Jeanne Langley

Board Chair & Founder

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."

Elise Dunzo

Senior Quantitative Clinical Development Scientist, PAREXEL

Elise is a Senior Quantitative Clinical Development Scientist with PAREXEL International. She is also the former Director of Applied Biopharmaceutics LLC in Raleigh. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Toxicology from the UNC School of Medicine in 2000 and received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1995. She is the parent of a child at Duke School and is a huge supporter of Students to Scholars. 

Benay Hicks

Co-Founder & Secretary

Benay received a Bachelor's degree in psychology and religion from Simpson College, followed by a Master's degree from Boston University. Currently she contracts out her services to nonprofits and businesses, and helps manage a local fitness studio. In addition, she has her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. As the former Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties, Benay co-founded Students to Scholars and 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."

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."

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.” 

Michael Sheehy

Master of Public Policy Candidate, Duke University

Michael is currently a candidate for his Master of Public Policy degree at Duke University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. Michael is particularly passionate about solving arts and educational policy issues.  Prior to living in North Carolina, he lived and worked as an actor in New York.. “I am  incredibly excited to be working and learning with Students 2 Scholars to find ways to reduce the achievement gap and positively impact North Carolina’s youth. The work that S2S is doing in the triangle and beyond is invaluable and we need organizations like this leading the fight in education policy.

Jim Speir

James Speir graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1974, he received a masters degree in liberal studies from Dartmouth College and in 1975, he returned to California to begin a a teaching/administrative/coaching career that lasted forty-four years. Mr. Speir coached swimming in Southern California, the Mecca for this sport. He achieved considerable success by sending several athletes and his team to the CIF state championships each year. In the classroom, Mr. Speir taught United States and European history to Juniors and Seniors.  Mr. Speir served as Assistant Director of Admissions, a position that launched his independent school administrative career.  The next forty years were spent at Durham Academy in North Carolina. Beginning with the position of Director of Admissions/Director of Financial Aid in 1979, Mr. Speir dedicated his career to the education of young people in the triangle area. Other positions held by Mr. Speir included Assistant Headmaster/Dean of Faculty, Middle School Director and Interim Headmaster. As Dean of Faculty, Mr. Speir developed a comprehensive faculty development and evaluation program.  During his tenure at Durham Academy, Mr. Speir taught Advanced Placement courses in both history and English and his students consistently scored well above national averages on the AP Tests.  During the final eight years of his career, Mr. Speir focused on teaching and left the administrative responsibilities of running Durham Academy to the next generation.  One of the most significant aspects of Mr. Speir’s career has been the opportunity to serve on the Students to Scholars Board of Directors, a position that furthers his interest in both young people and education.

Stephanie Vandergrift

Owner of Healthy Independence Educational Consulting & Chair of the Duke School Parent Student Organization

Stephanie received a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a Master's degree in Classics from Oxford University, and an M.Phil from the University of Glasgow. She has been an educator and coach for 15 years in boarding schools, international schools, and independent schools. From 2014-2016, Stephanie was a Middle School Social Studies and Project teacher at Duke School, before leaving to start her own business as a health educator. As a parent, PSO chair, and health educator at Duke School, Stephanie remains deeply involved in the life of the school and in the well-being of its community. Joining the board of Students to Scholars is a continuation of her commitment to and love for students. "I believe that supporting S2S Scholars in their growth, health, and academic development benefits not only the students, but the schools and communities enriched by these fantastic kids and their dedicated parents."

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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