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 Koz.com, 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.
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 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 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 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 is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at The Ohio State University and will graduate in May. He grew up in Bluffton, Ohio, but now enjoys all that Columbus has to offer. Jared has been a member of Nourish International since September 2011. His past leadership responsibilities include Marketing Director (2012), Co-Chapter Leader (2013), Outreach Chair (2013), and Student Advisory Board Co-Chair and Student Board Member. Beyond Nourish International, Jared has held leadership positions as Knowlton School of Architecture Student Council Sophomore Representative and, currently, Kuhn Honors & Scholars House Student Staff Manager. Jared does not have definitive plans for after graduation and plans to keep his options open. However, his current options include working with a non-profit, AmeriCorps, Graduate School, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Jared enjoys yoga, reading, and cycling whenever he has free time.
Alexis Tavarez, Student Board Member
Alexis is a Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida and will graduate in Spring 2016. She was born in Chatham, New Jersey but spent most of her childhood in Orlando,FL.Alexis has been a member of Nourish International since September 2012. Her past leadership responsibilities include Marketing Director (2012), Co-Chapter Leader (2013) , and Student Advisory Board Co-Chair and Student Board Member (Present). Beyond Nourish International, Alexis is very involved in her work as a Clerical Associate at Cabrillo Coastal Insurance Agency, her service sorority Delta Nu Zeta where she enjoys giving back to her local Gainesville community alongside her sisters, as well as volunteering with an Occupational Therapist at a local clinic. After graduation, Alexis hopes to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy. In her free time, Alexis enjoys cooking, baking, and bonding with friends.
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 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 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.