We are a student movement to address global poverty. We are here because we believe that a better world is possible. We believe that all lives have equal value. We believe that communities are best positioned to know and meet their needs.
A Network of Chapters, which acts as a platform for us to translate our good intentions into powerful, sustainable outcomes
A National Office, which trains, mentors and connects the movement
A Board of Directors, which provides our movement with the financial, strategic and legal oversight and support that it needs to actualize its potential for impact
A community of Supporters, Partner Organizations and Alumni, which contributes time, local knowledge and finances to advance the movement
Kelly Leonhardt Phoenix, Executive Director
Kelly is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Economics and Dramatic Arts. Kelly joined Nourish from Urban Ministries of Wake County where she served as the Manager of Development and Communications for nearly two years. While at Urban Ministries, Kelly worked to fight local poverty to raise awareness and funds through major campaigns for over 24,000 people in need each year. Kelly holds board positions with Passage Home and the UNC Young Alumni Leadership Council. Kelly was recently recognized as one of the Top 40 Leaders Under 40 Years Old in by the Triangle Business Journal. Kelly is an outstanding community volunteer with Band Together, Dress for Success Triangle and many other non-profit organizations. Kelly has traveled to Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina and enjoys theater, live comedy, music, reading, and travel.
Sarah Miller Frazer, Program Director
An advocate for the power and sustainability of grassroots development, Sarah cares deeply about engaging students and empowering communities to make a difference on global poverty. Sarah holds a B.A from Pomona College in international politics with a community development and African politics focus. While at Pomona, Sarah studied abroad in Cameroon, learning first hand the benefits of participatory community-led development efforts. After graduating in 2009, Sarah spent a year teaching English to elementary school children in southwestern France. She has worked with Nourish since fall 2010, supporting Chapters, launching new programs and expanding the Nourish network. Sarah is a proud New York 2011 StartingBloc Fellow. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys singing, cooking and spending time outside.
Chancey Rouse, Program Associate
Chancey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012 with a B.A. in history and political science. After being very involved with nonprofit work in college, she abandoned her plans to go to law school in order to follow her passion and work in the nonprofit sector full-time. She is excited about joining the Nourish International team as a program associate. In her spare time she enjoys reading, volunteering, and exploring the local restaurant scene with friends.
Becca Holt, Program Associate
Becca graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in Gender Studies. She spent the first half of her undergraduate career floundering around Los Angeles, until she decided to study in Argentina, where the world of community-based development was brought before her. After falling in love with Buenos Aires, she spent a month researching recovery programs for survivors of sex trafficking in Asunción, Paraguay. She returned to UCLA and, by chance, fell in with the passionate, beautiful humans behind her university’s Nourish International Chapter. Becca is honored to have been Nourish at UCLA’s Chapter Leader, and she is extremely excited to be continuing
Will Curtis, Office and Finance Associate
Will grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship and History. Will played soccer for the Tar Heels his freshman year, before leaving the team to pursue other activities he was passionate about on campus. Throughout his time at Carolina, Will became increasingly passionate about international development, specifically, using business and micro-finance to work with the poor of the world to help them grow out of poverty and develop those areas economically. Will worked in the United States Congress and thought of attending law school, but after interning with a development nonprofit in Kenya one summer, decided to pursue a career in the development sector. In his free time Will enjoys being outdoors, playing golf and soccer, spending time with friends, and reading.
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Board of Directors
Lee Buck, Board Chairman
Lee Buck brings a wealth of for-profit entrepreneurial experience to Nourish’s Board of Directors. Lee is a principal of LaunchBox Digital LLC, one of the nationally recognized accelerator programs for early stage technology companies. LaunchBox provides seed capital and a structured educational and support program coupled with extensive social networks to help companies find explosive growth. This work complements Buck’s activities as founder of Blue Bright Ventures LLC, which invests in early stage technology companies in the Southeast. Prior to his investment activities, Buck built a succession of software companies that anticipated and benefited from successive waves of technology adoption. Buck serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards and is the founder and chief technology officer of Near-Time.
Gary Hayes, Board Treasurer
Gary Hayes, CPA, is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Scale Finance LLC; a Raleigh-based financial management services firm. He received his MBA from the University of Maryland and has been involved in the financial sector through many businesses and nonprofit organizations. During his time as Chief Financial Officer with Koz.com, Hayes assisted the CEO in raising $35 million in venture capital. Hayes also acted as Chief Financial Officer for Ateb Inc and served as the appointed Treasurer for Ibiliti. He has been involved in the community as a guest lecturer for the undergraduate business school at UNC and NC State. Hayes is an active member of the Nourish International Finance Committee and has been elected as Board Treasurer.
Holly holds a MBA in marketing from the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. She is an independent marketing and advertising professional. Her previous experience includes working as retail manager for John Wanamaker Marketing and in brand management for Sara Lee Hosiery.
Jud is the president and CEO of Appia and led the acquisition of PocketGear from Motricity in June 2008. Prior to this, he co-founded Motricity and was instrumental in raising $400 million of venture capital and growing Motricity to more than $100 million in annual revenues and 500 employees globally. Jud has been named one of the world’s “Top 100 Young Innovators” by MIT’s Technology Review and one of “Tech’s Best Young Entrepreneurs” by Business Week in 2007. He was also recognized as a winner of Carolina’s Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2001. Jud is currently on leave from Stanford University, where he has been named a President’s Scholar, and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
Buck Goldstein is the University entrepreneur in residence and a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to returning to the university, Goldstein co-founded Information America, an online information company that was publicly traded and acquired by the Thomson Corporation. Subsequently, he was a partner in Mellon Ventures, the venture capital arm of Mellon Bank. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and an honors graduate of the UNC Law School.
Neil Bagchi, Board Secretary
Neil Bagchi currently serves as president of Incanus Advisors and director of Southeast business development at Nair & Co., an integrated solution for human resources, finance, tax, and legal needs for international businesses. Neil graduated from the UNC Law School in 2004 after receiving a B.A. with honors in political science at UNC-Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, Neil was awarded the Morehead Scholarship, UNC-Chapel Hill’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. He was also president of Students for the Advancement of Race Relations and the captain of the UNC-Chapel Hill rugby team. Neil founded the Entrepreneurial Law Association and is a member of the Pro Bono board.
Kristin Somers is an experienced global marketing communications manager at Eaton Corporation. Before joining Eaton Corporation, she was the marketing communications manager at IBM for 12 years. She graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Florida State University, and she is passionate about refugee resettlement and non-profit fundraising.
Marcia Angle joins the Nourish board with 17 years of experience as medical director of the International Training in Health Program, overseeing the quality of training provided by IntraHealth in dozens of developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Her publications have focused on reproductive health in the developing world and include training manuals and clinical guidelines done in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Dr. Angle also served for 15 years as medical director of the Orange County Health Department. Since 2002, she has been an adjunct professor at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Marcia holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an MD from Duke University, and an MPH from UNC, and completed residencies in both family medicine (at Duke) and preventive medicine (at UNC). She currently sits on the advisory boards of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Duke Gardens.
Brandon Agranovich, Student Board Member
Brandon Agranovich is a sophomore at Miami University and member of the Farmer School of Business Honors Program. He is pursuing a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship. In his Miami Chapter, Brandon served as the Chapter Representative and member of the ventures committee, while also serving as the Regional Representative for his region. He hopes to bring his experience in running his own businesses for over 10 years, as well as his experience in social entrepreneurship, to help Nourish’s mission reach more people. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys golf, traveling and volunteering.
Jared Staley, Student Board Member
Jared Staley is a junior at The Ohio State University, where he is pursuing his B.S. in Architecture and a minor in Design. He has served as Marketing Director and Co-Leader for his chapter, and will be taking on the new Outreach position. In addition to Nourish, Jared is involved in SERVitecture, a service oriented organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity; Knowlton School of Architecture Student Council, University Honors & Scholars Ambassadors, a volunteer organization that works closely with incoming Honors & Scholars freshmen; and Kuhn Honors and Scholars House, promoting Honors and Scholars events and initiatives as a Student Staff Assistant. Jared’s passion for Nourish International, globalization, and alleviating poverty has propelled him to pursue future work in sustainable architecture and affordable housing. When he has free time, Jared enjoys reading, listening to new music, photography, working out, and discovering his new found pleasure in yoga.
Evan Ashkin is an associate professor of family medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. He comes to Nourish with a life-long interest and commitment to working with underserved populations both in the U.S. and globally. Evan teaches family medicine to medical students and residents at UNC and directs a residency training track in underserved family medicine in partnership with Piedmont Health Services. He is the lead faculty at UNC for a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program in rural central Mexico, which also focuses on food security issues. Additionally, Evan works for AccessCare, part of Community Care of North Carolina, creating disease management programs for chronically ill Medicaid patients. He was also the founder of the Health Care for the Homeless program in Albany, N.Y. Evan received his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency training at the University of California at San Francisco.
Dee Blake is the Director of Development at Duke HomeCare and Hospice. After earning a degree in Journalism, Marketing and Communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dee worked with such esteemed organizations as UNC-Chapel Hill, Triangle United Way, YWCA of the Greater Triangle, Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Duke HomeCare and Hospice. Dee is deeply involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving on the Board of Directors for many years.
Sumit is the chief executive officer of LoneRider Brewery. He is responsible for the overall strategy, marketing, and sales functions of the brewery. You can find him juggling a soccer ball while playing guitar and drinking (unfortunately he tries to do all at the same time). Prior to working at LoneRider, Sumit was a senior consultant at Quintiles, advising pharmaceutical companies on statistically effective clinical trials, and manager of business operations at Cisco for a networking solutions.