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 to any of us below with your questions and ideas on how we can better support you - our members!


Arlene Brown - Board Chair (she/her): Arlene is an ambitious, charismatic professional with an amalgam of experience in building quality relationships and empowering others to create strong results. She is a relatable professional with a passion for ensuring others are seen, heard, valued and understood. With an affinity for strategic planning, training and community engagement, she is truly the sum of all her experiences.

Arlene says, "I will always be in pursuit of what sets my soul on fire and it is my privilege to help others do the same
!", Arlene is the Community Outreach Coordinator with Standup-Speakout NC. 
You can find Arlene on LinkedIn here.


Chanae Wilson - Vice Chair (she/her): Chanae Wilson is the Community Connections Manager with the Budget & Tax Center. She joined BTC in January 2017 as a Public Allies Apprentice through the AmeriCorps program. She primarily works on the coordination of community engagement programming and key initiatives under BTC such as the NC Summer Policy Institute.

Chanae earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Saint Augustine’s University and her Master of Art’s (M.A) in Social Policy at North Carolina State University.



Michael Welker - Governance Chair (he/him): Michael Welker is the Policy Officer at the NC Partnership for Children, where he has been since 2019. In this role, he advises NCPC leadership and the Smart Start network on early childhood policy and legislative issues, serves as NCPC's liaison to the NC General Assembly, and works with other state organizations and agencies to promote early childhood policy and advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining NCPC, he worked for several years as a researcher and consultant for universities, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Michael is a proud two-time graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, holding a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Public Administration. You can find Michael on LinkedIn here.


Katrina Pareja - Administrator (she/her): Katrina Pareja is excited to make compassion a career in her role as the Coordinated Entry Support Specialist. Katrina previously worked at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, and she currently serves on the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of the Triangle NC Board of Directors as Administrator. Born and raised in Charlotte, Katrina has called Raleigh home for over 10 years. Katrina earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Nonprofit Studies at NC State University. You can find Katrina on LinkedIn here.

Jordan Jones (she/her) - Sr. Communications Chair: Jordan serves as the Manager of Communications, Engagement, and Equity at North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). In this role Jordan manages the internal, external, and online communications efforts that build public awareness about North Carolina's clean energy economy. She manages the strategic development of NCSEA’s Women in Clean Energy project and supports the growth of NCSEA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness program. Jordan designs, writes, and executes NCSEA's four monthly newsletters and other written collateral. She is also the point of contact for media inquiries and is responsible for NCSEA's general communications strategy including social media strategy and content development. Jordan holds a master's degree in Gender, Policy and Inequalities from the London School of Economics and bachelor's degree in History from Arizona State University. You can find Jordan on LinkedIn here.

Mitchell Moravec (she/her) Jr. Programming Chair: Talk About Mental Health Year Round. Interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven background drives me to pursue the social impact of mental health and wellness through advocacy, community engagement, and nonprofit work. Proud double alum of North Carolina State University. You can find Mitchell on LinkedIn here.










Special Recognition 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.