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.
Prior to moving to the Raleigh area in 2008 & to becoming a stay-at-home mom to her three amazing kids, Rose gained extensive work experience in the nonprofit world and was able to serve diverse populations. She directed programs for a Volunteer Center in Wisconsin, managed a New York state pregnancy prevention initiative which provides case management to at-risk youth, received her Family Development Credential from Cornell University, recruited and matched volunteer mentors & youth for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Georgia, and directed camps for the YMCA in Asheville, NC. Rose also taught Communications in Greenville, South Carolina after she earned her B.A. in Secondary Education English from Clemson University. She and her family are happy to have planted roots here and are active in the community. Since 2013 she has dedicated her combined work experience and talents to the role of Volunteer Programs Manager with Activate Good and enjoys connecting volunteers to serve the many worthy nonprofits and schools in need that Activate Good is partnered with.
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 2012-13. Together with their growing fur-family, they moved to Raleigh in 2015, where Krystal serendipitously connected with Activate Good through the YNPN’s Triangle chapter and AmeriCorps. She joined the team at the end of her AmeriCorps contract in 2016, becoming Activate Good’s first Youth Programs Coordinator full-time. Through that position, she also worked closely with Activate Good’s Corporate Engagement, supporting the planning and day-of logistics for corporate projects and events. In November 2018, she officially transitioned into the new role of Corporate Engagement Manager. Other past professional experiences include marketing and public relations, journalism and publishing, and higher education administration. When not working, Krystal can be found hiking with her dog and husband, adventuring to a new place, reading with her cats (or otherwise learning something new), cooking, or tending to her 20 houseplants. She’s excited for what her future in Raleigh and at Activate Good has in store for her.
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 productive conversations about race. She’s excited to jump right into impactful projects with Activate Good! When not working, Natalie is likely to be cooking or crafting something inspired by Pinterest, rewatching The Office for the 300th time, or yelling at her cat to get off the counter.
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).
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 with companies such as Unscene Urban Navigator and Guerrero Howe. 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, beginning as a barista and sales administrator for Hubbard and Cravens in Indianapolis, and taking positions with Whole Foods as a coffee buyer and Centerplate Food & Beverage. 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, a certified B Corporation, where she took a special interest in building community fundraising events and expanding the brand’s nonprofit-benefitting Coffees For a Cause collection. Currently she studies Non-Profit Management at NC State University and is excited to continue her work with nonprofits as a board member for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and the North Carolina Specialty Foods 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.
Board of Directors
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
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advisory Board Chair: Michael Del Tufo - Fitter Happier
- 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 here 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.