Jeanne Langley is the Board Chair and co-founder of Students to Scholars.  Jeanne spent her career in sales and sales training, primarily selling research and consulting services to R&D and innovation teams across many market sectors.  She has lived in various parts of the US and now is happily settled in Chapel Hill, NC.  Her delight in life is working with children, including the children in Students to Scholars, those in the Boys and Girls Club, and the many in her neighborhood.  

Kenyetta Hall comes from a diverse background that covers over 10 years working in contracts and grants related to both government and private sectors for both public and private sectors mainly in contract research organizations. Kenyetta made a pivot into business consulting and product management after receiving her MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2016 and became a digital strategist at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. During her time, she created and researched new technologies and created strategic plans around ways we can engage members in digital spaces and how that relates to customer experience. She later worked on Blue Cross Blue shield of North Carolina's mobile application where she was the business application expert who served as the liaison between the business and the integrated agile teams for the mobile application. While working at BCBSNC, she took on additional contracts with companies to build custom software applications. In September she fully transitioned to working for herself and started The Katalyst HQ, which partners with companies in product strategy, design, marketing and software development in order to create and launch customized digital products in the marketplace.  In addition to being in tech, she works with service entrepreneurs as a business coach to help them scale their businesses. 

 

Her expertise includes, strategy development and roadmapping, Design Think, Product Management, Business operational process creation and improvement, project management, Marketing segmentation.

 

Kenyetta currently serves on the Build to Last Committee which focuses on equity and inclusion in the city of Durham.

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Bonnie Cox comes to us after years of experience in business and education. She has volunteered in her community and served on the boards of the Durham Library Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle. She has been volunteering as a tutor with Students to Scholars for the last four years and believes in its mission and scholars.

Collin Suggs was born and raised in Durham in North Carolina. While he grew up in Durham and went to N.C. State for college, he is a "die hard" Tar Heels fan because both of his parents attended UNC. He is looking forward to starting his MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler in February so that he can finally justify rooting for the Heels. 

 

Collin is passionate about working with state, local government and higher education because, "As a citizen I see the impacts IT decisions have on the larger community. I have been with Red Hat for a little over six years and held several positions within the sales organization. I started on the lead development team, then moved to inside sales, then to mid-market sales, then enterprise/field sales, and now I look forward to leading the mid-market team." 

 

Outside of work, Collin enjoys different types of fitness, including powerlifting. He also enjoys cars and learning about new and old models. He spends the rest of his time with his wife, Vicky, and their french bulldog, Oakley. 

 

Collin says, "I support Students to Scholars because the organization is all about helping children, young adults, and students succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Students to Scholars provides families with access to resources they might not otherwise have access to. My goal with the help of Students to Scholars is to help change the trajectory of students lives for the better."

Heather Craig has been a supporter of the mission of Students to Scholars since it’s beginning. A volunteer who has captured the smiling faces of the participants at each Celebration, Heather is ready to transition onto the board to help guide Students to Scholars to its next phase. Heather has a diverse educational background and work experience and is volunteering in many capacities in her local school district. Currently working as a COVID case investigator for the state of NC, she brings her empathy, dedication and problem-solving skills to the board in service to improving the lives of our students. 

Stephanie Strickland is from Baltimore, MD and went to college at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She currently resides in Durham, NC with her husband, Jon, and 2 young kids (Emma and Asher). She is a CPA who has worked over 15 years in the Financial Services Industry. She currently works for Fannie Mae as a Senior Manager responsible for the Sub-Servicing program. Stephanie enjoys being with her family, being outdoors, and traveling. Stephanie is passionate about helping and supporting others. She states, "The impact of S2S is not only seen in these young students, but also in the parents, community, and schools. The commitment to their early education continues to lay the fundamentals along with excitement and passion for learning."

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Tiwana McGill is a native of Durham, N.C.  She is married to Craig McGill.  They have three children, Brittany, Tyler and Christine.  Tiwana is an IT Professional with 20+ years of experience.  Her area of expertise is in IT Security Risks and Compliance.  She has a passion for technology and lifelong learning.  She has broken many barriers through her hard work and tenacity.  Her personal and professional experiences make her a great asset to our team.  She enjoys poetry, music, and spending time with family and friends.