BLOOMHERE Board of Directors

At the heart of any successful nonprofit organization is a thoughtfully constructed Board of Directors. We are carefully crafting a diverse and highly skilled team to support the mission of BLOOMHERE and you can read about each board member here, as our team evolves.

RICHARD AVERITTE

BOARD CHAIR

Richard is a North Carolina native with deep roots in Raleigh. He believes community service is essential and has partnered professionally and personally with a number of nonprofits, including Me Fine Foundation, Activate Good, A Note In The Pocket,      A Place At The Table, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Women’s Center of Wake County, and more. Richard has volunteered with BloomHere since 2019 and looks forward to applying his nonprofit board experience to the board. Richard serves as Vice-President of Marketing for Twickenham Holdings, LLC, the Papa Murphy’s Pizza franchisee for the Raleigh, Wilmington, Knoxville, TN and Birmingham and Huntsville, AL areas. He currently resides in Raleigh with his wife Lisa and two children Lucy and Felix.

Bloomhere Board Member Richard Averitte
BLOOMHERE | Nam Douglass

NAM DOUGLASS

BOARD VICE CHAIR

Nam Douglass is an immigration attorney who focuses her career on providing personalized customer service and knowledgeable advice to her clients. She works with immigrants who have been victims of crimes, domestic violence and trafficking as well as with businesses and family members seeking to sponsor foreign national employees and loved ones. She is an active member of the National and North Carolina’s Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has been sworn in before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Nam’s law degree is complemented by a B.A. in History with a minor in Economics and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from Virginia Tech. Prior to law school she was employed by a statewide non-profit which focuses on community, economic and business development issues where she worked with local businesses, community groups and leaders across the state.

Nam and her family have lived in Raleigh since 1998. She is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, coordinates a breakfast ministry at the Helen Wright Center for Homeless Women, and practices Tae Kwon Do in efforts to keep up with her children. Nam’s passion for supporting victims coupled with her extensive professional experience make her a vital member of the BLOOMHERE Executive Board of Directors.

MEGAN ALYSSA FLETCHER

BOARD SECRETARY

Megan Alyssa Fletcher is a PhD candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media program as well as an instructor of Communication and Interdisciplinary studies at North Carolina State University. Her primary scholarly interests include feminist theory, narrative methods in qualitative research, intimate partner violence, social justice and education. Her autoethnography “We to Me: An Autoethnographic Discovery of Self – In and Out of Domestic Abuse” was published in Women’s Studies in Communication in 2018. For this article, Megan received the Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award from the National Communication Association (NCA) in November of 2019.

Megan’s passion for restorative justice, women’s empowerment and supporting other victims of abuse have led her to serve as Secretary on the Executive Board of Directors for BLOOMHERE -a role that allows her to actively live out and promote the principals close to her heart.

BLOOMHERE | Megan Fletcher
Bloomhere Board Member Robin Donta

ROBIN DONTA

Robin Donta, FNP-C, received her MSN and FNP degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999. In her 20 year career as a FNP, she has worked for several non-profit and Title I facilities, as well as spending many years working in Women’s Health. She currently works as the health care provider for 3 Juvenile Detention Centers in NC.

As a mother of three daughters, Robin has a passion for empowering women and equality. She hopes to share her knowledge of healthy life habits with the women at BLOOMHERE. She enjoys cooking, exercising and travel.

SHARON MELINDA DAVIS

A true North Carolina native, Sharon Melinda Davis was born and raised in Raleigh. From the mountains to the beaches, she loves calling North Carolina “home”. Sharon believes in giving back to and advocating for a community that has enriches her life daily. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with a degree in Nursing and completed her Master in Public Health December 2019. Sharon honed her nursing skills as a Board-Certified Cardiac-Vascular nurse for eight years then transitioned to Case Management for six years at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh. Sharon has volunteered as the nurse of the day at the North Carolina General Assembly as well as a clinic nurse at the Raleigh Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic. In January 2021, she began an exciting, new role as a Transfer Coordinator at the Durham Veteran’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.

BLOOMHERE | Sharon Davis
Bloomhere Board Member Michelle Ralston

MICHELLE RALSTON

While originally from Memphis, TN, Michelle Morris has spent most of her adult life in North Carolina and feels honored to call the Tar Heel state home. During her undergraduate studies, Michelle discovered her passion for women’s reproductive health and public policy, interning as a health educator for Planned Parenthood of South Africa and developing community-based programs for local nonprofits. She went on to study public opinion trends, attitudes, and behaviors at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. She returned to Chapel Hill to receive her Master’s in Public Health and has been working in both the public and private sector to support evidence-based statewide programs as well as data-driven pharmaceutical and tobacco research. Her current professional work involves public health consulting for a life sciences research firm, as well as outreach and education for pediatric oral health. As a wife, a mother to three young children, and a resident of Raleigh, Michelle cares deeply about her community. She aims to bring her professional skillset in program planning and evaluation to BLOOMHERE to build an empowering, loving, and supportive space for women survivors in North Carolina.

LORI JONES

Lori has been cooking since she was a child. In high school, Lori had an internship with The Angus Barn where she learned the restaurant business; then she went on to get her Associates’s degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. Lori worked in various restaurants over the years until she had her sons, Ethan and Nathan. While Lori raised her family, she launched her own coffee company, Black•ology Coffee Company in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic. One day God woke me up and said now is the time and the rest is history! Lori stays active outside of work with her coffee and baking. She is a team member at Place at the Table and a Community Partner with The No Woman No Girl Initiative.

Bloomhere Board Member Lori Jones