Meet Our Board of Directors

Effective October 1, 2016

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 - Janet McLamb is an attorney, practicing in the area of estate planning, trusts, elder law, taxation, guardianships and probate administration.

SECRETARY - 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.

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

Todd Benware is a native of northern New York and has been living in the sunny South for almost 25 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a Management Concentration from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a two-time All-American on their men's golf team.  In 1996, he was inducted into the OWU Athletic Hall of Fame.  He spent almost 20 years as a member of the PGA of America. He has transitioned into the financial sector with PNC Bank where he currently works as a Financial Sales Consultant in Chapel Hill.  It is there where he has been introduced and involved with the wonderful programs, staff/volunteers, and services provided by The Arc.  Todd is married to Dr. Leslie Davis, PhD Faculty, UNC-Greensboro.  They have twins, Ethan and Elise, that keep them busy going to the beach, visiting zoos and museums, and watching them compete at school sporting events. They are all active at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham. Todd has served on the Church Council, Children's Council, Witness Committee, Stewardship Committee, and Nominations Committee. He enjoys giving back and supporting those in need.  His son, Ethan, was diagnosed with a sensitivity disorder as well as mild Dyslexia at the age of 4.  He has been able to mainstream in school thanks to parental and instructional advocacy as well as early intervention. Term: 2015-2017.

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: 2015-2017.

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: 2015-2017.

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.

Shawn Fisk is the General Manager of the Carolina 1663 restaurant located adjacent to the Sheraton Chapel Hill and the director of F&B for the Sheraton. He holds an AA in Business administration from St. Petersburg College. Shawn and his son Ayden live in Raleigh. He enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with Ayden. Term: 2015-2017.

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.

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.

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.