Dallas was instrumental in developing Note in the Pocket and is a founding member of the Board of Directors. 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, and co-creator and owner of Kids Gym, Inc.
Mrs. Bonavita is a North Carolina native and has lived in Raleigh for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Parks and Recreation Management from Western Carolina University.
“Every day I get to work with amazing people dedicated to bringing dignity and love to children in our community who need it most. I am thankful for the privilege to serve with such a wonderful staff, a supportive board, and the best volunteers, school social workers, and agency caseworkers in the world. ”
“Working with Note has taught me just how amazing the community around us is. We couldn’t do anything without their support and because of the people who donate their time, money, and clothing. I am thankful for the genuine group of people that help us achieve our fantastic mission.”
Sarah is a passionate nonprofit professional dedicated to building partnerships across sectors to grow our community resources and be a catalyst for change. Sarah has over 12 years’ experience managing strategic fundraising and communication plans, working to raise awareness and engage stakeholders across our community. Her previous nonprofit experience includes Sr. Director of Community Relations with MVLE, and Development Coordinator at PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families. Sarah holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Public Administration, with a certificate in Nonprofit Management, from George Mason University.Sarah is a member of the Junior League of Raleigh serving as the co-chair for the Community Connect committee. As a North Carolina native, Sarah is grateful for the opportunity to support her local community.
“I believe we all have a story to tell and I’m excited for the opportunity to help share Note in the Pocket’s story. This is such an exciting time for the organization to celebrate our accomplishments as we plan for continued growth and the opportunity to reach even more individuals. All with the goal of inspiring confidence through the power of our community.”
Tammy grew up in Garner, NC and returned to the Raleigh area after attending college at UNC-Wilmington (B.A in English Literature). Still not knowing what she wanted to be when she grew up, she tried her hand at a few positions in Human Resources and then 10+ years in Executive Recruiting. While she enjoyed the HR career path, she always felt that something was missing. In 2014, Tammy heard about Note in the Pocket at a Parent-Teacher Board meeting at her children’s school and she immediately started to volunteer. The more she volunteered and the more she learned about the mission, the more she fell in love with the fact that this organization changes the lives of children every, single, day. In 2018, Tammy was offered a staff position and jumped at the opportunity to join the team! She is so thankful to be part of this wonderful organization.
“I am thankful for the many blessings my family and I have been given and the opportunity to give back to my community.”
Carole caught the volunteering bug as a child who tagged along for her parents’ community and church volunteer activities. After experiencing firsthand the satisfaction and inner peace that one derives from service to others and commitment to a charitable mission, she was hooked, and has made volunteerism a core part of her life ever since. Carole’s many years of experience leading volunteers in a variety of nonprofit settings, combined with her background in child and adolescent counseling, fostered a particular fondness for children’s causes. She discovered the wonderful work of Note in the Pocket through both clothing drives at her children’s schools and her involvement with the Junior League of Raleigh.Carole moved to Raleigh from the MD/DC Metro area in 2015, and is loving the beautiful new state and community she now calls home. She looks forward to joining the Note in the Pocket family!
“I am grateful for a family that loves me beyond measure and friends who support me at every turn. I am honored to be a part of Note’s mission to clothe children with dignity and love, and humbled by our many volunteers who make it all possible!”
Growing up in a military family and moving around so often, Karen saw the struggles that kids everywhere deal with. This made helping children and children’s causes near and dear to her heart. Driven by this passion, Karen attained a Master’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University, in Northern Virginia (the area she eventually called home). Supporting various causes through her professional and personal life led Karen to volunteer at Note in the Pocket and share the important story and difference Note in the Pocket makes in children’s lives every day. Karen is excited by the passion and dedication of our volunteers and enjoys working with them. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and Karen hopes everyone who can spare a day, or even an hour will come in and feel the satisfaction that comes from volunteering at Note in the Pocket.
“Note’s mission is essential for our community and to see our volunteers dedicate their time and energy to this mission makes the work we do even more rewarding”
Krista grew up in Nashville, TN and recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S in Child and Family Studies. Krista moved to Raleigh, NC in 2019 to continue her education and leadership development with the Raleigh Fellows Program. The moment Krista heard her intern position through the Fellows Program was at Note in the Pocket she was overjoyed. Krista has always had a passion for children and has enjoyed the experience serving children at Note in the Pocket behind the scenes. Krista is grateful to be apart of the Note in the Pocket Family!
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Dana currently manages the marketing for Brasfield & Gorrie’s Raleigh office, where she is responsible for commercial division 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 (at-large member). She is the 2017 Chair of the Friends of WakeMed, which is a network of individuals working to make a difference in our community through building personal and corporate relationships to support the mission of WakeMed Health & Hospitals. 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.
Megan West Sherron
Megan 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.
Christie 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.
Jon has over 30 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 2013 after working at Ernst & Young for 6 years in the tax department, and 19 years in local CPA firm as an owner. 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 Valuators and Analysts .
Education, Credentials and Special Training:
Certified Public Accountant. B.A., Accounting, North Carolina State University
Accredited Senior Appraiser
American Society of Appraisers Accredited in Business Valuation
American Institute of Certified Public Accounts Certified Valuation Analyst
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
American Society of Appraisers
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
Civic, Community Organizations:
Member, Finance and Endowment Committees, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Board Member, Note in the Pocket
Board Member, The Dereck Whittenburg Foundation.
by last name
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Dan is a lifelong 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 in Business 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.
Ann is President/Owner of Close HR Connections, a full-service Human Resources (HR) Coaching/Consulting Firm in the Triangle area. She is a Senior HR Coach/Consultant with over 20 years of experience as a distinguished HR Generalist. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the local Raleigh-Wake chapter, RWHRMA.
Stephen has been Vice President, Donor Marketing at Fidelity Charitable, a public charity which sponsors the largest donor-advised fund in the U.S., since 2015.
In this role, he has responsibility for building awareness of Fidelity Charitable’s programs and nurturing current donors in their ongoing relationships with the organization. Prior to Fidelity Charitable, Mr. Fusi held marketing and consulting leadership roles at Starbucks Corporation, C.R. Bard, Procter & Gamble and Ingersoll Rand.
Mr. Fusi 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.
Mr. Fusi 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.
Jennifer 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 WeCare with the Boys and Girls Club and is active in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
Doreen C. Kelly
Advisory Board Member
Doreen 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.
Patrick 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, including 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, daughter, Ella and their dog Hank.
Shakeda has 10 years of valuable experience serving low-income and marginalized populations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in 2009.
Shakeda began her service career at a transitional housing program where she coordinated workshops, identified community resources and supported displaced young men who aged out of the foster care system, to become independent and self-sufficient. She also served with the AmeriCorps National Service Program as a tutor and as volunteer and
program coordinator for the Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro, a United Way partner agency which targets youth deemed at-risk of academic failure.
She earned a master’s in Social Work with a focus on social innovation serving children, youth, and families from Boston College in 2013. Upon receiving her master’s degree, she reconnected service with the homeless population, serving as case manager at Family Promise of Wake County.
During much of her career, Shakeda has provided direct service to families and individuals who are low-income, experiencing homelessness, and/or living with behavioral or mental health challenges. She currently serves as Program Coordinator of Project CATCH – Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless at The Salvation Army of Wake County. Her work has been transcendent, using a strengths-based approach and is driven to meet people where they are, helping them to reach their full potential. Her work is guided with the simple adage “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Sarah Owrey, MD
Sarah was born and raised in Northern Michigan. After high school, she attended Albion College and then attended medical school at Michigan State’s College of Human Medicine.
Sarah has been in North Carolina since 2006 when she moved to Winston Salem to complete her residency in pediatrics. She has been in Raleigh since 2009 when she and her husband, Ryan, moved here after she joined her current practice at Raleigh Children and Adolescents Medicine. Sarah has two children Hudson (2015) and Harper (2018).
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Susan 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 grew up in Tampa, Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida.
John H. Ruocchio
Advisory Board Member
John is a founding member of the Board of Directors. 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 Juris Doctor 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 groups. Mr. Ruocchio has been an attorney with Lewis & Roberts, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1997 focusing on workers’ compensation law. He was recognized in 2013 by the Best Lawyers in America.
Tom is a former senior executive at Lenovo and current independent consultant. After a successful 30 year career in the IT industry, including leading global marketing and engineering teams as an expat in Asia for a decade, Tom retired from Lenovo in December 2017 where he was Senior Vice President for Development and Quality in the Data Center Group.
Prior to his appointment in September 2015 to lead Lenovo’s Enterprise Business Group, Tom led Lenovo’s PC Business Group, responsible for both Think and
Lenovo branded laptops, desktops, visuals and accessories. He also oversaw the Strategic Technology and Innovation Centre (STIC), PC services, and Eco System & Monetization (E&M) that support these products.
Before joining Lenovo in 2006, Tom was with Dell for seven years across the US and Asia, where he held several senior engineering positions and was a key player in establishing Dell’s first Singapore Design Center (SDC). Tom has also spent more than a decade at Siemens as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for their mobile phone unit.
Tom began his IT career at IBM while studying at the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering (BSIE).
Tim is the fourth headmaster in the history of St. Timothy’s School, a Pre-K to eighth grade Episcopal preparatory school of 500+ students, 75 faculty and staff, and annual operating budget of $7 million. Before this he spent 5 years as Head of School at Gaston Day School.
He is a natural leader and educator who received his Master’s Degree from Georgetown University. Since then he has spent his time giving back educating youth and improving school systems.
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.
Jill 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.