Suzanne Fetscher

Suzanne Fetscher is a visionary not-for-profit Executive Director and strategic consultant with more than 25 years of experience in creating innovative and relevant partnerships between artist-in-residency programs and communities. An artist herself, Suzanne aligns her creativity, curiosity, and entrepreneurial spirit to support artists in their ability to succeed and grow audience connections that are meaningful […]

Joel Ford

Joel Ford, TRAClient Executive   Joel joined the Sentinel team in 2022 as a Client Executive and is responsible for the oversight, management, and implementation of all strategies as they relate to the management and servicing of an account.   Originally from Belmont, NC, Joel is a former North Carolina State Senator who represented Mecklenburg […]


Business Program ManagerMecklenburg County   Elizabeth (Liz) Thomas-Hollier is an accomplished financial leader, business strategist, and entrepreneur. Her insightful, candid perspective is the hallmark of her leadership style, setting apart her collaborative consulting and creative thinking skills.   With over 20 years of experience in the public sector, Liz possesses deep financial planning and forecasting, […]


Nia Rock, City Startup Labs Board Member

Senior Community Banking Executive Vice President, Community Development Officer BankUnited Nia Rock is a Community Reinvestment Banking professional and founder of BlueSuite Solutions, Inc., a business consultancy promoting sustainable Community and Economic Development strategies for triple bottom-line results. With a BA in Economics and an MBA in Impact Finance from Bard College, Ms. Rock has led […]


Sondra Hines Yates, City Startup Labs Board Member

Sondra Hines Yates is a multitalented educator, communications change agent, journalist, marketing professional, and fitness coach.   Sondra has spent the majority of her career guiding students in higher education by providing them with real-world, affordable, hands-on education to transform individuals as well as our community.  Her work has also focused on helping organizations improve […]


Brian S, Lyght, City Startup Labs Board Member

COO, The Center for Urban Families   Brian Lyght is a business development and strategy professional with over 30 years of combined public, private and nonprofit sector experience helping organizations improve their operational performance and achieve their mission. Since 2017, Brian has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Urban Families, a Baltimore, […]

Robyn Massey

Robyn Massey, City Startup Labs Board Member

Retired from IBM   For over 30 years, Robyn was a respected leader and innovator in Information Technology.  Working for IBM and Microsoft, Robyn has led numerous multi-million-dollar business transformation projects.  Her contributions have resulted in recognition including the coveted IBM Golden Circle award which recognizes the top 1% of IBM individual contributors.      From […]