STAFF BIOS

Precious McKoy, Founder/Executive Director

mckoyp@shieldmentor.org

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 early-stage startup to 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.  

Sheletha Ross, Program Coordinator (Eagle Merit Program)

rosss@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Associates in Human Services Technology

I am currently a junior at UNCG (Social Work).

 

Employer:

I'm a Human Trafficking/ Family Advocate with Help, Incorporated through Rockingham County, NC.

 

What makes me a leader?

Having the humility to understand that every day I can learn something new. Being open to new experiences while holding fast to my integrity. Having the ability to cohesively bring a team together for a common purpose with effective communication.

 

What would I tell my younger self?

You are worthy. Having limited resources does not define you. Forgive yourself because of your failures. You are bright, honest and a loving individual. Never give someone the right to have power over you. That belongs to you.

Henry Staten, Program Coordinator (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

statenh@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Senior Biomedical Engineering Student at 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 for you.  And given the right viewpoint, a weakness can always be a strength.

Korin Dixon, Program Coordinator (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

dixonk@shieldmentor.org

Education

Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology

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. 

Desirée G. Briggs, Marketing and Communications Director

briggsd@shieldmentor.org

Education: 

Bachelor of Science in Business Management with concentrations in Music and Theater from Guilford College; Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Discipleship Ministries from Liberty University. 
 

Employer: 

I am a Professional Therapist at Restoration Place Counseling as well as a Social Media Specialist and Photographer with DD Briggs Solutions 
 

What makes me a leader?  

My heart, passion, and empathy for people. It allows individuals to feel understood and accepted.  I am also a patient teacher helping others to build skills and confidence.  
 

What would I tell my younger self?

Stop wasting time focusing on what others think of you and do what's in your heart to do.  Learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward. 

Elliyah Bell, Fundraising

belle@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management with an Information Systems concentration from UNC-Greensboro. Master of Science candidate in Information Technology and Management with a Business Analytics concentration from UNC-Greensboro.

Employer:

I work full time as a Data Analyst for Laboratory Corporation of America.

What makes me a leader?

My passion to serve and help those around me. In order to be an efficient leader, there are times where you have to go beyond the call of duty for those that you lead and be willing to help when you are needed. I feel that both of these traits describe my leadership style.

What would I tell my younger self?

I would tell her that she can do anything that she puts her mind to. I would also tell her to venture out of her comfort zone earlier in life and build meaningful connections along the way.

Isbelle Downing, Program Development

downingi@shieldmentor.org

Education:

I am a Junior Therapeutic Recreation major with a minor in Psychology at UNCG.

 

Employer:

At UNCG, I work for Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, and for the Chancellor's Office.

 

What makes me a leader?

I believe I am a leader because I make change happen where I see it is needed. I enjoy finding new and innovative ways to improve the quality of life in the people I serve. I believe that being a leader does not mean having followers, but rather paving the way for others to lead too.

 

What would I tell my younger self?

If I could tell my younger self one thing, I would tell myself that if I want something to change, I will have to go change it. 

Kiara Rochelle, Recruitment

rochellek@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Studying Pre- Medicine and Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Employer:

Personal Shopper for Harris Teeter

What makes me a leader?

What makes me a leader is my willingness to serve others, I love being able to help others in any way possible. In order to be a leader you have to meet people where they are and guide them and that is what I do.

What would I tell my younger self?

You live is for you to live and not others. So don’t get caught up in other people's expectations because at the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself, other people’s opinions don’t matter.

Ashley Sepulveda-Clayborn, Volunteer Mentor

sepulveda-clayborn@shieldmentor.org

Education:

I am a Human Development and Families Studies major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in hopes to graduate in May of 2020. I will also be completing my second bachelor's degree the following May in 2021. 

 

Employment: 

I am currently employed as a customer service assistant at Lowe’s Foods grocery store. 

 

What makes me a leader?

I believe I am a leader because I am hardworking and determined. I have a passion for helping others and I am always searching for ways I can prove my work ethic. 

 

What would I tell my younger self? 

I would tell myself to stay determined. Every day is a chance at success. Stay motivated, persistent, and positive. I would stress that I could do anything I put my mind and hard work towards. 

Marcello Newkirk, Volunteer Mentor

newkirkm@shieldmentor.org

Education: 

I'm a Senior at UNC-Pembroke.

 

 

Employment:

I currently work as an Associate Claims Representative at United Health Group.

 

 

What makes me a leader?

One particular quality that sets me apart is my ability I have a desire to serve and I feel with the tools and knowledge. I have gained through my life it would be essential that I share that knowledge with the next generation so that they will be able to take on the world with more knowledge than I did.

 

 

What would I tell my younger self?

Take more opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone and see where those opportunities take you.

Shy're Welch, Volunteer Mentor

welchs@shieldmentor.org

Education:
I am a senior at North Carolina A&T State University; Majoring in Sports Science and Fitness Management with a concentration of Pre-Physical Therapy.

Employer:

Currently a Cashier at Chopt Salad.

What makes me a leader?
My aura; the way I carry myself. I have a positive attitude and I inspire others to reach for the stars.

What would I tell my younger self?
Do whatever you put your mind to and don’t let go of that feeling. Time waits for no one so don’t waste it.  Sometimes it is also much better to step out of your comfort zone.

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