BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Heather is the Director of Finance and Operations at The Raleigh School, an independent school for preschool through fifth grade. She also does consulting and pro-bono work for some small, local non-profit organizations in the Triangle. Heather has been working with non-profit organizations for 15 years. She is a North Carolina CPA and graduated from East Carolina with a Masters in Business Administration. Heather and her husband, Tom, have two daughters adopted internationally. Bella was adopted at 10 months old from China in 2007 and Ruby was adopted at 16 months old from Taiwan in 2012. They rounded out the family this year with the addition of Lulu, their black goldendoodle. Heather and her husband, Tom, a 4th grade school teacher, keep busy with their young family and restoring their nearly 100 year old house in downtown Raleigh.
Dr. Jeffrey Clarke
Jeffrey is a physician with Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Jeffrey and his wife, Shannon, first learned of Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation over two years ago through their journey with infertility. In the past year, they have successfully adopted their first child through a domestic infant adoption. During this process, the Foundation provided them with a tremendous amount of support and information. Leading up to the adoption, they participated in both of the Foundation’s education modules, Domestic Adoption 101 and Domestic Adoption 102. In addition to becoming friends with co-founders Nate and Parul, they have met many other wonderful couples and families through the Foundation. In their free time, they enjoy taking walks with their son in the stroller around their neighborhood and going to local museums. They love to explore the Triangle and are always trying to discover new restaurants and delicious food in the area. Jeff is truly honored to be a part of a Foundation that has the power to help create families and touch the lives of so many.
Kearny is president and owner of Carolina Home Mortgage, a small mortgage brokering business that opened in 2000 in Chapel Hill, and now includes three additional offices in Fayetteville, Pittsboro, and Raleigh. His wife and chief operating and marketing officer, Diane, works alongside him. Kearny and Diane have been Chapel Hillians for nearly 30 years and have three children. Their eldest is now at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and the younger two are studying ballet at UNC School of the Arts. Kearny can often be spotted at the YMCA with his daughter. Diane is a cinephile, especially of indie films, and a devoted volunteer and audience member at UNC School of the Arts.
Nathaniel H. Goetz, Executive Director (ex officio)
Nate is executive director of Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation and co-facilitator of the Foundation’s Education Program. He has spent over 200 hours working one-on-one with Foundation clients and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. His work has appeared in Adoption Today magazine, Carolina Parent magazine, and Adoption.Com, and he is a member of the National Council for Adoption. Before the establishment of the Foundation in 2011, Nate worked extensively in the charitable and philanthropic fields for over 15 years as a director, manager, consultant, and board member of numerous nonprofits in North Carolina and California. Nate holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whittier College. In 2001, he was a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford. He is a 2009 recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award and the 2005 recipient of the Whittier College Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Nate and his wife Parul reside in Hillsborough with their son, Noah.
Dr. Parul Patel Goetz, Chairman
Parul is co-founder of Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation and co-facilitator of the Foundation’s Education Program. She has spent over 200 hours working one-on-one with Foundation clients, and has presented about the transition from infertility to domestic adoption throughout North Carolina. In 2013, her work was featured in the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation’s Educational Resource Library, a video collection that includes top thought leaders from around the country presenting about infertility. Goetz graduated from the University of Southern California and received her Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2001. She then went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency and pediatric clinical pharmacology fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Goetz is clinical pharmacology program leader of infectious diseases at ViiV Healthcare. Parul and her husband Nate reside in Hillsborough with their son, Noah.
Nadia lives in Durham with her husband and two wonderful children. Their two children were adopted through the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. Nadia is a stay at home mom. In her spare time, she enjoys Pilates, traveling, theatre and concerts. Nadia is half French and half German and loves to cook authentic German and French food for her family and friends! Nadia and her husband had the fortune to observe the Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in action, helping two friends with their adoptions. Based on that effort, Nadia and her husband have been active in assisting the Foundation over the last two years with its fundraising efforts.
Ryan is a husband, father, change-maker, and professional. He and his wife, Jenn, were married in 2009. Ryan and Jenn are parents to two fun loving children, Aiden and Ava. Ryan has worked in many volunteer capacities including overseas service work with Habitat for Humanity of Durham, a steering committee member for the Young Leaders Society of the United Way of the Greater Triangle, volunteer for the Redwoods Group Foundation, and he is an authorized facilitator of the Stewards of Children program through Darkness to Light, an organization to striving to protect children from sexual abuse. Ryan works as the Claims Quality Assurance Program Manager for Builders Mutual Insurance Company. He has spent over 10 years in the insurance industry with a primary focus on the claims discipline. As a business leader, Ryan believes deeply in the importance of human connection in our professional lives as much as personal. When you don’t find him in one of these activities, you can likely find him trying a new craft beer with a friend or running on the trails at Umstead Park.
Since graduating from North Carolina State University in 2001, Rhiannon has worked in the clinical trials industry and for INC Research for the last six years. In addition to serving on the board of Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation, Rhiannon volunteers at her church as a volunteer leader for the greeting team. Rhiannon and her husband, Tim, are currently waiting to adopt, having learned about Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation through neighborhood friends. As they wait to be matched, they enjoy traveling, getting together with friends and family, biking on the area’s gorgeous tobacco trails, trying all of the great restaurants that Durham has to offer, and working on house projects. Rhiannon also enjoys reading, boot camp classes, and boxing classes.
Larry is founder and team leader of MyNCHomes, specializing in residential real estate in the Chapel Hill, Durham, and Cary areas. He has been featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine and recognized as being in the top 1% of all Trulia agents in 2014. He has also received the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2013 and 2014. When not selling real estate Larry enjoys cooking (he was an executive chef for nearly 20 years), an avid wine collector and gardener. He enjoys hiking, travel and sharing a good meal with friends and family. Larry and his wife Angela have been supporters of Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation since it’s inception in 2011. They have been married for 35 years and have one son.
Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Founder, The Archway Foundation
Chief Executive Officer, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)
Manager, Flatiron Wines & Spirits
Research Administrator, Duke University
Dr. Susannah Copland
Founding Physician, Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists
Early Childhood Program Manager, East Durham Children’s Initiative
Christopher R. Gamber
Attorney, Seidel Gamber, PLLC
Ryan R. Johnson
President & Chief Executive Officer, Film House
Founder, Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation
Major James Sullivan
United States Army
Lt. Colonel Rachel Voss Sullivan
United States Army