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.