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.
Civic & Volunteer
Activating Good since 2017
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 held roles focused on fund development, event planning, operational & financial management, and volunteer engagement. 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.
Jenn grew up in the small town of Marshville, North Carolina (Union County), but fell in love with Blue Ridge Mountains while receiving her Bachelors of Social Work at Appalachian State University and living and working in Boone, NC. Jenn’s passion for Social Work developed at 18 when she was assigned to her Work Study position at the local homeless shelter, where she continued to work for the next 10 years. She obtained a Wake Forest University Certificate of Essentials of Business for Non-Profit Organizations in 2015. Jenn continued to work in and near homelessness and poverty issues in various roles in philanthropy, board of directors service, professional conference planning, and systems-level work with Continuums of Care. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of HOST, the planning committee for Pittsboro Pride, and supports her family’s business, Cataleya Jewelry Studio as Brand Strategist. You can find Jenn hanging out with her partner, 9-year old daughter, and their 2 dogs and cat. They enjoy going camping, hiking, creating art, and volunteering at festivals.
Ethan Gabriel is a Northern California native, but grew up in Burlington, NC moving to the east at a young age. Before moving to Durham, NC, Ethan received his Bachelor’s Degrees in Cinema and Television Arts and Strategic Communications from Elon University in May 2022. During his time in college, Ethan made sure that he was involved in various organizations that ranged from television production, being one of the vice presidents of Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), and even started his own orgnaization to help minority-identifying students within the school of communications, Unity in Communications. Ethan enjoys baking and spending time with his partner and roommates anytime that he can. He also loves a variety of tv shows and loves watching tennis! Ethan is excited to explore the next chapter of his life with Activate Good.
Debra Mullis is Activate Good’s new Fund Development Associate. She will be working part time with us for the next few months as she finishes up her degree in Political Science at NC State. This summer she will be taking her class abroad in Brussels, Belgium. Outside Activate Good, Debra loves leading the community garden at NC State and being a part of Student Government. She also contributes a weekly column to the school paper about local policy issues. Debra is a Winston-Salem native and is lucky to have most of her extended family in the area that she stays close to. From living in Winston-Salem, art is also very important to her after working in an art school there for several years; she now tries to keep up with the hobby on the side as much as she can. In Raleigh now, she is also at every gallery hop every month to be a part of the local art scene.
Corporate & Special Projects Coordinator
Activating Good since 2023
After working alongside Activate Good as a community partner for many years, Corrie MacNeil is thrilled to join the Activate Good team as the Corporate & Special Projects Coordinator. Graduating from the UNC Asheville with a BA in English/Creative Writing, Corrie served on the team at Marbles Kids Museum since its opening in 2007. At Marbles, she worked on the Programs and Community Engagement Team, building relationships and programs with other triangle non-profits to provide access to play for all families. After moving over to work as the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator in 2019, Corrie continued to build engagement of individual volunteers, Corporate and Civic groups, and the Teen Play Corps. Over her 15+ years working with non-profits, she has taken her own volunteer journey- volunteering with organizations like the North Carolina Zoo, Room at the Inn, Girls on the Run, The Literacy Council of Wake County, and the City of Raleigh. Corrie has a passion for connecting people to mission-driven work, and loves to help create relationships between volunteers and the organizations they serve with. She loves to discover new places around her adopted home of NC while still making time for frequent trips back home to Pittsburgh, PA to visit her identical twin sister. Corrie now lives in Garner with her partner of 16 years, their 8yr old daughter, and furbabies, Nova (dog) and Hashbrown (bunny). Corrie enjoys Irish music and culture, knitting, and sitting on her porch drinking coffee and video calling her twin.
Board of Directors
Olivia is originally from Pennsylvania, and spent 10 years in New York, before relocating to North Carolina in 2018. She has held several professional positions in Communications and Human Resources within the biopharmaceutical, financial services, technology, agricultural industries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattanville College and a MBA from Iona College. 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, and Note in the Pocket. 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Sonali is originally from Dallas, Texas but has been based out of North Carolina for the past five years. She is a student at UNC Chapel Hill and the co-founder/Executive Director of a nonprofit named General Services Foundation. Sonali’s love for fundraising and volunteerism started with a fundraiser for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle three years ago. Sonali’s favorite thing about the local nonprofit community is the energy and sense of connectedness they all have.
Connor is a student affairs professional at NC State University, and loves calling Raleigh home! He oversees the operation of residential buildings, supervises teams, and works to create a holistic, positive experience for students who make their home on campus. Connor earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Science in Educational Leadership Studies from Oklahoma State University, and recently earned a Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate from NC State University. Additionally, Connor has also begun the exciting pursuit of a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at NC State.
Outside of his professional role, Connor serves as President of the North Carolina East affiliate of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Jaycees. Connor’s passion for nonprofit leadership is grounded in the firm desire to connect people and opportunities to positively impact the community. He is excited to join the Activate Good Board of Directors to continue connecting people and opportunities! When not working or serving the community, Connor enjoys studying political history, traveling, spending time on North Carolina’s beaches and watching Tar Heel basketball.
India Williams is a native Raleigh and the mother of three incredible teenagers. Former middle school teacher turned IT professional, India takes pride in being an active leader in her community, always seizing opportunities to engage, give back, and pay forward all the love, wisdom, and kindness that has been poured into her as a single mother over the years. India studied Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill where she became a student activist and passionately served as president of the Black Student Movement. India currently serves on the Board or Directors of Loaves & Fishes Ministry, Inc. and Seasons Village, both non-profit organizations based in Raleigh, NC. In 2021, she was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the NC Task Force for Safer Schools and is also on the Parent Advisory Council for SAFEChild of Wake County. India is currently employed with Cisco Systems as a Customer Success Manager where she’s also involved in various giveback efforts and leadership initiatives. India enjoys traveling, taking on outdoor adventures with her children, and performing in community theater.
Connor Kirkfarmer grew up outside of Charlotte before moving to Durham to start his career where he is now the Development Director at Student U, a nonprofit in Durham that empowers and equips first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform Durham. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and Nonprofit Leadership and Management from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has always been committed to leading through service. Through his multiple roles at Student U, Connor believes that our youth are capable of amazing things and he is proud to lift up their narratives as they grow into their immense potential.
Upon graduation from NC State University (Bachelor of Social Work), Maria, a native of Charlotte, NC, opted to make Raleigh home. She has been a servant leader in the low-income housing industry for the past 22 years at the Raleigh Housing Authority. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Maria is passionate about positively impacting lives thru the arts. She lends herself to community theater as a performing artist, volunteer coordinator, and content creator. During her play time, Maria can be found enjoying travel agent perks or on the sidelines being an avid supporter and admin for Women’s flag football leagues in surrounding areas. Her life is scripted with many roles, but her favorite is being the best Auntie ever. It is Maria’s daily intention to live by Desmond Tutu’s words: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
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
Chirag Arjun Bhangale
Michael Del Tufo
Captain Nicholas Turza
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.
For all current openings and applications, please click here.
Applications are ongoing for Future Consideration** in the following areas:
- Administrative Support
- Programs Coordinators
- Fund Development Coordinators
- Marketing Interns*
- Fund Development Interns*
- Wake Tech Programs Interns (special partnership; active WT students only)
*Internships may be paid or unpaid. Please review current openings for specifics when applicable.
**The opportunities for Future Consideration are not guaranteed. Growth projections and plans may change at any time based on organizational need and budget. Applications submitted for future consideration will be reviewed if and when a relevant opportunity opens. Applications may not be kept beyond 12 months; please email email@example.com to inquire about the status of your submission. Thank you for your understanding and interest in our team!