Our Executive Board

Maria Young, Executive Director

Maria has worked as a psychotherapist and social worker in Wake County since 1998.  She is an alumnus of Bucknell University and UNC Chapel Hill.  After working with countless impoverished families with various needs, her family and close friends decided to actively make a difference in the lives of many.  In 2010, she formally joined A Doorway to Hope. Maria is passionate about her work serving others and does so with the support of her husband Michael and their two children Gabriella and Nicholas. 

Martina Young, Treasurer

Martina is one of the founders of A Doorway to Hope.  She has lived in the area for over 30 years and has been involved in a wide variety of service organizations in the area and internationally. Martina received her A.A. from Miami University, in Oxford OH, B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers University, and M.R.E. from Loyola University in New Orleans. She also attended Michigan State University. She currently owns her own accounting business focusing on small businesses.

Our Board of Directors

William Barrett

Bill is an attorney practicing employment law in Raleigh, with 30 years of experience representing both companies and individuals.  He is a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish where he has served on both the school’s Principal” Advisory Board (7 years) and the Pastoral Council (3 years including one year as Chair).  He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Erin, and twin daughters, Gillian and Caelyn. William is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and has served on several local charitable boards and committees.

Kathy Cawley

Kathy has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Marymount University. She is married with three children and two dogs. Kathy worked at Verizon for over 28 years, holding various executive leadership positions, including Director of Financial Operations. She led hundreds of employees across the globe, supporting the full spectrum of Verizon’s revenue stream – product development, mergers & acquisitions, system consolidations, customer contracting, pricing, billing, auditing, testing, and service. Currently, Kathy works in Senior Management with Verizon’s Internal Audit organization. Kathy has been a dedicated volunteer in our community for over 20 years, serving Wake County Public Schools, Dress for Success, and A Doorway to Hope. Her husband, TJ, the Mayor of Morrisville, is also a dedicated community volunteer. 

Tony Gilliam

Residing in Cary, Tony is a native to the area. Tony developed a sports announcing career early in life which has him now enjoying announcing work for many global sports-entertainment events. Tony has been a long-time business owner in the Cary/Triangle area and enjoys partnering with local charities to serve many separate needs in our area.

Rex Goulding

Rex was born and raised in Northern California.  He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Finance. He worked in the Finance industry for over 17 years as an analyst and portfolio manager at Franklin Resources, Eaton Vance, and Silverback Asset Management before eventually founding and running his hedge fund Tiden Capital for 5 years. Currently, Rex serves as a consultant and is an active real estate investor. He has served on the St Michaels Parish Finance Council and has been involved with a ADTH for eight years.

Tom Karpus

Tom was born and raised in Michigan, but he has been a Cary resident since 1995.  Tom holds a BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and Syracuse University, respectively. He is currently a Senior Applications Engineer with Analog Devices, Inc. in Raleigh. Tom has been active in our community, including serving as a volunteer youth sports coach for the Town of Cary and the Cary YMCA, a member of the St. Michael Parish Finance Council, Chairman of the St. Michael Pastoral Council, and Co-chair of the St. Michael “God’s Work, Our Challenge” capital campaign.

Ann Leuth

Ann is the owner of Sea Change Growth, LLC, a business consulting, leadership development and executive coaching firm. Ann is an ICF Certified Executive and Wellness coach. She graduated with a BS in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Indiana University. Ann is the mother of three beautiful daughters and has been involved with ADTH for several years. Her outside interests include philanthropy, church, yoga, and sports.

Leonard Lynch

Lenny lives in Cary with his wife, Kathy, and their children, Conor, Fionan and Aine, who have all graduated from St. Mary Magdalene School and Cardinal Gibbons HS. Lenny is a member of the Saint Mary Magdalene parish where he has served on both the School Advisory Committee and the Parent School Organization. He was also a Chairperson of the Church Fundraising Committee to finance the building of the Church on the property. Lenny is originally from Ireland and was educated at St. Mary’s College and University College Dublin.

Paul Mastropolo

Paul grew up in New York but has lived in the Cary area since 1995. He graduated from UNC Chapel-Hill with a BS degree in Business Management and from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with an MBA.  He currently is the Human Resources Director for JMP, a subsidiary of SAS Institute. Paul and his wife, Amanda, have four children. He is passionate about volunteering and serving others. Paul is very involved in various ministries at St. Mary Magdalene, including youth group leadership, the Knights of Columbus, and men’s faith formation, and serves as a volunteer soccer coach for a local league.

Rocco Strazzella

Rocco was born and raised in New Jersey and has been a resident of Cary, NC for the last eight years with his wife and two kids.  He graduated from Rutgers University where he was also a member of their D1 soccer program.  He has worked in the financial industry for 25 years as an institutional salesman and capital markets specialist for firms such as Guggenheim, BNP Paribas, and Canaccord Genuity.  Currently, he works for Macro Risk Advisors in helping them expand their institutional banking platform where they help corporations with marketing strategies and capital needs.  He has served multiple charitable foundations, most notably as a board member of the Ronald McDonald House in NYC.  He also dedicates time to coaching youth soccer locally.