Jeanne Langley

Board Chair

Jeanne Langley is a volunteer tutor at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties and the co-founder of Students to Scholars. Jeanne has a B.A. in Modern European History from the University of Cincinnati and has spent her career in sales and sales training, selling research and consulting services to senior executives in a wide variety of industries.  Her success in selling complex, high-value intangible services led her to form a sales training company to help salespeople reach greater success and professional fulfillment. She brings the same passion for helping people achieve their potential to Students to Scholars. Jeanne says, "The return on investment for the education of these these bright, promising children is so large as to be incalculable  We are seeing the children thrive and flourish in their new schools where they rise to every challenge.  They are reading at grade level, engaged in their education, and speak joyfully of school.  Their dreams for future careers have changed and they see themselves belonging in a world of education. Seeing the children's lives change through education, watching them transform from students into scholars, and seeing the impact of that on their families is the best return on investment you could make. It's also nothing short of thrilling.  We hope that you will join us in changing these children's lives and the world, one middle school student at a time."

Benay Hicks

Board Vice Chair, Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club

Benay received a Bachelor's degree in psychology and religion from Simpson College, followed by a Master's degree in the history of religion from Boston University. In addition, she has her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. As the current Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties, Benay has a strong passion for helping the children of Durham and Orange Counties reach their potential. "It takes a village to raise a child and for dozens of local families, the Boys & Girls Club is that village. Students to Scholars is a wonderful addition to the Boys & Girls Club community, and I am excited to see the scholars flourish as they head into middle and high school, and on to accomplish grand and wondrous things."

Doug Norry

Triangle Day Head of School

Doug received a Bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a Masters degree from the Teachers College, Columbia University.  Doug has been teaching around the country for 24 years and became Head of School for Triangle Day in 2013. "More than four years ago, I was searching for a leadership opportunity that felt right, but equally important, I was looking for a school that would know, value, and love my own three children. After spending the day at TDS, I knew that I had found that school and that community."

Shatonia Jones

Commercial Product Specialist & S2S Parent

As a parent of a current Scholar, Shatonia Jones brings a parent's perspective to our board. She is the mother of current scholar, Taleah, and is also the mother of a current Hillside High School student, a lifetime resident of Durham, and a graduate of Hillside High School. This gives her a broad perspective on all things Durham. Her career has been in the pharmaceutical field and currently she is a Commercial Product Specialist in the clinical trials industry. Regarding Students to Scholars, she says, "S2S provides an opportunity of an advanced education that may have been unattainable otherwise for students with great drive and character. " By serving on our board she hopes "to be a voice for the parents as well as the children of this group, with hope that the foundation on which this organization was built continues to reflect their views."

Dave Michelman

Duke School Head of School

Dave received a Bachelor's degree in English from Hamilton College and a law degree from George Washington University Law School. From 1999 to 2006, he served as Head of School at Chesapeake Academy in Maryland, and successfully led the school in its first capital campaign. He became Head of School for Duke School in July 2006. "My favorite part of all of my jobs has been the relationship I have developed with students. My passion is for educating children."

Susan Kellogg

Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy CIO, University of North Carolina

Susan received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill, followed by a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. For over 30 years, Susan has worked in a variety of capacities in Information Technology. In 2003, Susan left the corporate world for the University enjoying being part of the team that educates students and prepares them for their future. “When I heard about Students to Scholars I knew I had to be a part of it.  My passion is helping others be the very best they can be and this program does just that.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) research shows that early childhood intervention is key to increasing the ranks of those in the STEM fields; a strong STEM workforce is, in turn, a requirement for the United States to remain competitive. Meaning programs like Students to Scholars are not nice-to-have programs; they are imperative.” 

Holt Whiting

President of the SW Durham Rotary Club

Holt Whiting has been in education for most of his life. He graduated from Boston University with a B.A, the University of Hartford with an M.Ed. and holds a Connecticut teaching certificate.  He taught history and political science at the high school level and served as the CFO of three independent schools. Prior to that, Holt was an Army medic and trainer, read gas meters, was a teller and trainer, a professional house painter, and ran a computer service bureau for a CPA firm, all of which educated him for the CFO position in independent schools. He has been deeply involved as a volunteer and trainer for the National Ski Patrol, Red Cross, and the American Heart Association. He was also the treasurer for a halfway house for children transitioning out of the juvenile court system and president of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. Holt helped found and run the National Business Officers Association, an international organization. He is currently the President of the SW Durham Rotary Club. Holt says, “Being involved with Students to Scholars allows me to help individual middle school students reach their potential.”

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