The Activate Good Team
Staff and Consultants
Amber has lived in North Carolina for the majority of her life and is currently a resident of Raleigh. Amber founded Activate Good in 2005 (then known as ME3) when she noticed that people seemed to want to get involved to help the community but were not sure how to get started, and that many causes could benefit from the help of more volunteers. Before Activate Good she volunteered with organizations such as Kiwanis, Hope for the Homeless, and Amnesty International. She completed a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at N.C. State University where she also advised undergraduates in the Nonprofit Studies Minor. Amber hopes all individuals will see the potential they have to make a difference, and act to fulfill that potential.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Krystal earned her B.A. in Communications, and a Public and Professional Writing Certificate focusing on nonprofits and small business – both from the University of Pittsburgh. Growing up, she had ties to North Carolina, but finally made the move to the coast when she and her now-husband joined forces and moved to Swansboro (Onslow County) in 2013. Together they moved to Raleigh in 2015, where Krystal serendipitously connected with Activate Good through the YNPN’s Triangle chapter and AmeriCorps. She formally joined the team full-time at the end of her AmeriCorps contract in 2016 – bringing experience in marketing and public relations, publishing, and higher education administration. Since then, she’s cycled through the organization as Youth Programs Coordinator, Corporate Engagement Manager and supporting other team needs as they come up. Krystal has now shifted her experience and knowledge of the organization to focus on team strategy, engagement and management – developing Activate Good’s human resources function and continuing the team’s growth. She’s a natural organizer and logistics wiz, loves developing new things and working hard to perfect them. She has a talent for finding what makes each person unique, targeting how they may best contribute, and uncovering how to support their unique personal and professional needs. Krystal also serves on the Hillel Preschool Board of Directors. When not working, Krystal can usually be found with her husband and daughter adventuring to new places and outdoor spaces, finding the best toddler playgrounds, cooking and baking.
Originally from Raleigh, NC, Lee attended East Carolina University where she earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in dance, the latter motivating her to relocate to Chicago shortly after graduation. In addition to modern dance performance and teaching, she found work in the world of independent and custom publishing. Somewhere within those strangely overlapping spheres, she discovered—and fell in love with—Chicago’s burgeoning coffee industry. Soon she embarked on her own coffee career. Then, when she and her spouse decided they could not weather another midwestern winter, they moved back to Raleigh, and Lee joined Larry’s Coffee, where she took a special interest in expanding the brand’s nonprofit-benefitting Coffees For a Cause collection. She received her Non-Profit Management Graduate Certificate from NC State University in 2021, and served on the board for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and the NC Specialty Food Association. She also co-founded the Raleigh Chapter of The Handsome Ladies, a 501(c)3 supporting women in bluegrass and participates in monthly bluegrass jams (while attempting to sing as little as possible). Lee also enjoys practicing yoga, and she still dances.
After making many moves in the U.S., Rose, her husband and three children have planted roots (literally & figuratively) near Raleigh, NC since 2008. During her extensive career in the nonprofit sector, she has directed programs for a Volunteer Center in Wisconsin, managed a New York state program called TeenAge Services Act, provided case management to at-risk youth, managed programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Georgia, and directed camps for youth served by the YMCA in Asheville, NC. Rose also taught Communications and English in Greenville, South Carolina after she earned her degree from Clemson University in 2000 (she bleeds orange). Since 2013 she has dedicated her combined work experience, education and talents to the roles of Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer Programs Manager and Senior Programs Manager with Activate Good. Rose also serves on the Points of Light Global Network Programs Affiliate Assembly Subcommittee. She enjoys connecting volunteers to serve the hundreds of worthy nonprofits and schools in need that are partnered with Activate Good and feels fortunate to get to connect with so many kind, like-minded, yet diverse people that help communities across the Triangle via Activate Good and is inspired by their do-goodery. When not working you’ll likely find her driving her kids to various extracurriculars and cheering for them, photographing and playing with the ever zany family pets, cooking up a storm, writing, concert going, and traveling whenever she gets the chance as she loves adventures.
Natalie grew up in Raleigh and lived in the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains for several years while earning her BA in International Studies from UNC-Asheville and MPA from Western Carolina. She moved back to town in the summer of 2017 with one fantastic partner, two trouble-making cats, and probably “too many” books. Natalie has worked on projects with organizations dedicated to a wide range of causes, such as connecting marginalized communities to sustainable career pathways, building cyber education programs in Haiti and rural Guatemala, empowering young social entrepreneurs, and facilitating racial equity workshops. Since joining the team, she has loved participating in a variety of impactful roles and projects! When not working, Natalie is likely to be cooking or crafting something inspired by Pinterest, rewatching The Office for the 300th time, making her way through her endless “to be read” list, or yelling at her cat to get off the counter.
Jamie is a native of North Carolina and grew up in Spring Lake. After one services year in AmeriCorps, her love for civic and community engagement deepened leading her to start her business Purposed Solutions, to help people start nonprofit organizations and provide volunteer management services. Outside of her day-to-day, you can find Jamie working alongside the Beats N Bars Festival based in Durham, as the Logistics Manager. She currently serves as the co-chair for the City-County Appearance Commission with Durham County. She earned her B.A. from Winston-Salem State University and currently resides in Durham. Since living in Durham, Jamie received her Not-for-Profit Management Certification from Duke University and her MPA from North Carolina Central University. She is a big advocate for community empowerment, social justice, and women’s rights. Her continued work and passion for volunteerism and community engagement are the driving forces of her work and commitment to any community she is part of. In her free time, you can catch her traveling, catching a nice DJ set in town, catching up on Abbott Elementary, and laughing with friends and family.
Morgan is originally from Connecticut and moved to North Carolina in 2020. She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Justice and Law Administration at Western Connecticut State University. It was during this time that she served three AmeriCorps terms until eventually being hired full time to work for the United Way of Western Connecticut. This is where she became incredibly passionate about working in volunteerism and especially with youth. Morgan loves working with organizations and community members to make positive change and is excited about all the incredible work the Activate Good team does on a daily basis. When not working, you can find Morgan cooking, reading or doing something outside with her husband and dog!
Danae Edmonds is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan, Beyoncé lover and latte drinker. She spends a lot of her time creating her brand, Aspiring Co. and she is very passionate about uplifting and empowering women. She cares a lot about social media, design, women’s issues, race issues, equality, empathy, and being a good human. She’s originally from South Jersey but calls Raleigh-Durham, NC home. Danae is also a three-time stroke survivor. In her spare time, she is usually spending quality time with her family, dog, and friends, usually over coffee or drinks, or she is at home binging some combination of Steven Universe, Golden Girls, and Real Housewives of Atlanta. She recently quit her full-time job of 4 years to work as a freelancer and on all things Aspiring Co. including “Yes Girl Yes, An Aspiring Co. Podcast” and a creation hub and support services for women content creators. Through the unique experience of building a brand from the ground up, she has been able to put her marketing degree to good use and utilize those skills to support other businesses and brands. She was also recently selected as a Top 20 Marketing Expert for 20 on the Rise (a partnership with Rising Tide Society and HoneyBook).
Board of Directors
Olivia is originally from Pennsylvania, and spent 10 years in New York, before relocating to North Carolina in 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattanville College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Iona College. She is currently a Director, Talent Management at Asklepios Biopharmaceutical, Inc in Durham, NC. Prior to joining the board, Olivia volunteered with Activate Good as a 9/11 Day of Service Volunteer and a Virtual Project Leader for the “Kindness Calls to Seniors” Project during COVID-19. In addition to volunteering with Activate Good, she also volunteers with Raleigh Metro SHRM, Dress for Success Triangle NC, Note in the Pocket and Haven House. Olivia is excited to utilize her past volunteer and board service experience to become more involved in the Triangle, in full support of continuing and expanding Activate Good’s “people-powered projects for good.”
Noel has lived in Raleigh for 50 years! In that time, she supported many boards, but now focuses only on boards with which she shares a passion through their mission, values and cause focus. By doing so, Noel hopes to make a significant contribution and difference in the community, and believes that Activate Good does such work by helping the underserved, and changing the lives of the people with time, talent and treasure.
Ahmad has nearly twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur in the technology and telecommunication industries, building and leading some of the fastest growing companies in the country. He is known for specializing in solving complex technology obstacles so organizations can optimize efficiency and growth. Ahmad enjoys being active in the Triangle community providing volunteer technology support to area nonprofits. To further his impact on the community and share his knowledge with area nonprofit leaders, he joined Activate Good’s board of directors in 2021. Through his experience with a variety of community organizations and to better their technology needs, he most recently founded Connect Cause, a company that serves nonprofit organizations’ technology needs exclusively, based in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area. Additionally, he serves as CEO of Medullus Systems Inc., a technology firm specializing in custom software. In his spare time, Ahmad is an avid car enthusiast and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two dogs.
Martin moved to the US from the UK in 2002 and has been a resident of the Triangle since 2008. He is currently the Director, Seed Treatment North America for BASF Agricultural Solutions in RTP. He is married to Zoe and is the proud father of three fine young men; Sam, Ben and Jack. Martin is the Executive Sponsor for the BASF Community Outreach Employee Resource Group which works with a range of non profit organizations to provide resources, volunteers, funding and support. It was through these activities that Martin discovered Activate Good and became an Advisory Board member. This experience opened Martin’s eyes to the vast array of local needs and the huge role that Activate Good can play in helping to make those connections across communities in the Triangle. Martin is excited to join the Board, roll up his sleeves and help Activate Good drive towards its vision.
Sara has spent most of her life in North Carolina; she grew up in Charlotte, went to school at Elon University, and now resides in Durham. After college, Sara received her Master’s degree from Xavier University in Secondary Education. Sara’s day job is teaching Social Studies at The Expedition School in Hillsborough, but she finds as much time to volunteer in the local community as possible. In her spare time, Sara loves traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two cats.
Richard is a North Carolina native with deep roots in Raleigh. He believes community service is essential and has partnered professionally and personally with a number of nonprofits, including Me Fine Foundation, A Note In The Pocket, A Place At The Table, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Women’s Center of Wake County, and more. Richard has volunteered with Activate Good for years and looks forward to applying his nonprofit board experience to the Activate Good board. Richard serves as Vice-President of Marketing for Twickenham Holdings, LLC, the Papa Murphy’s Pizza franchisee for the Raleigh, Wilmington, Knoxville, TN and Birmingham and Huntsville, AL areas. He currently resides in Raleigh with his wife Lisa and two children Lucy and Felix
Charlie Chrisawn has lived in Raleigh all his life. He is a graduate from Davidson College, where he was active in volunteering through his fraternity. He is currently employed by Health Decisions, a pharmaceutical research company in Chapel Hill. Charlie brings some fundraising experience to the Board, and has enjoyed both hands-on and administrative volunteer service in his past. Charlie likes the quote, “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”
Chirag was born and raised in Jalgaon, India and much of his family still lives there. He received his degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai and later his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Chirag moved to the Triangle area in 2013 and when he found Activate Good he instantly fell in love with the organization. Inspired by his father, Chirag believes in this crazy idea that we must help others without expecting anything in return, so volunteering comes naturally to him. Through Activate Good, he has organized volunteering projects for a variety of causes to help nonprofits achieve common goals. During the summer of 2018, Chirag moved to Nova Scotia and since then he has been volunteering with Activate Good remotely to support their website. In his free time he enjoys working out, reading about astronomy, and watching Star Trek.
Bill Halvorsen is a Triangle transplant, Raised in Northern California, he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1989. He served 8 years and participated in several military operations around the globe. He was with Cisco for 20+ years and a resident of the Triangle for 22 years. The Marine Corps was his first experience at volunteerism (sometimes not so much a volunteer as ordered!) but he experienced some of his greatest joys in helping and lifting up communities around the world. While his girls were growing up, Bill was a parent leader of a Wake County 4H club and the Wake County 4H Horse Council President for 2 years. The Wake County 4H horse program had over 16 clubs and 400 4H youth enrolled. Since his early career in the Marine Corps and through his professional career at Cisco, Bill has been a strong advocate of both volunteering as well as mentoring. When not traveling in support global customers, he helps with Activate Good’s fundraising efforts and community programs.
Austin is a Triangle native, a commercial and portrait photographer, and an at-home dad with a passion for helping organizations in his community. He currently resides in Cary with his wife and two boys. He founded Triangle Stay At Home Dads, a local community for families where fathers are the primary caregiver, and eventually went on to serve on the board of The National At-Home Dad Network, ending his tenure as Board President in 2017. After experiencing firsthand the struggles that organizations face when under-resourced, he joined the Activate Good team to help ensure that organizations have the people power and resources they need to fulfill their missions. Before joining Activate Good Austin worked with several Triangle nonprofits as a volunteer photographer to develop marketing content and images.
Megan is a Tampa, Florida native who has loved living in Raleigh for the last 9 years. She is an analytics and customer experience leader at Red Hat for her full time job, and her two young children and husband take up the rest of her time. Together their favorite activities are spending time outside with their dog, Bo, playing board games, watching Disney movies, and having impromptu dance parties in the kitchen. Megan has always been passionate about giving back to the community through volunteering and has worked with multiple non-profit organizations in the Raleigh area, including Green Chair Project, Haven House, Note in the Pocket, and Interfaith Food Shuttle, and she is extremely excited about joining the Activate Good Board of Directors. She hopes to use her corporate experience and years of volunteer work to help the Activate Good organization as they enter the next phase of their evolution.
Gerald D. Givens, Jr. is the President, Raleigh-Apex National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) covering Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Morrisville, and Raleigh; consisting of about 900,000 residents. He serves on the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, North Carolina Transit Workers, and Activate Good board of directors. He is the Secretary of the Rotary Club of All Nations and also serves as the Treasurer of the newly formed RISE North Carolina Small Business Owners. Mr. Givens is a United States Air Force veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, retired with 20 years of honorable service as a Protocol Officer in the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Agency, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Mr. Givens is a dynamic public speaker, a social and economic trailblazer that began his servant leadership at age 15 in the St. Louis based Youth Council for Positive Development.
Miles is an attorney and social entrepreneur from Greenville, North Carolina, that now resides in Raleigh. Miles is currently an associate at Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP, where he maintains a diverse practice in the firm’s finance, private equity, and corporate practices. Previously, Miles was an associate in the finance practice at Mayer Brown LLP in Charlotte and co-founded Good Solar Organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates renewable energy solutions for other nonprofit organizations and low- and moderate-income communities. Miles graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he graduated with high honors, and Campbell University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Miles enjoys being active in North Carolina’s business, legal, and nonprofit communities, which includes involvement with the Carolina Angel Network, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, UNC Law Alumni Association, North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, and Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Miles looks forward to helping Activate Good achieve its mission and vision for the Triangle and beyond.
With her multicultural upbringing and over 17 years of experience across a variety of senior roles in the technology industry, Varsha is passionate about helping people from all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life. Varsha was born and raised in the Netherlands, and after living in the Caribbean for several years, moved to the United States and ultimately settled in Durham, North Carolina, which she now calls home. Along with serving on the advisory board of a high growth software startup, Varsha is eager to give back to her local community by volunteering with many local organizations such as Activate Good, Note in the Pocket, and the Duke Technology Scholars program. She is committed to making life easier for working moms and is a proud mentor of female students. Furthermore, her experiences with those on the autism spectrum have amplified her desire and work towards an inclusive society. Varsha holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA. When not working or taking care of her two highly energetic boys, she loves to read and write about wellness, cook up a new dish, work out, and read new books. Her ultimate life goal is to be able to sing and dance as long as it annoys her family.
Holly has spent most of her career working in non profit organizations. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and her work focuses on communications, advocacy, and public relations. Holly lives in Raleigh with her husband Keith. She enjoys giving back and spends time volunteering with the Carolina Tiger Rescue and the Holt Brothers Foundation. In 2019, she became a Goodman Fellow and graduated from Leadership Triangle. During the program, she learned about Activate Good and wanted to get involved. She joined Activate Good’s Advisory Board in 2020 and is excited to further her involvement in the organization.
In 2020, we created the Activate Good Advisory Board – a non-voting body of professionals and community members to support Activate Good, and to curate future talent. Our Advisory Board members provide us with fundraising & networking opportunities, knowledge, understanding and strategic thinking in the non-profit marketplace.
Michael Del Tufo - Fitter Happier
Advisory Board Chair
- James Jolley – Smith Anderson Law
- Blake Michael
- Kimberley Sirk
- Twanna Joyner Jones – The Help Center, NC
- John Lane – B2B Consulting
- Jane Howell
- Becky Malone – UCB
- Bernard Hsu
- Peter Michaels – BC Solutions, Inc.
- Morgan Lang – French West Vaughan
- Jake Connors
- Elizabeth Hanna
- Tracee Grimstead
- Priya Singh
- Cyndy Yu-Robinson
Past Team Members
Past Board Members
Michael Del Tufo
Daniel Liendo, YLAI Fellow
John Taylor Willis
Annie Brooks-Fontaine, Kyle Burns
Krystal Hare (AmeriCorps)
Cheryl Herrington, Dorothea Holmes, Jennifer Tse, Virginia Bloise, Laura Moreschi, Susie Shi, Marissa Sheldon, Crystal Agnew
Stacy Bromley, Margo Scott, Marissa Bloomfield, Christin King, Tayler Rhoades, Megan Rodgers, Katherine Sipple
Join Our Team
Any specific opportunities to join Activate Good’s team will be listed below as needed. Opportunities may include internships, staff positions, and Board of Director seats.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, feel free to email a letter of interest / cover letter and copy of your most recent resume. (No calls please.) In your letter, consider discussing goals for your future; even if you don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, you likely have interests that you’re exploring, and we’d love to get to know you in that way and understand how we may connect.
Professional skills are pivotal, but some other things that we look for in prospective teammates:
- Interest in community, ranging from volunteer activity to special community-related interests (how you get your good vibes, what you “geek out” over – passion!)
- A collaborator who also knows how to take the reins, applying independence and seeking autonomy when appropriate
- Ability to learn new things fast, research how-to and teach yourself as needed
- Innovation or talent for thinking outside of the box
- Fun Bonus: Special skills that can be applied to events, volunteer projects and team-building, like artsy hobbies, power tools, random certifications from fun side gigs (hello, yogis), etc.