About Our Team
Mary is a servant leader with a 25-year career as a strategy consultant, nonprofit executive, writer, facilitator, and community change agent. She has led grassroots efforts and established organizations, galvanizing people across multiple sectors to work together to achieve a common goal. She is passionate about connecting people and resources to help address Guilford County’s biggest challenges.
Most recently, Mary served on the executive leadership team at the Kellin Foundation and in a variety of roles at Ready for School, Ready for Life, including executive director.
A Dayton, Ohio native, Mary lived and worked in DC, Chicago, and Denver before making her home in Guilford County. She is the proud mom of two daughters who keep her laughing and grounded.
Fun Fact: Upon moving to North Carolina, Mary’s first volunteer experience was serving as a volunteer consultant with the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium.
Melinda is from Chapel Hill, NC and has resided in Greensboro since 1991. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She worked in corporate marketing at United Guaranty/Arch MI for 12 years before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. She has worked with nonprofits for the past 16 years. Most recently she served as Communications Specialist and Community Engagement Coordinator for Peacehaven Community Farm and Community Housing Solutions.
Melinda has a passion for issues related to equity and justice in our community. She co-founded and currently serves as the co-leader of The Micah Connection at Westminster Presbyterian Church, which focuses on education, advocacy and relationship building surrounding justice issues in the church and community. She also serves on a Sponsor Team for a family of 12 that has recently arrived to the United States from Afghanistan.
Melinda, and her husband Steve, are the proud parents of two daughters, Sarah and Maddie. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys playing tennis, reading, and playing mahjong.