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STAFF BIOS

Precious McKoy

Founder/Executive Director

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Corporate Communication & Spanish from the Queens University of Charlotte; Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from High Point University.  

 

Employer: I am a Web Developer at Guilford College (professional career) and the Founder/Executive Director of the SHIELD Mentor Program (passion work).

 

What makes me a leader? Under my leadership, SHIELD has gone from an early-stage startup to a sustainable organization and is now a leader in the mentoring services in the Greensboro community. 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self that being a kid doesn't last forever and you are already great beyond your own belief. I would tell her that her mind is the greatest tool that she has to conquer the world.  

Mohamed Awo

Volunteer Mentor,

SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy

Education: Graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration concentrated in Marketing (2017). 

 

What makes me a leader? The ability to be me myself and not allow how others perceive me to be how they define me. 

 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell myself that my thoughts don’t define who I am, rather my actions do. 

Marci Baker

Volunteer Mentor,

SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy

Education: Bachelor of Social Work from Belmont University.

Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) EC K-12 from NC State University

Post-Master's Certification in School Administration currently enrolled-UNC Greensboro
 

Employer: I am a 6th grade EC Math teacher with Guilford County Schools.
 

What makes me a leader? I believe in living my life as an example for others to follow and be successful. I'm also a teacher and a parent. Those two things should require leadership.

 

What would I say to my younger self? Give your best in everything, so there are no regrets.

Angel Chapman

Volunteer Mentor,

SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy

Education: BS in Accounting, NC&AT and MBA, St Thomas University

Employer: Senior Internal Audit Manager at Railinc Corporation 

 

What makes me a leader? The ability to inspire and empower young individuals to be more self-aware and focus on development.

What would I tell my younger self? I am a winner! Make the most of all opportunities.

Ericka Coleman

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

Education: Middle Grades Education with an English Concentration 

 

What makes me a leader? My leadership style is servant leadership, where my biggest asset and concentration is the group of those I am serving. This leadership style is revolutionary in a world where the concept is misconstrued. I aim to redefine leadership starting from my community and onward. When a leader’s priority is their people, more leaders emerge and the cycle continues. This is my method and conviction when I am placed in leadership positions. I really believe this approach can evolve our world into a better place where peace and success is mutually exclusive. 

 

What would I tell my younger self? First I would tell myself to remember that God is with and for me and what is meant for me will be. I also would really stress the second point of how time is money and you can’t stop or control it but you sure can spend it wisely. 

Korinthia Dixon

Volunteer Program Coordinator,

SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy

Education: Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology at North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University 

 

What makes me a leader? Having the ability to be transparent and relatable to others, whilst also inspiring hope and ambition.

 

What would I tell my younger self? Mistakes make you who you are. They help you find your passion in life, no matter how many times you mess up to keep pushing forward. Resiliency is the key to a successful life. 

Lareine Gohi

Volunteer,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

Education: Lareine Gohi, a senior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Majoring in Art Education with a concentration in New Media and design and minoring in Music. 

 

Employer: Stacks Lead at the Jackson Library that is located on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 

What makes me a leader? As an individual, I want everyone to have the opportunity to be involved and share their opinions. I think that it is important to make sure everyone feels comfortable and be able to show off their skill sets in the best way possible when trying to achieve a task. 

 

What would I tell my younger self? Something that I would tell my younger self is that "You are doing perfectly fine! Everything that you have done academically thus far has been great! Don't be afraid to be yourself, don't worry about what other people say, and know that self-love is important!"

Karmen Goode

Volunteer,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

Education: BA in Political Science (Pre-Law) Minor in African American Studies

Employer: I currently work for the Student Government Association as Elections Chairwomen and I am a Resident Advisor at UNC Greensboro! 

What makes a leader? I believe that with open-mindedness and the desire to help others, anyone can become a leader. I believe that I am a leader because I strive to inspire others to accomplish their goals!

What would I tell my younger self? If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be: "The world is bigger than you think it is and your worries aren't as important as you think they are, just be you."

Sydney Gruchot

Volunteer Recruitment Specialist

Sydney Gruchot a rising senior and marketing major at Elon University. On-campus, Sydney commits her time to a variety of clubs and activities, holding leadership positions such as the vice president of professional development for the school’s chapter of the American Marketing Academy; brotherhood chair for Alpha Kappa Psi; president of the club equestrian team; a desk assistant for the Disabilities Resources Office; a global ambassador for the Global Education Center; a College Access Team (CAT) mentor for the Elon Academy; an Elon 101 teacher’s assistant; and a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.

 

Sydney has studied abroad as a student on Semester at Sea where she traveled through Europe, Africa, and South America working with non-governmental organizations, studying social responsibility, and conducting marketing research.

 

Sydney dedicates her professional time to helping connect others to experiences that align with their passions. She enjoys empowering others to pursue opportunities for growth and leadership in a multitude of different capacities. 

In her free time, Sydney enjoys cooking, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors with her friends.

Kalonji Jegede-Roberts

Volunteer Mentor,

Eagle Merit Program

Education: BA in English at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Employer: I work for the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement as a Catalyst Leader at UNCG!

 

What makes me a leader? I believe in the cultivation of true-self and true-identity. It is my opinion that when we aim to nurture the innate qualities of our individual personhood, we uncover gold mines! I, therefore, enjoy dedicating time and energy to doing the work that I believe in so that we can have our future progressive leaders continuing the work that promises a better tomorrow!

 

What would I tell my younger self? If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be “You can do it! Never count yourself out before you count yourself in because you’d be amazed at the things you can achieve with a little bit of diligence and a whole lot of faith!”

Alexus Johnson-Mobley

Volunteer Mentor,

SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy

Education: Junior Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 

 

Employer: The A&T Register 

 

What makes me a leader? I believe I am a leader because I use my creativity to inspire others to follow their own paths. As well as being actively involved in youth community engagement. I also have a strong work ethic that allows me to get tasks completed. 

 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self no dream is too big and that positivity and work ethic go hand and hand to achieve my goals.

Molly Lawler

Volunteer,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Secondary Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

Employer: Full-time student and part-time barista at a Surfside Cafe in Wilmington, NC!

 

What makes me a leader? Leadership is determined by an individual's desire to grow and to cultivate growth within their community. I believe in leadership as a means to support, encourage, and achieve!

 

What would I tell my younger self? If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will... and knowledge is power!

Henry Staten

Volunteer Program Coordinator,

SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy

Education: Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering Student from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

 

What makes me a leader? The ability to not only advise a mentee but showing them the way through my own personal experiences

 

What would I tell my younger self? Being yourself is the best gift you could give the world.  How you handle things and how you view them are unique to you.  And given the right viewpoint, a weakness can always be a strength.

Sarah Troxler

Volunteer,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

Education: Junior, History secondary education major at UNCG

What makes me a leader? I believe that part of being a leader means knowing your strengths and stepping up when needed, and sometimes it means taking a step back and cultivating leadership in others.

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self that sometimes your most memorable experiences come when you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone.

Katelyn White

Volunteer,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

Education: I am a Special Education major with a concentration in History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

 

What makes me a leader? I have the ability to relate to others and appreciate their individual diversity. Through that I believe I can inspire and help future generations learn. 

 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self to keep her head up and keep moving forward. It's okay to make mistakes because that's how we learn. 

Kya Wilson

Volunteer Social Media Specialist

Education Bachelors of Science in International business studies and Marketing with a minor in Spanish

 

What makes me a leader? I don’t let others' opinions get in the way of my vision that I have for myself. 

 

What would I tell my younger self? It’s okay to want to learn something new or try something different.

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