As a retired chief engineer at General Dynamics, George has 40 years of technical leadership experience in the defense industry. His expertise includes engineering excellence and on-time production, program execution, risk management and strategic planning. George led teams for 30+ years in nuclear submarine construction and spent nine years supporting defense intelligence organizations.
Heather is chief of staff at Mosaic Health Solutions, a healthcare services investment management firm. She has served as a leader in a variety of functional roles, including business transformation, human resources, finance, project management and operations. She is a certified change master and lean practitioner with five years of internal consulting experience. Her community service includes involvement with Forward Cities, United Way of the Greater Triangle, Habitat for Humanity and Dress for Success.
Harold retired from Mechanics & Farmers Bank after 14 years as a senior vice president in credit administration, ending a 35-year career in banking. Harold has served on the boards of several professional, civic and nonprofit organizations. He was chair of Durham’s Partnership for Children and board member of N.C. Partnership for Children (Smart Start) and NCCU School of Business and currently serves as board member of N.C. Early Childhood Foundation. Harold is a U.S. Army veteran and former member of the Whiteville City Schools Board of Education.
A senior financial analyst at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) since 2011, Morgan has experience in investment management, reporting, analytics and project management. Morgan is active in the Young Professionals Networks in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and within BCBSNC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S.B.A. degree in finance, real estate and German.
J.D. is a managing director in KPMG’s healthcare advisory practice. He has more than 16 years of experience serving health plan (payor), provider and government clients with healthcare strategic priorities. J.D.’s focus areas include medical cost management, care management redesign, market entry strategies, product commercialization, health insurance operations, commercial and IT due diligence and administrative cost reduction. J.D. received his degree in management information systems from Central Michigan University.
Samantha is the vice president of the business process excellence and project management office at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). She has been with BCBSNC since 1996 and has served in several leadership roles across the company including sales and marketing, operations and human resources. Samantha is actively involved in the community with several nonprofits. She has dual master’s degrees (MBA/MHA), is certified in coaching, change leadership and business leadership development and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Linda is vice president of marketing and audience development at the North Carolina Symphony. She previously worked for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) as director of marketing. Linda also has a great deal of experience working with nonprofits and served as general manager of the Durham Symphony. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jean, a retired attorney who specialized in trusts, estates and tax planning, is also a former teacher at the law schools of both Duke University and Wake Forest University. She has considerable nonprofit experience, having worked with the United Way of Forsyth County, the UNC School of the Arts Foundation, the Salvation Army and the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.
Currently a mortgage lending branch manager at Victorian Finance, Deryle has 37 years of experience in banking, including management, business development, capital management and finance. He spent a year as the senior business development director at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, where he managed a portfolio of capital access loans of $42 million and developed programs with 42 partners. Deryle attended the University of Maryland and the school of banking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Megan Schneider Gift
Megan is the vice president of corporate communications at 2U, a publicly traded education technology company. Her broad range of experience includes leading communications, fundraising, events and strategic consulting efforts for nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa and Asia, including the ALS Association and the Canadian Cancer Society. She has a B.S. from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Currently the head of patient services IT at Biogen, Saleem is a technology leader with 25 years of diverse global experience in the pharmaceutical, health care, travel and technology industries. He has served on nonprofit boards for more than six years. Saleem holds an M.S. in computer science from the University of Florida, an MBA from Pfeiffer University and an executive certificate in management and leadership from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Bobby is a senior fellow at the American Council on Education. He has over 26 years of nonprofit and education-related service. Bobby spent 18 years at UNC as a professor, dean and administrator, and his specialties include higher education, policy analysis and grant writing. He earned a B.A. in religion and an M.A. in psychology from the University of Richmond, and he holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Craig is managing partner of Six Disciplines Triangle, whose team offers leadership development, business planning, management best practices, performance management and technology application. Craig is very active in the community, serving on and chairing several nonprofit boards. He has both a B.S. and a master’s degree from the University of Toledo.
Candice is a strategic account lead of digital and creative services at TEKsystems, where she also contributes to regional diversity and inclusion efforts. She has experience in account management, market research, contract negotiations and client relationship management. Candice is a volunteer with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Wake County Literacy Council. She has a B.S. degree in business administration and a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Elizabeth is a financial advisor in Durham. Elizabeth’s previous nonprofit experience includes a stint as a loaned executive to the United Way of Central Alabama and employment as the development director for the Triangle Go Red for Women campaign. Elizabeth is an active member of the Durham Rotary Club and the Junior League of Durham and Orange counties.
Mike is the vice president of global IT and data center services at Clinipace Worldwide, a digital contract research organization (CRO) headquartered in North Carolina. Having been in the IT industry since 1996, Mike has served as IT senior systems administrator, site manager and support engineer with several businesses, including other CROs and software companies.
A senior portfolio analyst at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Chris has experience with strategic planning, financial analysis, management consulting, process improvement, portfolio management and finance. He has served for several years on boards, including the Durham Small Business Advisory Board and the Natural Capital Investment Board. Chris earned his B.S. in computer science from Morehouse College and his M.S. from Emory University.
Stacy has over 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, strategic planning, social media and sales and is currently the vice president of marketing at LogicNow. She is also experienced in teambuilding and talent management. Stacy supports a number of nonprofit organizations and is currently involved with Operation Greyhound, an animal rescue organization. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for her undergraduate studies.
Kevin is currently working toward an MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a B.A. in economics. Kevin spent several years working for the U.S. Department of Justice as an internal consultant, where he coordinated and deployed new IT systems to help with electronic tips and other aspects of criminal investigations. Kevin has served as a church leader for youth ministries and is currently co-president of the Christian Business Fellowship and an active member of the Fuqua Golf Club.
Kevin Kray Jr.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a double major in finance and history, Kevin is currently pursuing an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He spent six years in the finance departments of Ford Motor Company and EVRAZ North America. Kevin is a dedicated volunteer who has worked with St. Vincent’s Kitchen for the Homeless, the Ford Volunteer Corps and Chicago Habitat for Humanity, and he is currently a Fuqua2Duke mentor, an active member of the Consulting Club and a member of Catholics at Fuqua.
Sarah is currently earning her master’s degree at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University. Sarah worked for several years in sales and marketing analytics, business process improvement and software quality assurance and was a program assistant for the Dartmouth Entrepreneurship Network. She is now working on an idea to scale tech job training centers in Appalachia and the Midwest. Sarah served at one time on the board for an off-track thoroughbred horse adoption organization.