Dr. Lenore Behar, ‘19
Child Psychologist and philanthropist
Lenore Behar is a trained child psychologist with a doctoral degree from Duke University who has spent her entire professional life working on behalf of children.
In 1973, she assumed the position of Chief of Child Mental Health Services in the state office of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, a position she held for 30 years. Based on her work in North Carolina, she’s provided leadership and technical assistance in the development of systems of care policies and practices across the country, having served as a consultant to 27 states and even Israel in planning and organizing child mental health services.
Lenore is currently the Director of Child and Family Program Strategies, a consulting organization dedicated to providing technical assistance and evaluation services to community systems that serve children and their families.
Don Draughon, Treasurer, ‘17
Bank of North Carolina
Donald R. Draughon, Jr. is an executive vice president and director of corporate finance for Bank of North Carolina. Prior to Bank of North Carolina, Don was the president and CEO of KeySource Commercial Bank, a business bank headquartered in Durham, NC, which he founded in March 2007. Before his time at KeySource, Don was a managing director for Anderson & Strudwick, a full service brokerage firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, in the investment banking division.
His experience also includes serving as the chairman and CEO of Convenience USA, Inc; an operator of more than 250 convenience stores from 1998 to 2002; a managing director with the investment-banking firm Baxter Fentriss; a senior financial analyst for Montrose Capital, a merchant banking group; and an assistant vice president of Wachovia Bank.
Don received an MBA from Wake Forest University’s Babcock School of Management in 1984 and a BA from Brigham Young University in 1982. Additionally, he founded Voyager Academy Charter School and served as its chairman from February 2006 to June 2011.
Hayes Finley ’18
Hayes grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a degree in Economics from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and a law degree from North Carolina Central University. Between undergrad and law school, Hayes served for two years in Senegal, West Africa with the U.S. Peace Corps. Hayes enjoys oil painting in her free time. Her husband, Ed, plays guitar and together they enjoy the music scene in the Triangle and are supporters of the arts.
Robert Gofourth, Board Chair, ‘18
Vice President, Operational Strategy and Performance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Robert has more than 25 years of operations and risk management experience across a variety of industries including insurance, mortgage banking, government enterprise, and outsourcing. In 2014, Robert accepted the position of Vice President of Operational Strategy and Performance at BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Robert is responsible for the divisional Strategy, Innovation, Quality, Compliance, Analytics, and Process Improvement programs.
Robert has been a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt since 1999. After earning his M.B.A., he applied a combination of process improvement and operational knowledge to drive quality, reduce cost and improve efficiency to the benefit of several companies. Prior to joining BCBSNC, he was with Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, a government entity acting as the insurer of last resort for the State of Florida. Robert first held the position of Vice President of Operations, improving performance levels which could compete with private enterprise. His final position at Citizens was Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management. As the corporate officer in charge of risk, he utilized his knowledge of process improvement and operations to develop and deploy the company’s risk program which ultimately helped the company in achieving its mission and strategic goals.
The ultimate vision Robert has for operations as a whole is to utilize predictive and prescriptive analytics in conjunction with performance data coupled with Key Risk Indicators. By applying this model, operations can move to the next level through a predictive approach and deliver unsurpassed value to the Enterprise.
When not working, he enjoys traveling and volunteering. Kidznotes is an organization that is near and dear to his heart. This passion is derived from seeing children, families and community develop and evolve. Robert completed his first book in 2016 becoming a best-selling author in 2017.
Noel James, ‘17
Noel James, Arts Consultant
Noel James is an experienced arts administrator and has been actively engaged in the Triangle community since 2010. Noel curates programs, manages projects and events at arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions and municipalities. She is particularly focused on arts as a vehicle for positive social change.
Noel has served on the Durham Cultural Advisory Public Art Committee, NC Arts Council Grant Review panel and is a current member of Raleigh’s Artsplosure Board.
Noel has a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree in Communications and Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University, and a Governing For NonProfit Excellence Certificate from Harvard Business School.
Margaret Martin, ’18
Margaret Rand Martin is a native of Durham, North Carolina and is an attorney and commercial real estate broker. She’s a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, earning undergraduate, masters and law degrees. She was the first full-time female City Attorney in North Carolina (City of Salisbury) and served as the first female President of the N.C. Association of Municipal Attorneys. She later served as Assistant Wake County Attorney for 3 years before obtaining a real estate brokerage license and working in commercial mortgage banking and brokerage. She serves on the Board of Directors of Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company and has served on the Board of Visitors of UNC-Chapel Hill, the Parents’ Council of Wake Forest University, the Parents’ Association of Appalachian State University, the Board of Trustees of Chatham Hall School and the Foundation Board of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. As President of The Sir Walter Cabinet, she introduced KidzNotes to spouses of legislative, executive and judicial officers of N.C. government by inviting KidzNotes to perform at their meeting. She has also arranged for KidzNotes to perform at her church, Christ Church, in Raleigh. Margaret and her husband, John, retired Chief Judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals, live in Raleigh with their 2 rescued dogs. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren and cherish family time at the beach. Margaret enjoys reading, travelling, playing golf, tutoring a kindergarten student and volunteering at Christ Church. Margaret and John also have helped to support a child in South Africa for the past 5 years.
Frank Pollock, ‘18
President, Pioneer Group
I am a marketing strategist with a broad experience base. I learned to market and sell while working at Frito-Lay, General Mills and Colgate Palmolive where I worked on projects like creating multi-vendor, cold and flu campaigns for Target; developing Target’s Guest Relationship Management database (you may have read about it in the NY Times in 2012); and crafting a strategy to attack Pringles that was used by Frito-Lay leadership teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Now I work with smaller organizations like NXT Health, as they reposition their brand for the launch of the Patient Room 20/20, or SportTracks as they continue their global expansion in the fitness tracking market.
I love making new connections so please reach out if you would like to discuss marketing, strategy, innovation or basketball.
Lucia Hutchinson Peel Powe, Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus
Teacher, writer, community activist
Lucia grew up in North Carolina and Georgia. She earned her BFA in speech and drama at Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon, GA, and later attended UNC Chapel Hill, Duke and East Carolina University for graduate work. With her Conservatory graduation in 1953, she also became Miss Georgia. Over the next few years, you may remember her as Miss Lucia on the syndicated show Romper Room. She also performed as a soloist with Phil Spitalny’s All Girl Orchestra. In 1957, she married Judge Elbert “Junie” Peel and reared four daughters in Williamston, NC. During that time, she appeared as Lil Abner’s Daisy Mae in East Carolina’s first summer stock production (great fun!). She also taught creative writing, speech, drama and music on both high school and college levels. After Judge Peel passed away in 1984, Lucia moved to Raleigh. There she forayed her writing skills into a job with the NC Legislature to edit new bills before their presentation on the floor.
In 1993, Lucia married widowed attorney E.K. Powe. Ten years later, her charming southern novel Roanoke Rock Muddle was published; it can be found in our library and on Amazon.com. A sequel is scheduled for publication this year with the proceeds going to Roanoke River Partners. Over the years, she served as an active board member, fundraising for such organizations as the NC Museum of History, UNC Lineberger Cancer Research Center and many others. She was also president of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Women in Durham. In 2012, Lucia received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and in 2013, an award by The Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
In 2010, co-founding Kidznotes became a priority for Lucia. She was inspired by a CBS 60 Minutes segment in 2008 detailing impoverished children in Venezuela and the tremendous transformation their exposure to playing classical music brought. Encouraged by her husband, she and Katie Wyatt (currently Executive Director) realized the potential for Durham’s poor children. With solid preparation, they mirrored the program in Venezuela which now serves seven area public schools with more than 300 students in grades K-7. Music and math go together, and mastering the music has provided a sense of empowerment toward a more purposeful life for many. The program has been a stunning success.
Lucia Powe, proud grandmother of five, with her sparkling charm and passion for life’s good works, has clearly left her footprint on the state of NC..
Mary Quezada, ‘17
Health Education Director, UNC Women’s Health Information Center
Mary currently works at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill as the health education director of NC Women’s Hospital Resource Center. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, she witnessed first-hand the positive impact that ‘El Sistema’ had in the poorest sectors of the country.
After earning her degree in social work from the School of Economics of the Venezuelan Central University in Caracas, and working several years in the mental health sector, Mary and her husband, Miguel, moved to Raleigh in 1991 and have been here ever since.
Mary worked for more than 11 years in the field of HIV/AIDS education, managing a national educational hotline for the American Social Health Association, a nonprofit organization funded by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, afterwards she worked for a National Breast Cancer Research Study run by Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.under the supervision of the National Institutes of Health. She also holds a master’s degree in International Management
Anne Saffer, ’18
Anne Saffer is the Director of Consultant Development for Executive Service Corps (ESC) of the Triangle. She is responsible for recruiting, training, and engaging pro bono consultants. Previously Anne had over five years in university fundraising with the University of Wyoming and Lehigh University. Prior to that, she worked as an investor relations professional where she developed communications strategies to maximize shareholder value for several automotive and financial companies.
In addition, Anne has nonprofit service in the areas of board membership, volunteer management and program development, for agencies such as the Boston Classical Orchestra and She’s A Runner Girl. Anne has an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Colin Tierney, Secretary, ‘18
Colin Tierney has built a career in helping for-profit and nonprofit organizations define, launch, and build digital strategy and marketing teams designed to increase reach and revenue. Bringing insights and experience from multiple industries, including B2B and B2C, Colin takes a creative, entrepreneurial approach to finding efficient solutions. From helping Durham, NC take a new, digital approach to economic development to managing global digital brand strategy at Ralph Lauren, Colin employs strategic thinking and leadership to move projects and teams forward. An amateur musician who began his professional career in the music industry, Colin is thrilled to be serving Kidznotes and helping students grow their passion for music.
Colin is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Public Policy Studies and a certificate in Film/Video/Digital. He also founded Duke’s student-run record label and recording studio, Small Town Records, which still plays an active role in Duke student life.
Kathryn Wyatt, ex officio
Executive Director, Kidznotes
See Katie’s bio on our staff page.