Dallas Bonavita, Executive Director

Mrs. Bonavita was instrumental in developing Note in the Pocket and is a founding member of the Board of Directors. Her dedication to the success of this effort is surpassed only by her love of her family.

Her commitment to volunteerism began in college where she participated in programs that mentored troubled youth. She has participated in and led dozens of volunteer committees through church and at her children’s schools. She is a former member of the Cardinal Gibbons Family Board.

Her previous work experience includes Disability Specialist for the State of North Carolina, a Relocation Specialist for which she won a national recognition award and she was co-creator and owner of Kids Gym, Inc.

Mrs. Bonavita is a North Carolina native and has lived in Raleigh for almost 20 years. She holds a BS in Parks and Recreation Management from Western Carolina University.

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John H. Ruocchio, Chairman

Mr. Ruocchio is a founding member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Ruocchio graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987.

He received his JD from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law from Campbell University in 1995. Mr. Ruocchio is a former Treasurer of the North Carolina Republican Party, a former member of the Raleigh Telecommunications Commission, former member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cardinal Gibbons Roman Catholic High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a former Board member of Frankie Lemmon Memorial Pre-School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Ruocchio currently serves as secretary of the House Corporation of the Alpha Tau Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity at Chapel Hill. Mr. Ruocchio is also active in his church, the Knights of Columbus and various other community activities. Mr. Ruocchio has been an attorney with Lewis & Roberts, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1997 focusing in workers’ compensation law. He is a 2013 Best Lawyers in America.
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Doreen C. Kelly, Vice Chair

Mrs. Kelly is a founding member of the Board of Directors. She leads the administrative team of the Ravenscroft School and has been Head of School since July 2003. She joined the Ravenscroft faculty in July 1999 as the Director of the Lower School, also enjoying time in the classroom as a Lower School French Teacher.

Mrs. Kelly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Education. She also studied for two years at Villanova University.

Mrs. Kelly recently was asked to serve on the faculty for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) for the Institute for New Heads. She is also a mentor for the NAIS Aspiring Heads Program. In addition, she has served as a District Leader for the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls (NAPSG), which includes co-ed schools, along with being a former faculty member for the Administrative Leadership Seminar for Women held in October.

She is a member and chair for evaluation teams for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and has served on the board of the SAIS Accreditation Committee from 2008-2012 as well as a former faculty member of the new teacher institute for SAIS. She is a member of the Southern Headmasters’ Association and she serves on the board of the Spoleto Study Abroad Program.

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Dana Green, Secretary

Dana Green currently manages the marketing for Brasfield & Gorrie’s Carolinas region, where she is responsible for healthcare and commercial pursuits.

Originally from Pitman, New Jersey, Dana ventured south to attend Elon University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications and minor in Psychology. She is an active Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) Young Professionals Network (YPN) member, where she has previously chaired both the Networking and Marketing Task Forces. In addition, Dana graduated from the GRCC’s Leadership Raleigh program (class 30) in 2015. She enjoys serving on various committees within the WakeMed Foundation including the annual Community Campaign and the Development Committee. Dana often describes herself as a creative marcom professional with an indulgent social media mind enhancing an interactive construction community. While a fiery Philly sports fan on the side, she is also a fanatic cheesehead (Green Bay Packers) with a passion for serving others. Dana currently resides in Raleigh with her husband, Jason, and their son, Beckett.

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Jon Strickland, Treasurer

Jon has over 24 years of experience in public accounting. He has extensive experience in individual and business income taxation as well as business valuation and litigation support services.

Jon joined the firm in 1994 after working at Ernst & Young for 6 years in the tax department. He is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition, he is Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, he has earned the Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation designation from the American Society of Appraisers, and he is a Certified Valuation Analyst accredited by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

Certified Public Accountant. B.A., Accounting, North Carolina State University

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants; American Society of Appraisers; National Association of Certified Valuation Specialists

CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member, Finance and Endowment Committees, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church; Board Member, Note In The Pocket.

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Dan Cahill

Dan Cahill is a life-long Raleigh resident. Married to Sallie Thorpe Cahill, he has three children. Growing up in Raleigh, Dan attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and Cardinal Gibbons High School.

Dan later attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1989
with a B.A. in public policy analysis. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1994 obtaining his J.D.

Dan is currently a partner with the Raleigh law firm of Poyner Spruill LLP. He has attained an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell® and has been recognized inBusiness North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” (Litigation) for 2009-2010 and 2014. He has been ranked among Super Lawyers magazine’s North Carolina “Super Lawyers” (Business Litigation) from 2010-2014 and recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation) for 2014.

Dan currently serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh as well as the Board of Directors of Artspace, Inc. He is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh.

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Susan Pruskin

Susan Pruskin is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks expert. She owns Susan Pruskin Consulting, a QuickBooks training and bookkeeping company.

She has always been involved in community service from Girl Scouts in her school years through her present participation in the Cary-Kildaire Rotary club with many other stops along the way. She’s an ambassador for the Cary Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Executive Board for the Women Business Owner’s Network of Cary. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida.
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Megan West Sherron

Megan West Sherron was named assistant dean of external relations effective Jan. 1, 2014. She joined the law school administration as the director of alumni relations & annual giving on Sept. 24, 2012.

A 2010 Campbell Law graduate, Sherron served as an associate attorney at Martin & Jones, PLLC in Raleigh prior to returning to her alma mater. In April 2014, Triangle Business Journal recognized Sherron as a 2014 Women in Business award winner. As assistant dean of external relations, Sherron oversees the alumni relations, career services, communications, and development departments. She has also managed the Campbell Law Connections mentorship program since the fall 2014 semester. Sherron previously served the law school as director of alumni relations & annual giving, developing and strengthening relationships with alumni and the community while acting as a liaison for alumni inquiries. A native of Murphy, N.C., Sherron graduated from Wake Forest University in 2007 with a B.S. in business. She then attended Campbell Law School, spending time as a student at both the Buies Creek and Raleigh campuses prior to graduating in 2010. As a student she served as a consulting editor for the Campbell Law Review, president of the Christian Legal Society, competed in moot court competitions, and was a research assistant for Professor Jean Cary and Professor Greg Wallace. She was also a legal research and writing scholar. Sherron served as an associate attorney at Martin & Jones in Raleigh from 2010-12, representing clients in personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice cases. Prior to Martin & Jones, Sherron interned with the Solicitor General at the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Justice Edward Brady at the North Carolina Supreme Court, and Judge Barbara Jackson at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Sherron was appointed to the Capital City Clauses Board of Directors in March 2013 and elected Wake Women Attorneys Vice President in December 2013. She has also served as a peer mentor for the Campbell University Lundy-Fetterman School of Business Young Women in Transition program.
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Jason Curtis

Jason Curtis has been an educator at Cardinal Gibbons High School since 2000, serving as a teacher, coach and Assistant Principal, and was appointed Principal in 2006.

Originally from California, Jason graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Master’s Degree in Catholic School Leadership from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. An active member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Cary, he has been a member and adviser to pastoral councils and school advisory committees in the Diocese of Raleigh and is a speaker on leadership topics for Catholic parishes, elementary and high schools. Jason has also served the National Catholic Educational Association as a Regional Associate and a conference speaker. He has experience in founding and leading non-profit educational organizations serving student-athletes, and currently serves on the Education and Athletics Committee for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Jason resides in Cary with his wife Kelly, and their four children.
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Christie Moser

Christie Moser currently serves as the Vice President of Member Business Services for the Cary Chamber of Commerce. After 10 years at the chamber, she runs the membership division along with Leadership Cary, and all chamber events.

She is originally from Asheville, NC but moved here to attend NC State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is an avid cook, Wolfpack enthusiast, and spends her free time running and travelling. Christie is a member of Church of the Apostles, and lives in Raleigh with her two sons, Finley and Asher, husband Frank, and dog Bella.
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Stephen Fusi

Stephen W. Fusi is Chief Marketing Officer for The Safe + Fair Food Company, which makes delicious, clean label foods that are enjoyed by people with and without food allergies.

In this role, he has responsibility for marketing operations, communication strategy, direct-to-consumer sales, partnerships, and brand development. Prior to Safe + Fair, Stephen held marketing and consulting leadership roles at Fidelity Charitable, Starbucks Corporation, C.R. Bard, Procter & Gamble and Ingersoll Rand.

Stephen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He spent his formative years in Milwaukee, WI and Cameroon, Central Africa.

Stephen is married to Lakeisha Fusi and has two children. He is an active member of the Delta Zeta Sigma (Durham alumni) chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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Ann Close

President/Owner of Close HR Connections, a full-service Human Resources (HR) Coaching/Consulting Firm in the Triangle area. Ann is a Senior HR Coach/Consultant with over 20+ years experience as a distinguished HR Generalist. She is a member of SHRM and the local chapter, RWHRMA.

Jennifer Hickerson

Jennifer Hickerson is currently the Market President for Alfred Williams & Company’s Triangle and Triad markets.

Jen has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies and has been in the commercial interiors business for nine years. She has served on a number of leadership committees and organizations including Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) and International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

In 2014, Jennifer and her family relocated to Raleigh, NC from Columbus, OH where she served on the board of Goodwill Barrier Breakers, co-chaired the IFMA Community Service Committee and volunteered with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Since moving to Raleigh, she has served on the Executive Leadership Committee for the March of Dimes, serves on the planning committee for WeCarewith the Boys and Girls Club and is active in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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Jill Walters

Jill Walters is a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s Raleigh, North Carolina office focusing her practice in financial services litigation and bankruptcy.

Jill has been ranked in Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” and ranked among Super Lawyers Magazine’s North Carolina “Rising Stars” in the Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Section annually since 2013. She has been published in USLAW twice, first in 2012 and then again in 2014.
In addition to her legal practice, Jill serves as the co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section, is on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Creditors’ Bar Association. Jill also previously served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for HopeLine, Inc., a suicide prevention organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to her board work, since 2013 Jill has served as a volunteer and member of the Fundraising Committee for Haven House Services, a North Carolina non-profit focused on providing community-based services to homeless and at-risk youth. Jill also volunteers as an Alumni Mentor for her law school alma mater, and is a regular volunteer for Legal Aid of North Carolina. Jill was a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Raleigh Class of 2014-2015.
After receiving her BA from Lake Forest College in 2004, Jill went on to earn her JD from Michigan State University College of Law in 2007.

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Patrick Mackie

Patrick Mackie is the Manager of Business Banking for First Citizens Bank in the Triangle and has been employed by the bank for the last 15 years in various communities to include Wake County and the Sandhills of North Carolina.

In this role, he works with a team of bankers who focus on providing advice and financial services to locally owned businesses in the Triangle to support their financing needs.

Outside of his role with First Citizens Bank, Patrick is currently serving as Vice President of the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club and is on the advisory board for the Taylor Family YMCA in Cary.  Patrick is also an active member of the Cary Chamber of Commerce having completed and later co-chaired the Cary Leadership Program in 2015 & 2016.

Patrick is a graduate of Appalachian State University and has a MBA from UNC Chapel Hill.  Patrick has called Holly Springs home for the last six years with his wife Carolina, and daughter, Ella and their dog Hank.

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Harris Vaughn

Harris has more than 20 years of communications experience. Intricate organization situations that require high-level effective communications strategies and hands-on client leadership are his specialty. 

An entrepreneur at heart, Harris has an intrinsic aptitude for understanding client goals.

Before launching Eckel & Vaughan, Harris spent eight years developing and implementing marketing and advertising plans for Rockett Burkhead & Winslow clients. Prior to that, Harris helped launch a 50-state business and policy news gathering service for The Washington Post Company. Additionally, Harris worked in public policy on Capitol Hill, an experience that sharpened his gift for building relationships and reacting in fast-paced environments.

When the ravages of Hurricane Matthew struck North Carolina in 2016, the seeds of what would become The Sunday Supper were sown. In 2017 the Public Relations Society of America recognized Eckel & Vaughan, and the local agencies and volunteers with whom they collaborated, with The Silver Anvil for their community service. Harris and The Sunday Supper vision partners have ultimately created an event platform adaptable to any community in order to bring people together at one table to share a meal, celebrate commonalities, and raise funds for local charity. Harris remains the co-executive director and a board member of The Sunday Supper.

Harris holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, as well as an undergraduate degree from UNC-CH in political science. Harris balances career, service to community, and family life—while taking fun seriously for good measure as a certified whole hog barbecue judge. A native of Edenton, Harris, his wife, Ashley, and their three children call Raleigh, home.

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