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Voorhees 10 Under 40

Voorhees College recognized nine influential young professionals by inducting them into the class of 2018 Young Alumni 10 Under 40. Shown are David Miller, VCNAA president; Tanya Martino, VCNAA 10 Under 40 chair; Gregory Ray; Dr. Gwnyth Nelson, VP for IAD; Derrick Smoot; Dr. Corey Sheffield; Dr. Charlene Smith; Dr. LaTonya Gillespie-Johnson; Maj. Brittanae Stanton; and Joseph Montgomery. Not pictured are Dannon Lindley and Jamelle Burroughs.

DENMARK -- Nine honorees were inducted into the class of 2018 Young Alumni 10 Under 40 during the Voorhees College Summer Fest June 22-24.

The Voorhees College 10 Under 40 recognizes influential young professionals for their countless contributions to their organizations and to the community.

Dr. Charlene Smith, Dr. Corey Sheffield, Dr. LaTonya Gillespie-Johnson, Maj. Brittanae Stanton, Derrick Smoot, Joseph Montgomery, Dannon Lindley, Gregory S. Ray and Jamelle Burroughs were inducted.

Smith graduated from Voorhees cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. She earned a master’s degree in business administration and managing information technology from Sullivan University.

Additionally, Smith earned a doctorate degree in organization and management with a specialization in business from Capella University.

A native of Georgetown, she is currently a full-time computer information technology instructor for the North Carolina Community College System and has also served as visiting professor for Strayer University & DeVry University in Charlotte, North Carolina teaching computer information technology and business courses.

In 2014, Smith founded AlSmith Education Advocates LLC, an educational consulting company that provides keynote speaking, tutoring, workshops, career and mentor services. In 2017, she founded Empowering Transformation, a 501(c)3 organization whose goal is to provide support and advocacy services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and low- to moderate-income individuals in the Gaston County, North Carolina, area.

Sheffield graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Argosy University. Additionally, he earned a certificate from Cornell University.

A native of Atlanta, he is currently the director of college advisement at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School. Also, he is one of the associate directors of the 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit leadership organization that will help mold and produce leaders who will be trained at historically black colleges and universities.

Gillespie-Johnson graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry. She earned a doctorate degree in dental surgery.

A native of Atlanta, she is currently a senior associate at Kool Smiles Dentistry. She also plays a big role in the community as a health care provider. Gillespie-Johnson dedicates a portion of her time and energy every month encouraging oral healthcare awareness.

Stanton graduated from Voorhees summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She earned a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University.

A native of Charleston, she currently serves as 15th Signal Brigade’s operations officer. This organization is the largest signal brigade in the Army.

Smoot graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, he is currently the head of Helping HandSS. Helping HandSS gives food, water, clothes, blankets, and information to the homeless.

Montgomery graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University.

A native of Sumter, he is currently the associate director for higher education services at College Board, where he serves as a consultant for colleges and universities throughout Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition, he serves as the residential brain trust on HBCUs for the College Board and spearheads the annual HBCU conference.

Lindley graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Ashford University.

A native of Atlanta, he is currently a budget analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the CDC, he manages six accounts that are responsible for more than $500 million that is used in the areas of environmental health, public health preparedness and response and immunization and respiratory diseases in countries such as Lesotho, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Papua, New Guinea.

Ray graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He earned a master’s degree in computer resources and information management from Webster University.

A native of Denmark, he is currently working in information technology on state and federal government levels. In addition, Ray serves as a youth counselor and member of the board of trustees at Beauty Spot Missionary Baptist Church.

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