Renaissance Wilmington Foundation

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Bill Graham

President and CEO

Graham has successfully navigated careers in business, government public policy and philanthropy simultaneously. Business: senior manager at IBM; CEO of EDP Technology Inc./ECC International, as public companies; co-owning an Investment Bank; syndicating and managing 15 investment partnerships.

Government: Office of President, White House, member, two Presidential Commissions; Consultant to State Department and Education Department; selected as White House Fellow in national competition.

Philanthropy: co-founder, Chair, Congressional Management Foundation; President of White House Fellows Foundation; President of numerous public and private corporations and non-profits. Currently member of City Vision 2020 Commission; co-founder, Waterfront Task Force; Director, Cape Fear Economic Development Council; member, Cape Fear Future; Director, White House Fellows Foundation and Association.

Kathryn Graham

Director 

Kathryn has a varied background in journalism, financial advising, sales and public health. A resident of the historic district since 2000, she has been a director of ROW, is a member of the Wilmington Tree Commission, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, Cape Fear River Rowing Club and is a convener of the Waterfront Task Force. Currently she is a professor of Philosophy and Ethics and has taught both locally and online.

Constance N. (Connie) Parker

Director, Chair Alliance for Cape Fear Trees

Retired executive director of the North Carolina School Community Health Alliance, which represented over 80 school health centers across the state. In establishing this position, she developed partnerships, built legislative relationships, identified diverse sources of funding, directed statewide meetings, and expanded communications technology, and she remains Senior Fellow for the Alliance. She previously founded Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT), despite conservative pressure against adolescent health care in schools in the early 90’s. For 13 years she was executive director of this large, community-based, school-linked health center that was so successful that it quickly spun off three school-based centers in large Wilmington-area high schools. 

 

Mrs. Parker has over 30 years of non-profit experience in creating and leading community partnerships, raising funds, grant writing, program management, and communication in health

care, as well as in education and environmental areas. She has or continues to serve in leadership roles on numerous statewide non-profit boards including the NC Aquarium Society, UNC-TV, UNC CH School of Nursing Foundation, Women’s Forum of NC, and the NC Medical Society Foundation. Recent Chair of the Wilmington Tree Commission and Chair of the newly founded Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, she has been awarded membership in the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given to a citizen of the state.

 

She has received the Wilmington Star-News Lifetime Achievement Award, the UNCW Razor Walker Award for Distinguished Service to the Children and Youth of North Carolina, and the Citizen of the Year Award from the Virginias/Carolinas Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, in addition to a number of others. With her undergraduate and graduate education at the UNC-CH School of Nursing, she continues to identify and use community resources and partner relationships to address community health issues at the local, state, and national level.

Lori Harris

Director

CEO, Agape One Consulting and Senior Partner, Jackson Consulting Group. Lori is an innovator, global leader, author and executive coach dedicated to designing and redesigning business growth globally. Lori earned her MBA in organizational development and business management, and holds certifications in project management, leadership, and youth development. She is tough-minded optimist with 30-plus years executive leadership and management in retail, entertainment, utility, education, automotive, media, food and beverage, nonprofit, and health & wellness. She loves photography. A futurist at heart.

Lisa Barrett

Director

Lisa Barrett was the Director of Microtargeting Projects (2013-2017) and a Microtargeting Project Manager (2010-2013) at Grassroots Targeting, a Microtargeting Firm founded by Blaise Hazelwood in 2005. Prior to working at Grassroots Targeting, Lisa was a project director with Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs survey research firm, from 2007-2009. During the 2006 election cycle, Lisa worked as a project manager for Targeted Creative Communications, a direct mail firm. Lisa is originally from upstate New York, and graduated from American University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2005 and an M.A. in Applied Politics in 2006.

Dr. Terence Jackson

Director

Owner and COO, Jackson Consulting Group. Terry is a trusted Advisor and Executive Coach with a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change Selected by Marshall Goldsmith for membership prestigious Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches Leadership Advisor, Coach and Consultant for US State Department International Information Program 25 years of progressive leadership development experience in sales, marketing, operations management, and business consulting with Fortune 10 companies.

Eileen Stephens

Director

Eileen firmly believes in our tri-county area’s potential to make the world a better place through innovation, sustainability, good corporate citizenship, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Eileen began her career in cardiology device development and marketing and transitioned into technical and management consulting to public, private and nonprofit sector entities. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, served as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, received the U.S. Presidential Award for Management Excellence (the President’s Quality Award) and currently serves on the board of Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MarBioNC).

Caylan J. McKay

Director

Caylan J. McKay is an accountant, educator, and community leader and advocate. As a Staff Accountant at Earney & Company LLP, he specializes in small business and individual accounting. Since early childhood, Caylan has been heavily involved in the local theatre and film communities, performing with nonprofits such as Cape Fear Shakespeare LTD, which includes the Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company and Journey Productions, as well as Thalian Association Children’s Theatre. In both organizations, he has gone on to mentor and inspire new generations of our community’s youth, working for the last ten years as a performance educator in various capacities, including producing and directing local plays. He was also a teacher at Peace Rose Montessori School, and has served as a guest lecturer at elementary and
middle schools. He has produced short films that have appeared in Cucalorus and Austin Shorts Fest, documentaries that focus on local citizens and their stories, and music videos for local bands. He’s also volunteered for Cucalorus and the DocuTime Independent Film Festival. He was included in the planning of the renovation of Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre and participated in saving the Community Arts Center in the Hannah Block Historic USO Building. He currently serves as the treasurer of Cape Fear Ultimate.

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