Staff and Consultants

Amber Smith, Executive Director
Activating Good since 2005

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.

Rose Thompson, Volunteer Programs Manager
Activating Good since 2013

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.

Krystal Hare, Corporate Engagement Manager
Activating Good since 2016

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 Chevalier, Operations Coordinator
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 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, Social Media and Graphics Specialist
Activating Good since 2020

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).

Lee Pike, Development and Outreach Coordinator
Activating Good since 2020

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.

Activate Good Board of Directors

Richard Averitte, Chair
Activating Good since 2019

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 Riek, Vice Chair
Activating Good since 2019

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.

Michael Del Tufo, Board Secretary
Activating Good

Michael was born and raised in Maryland. He graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Syracuse University. A few years after graduating, Michael moved to New York City to begin a 25 year career in the music business. He was an Account Executive at RCA Records, Warner Bros Records, Sony Music, and Universal Music. He has worked with many music artists that you have heard of and thousands you haven’t. While living in New York, Michael began to mentor and volunteer within the local community. He and his family moved to Raleigh in 2011 with the goal of giving more back to the community and making a difference in the nonprofit space. Since retiring in 2018, Michael has become directly involved with so many of the inspiring nonprofits in the Triangle area, including Band Together, A Place at the Table, SPCA, Art of Cool, Scrap Exchange, and Museum of Durham History. Through Activate Good, he will bring his expertise in fundraising, community development, and team building to support the entire nonprofit community in the Triangle area and beyond.

Charlie Chrisawn, Treasurer
Activating Good since 2009

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 Bhangale, Board Member
Activating Good since 2016

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.

Morgan Lang, Board Member
Activating Good since 2018

Morgan was born and raised in the Triangle, and recently returned home in 2017 after a six year stint in Wilmington for college and work. Her passion for reintegrating with the Raleigh community through volunteerism led her to Activate Good, which connected her with nonprofits like Raleigh City Farm and Redress Raleigh, where she is currently the logistics committee chair. Morgan graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2014 with bachelors’ degrees in communication studies and French. She is the account services manager at Sweeney, a full-service marketing agency with offices in Cleveland, Wilmington and Raleigh. As one of Activate Good’s marketing co-chairs, Morgan is excited to put her experience in media relations to good use by continuing to generate awareness for the organization’s mission.

Bill Halvorsen, Board Member
Activating Good since 2018

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.

Kim Curry, Board Member
Activating Good since 2019

Kim comes from a military background.  Her father was in the U.S Air Force, mother in the Royal Air Force and she eventually joined the Air Force herself for 4 years.  She has lived many places during her life.  She is currently a residential real estate agent at Integrity Realty Team.  When she is not working and assisting clients, she loves to travel and volunteer in the community.  Kim is excited to be a member of the Activate Good board as it gives her an opportunity to be involved and spread the word about Activate Good and all the amazing things they are doing in the community.

Hope McFarland, Board Member
Activating Good since 2019

Hope lives her life according to the bible verse and philosophy of Luke 12:48, “To whom much is given, much is required”. Raised in Johnston County, Hope’s parents instilled the importance of sharing her gifts, talents, and time to serve others. As a former pageant queen she continues to use her platform “The Power of HOPE: Helping Ordinary People Everyday”, as a catalyst to drive her passion for benevolence and volunteerism. Hope has a robust track record of volunteer service with various nonprofits in the Triangle and Triad areas. She has volunteered with Activate Good in various capacities for the past 7 years. She has a true heart for service in her community. Hope is an active member of the Junior League of Raleigh serving as a Membership Development Committee leader and on the Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee. Residing in the Brier Creek area, Hope is a certified public speaker/facilitator and a private chef. Outside of her career and volunteer work Hope enjoys exploring new restaurants, travelling, spending time with family, entertaining in her home, church, creating new keto recipes, karaoke, and copious amounts of time shopping on Amazon.

Mike Molitoris, Board Member
Activating Good since 2020

Mike is originally from New Jersey, and he and his family have called the Triangle home for almost a decade now.  Mike is an Air Force combat veteran, who as an enlisted aircrew member participated in operations in around the world to include Iraq & Afghanistan.  During his time in the service the importance of giving back was instilled on him, and ever since has been active in the communities he has lived.  Currently he serves as the Founder & C.E.O. of Flagship Wealth Management Group.  Mike is looking forward to joining Activate Good’s board and using his skill set to help further improve the community through people powered projects.

Noel Lichtin, Board Member
Activating Good since 2020

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.

Priya Singh, Board Member
Activating Good since 2020

Priya recently relocated from India to the US and has called RTP her home since 2016. She works as a Technology Architect in her fulltime job and engages in a complex mesh of hobbies during her spare time, including volunteering, hiking, gardening, theatre, public speaking, trying new recipes etc. She loves exploring new state and national parks every chance she gets. She has worked with several non-profit groups in India as well as the US to support different volunteering needs and is very excited to join the Activate Good Board of Directors. She hopes to use her years of volunteering and corporate experience to be a voice of reason and bring fresh and unique perspectives to the board and help the community drive more equitable people-powered projects through Activate Good.

Austin Dowd, Board Member
Activating Good since 2020 

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.

Olivia Ecker, Board Member
Activating Good since 2020

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 Global Human Resources Business Partner at United Phosphorus Limited (UPL). 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.”

Past Board Members, Interns, and Volunteers

Thank you to all of our past and present Activate Good volunteers for all that you do.

Past Board

James Jolley, Blake Michael, Helen Stefanidis, Shana Overdorf, Sarah Kahn, Nicholas Turza, Darcie Smith, Richard Bobholz, Sam Itin, Sandi Matthews, Cyndy Yu-Robinson, Keith Morris, Janelle Vadnais, Tom Zajkowski, Teri Sims-Foster, Jen DeNeal, Pamela Little, Brittany Bryan, Rachel Kokos, Ruishon Patterson, Ann Clinton, Sylvia Beyer

Past Interns

  • 2020: Bisi Cameron, Page Brady, Caylan Harrison, Crosby Franklin, Megan Snyder, Leanna Yost, Destiny Sarno, Madison Kirshner
  • 2019: Abigail Buchanan, Connie Feinberg, Melanie Green, Kyla Kelly, Victor Eduardo, Hao Loung, Samantha Sharp
  • 2018: Natalie Chevalier, Emily McDaniel, Brent Austin, Shawn Fredericks
  • 2017: Sean Betts, Kyla McMillan, Jacqueline Perini, Melinda Race, John Taylor Willis, Alexa Kelly, Daeja Woodard, Emily McDaniel
  • 2016: Jayce Arnette, Iam Dempster, Aubrey Hine, Jennifer Leshney, Caty Ubertini, Finley Baldwin, Annie Brooks-Fontaine, Kyle Burns, Alison Lamolinara, Mary Sanchez, Krystal Hare (AmeriCorps)
  • 2015: Morgan Barbour, Kayla Propst
  • 2014: Corinne Wilder, Michelle Pendergrass

Past Volunteers

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

And all of our amazing project leaders!