Sharon Carr Harrington
Executive DirectorA certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and attorney with more than 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit experience, Sharon has held roles with Davidson College, Foundation For The Carolinas, and as director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte. At UNC Charlotte, she served as the chief development officer for its largest academic unit, seeking philanthropic support through annual, major, and planned gifts. Most recently, Sharon served as assistant vice president for institutional advancement at Johnson C. Smith University and a member of the department’s senior leadership team. In that role, she worked collaboratively with the university Board of Trustees, executive leadership team, the college deans, senior administrators, and faculty to support programs and priorities within the university. Sharon directed the University’s comprehensive campaign (Tomorrow is what WE make it), a $150 million campaign to support the Annual Fund, capital projects, and endowments for scholarships and programs.Read
Prior to her development career, Sharon worked as an attorney with a national public interest law firm and several government agencies in New Orleans and Charlotte, specializing in environmental regulatory issues, policies and programs. From 1994 to 1999, she served as director of the New Orleans Department of Sanitation and member of the Mayor’s cabinet.
Committed to philanthropy and community service, Sharon has been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations including the boards of directors of Planned Parenthood Health Systems, the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Lillian’s List of North Carolina, the Women’s Impact Fund, Duke University School of Law’s Alumni Association, the Children’s Law Center, and the Executive Service Corps of the Charlotte Region. Sharon is a member of Women Executives of Charlotte.
Sharon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology at the University of Delaware and a JD from the Duke School of Law. She is married to Rob Harrington and they have a son – Jourdan Harrington.
Helen Hope Kimbrough
Community Program ManagerFor over a decade, Helen has committed herself to interactive storytelling, writing, and literacy initiatives to support children and families. This is apparent in her commitments with nonprofits like Promising Pages, the Literacy Council of Union County, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated, and as a 2016 award honoree by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in North Carolina for her role in making reading fun, engaging, and life-changing. Helen is profoundly humbled by the opportunity to pursue her purpose and passion, and is extremely thankful to serve this dynamic community.
Jenene Herring Seymour
Development ManagerJenene Seymour has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of philanthropy and education. She successively served as director of foundation relations with Johnson C. Smith University and Livingstone College, managing foundation fundraising strategy, solicitation, and stewardship for each. Prior to these roles, she was a senior vice president with Foundation For The Carolinas, where she oversaw administration and award distributions for more than 100 scholarship and grantmaking funds. Jenene began her career in college recruitment and admissions, helping academically and economically underprepared students pursue their higher education goals. Jenene is a native of Buffalo, NY, and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education administration from Temple University.Read
She is a dedicated servant leader with a passion for youth and education. She is immediate past board chairperson for the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund and has also served as a board member with Right Moves For Youth, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Queen City Metropolitan Chapter, and the ANSWER Scholarship Foundation. Jenene is a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations with the Wildacres Leadership Initiative and was named a 2014 “Woman of Inspiration” by Charlotte’s GirlTalk Foundation. Her favorite childhood book was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
Kamy Twiggs Taylor
Program DirectorKamy Taylor has acquired over 10 years of experience in the education sector. She has spent many years working to improve student performance. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Kamy served as program manager for Learn It Systems in South Carolina, a national tutorial company. Her expertise was ongoing throughout eleven school districts in the state. Her focus was centered on extending students’ thinking while nurturing their creativity through the use of rigorous instructional strategies. Kamy received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina Central University and a master’s degree in community counseling psychology from Springfield College.