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 and Chair of the MENTOR Committee on Racial Equity (CORE). 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, 10.


Kanalyn Jackson, Vice President of Training & Organization Development

Kanalyn is a Durham native with a background in higher education. She has extensive experience with leadership development, training and facilitation, and community engagement. 

Kanalyn has also worked in the non-profit sector providing leadership opportunities and resources to residents in rural North Carolina. It was through that experience that she learned the value of being civically engaged in the community, and it is something that has become important in her career and personal life.

Kanalyn holds a B.A in English Literature and Masters of Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmngton. She enjoys interior decorating, spending time with friends and family, and the occasional candle making. 


Malenia Swinton, Vice President of Community Engagement

Malenia Swinton has nearly a decade of experience in communications, marketing, project management, strategic planning, and partnership development.

After a two-year stint in New York City, she began the search for a social-driven role where she could make an immediate impact. Malenia transitioned to Communities In Schools (CIS) of Durham in 2015, working in a variety of functions – the last being Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director. There, she oversaw the implementation of evidence-based learning models in schools aimed at driving student success and increasing graduation rates; and piloted initiatives for the national affiliate including data quality improvement and corporate partnership development.

Since 2013, Malenia has managed her own consulting business, providing results-oriented services to nonprofits and small businesses on the east coast. She earned a degree in integrated marketing communications at Winthrop University; and later, earned professional certificates in Nonprofit Management and Executive Leadership from Duke University. She is also a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. In her spare time, Malenia enjoys reading, creating new recipes, mentoring, and volunteering in the Durham community.


Technical Assistance Trainers & Consultants

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.

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Susan Everhart

Susan Everhart is well positioned to offer support to mentoring organizations. She has worked over the past decades in support of organizations dedicated to improving outcomes for young people and families. She has also provided assistance in strategic planning, resource development, and program thought leadership for organizations including Communities In Schools, the Bertie County Hive House, Theatre On Main, and the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. She has navigated NC state opportunities as the Director of the Roanoke River Education Consortium, established the Involvement Office of the NC Department of Public Instruction, and trained multiple organizations to provide services through the Benefit Bank. Susan is an avid advocate for STEAM opportunities and values music and arts as pathways for personal satisfaction.

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Brantli Senn-Joseph

Resourcefulness and creativity are foundational components to Brantli’s workstyle. Her experiences of working with small, rural agencies and managing cross-sector programming with multiple county service areas quickly taught her how to streamline operations and leverage resources to meet program demands. For nearly a decade, she has honed her craft at every phase of system development from data gathering to implementation. She originally fell in love with community work when she was a Servant Leader Intern for the CDF Freedom Schools Program and later began her journey with the non-profit sector as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity. Throughout her leadership roles, Brantli has maintained her commitment to a client centered approach and believes in amplifying the voice of those we serve. In addition to helping organizations optimize existing resources to make the best use of staff time, she has assisted in fundraising efforts and grants, procuring over a quarter million in local, state and national grant dollars for the state of South Carolina. Brantli’s greatest source of joy is experienced while exploring the outdoors with her daughter. Her favorite hobbies include reading, baking, and people-watching.