Our Board

Lemuel H. Thornton, Raleigh, NC– Chairman of the Board

African-American male; retired

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Dennis Gaddy – Lemuel Thornton

military and current entrepreneur. His community involvement has led to sponsorship of Community Success Initiative events, particularly with food and event location donations. He is also at the forefront of establishing the Formerly Incarcerated friendly employer network.


Jack Farrior, Farmville NC

Businessman–Owner of  Farrior SteelWorks, Farmville, NC 30 + years


Keith Dixon, Raleigh, NC    Treasurer

Keith Dixon

Keith Dixon

B.S. degree in Accounting from Penn State; MBA in Management from Pace U. 21 years  experience working as Accountant and Controller for manufacturing Companies in N.Y. state and N. C.  Listed in Who’s Who in Business and Industry – 1978 edition. Established own auto parts business in 1984 and retired in 2002. Active in the North Raleigh United Methodist Church. In 1994 volunteered as Community Leave Sponsor for the NC Dept. of Corrections. Volunteered with Community Success Initiative in 2010 and joined the Board of Directors in 2012, becoming the Treasurer in 2013.


Sherwood Jackson, Clayton, NC

    Self Employed


Brenda Hall, Youngsville, NC   Secretary

    Retired Educator and community organizer