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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, 2018 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

Rebekah Hughey, Vice Chair

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

John-Paul Smith, Secretary

Current Term Expires: December 2019

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

Board Committees: Executive, Marketing/Public Relations

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 2020

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

Board Committee: Executive

Kristy Carter

Current Term Expires: December 2018

Kristy is the Founder and Principal of Friction Shift Projects in Asheville. She is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2011.

Board Committee: Program

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

Noel McLaughlin

Current Term Expires: December 2018

Noel is the Director of Marketing and Communications with the NC Community Foundation. She lives in Raleigh.

Board Committee: Marketing/Public Relations

James Mills

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 Committee: Finance

Michelle Pearson

Current Term Expires: December 2018

Michelle is the Artistic Director at Black Box Dance Theatre as well as a choreographer and dancer. She lives in Raleigh and is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2006. Michelle is the immediate past board chair serving in that role during both 2016 and 2017.

Board Committee: Program

Sarah Verbiest

Current Term Expires: December 2019

Sarah directs the Jordan Institute for Families at UNC School of Social Work and is the Executive Director at the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health. She lives in Raleigh and is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2003.

Board Committee: Program

Greg Walker Wilson

Current Term Expires: December 2020

Greg is Principal of Walker Wilson Consulting and lives in Asheville. He is a member of the Friday Fellowship class of 2001.

Board Committee: Organizational Development

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