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.
Charmaine Grafton, Chief of Staff
Charmaine Grafton serves as the Chief of Staff at MENTOR North Carolina, bringing over 15 years of administrative experience to the table with expertise in scheduling and project coordination. Working closely with the President & CEO and Senior Leadership team, she provides logistical support in organizing board committees, scheduling meetings, hosting administrative trainings, and other critical functions to ensure smooth workflow, internally and externally.
An entrepreneur and a SURVIVOR, Charmaine is author of YOU WIN: A Simple Guide to Overcome Devastation & Walk into Your Destiny. In a society that constantly shames victims for the role they play in abuse, Charmaine hopes to connect with and champion other women who are on their own journeys.
Charmaine is a graduate of Durham Technical Community College and holds an associate degree in Arts. She is a devoted mother to her four children and enjoys reading, road trips, and community service.
Sonia Frischemeier, Vice President of External Affairs
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.
Renée Price, Senior Manager of Government Relations
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 and 2020, where she currently presides as Chair. In this role, she serves on numerous community boards. In 2020, Renée was named N.C. Commissioner of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). Within NCACC, she serves on the Board of Directors, the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, and the Health and Human Services Steering Committee.
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.
Leisure time is spent with Michael Carmichael or in the garden.
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 two – three 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 sustainable 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 also an Associate Pastor at Increasing Faith Ministries, a 3x author, husband and father of 3.
Karen Sina, Accountant
Karen Sina graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY in Computer-Based Management Information Systems with a concentration in Accounting. Upon graduation, Karen relocated to Raleigh, NC to accept a Network Engineering position with IBM. During that time, Karen managed changes to the raised floor computer systems, assisted development in testing new networking technology, and then became a manager of Computer Operations. After leaving IBM in 1992, Karen began her own accounting business servicing mostly nonprofit organizations.
In Karen’s free time, she enjoys traveling and scuba diving.
Technical Assistance Trainers & Consultants
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.