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About Us

About Us


Team

Josephine Arguelles
Social Media

Josephine is a military spouse and a stay at home mother of two wonderful boys. She is active in the autism community in Durham and the Hope Valley Elementary PTA. Josephine graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and formerly worked for the Department of the Army while living in Germany.

Sara Assar
Outreach & Operations

When Sara isn’t working on KidBright, she is a stay at home mother of two young children. Before starting a family, Sara worked as a social worker at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. Sara received her Masters of Social Work degree from San Jose State University.

Caroline Chestnut
Pediatric Nutrition

Caroline is a registered dietitian and works as a nutritionist at UNC Physicians Network. She is also a mommy of two, based in Apex NC. Caroline is passionate about establishing a healthy, well life and preventing disease in individuals from an early age. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from East Carolina University.

Michael J. Fern
Founder

Michael is passionate about education, health, inclusion, and the environment. He’s an Associate Chair and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Previously, he started several technology companies and ran a consulting business. Michael received a PhD in strategic management from UNC Chapel Hill.

Cortney Ketwaroo
Stewardship

Cortney is a Durham parent of two young children. She is passionate about the accessibility of healthy foods and has previously been involved with Hope Gardens in Chapel Hill. Her career has focused on the implementation and administration of various technologies. She received her BS in Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Colleen Spagnardi
Volunteer Coordination

Colleen is an active parent in the Durham Public Schools district. She volunteers at her children's schools and is an education research analyst at RTI International. Colleen received her BA in sociology from UNC Chapel Hill.

Board of Advisors

Mary Anderson
Strategy
Alan Hart
Marketing
Will Tricomi
Legal

Board of Directors

Michael J. Fern
Board Member

Michael is passionate about education, health, inclusion, and the environment. He’s an Associate Chair and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Previously, he started several technology companies and ran a consulting business. Michael received a PhD in strategic management from UNC Chapel Hill.

Mehdi Hazari
Board Member

Mehdi is a physiologist at the EPA. In 2011, he was recognized with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for scientists in early stages of their careers. He received his PhD in physiology from the Johns Hopkins University.

Bill Spagnardi
Board Member
Bill spent 10 years as an elementary school teacher and administrator. He continues to play an active role in his children's schools. Bill is the senior manager of the elementary language arts curriculum at Certica Solutions. He received a Master of School Administration degree from UNC Chapel Hill.