Brooks Raiford President & CEO email@example.com Brooks brings more than 15 years of experience with advocacy and policy issues, and has hands-on experience with operating both advocacy and philanthropic organizations. In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its impact on a variety of public policy areas. Subsequently, Brooks served as Director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then President of Leadership North Carolina. Most recently, he was Director of Business Development for Balfour Beatty Construction. These roles have helped build an extensive network across North Carolina, with relationships that overlap with NCTA’s membership. Brooks’ other current leadership activities include serving as a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Wake Education Partnership, and as a member of the Board of Advisors of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, where he is a former Student Body President and University Trustee. Brooks lives in Apex with his wife Stephanie, who is an Assistant Principal in the Wake County Public School System, and their two children, Lauren and Will. Rachel Kennedy Executive Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Rachel Kennedy serves as Executive Administrator for NCTA. In her role, she assists the President & CEO with the Board of Directors, Executive Board, as well as works on the Government Affairs Council and the Government Vendor Council. As administrator for the office, she handles accounting and day to day operations. Prior to NCTA, Rachel was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Government Affairs at Time Warner Cable. In her role, she administered the accounting and membership for the TWC Political Action Committee for North Carolina and served as liaison for the Vice President to local and state boards. Rachel worked for several years at the North Carolina General Assembly for two House members. She also served as Fundraising Director for The Stewart Group, a Raleigh based political consulting firm. Rachel began consulting on her own in January of 2005 and advised political campaigns and candidates, managed fundraising, and worked with other political consultants on legislative and public affair campaigns. Rachel holds a degree in Political Studies from Meredith College and lives in Clayton with her husband, Jonathan and daughter Kate. Jennifer Bosser Vice President of Executive Engagement & Enterprise Strategy email@example.com Jennifer Bosser serves as NCTA's Vice President of Executive Engagement & Enterprise Strategy, and oversees events and sponsorship for the association. Jennifer has 10+ years experience in economic development, association management, business development and marketing. She began her career as Membership Sales Manager for the Washington, DC Convention and Tourism Corporation where she led efforts to increase membership services and investment opportunities for members. In 2000, she worked as Special Events Sales Manager for the Hard Rock Café in Washington, DC. She executed major events including Presidential Inaugural Events, Corporate Receptions, Product Launches and Music Concerts. Prior to joining NCTA, she worked as Manager of Business Retention with the Washington, DC Economic Partnership. There she oversaw Mayor William’s Corporate Outreach Program to attract and retain businesses in Washington, D.C. Under her leadership the program achieved more that 1850 visits with CEO’s and gathered valuable information in order to refine policies and programs to create a more business friendly environment in Washington, D.C. Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Relations from Towson University in Baltimore, MD. She lives in Apex with her husband Robb and son Jack. Michelle Calton Vice President of Membership firstname.lastname@example.org Michelle Calton serves as NCTA's Vice President of Membership, responsible for the retention and growth of the NCTA membership. Michelle works to strengthen existing and develop new member benefits and services to return value to more than 400 corporate members and their employees. Michelle served as Executive Director of the NCTA Education Foundation during 2005-2006, when the Foundation received $1.75 million in federal earmarked grants to implement seven Technology Demonstration Projects in rural elementary schools and launched http://www.nctafoundation.org/. Prior to NCTA, Michelle served as a Senior Director at America's Promise in Alexandria, Virginia. In that capacity, she developed and managed a national education initiative and traveled the country working with large public and private higher education institutions. In 1997, Michelle worked on the Presidents' Summit for America's Future. The summit gathered Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford, with First Lady Nancy Reagan representing her husband, to challenge the nation to make youth a national priority. In her role, Michelle worked to secure support from public elected officials and organized delegations representing states, cities and rural counties from across the nation. Following the summit, America's Promise was created with General Colin Powell serving as Chairman. Michelle started as Special Projects Coordinator with responsibilities that included: soliciting and managing partnerships with national corporations; managing advisory boards with national leaders from all sectors; and working with national partners to plan and execute large events across the nation with Chairman Powell. Previously, Michelle worked in management, fundraising and communication positions for numerous political campaigns and served as an intern in the role of deputy press/legislative case worker for two years in a Congressional field office. Michelle holds a degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University and has completed hours in graduate studies at both Duke University and Georgetown University in Public Policy. She resides in North Raleigh with her husband David and son Quincy, born in February 2007. Angela Hodges Programs Manager email@example.com Angela Hodges serves as NCTA's Programs Manager and manages the Emerging Technologies and Trends Breakfast Series, CIO Connection as well as the WISE Council and Charlotte WISE programs. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Spanish, with a minor in Chemistry and will finish a Masters in International Studies with a concentration in Public Administration in December 2009. She has previous experience in Private Language Instruction and Corporate Training. Kathryn Murphy Membership Development Director - Triad Region firstname.lastname@example.org Kathryn Murphy has joined the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) as a Membership Development Consultant for the Triad Region. She comes to NCTA with a background in the technology sector. While living in Pennsylvania, Kathryn was employed by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the voice of technology and advanced manufacturing in southwestern Pennsylvania. She was also active with the technology community of southwestern Pennsylvania. She was also active with the technology community of southwestern Virginia. She co-chaired the marketing committee of the Capital Access Forum, an annual business plan competition hosted by Virginia Tech and the NewVa Corridor Technology Council. Since relocating to the Triad, Kathryn has been active with the Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network as well as the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. She was an integral member of the BioTech Center's planning committee for Triad BioNight. Kathryn brings more than 20 years of non-profit management and public service to NCTA. In addition to serving the technology communities of both Pittsburgh and Blacksburg, she has represented a number of high profile organizations including the United Way, the Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association and the Capital Formation Institute. She currently serves on several boards including the Greensboro Ballet and the Greensboro Newcomers Club. She is also a member of the Greensboro Symphony Guild and was recently appointed to the City of Greensboro's Commission on the Status of Women. Kay Read Membership Development Director - Charlotte Region email@example.com Kay Read has been involved with the technology industry in the Charlotte region for over 20 years. Kay recently served as Director of Solution Sales for the Financial Services practice of Collabera, a provider of end-to-end information technology services and business solutions worldwide. Previously, Kay held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Parks Consulting. Kay's community involvement included Chair, Charlotte Chamber Information Technology Council, Board Member, UNCC School of IT, now the College of Computing and Informatics. Kay has been involved with NCTA Charlotte WISE since its inception and currently serves as vice-chair.
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