our team

  • Dennis Gaddy graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and the Campbell University School of Law and built a 20 year career in sales. However, due to some poor decisions and choices, he found himself in the NC Department of Corrections for five years and eight months. With strong support networks of family and friends, Dennis took the valuable and positive insights from the past and brought to fruition the Community Success Initiative (CSI) in 2004.

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  • Robert Robinson has 30 years of experience in business and community economic development, program management, and administration with a demonstrated ability to instill a common vision and develop a dynamic team based on trust and mutual respect. He specializes in supporting less-advantaged populations who may need Second Chance employer readiness skills, mentoring, coaching or professional certifications and references leading to long-term, living wage employment.

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  • Life Coach William D. Burton, a native of Los Angeles, California, and was justice involved in his youth and used this experience to the change lives of literally hundreds of people over the course of his career. He served on UNC-CH’s summer faculty for the Governor’s Academy for Prevention Professionals for three years; was chosen to present a seminar of Creative Thinking at Elon College for the NC State Teaching Fellows Association; and taught Life Coaching classes for Federal and State correctional institutions for more than 30 years. Mr. Burton has been an integral part of the CSI’s family for more than 10 years providing life coaching and classroom curriculum.   

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  • Ms. Jones received a BA in Business Education from Saint Augustine University and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development from Wake Technical College. Jemetta is presently working at CSI as an Intake Clerk and Life Coach. Her duties include assisting newly released incarcerated men and women who need assistance with housing, employment, and community integration transition back into our Wake communities.

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  • Mr. Haryadi was born in Indonesia, ethnic-Chinese minority, and began his medical degree at Airlangga University.  In 1972, he came to the United States to complete his training in Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo and practiced adult Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Chronic Pain Management and Geriatric Medicine for fifteen year. During this time, he also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UB.

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  • Curtis L. Sapp attended Fayetteville State University and received his BA degree in Education. Curtis also attended American Academy McAllister Institute, Bronx N.Y. where he received his professional master’s degree in Funeral Service. He has studied substance abuse and addiction, mental health, law, ethics and case management at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh.

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Board of Directors

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

Mr. Thornton is retired military and an entrepreneur. He sponsors and supports CSI events and is working to establish a Formerly Incarcerated-friendly employer network.

Jack Farrior, Farmville NC

Mr. Farrior has been the owner of Farrior Steelworks in Farmville, NC for over 30 years.

Keith Dixon, Raleigh, NC — Treasurer

Mr. Dixon has 21 years of experience as Accountant and Controller for manufacturing companies in New York and North Carolina. He established own auto parts business in 1984 and retired in 2002. He is active in the North Raleigh United Methodist Church, and has volunteered as Community Leave Sponsor for the NC Dept. of Public Safety.

Sherwood Jackson — Clayton, NC

Mr. Jackson is a Reentry Support Specialist and was directly impacted by justice involvement.

Brenda Hall | Youngsville, NC — Secretary

Ms. Hall is a retired educator and community organizer.