The Board of Directors
Tom Andrews, retired attorney, brings 42 years of legal problem-solving experience to the board. Tom is also a director of Presbyterian Campus Ministries. He has extensive experience in local, national, and international church-based service-oriented outreach, with an emphasis on youth mission activities. Tom believes A Place at the Table provides an extraordinary opportunity to offer quality, nutritious, locally-grown meals to people of all income levels, to provide volunteer service work for North Carolina State University students and members of local churches, and to act as a locale and catalyst for a variety of service, worship and issue-oriented activities. Tom’s duties will include acting as liaison between our board and the board of Presbyterian Campus Ministries, attending meetings of our board of directors, and voting on board decisions.
Rev. Cindy Bolden is a volunteer director and leads the Community Advisory Board. She is a community pastor in Raleigh. In her ministry Cindy seeks to build community and love people through conversation, relationship, and acts of hospitality. Cindy attended Duke University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1984. She was ordained as a minister in 2011. She is a double graduate of Campbell University, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 2011 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2016. Cindy is married, has two adult children, and practices yoga daily.
Allison Connors is an advocate for reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes in North Carolina and sees healthy food access for all as an essential part of accomplishing this goal. Her vision for North Carolina is a combined community café/mini-farmers market in every food and health desert in North Carolina. Allison also serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Diabetes Prevention Board of the Triangle Association of the Y. She started and leads a Healthy Lifestyles Group at her church. Allison has a bachelors in Computer Science from Duke University and a masters of business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Allison is a member of The Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian Church, in Cary, North Carolina.
Sean Degnan is the Board Chair. He is the co-owner of Buku in downtown Raleigh. His duties as Chair are spelled out in our bylaws and will include attending and presiding at board meetings, working closely with the Executive Director to ensure our mission is carried out.
Maggie Kane is the Executive Director. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2013 and began working for a nonprofit with people experiencing homelessness. By befriending many people living on the margins, she knew something needed to be done. Maggie has a heart to serve, a desire to always be inclusive, and a passion for loving people. She is ready to see relationships forged between different classes of people and community being created around the table. Her board duties are described in the bylaws. She will not vote but will attend meetings. She will assist in providing feedback and comment on daily happenings at A Place at the Table.
Erika Martin currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Night Hawk Security and Consulting and currently manages the security operations provided to assigned accounts, including client service, new business development, and operational effectiveness. Prior to joining Night Hawk Security in 2011, Erika Martin worked as Director of Programs for the Winston-Salem Urban League specializing in program management, program implementation and proposal development and research. As a part of her community involvement, she served in an advisory role to the President, Executive Board, and Leadership team as the liaison for the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals; Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals; and has served as the Business Community Partner for Main Street Academy (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools). In the fall of 2015, Erika was chosen to participate in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Raleigh Program. Erika Martin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and advanced coursework in Vocal Music Performance. She has significant experience in managing corporate and government contracts. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, water sports, playing the piano, reading a good book and living life to the fullest!
Judi Nagy is a CPA and brings over 30 years of experience in accounting to the board. She is a Quickbooks Advanced Pro Advisor and specializes in small business and non-profit organizations. Judi currently serves as Treasurer of the Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian and is a board member and Treasurer of Guatemala Village Partners. A native of Ohio, Judi is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is currently employeed at Walker, Rodeniser and Welch, LLP.
Todd Ohle began his culinary career by attending The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and receiving his degree in Culinary Arts. He then attended Florida International University (FIU) in their Hospitality Management program. He soon returned to the restaurant field, first in an upscale dining atmosphere, and later as a private chef in many Miami Beach residences, including the home of the late Gianni Versace. In November of 1999, Todd and his wife made a life-changing decision to move to North Carolina in hopes of one day opening their own restaurant. In 2001, Todd became the executive chef at Rocky Top Hospitality’s flagship location, Michael Dean’s. Later that year, he helped open their second location, Bogart’s American Grill. After helming Bogart’s kitchen for almost two years, Todd left Bogart’s in November 2003 to open Rocky Top’s sixth restaurant, Twisted Fork. He then rose to Director of Culinary Operations for Rocky Top Hospitality and was pleased to be the executive chef of their last concept, 1705Prime. Desiring more time to spend with his two daughters, Todd left Rocky Top Hospitality in June of 2008 to become the Food and Beverage Director at The Cypress of Raleigh.
J Nick Otto serves on the BOD. He is on the SAS IT Leadership Team with responsibility for Global Hosting & Cloud Services, Global Information Security, and IT Audit & Compliance groups. In this role he, focuses on the future of IT Hosting, whether in corporate data centers, public clouds, or somewhere in between. Prior to joining SAS, Nick held senior leadership positions at Red Hat in both the IT Infrastructure and IT Enterprise Systems divisions. He also worked at Circuit City Stores overseeing its IT Infrastructure, Data Centers, Networking and Store Technology groups. Nick started his IT career in the grocery IT sector supporting UNIX systems, POS terminals, and networks. Along the way he has worked at a tech startup, consulted for the Virginia Dept of Transportation, and assisted several non-profits in making technology decisions. Nick is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Every late summer, Nick can be found in San Miguel de Cozumel, working at the Ciudad de Angeles children’s home. The rest of the year he can be spotted riding a Harley around the Raleigh area.
Shana Overdorf is the Director of the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness. The Partnership works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness.
Nathan Powers is a Human Resources Manager for the Raleigh based engineering firm S&ME, Inc. In his professional career, Nathan works in the areas of regulatory compliance, corporate business processes and employee development. While Nathan enjoys his work, his passion is helping those in need, specifically in need of food. At Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Nathan works with several different groups, cooks for fundraising dinners and provides an annual meal for the homeless that is served by the congregation. Nathan received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Belmont University and a Master’s of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond. He is married to Libby Stephens, Minister with Children and their Families at Pullen. Nathan and Libby have one son, Henry. The whole family enjoys traveling, working in the garden and cooking.
Stephanie Raney is a clinical monitoring operations analyst at Novella Clinical where she provides strategic support and guidance to the management team in achieving higher levels of compliance with corporate objectives related to metrics. Prior to her position at Novella, Stephanie planned and managed events and internal communications at NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions and the Office for Outreach & Engagement. Through her work with Outreach & Engagement and volunteering with other Raleigh nonprofits, she became impassioned with serving her local community. After coming across A Place at the Table on social media, Stephanie believed she could offer her expertise in communications to help A Place at the Table achieve its goals. Since August 2015, Stephanie has served as the Communications Chair for A Place at the Table. Stephanie has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from NC State University.
Alisha Rogers is the most recent addition to our board, and we are so happy to have her! Alisha is a Raleigh native selling restaurant equipment in her family’s business, United Restaurant Equipment Company, which has been serving the restaurant community for 64 years. She’s a mother of two, a graduate of the University of Georgia, and spent the first 15 years of her career in television. (We still want to hear more about this!)
Hollie Woodruff is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She moved to North Carolina in 2007 to serve as the chaplain of Barton College in Wilson, NC until May 2013. Now Hollie serves as the Director of Development and Communications for the denomination’s Higher Education and Leadership Ministries. She also partners with nonprofits organizing fundraising events and doing promotion and marketing for several faith-based writers. She completed her BBA at Belmont University. After working in the Music Industry for two years, she started her Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. In her free time, Hollie enjoys hiking with her two Golden Retrievers and playing violin.
Community Advisory Board
Zinith Barbee comes to APATT with no religious motivation, social vision, or ministry leadership. Instead, he feels more a beneficiary of people with those pursuits. His passions are roads and rocks. He was a civil engineer designing parts of the state highway system and a hydrogeologist regulating groundwater quality at landfills. Medical trauma redefined him. He describes himself as “being on the good side of a coinflip” and recipient of exemplary care from his religious and residential communities. He volunteers in his neighborhood school where he talks to children about rocks, which he calls his “best therapy” after neurosurgery for the tumor that disabled him. Zinith knew chronic homelessness long before engineering and geology. He once lived in his car and worked where benefits included free meals—restaurants. In addition to working as a dishwater, bus boy, and short-order cook, he worked in a hospital, two factories, and a school. He credits these places with not only teaching him the discipline, ethic, and efficiency crucial to his life but where he learned from others about humanity, hospitality, and hope Whether homeless or homeful. Zinith never viewed strangers as “the other” but saw himself as “one of them.” He says he never imagined he would one day help build the highways on which he used to hitchhike. For him APATT is another “coming full circle.”
Katherine Blankenship is originally from Asheville, NC, a place where she credits the formation of her love of service, the mountains, and her love of God. She is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and presently serves as the Director of Mission Immersion for Raleigh Youth Mission, a branch of Youth Mission Co. Through her ministry Katherine works to name creative gifts and profound truths in the lives of youth and adults, most often through music, art, prayer, and laughter.
Johanna C is so busy helping the community she hasn’t provided us with a bio yet!
Scott Day is a volunteer member of our Community Advisory Board. He comes from Long Island, NY and loves Raleigh! Some of his favorite spots are Pullen Park and downtown Raleigh. He loves music and has a heart for Progressive Rock.
Michael Holloway is a volunteer Community Advisory Board member. He loves movies and if he could he would live in Blue Ridge Movie Theater. His all time favorite movie is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Coming from Miami, Florida in 2003, he chose to stay and loves it here. He loves to write poetry, loves his friends, and knows just about everyone. He loves his church family from Hillyer Memorial too. He runs ‘God in school is cool’ where he organizes donations and personally gives out school supplies to kids in Raleigh.
Rev. Sarah McCoy is a member of the Community Advisory Board. A Raleigh native, she is a graduate of NCSU and Campbell University Divinity School. She is currently working on her second graduate degree from Campbell University, this time with a Master of Arts in Counseling. Sarah is an ordained clergywoman and enjoys doing non-parish, community ministry with the people of Raleigh. She lives in Cary with her 13-year-old shelter rescue, Maddie. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, hiking and spending time with those she loves, particularly her niece and nephew.
Soteria Shepperson is originally from Richmond, VA and has been a resident of North Carolina for the last five years. She received a B.S. in Administration of Justice from George Mason University in 2008 and has also buildt a community identity as a poet, advocator, and a instructor at Wake Tech. She has served as an instructor in a men’s Shelter, she has served as the Director of Volunteer Services in a non profit and she had served as a leader in various ministries. Her name has led to her identity in this community as “Soteria” draws on the Greek term symbolizing deliverance, preservation, safety, and salvation. Soteria draws on a number of influences that shape her life as a child of God including giving back to others and imparting into them. She is known for being a student of this thing we call life, and believes in a ministry that lifts up the experiences of those she works with, living into the idea of, “because you have gone through it, educate me so we both won’t have to make the same mistakes”. Soteria values family, not the perfection of it but its brokenness and the perfection that comes of it being broken. She has worked with at risk youth and those in tough places for years and has found joy in the relationships that have come from these experiences. She has been blessed by the presence of several mentors who have offered their time, experience, joys, and struggles. Her hope is to reciprocate those relationships through the acts of living her life in a way that in can be a voice of change.
Tim Trapp is a volunteer member of the CAB. He is from a little town inside Wendell, NC. He serves at First Presbyterian Church downtown as an Deacon, drives the church bus, works with IWake Interfaith Hospitality Network, sings in the choir, and cooks the Early Birds Breakfast and Wednesday luncheons. He is excited to help people have a better life through A Place at the Table, as well as help himself have one! He believes the Lord will bless APATT! His favorite foods are boiled chicken, spinach, and cooked tomatoes.
Gary Gardner serves as an Adviser to APATT. He is currently the Chief Development Officer with Mission Upreach. He has 12 years of nonprofit leadership experience following an executive corporate career. In that 12 years he became the Founder of Ciudad of Angeles, a nonprofit providing Mexico based Orphanages. He has a focus in management, fundraising, executive transitions, board development, strategy development and implementation, and finance and administration.