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 22 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 recently, 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 over the past ten years. Daniel has four kids and an All-Star wife and looks forward to the next great adventure.
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.