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Meet the storytellers for Converging Stories: Second Chance!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Raleigh Convergence is no longer publishing, as of April 1, 2022. Read more.

We’re kicking off our second season of Converging Stories, our live storytelling series, with a theme of second chances.

Tickets are on sale now for the virtually live event happening this Monday (March 15) at 7 p.m. [purchase]

Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which Raleigh area people — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme.

Each night of storytelling has a different theme, and this one is Second Chance.



Meet the storytellers


Norberto “Betto” Herrera, from Ecuador, migrated to New Jersey with his family in 1996 as a teenager. He started to train in Latin dance to feel in touch with his culture, an experience which inspired him to seek knowledge about the roots of Afro-Latin music and dances. 

Soon after joining the US Marines in 2000, Betto started teaching Afro-Latin dance classes at Camp Lejeune and the Jacksonville USO. 

His desire to dance led him to the Triangle area, where he started teaching as well, and finally founded Mambo Dinamico Dance Company in 2002, and continued teaching lessons even after his discharge from Active duty in 2004. 

He now teaches at Carmen’s Cuban Cafe, in a partnership that has helped create a vibrant dance scene.


Jill Katz: Jill is originally from Wilmington, Delaware, but has lived in Raleigh for 10 years.

She is an attorney who handles indigent criminal appeals for defendants all over the state of North Carolina. She also teaches at UNC Law as an adjunct professor.

She lives in Five Points with her two kids, a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. 
In her (limited) free time, Jill likes to read, drink craft beer, and has recently taken up writing.

Lucinda MacKethan: Lucinda is a retired English teacher who has lived in Raleigh for a half century.

“My husband and I created and raised the best son and daughter, who have given us five grandchildren, ages 24 to 6. Now that I have time, when not spending time with all of the grands, I am trying my hand at writing poems, singing in a choir (before Covid), gardening, and training a wonderful but wily puppy. I also continue my interest in and research on the realities facing the enslaved people of North Carolina.”




Converging Stories: Second Chance guest emcee: Alexander Peacock. “I am originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina and I attended UNC-Wilmington after high school. While in college after a stint with migraines, I was prescribed opioids and soon after found myself battling addiction for the next few years.

Bouncing from job to job and couch to couch I found myself checking into my 8th treatment center in Raleigh, North Carolina. I decided to give recovery a real shot and it was the best decision I have ever made in my life.

Today, I have three years clean from all substances and work as a rapid responder for Wake County EMS and Healing Transitions. I am executive director of 501(c)3 Recess Games USA and am the father to a beautiful 5-year-old boy. And I owe all that to my decision to quit drugs and alcohol.”

More about the event: Converging Stories begins at 7 p.m. over Zoom. Those who purchase a ticket who miss the live event will receive a recording of the event. [tickets]

Please note: Stories, like life, can be complex and some content may not be appropriate for younger listeners.

Read more about our past events + how to pitch your own story

Future dates & themes:

JUNE 7: Distance + Exploration

SEPTEMBER 20: The Fall

NOVEMBER 8: Tradition

Questions? Email editor@raleighconvergence.com

Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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