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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Sara-Butters.

Sara Butters
Program Coordinator

 

In addition to her role as Program Coordinator, Sara is the Project Coordinator for the Executive Team at VIF International Education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Sara has been with VIF for 2 years and previously held the position of Partnerships Coordinator, and International Education Programs Coordinator previous to her work with the executive team. Prior to her work with VIF, she worked for The Center for International Understanding under the N.C. University System, and the Office of Information Technology Services under the N.C. Office of the Governor. Sara received her Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Elon University. Sara is originally from Montgomery County, Maryland and currently lives in Raleigh, N.C. with her fiancé and two miniature Australian Shepherds.
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Raymund Mitchell
Digital Coordinator

 

Ray is the owner of SixFour Web Design, 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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