Our Staff
Character.org is an organization of passionate people advocating for integrity, honesty, respect, and other core ethical values to be fused into education for the betterment of our nation. Below is a list of the people who are helping to achieve our goals.
Doug Karr, President & CEO

Doug Karr, President & CEO
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Doug Karr is President & CEO of Character.org, an organization that has been validating good character for 25 years. Character.org convenes groups around character initiatives, incubates resources through its exchange, and certifies individuals and aggregates of good character on a national and international level.

With almost 30 years of successful business leadership and community-building experience, Doug brings his vision and enthusiasm to this role, providing corporate direction, strategy and networks to validate good character around the world. Doug says, “Character is the ultimate success factor in any human endeavor. I’m passionate about Character.org because we are engaging individuals and resourcing communities that are transforming the world, one student, one team, one business, one community at a time.”

Before joining Character.org, Doug spent ten years with non-profit groups focused on building strong communities and helping the disenfranchised. A social and business entrepreneur, he also led several successful start-ups, including a non-profit 501c3 in the DC metropolitan area and a for-profit consulting firm that helped incubate and grow new ventures and small businesses. Doug began his career in healthcare and has held leadership positions at world-class universities and teaching hospitals as well as with private-sector business and information management firms. In 2001, he co-founded and led American Teleradiology Nighthawks (now Nighthawk Radiology Services (NASDAQ:NHWK), which was a pioneer in the telemedicine field. At the time, telemedicine was moving from an idea to a niche; now, telemedicine and medicine are one and the same. Throughout his career, Doug has firmly believed in the value of education, mentoring and cultivating new ideas to improve outcomes for individuals as well as organizations. Doug has mentored, coached and taught in various settings, including public and private schools as well as with various businesses and nonprofit organizations. He believes that providing leadership to the character development space is foundational to addressing the issues of our time.

Doug completed his undergraduate studies in Business and Psychology at Virginia Tech where he was also a swimmer. He received his Masters in Health Science with a concentration in Finance and Administration from The Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Doug and his wife Dana have been married for more than 25 years, and they have four young children who are passionate learners and avid athletes. 

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Rayna Smith, Chief of Staff and Director of Development
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Rayna Smith joined Character.org as the Chief of Staff and Director of Development in the summer of 2018. Rayna obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and also completed a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Social justice and education have played a huge role in the life choices she has made which led her from working in the private sector at various large firms to instead seeking out opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others from the more underserved neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Realizing the power behind education, community and mentorship which all made profound impacts on her life in the Bronx; Rayna set out to work with organizations that focused on creating positive changes and opportunities for those who have traditionally been overlooked. Rayna served as the Program Director for The Aya Center a nonprofit which provided supplemental education services for some of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia’s most disadvantaged students. Rayna also served as the Director of Education and Finance at The Elizabeth Ministry a nonprofit organization which focuses on improving the lives of young mothers in foster care through life skills trainings, financial education and academic support. The most fulfilling experience for Rayna as the Director at The Elizabeth Ministry was the growth she was able to see not only in the teen mothers her organization served but also in the positive development of their children. When a community comes together to raise a child the results are unmeasurable. Rayna’s most recent position as the Assistant Director of Operations and Grants Manager at a public charter school provided her with another opportunity to serve students and families in underserved communities. As a wife and mother of two young children Rayna reflects on what all children and families need to create positive, healthy, loving and well-rounded relationships daily. Rayna’s children Amir and Sanaa are amazing artist, athletes and budding entrepreneurs who remind her just how important the investment in all children really is. 
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Sheril Morgan, Director Schools of CharacterSheril Morgan, Director, Schools of Character
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After earning a BS in Elementary Education, Sheril Morgan spent four years in the classroom teaching 5th and 6th grades and sponsoring the school’s Character Club. Upon receiving her MS in School Counseling, Sheril spent four years as a prevention specialist working at the district level for an Oklahoma school system.  She sponsored the largest volunteer student prevention organization in the State. During this time she helped lead the district’s high school to National Schools of Character status by driving character program development. This was followed by two years as a counselor in a large Oklahoma high school. During this same time Sheril served for three years as a volunteer co-coordinator for Oklahoma’s State Schools of Character program. While a coordinator, three additional schools were named State and National Schools of Character and a fifth named Honorary State School of Character. Sheril has spoken at numerous State and National conferences, has served as the director of youth conferences and summits, and built relationships and partnerships with Common and Higher Ed organizations across Oklahoma to further the State School of Character initiative. Sheril will continue working toward the vision of all children attending Schools of Character. Her primary goal in her family and professional work is to raise children who will not just survive in our world, but change it. Sheril is a wife and the mother of three boys, Kort, Dylan, and Taylor.
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Heather CazadHeather Cazad, Director of Communications
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Heather joined Character.org in 2013 after graduating with an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Her main duties include managing communications, notifications and marketing for Character.org and its various programs, event planning for the annual National Forum and general project management. Outside of work, Heather loves to draw, write and watch classic movies. 
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Iris WyattIris Wyatt, Database Coordinator
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Iris returned to Character.org in July of 2007. She previously worked at Character.org from 2001 to 2005. Iris oversees database activities and and manages the website. Iris has more than 25 years of experience providing field service and para-technical support to a variety of companies and holds an associate of arts degree from the University of the District of Columbia in advertising design. 
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Parker PillsburyParker Pillsbury, Digital Communications & Membership
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Parker joined Character.org in 2017. Prior to joining the team, he spent years advocating for animals and has worked with several leading animal rights organizations. In 2015, Parker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland — Baltimore County with a BA in Psychology. With an interest in ethics, he made the move to Character.org to help support our vision of helping individuals everywhere become more ethical and compassionate people. Outside of work, Parker lives with his fiancee and their two cats, and enjoys reading, writing music and cooking vegan meals.
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Colton Qualls, Community Administrator
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Colton originally joined the Character.org team in June of 2014 as a Summer Intern. After a year as a substitute teacher, and three years in the banking industry, he has rejoined us as of March of 2018. You’ll see him if you join us on the Character Exchange. Colton has a BS in Political Science from University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ar. When he’s not in the office, he enjoys college football (Woo Pig), most outdoor activities, finding good restaurants, and spending time with his wife, Bethany, and 2 year old son, Evan.