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Natasha Davis, Director

Natasha Davis draws on her 16 years of finance and management experience to help strengthen our region's nonprofit sector. Natasha earned her BS in Accounting from University of North Carolina Greensboro with an Information Systems concentration and her Masters in Public Administration from UNC Wilmington with a Nonprofit Management concentration. Natasha has experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in the roles of staff member, board member, funder, and consultant.  Natasha started working with QENO in 2010 as a graduate program assistant and has served in multiple roles until being selected as QENO Director in 2013. In 2015, she was recognized as WILMA Magazine's Woman to Watch in the nonprofit category. Natasha leads QENO's operations, programming, and strategic planning efforts.

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Stephanie Straughn, Program Associate

Stephanie Straughn assists QENO with strategic planning and program evaluation, as well as coordinating events and the organizational coaching progress. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from UNC Wilmington and a Master’s of Science in Social Work, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Human Services Management, from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She served on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) NC Chapter’s Board of Directors and the UNCW BSW Committee and acted as an officer of two student social work organizations at UNCW.  Stephanie’s areas of interest include reentry, substance abuse, and prison social work.

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Christine Ossipov, Administrative Associate

Christine Ossipov supports the QENO team in an administrative capacity. She brings over twenty years’ operations experience including as director of a public library in upstate New York. Most recently she held the position of instructor at a community college focusing on career readiness, office administration and software applications. Christine’s mission is to make the workplace enjoyable and stress-free while delivering professional, swift, and comprehensive services.

QENO Coaches

Coaches are independently contracted by UNCW and not employees of QENO.

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Andy Atkinson

Andy Atkinson’s experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors spans four decades. Atkinson spent twenty-four years as Finance Director and Deputy County Manager for New Hanover County. Since retiring in 2003, Andy has served as a consultant by numerous private and public agencies such as Cape Fear Literacy Council, Phoenix Ministries, Access Three of the Lower Cape Fear and the UNCW with an emphasis on strategic planning, leadership skills, and board development issues.  He served on the board of the Cape Fear Area United Way for 12 years and was recently the Chair of the Carousel Center for Abused Children.

Maxine Elliott

Maxine Elliott

Maxine Elliott is a consultant and coach serving nonprofit organizations and their leaders.  Her areas of expertise include: board and executive director leadership development, strategic planning, fundraising including grant proposal writing, starting a nonprofit and other various elements of organizational development.  Her 25+ years of nonprofit involvement include serving as an Executive Director, Board Member, Founding Board Chair and volunteer.  She has a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource and is a graduate of the Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Program. As a Robert H. B. Baldwin Fellow for Communities In Schools, Inc. she produced the Executive Leadership Development report.  Current local community involvement includes board member of the Brunswick County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocating in court for children in custody of Department of Social Services and Treasurer of WAVES4K.I.D.S., an organization that helps meet needs of children in foster care and other difficult situations.  She resides in Oak Island with her four dogs.  

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Karen Pappas

Over the past 20 years, Karen has held senior management positions with two Fortune 500 companies - UPS and Bank of America -  in human resources, franchise-wide communications, and operations. She led the global UPS employee communication and training programs for the 1996 Olympic Games, winning several awards from the International Association of Business Communicators. At Bank of America, she led the compensation franchise-wide implementation via Six Sigma protocols and received the award for High Achievement in Leadership. Karen’s appointments to diversity councils over the years speak to her passion for workplace performance with respect and dignity.

Karen held leadership positions with UNCW in organizational and professional development and nonprofit capacity building. She is a public servant at heart, loves animals and the environment, and is passionate about helping people and organizations grow. She volunteers with NC Coastal Federation, is a member the board of directors for Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Association, is a lifelong ambassador for literacy, is past board chair for Cape Fear Literacy Council. Currently she is the new and busy owner and president of AGPC: Agile Pappas Consulting and Amazing Grace Pet Care.com.

Brigette Rasberry

Brigette Rasberry

Brigette Rasberry is a 20+ year nonprofit veteran, having spent most of that time in executive management for a statewide nonprofit trade association.  She has varied experiences, working as a nonprofit staff member, executive director and then as vice president and chief operations’ officer. Brigette also served on many local, state and national boards and councils, each time vigorously advocating for the needs of those whom she served.  Her passion is in helping and empowering others; while making the world a better place, block by block, and neighbor to neighbor.  Her personal mottos for which she lives by are “To thine own self be true” and “To whom much is given, much is required.”  

Logan Thompson

Logan Thompson

Logan has been working in the nonprofit field since her arrival to Wilmington in 2010. Attaining a Masters in Public Administration in 2012, Logan has worked with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Good Shepherd Center, United Way of Onslow County, and Cancer for College, a national nonprofit organization providing college scholarships to cancer survivors – of which Logan was a recipient for two years in a row. Logan specializes in Organizational Assessment, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Program Evaluation, and HR.

Boo Tyson

Boo Tyson is the owner and founder of the nonprofit consulting business, Tyme Management, LLC, specializing in the facilitation of difficult conversations within nonprofit and other workplace settings. In this capacity, she works with boards of directors and executive staff in helping to create processes and develop relationships that can sustain an organization, its board and its executive director over time. Boo has 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, serving in roles ranging from program director to organizer to executive director. She also previously served as the vice-president of Education & Connections at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. She holds an undergraduate degree in social work from NC State University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. The daughter of a public school teacher and a United Methodist minister, Boo grew up in eastern North Carolina being called Martha Buie. Portions of Boo’s family and history were captured in her brother Tim Tyson’s award-winning book, Blood Done Sign My Name.

Coaches in Training

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Doug Foreman

Doug spent 25 years in the financial services industry leading teams in small business banking, retail banking, insurance, marketing, technology and process design. During this time, he worked with United Way’s Allocation Committee / UWCF campaign chair for Bank of America and JDRF’s Walk chairman. Doug also served on the board of directors for the Virginia College Fund, Irving YMCA, and Irving Arts Council.

Floyd Morgan

Floyd Morgan graduated from Fayetteville State University where he attained bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Banking & Finance. Floyd served in the United States Navy as an aviation maintenance administrationman. He currently works for the Nixon Minority Male Leaders Center, an initiative that focuses on the retention of first-year minority males, at Cape Fear Community College. Outside of his professional life, he helps others through education and by giving them the tools they need to empower themselves.

Advisory Council

Dr. Kimberly Cook, Ph. D.

Latisha Corpening, MA

Sarah Crockett

Dr. Kent Guion, MD, MA
Michelle Gunn
Janine Iamunno
Dr. Andrea Jones, Ph.D.
Steve McCrossan, MALS, MPA
Tracy Meadows
David Morrison, MPA
Dr. Andrew Ryder, Ph.D.
Steve Spain, MPA
Resea Willis
Marcia Wright