Shona Simpson, Board Chair
Anna Marie Carr-Reinhard, Board Vice-Chair
Director, Office of Family Engagement, Wake Forest University
Alec Robinette, Treasurer
Founder, Elemental Financial
Leah Lavin, Board Secretary
Director of Community Relations, the Arts Based School
Senior Director, Strategy - Collins Aerospace
Founding Owner, Camino Bakery
Triad Regional Organizer, Carolina Federation
Dedee DeLongpré Johnston
VP for Human Resources and Sustainability, Wake Forest University
Lauren Quartz DiBianca Frye
Founding Principal, Latent Designs PLLC & Instructor, Forsyth County Day School
Lauren is a big-picture thinker with an eye for detail. A practicing architect, educator, and mother, she believes in the power of design to build community through thoughtful engagement, respectful reuse, and responsiveness to natural systems. Lauren founded Latent Designs to expand access to sustainable, place-based architecture with a practice that reconnects us to history, nature, and each other. Passionate about conserving resources and educating the next generation, she focuses on adaptive reuse, educational, and small-scale community-based projects. As a part-time instructor at Forsyth Country Day School she teaches architecture to high school students, and she is a founder and volunteer board chair of the Community Design Studio.
Principal, Roots First Design
Philanthropic Advisor, The Winston-Salem Foundation
J. Denise Johnson
Associate Professor of Education, Winston-Salem State University
Robert Leak III
Regional Field Organizer, PowerUp NC
Pastor Robert Leak III has over fifteen years of community organizing and activism in the city of Winston-Salem. Robert understands that everyone has a gift, skill, and/or talent to be shared with others to help build change in their community. He believes everyone has a right to be included at the table despite their circumstances. Robert attended Winston-Salem State University, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Political Science. He enjoys working in the community and pastoring his church, delivering up-lifting messages to his members and the community. During his free time, you will find Robert enjoying quality time with his wife and child.
School Improvement Coach, Kimberley Park Elementary
Rashawn is a passionate and driven educator with 10+ years’ experience in leading, supporting, and coaching school leadership, staff, and students to excel. In her current role, she oversees the plan, goals, and vision for Kimberley Park and student success. Rashawn holds a Master of Education in Special Education from Salem College, Master in School Administration from North Carolina A&T State University, and a North Carolina of Public Instruction (NCDPI) licensure. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Retired Nonprofit Professional
Daisy Rodriguez was born in New York City and has lived in Winston-Salem for more than 20 years. Her career has spanned the corporate and non-profit world. Most recently, Daisy served as Director of Childhood Hunger Programs for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. She was a Scholarship Committee member for 10 years for The Winston-Salem Foundation; in 2019 the Foundation hired her as the Director of Student Aid helping to award more than $1.4 million in scholarships in 2021. In August 2021 she retired. Daisy was recognized as one of five “Outstanding Women Leaders” in 2015 by the City of Winston-Salem; is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem, Class of 2015; a graduate of both the Citizen’s Police Academy and Citizen’s Fire Academy; was awarded the Donna Lambeth Children’s Champion Award in 2018; and in 2019 became a certified yoga instructor. She resides in Winston-Salem with her husband Dan, three children, and five grandchildren.