Jonathan Drake is T2T-I’s Photographer who was a foreign correspondent based in East Asia for two decades. He has covered stories as varied as natural disasters, global conflicts, sports, and politics, while his travels have taken him from Afghanistan to Japan and from Australia to Argentina. After working for wire agencies such as Reuters, Associated Press, and Bloomberg for many years, Jonathan relocated to his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.
Dixon Fleming serves as Mentor to the Executive Director by virtue of his extensive business experience. He is Managing Partner and co-founder of Core Point Partners LLC, which has offices in Atlanta and Charlotte. Dixon is an investor in numerous companies where he serves as principal, advisor, or board member. He is the former Chairman of Carolina Pottery, a company he co-founded in 1983. Dixon founded Factory Stores of America, a NYSE-traded REIT, and served as its CEO until 1997. Dixon was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995 by Inc. Magazine and Ernst & Young.
Ron Link is T2T-I’s Legal Advisor as well as a Professor Emeritus and the former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Acting Dean at the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teaching interests were trusts and estates, estate planning, and property. Formerly he was Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Donative Transfers, Fiduciaries and Estate Planning, was an advisor to the ALI Restatement (Third) of Property – Donative Transfers, was an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and was Chair of the Trusts Drafting Committee of the North Carolina General Statutes Commission. He co-authored the 6th edition of Problems and Materials on Decedents Estates and Trusts. Ron serves on various nonprofit boards and is currently Chair of the Board of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law.
Raphine Muga is T2T-I’s Kenya Country Representative who graduated from Uzima University College in Kisumu, Kenya, with a Diploma in Development Studies. He has had the opportunity to work in various fields including education, agriculture and environment, notably as a Research Assistant in various HIV related studies. Raphine feels that his experiences have outlined a lack of education services designed to provide global professional development opportunities for teachers, and he has chosen to work with T2T-I because he feels that it offers innovative solutions in this area. Raphine lives in Kisumu and is looking forward to exploring other parts of the world.
Carol Russell is T2T-I’s Mathematical Tasks Master who has extensive knowledge and experience in mathematics education. While teaching middle and high school mathematics, Carol took an active role in large NSF-funded projects that focused on improving the content and pedagogical knowledge of mathematics teachers. Her experience includes mathematics coaching, curriculum and instruction supervision at the district level and middle school principalship. She designed and facilitated systemic research-based professional development for teachers and other administrators and presented multiple times at National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics conferences. Her focus has remained on active student engagement in meaningful mathematics tasks and observing evidence of student understanding of concepts.
Chris Sherman is Financial Advisor, with more than 10 years of experience in finance and operations management. He is co-owner and Director of Finance at Harmony Music Studios in Chapel Hill, N.C., and he provides financial consulting to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Chris earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Riverside, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Certificate in Financial Planning from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.