Our Team

Todd Godbey

President & CEO

Todd took the helm of GLOW Academy and Beacon Education in March 2015. As CEO, he shepherded the opening and growth of North Carolina’s first single-gender public charter school, GLOW Academy, in 2016. Todd recognized the need to broaden Beacon Education's mission to provide earlier and more equitable access to high-quality education. This fall, he leads the opening of the first of four early childhood education centers - Spark Academy. Todd has been active in community and children’s organizations throughout his entire career. He has served on the board of directors of several local organizations, including The Carousel Center for Abused Children, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, The Aquarium Advisory Board, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, The Children’s Foster Care Fund, and Communities in Schools; and is a QENO coach. Todd’s volunteer work in the community has significantly impacted the lives of children and families in the Cape Fear region. He is skilled in brand building, management, and fundraising and driven by the desire to make the world a better place.

Jennifer Wilson-Mathis

Advancement Director

Jen has been a part of the Beacon Education community for over three years, first and still as a parent at GLOW Academy and then as its Admissions Director. She recently moved into the role of Advancement Director, continuing to connect families to opportunities at GLOW Academy and Spark Academy to help supporters and the greater community better understand the need for quality, equitable education. Jen’s background focused on communications, marketing, fundraising, and admissions, with over twenty years in brand management, media, PR, event planning, development, enrollment, and project management. She is a certified Red Cross Instructor, has served in various Chair positions on school PTAs, is a former Girl Scout volunteer on the troop and council levels, and has volunteered her time with the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, NourishNC, and the Little Red Wagon program.

Marcus Orchard

Development Officer

Marcus joined Beacon Education in 2021 as the Development Officer, bringing his extensive expertise in fundraising and commitment to equity and social justice to the team. He has been passionate about fundraising since his time as a student at UNC Charlotte, where he studied Political Science and Women & Gender Studies. With 10 years of experience in development, Marcus leverages his passion for equity to make lasting change in his hometown of Wilmington.
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