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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.  

 

Employment: 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.  

Marcus Batts

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Student

Education: Senior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Kinesiology with a pre-med track

 

Employment: Resident Advisor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

What makes me a leader? One of the greatest styles that I possess as a leader is being able to lead by example and to create a safe space for others to teach and learn from one another.

 

What would I tell my younger self? It's okay to be set apart from the people that exist in society but it's not okay to compromise parts of who you are to make others feel comfortable, so continue to be yourself regardless if others like it or not. 

 

Monica Berba

Volunteer Mentor,

NC A&T State University Student

Education:  I am a senior Architectural Engineering student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

 

What makes me a leader? The ability to be me and not allow anyone’s opinions to get to me or change the goals I have for myself.

 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self not to be too hard on myself, to enjoy all moments of life for soon you will realize that they’re all life lessons.

Jada Bethea

Volunteer Mentor

UNCG Human Development & Family Studies Intern

Education: I’m a senior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child, Youth, and Family Development

What makes me a leader?: I am a leader because I grew up studying the leaders that have positively helped me. Through them, I have learned the importance of advising a mentee by opening up about my own experiences that have helped me learn and grow. I also learned the importance of stepping back and allowing someone to make their own decisions and learn from them when needed.

What would I tell my younger self?: I would tell my younger self to be more kind to myself and find happiness is not the goal. Creating your own version of happiness is, and it’s a lot more fun that way!

Joshua Burns

Volunteer Mentor

UNCG Gold Leadership Program

Education: Junior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Majoring in History and Secondary Education with a Minor in Political Science

 

Employment: Cohort Captain for UNCG Guarantee Program and Peer Academic Leader for UNCG New Student Transitions and First-Year Experience Office

 

What makes me a leader?: As a leader, I support the growth and development of those I work with. I encourage those I lead to become the best version of themselves through self-reflection and dedication to the team. 

 

What would I tell my younger self?: Do not let yourself restrict your ability to grow, learn, and be uncomfortable!

Angel Chapman

Volunteer Mentor

Professional

Education: BS in Accounting, North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University and MBA, St Thomas University

Employment: 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.

Kenya Downing

Volunteer Mentor,

Professional

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

Employment: Currently, I work in higher education as a Degree Clearance Analyst and the Certifying Officer for the NCAA.

 

What makes me a leader? What makes me a leader is my ability to exemplify bravery, knowledge, great morale, and working for others and not myself.

 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self to get a piece of paper and write this down: Keep God first, and everything else will fall into place; Everything you want is on the other side of consistency; Self-love is a daily task, so practice it daily; Forgiveness is a powerful tool. If you learn to forgive yourself, forgiving others becomes easier; You were destined for greatness, no room to be average; Your only competition is the person who stares back at you when you look in the mirror.

Cara Faulkner

Volunteer Mentor,

NC A&T State University Student

Education: I am a Junior pre-nursing student at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

 

Employment: My ability to believe in myself and others is what allows me to assume a leadership role whenever necessary. Learning from mistakes is another skill that makes me a leader.

What makes me a leader? What makes me a leader is my ability to exemplify bravery, knowledge, great morale, and working for others and not myself.

 

What would I tell my younger self?  I would tell my younger self to always go after what you want and to not be afraid of new experiences. You are capable of achieving whatever you set your heart and mind to!

 

Lareine Gohi

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

Education: I am 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. 

 

Employment: 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!"

Meghan Goldman

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Student

Education: I am a Junior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in Kinesiology  

Employment: warehouse supervisor at TLS 

What makes me a leader? As a leader, I lead by example, encouraging others, especially when tough, noticing others' strengths and talent, and bringing them out. 

 

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 Mentor,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

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

Employment: 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."

Molly Lawler

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Gold Leadership Partnership

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

 

Employment: 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!

Trinity McNeil

Volunteer Mentor,

NC A&T State University Student

Education: A sophomore at North Carolina A&T University studying Animal Science

Employment: Kennel Assistant at Guilford Jamestown Veterinary Hospital 

 

What makes me a leader?  My desire to bring joy to someone’s day. Stranger or best friend, I find comfort in being there for somebody when they need someone the most.

What would I tell my younger self? To be confident in everything you do and to love yourself unconditionally because someone once said: “Be unique and stand out instead of being the same and blending in”.

Arely Moore

Volunteer Mentor,

Professional

Education: Bachelor of International Business in Escuela Bancaria y Comercial in Mexico City. 

 

Employment: Director of Strategy at Volvo Construction Equipment 

 

What makes me a leader?  What makes me a leader is my drive to make an impact in my community, leading by example, with empathy, and sharing my experiences to inspire others to achieve their goals. 


What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self to enjoy EVERY single moment, to dream big and to trust that all her dreams, with determination, will come true. 

 

Dilicia Paguada

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Student

Education: Senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Literature Language and Culture, Human Development and Family Studies, and Spanish 

 

What makes me a leader? The desire to always try to help others. Always wanting the best for everyone and doing whatever I can to help others and working together. I am ambitious and always eager to learn and teach more

 

What would I tell my younger self?: You are not alone. Your mistakes do not define you. They in fact help mold you and help you grow to become a better person. 

 

Rhynee Pharr

Volunteer Mentor,

NC A&T State University Student

Education: Sophomore, Computer Engineering & Visual Art Student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

 

Employment: Amazon Warehouse Associate 

 

What makes me a leader? Having the ability to help others achieve a greater goal while having a transparent relationship with them makes me a leader.

 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell myself everything happens for a reason don't be discouraged when things don’t go the way you expected or wanted.

 
 

Kimi Prescott

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Human Development & Family Studies Intern

Education: Senior Human Development and Family Studies student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

Employment: I currently work at Walmart as a Personal Shopper

What makes me a leader? I like to inspire people to want better for themselves while supporting them during their changes and recognizing the difference it made

What would I tell my younger self? Don't be afraid of failure! If you have a dream, fight it to the fullest.

Koreen Prescott

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Human Development & Family Studies Intern

Education: I am a graduating senior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies.

 

Employment: I am a manager at Papa Johns.

 

What makes me a leader? What makes me a good leader is my strive to make a difference in others and myself in any situation.

 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self, “loving yourself is the first way to show others how to love.”

Alexis Rosario

Volunteer Mentor,

NC A&T State University Student

Education: Junior Criminal Justice Student At North Carolina A&T State University 

Employment: Full-time Student

What makes me a leader? I am a leader because I am never hesitant to step up and seek out. Everything I do, I do as if someone is going to follow in my footstep. Therefore, I make sure to always embody characteristics of a leader. 

What would I tell my younger self? I would tell my younger self to enjoy all things even if they seem unenjoyable. Take life day by day and do not put to much pressure on myself because everything that is meant to be will be!

 

 

Quadre Thomas

Volunteer Mentor,

UNCG Student

Education: Associates degree working on Bachelor’s 

Employment: Well Spring Retirement Home 

What makes me a leader? I am not afraid of taking charge. In addition, I will listen to and help anybody who is on my team

 

What I would tell my younger self? Be comfortable in your own skin and go after everything you want and never take no for an answer. 

 
 

Gabrielle Washington

Volunteer Mentor,

NC A&T State University Student

Education: Graduating Senior Biology Student at North Carolina A&T State University

Employment: I fell in love with mentoring at the SHIELD Mentor Program in the spring of 2020

What makes me a leader? I am a leader because I enjoy the opportunity to mold young ladies and gentlemen, which pushes me to be a better person and always conscious of how my actions will impact the next generation.

 

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