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About Us

About Us



Michael J. Fern
Michael is passionate about education, health, and inclusion, and lives in Durham, NC. He’s an Associate Chair and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at the UNC Chapel Hill. Michael serves as the Treasurer for Family Preschool Inc and is member of the Hope Valley Elementary PTA. He received a PhD in strategic management from UNC Chapel Hill.
Sara Assar
Director of School Outreach
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 Master of Social Work degree from San Jose State University.
Caroline Chestnut
Pediatric Nutritionist
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.

Board of Directors


Bill Spagnardi
Mehdi Hazari
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.
Michael Fern
See above.