Members of Pivot Ministry’s First

Board of Directors

June 2019

In alphabetical order by first name
Darryl Sawyer

Darryl Sawyer

Darryl was born and raised in Winston-Salem, where he graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School and then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Winston-Salem State University.  A recent graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem, he has two adult children and a granddaughter.  In his spare time, Darryl enjoys traveling, attending music and sporting events, and spending time with family.  He has been employed with the City of Winston-Salem Fire Department for 19 years and currently serves as the Division Fire Chief in the Operations Branch. Darryl is responsible for daily operations, personnel matters, and writing policies and procedures.  He also coordinates the department’s hiring and promotional processes.  Darryl has a passion for helping people become self-sufficient.

Harold Holmes

Harold Holmes

A native of New York, Harold is Wake Forest University’s Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Services Emeritus. His career accomplishments at WFU include roles as Chief of Staff for the Division of Student Life and Director of Career Services. Harold also held a number of management positions in the banking industry, both in New York City and Winston-Salem, including Assistant Vice President and Regional Human Resource Manager at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank). He earned a BS in Business Management from Hampton University and an MBA in Management from Fordham University, with additional studies at Carnegie Mellon and Harvard. Harold’s community activities include service as President of Leadership Winston-Salem, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Triad Leadership Network, Program Chair and Member of the Board of Directors of Leadership North Carolina, Chair of the Downtown Health Plaza Advisory Committee, Board Member of the NW NC Chapter of the American Red Cross and Senior Services, a member of the City/County Utilities Commission, and campus Campaign Chair and Division Co-Chair for the United Way annual giving program. In the course of his work he has traveled to Australia, China, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Harold has a wife and two daughters and enjoys sports, photography, and reading as his leisure activities.

Heather Witt

Heather Witt

Secretary

Heather spent 16 years as a retail banking director, overseeing large retail banking operations in the Triad and state before jumping into the nonprofit space.  She currently works as Director of Development & Community Relations for The Salvation Army.  She has served on several boards, including Triad Adult & Pediatric Medicine, Inc., Crescent & Reynolda Rotary, a founding board member for Purple Heart Homes, Inc – Piedmont Chapter, and served as the Chair of the research and founding council for the Children’s Home Society Youth Empowerment Center for Children Aging our of Foster Care.  Heather is married to Garrick and is a proud mother of 3 children (5, 7, 14) and 1 step-child.  She is a data dork, lover of art, water/snow skiing, and as a Coloradan loves the mountains.  She is passionate about social innovation, building partnerships, advocacy for under-served populations, and using compelling imagery and stories to build awareness around social issues.

Holly Brower

Holly Brower

Holly Brower is on the faculty at Wake Forest University where she teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Nonprofit Leadership. She has also taught in International programs in Nicaragua, Austria, Germany, and China. She developed and directs the internship program for the Business and Enterprise Management major at Wake Forest. Research interests include trust, leadership, and governance in addition to various pedagogical issues. Before earning her PhD at Purdue University, Holly had 12 years of management experience in the nonprofit sector, including directorships in the American Cancer Society, Neighborhood Housing Services, Allen Memorial Hospital and Youth For Christ. Her training and consulting expertise lies in the areas of leadership, team building, governance, and strategic planning. She is active on the Board of Samaritan Ministries and volunteers with Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries, Samaritan Inn, and River Oaks Community Church.

Jill Lackey

Jill Lackey

Chair

Jill has over 30 years of comprehensive strategy development and operational experience in all aspects of Human Capital Resources including coaching, talent management, HR and Business Strategy, and Leadership and Organizational Development. Her professional career includes senior level HR roles with several companies including The Edmunds Group and GMAC Insurance. As an entrepreneur, Jill launched and managed her own leadership and organizational development consulting firm and a Consulting Division for a $1.4B Financial Institution. Jill earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business from East Carolina University and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is a graduate of Corporate CoachU, where she now serves as a faculty member. She is a Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. Currently Jill serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Dewey’s Bakery and President of Talent Development Solutions. She grew up at Ardmore Baptist Church and continues to be an active member of the congregation. She most enjoys spending time at the beach with her children and their families.

Kenneth Pettigrew

Kenneth Pettigrew

Vice Chair

Preacher, liturgist, and community organizer, Kenneth is a native of Winston-Salem and an emerging voice in progressive Christianity. He has served as pastor of Shouse Temple CME Church in Winston-Salem and currently oversees operations and worship services at St. John CME Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Valerie Tate Everett. Kenneth is also Chief Operating Officer at the Winston-Salem Urban League, having previously served the United Way of Forsyth County with Faith-Based Community Engagement and the Place Matters Initiative. His work is dedicated to building relationships with faith communities, bridging the gap between sacred and secular for intentional partnerships for the building of strong communities. He holds both the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Master of Divinity from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. At the 2016 Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, Minister Pettigrew was elected as Chaplain of the Connectional Young Adult Ministry of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He is the founder and principal consultant of Sanctuary Consulting, LLC—a firm dedicated to equipping faith communities and nonprofits with the tools for transformative and impactful community engagement.

Mike Nuckolls

Mike Nuckolls

Mike is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving clients through his practice, Newcastle Counseling and Development, PLLC. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Mike is a 1992 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After working as controller of a small publishing company in Durham, he returned to school to earn a Master of Divinity degree at Campbell University Divinity School in 2003. Mike returned to the publishing company to create and direct ancillary products and services and write columns and features as business editor. In 2005, Mike felt called to work with at-risk children and earned a Master of Counseling degree from Wake Forest University in 2007. He was licensed as a professional counselor in North Carolina in 2010 and served as school counselor for almost 8 years at Mineral Springs Elementary. He has been active in local, national, and international mission work throughout his career. Prior to opening his counseling practice full-time, Mike served as Church Administrator and Minister of Missional Engagement at Ardmore Baptist Church where he was instrumental in the founding and support of Pivot Ministry. In addition to counseling, Mike is an adjunct instructor in Wake Forest’s online counseling program

Sherry Ramsey

Sherry Ramsey

Sherry is a retired community development specialist, former public health educator and reentry case manager and mentor. She has been a trainer, volunteer coordinator, and community organizer. She has developed and continued many relationships within community groups and organizations, particularly while employed as Weed and Seed Coordinator. The Weed and Seed Initiative was developed during the George Bush Sr. Administration to weed out the bad and seed in the good within underserved communities. Subsequently, she joined one of its partnering organizations, Faith Seeds Reentry Coalition, where she served as Program Coordinator, seeking partnerships with organizations willing to hire ex-offenders, working with ex-offenders on skills to help them become successful with writing resumes, interviewing, telephone skills, as well as finding volunteers to serve as listening circle leaders. Sherry worked as a Public Health Educator with the Forsyth County Health Department, providing services to the community and to the public sector regarding Diabetes, Hypertension and other chronic illnesses. Sherry is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, where she majored in Public Administration and minored in Criminal Justice. She loves spending time with family and travel, whether by car, air, or sea; and she is always planning their next adventure. Currently she serves on the Board of the Scholarship Committee at Providence Baptist Church, where she and husband Steve are New Members Coordinators.

Tracey Martin

Tracey Martin

Treasurer

Tracey has over 35 years of experience as a CPA and is a tax and consulting partner in the Winston-Salem office of Bernard Robinson & Co., LLC.   She leads the Firm’s Client Accounting Solutions, which provides outsourced accounting and advisory services to clients.  Tracey also works primarily with professional service groups and high net worth individuals, including physician practices, law firms, marketing & advertising.  She also has experience with nonprofit entities and closely-held businesses. Tracey is an active member in church, professional and civic organizations, and a frequent speaker on various professional topics, including health care reform.  Tracey and her husband Jeff were married in 2013 during one of their many mission trips to Chiapas, Mexico. You will find Tracey in Charlotte at least 8 (hopefully more) Sundays in the fall, tailgating and cheering for the Carolina Panthers.  One of Tracey’s favorite quotes is by Baroness Karen Blixen: “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.”  She considers these words to live by as she enjoys her two favorite things, working out and sitting by the sea at Kure Beach.