Meet Our Board of Directors

Effective October 1, 2017

PRESIDENT - Dave Woody is a Financial Advisor for Northwestern Mutual. Dave is a graduate of East Carolina University. Dave served as a board member for The Arc of Wake County for 4 years, has volunteered with the Autism Society and Alex's Lemonade Stand, and is an usher for his church, Crossroads Fellowship. Dave and his wife Judy have 2 adult sons Marshall and Garrett. His son Marshall was diagnosed with autism at age 8. Dave is happy to be back with The Arc as a board member and member of the Finance Committee.

VICE PRESIDENT - Karen Geringer is Senior Account Executive with TW telecom serving the Raleigh and Fayetteville markets. She holds a BS in Business Administration from UNC Greensboro. Karen and her husband Steve live in Raleigh with their teenage son, Adam. Her family enjoys traveling and spending time at the beach and Karen enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga, running, reading and traveling.

TREASURER - Derek Elenbaas is a Certified Public Accountant at Dixon Hughes Goodman in Raleigh. He audits not-for-profits, healthcare organizations, and manufacturing companies.  Derek is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Derek is the office champion for DHG Gives and volunteers as a greeter at his church, NewHope Church.  Derek has been married to his wife, Callae, for 4 years. He has been a member of The Arc of the Triangle’s Finance Committee since the spring of 2016.  Derek is a passionate University of Michigan fan as well as the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Pistons. Term: 2016-2018.

SECRETARY - Josh Ravitch is a self-employed nonprofit consultant. He has almost 30 years of experience helping nonprofit agencies as both a volunteer and paid consultant.  Josh has experience in strategic planning, organizational development, budgeting, marketing, and grant writing.  He is the co-President of a local nonprofit with over 500 members, and Vice Chair of the Chapel Hill Human Services Advisory Board.  He has also spent time volunteering for several local nonprofit agencies including The Arc, as well as helping care for my stepson with severe autism.  In recent efforts to help The Arc, Josh drafted two surveys sent to volunteers and client families, and consulted with staff and board leadership to help with organizational development.  The bottom line:  Josh can help organizations grow and thrive in both good and challenging times.  As well, he can be depended on to provide meetings with many forms of chocolate. Term: 2016-2018.

Past President - Mike Madden has served as an Arc Board member for 6 years and has experience working directly with individuals with ID/DD for 27 years. He arrived in the Chapel Hill area in 1980 after stays in the Bronx and Athens-Savannah Georgia areas, and remained on after receiving his doctorate from UNC-Chapel in Toxicology. He and his wife have enjoyed the experiences of family life with three children here in the Triangle area. His current activities include pursuit of long runs, cooking for community pot luck dinners, attending his daughter’s musical performances (as well as the Boss’), and watching the games during the ACC basketball season. Other Community Affiliations: Special Olympics Orange County Head Coach 17 yrs (basketball, soccer, softball, swimming); American Federation of Government Employees Local 3347 (RTP) Chief Steward.  

DIRECTORS

Laura Alden is a Wake County Special Education teacher at Heritage High School in Wake Forest. She works with 9th – 12th grade students enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program. Laura has been teaching with WCPSS since 2008, and began her teaching career in New York in 1995. Laura and her husband Ken have two daughters, Sarah and Erin, aged 14 and 12.  Laura holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Education from Hofstra University, a Master’s in Special Education from New York University and a Professional Diploma in both School and District Administration from Queens College, City University of NY, and one day hopes to finish her Doctorate in School/District Administration & Educational Leadership.  Working with children with special needs became a passion when Sarah was formally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at approximately a year old.  Upon relocating to North Carolina, Laura found her way to The Arc of Wake County by serving on their Board of Directors for two years.  Laura is excited to continue her advocacy work with The Arc of the Triangle. Laura enjoys volunteering with her girls’ schools, Sarah’s dance class, Erin’s seasonal sports teams, taking their rescue puppy on long walks, reading historical fiction, and taking road trips with Ken, the girls, and dog in the family minivan. Term: 2017-2019

Emmy Boyette is the Marketing Manager at the North Carolina Chamber and is a Cary resident. She was instrumental in creating the Michael & Son Community Classic Golf Tournament, which has raised over $50,000 for The Arc of the Triangle since 2015. Prior to entering the marketing field, she taught public school for four years, working as an English teacher for students in 9th-12th grade. She received her B.A. in Public Relations and English from UNC-Chapel Hill, and obtained her Master's in Teaching from NC State University. In her free time, she loves to watch sports with her husband Randy and play with their two shelter pups, Buddy and Ollie. Emmy is a dedicated supporter of and friend to children and adults with developmental disabilities and is ready to bring her fundraising and marketing talents to The Arc of the Triangle. Term: 2017-2019.

Needham Bryan lives in Durham.  Needham is a graduated from Jordan High School in 1992.  After graduation he worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC from 1992 until 2011.  Since then he has worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Services in Research Triangle Park. Needham has been very involved as a self-advocacy volunteer since 1993. Needham is currently the president of The Arc’s Triangle Self-Advocacy Network. He served two terms as president of the statewide Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina.  He also also served on the board of directors for The Arc of Durham. “I hope to have the opportunity to serve on the board of The Arc of the Triangle.  I am very interested in the kind of work that The Arc does.” Term: 2017-2019.

LeeAnn Graham is from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In 1987, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University. After graduation, LeeAnn moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and had has enjoyed a thirty year career in sales. Since 2014 LeeAnn has been serving a three year term on the Vestry and holds the position of Clerk. She has been a member of the Morrisville Rotary for over six years and served as Chapter President in 2016-2017 and has held the Program’s Chair position since 2012. LeeAnn is married to Sterling Graham and they have one daughter, Christine. Term: 2017-2019

Bill McNairy came home to Chapel Hill in 1999.  He has taught at several schools and is currently a full-time physics instructor at Wake Tech Community College, while also teaching at Elon and Meredith.  His youngest daughter Camille is now 20 years old and is enrolled in a self-contained class at East Chapel Hill High School.  She loves to smile and to help others when possible.  One of her realities is an inability to speak- thus Bill and his wife have had to be her advocate both in schools and programs but also constantly within the community. His family has benefited from The Arc’s community groups, the summer Work and Wellness program, respite care, and more. Bill’s family also participates in the Special Olympics of Orange County soccer and swimming seasons (he was was honored as a Coach of the Year in 2016)—while Camille has no great skills in either sport, she loves the activities and the volunteers with whom she works.  The McNairys are members of a local church that emphasizes social justice and a welcoming community. Bill was raised to not only to be an active member of the community, but also to pay back by serving where helpful.  Bill served on the board of The Arc of Orange in the years leading up to the merger with the Wake and Durham chapters.  During all of his years of service the Board devoted much time and effort to manage the financial accounts with openness and an emphasis on the long term stability of the Arc. Bill was excited about the creation of the Arc of the Triangle. He believes that a steady expansion of services throughout the region can be achieved.  However, in order to accomplish this The Arc must select board members who will guide the growth while also ensuring the Arc maintains a sound financial foundation.  Bill promises to do what I can to open up the activities of the Arc to all members and to advocate for sound expansion of services to all parts of the region. Term: 2017-2019

Lia McNeilly is currently a stay at home mom to Neave and Pearse. She volunteers at her children’s schools and at The Arc of the Triangle. Previously she worked in Network and VoIP engineering, as well as database design and management. She moved to Raleigh in 1998 and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a native of Upstate New York. She and her husband, John, love to travel and to read, and are happily passing these loves on to their children. This will be Lia’s second term serving on the board of directors for The Arc of the Triangle. Term: 2017-2019

Natalie Murr is a school psychologist and recent doctoral graduate from NCSU.  She currently works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD), where she is responsible for providing assessment and intervention services for individuals with I/DD and their families.  In addition to working directly with children and families, Natalie is also involved in multiple local and state-wide policy groups and initiatives focused on  improving educational opportunity and access for children with disabilities.   Although new to The Arc, Natalie has previously served on a board of directors for a youth-led non-profit organization as Vice President, assisting with staff recruitment, project development, and strategic planning.  Since moving to the Triangle six years ago, Natalie has been searching for opportunities to again work with organizations within the community that provide necessary services to the local population.  In submitting her application to the board of The Arc, Natalie is looking forward to becoming more actively involved in community work and is eager to help promote The Arc's general mission and cause.​ Term: 2016-2018.

Christine Ryan is an attorney, a speech-language pathologist and a parent of a child with cerebral palsy. She currently works as a bureau chief for the NC Department of Labor, ensuring that employees are paid fairly for the work they perform. Inclusion is a focal point for her family.  Christine served as a director for The Arc of Wake County for 2 years, assisting with fundraising and policy; and currently serves on the Triangle Literacy Council. She had this to say about The Arc: “I believe that the services provided by The Arc are essential to supporting people with I/DD and their families in the community. I have seen first hand the great things that The Arc has accomplished.” Christine looks forward to joining others in supporting The Arc of the Triangle’s mission on the board of directors. Term: 2016-2018.