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2024 - 2025 NSA Carolinas Board Members

Larry Long, Jr:  President

Larry enthusiastically served NSA Carolinas this past year as President-elect, after previously serving as Vice President Programming and did a fantastic job serving as Dean of Speaker Academy, while also planning and delivering high-value programs to our members.  Larry is also involved and networked at NSA on a national level and always bringing extraordinary ideas and speakers back to NSA Carolinas. Larry has been a Professional Speaker/Emcee since 2020 (started at beginning of the pandemic…say, WHAT!?!?). He enjoys the variety and diversity of engagements, the flexibility provided to include his family in the business, as well as time to golf (be sure to ask him about the ‘Golf & Sales’ event)!.

Dr. Sarah Glova: President-elect

Sarah is not new to the board as she recently served as VP of Member Engagement.  We’re thrilled to leverage her talented skill sets to further enhance the membership experience for all NSA members. Sarah is the CEO of Reify Media, an award-winning elearning firm that recently celebrated 10 years in business, as well as a writer for WRAL TechWire and a guest lecturer at NC State University. When she’s not on stage or at her computer, you can find her hiding in bookstores or watching Marvel movies with her two young sons. Learn more about Sarah on her website.

Dr. Kevin Snyder, CSP: Past President

Kevin has twice led the NSA Carolinas Speaker Academy and has served the chapter as Vice President Programming, President-Elect and President.  Kevin has been speaking professionally for nearly two decades and has presented in all 50 states and several countries.  He's a multi-TEDx speaker, best-selling author and former Dean of Students at High Point University.  He earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from NSA in 2023 and was the only speaker in the world who earned the Accredited Speaker (AS) designation from Toastmasters International in 2022. When Kevin is not in Raleigh with his family or on the road speaking, he’s either sailing, watching The Price Is Right or singing karaoke. Learn more about Kevin at or

Todd Neal: Vice President of Finance, Treasurer

Experienced Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the restaurant, hospitality and insurance industry. Skilled in Coaching, Strategic Connector, Sales, Public Speaking, Team Building, and Mentoring. Strong human resources professional with a M-Div focused in Religion from New Orleans Baptist Seminary.

Tara Brown:  Vice President of Marketing

Tara Brown, winner of the Jeanne Robertson “Comedy with Class” Humor Competition is a Humorist, Keynote Speaker and Corporate Emcee known for her clean, family-friendly comedy. With a passion for entertaining diverse audiences, Tara has performed for corporations, associations, and non-profits. Tara’s ability to connect with audiences has earned her acclaim from groups who include NSA Foundation, Belk, Ally Bank, the Adult Abuse Coalition, Greater Steps Scholars,, and others. Recognized by media outlets like Newsweek, and the Charlotte Observer, Tara continues to spread laugher whereve she goes! Learn more about Tara on her website.

Mike Rabinowitz: Vice President of Membership

Mike will be a new addition to the Board as he begins his 3rd full year with NSA Carolinas. His willingness to get involved, volunteer and serve on a sub-committee is just a few reasons why he will be a perfect fit. Mike has a varied past which includes a New York City Police Officer, Computer IT Guy, and 18 years as a Communication Skills Trainer. He has taken all that experience to create the Street Corner Approach. Mike speaks to organizations to help them take responsibility and ownership of their communication skills. Using his real and raw approach to get his message out there. Learn more about Mike on his website.

Mary Elizabeth Murphy: Vice President of Programming

With nearly 30 years of experience working directly with clients, Mary Elizabeth is a reliable, results-driven expert in team dynamics, development, and cohesion. As CEO and owner of S.T.A.R. Resources and author of RESET Your Buttons, she has been teaching the skills to earn more, achieve more, and produce more since 1993. Enhancing interpersonal relationships and increasing effectiveness and productivity in the workplace is her passion. Encouraging women in leadership in the workplace is another of her passions. The Small Business Administration awarded Mary Elizabeth the NC Women in Business Champion of the Year for her commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership. She was named one of Mecklenburg Times and North Carolina Lawyers Weekly 50 Most Influential Women and T+D Magazine named her one of six recipients of the prestigious Training’s New Guard for her ability to inspire others with her passion, determination, and success. Learn more about Mary Elizabeth on her website.

At-Large:  John Edwards, CSP, CSV

John has been a member of NSA for 25+ years and has served in a number of leadership roles in various chapters, including starting one of NSAs first ever virtual chapters.  He’ll be continuing on the NSA Carolinas Board in a role that allows the chapter to leverage and utilize a wide variety of his expertise. John helps organizations and teams get rapid results, especially during times of constant change. He enjoys talking to audiences using humor and storytelling to facilitate insights and learning that accelerate their success. John has held leadership roles with a few Fortune 100 companies including Lockheed Martin and Time Warner.  He is also a former professional athlete and served as the 4-time Captain for the Jamaican National Racquetball Team.  Learn more about John on his website.

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