Board of Directors

Lisa Campbell, CPA

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

As a banker, I have seen the importance of education to financial security.  I am excited to be a part of an organization that works to improve learning outcomes for students of all ages and increase their opportunities for long-term academic success and economic self-sufficiency.         

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Michael De Los Santos, MPS

Chair

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I believe a fundamental part of success is education, and any adult or child who faces a barrier to education is going to fight an uphill battle to be successful. This is why I joined Helps Education Fund’s Board. I think the work we are doing to promote equitable access to educational programs is vital to the success of those who need those services. I am excited to do my part to help elevate this important work.

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Keith Flynn, M.Ed.

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I first learned about Helps Education Fund in 2010 while working with the NC Department of Public Instruction. Since then I’ve been inspired by Helps Education Fund’s programs as successful tools for teachers and families who need easy-to-use, affordable, and researched-supported strategies to promote meaningful growth.  As a current elementary school administrator, I know the struggles teachers have in locating evidenced-based resources, especially when funds are short and the implementation process needs to be uncomplicated.  I believe Helps Education Fund’s mission to promote educational equity makes an important difference in the lives of those who need it most- our future leaders. 

 

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GT Freeman, Ph.D.

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I first learned of Helps Education Fund in 2014 when meeting its founder and Executive Director, Dr. Begeny. His passion for serving youth in historically underserved communities resonated with my own. I’m honored to work alongside the leadership and staff of Helps Education Fund to further the organization’s mission to improve educational outcomes by providing free or low-cost programs to educators, families, and students of all ages. 

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Mwenda Kudumu, Ph.D.

Vice Chair

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I want to be a part of a solution that moves educational research from theory to practice. Helps Education Fund uses evidence-based education techniques to break down social barriers that prohibit a more just society.

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Crystal Lee, Ed.D.

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I believe that community-based organizations, like Helps Education Fund, offer immense possibilities and supports for students who currently do not have their academic needs met. I am excited to be a part of Helps Education Fund because I believe that partnerships among organizations, schools, and communities are important for providing an equitable education. Every child deserves a chance to reach their full potential.

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Rajan Merchant, MBA

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I joined Helps Education Fund because of our mission to provide free or low-cost educational programming to students from historically underserved schools.  Educational equity is a key driver in improving our local communities here in NC.

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Suath Penagos

Secretary

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I am very passionate about education and helping children reach their full potential. I love that Helps Education Fund focuses on  bridging the achievement gap through its high-quality, evidence-based programs. Through Helps Education Fund’s work, we can make a difference in so many children’s lives.

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Preeti Prabhu, M.A.

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I believe that every child deserves equitable opportunities for growth and development. At Helps Education Fund, it is our constant endeavor to engender evidence-based learning outcomes through research and effective program delivery.

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Harihara Subramanium

Treasurer

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

Children are our future and the surest way to make this world a better place for all of us is to give them an even chance. They will never disappoint.

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CLT Advisory Committee

Susan Daniel

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

Believing that all children deserve access to effective educational programming, I am grateful to be a part of this valuable organization that offers opportunity and success to young students and contributes to educational equity.

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Shantiqua Neely

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I joined Helps Education Fund because it offers high-quality, evidence-based programs and services that center on educational equity.

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Jenene Seymour

Member

Why I joined Helps Education Fund:

I am passionate about advocating for marginalized students and communities. I am inspired by Helps Education Fund’s approach to promoting educational equity through its high-quality evidence-based programs and services. Their work offers critical pathways to interrupt current cycles of poverty and illiteracy that are far too common in our society today.

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