LaTasha Best-Gaddy , MPA

Adjunct Faculty

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. .

Pierre Barbee-Saunders

Photographer/ Videographer

Pierre is a visual artist who uses photo, video, and digital editing to bring art to life. Pierre is the owner of Envision photoworks.

Felix Nwogbo, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Dr. Felix hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University, and BS from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Felix is a Purpose University graduate and runs his business Crown Academic Tutoring and Counseling

Derrick Drakeford, Ph.D. 

 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

Laura Ross, B.A.

Office Manager



Laura is a writer and editor and holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from North Carolina Central University.  Laura has experience working as a writing consultant at the Writing and Speaking Studio at NCCU. Laura is currently pursuing a Masters in English.

Steffen McGhee, M.S.W.

Educational Technology/ Senior Research Assistant


Steffen holds a bachelors degree in Social Work from East Carolina University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Steffen McGhee has experience working with diverse populations through the public school system, community colleges, and higher education. Steffen McGhee uses his social work background, ability to inspire, and passion for teaching to transform education through a purpose-driven lens.  

Carl Nordgen 

Adjunct Faculty

Carl Nordgren is the author of the book Becoming a Creative Genius Again. Carl is a teacher, a novelist, and an entrepreneur; and his calling is to help each of us grow our creative capacity and develop our entrepreneurial instincts.

Rubye Braye, Ph.D., PCC, NCBT 

Lead Faculty

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.

Charles Campbell

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.