IMG_1441Shelia Reich, Executive Director (919) 463-5039,

Shelia Reich has most recently served as the Deputy Director of National Implementation & Quality Assurance for the Children’s Aid Society, an organization focused on helping children in poverty to succeed and thrive. She was responsible for the management and oversight of national program demonstrations, working to cultivate program and philanthropic partners in support of youth development initiatives. Shelia has extensive experience and expertise in the nonprofit arena, including: program planning and operations; business development/stakeholder cultivation; strategic planning; grant writing and development; and overall management and administration. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University; she also has an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University. Previous employers include the American Red Cross, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Black Women’s Health Project.

Shelia is active in our community, serving as a WCPSS District 8 Board Advisory Council member. She is also on the board of the Compass Center for Women and Families and the Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Shelia and her husband Jason reside in Cary, NC and are the proud parents of an active and vibrant eight-year-old named Collin.

IMG_1441Sara Carter, Director of Operations (919) 463-5012,

Sara Carter received a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University and a Bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth, and Community Science from the University of Florida. She began her career as a child abuse case manager in Gainesville, FL before attending graduate school. As a graduate student at Auburn University, she supported Cooperative Extension projects including the Begin Education Early Program, and Family Child Care Partnerships bringing evidence-based Social Emotional Learning Tools to In Home Child Care facilities in Alabama.  She moved to North Carolina in 2010 with her husband John. Before joining the Youth Thrive team, she worked in Workforce Development focusing on youth and emerging adulthood initiatives. Sara enjoys the many great activities that the Triangle has to offer, including biking in Umstead Park and on the Tobacco Trail, running on the many Greenways with her rescue dog, and going to the many-many local events and festivals.

Fun Facts about Sara

  • Green Smoothie Enthusiast!
  • Visited all 50 states! Hawaii was definitely the Favorite!
  • The youngest child in a blended family of 9 kids!