Our Team

Cindy L. Thompson

Cindy L. Thompson
Executive Director

 

Cindy has over 25 years of Executive Financial Management experience in varied industries.  Throughout her career, she has benefitted from  working for great organizations such as Arthur Andersen & Co., The Fresh Market, Wendover Funding/EDS, United Guaranty/AIG, Coyne Beahm Marketing and VIF International Education.  While at VIF, Cindy helped launch the Global Schools Network, a public-private initiative in K-12 education to ensure students are prepared to succeed in the global economy.  Through this experience, Cindy discovered a passion for working at the intersection of education, economic development and international relations.  Through the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, Cindy received a certificate in Nonprofit Management from High Point University.  Cindy is an alumnus of Leadership North Carolina Class XVII and received the Triad Business Journal Women in Business in 2004.
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Zitty Nxumalo
Community Engagement Coordinator

 

Zithobile (Zitty) was born in Swaziland, southern Africa, and immigrated to Greensboro, NC with her family when she was four years old. Her parents traveled on student visas and graduated from Greensboro College in the late 1980s. They chose to remain in Greensboro in hopes of exposing Zitty and her siblings to North Carolina’s growing educational and professional opportunities.

Proud to now call Greensboro “home,” Zitty earned her B.S. in Business Management from Guilford College and her M.A. in Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro. Her professional experiences include working in the Office of the President at Bennett College from 2008-2011, as well as teaching communication and public speaking courses at GTCC and NCA&TSU. Most recently, Zitty had the pleasure of working as the Assistant to the Executive Director of Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA during their $11.1 million Capital Campaign launched in 2012, and their transition to a brand new facility in January 2015.

Zitty is currently enrolled in the Leadership Studies doctoral program at NCA&TSU, and plans to use her research to support her passion for community connections and global engagement.

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Ana Atwater

Ana Atwater
Project Coordinator

 

After earning her M.Ed. in Special Education from NCSU, Ana taught special needs students before becoming a private and small group tutor. Ana also graduated from UNC-CH with a B.A. in Psychology. While raising her family, she was actively involved in PTA, coaching Odyssey of the Mind and earning a Guilford County PTSA Volunteer Award in 2001. She is a founding volunteer with Cooking Matters at Sedgefield Presbyterian Church, which earned her the Sedgefield Woman’s Club Distinguished Service Award in 2014. Ana enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, entertaining, and spending time with family and friends.
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Raymund Mitchell
Digital Coordinator

 

Ray is the owner of SixFour Web Design & Marketing, which specializes in websites for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Having more than 20 years experience in the Financial Services and Leadership Development areas, he works to share that experience with growing small businesses. Active in the local community, Ray sits on the board of several community focused non-profits.
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