IMG_1441Shelia Reich, Executive Director,                                  919.463.5039,

Shelia Reich has most recently served as the Deputy Director of National Implementation & Quality Assurance for the Children’s Aid Society, an organization focused on helping children in poverty to succeed and thrive. She was responsible for the management and oversight of national program demonstrations, as well as cultivating program and philanthropic partners in support of youth development initiatives. Shelia has extensive experience and expertise in the nonprofit arena, including: program planning and operations; business development/stakeholder cultivation; strategic planning; grant writing and development; and overall management and administration. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University and also has an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University. Previous employers include the American Red Cross, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Black Women’s Health Project.

Shelia is active in our community, serving as a member of Leadership Cary, the Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the NCSU School of Social Work Advisory Committee.  She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Shelia and her husband, Jason, reside in Cary, NC and are the proud parents of an active and vibrant 11-year-old named Collin.


Cammie Bates, Community Engagement Manager, Pronouns: she, her, hers                                            919.463.5005,

Cammie is excited to join Youth Thrive, where she hopes to influence and address policies, systems, and environments that contribute to health disparities and inequities among youth and their communities. Cammie has experience in coalition building and community development. She brought together local and statewide partners to complete community based initiatives, and she has experience in workshop facilitation, program development, and strategic partnership expansion. Cammie most recently served as the Physical Activity and Nutrition Health Educator and Regional Coordinator at the Poe Center for Health Education. While there she directly interacted with youth, taught on a variety of health topics, and also worked on policy changes to support youth and those who serve youth.

Cammie attended UNC Chapel Hill for her BA in Exercise and Sport Science and North Carolina State University for her Masters of Physiology as well as Certification in Family Life Education and Coaching. Cammie is passionate about serving and empowering her community. She is a member of the Big Kid Corps at Marbles Kids Museum and a Wellness Coach at the YMCA of the Triangle.


Paul Brown, Director of Operations,                         919.463.5012,

Paul Brown brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role. His professional experience stems from a combination of workforce, education, government and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Director of Information Services for the College of Charleston, where he managed campus-wide data for Student Housing and Card Access. Paul is results driven with extensive project and program management experience, where he has a proven scorecard for supporting and developing young people, adult learners, families and special populations. Paul attended Winthrop University (BA) and Savannah State University (MPA), which propelled him into the public service arena. He was also able to publish a book, along with starting his own nonprofit (JAE Foundation) where he had the chance to share his story with young people, sparking some sort of inspiration in their lives. He fell in love with those experiences, and since then has always sought opportunities in working with the youth.

Paul remains connected to his community through membership in organizations such as Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, N.A.A.C.P, 100 Black Men and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.


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