Marcus Harris earned his BS in Pre-Med/Chemistry from Pfeiffer University, in Misenheimer, NC. For more than 20 years, he's served as a volunteer, mentor, philanthropist, and community advocate for a variety of different causes and organizations.
Marcus started The Lady Oya Foundation, his first nonprofit organization, in 2002. The LOF focused on empowering domestic violence survivors and their families, through such programs as scholarships, community engagement events, and the arts. He's also served on the board of directors for Read Seed, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides free books to children residing in low-income housing developments.
Katharine Carpenter recently graduated from the University of Michigan with her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. She's always been dedicated to serving her community, working as an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher and mentor for several years. During her time in college, Katharine became even more passionate about serving her community, seeking to empower marginalized groups through the use of grassroots initiatives and education.
Katharine first joined The MHF as a development intern, during which time she worked to expand some of the foundation’s existing programs, particularly Neighborfood Express. Currently, she's working and living in Denver, where she hopes to continue to serve her community in many different ways. She's excited to continually learn, grow, and make a positive impact in the world.
Neal Seigler attended Mount Saint Mary College, from which he received his B.S. in business and administration. He currently serves as the director of nutritional and environmental services at Duke Raleigh Hospital, managing multiple different accounts, from commercial business to education and healthcare.
Along with Duke Raleigh Hospital, Neal has worked steadily to meet the needs of the community through a number of different projects, including The Summer Food Service Program, which provides healthy, nutritious meals to children in need during the summer months. He's also partnered with organizations to address a wide variety of societal needs, including Meals on Wheels, Feeding our Future, and Habitat for Humanity.
Providing for those in need and helping empower individuals to better their circumstances and control their own destiny are areas of great importance to Neal. He's always eager to collaborate with community organizations to provide critical and meaningful assistance.
June Chen is the Director of World Language Programs at Go Global NC. She designs and manages educational programs for teachers and students across North Carolina to enhance their linguistic and cultural competence.
As a language instructor and trainer for teachers, June has more than 20 years' experience in multiple countries, working with varying age groups and cultural backgrounds in educational settings. She's dedicated to fostering mutual understanding and bridging differences among communities.
June received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa. She grew up in Taiwan and is an extensive world traveler.
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