Our Team

Staff

Atrayus O. Goode, President & CEO

Having an obligation to address the educational and social needs of historically excluded populations, Atrayus O. Goode founded Movement of Youth (MOY) in 2006 as a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This award-winning mentoring and youth development agency was based on a program that he completed in high school sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Charlotte. At its peak, MOY operated in several states and students achieved a 100% high school graduation rate and 96.5% college attendance rate.

Atrayus currently serves as President & CEO of MENTOR North Carolina, a statewide Affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, he leads a team that is working to increase the number of youth in quality mentoring relationships across North Carolina while working to address the systemic barriers that young people face on a daily basis. This includes cross-sector strategic engagement to elevate mentoring programs across the state, tracking external impact measurements, and providing the link between MENTOR’s national efforts including public awareness and advocacy through national campaigns such as In Real Life, Coaches’ Challenge, NBA Cares, and National Mentoring Month.

Atrayus has global experience, including consulting in South Africa with Vuleka Schools, leading several all-Black delegations to Cuba to examine historical and present-day Cuban realities, and traveling to Palestine to explore issues of detention and incarceration, the Israeli military court system, and Palestinian and Israeli efforts to achieve peace with justice.

Atrayus is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the UNC Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the North Carolina Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, the state’s highest award for volunteer service. He has also been featured on various media platforms, including StoryCorps and TED.

An active member of the community, Atrayus is an Ambassador of the 100 Black Men of Triangle East, Co-Chair of the MENTOR National Committee on Racial Equity (CORE), and a Member of the National Public Policy Committee of the 100 Black Men of America. Atrayus holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He resides in Durham, North Carolina, and is the proud father of Everette Rose, 9.


Samuel Bellamy, Senior Director of Training and Program Development

Samuel, a 20+ year resident of Charleston, SC fell in love with the concept of mentoring while relocating to a new state every few years because of his military family. The passion for walking alongside and being a part of a web of support for someone in need was reawakened while assisting Medicaid recipients and their young families with the resources they needed to navigate the healthcare system and overcome their barriers of social determinants.

It was the resolve of those he worked with that ignited his desire to go deeper into both youth and community development. This fire drove him to obtain his Masters of Public Administration with a Nonprofit Management focus. In the last 10 years, Samuel has served as a mentor and youth development advisor, increasing the effectiveness of community and school-based mentoring programs working with young men of color and in the last 2 years as a consultant with SC Mentors.

He currently serves as the Senior Director of Training and Program Development for MENTOR North Carolina. In this role, Samuel assembles, trains, and manages a team of technical assistance consultants who provide youth mentoring programs with a range of capacity-building resources that allows programs to incorporate and enhance the mentoring practices that lead to long-term sustainability and impact across the Carolinas.

Samuel was the recipient of the Charleston Regional Business Journals 40 under forty; Health Care hero award and he was Lowcountry Spotlight Awards nominee. Samuel works with several committees and nonprofit boards in the area including The Social-Emotional Alliance for South Carolina and was appointed by the Mayor of North Charleston to the North Charleston Planning Commission.

If that hasn’t kept Samuel busy enough, he is also an Associate Pastor at Increasing Faith Ministries, a 3x author, husband, and father of 3.


Technical Assistance Trainers & Consultants

Sonia Frischemeier

Sonia has over two decades of cross-functional, strategic experience in development, partner relationship management, and all aspects of operational management. Most recently, she spent five years as the Director of Operations at Boomerang Youth. Prior to that, Sonia consulted with non-profits on project and program management, and resource development, and provided business coaching services.

She began her career in international development, working for the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. Sonia has a Masters in International Relations and Economics from Webster University.


Frank Pollock

For more than 20 years Frank has worked at the intersection of marketing, innovation, and technology. He honed his craft at Disney/ABC, Frito-Lay, General Mills, and Colgate-Palmolive before founding The Pioneer Group, where he works with high-growth companies to develop marketing strategies, deploy marketing technology stacks, and drive results. In addition to his professional background, he has served on a number of non-profit boards including chairing the Kidznotes Marketing Committee.


Renée A. Price

Born and raised in Rochester NY, Renée earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Tufts University majoring in urban affairs, and Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, with concentrations in city development planning, and environmental planning and design. She also studied at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in the Master of Arts program.

Renée began her career in New York where she engaged in inner-city neighborhood revitalization, land-use planning, and historic preservation. She helped initiate the first low-income and affordable housing trust fund for New York State, worked in the Office of Environmental Impact for the City of New York, and served as Director of the Joint Legislative Commission on Rural Resources for the NY General Assembly.

Arriving in Orange County in 1990, Renée became active in sustainable agriculture, promoting small family farms, rural economic development, and natural resource conservation. She later spent two years in Alabama with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives where she developed and directed a sustainable forestry program for minority and traditionally marginalized landowners.

In 2012, Renée first was elected to the Board of County Commissioners and was re-elected in 2016. In this role, she serves on numerous community boards. Within the NC Association of County Commissioners, Renée serves on the Board of Directors, Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, and Health and Human Services Steering Committee. She also is in her first term as President of the NC Association of Black County Officials. In previous years, Renée was a member of the President’s Economic Development Task Force, and the President’s Special Task Force on Mental Health Engagement.

Leisure time is spent with Michael Carmichael or in the garden.