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									Brooks Raiford
President & CEO

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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