Board of Directors

Ashley Ray – President

Ashley is a Raleigh, NC native and a graduate of Wake Forest University where she studied sociology, as well as the University of San Diego School of Law. She has always had a love for animals and children, coupled with a desire to advocate for their wellbeing and protection. She values opportunities to serve both groups. Ashley has spent much of her career working in various aspects of real estate including sales, development, and property management. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, interior design, and spending time with her friends and family.


Ty Thomas – Treasurer

Bio coming soon…


Sandra Harris – Secretary

Sandra is a graduate of Meredith College where she studied Business Management and Interior Design. She and her husband, Greg, have two children and live in Cary. Growing up in eastern North Carolina on a farm, Sandra has always had an appreciation and love of animals with a fascination of their impact on children. That love has been transferred to her daughter, Holly, who is an avid horseback rider and began volunteering for SYR in 2012. Sandra’s career in project management includes over 20 years in the medical software industry.

Bob DeMarco – Member

Bob feels called by the Lord to serve children who have experienced trauma, and their families. He and his wife of 27 years, Lisa, have six children ranging in age from 24 to 10. He has served local at risk youth as a volunteer in the state’s Guardian Ad Litem program and has adopted two children from the Foster care system. Additionally, Bob sits on the advisory board and has been a regular contributor to Fostering Perspectives, the widely distributed, State sponsored publication committed to making Foster and Adoption in NC the best it can be. Professionally, Bob works from his home in Franklinton, where he fills a leadership role for a large pharmaceutical company.

Ethan Drum – Member                              

Bio coming soon…