WakeUP Wake County Staff



Karen Rindge, Executive Director          

Email: karen@wakeupwakecounty.orgTel: 919.637.4271

Karen has worked with WakeUP since its inception in 2006.  She spent 10 years in Washington DC working in non-profit advocacy and grassroots organizing and as a legislative aide to NC Congressman James McClure Clarke. She is a graduate of UNC-CH and the University of Zimbabwe. Mother of two, she volunteers in their Wake County schools.




Jennifer Dean, Grassroots and Membership Coordinator

Email:, Tel: 812.584.8151

Jennifer Dean started working for WakeUP in February of 2014.  She graduated from UNC Wilmington, where she studied Marine Biology, and got her Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami in Florida.  Passionate about sustainability, Jennifer finds connecting with community members to be one of the most rewarding parts of working in Wake County.



Lynn Edmonds, Great Schools in Wake Coordinator

Email: lynn@wakeupwakecounty.orgTel: 919.559.9070

Lynn Edmonds joins the staff of WakeUP as Program Coordinator for Great Schools In Wake after years of volunteering with us. A North Carolina native, she graduated from Peace College in 1991 and has lived in Raleigh all of her adult life. Lynn is passionate about public education and has two children educated in Wake County public schools.



Board of Directors


Executive Committee:


Julia Lee Chair; Fundraising Committee Chair


Public affairs and marketing consultant; former Director in the Office of the Governor; Wake County Guardian ad Litem

Veronica Alcine, Vice-Chair 

Senior recruitment manager, patient access and retention services at PRA Health Sciences; Raleigh Planning Commission member

Susan Parry, Secretary

Education Coordinator, Students Discover; former member of Wake County Board of Education

Melanie Lilley, Co-Treasurer


Certified Public Accountant, PLC Rouse Norton

April Ward, CoTreasurer


Director of Accounting, Marbles Kids Museum

Will Alphin

Owner, REdesign Build and Foundation Bar

Jay Dawkins

Entrepreneur/Owner of Cityzen online engagement firm

Frank Harmon

Architect, Frank Harmon Architect

Valerie Jordan

Partner Account Manager, IBM Global Alliance, Cisco Systems

Karen Kemerait, Water Committee Co-Chair

Public Utilities Attorney, Smith, Moore, Leatherwood



Carla Mena

Bilingual Senior Research Associate, Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research, Duke University

Beth Reed, Water Committee Co-Chair

Senior environmental scientist and Project manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates

Joel Rosch

Senior Research Scholar, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University

Gretchen Saussy

Business Development Director, Sigmon Construction






Board of Advisors


Tom Bradshaw

Norm Camp

Larry Dickens

Greg Flynn

Anne S. Franklin

Greg Hatem

Bill Holman

Robin Hammond

Matty Lazo-Chadderton

Brent Laurenz

Don Mial

Phil Poe

John Shaw

Anna Stein

Al Swanstrom

Nina Szlosberg

Tappan Vickery





Transportation and Land Use


Water Committee

Karen Kemerait, Chair

Education Committee

Yevonne Brannon, Chair

Fundraising Committee

Julia Lee, Chair

Board Finance Committee

April Ward, Co-Treasurer

Melanie Lilley, Co-Treasurer

Board Development Committee


Veronica Alcine, Chair

Executive Committee

Veronica Alcine

Karen Rindge

Julia Lee

Melanie Lilley

April Ward