Adam Spivey
Partner - Rossabi Reardon Klein Spivey PLLC
Council Member
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Alex Zaleski
Volunteer Coordinator - City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department
Council Member
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Alexandra Pappas
Marketing & Communication Specialist - Volvo
Placemaking Committee Co-Chair and Executive Council Member
A Greensboro native, Alex reluctantly moved back to Greensboro post-grad and now credits it being one of the best decisions she' ever made. Passionate about supporting the development and retention of Young Professionals, she believes strongly that Greensboro should be seen as a destination for YPs. The city provides its citizens easy access to be involved in anything they desire, allowing us to directly impact the way the city is evolving. When she's not working at Volvo Group, you can find Alex volunteering with local nonprofits, doing something active around town, or relaxing at a local brewery.
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Amber Graning
Procurement Contract Specialist - Lincoln Financial Group
Council Member
Amber grew up in Greensboro and graduated from UNCG in 2013. She has served as synerG's social chair for two years and on multiple committees throughout her time with synerG since 2016. Amber and her husband just purchased their first home to continue to deepen their roots in Greensboro. She has a cat named Peach who can be found on Amber's lap any given Caturday. Amber enjoys board games, watching sports, playing corn hole and making new friends; all preferred with a beer. Amber would like to increase activities offered and supported by synerG in 2019 to showcase what Greensboro has and bring some new ideas of what it may be lacking. She is driven to encourage other young professionals to get involved, let their voices be heard, and love where they live just as much as she does.
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Carlee Dempsey
Account Executive - Wildfire
Marketing Committee Co-Chair and Executive Council Member
Carlee is a GSO native who moved back to her hometown after college to start a career. After working for 5 years in the craft beer industry, Carlee now works for a marketing agency where she manages accounts from kombucha to banks. When she’s not at work or volunteering, you can catch Carlee playing with her black lab Beasley, knocking out DIY home improvements or catching dinner with friends at a local restaurant!
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Christine Gillies
Marketing & Volunteer Specialist - Goodwill Industries of Central NC
Marketing Committee Co-Chair and Executive Council Member
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Ebony McClinton
Council Member
Dr. Ebony McClinton is a Senior Talent Consultant for Lincoln Financial Group. Ebony has more than 15 years of experience in learning and development. She has developed new-hire on-boarding programs, professional development courses, and a plethora of training curricula that support business strategies and objectives. Ebony has been successful in applying blended instructional design techniques and methodologies using multiple virtual and face-to-face delivery methods including e-learning, classroom-based workshops, and simulations. Ebony earned her Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University, her MBA in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, and her BFA in Speech Communications from Valdosta State University. Ebony is also a Certified Professional Coach.
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Hilda Tajalli
Commercial Real Estate Broker - Brown Investment Properties
Council Member
Hilda is a native to Greensboro, NC and graduated with a BA in Management and Society from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Brown Investment Properties as a Commercial Real Estate Broker, Hilda lived and worked in D.C. as a Culture and Engagement Associate, specializing in Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Corporate Giving. Hilda is passionate about community development and is optimistic about Greensboro's future.
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Jose Sandoval
Customer Support Manager - American National Bank and Trust Company
Council Co-Chair
Jose A. Sandoval is a Customer Support Manager with American National Bank and Trust Company. He is a native of Michoacan, Mexico but has called North Carolina home since the age of four. Jose has a degree in Business Administration. Today, Jose has over ten years of experience in banking. He also, serves as a Board Member of LCCG where he helps in supporting the local Latino Community. In his free time, he enjoys running, cycling, playing soccer and eating/drinking at local breweries and restaurants. He is an advocate of immigrant rights, tuition equity, and building a community where local young leaders are valued and supported.
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Julia Roach
Director of Operations - Downtown Greensboro Inc.
Leadership Committee Chair and Executive Council Member
Julia grew up in Greensboro and went to NC State University. Following graduation, she moved back to Greensboro and was excited about the growth and development happening in the center city. Julia enjoys working to better downtown Greensboro through her focus on marketing and operations at Downtown Greensboro Inc.
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Kiley Schiffman
Director of Marketing - Schiffman's Jewelers
Placemaking Committee Co-Chair and Executive Council Member
Kiley Schiffman is a Greensboro native and currently represents the 5th generation of her family's business, Schiffman's Jewelers, as their Director of Marketing. When she's not at Pure Barre or running in her neighborhood, you can find her volunteering with Breakfast for Our Friends, on a trip with her youth group or enjoying a beer on the patio of a local brewery. Kiley co-chairs synerG's placemaking committee and is passionate about transforming Greensboro into a place that any young professional would be proud to call home.
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Lauren Saul
Operations - High Point University
Council Member
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Libby Schinnow
Graphic/Web Designer, UNCG Online - UNC Greensboro
Council Member
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Lindsay Burkart
Project Manager - UNCG Housing
Council Member
Lindsay is a Project Manager for the Housing Facilities at UNCG and has been a member of the @synerggso council since 2017. Lindsay has served on the Greensboro Human Relations Commission and the Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women. She is a current member of the Junior League of Greensboro and serves on the Board for The Barnabas Network as well as the Greensboro Jaycees. Lindsay is also a graduate of the Greensboro City Academy. Lindsay serves on the Leadership committee for synerG and actively volunteers her time to serve the Social committee as well. When asked about her favorite spots in Greensboro, Lindsay encourages friends to visit 1618 Midtown, Tap Room and Sticks and Stones.
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Lindsey Martin
Employer Relations Program Coordinator - UNCG
Social Committee Chair and Executive Council Member
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Mary Lesa Pegg
Graduate Recruiter - Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG
Council Co-Chair
"Mary Lesa is the Graduate Recruitment Manager in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC Greensboro. She enjoys working with prospective students to find a graduate program that fits their career goals. She holds a master’s degree in higher education from UNC Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal/organizational communication from East Carolina University. Mary Lesa is passionate about all things Greensboro. She joined the Junior League of Greensboro in 2014 where she has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Chair of the Annual Fund. She also serves as a co-chair on synerG Council where she has been a council member since 2017. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and is a representative for the Triad Counties Pirate Club. "
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Nick Scarci
Local Government Affairs Director - NC Realtors(R)
Council Member
A native of Boston, Nick went to the University of Pittsburgh where he studied foreign languages and earned a B.A in political science. He studied abroad in Amman, Jordan and had an internship with the U.S. State Department in Santiago, Chile. After graduation, he worked on several statewide campaigns in Pennsylvania, which led to his most recent position with a Pennsylvania State Representative. Nick currently serves as a Local Government Affairs Director for NC REALTORS(R), where he coordinates legislative and community outreach for the Greensboro and High Point REALTORS(R) associations.
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Sarah McGuire
Director of synerG Young Professionals - Action Greensboro
Director
Sarah McGuire is the Director of synerG Young Professionals at Action Greensboro. synerG’s mission is to attract, retain, engage and connect young professionals to Greensboro through robust programming that focuses on personal and professional development, leadership opportunities, and social networking. Sarah is passionate about growing a vibrant and inclusive Greensboro that meets the needs of all citizens, especially young professionals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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Spencer Conover
Director of Development - Carolina Theatre of Greensboro
Council Member
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Taylor Collins
Project Manager - Collins & Galyon General Contractors
Executive Council Member
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Walt Yates
Financial Services Professional - MassMutual Carolinas
Council Member
I'm a Financial Services Professional with MassMutual Carolinas and have lived in Greensboro since 2010. Previously, I worked as a teacher for Guilford County Schools and in physician staffing. My wife, Caroline, and I currently live in the Lindley Park neighborhood, and we both graduated from Elon University. Whether I'm collaborating with local clients and businesses or just grabbing dinner and a drink with friends, I truly consider Greensboro to be home.
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