Meet Our Board of Directors


Effective October 1, 2019

PRESIDENT - 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: 2018-20.

VICE PRESIDENT - 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: 2018-20

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: 2018-20.

SECRETARY - Josh Ravitch has almost 30 years of experience helping nonprofit agencies as both a volunteer and paid consultant. He provides experience in strategic planning, program assessment, organizational development, budgeting, and grant writing. He currently serves as the Past President of a local nonprofit with over 500 members, and as a leader of the Chapel Hill Human Services Advisory Board. Josh also spends considerable time volunteering for several other local nonprofit agencies including the Arc, as well as helping care for his severely autistic stepson. In addition to currently serving as Secretary of The Arc, Josh has prior experience as Secretary of another local nonprofit for several years. Josh has helped organizations to thrive in both good and challenging times. As well, he can be depended on to provide meetings with many forms of chocolate. Term: 2018-20.

PAST 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 1 son Marshall. 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. Term: 2018-20


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: 2018-20

Peter Chae is a Certified Public Accountant at Dixon Hughes Goodman in Raleigh. He works on assurance and attestation engagements across a wide range of industries with a focus on healthcare entities, various nonprofit organizations and governmental units. Peter is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Economics and a Masters in Accounting. Peter participates in various community outreach and volunteer activities through his firm at Dixon Hughes Goodman. He is excited to give back to the community through serving on the Finance Committee for The Arc. Peter enjoys weightlifting, traveling, and hiking. Term: 2018-20

Robert Faircloth is an active member in several Arc Community Programs: Supported Retirement Program, Grace Notes Choir and Triangle Self-Advocacy Network. He joined the Supported Retirement Program & TSAN in September 2016. He joined the Grace Notes Choir in August 2015. In his spare time, Robert likes to sing and listen to various Elvis Presley songs and is a very avid bowler. Robert is very excited to have been recently selected to the Arc Board of Directors and he is looking forward to providing his years of experience within the self-advocacy volunteering community to help strengthen the Boards position to serve the community as a whole. Term 2019-21

Karen Geringer holds a BS in Business Administration from UNC Greensboro. Karen and her husband Steve live in Raleigh with their son, Adam. Her family enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach and enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga, running, reading and traveling. Karen has been on the board of directors for The Arc of the Triangle since the merger of all 3 counties in 2014. Karen is happy to be a part of the executive committee and looks forward to continue serving the participants of The Arc and their families. Term: 2018-20

Maia Keller is a Special Education Teacher Assistant at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay Varina, and works with students in 3rd-5th grade. Her favorite parts of her job are laughing and having fun with her students and coworkers, watching her students grow and meet goals, and attending the Special Olympics. Maia is also the After School Program Coordinator at Lincoln Heights. Before becoming a TA in 2013, she spent a year and a half living and working with individuals with I/DD at the L'Arche Boston North community in Massachusetts. Maia graduated from Duke University in 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology and graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2018 with a M.S. in Aeronautics. Maia enjoys reading, running, hiking, watching movies and sports, and baking. Term 2019-21

Nick Keller is a Senior Accountant at United Methodist Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization in Garner. Prior to his career there, he was an auditor at Dixon Hughes Goodman in Raleigh where he worked primarily on healthcare and non-profit clients. Nick obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from Appalachian State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He enjoys traveling and weight training and is an avid fan of App State sports and Japanese culture. Term: 2018-20

Beth LaPierre has been associated with Northwestern Mutual for 15 years and have been building her own practice as a Financial Advisor for the past nine years. Beth engage clients in comprehensive financial planning and provide expertise in preparing for and getting successfully through retirement through a variety of world-class analytics, investment and insurance solutions. Prior to a career in financial planning Beth obtained her master’s degree in Organizational Development from Suffolk University in Boston, MA and consulted for Fortune 500 companies in topics of leadership development, strategic planning, culture and effectiveness. Beth is married to Stephen, and has two amazing children: Zach (11)who has an extra chromosome (Down syndrome) and Siena (9) who is typically developing. Beth has served on the Board of the Triangle Down Syndrome Network and has volunteered with the MS Society both in the Boston area and in the Triangle. Term 2019-21

Hillary Laster is a Kindergarten teacher at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest.  Hillary graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in Elementary Education and concentration in Behavioral Studies.  She has been teaching for eight years.  During this time, she has served on Student Intervention and Support teams and has enjoyed creating an inclusive classroom for her students.  Hillary loves dancing, exercising, fishing, boating, and being on the coast.  Hillary is an active member in the Junior League of Raleigh and is excited to continue serving others in the area through The Arc.  Term 2019-21

Rusty Mumford serves as North America Commercial Data and Partner Operations Manager for Red Hat. He holds an MBA from Liberty University along with a B.S. in Communications. Rusty enjoys reading, running, traveling, writing, and developing his personal coaching business – Steadfit Coaching. He is married to his wife of 16 years, Jennifer, and is the father of two beautiful daughters (one of which is on the Autism spectrum). Rusty previously served on the Board of Directors from 2013-2015 for The Arc of Wake County and is excited to return for another term. Term 2019-21

Paul Yokabitus Bio coming soon Term 2019-21