Staff Directory

Lynn Brinkley
Sustainability Assistant, ext. 102

Lynn joined the Center’s sustainability team in 2017 to assist with managing data, administering resource development events, and promoting direct marketing opportunities for donors. Since 2010 she has volunteered, interned, and worked in a variety of nonprofits ranging in size and focus. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and American University in D.C. for degrees in social science and policy. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking from-scratch and reading nonfiction.

Tammy Bromley
Executive Assistant to the President, ext. 100

Tammy provides support to the president and CEO and handles other administrative duties, including initial points of communication. She’s been in the nonprofit sector for 15 years in staff and volunteer positions. A native of North Carolina, Tammy enjoys spending time with her two grown kids, friends, and her various pets.

Bridgette Burge
Director of Programs, ext. 115

Bridgette directs the Center’s executive succession planning initiative and membership work and manages our webinar training and collaborations with local and regional partners. She has more than two decades of nonprofit experience serving as an executive director, board member, program manager, trainer, fundraiser, and volunteer. Bridgette earned her bachelor’s from Rhodes College, her master’s in anthropology from the University of Memphis, and her nonprofit management certificate from Duke University. She loves living in Raleigh with her husband, their two children, and their goofy beagle, Eli.

Tracy Careyette
Chief Financial Officer, ext.

Tracy is responsible for the overall financial operations of the Center, as well as audit and tax functions, budgeting, policies and procedures, and human resources. She began working at the Center as an intern while attending Meredith College, where she received a BA in mathematics with a minor in accounting. An 18-year veteran of the Center, she has more than 12 years’ experience in nonprofit accounting and human resource management. Previously, she worked as a staff accountant with a CPA firm specializing in nonprofit accounting and financial consulting. She currently serves on the Not-for-Profit Committee of the N.C. Association of CPAs.

Nannetta Christiani
Senior Finance Associate, ext. 123

Nannetta has worked in nonprofit accounting for more than five years. Her knowledge and experience comes from studying accounting at NC State University and working in corporate accounting for several years. She received her BS in architectural engineering from NC A&T and worked as a housing inspector and multiple dwelling specialist for the City of New York. She lives in Holly Springs with her husband and spends time volunteering and helping other nonprofits.

Sarah Easley
Marketing & Events Coordinator, ext.

Sarah coordinates the Center’s events, marketing, and mass communications. A south-central Virginia native, she holds a BA in political science from the University of South Carolina. In her free time, Sarah enjoys group exercise classes, road trips to visit friends, family, and her beagle, Annie, and cheering on her beloved South Carolina Gamecocks.

David Heinen
Vice President for Public Policy, ext. 111

David advocates on issues affecting NC’s nonprofit sector, monitors and analyzes state and federal public policy issues, keeps nonprofits and media across NC informed about important legal and policy developments, engages in research about the sector, provides training on advocacy and legal compliance, and convenes coalitions of nonprofits from diverse fields. He joined the Center in 2007. Previously, David was an attorney with Dorn & Klamp, P.C., a Washington, D.C. law firm serving nonprofits. He has served on the boards of local and national nonprofits and currently serves on the board of Nonprofit VOTE and on the public policy committee of the National Council of Nonprofits, where he received the 2013 Flo Green Network Champion Award. He is a graduate of Duke University and the William and Mary School of Law.

Rob Maddrey
Director for Sustainability, ext. 117

Rob is responsible for raising the financial resources which support the work of the Center. Rob brings more than 29 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership. Previously, he was assistant vice president for philanthropy, annual fund, and operations with the N.C. Symphony. He was director of communications for Preservation North Carolina managing their annual conference and communications. Rob was the first executive director of ARTS North Carolina and successfully consolidated Arts Advocates of North Carolina, a statewide advocacy organization, into ARTS North Carolina in 1996; he went on to lead it for two more years. He currently serves on the board of directors of ARTS North Carolina and performs with the chamber choir of the N.C. Master Chorale, having twice served as its president. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed professional training at the university’s Arts Management Institute.

Caroline McDowell
Administrative Associate, ext. 113

Caroline provides administrative support for the senior vice president and on various projects, such as the Center’s newsletters and grant management. She has been with the Center for more than eight years, providing administrative support in evolving roles for many of the Center’s programs. Previously, Caroline worked with the City of Chesterfield (MO), Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She earned a BA in creative writing and communications from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her family enjoy having the mountains in one direction and the beach in the other.

Jeanne Tedrow
President & CEO, ext. 100

Jeanne comes to the Center after 25 years with Passage Home, a community development corporation she co-founded and grew from helping a couple of families a year to one that serves over a thousand individuals, leveraging $3.8 million of housing and support services annually in Wake County. She has served on boards and committees throughout the Triangle and statewide, and has been recognized with awards such as the “Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifices” bestowed and blessed by the Pope in the 2000 Jubilee Year, TBJ’s 2017 Women In Business, and named a 2015 Goodmon Fellow. She earned a BA in urban and community development from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in public policy from Duke University as a Z. Smith Reynolds Fellow. She completed the National Development Council and UNC School of Government community development training programs, NCSU Executive Coaching certification program, Grinnell Leadership Program, and Harvard Business School Executive Education. Raised in Boston, she has travelled extensively and, as part of her Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation sabbatical, travelled throughout Italy including the small village of Calabria from which her grandparents emigrated.

Salima Thomas
Director of Member Engagement, ext. 114

Salima facilitates membership efforts including Member assistance and Member relations. She has nonprofit experience serving as a volunteer, trainer, program manager, and board/committee member. Salima received her bachelor’s in music education from UNC-Greensboro and master’s in public administration with concentrations in arts administration and nonprofit management from UNC-Charlotte. In her free time, she enjoys the arts, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.