Facilities Manager, Isaac House Project Manager
Cafe & Farm Program Coordinator
Director of Residential Life
Erica Ryder (Chair)
Sr. Business Analyst, Quality and Compliance, Blue Shield of NC; Reality Participant Mother
Margaret Frothingham (Vice Chair)
Nurse, Grandmother, Reality Volunteer
Steve Unruhe (Treasurer)
Retired High School Teacher, Durham Public Schools
Cari Carson (Secretary)
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of NC
National Institute of Environmental Sciences; Reality Participant
Regional Defender, NC Indigent Defense Services
Creative Writing Instructor & Writing Coach
Collaboration and Policy Leader, NC Early Childhood Foundation
Founder & CEO, Wellspire Strategies; Adjunct Instructor, UNC Hussman School of Journalism & Media
Reality Participant Parent
Founder, Reality Farm; Spiritual Care Counselor, Transition Life Center; Flower Farmer, Little Sparrow
Michelle Pickett Connors
Strategic Account Supervisor, MicroMass Communications, an Ashfield Health Company
Senior Analyst, Community Development Department, City of Durham
Meet the 2021-2022 Reality Fellows!
Annalise Von Sprecken
Annalise graduated from Elon University in December 2020. She heard about Reality her sophomore year and has been thinking about being a fellow ever since. Annalise enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and going on walks with friends. She is excited to get to know everyone at Reality and to become part of the amazing community.
Hannah graduated from Wheaton College and spent a year working at a non-profit in Northern Virginia taking care of children with disabilities before coming to Reality. She grew up in Rwanda (and South Carolina and Kenya), and her family currently lives in Chapel Hill. Hannah’s passionate about health care access, particularly in the disability community. In her spare time, Hannah loves going on walks, exploring coffee shops, going thrift shopping and making new friends.
Grace recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and majored in Public Relations and Sociology. She started spending time at Reality her freshman year of college. Grace loves being outside, spending time with close friends and family, and gardening. She holds this community and the friendships that come with it very dearly.