StepUp Durham Board of Directors


 Peter William Wooldridge, Durham Technical Community College, Board Chair

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.

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.

Fred Stoppelkamp, Bergman Rentals

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 Bergman Rentals as the Director of Operations. Mr. Stoppelkamp has a bachelors in History and Social Science from Campbell University. 


Dan BrennerRetired Educator

Dan Brenner started his career as a Medical Photographer at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His education career began in 1982 at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, where he taught courses in Commercial Photography, Photo Science and Media. He later went on to teach TV Production, Video and Digital Film Production at Eastern Suffolk BOCES. He was an adjunct Instructor at New York Institute of Technology and Five Towns College. He has an A.A.S  from RIT, a BA from NYIT and a MA from NYIT. In addition to his work with StepUp Durham, he volunteers with Partners for Youth Opportunity. He is the proud grandfather of Ben, Reece, and Zach.


Jacqueline Britt, NC Mutual Life Insurance Company

Jacqueline Britt worked for North Carolina  Mutual Life Insurance Company for more than 10 years. She served 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 CavanaughDuke 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.


Bob PhoenixCrawford Sprinkler Company of Raleigh

Bob Phoenix is currently the VP of Finance & Administration for Crawford Sprinkler Company of Raleigh. Prior to this role, he was the President of Leonhardt Pipe & Supply, a distributor and fabricator of fire sprinkler systems for commercial and residential buildings, which services fire sprinkler subcontractors all over the southeastern United States. He was born and raised in Raleigh, NC, where he grew up as a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mr. Phoenix has an Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree with a double major from UNC Chapel Hill in Business Administration and Music Performance. Bob has lived in Durham since 2007, though much of the time he traveled for work. His first few jobs were in sales, entrepreneurship, investment banking operations, small business finance, and management. Bob is currently the Director of the Brass Choir at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, a group of which he has been a member since 1999 as a Trombonist. Bob is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh. Bob has engaged as a volunteer with Urban Ministries of Wake County, Band Together, Nourish International, Evolve Mentoring, and the American Fire Sprinkler Association Carolinas Chapter. His passion is understanding people's talents, building collaboration, and facilitating synergy among teams and has found ways to do that in business with his coworkers and in much of his volunteer work.


John Wroton, Pacific Western Bank

John Wroton is a Senior Vice President at Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank.  He manages a portfolio of venture capital backed companies spread across the U.S., assisting them with all of their banking needs.  Prior to Square 1, John worked at locally-owned and operated Harrington Bank in Chapel Hill for 13 years before its acquisition by Bank of North Carolina (and subsequent acquisition by Pinnacle Bank).  At Harrington Bank, John led the bank’s risk management efforts, developing policies and procedures to ensure the bank met all lending regulatory guidelines.  He also served as a commercial loan officer, assisting many local small businesses and real estate investors with their banking needs and playing a large part in the revitalization efforts in downtown Durham.  He also worked at a local non-profit in Durham, UDI Community Development Corporation, for four years providing economic development, job training, and affordable housing to low and underserved communities in the area.  John has served in various leadership capacities on the boards of EmPOWERment, Inc. in Chapel Hill and Presbyterian Campus Ministry in Chapel Hill.  John received his undergraduate degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Duke University and his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-CH.  He lives in Durham with his wife and three children.