Graig Meyerhas been the coordinator of BRMA since August of 1998. Through his years in the program, Graig has learned to love the special phenomenon of introducing mentors and mentees who would not know each other without the role of this program. These relationships knit a tighter and more healthy social fabric in our community.
Graig is a 2003-2005 William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. Graig has served as a board member for many local organizations including Traction, APPLES, and the Orange County Schools Committee for Raising Acheivement and Closing Gaps. As a consultant, Graig provides anti-racism training and organizational development assistance to non-profits and educational organizations. Graig is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of Wooster, and was trained as a social worker at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. He is the father of Ashley, Mason, and William and the husband of Jennifer Meyer. He also served as a mentor to Henry Carmichael through Henry's graduation from high school in 2004.
Teresa Bunneris the Academic Support Specialist for BRMA. She joined the staff team in 2011 and loves working with young people of all ages. Her greatest passion is helping students learn to love learning, especially reading.
Teresa was born in South Carolina, but moved all over the U.S. as a child. She was a classroom teacher and reading specialist for 17 years in California before moving to North Carolina with her family 3 years ago. She has had the privilege of teaching elementary, middle, high school, and university-level classes. When she is not working with BRMA, she is probably driving one of her four boys to a sports practice or game, where she always has a book with her to read. She is married to Don and is the very proud mom of Nathaniel, Colin, Ian, and Devin.
Lorie was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lorie worked in commercial and public broadcasting for over 15 years. Lorie has served on several boards including The Women's Center of Chapel Hill, Teens Climb High Advisory Board, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, and the Board of Christian Education at First Baptist Church. She enjoys photography and traveling, and being a mom to her sons Landon and Jamaal. Lorie is a mentor to Mayte Rodas.
Although he is a native of Los Angeles, his heart now belongs to North Carolina. Granvel says, “The Triangle has the best of everything... great cultural opportunities, a world-class educational system, and unspoiled natural beauty.” Before moving to NC in 2007, he worked in information technology for twenty years. He earned a B.A. degree from Vanguard University of Southern CA, and is completing an M.Div. degree at Duke University. He is a published author, and he enjoys photography and nature hikes.
Sofia graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.A. in Spanish, a Certificate in Translating, and a minor in film studies. Sofia has lived in Chapel Hill since 1992 and graduated from East Chapel Hill High School in 2004. Sofia is currently pursuing her Masters in School Counseling from the School of Education at North Carolina Central University. Sofia is a mentor to Samantha Salazar, who is a recent graduate of Carrboro High School.
A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, she received her B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill; Middle Grades Teaching Certification from Catawba College; and a Masters in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte. A North Carolina certified school administrator and classroom teacher with nearly 19 years experience in public school education and parental education/training, she plans to complete a Doctorate in Education with a focus on providing multicultural/diversity training for parents and school staff with the goal of improving home-school relationships and the education of African-American males.
Carla considers parenting her most challenging and awarding venture. Carla and her husband Johnny are the parents of two young men, Jonathan and Cameron.
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Matt graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with B.A. degrees in Economics and Global Studies in May 2013. He hopes to be a positive role model for the students in Blue Ribbon and looks forward to working with them. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music, and spending time with friends.
Mawiyah Patten is a master’s of social work student at UNC Chapel Hill, and she is thrilled to be part of the Blue Ribbon team for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is excited to work with Parent University, as well as other aspects of Blue Ribbon. Mawiyah is interested in empowering students and families of color to recognize their innate strengths, and ensuring they have the tools they need to successfully pursue their goals.
Originally from southern California, Mawiyah graduated from University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Human Biology and a minor in African Studies. She loves international travel, running in the woods, and practicing her Spanish at every opportunity. She also enjoys sharing meals and quality time with the people she loves.
Zack Abram joined BRMA as the high school tutorial coordinator in the summer of 2013. He serves in this position as a member of NCLiteracyCorps AmeriCorps. Zack is very excited to help students both in and out of the classroom through our tutorial program and with Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute, as support for Lorie Clark.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Zack graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A in English and a minor in Creative Writing in May 2013. He hopes his enthusiasm for music and storytelling rubs off on the students. He loves to play the guitar, soccer, and hockey, and sleep.
Kathryn believes strongly in working with youth and families as equal partners. She is also passionate about building relationships between communities and across cultures. Kathryn enjoys reading, dancing, and working on the fishpond in her yard. She spends most of her free time with her husband, (Napoleon), cat, (Jericho), and dog (Philly).