Mary Beth Loucks-Sorrell, Executive Director
Mary Beth Loucks-Sorrell is the Executive Director at YES! and brings a deep understanding of nonprofits and the important role they play in creating change in our communities. She has over 15 years of experience at the local, state and national levels in public policy, advocacy, anti-oppression training and facilitation; as well as capacity building and technical assistance to over 90 nonprofits, successful fundraising and outcomes development. Prior to consulting, Mary Beth served as the Capacity Building program officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Her experience working first hand in a foundation applying an outcome framework, coupled with her consulting work with funders and networks of funders enables her to apply a unique and practical lens to the work at YES!.
Emily Lockhart, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Emily Lockhart has been with YES! since 2011. Her professional experience includes fundraising, marketing and community relations roles with other Triangle-area foundations and organizations, with a focus on health and prevention. She received her B.A. in communications with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina State University. She enjoys running, swimming, and traveling across North Carolina to visit family and friends.
Diana Manee-Buskirk, Program Coordinator, Real Food, Active Living Initiative
Diana Manee graduated in 2007 with her Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She worked previously as a Health and Wellness Trust Fund grantee out of Haywood County doing tobacco prevention work in six western counties in North Carolina. She is an active member in NCSOPHE and loves living in beautiful Western North Carolina with her family and her dogs Porter and Tucker.
Erica Marshall, Program Fellow, Real Food, Active Living Initiative
Erica Marshall graduated from Howard University’s School of Communications in 2015. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Erica has served as a teen advocate at several local organizations that promote healthier living. She is passionate about comprehensive health education for young people. She previously served as a Facilitator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Collegiate Health Improvement Project and VillageHeartBEAT, a Health and wellness program for faith-based communities of color through Mecklenburg County’s Health Department. During her free time, she loves singing, Zumba, and spending time with her family.
Parrish Ravelli, Team Lead, Access to Health Care Initiative
Parrish Ravelli, a 2003 graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, became involved in community development work in 2004 when serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Montana Prevention Resource Center. Following this, Parrish worked in community business as a buyer for Tidal Creek Cooperative Market. Since 2006, Parrish has been working in the field of youth empowerment in a variety of settings: tobacco use prevention, municipalities and youth councils, and most recently health care. Parrish co-authored papers such as “Youth Empowerment: The Theory and Its Implementation” and “School-Based Health Centers and the Intersection of Youth Empowerment and Health Care” and continues to work directly with youth staff at YES!.
Katie Spears Warner, Team Lead, Real Food, Active Living Initiative
Katie Spears, a founding member of YES!, is the team lead for the Real Food, Active Living Initiative. Katie previously served as the tobacco prevention program coordinator with the Question Why Youth Empowerment Center. Katie values the growth of YES! and the sustainable impact it continues to make on youth, adults and the community. Katie was awarded the 2012-2013 Circle Award from the Charlotte Dietetic Association and was a member of the SEED20 (Social Entrepreneurs EmpowereD) Class of 2013 in Charlotte, N.C. She holds a B.A. in physical education and health/community health from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a M.A. in health education and promotion from East Carolina University. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, working out, playing kickball, and dancing. She is also an avid sports fan.