Martha Wrenn              

I retired in 2011 after over 38 years in public education.  I have done many things in education beginning as a Spanish teacher and ending as the Executive Director of Programs for Exceptional Children in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.  I am the proud mother of two wonderful daughters and four perfect grandchildren.  My oldest grandson has severe Autism and my youngest grandson has Down Syndrome.  My passion for, in some small way, leaving the world a better place includes opening doors for people like my grandsons.  My favorite quote is, not surprisingly, “You must be the change you want to see in this world.” – Mahatma Gandhi.  If you want to chat or if you have questions my email is mbwrenn@gmail.com

 Wesley Trump               

I am a retired National Board Certified Exceptional Children’s Teacher and Behavior Specialist. Throughout my 31 year career, I always advocated that with only minor accommodations and teaching the right skills, students with disabilities could achieve amazing potentials and levels of independence.  Now those students are adults and want the same things that we all want; to be productive citizens, contribute to their families and communities and to work! I believe that the WhirliDogs Café and Training Center will give many that crucial first experience that employers always want.  “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt. If you would like to contact me feel free to email me at wesley@whirlidogs.com

Gloria Vazquez

I am a retired educator.  During my career, I have taught English as a Second Language and Spanish from Kindergarten to the college level.  I retired as the English as a Second Language and World Languages Coordinator in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in 2014. I have always been a passionate advocate of social justice and social equality.  Fortunately, through my job and community volunteering I had plenty of opportunities to help students and families remove the barriers and roadblocks that prevented them from developing to their best potential, with the ultimate goal of becoming productive citizens of our communities.  The WhirliDogs’ initiative gives me the chance to continue working for equal opportunities for all. “Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”― Robert G. Ingersoll        glvazquez54@yahoo.com

Natalie Catala

I’ve worked in customer service for 20 years. About 15 of those years have been in the restaurant business. I have two boys. My oldest is Isaiah he is so carefree and loves soccer. My youngest is Ethan and he is a happy soul who is full of curiosity and is his brothers #1 fan. Ethan was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and schizencephaly. We do not let these conditions define who he is which is why I’m so proud and honored to be on this board. I want to help show those with disabilities that they are not defined by their conditions. “Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others” -Shep Hyken   nataliecatala@yahoo.com

Matt Edwards

I am the CEO of Wilson’s nonprofit youth service organization Sharing Positive Outcomes Together known as The SPOT. I have years of experience as a grant writer and non-profit program facilitator. Challenges have always been a motivating factor for me.  Being part of a team that has a vision of an unmet need in the community adds to my commitment and drives the work to be completed so that the WhirliDogs program becomes a reality for our underserved citizens in Wilson. My passion has always been seeing a child grow in his/her social skills, academics and overall wellbeing.  Connect with me medwards@wilsonyouthunited.org   

Jackson Stone

I am a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As a Morehead-Cain Scholar with experience interning for a startup organization and volunteering at a variety of other nonprofit organizations I am very excited to be a small part of this incredible endeavor. Thanks to my connections and bonds from Diversified Opportunities, as well as countless other experiences having the privilege to engage with the disabled community, I am extremely passionate in creating this asset in our community and confident it that will have an immense impact. I am inspired by Tyler Trent who was a young boy battling cancer, who had some very insightful comments about appreciating life “Nobody knows the amount of days we have left. Some could say we are all in hospice to a certain degree. So why don’t we act like it? Where is your gratitude? What are you thankful for?” Anyone is welcome to reach out to me via email at “jackstoneunc@gmail.com”.