Board of Directors
Cecily Nisbet (Chair): Former fundraising and alumni relations officer at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Art Museums, and Cornell University; Former owner and president of Five Bays Bistro. Served on the National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA and the Board of the Patriots Trail Girl Scout Council, Boston.
Hardy Butler (Vice-Chair): Vice President at Enterprise Distribution Inc. MBA, Finance, UNC. Former Design Engineer, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. Former tutor, Durham Literacy Center. Volunteer, Duke University Men’s Basketball Team.
Britt Keele (Secretary): Owner of Red Dot Construction, licensed General Contractor. Volunteer work with Carolina Tiger Rescue and Habitat for Humanity.
Joel Levy (Treasurer): Has owned three CPA firms (FL & Chapel Hill, NC); Former CFO with $50 million manufacturing company; Chapel Hill restaurant owner and assistant chair Chamber of Commerce Economic Development and Public Policy Committee.
Delores Bailey: Executive Director, Empowerment, Inc. Board member: Foundation for Sustainable Living, Campus Y, Community Leadership Committee, N.C. Financial Literacy and the Chatham County Affordable Housing Task Force.
Cathy Bryson: Board Member, Orange County Partnership for Young Children, Board Member, UNC Arts & Sciences Foundation, volunteer with United Way Program Accountability Committee, staff member, UNC Undergraduate Admissions.
Jon DeHart: Branch Manager, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Currently serves on the Chapel Hill Transportation Board, Orange United Methodist Administrative Council/Finance and Staff Parish Relations committees. Past Board member of the Town of Chapel Hill Transportation Board.
Mary Jo Dunnington: Vice-President of National Initiatives with the New York City Leadership Academy. Former Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships for All Kinds of Minds. Former Director, Education Funders Initiative, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. Former Volunteer, Young Women’s Leadership School, Harlem.
Saravanan Kesavan - Assistant Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School; Doctorate, Harvard Business School. His research is published in leading management journals and is an invited speaker in business schools including Harvard Business School, Wharton, the University of Chicago and INSEAD. Originally from India, Dr. Kesavan is a naturalized US citizen.
Dana McMahan: Assistant Professor, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication; President and CEO, Laughing Turtle Inc., Board of Directors, Family House at UNC Hospitals (Chapel Hill, NC), Board of Directors, UNC Center for Women’s Health Research (Chapel Hill, NC), Community Advisory Board Member, Habitat for Humanity (Chapel Hill, NC), Board of Trustees, Chapel Hill Preservation Society.
Lisa Rahangdale - Practicing Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Assistant Professor, UNC School of Medicine. Founding member of Kiran, a Domestic Violence hotline for South Asian women in the Triangle. Former AmeriCorps member teaching 4th grade students in a Chicago innr city school.
Susan Donaldson Ross - A community volunteer, a former Kindergarten Teacher and the former Executive Director, Greensboro Bar Association. BA in Early Childhood Education from UNC. Former Chair, Second Harvest Food Bank and former volunteer with Crisis Assistance Ministry.
Dennis Schaecher: Principal & Founder, Business Ownership Strategies (Research Triangle Park, NC & Phoenix, AZ); Executive Coach, Kenan Flagler Executive MBA Entrepreneur "Softlaunch" and "Launching the Venture" programs.
Pam Zornick - Teacher, Orange County Pre-K, Orange County Schools, inclusion classroom environment serving 3-5 year old at-risk children from various cultural backgrounds and developmental needs. M.Ed., Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support, UNC. Cooperating teach, UNC-CH Department of Education. Treasurer, local affiliate board, DOC Association for the Education of Young Children, Department of Instruction trained teacher, mentor and evaluator.