing his Professional Entrepreneurial Life Coaching accreditation. Waleed is passionate about creating communities where everyone is supported compassionately and no one is left out. In his free time, Waleed enjoys ultimate frisbee, traveling, reading, and seeking outdoor adventures. Email is the best way to connect to them.
Janay Jones - General Director
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.
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.
Devon Roberts - General Director
Devon Roberts is the Program Manager for Lillian’s List, an organization that recruits, trains, and supports pro-choice women running for office in North Carolina. As the Program Manager, Devon primarily develops the candidate and campaign staff training curriculum. Previously, she work on the finance teams on four Congressional campaigns in three states. Having had the pleasure to work for three inspiring female candidates, she chose to dedicate her career to women’s rights with an emphasis on electing women to public office. A native of Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, she enjoys baking, traveling, and knitting.
Moses St Bernard - General Director
E-Learning Technologist - Wake Tech Community College
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Moses developed his passion for education while teaching STEM classes in New York City. This transformed into a dedication towards addressing education disparity and a desire to develop educational programs tailored to suit students from diverse backgrounds. Since moving to NC, he has gotten involved with United Way of the Greater Triangle and their accelerator program and taught professional development classes at the Daniel Center for Math and Science. Moses also volunteers with Oak City Soccer at their soccer camps for kids with autism, and the Wake County Human Services Department in their foster care division.
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.