Mary Ferreri


Mary Ferreri has served the past nine years as a Physical Education and Health Teacher. Her leadership roles and creative ways to keep students engaged have been her strengths. The more experience she acquired, the more she was able to assess what really helps students learn, stay motivated, and stay eager to be successful.
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Lori Cauthen

Vice President

Dr. Lori Cauthen serves as the curriculum chair and board member, a role in which she brings over 30 years of educational experience, coaching, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches educational experience to the organization.
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Taylor Lovallo


Taylor grew up in New Bern, NC and graduated from New Bern High School in 2011. She has personal experience dealing with addiction and recovery, and since transforming her life, she has dedicated herself to helping others.
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Betsy Ragone

Board Member

Betsy Ragone spent 20 years of her professional life working in Healthcare Information Technology. She is a daughter, sister, friend, wife, and most importantly, the mother of a daughter and a son.
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Jimmy Coleman

Board Member

Jimmy Coleman is passionate about opportunities to mentor and influence people of all ages.  His background includes entrepreneurship, public speaking, and serving on boards for churches and other non-profits.
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Donald McDonald

Board Member

Donald McDonald is the National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery. Donald’s greatest joy is empowering communities through education and advocacy – teaching communities about the recovery-oriented systems of care they deserve and the role language and story-telling play in dismantling discriminatory barriers to wellness.
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