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.  

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. 

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.

Korinthia 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. 

Monica M. Berba, Volunteer Mentor (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

berbam@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Junior Architectural Engineering Student at North Carolina A&T State University 

 

Employer:

I am a part-time supervisor at UPS.

 

What makes me a leader?

My passion for working with others makes me a leader.

 

What would I tell my younger self?

Stay driven and not let anyone impact my decisions and to be more involved with volunteering at a younger age.

Angel Chapman, Volunteer Mentor (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

chapmana@shieldmentor.org

Education:

BS in Accounting, NC&AT

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.

Isbelle Downing, Program Development (UNCG Gold Leadership Program Volunteer)

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. 

Cara Faulkner, Volunteer Mentor (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

faulknerc@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Sophomore pre-nursing student North Carolina A&T State University  

 

What makes me a leader?

My work ethic, determination, and my passion for working with others make me a leader.

 

What would I tell my younger self?

I would tell my younger self to take more risks and to have confidence in my abilities.

Jennifer Jennette, Volunteer Mentor (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

jennettej@shieldmentor.org

Kimberly Martin, Voulunteer Mentor (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

martink@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Religious Studies at Guilford College

Masters of Arts in Women's & Gender Studies at UNCG 

 

Employer:

I am the owner of Gaia Frequency, a holistic wellness practice.

 

What makes me a leader?

I am in service to addressing traumas and internal conflicts that manifest as collective issues in society by focusing on healing the individual, we can better move towards a more sustainable and equitable lived experience collectively.

 

What would I tell my younger self?

It's you vs you.  all perceived external obstacles are a product of your non-mind and beliefs about your optimal potential.  There is no failure - only gains.

Marcello Newkirk, Volunteer Mentor (Eagle Merit Program)

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.

Jalen Pearson, Volunteer

pearsonj@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Legal Administration from Guilford College; pursuing a Masters of Higher Education Administration.

 

Employer:

I am an Admissions Counselor at Guilford College who works with students throughout the process to help them reach the goals that they want to accomplish for themselves. 

 

What makes me a leader?

Being able to have the ability to listen before speaking allows me to work with all types of people. We all have the ability to share our opinions but sometimes we must take a step back and be able to see the big picture in order to best serve those around us. 

 

What would I tell my younger self?

You can do anything in this world if you stop being lazy and take the time to be the best you can be. Don't be afraid to be uncomfortable so that you're able to grow because in the long run those growing pains will only make you stronger. 

Gabrielle Washington, Volunteer Mentor (SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy)

washingtong@shieldmentor.org

Education:

Junior Biology student at North Carolina A&T State University 

 

What makes me a leader?

My desire to bring out the best in others with an optimistic, supportive attitude.

 

What would I tell my younger self?

To really embrace the things that make you unique. Do what makes you happy and just be yourself.

Kya Wilson, Social Media Specialist

wilsonk@shieldmentor.org

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.

Kiara Rochelle, Recruitment/In School Mentoring Coordinator (UNCG Gold Leadership Program Volunteer)

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.

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