Phelps Sprinkle, Chair
Phelps is Vice President, Development & Donor Services for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro where he collaborates with people who want to make a positive impact in the world. In 1995, Phelps co-founded Topics Education Group — a marketing and strategic communications firm based in Charlotte, NC — and served as its President and CEO for 17 years. Most recently, Phelps worked in the disability field, first for Easter Seals UCP and then at Peacehaven. Phelps sits on the board of North Carolina Fusion (youth sports nonprofit) and is active as a volunteer with Greensboro Day School and Gateway Education Center. He and his wife, Kate, who is currently working on a Masters in Counseling at UNC Greensboro, are both natives of Greensboro and have three children.
Tim is proud to have co-founded Peacehaven in 2007 with his wife Susan and Buck Cochran. The project was inspired by their son Julian who has cerebral palsy. Tim received a BS in accounting from the University of Richmond in 1984. His career followed public accounting work in Richmond to CFO of a coal company in West Virginia. He moved to Greensboro in 2002 so that Julian could attend Gateway education center. Susan lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. In 2010 Tim married Ellis and now has six sons, including his three stepsons. He moved to Juno Beach FL for work in 2013. Tim loves golf, still has his first brand new car, a 1984 Mazda RX7, collects Case XX pocket knives and wants to see any country he hasn’t traveled to yet.
Gregory D. Goins is Professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design at North Carolina A&T State University. During his tenure as an educator at NCA&T, he has focused on broadening participation in STEM careers. In 2003, he received the prestigious NASA Space Flight Awareness Award for his photosynthesis research conducted on plants flown on the Space Shuttle and Space Station. For his work as principal investigator on the NSF Biomathematics project, he was by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for HBCUs. He served as a NSF Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education for the IUSE, S-STEM, and Robert T. Noyce Programs. From this, he has continued to work extensively with national organizations to re-focus learning outcomes of the traditional methods of science instruction using active, collaborative learning strategies and the creation of problem-based learning problems and materials. He serves on multiple advisory councils and proposal panels for NSF, NIH, HHMI, and USDA.
Peacehaven welcomes Celia Hooper to the board of directors. Celia is a native of Thomasville, NC and the retired Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) at UNCG. A speech-language pathologist by profession, she has worked in several other universities in Ohio, Kansas, and NC and enjoys her current role leading 200 faculty and 4000 students interested in health and wellness. She and her husband, Craig Smith, are the parents of two grown children. She is happy to serve on the Board of Peacehaven after working with Phelps Sprinkle to encourage student and faculty involvement from HHS at Peacehaven.
Nkosi Julien La Roche
Nkosi is currently the Network and End User Service Manager for Syngenta. Prior that to that he was a Project Manager for Ernst & Young in Nashville, TN. He has also served as an Intern with the US State Department in Bangkok and in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova. In his Peace Corps role, Nkosi worked with local farmers to identify threats within the community. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Agriculture and Resource Economics degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Valerie Leschber MD, serves as Chief Medical Informatics Officer of Cone Health, a not-for-profit comprehensive health care network based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Leschber is responsible for providing leadership for the ongoing development, advancement and optimization of clinical technology systems that support patient care and advance clinical care throughout Cone Health, including the Epic applications, virtual visits, and digital health platforms. In addition to her Chief Medical Information Officer duties, Leschber is the medical director over Physician and APP recruiting across Cone Health’s network and serves as medical director for the Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies in Elon, North Carolina. Leschber earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree at Texas A & M University. Leschber is dual board-certified in internal medicine and in clinical informatics.
Danielle is the Regulatory Filing Specialist for Arch Mortgage Insurance Company in Greensboro where she coordinates SAFE Act and servicing licenses for Arch entities. Since 2017, she has served as President of Arch’s Women & Allies ERG (employee resource group), and a member of the Abled Not Labelled ERG, where she collaborates with other Arch employees to make a positive impact on the organization and the surrounding community. Her work with these groups has allowed her to create significant relationships with Victory Junction Camp and other organizations in the local area. Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, at no cost to children or their families. She also serves as an Executive Council Member and Social Committee Co-Chair for Greensboro’s young professional organization, synerG. Her service with this organization has allowed the impact of her efforts for community outreach to expand and helped to foster a sense of responsibility and desire to give back among her synerG connections. She is a native of North Carolina and has called the Greensboro area home nearly all her life.
For the past five years Barb has been a teacher of Biology at Greensboro Day School. She began her teaching career at Page High School, working there as a science teacher for two years after completing her BS in Biology with Secondary (Education) Certification, from UNCG in 2013. Prior to entering the field of education, she was a clinical social worker. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on children and adolescents. Following graduate school she began her professional career at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in both the emergency and intensive care units, helping to assess and support children impacted by sexual and physical abuse. After relocating to Washington, DC, she became a department manager, and clinically, was part of both the adult heart transplant and surgical intensive care unit teams at Washington Hospital Center/MedStar. For over a decade she left the working world to be home full-time with her two sons. It was during those years she decided to make the career transition into science education and began her coursework in biology. Gardening and hiking are two of her passions, along with just being outside. She completed the NC Extension Master Gardening Program and was an active participant for several years. Barb lives in Greensboro with her husband Terry Akin. Her two sons are both in college. Peacehaven is a happy marriage of so many things she values and is interested in.
Jennifer M. Windsor is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Triad Financial Advisors. She began her financial planning and investment management career in 2008 and has gained valuable experience working at a community bank, a private trust company and now a registered investment advisory firm. Jennifer finds the people she works with as fascinating as finance, and she enjoys helping individuals and couples bring to life their retirement goals. Her appreciation for families comes from her own upbringing as the second oldest of eleven children, with three sisters and seven brothers. Nine of those eleven children are adopted, and three of those nine are special needs children. Jennifer knows it takes an amazing amount of stamina, commitment and love to advocate for a special needs child. She also understands better than most the impact that a special needs child has on the other members of the family, both in terms of sacrifice and grace, but also in terms of joy, growth and gratitude. It often takes a village of caring adults to help provide support for those surrounding the special needs child, and Jennifer witnessed and experienced that village at work in her own life through her teen and young adult years. Now, she leans into the support role by coming alongside her clients to take some of the most stressful pieces of life off their plates. Jennifer is a Campbell University alum (2008). She is married to Matthew Windsor, and the two live in Elon with their two children, Matthew and Hensley, and their golden retriever, Duke.