Dr. Rita Anita Linger, PHD - President / CEO
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.
Quintin T. Murphy - SERA, Inc. Youth and Business Development Officer
Mr. Quintin T. Murphy is an entrepreneur and a proud resident of Southeast Raleigh, NC. He graduated North Carolina Central University with a BA in Business Marketing and a MS in Information Sciences. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Inc. where he maintains involvement with the Big Brother “Guide Right Program”, and the Grant Advisory committee. Quintin has over 10 years’ experience in mentoring, social media, marketing and community involvement of youth across the Triangle. He served for two years as SERA, Inc. Youth Program Coordinator helping SERA’s CEO manage and develop state of the art youth programming and has transitioned his role at SERA, Inc. now serving as the Youth Engagement and Social Media Consultant.
Mr. Murphy was also responsible for heading up the Youth Leadership Alliance of Wake Co., an active leadership and life skills training organization for youth in Wake Co. He continues to volunteer his time with the “Working for Kids” program of Wake Co, helping young men with interview, grooming and resume writing tips, life coaching and focusing on career and life planning success.
Quintin is also the Founder/ Principal of The Mogul Group, a strategic business development and essential services firm based here in Raleigh, NC. Starting his company with just his laptop and $120 in 2010, he has transformed his business to have a projected earnings this year in 2013 to be $325,000 in profits. The Mogul Group specializes in strategic partnerships to help businesses in the areas of Social Media Marketing, Web Design & Development, Non Profit Fundraising, Small Business Grant Funding, IT Consulting and Purchasing, IT Repair, Commercial Real Estate Financing & Business Loans, Bridge & Construction Loans, Essential Services Provider, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Training, Business Credit Building, Business Plans, Youth Empowerment and Project Management, Church Loans.
Quintin is a founding contributor to SERA, Inc. and we are so glad he continues to be part of our family in service to those we serve!
Pastor James E. Todd, Jr., MSW, LCSW-A - Director of Community Impact Programs
I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Pastor James Todd, Jr. as SERA, Inc.’s Director of Community Impact Programs. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Todd when he served as an intern for SERA, Inc. while working on his licensure for his Masters in Social Work. James is a social engineer, community leader, advocate, and therapist. He is dedicated to promoting social change and empowering minority communities to be sustainable through community asset building and partnership with well-resourced entities.
James has over 12 years of experience in community development, mental health treatment and engaging community and faith-based organizations. As a macro practitioner, he has a proven track record in leading and mobilizing teams in accomplishing specific task and objectives. He is relation-oriented, energetic and has a heart for community organizing and capacity building. He is a strong advocate of community-centered goals and recognizes the importance of partnering with all sectors of the community.
Mr. Todd pastors “Rebirth Deliverance Ministries”, a ministry in Knightdale, North Carolina where the motto is “Releasing the old and cultivating the NEW”. As a 21st Century Visionary, his innate charisma and dynamic style of presentation has placed him in high demand as an emerging voice of hope and destiny.
His academic background includes his educational training at Shaw and North Carolina State Universities in Raleigh, North Carolina where he earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. He has been the recipient of many academic, civic and community awards with published biography in the United States All American Scholar Collegiate Directory. He is an aboriginal of Atlanta, GA and parents four beautiful children with his wife and life partner Latoya.
Please welcome Pastor James Todd, Jr. and keep an eye out for his stellar contributions to SERA, Inc. and the communities we serve here in Southeast Raleigh and the greater Raleigh area.
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.