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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 January 1, 2019 are:

Kevin Ginsberg, Chair

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.

Board Committee: Executive

James Mills, Vice Chair

Current Term Expires: December 2019

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: Executive, Finance

Rebekah Hughey, Secretary

Current Term Expires: December 2019

Rebekah is a physician in Durham, the founder and owner of Lift Healing, and a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2014.

Board Committees:  Executive, Program

Celeste Collins, Treasurer

Current Term Expires: December 2019

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

Board Committees: Executive, Finance

Philip Blumenthal

Current Term Expires: December 2021

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

Board Committee: Executive

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 Committee:

Danny Ellis

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 Committee: Fundraising

Mavis Hill

Current Term Expires: December 2019

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

Board Committee: Program

Winn Maddrey

Current Term Expires: December 2019

Winn is Vice President in Marketing at Technekes and lives in Charlotte. He is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2006.

Board Committee: Fundraising

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:

Jen Nixon

Current Term Expires: December 2021

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

Board Committee:

John-Paul Smith

Current Term Expires: December 2019

John-Paul is in enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at Duke University.

Board Committees: Marketing/Public Relations

Karlene Turrentine

Current Term Expires: December 2021

Karlene is a business and municipal attorney representing both plaintiffs and defendants. She lives in Wake Forest and is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2003.

Board Committee:

Boo Tyson

Current Term Expires: December 2021

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

Board Committee:

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