Our Team

  • Richard Chatham

    Director, Mira Foundation USA
    Richard Chatham has lived in the Sandhills of North Carolina for most of his life. He and his wife of 38 years, Allison, have a son and daughter who both live in the area.

    Upon graduating from Furman University, Richard returned to North Carolina and began a management career in the textile industry with Macfield Texturing.

    When the textile industry began to decline in the late 1980’s, Richard moved back to Southern Pines and became President of RGC Corporation, a business that represented educational and toy manufacturers to the retail market.

    Richard volunteered with and was Chairman of the Moore County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for many years. From there, he began working as a volunteer for Mira Foundation USA before moving into Mira’s Director’s position.

  • Bonnie Archibald

    Chief Development Officer
    Mira USA announced the hiring of Bonnie Archibald as its chief development officer, a move that signals a new chapter in the organization’s commitment to enhancing the lives of blind children. Bonnie’s new role highlights Mira USA’s focus on increasing visibility and fostering strong community engagement, given her valuable experience at Partners for Children & Families.
    Bonnie’s journey with Partners for Children & Families, spanning from volunteer to community engagement coordinator, is a testament to her dedication and expertise in child advocacy. Her role in spearheading and expanding transformative programs, including Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the New Books-Good Looks Literacy Initiative, and the Summer Reading Stations, showcases her commitment to creating positive change.

    At the heart of her achievements lies Growing Moore Readers, Moore County’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Bonnie’s instrumental role in this collaborative effort speaks volumes about her commitment to addressing challenges faced by children.

    Now, as Chief Development Officer at Mira USA, Bonnie brings her passion for community engagement and program development to amplify the impact of the organization. Mira USA, the first national non-profit dedicated to providing guide dogs for blind children aged 11 through 16, has a profound mission to enhance independence and improve the quality of life for visually impaired children across the United States.

    With Bonnie’s appointment, Mira USA emphasizes the importance of financial support to bring their mission to fruition. Donations play a vital role in providing guide dogs, intensive training, and essential support services to eligible children, free of charge. The organization’s commitment to ensuring that no child who qualifies for a guide dog has to wait underscores the urgency of financial support.

Richard Chatham Executive Director
564 Rubicon Rd, West End, NC 27376
910-691-0438 work
910-690-3612 cell

Bonnie Archibald Chief Development Officer
540 N Ridgecrest St, Pinebluff, NC 28373
910-691-0438 work

2024 Board of Directors

Dan Stanton Chair
224 Juniper Creek Blvd, Pinehurst, NC 28374
910-585-0626 cell

Elaine Baillie Treasurer Co-Founder
415 Manley Rd, Southern Pines, NC 28387
P O Box 757, Southern Pines, NC 28388
910-315-6460 cell

Marti Crane Secretary Pharmacist
110 Meadowglades Lane, Cary, NC 27518
919-434-9537 cell

Meredith Ballard DirectorFounding Attorney, Ballard Law PLLC
1 Gleenwood Ave, Ste 4-132, Raleigh NC 27603

Jodi Strange Director Executive
485 Ada Ash Lane, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103

Lee Pittman Director Executive Pittco Group, LLC
170 Everette Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374
910-683-8108 cell

Officer in charge of solicitation and final distribution of contributions and Registered Agent:

Elaine Baillie Treasurer Co-Founder
415 Manley Rd, Southern Pines, NC 28387
P O Box 757, Southern Pines, NC 28388
910-315-6460 cell

Board Emeritus

Robert Baillie (1943 – 2017) Co-Founder Mira USA – Southern Pines, NC

Dr. Guy Bouvier Co-Founder Mira USA – Quebec, Canada

Denis Rochette Past President – Mira Canada Board

Eric St Pierre Founder – Mira Canada

Peggy Baldwin Southern Pines, NC

Larry Newsome Pinehurst, NC

Dr. Gregory Mincey Carolina Eye Associates – Pinehurst NC

Stephen Later Attorney – Robbins May & Rich LLP

Dr. Anna Fakadej Ophthalmologist - Carolina Eye Associates

Elizabeth Norfleet Sugg West End, NC