QENO Team: Staff, Coaches, Advisory Council


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Natasha Davis, Director

Natasha Davis draws on her 16 years of finance and management experience to help strengthen our region's nonprofit sector. Natasha earned her BS in Accounting from University of North Carolina Greensboro with an Information Systems concentration and her Masters in Public Administration from UNC Wilmington with a Nonprofit Management concentration. Natasha has experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in the roles of staff member, board member, funder, and consultant.  Natasha started working with QENO in 2010 as a graduate program assistant and has served in multiple roles until being selected as QENO Director in 2013. In 2015, she was recognized as WILMA Magazine's Woman to Watch in the nonprofit category. Natasha leads QENO's operations, programming, and strategic planning efforts.

Stephanie Straughn

Stephanie Straughn, Program Associate

Stephanie Straughn assists QENO with strategic planning and program evaluation, as well as coordinating events and the organizational coaching progress. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from UNC Wilmington and a Master’s of Science in Social Work, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Human Services Management, from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She served on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) NC Chapter’s Board of Directors and the UNCW BSW Committee and acted as an officer of two student social work organizations at UNCW.  Stephanie’s areas of interest include reentry, substance abuse, and prison social work.

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Christine Ossipov, Administrative Associate

Christine Ossipov supports the QENO team in an administrative capacity. She brings over twenty years’ operations experience including as director of a public library in upstate New York. Most recently she held the position of instructor at a community college focusing on career readiness, office administration and software applications. Christine’s mission is to make the workplace enjoyable and stress-free while delivering professional, swift, and comprehensive services.

Molly Heffner

Molly Heffner, Program Assistant

Molly is the Program Assistant at QENO working with the QENO team on social medai, outcome measurement, and event planning. Molly is a senior at UNCW, majoring in International Studies with a Globalization concentration and minoring in Criminology and Nonprofit Management. While not on campus, Molly spends her time working with a variety of nonprofit organizations lending a hand in camp leadership, canine rescue and mission trips. 

Emmanuel Mitcham

Emmanuel Mitcham - Marketing and Communications Specialist

Emmanuel Mitcham supports QENO in his role as Marketing and Communications Specialist for UNCW Community Engagement. He assists in developing and managing branding for events as well as creating graphics for marketing materials. Emmanuel has strong background in higher education, diversity and healthcare marketing. He is very passionate about his work, both personally and professionally. He has a history of providing assistance to non-profit organizations and individuals in the Wilmington community.

Carlo Montagano

Carlo Montagano - Graduate Intern

Carlo Montagano is a graduate student at Post University in Connecticut, interning with QENO, supporting their strategy and planning efforts. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Human Services, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, and is set to graduate in August 2018. Carlo earned his BS in Management at Post University. He recently retired from a 25-year career with Aetna, most recently serving as Director of Strategic Clinical Programs for the Office of The Chief Medical Officer. Carlo has been active in local nonprofits for over 20 years. He is a hospice volunteer, a youth mentor and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Coleman Neal

Coleman Neal – Media Promotions Coordinator

Coleman Neal assist in the creation of media for QENO’s various programs, workshops, and social media. Coleman is a senior at UNCW, majoring in communication studies with concentrations in integrated marketing communication and media production. He is currently interning for Pier 601 Creative Integrated Marketing Communication Firm as a media producer. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Coleman plans to attend North Carolina State University to receive a Master’s in Communication studies with concentrations in cultural communication and digital media. 

Erin-Lacey Taylor

Erin-Lacey Taylor - Communications Coordinator

Erin-Lacey Taylor is our Intern Communications Coordinator at QENO. She works alongside the Marketing and Communication Specialist, Emmanuel Mitcham, to raise public awareness of our organization through online and offline channels. She will support QENO staff in aligning public relations, donor relations strategies, and communications. Erin-Lacey is also an Ambassador for the nonprofit, Silence the Shame, to promote awareness of mental health. Erin-Lacey received her Associate Arts degree from Cape Fear Community College and is currently studying at UNCW to receive her B.A in Communication Studies.

QENO Coaches

Coaches are independently contracted by UNCW and not employees of QENO.

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Andy Atkinson

Andy Atkinson’s experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors spans four decades. Atkinson spent twenty-four years as Finance Director and Deputy County Manager for New Hanover County. Since retiring in 2003, Andy has served as a consultant by numerous private and public agencies such as Cape Fear Literacy Council, Phoenix Ministries, Access Three of the Lower Cape Fear and the UNCW with an emphasis on strategic planning, leadership skills, and board development issues.  He served on the board of the Cape Fear Area United Way for 12 years and was recently the Chair of the Carousel Center for Abused Children.

Richard Blouse

Richard E. Blouse, Jr.

Dick Blouse is president and CEO of Global Perspectives LLC, a company that deals in economic development, strategic thinking and organizational development. He is a former president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber where he developed innovative initiatives that spanned the private and public sectors. Under his leadership, the Chamber created a regional economic partnership that united the Detroit region's 10-county governments with the private sector, doubled the Chamber's customer base to 20,000 firms and put it in solid financial footing with $8 million of daily cash management.  He retired in 2010 and, in 2016-2017, Dick was asked to serve as Interim President/CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. 

Maxine Elliott

Maxine Elliott

Maxine Elliott is a consultant and coach serving nonprofit organizations and their leaders.  Her areas of expertise include: board and executive director leadership development, strategic planning, fundraising including grant proposal writing, starting a nonprofit and other various elements of organizational development.  Her 25+ years of nonprofit involvement include serving as an Executive Director, Board Member, Founding Board Chair and volunteer.  She has a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource and is a graduate of the Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Program. As a Robert H. B. Baldwin Fellow for Communities In Schools, Inc. she produced the Executive Leadership Development report.  Current local community involvement includes board member of the Brunswick County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocating in court for children in custody of Department of Social Services and Treasurer of WAVES4K.I.D.S., an organization that helps meet needs of children in foster care and other difficult situations.  She resides in Oak Island with her four dogs.  

Doug Foreman

Doug Foreman

Doug spent 25 years in the financial services industry leading teams in small business banking, retail banking, insurance, marketing, technology and process design. During this time, he worked with United Way’s Allocation Committee / UWCF campaign chair for Bank of America and JDRF’s Walk chairman. Doug also served on the board of directors for the Virginia College Fund, Irving YMCA, and Irving Arts Council.


Hoover DeBerry

Beth Hoover-DeBerry

Beth graduated from Salem College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology, and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. As a lifelong volunteer experienced in social science, event planning, graphic design, program management, and administration, Beth found an ideal match at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, in Winston-Salem, NC. As Assistant Director of Education, she is responsible for directing the museum’s summer adventures camp and the docent-volunteer program. Beth enjoys sharing her knowledge of volunteer management by facilitating workshops at state and regional museum conferences, and problem solving with non-profit professionals seeking guidance about their volunteer training programs. She is active in several professional museum groups including the North Carolina Museums Council and the Southeastern Museums Conference. She has served on the Board of the Piedmont Regional Association of Volunteer Administrators and currently serves on the Board of Directors for HandsOn Northwest NC as past Chair. 

Tracy Meadows

Tracy Meadows

Tracy Meadows is a 1992 graduate of the UNCW Cameron School of Business with a BS in Accounting.  Since that time, Tracy has served in various accounting capacities in the Wilmington area in both the private and public sectors and is currently in private practice with a wide variety of clients ranging from non-profit organizations to companies within the restaurant, retail, and construction industries.  Tracy held roles as Treasurer, Vice-President, and President for such organizations as Smart Start of New Hanover County, North Carolina Junior Sorosis, Forest Hills Global Elementary School PTA, and the Hanover Seaside Club.  Tracy currently resides in Wilmington, NC with her husband and son.

David Morrison

David Morrison

David Morrison is Coach and Owner of DF Morrison Consulting, a firm that empowers social-impact ventures (both for-profit and nonprofit) to work smarter. He helps organizations “keep it rollin’” by discovering the best structure for your needs, sharing the value of diversifying your revenue streams, and, ensuring you have the right team at your table.

David holds both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in nonprofit management and a Certificate in Conflict Management and Resolution from University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).

He has served as a co-founder, board member and volunteer for local adapted recreation and human services organizations in Wilmington, NC since 2008, during which time, he has helped write and review countless grants of varying sizes and types. This includes grants for the over $1 million development of the BRAX Stadium PPD Miracle Field and Kiwanis Miracle Playground at Olsen Park

David holds his bachelor’s Degree (’13) in English also from UNCW.

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Karen Pappas

Over the past 20 years, Karen has held senior management positions with two Fortune 500 companies - UPS and Bank of America -  in human resources, franchise-wide communications, and operations. She led the global UPS employee communication and training programs for the 1996 Olympic Games, winning several awards from the International Association of Business Communicators. At Bank of America, she led the compensation franchise-wide implementation via Six Sigma protocols and received the award for High Achievement in Leadership. Karen’s appointments to diversity councils over the years speak to her passion for workplace performance with respect and dignity.

Karen held leadership positions with UNCW in organizational and professional development and nonprofit capacity building. She is a public servant at heart, loves animals and the environment, and is passionate about helping people and organizations grow. She volunteers with NC Coastal Federation, is a member the board of directors for Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Association, is a lifelong ambassador for literacy, is past board chair for Cape Fear Literacy Council. Currently she is the new and busy owner and president of AGPC: Agile Pappas Consulting and Amazing Grace Pet Care.com.

Logan Thompson

Logan Thompson

Logan has been working in the nonprofit field since her arrival to Wilmington in 2010. Attaining a Masters in Public Administration in 2012, Logan has worked with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Good Shepherd Center, United Way of Onslow County, and Cancer for College, a national nonprofit organization providing college scholarships to cancer survivors – of which Logan was a recipient for two years in a row. Logan specializes in Organizational Assessment, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Program Evaluation, and HR.

Boo Tyson

Boo Tyson

Boo Tyson is the owner and founder of the nonprofit consulting business, Tyme Management, LLC, specializing in the facilitation of difficult conversations within nonprofit and other workplace settings. In this capacity, she works with boards of directors and executive staff in helping to create processes and develop relationships that can sustain an organization, its board and its executive director over time. Boo has 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, serving in roles ranging from program director to organizer to executive director. She also previously served as the vice-president of Education & Connections at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. She holds an undergraduate degree in social work from NC State University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. The daughter of a public school teacher and a United Methodist minister, Boo grew up in eastern North Carolina being called Martha Buie. Portions of Boo’s family and history were captured in her brother Tim Tyson’s award-winning book, Blood Done Sign My Name.

Coaches in Training

Floyd Morgan

Floyd Morgan graduated from Fayetteville State University where he attained bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Banking & Finance. Floyd served in the United States Navy as an aviation maintenance administrationman. He currently works for the Nixon Minority Male Leaders Center, an initiative that focuses on the retention of first-year minority males, at Cape Fear Community College. Outside of his professional life, he helps others through education and by giving them the tools they need to empower themselves.

Advisory Council

Dr. Jill Waity, Ph. D.

Latisha Corpening, MA

Amanda Gabbard

Dr. Kent Guion, MD, MA
Michelle Gunn
Keith Fraser, MPA
Dr. Andrea Jones, Ph.D.
Steve McCrossan, MALS, MPA
Tracy Meadows
David Morrison, MPA
Dr. Andrew Ryder, Ph.D.
Steve Spain, MPA
Resea Willis
Marcia Wright