Donna Pygott brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in executive leadership, fiscal management, and operational strategy. Ms. Pygott is a strengths-based leader with extensive knowledge in balancing programs with a sound and sustainable infrastructure. Her success comes from her ability to unify staff, volunteers, teams, and board members around a common goal: to make a difference in people’s lives. Prior to accepting the Executive Director position at North Raleigh Ministries, Ms. Pygott served as Vice President/CFO for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina where she oversaw all aspects of operations as well as program development, grants and contracts, resource development. Ms. Pygott holds an accounting degree, which she applies to organization budgeting and fiscal management to ensure viable service delivery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, entertains friends, volunteers, and enjoys traveling.
Director of Programs
Lesley holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has over 15 years of experience in case management, family therapy, supervision, and program development. She strives to ensure that NRM continuously shifts to meet the needs of the North Raleigh community with a combined approach of faith and evidence based programming. Lesley feels blessed to lead an amazing team in this important work in her own community. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with her pets, and camping and hiking with her husband and children.
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Rev. Brent Murphy
Reverend Brent serves as our Case Manager here at North Raleigh Ministries. He is from Johnston County, NC but has spent most of his life right here in Raleigh. He is currently the Senior Pastor at New Birth Church and has attained his Masters of Divinity at Duke University Divinity School. He was previously a Social Studies teacher for Wake County Public Schools and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History & Philosophy from North Carolina A&T State University. He is passionate about helping those in need and sharing spiritual insight with others and enjoys spending time with his wife!
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Isaac was born and raised in Southern California where he served as an Assistant Pastor at Refuge Calvary Chapel in Huntington Beach, California for 8 years prior to coming to NRM. He attained his BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College in Vajta, Hungary and then graduated with a MA in Ministry and Leadership from Western Seminary, Portland. He loves to read, surf, spend quality time with his friends, and netflix and chill with his wife. A fun fact about Isaac is that he vehemently did not like cats and then married an animal lover. Today, he genuinely loves animals and gets to do life with the coolest cat. His name is Francis Schaeffer Rosa!
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Michael Olesen is a retail manager by trade and most recently worked for Lowes Home Improvement as a department manager. He also worked in management at other large retail stores such as Home Depot and World Market where he established his abilities to develop retail operations for efficiency and profitability. After leaving his 7-year career as a store manager and committee member for Goodwill of Central Arizona, Michael moved to Raleigh to be closer to family. In addition to retail management, Michael is a regular outdoors-man who enjoys camping, mountain bike riding and other outdoor sports. Most recently, helped to open and develop the TROSA thrift store in Durham, N.C. Currently, he resides in Cary with his daughters, Margot and Maryanne.
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Caroline has worked in the non-profit setting for over five years now. She grew up in sunny Florida where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is passionate about making an impact in people’s lives. Most recently, Caroline worked for House of Hope of NC, which is a Christian therapeutic school, home, and counseling center for hurting and troubled girls. She enjoys being outside, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with her husband and family.
Jennifer is a finance professional with over 30 years of experience in Accounting and Finances. She most recently worked as a Finance Manager with Pitney Bowes Management Services. She joined North Raleigh Ministries because it was in her heart to be a part of a non-profit that serves the community and helps others. She holds a B.S in Finance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She enjoys playing tennis, DIY projects, and spending time with her family and fur babies.
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Jenny is a certified HR professional who has worked in the field for 6 years. She previously worked as an HR Generalist at Corporate Chaplains of America for three years. She has her Bachelor Degree in Business Management and a minor is Psychology from Edgewood College. She grew up in Wisconsin and played competitive volleyball until her junior year in college. One of her dreams is to open up a gluten-free bakery! She is also a dog lover and has a rescue dog named Jack.
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Elizabeth Ballard holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in biblical counseling. She is most passionate about walking with people through difficult circumstances and pointing people to the truth and hope of Christ through the beauty of God’s creation and human creativity. She spent two years teaching English and working with an evangelical church in Italy before pursuing a master’s in counseling. Her nonprofit experience includes two years serving as a session leader and scheduling coordinator at Hope Reins, an organization that pairs rescued horses with hurting children to provide opportunities for hope and healing. She enjoys long walks, all things artsy, and being married to the love of her life!
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