Our board is comprised of all volunteers supporting Middle of the Root as a working board, fulfilling
the duties and tasks usually upheld by paid staff. Interested in joining? Email us for more information!
Social Media, Newsletter & Storytelling
When Kaitlan moved to North Carolina from Chicago in 2018, she fell in love with growing her own food and shopping with the Triad’s amazing local farmers. She is passionate about making these high quality foods more accessible to people throughout our community.
Kaitlan is a Shopper Marketing & Analytics Manager in the consumer goods industry. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Loyalty University Chicago.
She is a proud wife and mother of two kids, with three cats and a backyard flock of chickens. When she isn’t in the garden, she enjoys spending her free time blogging, reading, camping, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful North Carolina scenery.
Terri LeGrand is a lawyer, social worker, and higher education administrator who lives in Forsyth County with her family. After attending law school at Wake Forest University, Terri returned to her hometown of Galax, Virginia, to start a law practice specializing in criminal defense and family law. Terri furthered her commitment to families and children as a child advocate working in group homes and doing case management in Raleigh, Durham and Wilmington, where she learned first-hand about the often-insurmountable obstacles facing many children and families today.
Terri currently works as a financial aid administrator at Wake Forest University, where she specializes in compliance, student information systems, and counseling.
A passionate community advocate, Terri is the co-founder of the Piedmont Environmental Alliance and Piedmont Earth Day Fair, the region’s largest Earth Day event. She served on the Paisley IB Magnet School PTSA for four years, serving two terms as President; she also served on the Board of Directors for Forsyth Futures and is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council; and in 2018, Terri ran to represent House District 74 in the North Carolina House. A Democrat and first time candidate, Terri garnered more than 45% of the vote in a heavily Republican district and raised over $370,000.
Marketing & Communications
Shamira Azlan serves as the Marketing & Communications Chair for Middle of the Root. She is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has lived in North Carolina since 2010. Her interests in food security and food education comes from her own personal mission of spreading a wealth of knowledge across Forsyth and Guilford County and to better our community.
With a diverse professional background, Shamira owns a remote marketing and implementation agency, and manages a virtual team across three countries. She brings her experience in digital marketing, email marketing and out of the box marketing strategies to MOTR.
Shamira also serves as vice chair of Future Fund of Greensboro an endowment supporting nonprofits under the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. She currently resides in Greensboro with her family.
Ashley founded Middle of the Root in June 2015, in her hometown of Winston-Salem, NC, to address food insecurity and root causes of poverty within the community. She served as the Executive Director and President of the Board until February 2020.
Some of her milestones were creating Meal Kits with Meaning, the Cooking & Wellness Program, the Turkey Fundraiser and Farm to Table Dinner - all sharing in the efforts to support local farmers and food producers while
providing people in Forsyth County more ways to access these foods.
Finance & Fundraising
Audrey Grimball grew up on a farm in eastern NC and learned to love cooking, growing and eating all varieties of food from an early age.
She graduated from Johnson & Wales University and began her career in the Food/Wine industry where she learned life lessons about finance and its connection with food.
Her continued goal is to help people be self sufficient by empowering them to understand their needs and strategically plan for their dreams. Audrey believes it is an honor to be a part of Middle of the Root and to be an active member of the community.