Cyril Prabhu, Information Architect, Served as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America and Senior Systems Manager has more than 20+ years of proven achievements in developing strategies and implementing integrated business and technology solutions in Corporate America. He has a heart for the children and a deep desire to see youth reach their full potential. Cyril learned that children with a parent serving time in prison are far more likely to end up in prison versus those who do not. With the dream of freeing children from this likely “life sentence,” Cyril created Proverbs226 to be a support and encouragement network for these children.
Ms. Phyllis Finch
Co – Chair, Director of College Onboarding and Scholarship
Phyllis Finch is a member of Victory Christian Center is currently serving as the church ‘s Mission Director and a teacher at the Bible college.
Earlier in Mrs. Finch’s career she was a child development specialist for Meck County. Phyllis holds a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University.
A certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. Phyllis is a native of Charlotte and has been married to her husband James for over 26 years. They have 2 adult children , Mallory and James.
Director of Corporate Relations
Jim Nash joined Bank of America in 1978, and in 1992 formed and headed the firm’s Sports Finance & Advisory practice, the first group of its kind in banking and finance dedicated solely to the sports sector.
With more than 30 years experience managing corporate client relationships, he has arranged and coordinated sports-related financing and advisory assignments throughout North America and the U.K., and has developed extensive relationships within the sports industry, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer at the club, stadium and league office levels, and throughout the motorsports, Olympics, regional sports networks, and European football communities, among many others
Mr. Nash was an original member of MLB Commissioner Emeritus Selig’s Debt Advisory Committee and he is a speaker and panelist at sports industry conferences and within academia
He is past-board chair of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and past member of the World Congress of Sports Advisory Board. He currently serves as a trustee of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. He has also served in various leadership capacities with the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission, Advantage Carolina’s Destination Charlotte committee and other ongoing efforts to stimulate sports and tourism-related activities and investment in Charlotte and the surrounding region, including the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Mr. Nash has a BS degree in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia
Director of Event Planning
The way this organization embraces God’s children, giving hope where there is despair, mending relationships between parent, child and caregiver enables us all to see what God has planned. I have been involved most of my life with children and causes.
I have seen firsthand how we as a community can impact those around us for the better. I am in awe everyday of the leadership that is represented by this board and the volunteers who give so that others can be blessed. Right here, right now we have the opportunity to make a difference that will have tremendous influence in communities across the country. Proverbs 226, reaching out, providing opportunities for families to reunite in faith and love is a huge inspiration to me. I am honored and blessed to be involved with this ministry. Director and Founder of Steps N Motion Dance Studio. Majored in Early Childhood Education and Dance at UNC Charlotte.
Director of Family Affairs
Ms. Sarah Jackson (retired teacher), she has worked in the Charleston, South Carolina School system for 30+ years. As part of the New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church, Ms. Sarah has served in the food chair ministry and President of the Missionary Society.
In the last 5+ years, Ms. Sarah has served as a volunteer at Proverbs226, serving over 1000+ families, making phone calls and preparing to visit their loved ones inside the prison.
Ms. Sarah along with other mothers and grand-mothers, spends time in ministering to them inside prison, helping to overcome their hurdle and pains.
Director of Technology and Infrastructure
David Antony is the CEO of Flatworld Solutions Inc. a company that he cofounded in 2006. Flatworld has offices across the US, India, Philippines and South America and has served customers across 104 countries. Prior to this he worked with several technology organizations in India and the Middle East. David holds a degree in Electronics, and a post graduate degree in Business Administration.
A people person, David has made it his personal mission to inspire, empower, and uplift everyone around him. Under his guidance, many have discovered their unrealized potential. Equipped with natural curiosity and a tenacious work drive, he approaches each challenge as an opportunity for improvement.
He grew up in India and has a heart for missions and supports many ministries through Flatworld. He lives and works in Princeton, NJ along with his wife and 2 children.
Julie Scott Emmons
Director of College Relations
Julie Scott Emmons is the District Director for Congressman Mark Walker (NC-06), a role she assumed after serving as the campaign manager for Rep. Walker’s 2014 campaign.
- As District Director, Julie serves as an advisor to Rep. Walker, ensures the smooth operation of 3 district offices, and oversees outreach and engagement in communities throughout the state.
- A native of North Carolina, Julie’s public service follows a teaching career that included the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. After receiving a B.A. in History from Bryan College, she earned an M.Ed. in special education from Elon University, where she was a faculty member in the School of Education for 10 years.
- During this time, in addition to preparing teachers for the classroom, she provided individualized academic support for college students with disabilities.
Julie recently completed a term on the Alamance Community College Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of the NC Association of Community College Trustees.
She is also a founding board member of the NC Women’s Leadership Initiative. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, baking, and attending Carolina Hurricanes hockey games with her husband, Karl, and their son, Jacob.
Regional Director – SC
Paul Atkinson is the Senior Pastor of Memorial Chapel of the C&MA. He has served this fellowship for 9 years. His background is in the Forestry Industry and Ministry.
He is the son of a Baptist Minister and served as youth pastor in several Baptist churches for 15 years. He was Ordained Baptist and then Ordained Christian and Missionary Alliance in 2013. Through this, God has pushed him to new heights both spiritually and ministry wise. He was introduced to Proverbs 226, and God opened his heart to the ministry of those who behind the fence.
C. Michelle Murray
Director of Strategy & Fundraising
Michelle Murray comes to Proverbs 226 with 12 years of marketing experience and 4+ years of prison ministry experience. Michelle volunteered with Proverbs 226 both inside and outside of the prison walls before hearing the call to leave her position as Marketing Manager with Kindred at Home – Hospice Division to join our team full time as Director of Strategy & Fundraising.
She has a passion to serve and is experienced in creating captivating marketing campaigns. Michelle is a dedicated street minister and an ordained prayer team leader.
I am a 6’9’” country boy from West Virginia and I am so happy to meet you. My childhood was spent in that beautiful and scenic state until the point I packed my bags, with dreams aplenty, and headed to Charlotte, NC.
My mother raised me to treat ladies with courtesy and respect and to always keep my word. My father (1952-2019) always told me to finish what I started, be trustworthy and loyal and had a saying, “pride never put food on the table.” I make it a point to work hard and live by my parent’s guidelines while also being someone who has never met a stranger. Since moving to Charlotte, I have been blessed with my wife and three children.