About Us

2020 TRAILBLAZERS LAUNCH

2020 Traile

Board Members

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Kim Alexander, Executive Director
• Founder/Visionary/Executive Director
• Graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Social Sciences
• Graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Culinary Arts
• Competed in the 1976 Olympic Trials
• Has 25 years of sales experience in Corporate America

 

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Brandon Feely, Board Member/Mentor/Mentorship Advisor
Brandon’s Story
• Trailblazer (Formerly Incarcerated for 7 years)
• Entrepreneur
• Tatoo removal artist
• Student pilot

 

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Joseph Knofczynski, Board Member/Legal Advisor and Interim Secretary 
• Judicial Clerk at the North Carolina Business Court
• Graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Political Science and Economics
• Graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law

 

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Rebecca Haworth, Board Member/Art Program Director and Interim Treasurer
Mixed Media Artist & Writer
• Financial services consultant and professional for 15 years
• Graduated from University of Texas, Dallas, with a BA in English Literature
• Graduated from University of North Carolina, Charlotte, with a BFA Painting

 

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Octavia Arthur, Board Member/Volunteer Coordinator
• Owner/Broker at Arthur Realty, LLC
• Graduated from NC A&T State University
• Board Member of Keep Charlotte Beautiful

 

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Arietta Cagnolatti, Program Advisor
• Vice President, Senior Delivery Manager at Bank of America
• Graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Computers and Information Systems
• Former Technical Support Escalations Manager at IBM

 

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Byron Alexander, Program Advisor
• Activity Director at the Lansing Correctional Facility
• Graduated from Marymount College
• Regional Director for Kansas/Missouri Biddy Basketball Program and President of the Kansas City Buddy Basketball Program