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Board of Advisors
Board of Advisors

Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI) is governed by a Board of Advisors constituted by the board of Wildcares Retreat, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. 

WLI Board of Advisors members as of August 1, 2020 are:

James Mills, Chair

Current Term Expires: December 2022

James is Senior Financial Services Representative with Principal Securities. He lives in Rocky Mount and is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2008.

Board Committees: Steering, Finance, Selection

Rebekah Hughey, Vice Chair

Current Term Expires: December 2022

Rebekah is the founder and owner of Lift Healing.  She is a physician and medical director in Pittsburgh and is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2014.

Board Committees:  Steering, Program

Danny Ellis, Secretary

Current Term Expires: December 2020

Danny is the President of Ellis Research and Consulting in Wilson. He is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2008.

Board Committees: Steering, Organizational Development, Selection

Celeste Collins, Treasurer

Current Term Expires: December 2022

Celeste is Executive Director of OnTrack Financial Education & Consulting in Asheville.  She is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2008.

Board Committees: Steering, Finance

Philip Blumenthal

 

Philip is the director of Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC and lives in Charlotte.

Board Committee: Steering

Faith Bynum

Current Term Expires: December 2022

Faith is the principal of the accounting firm Faith Bynum, CPA, PC. She lives in Raleigh and is a member of the Friday Fellowship Class of 2017.

Board Committee:  Marketing & Public Relations

LaKesha Alston Forbes

Current Term Expires: December 2021

LaKesha is East Carolina University's Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity serving as Title IX Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer. She lives in Greenville.

Board Committees:  Steering, Organizational Development, Selection

Kevin Ginsberg

Current Term Expires: December 2020

Kevin is an attorney in Durham with Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group and a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2011. He recently served as board chair in 2018 and 2019.

Board Committee: Organizational Development

Mavis Hill

Current Term Expires: December 2022

Mavis lives in Creswell and is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2003.

Board Committee: Marketing & Public Relations

Melinda Manning

Current Term Expires: December 2021

Melinda is the director of UNC Hospitals Beacon Program and teaches at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She lives in Carrboro.

Board Committee:  Program

Jen Nixon

Current Term Expires: December 2021

Jen recently served as the Executive Director of the Reidsville Area Foundation. She lives in Guilford County and is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2014.

Board Committee:  Finance

John-Paul Smith

Current Term Expires: December 2022

John-Paul recently completed the Master of Public Policy program at Duke University and the MBA Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He lives in Chapel Hill  and is starting a new 501(c)3 organization to increase jobs for youth called American Ripples.

Board Committee:  Marketing & Public Relations

Boo Tyson

Current Term Expires: December 2021

Boo is the Founding Director of Kitchen Table Consulting and lives in Knoxville. She is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 1997.

Board Committees:  Program, Selection

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.