Board of Directors

President: Russell M. Taylor gained over twenty years of experience developing interactive 3D graphics and microscopy control and analysis systems as a Research Professor of Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Applied Physical Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill. He has published over 120 manuscripts, holds four patents, and has developed over a dozen open-source tools.  He was also the principal investigator on the Biomedical Image Analysis Supercomputer, an NIH-funded resource for biologists, geneticists, and medical researchers across UNC.  He was named the 2014 UNC Inventor of the Year.

Russ’ nonprofit experience includes being a founding board member for Pharaoh’s Daughter, a 501(c)(3) that provides hope for pregnant incarcerated women and their babies in breaking the generational cycle of poverty, incarceration, and recidivism.

Russ’ business experience includes being co-founder and Chairman of the Board for nanoManipulator Incorporated, which received an R&D top 100 award for its haptic and 3D graphics interface for scanned-probe microscopes; VP of Systems for Megawatt Solar (developing control and tracking algorithms); and VP of Technology Systems for Redbud Labs (developing video-based magnetic microscope control systems to study blood clotting).

Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Legal Affairs: Shelia A. Huggins is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Her primary practice fields are general business law, art and entertainment law, sports law, and contract development, review, and negotiation.

Shelia is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Business Law and Sports & Entertainment Law Sections, the 14th Judicial District Bar Association, the Durham County Bar Association, and the George White Bar Association.

She oversees the legal clinic at the Alamance Community College Small Business Development Center and also serves on the Center’s Board of Advisors. She is a member of the North Carolina Central University School of Business Board of Visitors and was selected as a 2015 Black Women in Business Honoree.

Secretary: Steve Tamayo currently works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA as the Associate Director of Strategy for the Latino Fellowship (LaFe) and as the Digital Media Strategist for the Multiethnic Initiative.

He previously served as Executive Pastor at Chatham Community Church, a multi-campus nondenominational church committed to engaging our world for good by connecting people to God and to each other.

He has been on the board of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Chatham County and the Chatham Drug Free Coalition. He has participated in the Racial Equity Institute and has consulted with local churches about ethnic and generational diversity and inclusion.

Steve has degrees from Duke University and the University of Oxford. His studies included psychology, markets and management studies, and social research.