StepUp Durham Board of Directors
Dr. Elizabeth Adams, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Co-Chair
Dr. Elizabeth Adams is a Developmental Psychologist with specific expertise in Black child development. Dr. Adams currently serves on the board for Village of Wisdom Board, a Durham-based nonprofit focused on promoting psychological and academic resilience in African American youth. Dr. Adams recently finished her Ph.D. in the department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to completing her doctoral studies, she completed a Master’s degree in Child Development at Tufts University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Clark Atlanta University. Currently, Dr. Adams works as an instructor in the Psychology department at Elon University. Dr. Adams serves as the Vice Chair for StepUp Durham. She will assume the role of Chair September 2016.
Fred Stoppelkamp, Urban Ministries, Co-Chair
Fred Stomppelkamp is well-respected in the Durham community around his work with the homeless population. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Homeless Service Advisory Committee (HSAC); he is the Chair of the Housing Result Team, a subcommittee of HSAC and he is the Vice Chair of the Committee to End Homeless in Durham. Mr. Stoppelkamp was the owner of F&S Construction for 9 years, served as the Program Director for the Durham Economic and Resource Center(DERC) and currently works for Urban Ministries of Durham as the Workforce Development Manager. Mr. Stoppelkamp has a bachelors in History and Social Science from Campbell University.
Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, North Carolina Central University
Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye has served in higher education for more than 25 years and currently serves as the Interim Chancellor (CEO) at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Prior to joining NCCU, Akinleye served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; vice president for administration and chief operating officer, as well as interim vice president for Academic Affairs, at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL; dean, department chair and associate provost/vice president for Academic Affairs, at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL; and assistant professor at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. Akinleye earned his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and master’s degree in Media Technology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. He received his Ph.D. in Human Communications Studies from Howard University and has received numerous recognitions and awards in teaching and service. He is married to Juanita Akinleye, a registered nurse, and they have two adult children (Nikki and Peter).
Matthew Bode, DeWolf, Boberg, & Associates
Raised in Fort Worth, TX, Matthew studied Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas and spent several years with FedEx Express. His career took him to Memphis, TN, where he first encountered the power of contributing to the needs of the community. Active with a local non-profit geared towards providing job readiness skills, financial education, and small business startup support to an underserved neighborhood, Matthew realized the potential of compassion for those in need when combined with action and resources. Passionate about leadership development and business growth, Matthew became a consultant for DeWolff, Boberg, & Assoc., a management consulting firm, in October 2014. In June 2016, Matthew moved with his wife, two dogs, and cat to Chapel Hill so his wife could join the University of North Carolina Hospital for her pharmacy residency. Matthew is now a Project Manager for this consulting firm and travels frequently. He finds life on the road as challenging as it is rewarding, but appreciates being rooted in a strong community and spending quality time at home with Lauren, Pumpkin, Patch, and Ebenezer.
Jacqueline Britt, NC Mutual Life Insurance Company
Jacqueline Britt has worked for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company for more than 10 years. She currently serves as the Vice President-Controller/Treasurer. Jacqueline is certified as a Public Accountant for New York State. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Pace University.
Kyle Cavanaugh, Duke University
Kyle Cavanaugh is Vice President of Administration with strategic responsibilities in the areas of benefits, retirement, workers’ compensation, staffing, labor and employee relations, human resources information center, temporary staffing, employee health, compensation, learning and organization development and employee communication. Kyle also serves as the university’s Emergency Coordinator. In 2010, he assumed leadership for Disability Management and Duke Police. Kyle is an active member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, CUPA-HR (Colleges & University Professional Association for Human Resources) and has been a frequent speaker at national conferences. He holds an M.B.A from Belmont University along with masters degrees from Vanderbilt and the University of Illinois, Chicago. His undergraduate degree is from Tusculum College.
Jordan Clark, SunTrust
Jordan Clark serves as the Commercial Team Manager for the Triangle East Region at SunTrust Bank. He is responsible for the sales, credit, and business development of the Commercial Banking teams across the region. He has 10 years of experience in banking with roles in retail, investments, and commercial banking in the Durham Market. He serves on the board of directors and finance committee for the NC Museum of Life and Science. Mr. Clark has a bachelors degree in business management from Emory & Henry College. He currently serves as the Treasurer on the StepUp Durham Board.
Rev. Dr. Keith Daniel, Christian Community Development Practitioner & Consultant
Rev. M. Keith Daniel, D.Min., M. Ed. is a Christian Community Development practitioner and consultant/project director for non-profit organizations, churches, and educational institutions. Keith served as the Executive Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships for StepUp North Carolina. Prior to StepUp NC, Keith was the Executive Director of DurhamCares, Inc. where he now serves as the Board Chair. He has over 25 years of management, leadership, and service in higher education administration primarily at Duke University. This includes undergraduate and graduate student affairs and human resources across the university and health system. He is an ordained minister, and served at Duke University Chapel as Director of the Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation known as PathWays. He serves on the leadership team of CityWell Church, Durham. Keith and his wife Lorna are natives of Washington, DC. They reside in Durham with their two wonderful young adults Madison II (Furman U., Class of 2020) and Loren (Junior, Riverside High School).
Manish Dayal, Brooks Bell
As the Senior Director of Project Management at Brooks Bell Interactive, a digital consulting agency in Raleigh, Manish brings a passion for technology to StepUp. His career has taken him to cities across the US, including Charleston where he worked for Blackbaud, the largest provider of software and digital services for nonprofits, as well as NYC and LA where he worked for Omnigon, a digital consultancy in the sports and entertainment industry. Manish was born in India, but has called NC home for over 13 years and is a graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill. He is also the proud husband of Margo, the Director of Technology at The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Jason Flack, Square 1 Bank
Jason Flack grew up in Bethesda, MD, a suburb of Washington D.C. He ventured to Los Angeles, CA to attend the University of Southern California where he studied Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Entrepreneurship. While in Los Angeles, Jason took an active role in the fight against homelessness as a frequent volunteer at various soup kitchens and homeless shelters in the area. Directly following his time at university, Jason co-founded a startup in the marketing space before eventually accepting an offer to become a portfolio analyst with Square 1 Bank in November of 2016. Jason is passionate about ending poverty and believes that in order to do so, one must provide the tools to those that want to make a change.
Rev. Marilyn Hedgpeth, First Presbyterian Church of Durham
Originally from Charlotte, NC., Marilyn Hedgpeth has served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Durham since 2003. She and her husband, Hedge, previously served as co-pastors in West Virginia. They have three grown children and two grandsons. Marilyn has served on the boards of the FPC Dayschool since 2003, and on the board of Durham's Partnership for Children. She holds a BA degree from Salem College in Winston-Salem, and an MDiv degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Marilyn has been involved in Step-Up Durham since its inception, and enjoys cooking meals for its weekly training sessions.
Dr. Micheline Ridley Malson, Consultant
Micheline Ridley Malson, Ph.D has more than 20 years of knowledge and expertise about the governance boards of community organizations, faith-based organizations and non-profits. In addition to her work on a state-wide level, providing technical assistance to state programs in mental health, social services and maternal and child health, Dr. Malson has helped to build and evaluate a number of local Durham organizations. She serves as a trustee of the Stewards Fund. Dr. Malson holds a doctorate in human development and social policy from Harvard University; a master's in child studies from Tufts University; and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Howard University. Dr. Malson currently serves as the Board Chair for StepUp Durham.
Umar Muhammad, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Umar Muhammad is a community organizer with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. His current responsibilities include identifying people in the communities we serve who have criminal record histories and connecting them with SCSJ's attorneys. SCSJ’s attorneys then attempt to obtain court-based remedies such as expunctions and certificates of relief when possible. Umar organizes community-based groups, and attends and speaks at forums, community meetings, and local government meetings to stay connected with the communities SCSJ serves. Recently, he was a guest at a forum organized by the Kettering Foundation where he was invited to discuss ways to share power and build resources in communities of formerly incarcerated people. Umar is committed to advocating for the needs of community members and leaders and empowering them to develop and employ strategies to effect lasting change.
Peter William Wooldridge, Durham Technical Community College
Dr. Peter Wooldridge currently serves as the Vice President for the Corporate Education, Continuing Education, and Public Safety Services division at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina. He has served in this role since April of 2012. Dr. Wooldridge began his academic career at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and went on to earn a B.S. in Psychology and English from the College of William and Mary, a M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Tuscaloosa. He moved to North Carolina in 1985 to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Behavioral Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He began as a full-time psychology faculty member at Durham Tech after working for several years as a staff psychologist in a center for the developmentally disabled. While with the college, he has served as the Program Director of the Associate in Arts program, Assistant Dean of University Transfer, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Executive Dean of Student Learning and Assessment . In June of 2011, Dr. Wooldridge was accepted into the American Council of Education Fellows Program. Over the course of the following academic year, he spent 16 weeks working closely with Dr. Zachary Hodges, President of the Houston Community College Northwest College. Dr. Wooldridge is a member of the Durham Workforce Development Board and serves on several community committees focused on short-term credential training. In 2015, he celebrated 25 years of service with the college.