Barron is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Webster University. He also completed post graduate work at the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill in Business and Public Health and is an American Express Leadership
Fellow. Barron is a certified Non-Profit Consultant, a Certified Non-Profit Executive, and a
certified Professional Coach
Chief Executive Officer/ Principal Investigator
Derrick Drakeford, Ph.D. is the CEO of Drakeford, Scott, & Associates L.L.C. The DSA team has raised over $45,253,000 in grants. Derrick has served as an Instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Derrick is a former faculty member of North Carolina Central University in the Masters in Public Administration program. He also served as the Director of Freshmen Studies and Community Service at The Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Derrick has consulted with nonprofits, business, and churches for 20 years. He holds a Bachelors in political science from Bethune-Cookman University, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Government. He holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work; and certificates in Proposal Writing and Fundraising for Nonprofits from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana -Purdue University. Derrick received his Ph.D, from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has written seven books: 1)Finding Your Purpose in 15 Minutes,2) Fundraising for Nonprofits What the Bible Says, 3) Starting Your Business from the Unemployment Line, 4) Jada Goes to Pre-School: A Book on Transitions, 5) P5: The Five Secrets to Successful Grant and Bid Proposals, 6) The 2 Laws of Standardized Testing, and 7) Inclusion:The Art of Story Listening
Pierre is a visual artist who uses photo, video, and digital editing to bring art to life. Pierre is the owner of Envision photoworks.
Attorney Singh has worked as an attorney with the Start-Ups practice group at Smith Anderson in Raleigh following an in-house stint with a private equity company in Durham as a Corporate Counsel and M&A Attorney at Eli Global. Singh received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2015 with Intellectual Property and Corporate Law concentrations and a B.B.A. from Hofstra University in 2012, cum laude, as a Legal Studies in Business major. After law school, Peter worked with Winslett Studnicky McCormick & Bomser LLP, a boutique corporate and entertainment law firm in New York City. In his time with WSMB, Peter assisted with a wide range of matters including copyright and trademark cases, licensing deals, complex commercial litigation, dispute resolution, contract drafting and negotiation.
La-Tasha Best-Gaddy is the Chief Strategist of Infinity Bridges, Inc. (IBI), a North Carolina based consulting and training firm that provides innovative solutions to systemic economic development challenges. La-Tasha has over 20 years of experience in the Accounting, Insurance, Financial Services, and Non-Profit Industry Sectors. She is a Business Counselor with the Small Business & Technology Development Center on the campus of NC Central University where she has obtained her BBA in Finance and her MPA as well. .
Dr. Braye is a business owner, university professor, and retired US Army officer. She has a passion for supporting entrepreneurs in creating new business possibilities and opportunities. She holds a BA, Sociology and Theater Arts from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA; MSBA, Business Administration from Boston University in Boston, MA; PhD, Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN; Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation; Certificate, Leadership Education Program from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; and a Certificate, Executive Coach from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Luke is an undergraduate student at UNC Chapel Hill pursuing a bacholers degree in Business while also studying Entrepreneurship and Computer Science. He has helped found and consult on social entreperneurship-based start-ups and has apprioprote fundraising and marketing experience. Luke plans to pursue an MBA and start his own company one day following his time as an undergraduate at Chapel Hill.
Lead Technology Consultant/ Mobile App Developer
Charles has over 20 years of software development and engineering experience in a variety of development environments and platforms. He has helped startup companies deliver innovative solutions in the areas of knowledge management, search, social networking, social fundraising, e-commerce and mobile solutions.