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 - Interim Board Chair
Fund Development Training Specialist - NC Partnership for Children
Arlene is an 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.