Our Staff

Mimi Sabates Herbert – Executive Vice President/Business Development

Mimi Sabates Herbert is the Executive Vice President for Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.), a Teen ProActive Driving School. The nonprofit’s mission is bringing safe driving awareness across the nation, to both teen students and their parents in an engaging, hands-on driving experience. Previously, she was the Business Development Director for Legacy Talent and Entertainment, an entertainment management agency. Past experience includes serving as the Local Marketing Director for the NBA Charlotte Hornets, and as the Promotions and Merchandising Manager for the Charlotte Checkers Hockey Team. In addition, she has previously owned several successful NASCAR Busch Series teams. In the past 25 years Mimi has served on many nonprofit boards that relate specifically to youth services such as The Allegro Foundation and SeriousFun Camp, Victory Junction, Best Buddies and St.Jude.


Allison Lush - Logistics

Hometown: Gaffney, SC

She began working for Doug in 1999 at Doug Herbert Performance Center, and has been one of his employees ever since! From working in the warehouse, filling parts orders, and shipping, she did it all! She even worked Doug’s merchandise trailer on the NHRA circuit. Fast forward to the present, and she still works for Doug at B.R.A.K.E.S. Currently, her role is taking care of the instructor’s and staff’s transportation and lodging needs. “Getting to know the instructors and becoming familiarized with some of their great talents has been a great privilege, and they really bring a lot of laughter and joy to what I do.” She also was fortunate enough to know Doug’s sons, Jon & James, so being able to be a part of B.R.A.K.E.S. means a lot to her and she is so proud to be a member of the team! She resides in Blacksburg, SC.


Terri Pitcher - CFO

Hometown: Troutman, NC

Terri is an innovative, results-driven accounting professional with over 21 years’ experience. Terri manages the Accounting Department at B.R.A.K.E.S. overseeing the day-to-day activities, financial modeling, management reporting, budgeting, forecasting, variance analysis, internal controls, treasury management, P&L and B/S.

Terri was born in Charlotte, NC. Terri earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Catawba College (cum laude). She currently lives in Troutman, NC with her husband Michael and daughter Kaycee. She enjoys barrel racing, riding horses, and watching her daughter play fast pitch softball.

Tonya Phillips - General Accounting Specialist

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Tonya offers more than 36 years of experience in management & public accounting. She has extensive experience in bookkeeping, customer service, and administrative support. Her vast knowledge, experience, and skills serve as the fundamental basis for the daily maintenance of B.R.A.K.E.S. general ledger accounting.

Tonya is a Charlotte, NC native. Aside from accounting, Tonya is also heavily involved in her family, with two members serving as career Police Officers, Fire Fighter and three daughters who are Teachers. Tonya’s hobbies include caring for her grandchildren, church activities, and cooking.


John Becker – Logistics Support

Hometown: Panama City, FL

John grew up in Northern California, and served in the Air Force from 1968-1972. He worked for Hewlett Packard from 1974-2004 as an electrician and project manager. After retiring in 2004, he and his wife of 42 years, Kathy, moved to their retirement cabin in the mountains of Northern California.

In Old Station, California, he served as the captain of the volunteer fire department from 2004-2018. He then moved to North Carolina in 2018.

His hobbies are fishing, golfing, hunting, and hiking. He has 3 kids and 4 grandkids. Matt Reilly is married to John’s daughter, Amy.

‘Pops’ was a cone kicker at the first B.R.A.K.E.S. school in 2009, and has since become an office favorite!