Atrayus O. Goode, President & CEO
Seeing such a need to address the educational and social needs of underrepresented 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 America. 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 the Inaugural 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 with Witness for Peace to examine historical and present-day Cuban realities, and traveling to Palestine with Eyewitness 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 My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) Orange County, 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, DC and 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, 8.
Charmaine Grafton, Special Assistant to the President & CEO
Charmaine Grafton serves as the Special Assistant to the President & CEO 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.
Bud Lavery, Director of Technical Assistance & Leadership Development
Bud Lavery is an innovative, forward-thinking and solutions-driven executive with a passion for developing better services, better teams and a better world.
He has been a leader in the development of innovative programs at the intersection of education and mental health. He was the CEO of Communities In Schools of Durham (a school dropout prevention program), Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Campus Candor (a college success technology platform for 1st-generation college students), as well as the Vice President of a behavioral health research company that developed evidence-based mentoring, alcohol and drug prevention, and mindfulness programs for schools.
His 20+ years of expertise in organizational leadership, program development and strategy development have led to a reputation as a visionary with a track record for getting results. His organizations have earned the attention of national leaders including personal visits by Bill and Melinda Gates as well as the U.S. Secretary of Education. He was awarded the Donna Stone Award for excellence in supporting North Carolina’s families in their efforts to provide children with the environments they need to be successful, and the GSK IMPACT Award for the development of innovative and transformational programs that are improving education and preparing young people for successful careers.
Bud holds a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Biology from Duke University.
Raymundo Garcia Jr., Director of Strategic Advancement
Raymundo brings a strong background in social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and philanthropy.
Raised in Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta, he grew up in a predominantly black and brown community characterized by significant disinvestment. As the first in his family to graduate college, he holds degrees in Public Policy and History from UNC Chapel Hill. During his undergraduate career, Raymundo served as the Co-President of the Carolina Hispanic Association where his activism efforts contributed to the creation of an on campus Latinx Center.
Thereafter, he joined So Good Pupusas, a social justice food truck and catering company, that has received coverage from prominent media outlets including Univision, Indy Week, and NowThis. Raymundo also worked at the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust where he worked to bolster community-based investment in Latinx Durham through community asset-mapping. Most recently, Raymundo worked with Lead for America as the Director of Development where he built systems for people to join LFA’s mission through all forms of giving. Having lived and worked in the Triangle the past few years, Raymundo hopes to serve the community that has given him a renewed sense of purpose and hope.
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
Dr. Bahby Banks
Dr. Bahby Banks, CEO of Pillar Consulting, helps organizations assess the impact of their initiatives. In her role, Dr. Banks partners with non-profit, academic, corporate, and philanthropic organizations to provide consultation on the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of their efforts. Her work has led to a career that has spanned research in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia; she has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals. With 15+ years of leadership and capacity building expertise, Dr. Banks’ clientele has included PricewaterhouseCoopers, Harvard University, Wake Forest University, NC A&T State University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and UNC at Chapel Hill.
Under Dr. Banks’ leadership, Pillar Consulting has spearheaded efforts funded by the National Science Foundation, DuPont Foundation, deBeaumont Foundation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
Dr. Banks received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn more about Dr. Banks at www.bahbybanks.com.
Samuel has been a mentor and youth development consultant increasing the capacity and impact for community and school-based mentoring programs working with young men of color for over a decade. He is a consultant with SC Mentors, a mentor training, technical assistance, and consulting company in Charleston aimed at strengthening the mentoring community in South Carolina.
His is a 2015 recipient of the Charleston Business Journal’s Health Care Hero Award and is a member of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s class of 2016 40 under Forty. Samuel works with several committees and councils in the area and is passionate about community economic development and the education of our young people.
The author of a children’s book called hidden gems and a team-building resource guide called Icebreakers, Samuel holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management and is married with 2 sons and one daughter.
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.
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.
Leisure time is spent with Michael Carmichael or in the garden.
Catherine “Kay” Sanford
Catherine “Kay” Sanford, MSPH is a nationally recognized drug overdose prevention advocate and activist. She served as the state’s Injury Epidemiologist in the North Carolina Division of Public Health, identifying in 2002 the state’s incipient epidemic of fatal drug overdoses, primarily due to the misuse of prescription pain medication, and more recently, the rapidly increasing abuse of heroin and fentanyl, methamphetamines and cocaine. For 15 years she has led and served on multiple overdose prevention task forces to design and evaluate overdose prevention and intervention strategies, design and collect more accurate overdose data, pass public health overdose prevention legislation and teach harm reduction to physicians, patients, law enforcement, criminal justice officers and inmates.