Rita Anita Linger
Rita Anita Linger was born and raised in the “melting pot” of New York City on the lower east-side of Manhattan. She has been responsible for directing social justice, human relations, diversity, and community development initiatives around sustainable communities and eradication of poverty and violence for thirty years. She is also responsible for building awareness and finding solutions around improved clinical encounters in healthcare for two decades. She currently serves as the President/CEO of SERA, Inc. (Southeast Raleigh Assembly, Inc.) SERA, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Southeast Raleigh.
SERA, Inc. focus areas include: Community Capacity Building, Public Safety, Business/Equity, Health & Wellbeing, Developing the Entrepreneurial Spirit, Youth Empowerment and Housing. Mrs. Linger formerly served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide organization which provides support services to local domestic violence agencies and allied professionals. She was also responsible for founding a Social Justice, Leadership, Community Development, and Authentic Wellbeing project called, “Center for Emergent Capabilities.” She has served as the Arizona Supreme Court’s Funding administrator for ADR and Parent Education Programs, and has been responsible for launching several non-profits and creating sustainable funding streams for them.
Rita Anita believes in using person-centered processes to identify, cultivate and synthesize capabilities within human systems for professional and personal success. She believes as her favorite humanist and psychologist, Abraham Maslow posits “People’s capabilities clamor to be used, and without those capabilities being realized, the person can atrophy, and disappear – diminishing him/her forever.” To that end, Mrs. Linger works to bring the best of people including youth to their own awareness, ultimately causing them to self generate authentic, humanistic and synergistic relationships amongst and between people in the workplace and their wider community; experiencing leadership in a way that will create solutions for seemingly intractable issues, and help positively change and sustain human environments and communities.
Rita Anita Linger, MA
19 West Hargett Street, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
David H. Brown
Mr. David H. Brown, II is a resident of Southeast Raleigh. David is a graduate of Shaw University with a BS in Accounting; and plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Community Psychology. He has over ten plus years experience engaging citizens in the process of improving their neighborhoods, improving their quality of life, helping individuals and organizations establish non-profit 501c3 organizations, developing social programs to eliminate or mitigate risk factors within communities and grant writing (federal and private) along with implementing fund development strategies.
David fully comprehends the importance of local governments and community partnerships; through his experience managing two (2) Mayoral campaigns, and a coordinated campaign with former United States Senator Joseph R. Biden, (current Vice President of the United States.) He has also worked to assist over ten citizens in Raleigh to reach their goal of establishing tax exempt non-profit organizations. He is a member of Body of Christ Church and heartily believes in volunteering. His volunteer activities include promoting the need for health and fitness to seniors in Southeast Raleigh.
David comes from a family that believes in community activism and empowerment; driven by the likes of his mother who is a National Democratic Delegate, life member of the NAACP, Political Congress of Woman and 1st Vice Chair of the Wake County Democratic Party.
David H. Brown
Community Engagement Manager
19 West Hargett Street, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Angela Jackson-Mann –Youth Program Coordinator
Angela Jackson-Mann serves as SERA, Inc.‘s new Youth Program Coordinator. She is also currently the Program Assistant, for Wake County Economic Development, a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since February 2010. Wake County Economic Development is the primary economic development organization in Wake County providing support to twelve municipalities. The goal of this program is to retain and expand existing Wake County business in addition to recruiting new companies that provide quality jobs for citizens in the region. Angela Jackson-Mann has over ten years of community service experience.
Angela has designed and developed an Urban Youth Program for the Southeast Raleigh area of Wake County of which she hopes to implement in the very near further. She has also served as a volunteer, recruiter and mentor for several youth programs with the Southeast Raleigh including: 4-H Youth Development Program, Girls Scouts of America, Digital Connectors and Southeast Raleigh Assembly.
Angela graduated from City of Raleigh Neighborhood College — Class of 2010, and is currently serving a second year term as Vice Chair for Southeast Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council. She serves as a Community Advisory Board Member for City of Raleigh – Information Technology with Gail Roper and Linda Jones. In her role as a community relations volunteer, Angela has helped plan 2011 City of Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange. She is currently serving in her second year as a 2012 Chair Person for the Citizens Planning Committee for the City of Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange.
Prior to relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina Angela worked for the Department of the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia. She holds a Security Military Clearance and certified in Antiterrorism / Force Protection. Angela has over 15 years experience in telecommunication and business administration and is currently pursuing a degree at William Peace College in Liberal Studies. She is a Wake County notary public and received a certificate of completion in U. S. Small Business Administration – Helping Small business Succeed in 2009.
Angela is a native New Yorker and a former Girl Scout, with three children who are also dedicated to serving people and the communities in which they live. Angela is also a longstanding member of the Order of Eastern Star. She believes in making a positive difference in the communities within which she lives and works.
We would like to welcome Karl Brustmeyer as an integral part of SERA, Inc.’s development team. Karl works with the President of SERA, Inc. to develop and strengthen our technology programming, specifically our Entreprenaurial Technology Institute as well as our Social Media Academy. He is a social entrepreneur and proprietor of Itria Solutions, a technology development company. He has over 15 years experience in technology administration and web development and is a graduate of New Horizons School of Technology in Network Administration, CCNA and Microsoft Office Technologies, Business Administration from University of Phoenix, American Management Association program in Strategic Leadership, United Way Project Board Room Development.
Karl has 5 years of experience serving on several boards as an adviser in economic development, advocacy and organizational development. He has been instrumental in taking a holistic view in problem-solving, planning and developing sustainable programs that addresses needs within the community. He has also helped mentor many small businesses and organizations in best practices of leveraging internet technology, innovative social programs to showcase and promote their business/organizational objectives.
Through his involvement in local community advocacy he has effectively coordinated the activities for minority groups to access large grant awards, and state and local city government contracts. He was also instrumental in the hiring of the first HUB coordinator for the Guilford county school system creating 1000′s of jobs for local minorities. Karl believes in empowering youth through public policy, technology and education. He is currently Vice President of The United Caribbean Association. He is also a member of NC Black Leadership Caucus, NAACP and National Association of Young Black Elected Officials.
We are pleased to have Karl as a member of our SERA, Inc. team, providing his expertise to assist us in meeting our goal to enhance the quality of life of southeast Raleigh residents through the provision of practical and applicable technology education, environment and infra-structural change.
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