14-15 Staff

The 14-15 National Office Staff

National Office Team


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 by the Triangle Business Journal. Kelly is a 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.  







Chancey Rouse, Program Director

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 first joined Nourish in July 2013 as a program associate. In her spare time she enjoys reading, volunteering, and exploring the local restaurant scene with friends. 






Emily Fields, Development Coordinator

Emily graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services and a dedication to serving non-profits with powerful missions.  During her five years in the nation’s capital, Emily had the honor of serving at a number of non-profits focusing her support on fundraising, event planning, communications, and all-manner of development needs. Emily finds her passion in building relationships and growing resources to support organizations with inspiring causes and effective programs and services. She is a proud member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and looks forward to joining the Triangle’s Chapter. She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina and enjoys crafting, trying out new recipes, volunteering, and live music.






Alli Pulley, Program Associate

Alli graduated from the University of Southern California in May of 2013 with a BA in International Relations with concentrations in International Development and Global Gender Issues. After graduation, Alli volunteered in Northern Peru developing a Women’s Empowerment program for a local non-profit. She is excited to help Nourish students have a similarly life changing international experience. In her free time, Alli loves hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family. 







Juliette Brown, Program Associate

 Juliette graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychobiology. She served as an active member of GlobeMed at UCLA throughout her undergrad experience. Her involvement with this organization sparked a passion for sustainable global development and the social justice aspect of global health. She served as Director of Community Building during her Junior year, Director of Development during her Senior year, and spent the summer of 2013 working as a GROW (GrassRoots On-site Work) Intern with GlobeMed at UCLA’s partner organization in Uganda. She is eager to continue learning about and contributing to a healthier more productive global world. In her free time, she enjoys most outdoor activities, cooking, eating, working with youth, yoga, meditation, and reading!






Ellen Moore, Program Associate

Ellen graduated from Syracuse University in May 2014 with a B.A. in International Relations and Policy Studies. Her passion for international development took shape as a result of her travels throughout college. She spent a summer volunteering at a nonprofit in Israel, working on fundraising for a women’s economic development program, and studied in South Africa for a semester, where she truly became interested in fostering collaborations with community partners abroad. Ellen was lucky to find Nourish during her junior year and is honored to have spent her senior year as the founding Chapter Leader at SU. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family. She is ecstatic about joining the Nourish team and looks forward to helping the movement grow.








Madi Smith, Non-Profit Administration Associate

Madi graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a proud Tarheel in May 2012 with degrees in Spanish and Global Studies. She spent a semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador and has also had the opportunity to travel and see impoverished communities firsthand in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria and Uganda. Since finishing school, Madi has worked with local non-profits Stop Hunger Now and the United Way and is excited about joining the Nourish team and contributing to the movement against global poverty. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, playing with her pets, and spending time with friends and family. 





The National Office is staffed by a mix of full time staff and interns. You can learn more about our 2014 Summer Intern Team here.

Student Advisory Board  

The Student Advisory Board, consisting of one representative from each Nourish Chapter, provides the Nourish Movement with a platform for student discussion and student voice. Learn more about the Student Advisory Board.

Board of Directors 

Dee Blake, Board Chair

 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.

Kristin Somers, Board Co-Vice Chair

  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.

Evan Ashkin, Board Vice Chair

  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.

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, 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. 

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.

Jud Bowman

  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

  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. 

Lee Buck

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.

Marcia Angle

  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. 

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.

Sumit Vohra

  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. 

Randall Blanco

  Randall works in Information Management at Duke Health Technology Solution. He earned a BS in Math and Computer Science, an MS in Computer Science, and an MBA in International Business. Before he started working at Duke, Randall worked as the IT Director at LabCorp, the Senior IT Project Manager at Quintiles, and an IT Project Manager at Sony Ericsson, along with several other leadership positions at technological and medical businesses. Randall comes to Nourish International with expertise in management, planning, information technology, and database technologies. 

Ann-Marie Clayton

  Ann-Marie is a PhD student at NC State in the Department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and is currently the Program Assistant for the Humanitarian Work Psychology Initiative at NC State. In 2012, she earned her BA in Psychology from California State University-Fresno, where she served as the Secretary of the Student Senate and as a Research Assistant in a psychology, business, and social work lab. Ann-Marie has significant non-profit experience, as she has served as the Coordinator of Central Valley Book Bank in Fresno County, and has coordinated summer community volunteer programs for youth in Arkansas. She is also a founding member of the Global Organization for Humanitarian Work Psychology, which seeks to support efforts to enhance human welfare. 

Frank Phoenix

  Frank is the President of the Fenwick Foundation, a non-profit organization in Chapel Hill that benefits philanthropy, voluntarism, and grant making foundations. He previously worked as a Partner of Greenbridge Developments, and served on the Board of the Triangle Community Foundation, which builds philanthropic assets and manages over 750 charitable funds in the Triangle. Frank has extensive experience in philanthropy, and is an expert in non-profits, fundraising, community outreach, and grant writing. 

LaHoma Romocki

  LaHoma Romocki is currently an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the North Carolina Central University.  She has also worked as a Country Director for the Peace Corps in Cameroon and as an Associate Director and Consultant for Family Health International.  LaHoma has extensive experience in program evaluation, policy analysis, international relations, and proposal writing. 


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