bio picGeraud Staton, Interim Executive Director

Geraud┬áis an oil painter, small business entrepreneur, and marketing specialist. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from NCCU’s School of Business. He has partnered with students from NCCU to start Helius, a business training and consulting company specializing in necessity-driven entrepreneurs. He served in the US Air Force during Operation: Desert Storm and worked with the NC Hazard Mitigation Department during Hurricanes Floyd and Fran. Geraud continues his passion of helping people by teaching individuals to gain their own financial security through entrepreneurship.


Beatrice PhotoBeatrice Parker, Director of Community Relations

Beatrice is a self-proclaimed GRIT (girl raised in the south) with global tendencies, foodie, advocate, hostess, and entrepreneur. A North Carolina native, she is a wife and mompreneur of four. Beatrice has worked as an outreach counselor for Hurricane Floyd victims, taught ESL, tutored secondary Spanish, worked as a Bilingual Victim witness legal assistant, collections agent, and office manager. Beatrice is active in her community by serving on various advisory/executive boards, mentoring children, parent support groups, coordinating events, and serving in her church. Her degrees are in Political Science and Spanish from UNC Chapel Hill.