Kathy Dikeman is the Executive Director of Cape Fear Tutoring (CFT), a nonprofit company she founded in Wilmington, NC. CFT is a sponsor of the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program and provides nutritional training and support to day care homes and day care centers in North Carolina. CFTI serves over 75,000 NC children. The Greater Wilmington Business Journal named Kathy the 2012 Nonprofit Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year. A dedicated volunteer and organizer, ten years ago Kathy co-founded O’SAIL, the Organization to Support Arts, Infrastructure and Learning at Lake Gaston. O’SAIL conducts three main events annually to “raise funds while having fun” and grants those funds back to nonprofits that support the Lake Gaston community. She is married to Randi, co-organizer, mother to a grown son and daughter and grandmother to two granddaughters. The Governor of North Carolina has recognized Kathy for her volunteer service with the Old North State Award and the Long Leaf Pine Award. The Long Leaf Pine Award is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina.
Randi Dikeman is a retired manufacturing executive and educator from Littleton, N.C. He has over thirty years of experience in manufacturing and engineering management through the general manager level with Corning Inc. and Rex Materials. Most recently he was Dean of Corporate & Community Development at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, NC. He has lived and worked in upstate New York; Wilmington, N.C.; the United Kingdom; and southside Virginia. He has a B.S. degree in physics from Ohio U., a M.S. in ceramic engineering from Ohio State, and a doctorate in education from East Carolina University. He has been married to Kathy for 43 years and has a grown son and daughter and two granddaughters. Randi loves living on Lake Gaston, collecting art and antiques, listening to rock and roll, landscape gardening, and dining out.
Beth Domingo has followed her own unique career path in pursuit of a rich and experience-filled life. Along the way she has worked for an advertising agency, an airline, a major university, an internet start-up, ,and a nonprofit association. She has reimagined her life a number of times, so it’s only fitting that she’s on the founding team of Life Reimagined, a start-up recently launched by AARP. Raised in the snow-belt region of upstate New York, Beth has seen (and shoveled) enough snow to last more than a lifetime. She graduated from the University of Maryland, fell in love with the Washington, DC area and hasn’t moved since. Her four children, ranging from ages 21 to 25, are happily following their mother’s example and forging career paths by tapping into each of their own unique gifts and talents. Beth’s passions include traveling to far-off exotic places, planning amazing events, cooking oh-so delicious meals and growing herbs and flowers right outside her kitchen door. She believes in serendipity and aspires to stay open to the wonderful surprises that life can bring.
Charla Duncan is the Executive Director at the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County, as well as the Warren FoodWorks Program Manager for a Warrenton-based nonprofit, Working Landscapes. Originally from Macon, NC, Charla is proudly Warren County born and raised, and loves/hates the question ‘how did you get like this’ when folks hear where she grew up. A graduate of UNC Greensboro, Charla taught high school English in Guilford County at High Point Central for three years, was a freelance writer for the Greensboro News and Records A&E weekly Go Triad!, and was a founding member of the Greensboro Roller Derby League before moving to NYC where she received her Masters of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School. While in NYC, she worked for both the NYC Mayor’s Office Community Affairs Unit on the 2nd Avenue Subway, and the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence with its teen and young adult programming. A believer in community building for change and volunteerism, Charla is a Guardian ad Litem with District 9 courts and co-content manager of #warrencountyLOVE. She has been a watcher of TED for years, and is excited to bring a TEDx event to her home region.
Sarah Nash Moseley grew up just north of Lizard Creek. She attended Connecticut College and the University of Chicago. Sarah and her husband, Harvey, spent six years at Yerkes Observatory in Wisc. and then settled, with their son Samuel, in University Park, MD. Over the last thirty-five years the Moseleys have juggled their time between Maryland and their “ancestral” home on the dividing line of VA and NC. Sarah combines her interests in science education, local history and design to develop activities for enrichment outside the classroom. Creating an innovative tutoring program based on cognitive development, she worked with students for over a decade. She has been instrumental in producing numerous county and town-wide events and projects. Sarah is a founding board member of one of the country’s first community-financed solar projects. As a member of the advisory committee of the Small Town Energy Program, Sarah helped administer a $1.42 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop a model for improving the energy efficiency of homes. To teach kids about insulating houses she created a puppet show for local energy fairs. Sarah believes playing with basic science concepts and experiencing the natural world should be part of every child’s day. An idea she hopes to spread is “Real Scientists Play”. Sarah designed the TEDx Lizard Creek logo to represent both “ideas spreading” and the way ripples shape unseen surfaces and dimensions… starting small then growing in all directions.
Cheryl Sebrell has been teaching outside of the box for 38 years. As one of the founding teachers at Warren New Tech High School, she constantly searches for ways to engage students through project-based learning. Her students at WNT collected oral histories from the Roanoke Valley, publishing them as Ferry Tales and Other Lake Gaston Folklure. She cites TED talks by Sir Kenneth Robinson, Benjamin Zander, and Rita Pierson as inspirations in her classroom. Cheryl also spent fifteen years as a guest columnist for the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald, and has been involved as a director and performer in over eighty-five productions at Lakeland Arts Center. In 2011-12, she was named Warren County Teacher of the Year.