Beck – President, Triangle Market, First Tennessee
Jim brings a great deal of comprehensive knowledge and
success in banking, business and finance. He also
understands the intricacies of structuring non-profit
organizations. His expertise of how to organize, budget and
fund projects, as well as his connections with others in
these fields, is an invaluable asset.
Bonnie Perry-Heath – Marketing Specialist, Schneider
Bonnie has worked for an international company, Schneider
Electric for over 30 years. Her experience with engineers
and scientist across the U.S. and in Europe, gives her a
“real world” perspective of the educational foundation young
people need in order to be competitive in a global economy.
Braun – Real Estate Professional/Non-Profit President
Diana brings the valuable experience of having developed and
run successful non-profit organizations. She has
comprehensive knowledge of how to file 501(c) 3 papers,
write effective grants, raise community funds and ensure
compliance of non-profit organizations.
James Parham, PHD – Director of Education, St. Augustine’s
Dr. Parham has spent many years educating young minds.
During his years as an educator, he has developed many
effective curriculums for the classroom setting, as well as in
tutoring. His doctoral dissertation was in fact, on
effective tutoring methodology. Dr. Parham has also
developed and led non-profit organizations.
Vivian Sturgis – Educator, Wake County School System
Vivian has dedicated her life’s work to the education of
young people. As a semi-retired school teacher, she brings
years of first-hand knowledge of the academic needs and
struggles of young people. Vivian also provides an important
direct connection with the Wake County School System.
Shearin – Managing Partner, Deloitte, LLP
J.R. has had a long and extraordinary career providing
audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and
tax services to corporations and individuals. His vast
financial experience makes him uniquely qualified in
structuring and executing successful business plans. J.R.
brings a wealth of financial knowledge and community
affiliations to our organization.
Houston, PHD - President and CEO of the NC Science,
Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Prior to this appointment Dr. Houston served as Vice
President for Program and Policy of EdGate, Inc. and was the
first executive director of the University of North Carolina
Center for School Leadership Development. In that post, Dr.
Houston helped focus and align all university resources on
professional development for teachers, administrators, and
other education leaders.
Dorrian Horsey – Attorney at Law, Brooks-Pierce Attorneys
Dorrian is an associate practicing in the areas of civil
litigation, employment law, media and communications, and
government relations. Additionally, she has experience in a
broad variety of litigation matters including tax-exempt
organizations, education, business and government and public
Tesa L. Oechsle - Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, LORD Corporation
Tesa is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of LORD Corporation and
has responsibility for all financial activities. She also leads Strategy and
Mergers, and Acquisitions. Tesa serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. She was named CFO of the Year in 2011 by the Triangle
Business Journal in the category of Giant Private Company and received the Executive
MBA Alumni Merit Award in 2012 from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler
Business School. Tesa’s extensive corporate background positions her as an
invaluable asset in helping develop strategies to scale our program; as well as
increase our corporate donor base.
Kelly Collins - Senior Treasury Sales Officer for Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America
Kelly is responsible for delivering treasury management solutions to clients
and prospects in the North Carolina Middle Market as well as the Southeast Power
and Energy Space. Kelly’s vast business experience is key in developing our organizational
strategies, and her connectivity to corporate decision makers in our area, is a great asset
in the area of resource development.
Scott Byers – President and CEO, Majestic Kitchen and Bath Creations (Board Member)
Scott joined Majestic Kitchen and Bath Creations in September 2017. Majestic manufactures,
fabricates and offers stone, cultured marble and glass products to create unique and distinctive kitchen
and bath settings for residential and commercial use throughout Southeast U.S. Previously he served for
nine years as the President and CEO of EDM Americas, where he led their transformation from a family
business to a global entity serving major Fortune 500 clients. Scott earned a Juris Doctor (JD) and
Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the American University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA)
from Robert Morris University.
Jones – The Daniel Center Founder/Executive Director
Kirby Jones is a
social entrepreneur, who in 2010 founded The Daniel Center
for Math and Science. As its Executive Director, Kirby has
guided The Daniel Center in making a measureable difference
in the academic and social lives of the children the program
serves. His passion for children, and a tremendous desire to
see their lives bettered through education, has been the
catalyst for the success of The Daniel Center.