Keeva Kase, Executive Director

“Empathy is the source of creativity. When we see ourselves in others – human and nonhuman, alike – we innovate for the greater good.”

Veteran child advocate, community organizer, and small business owner, Keeva leads Bull City Forward toward a world in which our toughest challenges are solved through social innovation. He envisions Durham and the Triangle region as a global leader for innovative solutions to systemic social problems. Keeva has directed numerous community investment initiatives and championed education and child welfare reform efforts. He holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, owns a small truffiere, and serves as a director with Odell Education. Keeva credits his faith, family, and friends for his continued inspiration and drive to serve.

 

blairBlair Lanier, Director of Strategy

Blair thrives on making big dreams possible by translating vision into strategy and impact.  Former Executive Director of Breakthrough Cincinnati (a nonprofit launching students to college and young teachers to careers), Blair brings strategic planning, program evaluation, and development experience to Bull City Forward. Before leading Breakthrough, Blair taught AP Biology and developed a deep appreciation for communication skills and scientific literacy as critical tools for success in the 21st century. Blair proudly hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, received her BA in Sociology from Yale, lives on a small but mighty farm with her boyfriend, and is pursuing dual MBA and MPP degrees at Duke University.

 

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.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABenjamin Shedlock, Director of Communications

Ben specializes in bringing expert messages to broad audiences. A proud Pennsylvania transplant, Ben came to Durham after completing an MA in Professional Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also consulted with researchers and students to help them improve their research communications. Currently, Ben is also providing messaging support for the Board of the Triangle NC chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Ben has also worked as refugee resettlement caseworker, helping scores of refugees navigate new lives in America.

 

RuchiRuchi Singh, Director of Program Management

Ruchi is passionate about understanding the drivers of social change and the power of entrepreneurship to impact society. A native of India, Ruchi also spent a significant amount of time growing up in Singapore and currently works in the financial services industry in New York City. In 2011, Ruchi founded Haryali – a non-profit based in North India, focused on empowering unemployed rural women with a self-sustainable income stream through cost effective greenhouse farming. Ruchi graduated from Middlebury College with a double major in Economics and Political Science and also studied Mandarin for 2 years.

 

bio picGeraud Staton, Director of Training and Content

Geraud is 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.
 

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