The People

Community leaders making change through collaboration

Matt Wood

Matt Wood Out @ Work program director, Out! Raleigh steering committee member, LGBT Center of Raleigh

Favorite collaboration snack

Lucky Charms and Dr. Pepper.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is a nonprofit organization that offers a supporting and welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as their friends, family, and supporters. Their offices include a library, art gallery, meeting rooms, and performance space. Open 7 days a week, the center provides social, educational, and health programs for all ages and affinity groups. These include youth programs, SAGE, M Club, the Women’s Initiative, the Transgender Initiative, HIV/STD testing, the LGBT Center Annual Awards Gala, and the annual Out! Raleigh festival.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Everything we do is people powered. More than 300 active volunteers power all of the LGBT Center of Raleigh‘s programs—from Out! Raleigh to the Out @ Work Career Fair. Our community partners provide the support necessary to continue serving the Triangle and beyond. The biggest success so far is Out! Raleigh. With more than 32,000 attendees in 2015, it couldn’t have grown to where it is today without the collaboration of thousands of volunteers, entertainers, vendors, and community partners over the last 5 years.

Francisco Chavez

Francisco Chavez Outreach and volunteer coordinator, Code the Dream

Favorite collaboration snack

A warm, buttery croissant with coffee.

Code the Dream provides a gateway to the tech industry for minority and immigrant youth. They learn from mentors in the tech industry, meet startup founders, and work on real-world projects to benefit the community. In the first month, students learn to code their first app. By the end of the program, they are empowered to be a professional software developer or start their own business.

Our #peoplepowered story:

The best way to learn to code is by doing it and, at Code the Dream, we figure our students might as well learn while doing something worthwhile. The Blank App is a web app tied to browser extensions that allow visually impaired users to report access problems and suggest ways in which accessibility could be improved on the internet. Our team included both blind and fully sighted members, young students and experienced professional developers, longtime North Carolinians and newcomers from as far away as Mexico, Romania, and Wyoming. We built the initial app over the course of a weekend, taking full advantage of everyone’s diverse backgrounds and skills. There’s no way any one of us could have done it alone.

Jen Newmeyer

Jen Newmeyer Digital media manager, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Favorite collaboration snack

Homemade cookies by Annika, our volunteer coordinator, and Bojangles.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that provides food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina. We've been doing this for more than 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Food Bank distributed more than 57 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, nearly 650,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life.

Our #peoplepowered story:

We recently held an event called #FoodBank24: A New Media Telethon. It’s a 24 hour live digital stream that features interviews, activities, volunteer opportunities, and cut-ins with our branches. We worked with community advocates and social media ambassadors—as well as staff members from our development, IT, volunteer, operations, and branch departments—to raise more than $45,000 in 1 day. Our guests feel empowered to make a difference, our viewers learn more about our work in a fun and interesting way, and our staff members have the opportunity to highlight the invaluable work they do for the organization.

Linda Nunnallee

Linda Nunnallee Executive director, StepUp Ministry

Favorite collaboration snack

M&Ms and Chick-fil-A diet lemonade.

StepUp Ministry in Raleigh, NC partners with adults and children in the shared goal of stable lives through jobs and life skills training. StepUp Ministry works with least-advantaged adults and children to foster economic development so that more people can live fulfilling and stable lives. Stability at StepUp Ministry is defined as living-wage employment, financial self-sufficiency, and access to resources such as: affordable safe housing, reliable transportation, supportive relationships, and educational opportunities.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Realizing that stability requires a broad range of resources, StepUp Ministry identified 9 barriers to success for the families we serve, including access to medical care, transportation, housing, and others. We then built deliberate partnerships with other organizations to help overcome those obstacles. This collaboration allows us to focus on what we do best: employment preparation and life skills training.

A partial list of our partners include: Alliance Medical Ministry, Wheels4Hope, DHIC, Triangle Family Services, SouthLight, The Green Chair Project, Dress for Success, Catholic Outreach, and GG’s Closet.

Morgan Servie

Morgan Servie Marketing and public relations manager, Wake County Economic Development

Favorite collaboration snack

Chocolate, peanut M&M’s, Coca-Cola, and Americanos.

Wake County Economic Development (WCED) is the leading economic development agency for Wake County. WCED assists businesses with their relocation and expansion plans and markets Wake County as 1 of the best places for business in the United States. WCED is a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Our #peoplepowered story:

In Nov. 2014, Wake County Economic Development (WCED) partnered with the City of Raleigh to launch a national media and storytelling campaign. The goal of this ongoing public relations effort is to raise awareness of Raleigh, Wake County, and the Triangle—both nationally and internationally. The campaign spotlights the unique business and entrepreneurship stories in our community, as well as our quality of life. In addition to collaboration with the City of Raleigh, WCED convened a strategic committee of 25 local public relations and marketing thought leaders to collaborate on how to tell the best stories about our community and build a consistent brand. To date, more than 20 stories have been placed in the national media including placements in CNNMoney, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Fox Business News, among other top-tier outlets.

Robin Bruce

Robin Bruce AmeriCorps member, National construction crew leader, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Favorite collaboration snack

Popcorn and sweet tea.

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County builds safe, affordable homes in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, and hard-working local families. With the help of community partners, In the next year, we'll build 50 new homes in Wake County, complete exterior repairs on 42 existing homes, and build 70 more homes globally. There are 28,000 families in need of affordable housing in Wake County. To meet this need, Habitat Wake leads a collaboration of businesses, faith groups, civic groups, city and county officials, individuals, and partner families to build safe, affordable homes. Established in 1985, Habitat Wake has built more than 500 homes and partnered with more than 1,000 families. We're a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization and we welcome people of all races, religions, and nationalities to join our affordable housing mission.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Charvon Nicole Murray is a great example of #peoplepowered success. We're happy to say that she's the proud owner of a new home thanks to the Habitat Wake volunteers and community. According to Charvon, this collaboration worked very well for her, settling in a permanent home of her own and giving her the freedom to focus on other wonderful aspects of her life, like her new fiancé.

Fraley Marshall

Fraley Marshall Program Manager, Band Together

Favorite collaboration snack

Cheetos, GORP trail mix, sweet tea, and ice cold Coke (with good ice).

At Band Together, we use live music as a platform for social change. We are a catalyst organization that helps nonprofits realize their vision faster than they could on their own. Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of volunteers, generous corporate and individual sponsors, dedicated board members, and the generosity of our community, Band Together has raised more than $3.5 million to benefit the Triangle community since its 2001 inception. We've helped change lives and we had fun along the way. We are the mullet: Business (and social good) in the front, party in the back.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Our 2015 main event required 110% effort from our all-volunteer army. From planning to production and on-site management, we tackled logistical challenges, battled the elements, and raised $2 million while having a great time.

Regina Leonard

Regina Leonard Volunteer; member of the Corporate Engagement Board, Dress for Success

Favorite collaboration snack

Peanuts and coffee.

The mission of Dress for Success is to lift women out of poverty through services that help them gain and sustain meaningful employment, leading to economic independence. Dress for Success provides job acquisition skills, workforce development tools, career counseling, resume building, interview skills, financial literacy, financial management skills, and professional attire with an ongoing network of support. The clothing, counseling, and services are offered free-of-charge.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do at Dress for Success. More than 100 nonprofits, community colleges, and faith-based agencies in the Triangle area refer women to us for career services. We value our relationships with these partners and recognize that we could not serve more than 2,000 women a year without these collaborations.

Jamie Williams Chappell

Jamie Williams Chappell Supervisor, Employment Branding and Communications, Red Hat

Favorite collaboration snack

Hummus, pita, and beer.

The Women in Open Source Award was created to shine a spotlight on women who are making an impact in open source and inspire a new generation to join the open source movement.

Our #peoplepowered story:

We kicked off this new recognition project with 1 ground rule: it would be created the open source way. For me, that meant our project team would be cross-functional, we would seek the opinions of people who may not agree with the purpose of the award, and we would give the community a chance to voice their feedback.

That collaborative approach informed everything we did: defining eligibility, criteria, branding, the nomination process, the judging process, and more. There were multiple design thinking sessions just around the naming of the award. The feedback we heard from the community during our first year was used to improve the award for this year. 2 years have passed since the first time that team met to the time the first Women in Open Source awards were handed out at the 2015 Red Hat Summit. We started with 1 award and now have 2: the Community Award and the Academic Award. We hope the nominations grow this year for both.

Two years have passed since the first time that cross-functional team met to the time the first Women in Open Source awards were handed out at the 2015 Red Hat Summit. We started with one award and now we have two: the Community Award and the Academic Award. The Academic Award prize now mirrors the Community Award prize in scope. We hope the nominations to grow this year for both tracks.

Each step in creating the Women in Open Source Award was made better by collaboration. We may not have convinced everyone that an award for women was the right approach, but we were able to create it in a way that they supported.

Shana Filter

Shana Filter Development director, SAFEchild

Favorite collaboration snack

Chocolate and Diet Coke.

Stop Abuse For Every Child, SAFEchild, is the only child abuse prevention agency in Wake County, NC working directly with families. SAFEchild offers education and support services to families to prevent abuse and neglect and works to change the long-term effects of abuse if it has occurred. SAFEchild’s mission is to eliminate child abuse in Wake County by helping adults and children create nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Our annual SAFEchild luncheon is a great example of collaboration with corporate sponsors, medical professionals, law enforcement personnel, the legal community, church groups, and individual donors. We get them all together, in a room for an hour and a half, and work supporting SAFEchild and its child abuse prevention programs. At the luncheon, community leaders hear success stories from program participants and legal and medical professionals. They share how SAFEchild provides care for victims of child abuse and neglect as well as prevention programs to thousands of children and families in Wake County each year.

This year's luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Hilton in North Raleigh/Midtown.

Ruth Suehle

Ruth Suehle Community leadership manager, Red Hat

Favorite collaboration snack

I am coffee-fueled. Keep your pumpkin spice away, though, I'm waiting for gingerbread season.

Red Hat's Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team is dedicated to ensuring that our upstream communities are wildly successful. We do this by participating directly in projects, supporting community events of interest, providing infrastructure and other project resources, and helping to promote projects to ensure their use and attraction of future developers.

Our #peoplepowered story:

All open source communities are built on collaboration—they can't function without it. This is even more true for OSAS, where we help connect Red Hatters and community members as well as communities with each other.

Marina Zhurakhinskaya

Marina ZhurakhinskayaSenior outreach specialist, Outreachy
Community diversity and inclusion, Red Hat

Favorite collaboration snack

Iced tea.

Outreachy is a program that helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved.

Our #peoplepowered story:

In Outreachy, contributors from free and open source software communities like the Linux kernel, OpenStack, GNOME, Wikimedia, and Mozilla offer mentoring to people from underrepresented groups. The program's remote internships are currently open to women, trans men, and genderqueer people internationally, and to people of color underrepresented in tech in the U.S.

Troy Webb

Troy Webb Strategic alliance director, Mainline Information Systems

Favorite collaboration snack

Sushi and water.

Mainline Information Systems is an IT solutions and consulting firm and has more than 500 employees nationwide. Mainline has received many industry accolades, including VMware Global Desktop Virtualization Partner of the Year, Red Hat’s North America Partner of the Year, multiple IBM Leadership Awards, and an HP Virtualization Elite partner designation. We provide solutions throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Brazil.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Mainline specializes in helping our customers tackle their most urgent, highly visible IT initiatives. We approach each problem as a partner, working with both our customer and other business partners, to find a solution. The collaboration between Mainline and Red Hat—specifically our channel manager, John Lake—has made it possible to solve countless customer problems over the years.

Chris Negus

Chris Negus Principal technical writer, Certified RHCE instructor and examiner, Red Hat

Favorite collaboration snack

Chocolate chip cookies and unsweetened tea.

At Red Hat, we act as the glue to integrate software from diverse open source projects. With Linux containers, we combine container technologies (docker), a lightweight Red Hat Enterprise Linux system (Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platfom), orchestration tools (Kubernetes), and development tools (Red Hat OpenShift) to provide an end-to-end DevOps story.

Our #peoplepowered story:

Using online collaboration tools like Google Docs or Etherpad, I'm able to collaborate within Red Hat by letting developers see as I write—getting their comments directly on the documents. When my articles are published, I collaborate with Red Hat customers by watching their comments and responding with answers or enhancements. In my spare time, I have used knowledge I gained to write a few books, including “The Linux Bible,” “The Red Hat Linux Bible,” and the upcoming "Docker Containers," which will be published by Addison Wesley in October.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host Documentation

Robin Pate

Robin Pate Director of community development, Kay Yow Cancer Fund

Favorite collaboration snack

Trail mix, grapes, and coffee

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake, Kay Yow—former N.C. State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause.

Our #peoplepowered story:

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is committed to raising money for research for all women’s cancers. We do that by collaborating with colleges, high schools, businesses, and community groups on events like Play4Kay. These events are held across the nation and have helped contribute to the $5.18M the fund has allocated to women's cancer research and related projects. #Play4Kay

Coach Yow was all about teamwork, so it's only fitting that we team up and partner with great people and organizations to work toward our mission. As a staff of 4, it would be impossible for us to be successful without the incredible collaboration and teamwork of people across the country.

Matt Wood
Fraley Marshall
Francisco Chavez
Jen Newmeyer
Kathryn Elias
Mary Allison Raper
Morgan Servie
Regina Leonard
Robin Bruce
Charles Yow
Troy Webb
Amanda Cheney
Dorothy Raynes
Linda Nunnallee
Robin Pate
Shana Filter
Toni Case
Aaron Williamson
Allison Harris
Ana Marshall
Andrew Blum
Andrew Butcher
Andrew Stephenson
Annie K Tucker
Arjay Hinek
Beverly Heustess
Brent Simoneaux
Caitlin Goodwin
Cam Kelly
Chantal Weedman
Chris Negus
Christi Turner
Christina Klimvakis
Clarence Clayton
Dana Kahn
Erik Newby
Evan Barnette
Gina Likins
Homa Seyedalshohadaei
Hope Lynch
Jackie Eddy
Jamie Williams Chappell
Jeff Bond
Jessica Ryhanych
Jessy Oxenberg
JP Sherman
Kelly Braun
Kim Jokisch
Kristen Hunt
Krystal Peters
Liesl Mathis
Linda Snyder
Lindsay Barfield Hamilton
Madison McMahan
Mallory Root
Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Mark Caron
Mason Sanders
Megan Kennedy
Michelle Cella
Narayanan Raghavan
Nate Woodward
Nichole Skjerbek
Nikki Jacobs
Rachel Anderson
Rebecca Fernandez
Rob Byars
Russ McMullin
Ruth Suehle
Ryan Wilson
Sarah Bienkowski
Sarabeth Hogshire
Thomas Cameron
Tom Callaway
Tyler Diacon
Jackie Yeaney
Lee Congdon
Michael Cunningham
Jed Gant
Ricardo Roberts
Libby Levi
Colin Dodd
John Adams
Cami Hough
Kelly Andrews
Paula Weigel
Karen Gard
Jenna Slawson
Jess Schaefer
Jen Mara
Nate Woodward
Kris Bowen