Golden LEAF welcomes new staff

Golden LEAF welcomes new staff

June 22, 2023

The Golden LEAF Foundation recently welcomed three new staff members, Blythe Evans, Flecia Silver, and LaKisha Cherry.

“We are excited to announce three new staff members to help carry out the mission of the Foundation,” said Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer, Scott T. Hamilton. “Blythe, LaKisha, and Flecia bring a great set of skills and expertise to our hardworking team of dedicated professionals.”

Blythe Evans, Administrative Assistant for Operations & External Affairs
Evans joined Golden LEAF on May 30 as Administrative Assistant for Operations & External Affairs. In her role, she provides administrative support to the Foundation, working collaboratively with the Operations, External Affairs, and other staff to ensure efficient operation of the office. Evans has a background in office administration and experience in the defense contracting industry, North Carolina state government, and the nonprofit sector.

Evans is a native of Wilson, N.C., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She pursues her passion for music by serving as a worship leader at her church and enjoys cheering on the Tar Heels at every opportunity.

Flecia Silver, Accounting Specialist
Silver joined the Golden LEAF Foundation on June 12 as the Accounting Specialist. In her role, she provides accounting/financial support and human resources assistance.

Silver has over 15 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining the Golden LEAF Foundation, she was the Accounting Specialist at QVC in Rocky Mount for 10 years. Silver began her accounting career at the Nottingham Investment Company as a Fund Accountant and as a Staff Accountant for the nonprofit organization Rural Health Group.

A native of Whitakers, N.C., Silver is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting from ECPI University’s College of Technology.

LaKisha Cherry, Food Distribution Assistance Program Associate
Cherry joined Golden LEAF on June 12 as the Food Distribution Assistance Program Associate. The Food Distribution Assistance Program will make grants to nonprofit organizations to become food bank partner agencies, to expand capacity for these partners and to establish or enhance school-based food assistance programs.

In her role, Cherry supports the Food Distribution Assistance Program team in the implementation of the program, including the monitoring of recipients and supporting compliance across the Program and focusing on data and record management.

Before joining Golden LEAF, Cherry was the Manager of Finance and Data Compliance with Teach for America and held roles at Pitt Community College. 

Lifelong Pitt County resident, Cherry currently lives in Greenville, N.C., and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Mount Olive and a Master of Science in Administration of Justice Security from the University of Phoenix.

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