Following a twenty-year career in corporate America, Jim started his own consulting firm in 2003, Upside-Down Leadership, helping corporate, nonprofit, ministry and church clients apply biblical leadership principles and truths within their organization. Jim serves on a number of boards and is involved in a wide-variety of ministry and nonprofit organizations.
Jim has a passion for ministry, a love for people and a desire to help organizations be effective stewards of the gifts and talents God has given to them and to maximize the Kingdom impact of their ministry.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Daniel has lived in North Carolina for the past 25 years (except for a little education and world travel here and there). From 2001 – 2011, Daniel taught Bible and History, coached wrestling and then served as Director of Advancement at St. David’s School. In 2007, he attended Columbia University where he obtained his Master’s in Organizational Leadership.
From 2011- 2018, Daniel served on the Jobs for Life staff, where he worked in various roles including Area Director, Regional Director, and Interim CEO for the national nonprofit serving those on the “margins” of society. Daniel is also a student of Mission Triangle, having attended just about every training imaginable between 2004 – 2018.
Daniel has four kids and an All-Star wife and looks forward to the next great adventure.
A native of Detroit, MI, Monica has made Raleigh home for the past 13 years after stints in St. Louis, LA, Chicago, and Houston. While caring for her family, she spent a lot of her time in the community, volunteering in schools, nonprofits organizations, and serving on boards. She is a past board vice-president at Camp Oak Hill and currently serves as vice-president of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill. Monica is also a founding board member of In Kind Friends, a nonprofit that provides pro bono consulting services to support capacity development of nonprofits in Wake, Orange, and Durham Counties.
Monica is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. She enjoys working out, reading and looks forward to traveling again. She is married and has four children.
Kara Smith grew up by the beach in Wilmington, NC and found her way to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University in 2007. GO PACK! She was a part of the 2011-2012 Raleigh Fellows Program through the Church of the Apostles. It was during the Fellows Program that she met her now husband Ben (fun story!) and together they have the joy of raising to two adorable little girls!
She worked as the Assistant Director of Student Ministries at Church of the Apostles for 5 years before spending a few years in the corporate world doing marketing for a small Raleigh business, when the Lord drew her to a position with Mission Triangle. As an Executive Assistant, she loves to encourage and support the team by helping connect details and see projects come full circle. She also enjoys yoga (she is a certified instructor), being by Wrightsville Beach, and sitting down for coffee with a friend.
A native to North Carolina, Alexis spent her formative years in Johnston County, with much of her time working in her family’s restaurant business. It was there she began to see the intersection of work and faith modeled and the impact of a kingdom mindset when it comes to business. In 2014, Alexis left North Carolina to attend Parsons The New School of Design in New York City, where she graduated with a degree in Strategic Design and Management. During her time in New York, Alexis became heavily involved with serving the organizational and structural needs of a large, multiethnic, portable church. In her time there, she honed her skills in organizational leadership, project management and the nitty gritty details that help make a ministry thrive.
Alexis is passionate about cultivating efficiency and productivity while developing relationships and a culture of engagement. She loves spending time with her family and is currently pursuing a Master of the Arts in Christian Studies.