About Us

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Board Members


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



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



Joseph Knofczynski, 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



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



Arietta Cagnolatti, Board Member/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



Bernadette McRell, Board Member/Bookkeeper
• Over 35 years of experience in accounting as a Special Projects Analyst
• AP Specialist
• Senior Accounting Clerk at Cenveo
• Duke/Fluor Daniel
• Mint Museum