Craig is a business coach and management consultant in the Triangle region with decades of experience across multiple sectors and disciplines. His passion for organizational effectiveness, along with his nonprofit leadership experience make him a great choice to lead ESC into the next decade. Craig has earned both a B.S. in engineering, and an MBA degree from the University of Toledo. Craig and his wife, Cindy, recently celebrated 40 years together. They live in north Raleigh and can often be found hiking or biking the many fabulous Triangle trails.
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.
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.
A retired information technology (IT) executive, Ken has wide-ranging experience in the development of IT strategy, building IT organizations and operational excellence. He led large, multifaceted, technology-enabled business transformation initiatives and inspired diverse teams to deliver high impact results to the businesses supported.
Ken retired as the CIO of the Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was responsible for the leadership and coordination of all IT initiatives and investment. Ken graduated with a B.S. in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Belinda is currently a Project Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC and has been working on healthcare projects since 2013. Her professional experiences in the healthcare industry, project management and customer service give Belinda a unique perspective that allows her to provide insight from different points of view. She uses critical thinking, strategic planning and communication skills daily to solve business problems. Belinda graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Brand Management and Marketing. She is also a Certified Scrum Master and recently received her Master’s in Business Administration.
In addition to work, Belinda served on two employee network boards within Blue Cross NC relating to Young Professionals and Women Empowerment. She also gets involved in giving back to the community and enjoys helping others. Apart from work, Belinda enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 1 year old nephew, and friends! Belinda loves photography and going to the movies.
While successfully “managing the risk” of raising three boys, Tammy Dunne works as a Consultant at The Redwoods Group, engaging senior leadership at youth-serving organizations to manage their risk. In her work, child abuse prevention is a primary focus in strengthening safety practices and creating safe communities for all. Tammy brings her experience leading strategic change and strengthening organizational capacity within the nonprofit sector to Redwoods. Tammy has worked in regional and statewide nonprofit organizations, leading data-driven initiatives to achieve success with measurable outcomes. Tammy has a passion for building long-term relationships between corporate, nonprofit, and community sectors. She has also worked as a Paralegal in corporate, civil, and bankruptcy law.
Megan Schneider Gift
Megan is the Chief of Staff 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.
Saleem is the Head of Patient Services IT for Biogen, a leading global biotech specializing in neurodegenerative disease therapies. Saleem has 25+ years of diverse and global experience in the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Travel Technology industries. He is driven to produce impactful business outcomes by developing IT strategy and executing to roadmaps with prioritized investments. Saleem holds a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Florida, an MBA from Pfeiffer University, and executive leadership certification from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Katerine (Kat) Jackson
A lifelong Tar Heel and graduate of UNC and NC State, Kat has dedicated her career to building community engagement and philanthropy programs for education nonprofits. As Director of Engagement at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, Kat worked with local entrepreneurs and social impact organizations to design curricula modeling empowered leadership for the school’s all-female student population. Before Saint Mary’s, she developed advancement initiatives at the Morehead-Cain Foundation and the UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Association, including three programs which have grown into successful, annual alumni events for the greater University. Through her current role with District C, she is doing the work that she loves most: connecting coaches and students to business partnerships through real-work learning experiences. Past volunteer roles have included board membership for CreativeMornings RDU and Women for Success, a young professional arm of Dress for Success, as well as eucharistic ministry for UNC Hospitals.
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.
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.