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Meet the Directors

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Lindsay Wrege, Chief Executive Officer

Lindsay has dreamed of starting a coffee shop run by special needs individuals because she has personally experienced the impact individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can make. Through spending extensive time with this community, they have taught her to not see disability. Lindsay believes 321 Coffee will shape society for the better, and all it will take is a cup of coffee.   

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Nick Wirtz, Chief Operations Officer

Nick has been involved with the IDD community since middle school. From an early age he received opportunities to recognize the abilities of those who are often told they are disabled. He joined 321 Coffee in the hopes of driving the mission of blending different groups of people and highlight the strengths of individuals with developmental disorders. He is excited to see the future impact of these adults in and out of the workplace!

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Michael Evans, Chief Financial Officer

Michael was inspired to become part of 321 Coffee because of his mom, who has taught a class in high school for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He loves working with 321 and having the chance to form friendships with so many new people. Michael has been inspired by seeing the organization grow during his time and is excited for what the future holds for 321! 

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Hannah Cooper, General Manager

Hannah grew up with parents who were both educators for elementary-aged children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her experiences as a child inspired her to become a founding member of the Best Buddies club at her high school, a program that joined with IDD students at another high school to host events and eventually found her school’s first unified sports team. She is thrilled to be a part of 321 Coffee and become more connected with the community in Raleigh!

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Liam Dao, Acting Chief Operations Officer

Liam was motivated to join 321 Coffee during his freshman year at NC State University when he heard about the mission of the organization. Since then, he has formed several meaningful relationships, has become a part of the amazing 321 Coffee community, and has thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone he has been able to meet. Prior to working with 321 Coffee, he spent the previous four years working in the food service industry as a sushi and hibachi chef. Liam looks forward to continuing the mission of 321 Coffee and is excited to see the future growth of the organization! 

Meet the Advisors

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Greg Germain

Board of Directors, Chair

Greg retired from his first career after 32 years in information technology companies. As NetApp VP of Engineering, he co-led the RTP site which was recognized as the #1 “Best Place to Work” in the Triangle for 2013. In addition to NetApp, Greg led worldwide teams for Dell Technologies, IBM and Paradyne Networks. As an entrepreneur, he started an east coast engineering site for Jetstream Communications and co-founded Centennial Systems which was successfully acquired by Paradyne Networks. 

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Michelle Pfeiffer

 Board of Directors

Michelle's daughter, Anna, has Down syndrome and provides the passion for her to help improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. Michelle is the Founder and Director of Anna’s Angels Foundation, a nonprofit foundation focused on funding Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center.  Anna’s Angels mission is to improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome.  Michelle is also one of the founding members of GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh and currently serves as the Board President. 

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Bob Jackson

Advisory Council

Bob retired after a 25 year career with McDonald’s Corporation. He served his last position with McDonald’s as a SR VP, Restaurant Support Officer of the East Division where he oversaw Development, Franchising and Officer Development. Prior to the RSO position he served 7 years as a VP, General Manager of both the Greenville SC region and the Raleigh NC region. He has also served as a board member for Ronald McDonald Houses of NC, as the finance chair for an 8 year period and is currently the Donor Development Chair. He has also been a board member for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and served in numerous volunteer roles with the organization. Lastly, he was a founding member of a youth supported charity called Nickelby Project.

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Matthew Schwab

Advisory Council

Matthew graduated from Holly Springs High School in June 2017 with an occupational course of study diploma. After high school he completed Project Search, an internship based educational program, through Wake Tech. He has 5 paying jobs including AMC Theaters, Fuquay Revolution Volleyball, 321 Coffee, 5 years at ChickFilA and his own public speaking business, MatthewSchwabSpeaks. He was a paid intern in the NC State legislature in the summer of 2018. Matthew also serves as an ambassador on Gigi's Playhouse Youth Advisory Board, a Down syndrome achievement center.

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Jennifer Capps

Advisory Council

Jennifer Capps is the Director of Student Learning and Faculty Development for NC State Entrepreneurship.  She develops and delivers classroom content, mentors entrepreneurship students and faculty and presents at entrepreneurship and innovation events around the world.  In 2009, she was named one of Triangle Business Journal’s Top Women in Business for her work in teaching and mentoring entrepreneurial students, and in 2016 she was recognized by the NC State Office of International Affairs for Leadership in International Education. 

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Emma Wissink

Advisory Council

Emma is a Dutch American immigrant and was born in Voorburg, Netherlands, and is the oldest of 4 siblings. Emma participated in the Youth Leadership Forum where she learned how to advocate for people with IDD. She currently attends college at Wake Tech and has earned certificates as a trained barista and in hospitality. Next, Emma plans on taking career based classes, specifically for business & customer service. Her goal is to pursue her own business and become an entrepreneur. Emma hopes to inspire her community to never give up on their dreams. 

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Aaron Thaddeaus

Advisory Council

With over 10 years of experience in the creative industry, Aaron Thaddeus has partnered with startups, government initiatives, and Fortune 500 companies to create ambitious campaigns as a Creative Director and Project Lead. He curates highly-qualified teams of creatives to fulfill briefs and skyrocket expectations. Working directly with clients, he outlines a brand’s vision and provides quality assurance to every aspect of the project. 

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Sam Hening

 Advisory Council

Sam Hening is 29 and has been living “interdependently” in Raleigh since fall 2018. Sam grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and was awarded Youth Citizen of the Year and Adult Citizen of the Year by the Mayor’s Council on Disabilities. He attended a four year program at UNC Greensboro and received a certificate in Integrative Community Studies. Sam has work experience at Save a Lot grocery store, the hospitality team at Chick-fil-a, Pet Supplies Plus, and at 321 Coffee. Sam also volunteers with A Place at the Table, with Gigi’s Playhouse, and Hope Community Church. He also loves listening to music, singing, song-writing, and playing the guitar.

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Billy Flowers

Advisory Council

With over 30 years at CALS, Flowers has now been recognized as a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor. Flowers is a reproductive physiologist who pioneered the use of human ultrasound machines to make swine births safer, now common practice on hog farms. He served on national strategic committees during the avian flu crisis. In a long and lauded career, he’s most recently the 2017 recipient of the American Society of Animal Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award. 

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