MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Sharon Jones
Dr. Jones has found her passion in education and has served as a Career and Technical Education teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Wake County Schools as well as a Sr. Technical Trainer with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). Additionally, she is a well-known industry teacher, trainer, and mentor working for organizations with like-minded missions and has taught courses in computer programming, web design, eCommerce, Computer Science Principles and SAS programming. Dr. Jones has presented and been published nationally and internationally on data analytics, educational practices and technology. Her book A Recipe for Success Using SAS University: How to Plan Your First Analytics Project is being used in curriculum and classrooms around the country. When not running the technology-world, Dr. Jones spends her time with her husband Ricky, and two sons, Ethan (7) and Dylan (4), and their beloved dog, Cooper (10)
Jillian Klingberg is an original Charlottean. She is a graduate of UNCC with a major in organizational communications and minor in social work.. Her professional background includes – marketing, customer service, project management and merchandising. She is very versatile in all areas of business and has a strong entrepreneurial drive. Jillian has been the Executive Director of the Dottie Rose Foundation since conception in February 2018. She handles the day to day operations of the Foundation, leading our organization towards tremendous growth and enhances our non-profit operations. Jillian loves being able to influence and inspire our tech savvy girls! When she is not running the Foundation, Jillian enjoys spending time with her children, Isabella (5) and son Oliver (1) and dog Max!
Director of Education for Foundation
Holly Harris was born and raised in Thomasville, NC. She’s a graduate of Pfeiffer University.
Holly has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years as a Career Development Facilitator, Curriculum Instructional Coach, and Instructional Management Coordinator.
Holly has spent nine years at Cabarrus County Schools as a Work-Based Learning Coordinator and Academy Coordinator. She’s passionate about providing students with experiences that guide their career choices.
In her spare time, she loves the outdoors and exploring new places. She’s a military wife and mother of two boys, Colby (15) and Logan (9), and family dog Dakota.
Cheale Villa the founder, CEO and Visionary Rabbit, of Visual Caffeine, a branding and design company for over 20 years. Her passion is finding the authenticity of individuals and companies to better humanize them to the world and create the ultimate brand experience with those slices of knowledge. She is also a joyful workaholic, a night owl (needing less sleep than the average vampire) and a passionate player in the literal, and figurative, creative communities she lucky enough to come across.
Married to Fredy Villa and are blessed with their college-bound daughter Sydney.
Courtney McBride hails from rural town Wrens, GA. The Georgia Peach shifted her technical talents to the Queen City in 2017 where She resides with her Daughter, Stori Marie. As a Level II Production Control Analyst, Courtney oversees the implementation of production processes along with effective use of computer programs & systems in support of transformative strategies for organizational growth. Courtney believes that inspiring, educating & mentoring our youth early on strengthens their innovative personalities while ultimately bridging the diversity gap in various sectors of business technology. To uphold her beliefs Courtney adopts the quote of Philosopher John Dewey, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow”.
Fredy Villa is a highly sought-after technology leader with over 20 years of experience disrupting businesses leveraging integrated technical solutions. After obtaining a B.Sc. in Computer Science, he has held key positions at Fortune-500 companies including Coca-Cola and the Bank of America. His penchant for entrepreneurship and business development is imbued with laudable accomplishments. He founded La Verdad Newspaper in 2001 and co-founded Flooid, an emerging technology consulting and development initiative – a position he still holds to date.
Currently, Fredy serves as the Principal Technologist at Amazon, as well as the CTO of Visual Caffeine, a leading company in branding and creative services. He’s happily married to Cheale Villa, and blessed with their college-bound daughter Sydney.
Priyanka is a strategist, technologist, entrepreneur and a mom to 2 boys. After a successful fifteen year career in the tech industry and noticing the amount of exposure her two young boys were getting to their tech devices she took her passion for the human factor in technology to launch her startup, PopSmartKids. Her company has launched PopSmartWrite, a story-writing app that inspires children to create stories and empowers parents and educators to mentor the next generation of budding writers.
Priyanka holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunication) and an MBA from Purdue University. She started her career as a Software Developer and right before launching her company she worked as a Technical Program Manager for a mid-size startup. She has worked and lived in twelve cities across India, US and Europe, before settling in Seattle.
Talazia Moore is a business analyst at Bank of America supporting an internal workforce application. Her role involves building close relationships with both business clientele and the development team.
Talazia is an advocate for women in technology and is a part of various organizations such as the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), AnitaB.org, and Code.org. On a local level, Talazia is an active volunteer in the Charlotte community. Working closely with the nonprofit, the Dottie Rose Foundation, she has assisted with leading various STEM workshops and after school programs that connect real world activities to technical and computing concepts for children. For 6 years, Talazia led a summer camp, GidgetGirls, to inform and encourage middle school girls to explore and participate in technology.
Talazia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from North Carolina State University and Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.
As a family law attorney, Seth’s greatest enjoyment is being there for his clients through the process of separation and divorce, and effectively helping them get from point A to point B and move forward with their lives. While I strive to seek resolution for clients outside of the Courtroom, knowing that typically, that is the best option for them and their families, I understand the importance of being a strong advocate when a collaborative settlement is unlikely. Seth went to undergrad at UNC and majored in economics and political science, he also attended school of Law at UNC. He just hit his 11th year of practicing law in Charlotte, NC. Seth opened up his firm Godley, Glazer & Funk, PLLC with his partners in April 2020 and they have been rocking and rolling since ! Seth is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, passed the specialist exam in 2016. While family law is essentially a 24/7 practice, he does love to play soccer and spend time with his lovely wife, Emma.
Maryanne Sweat is a Senior Test Engineering Manager at LendingTree with over 20 years of experience. Graduating from Guilford College with a BS in Physics and Mathematics, Maryanne was also the leader of the LGBTQ Alliance on campus. From a young age, Maryanne sought to empower people, championing diversity and acceptance and standing up for the rights of others. Whether it was giving gift money to Southwestern State Mental Hospital patients or defending the inalienable rights of a Jehovah’s Witness refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance, young Maryanne fought for equality for all. Today, Maryanne promotes STEM education for women and girls. She’s a leader in STEM careers and has mentored women to pursue professions in STEM.
As for family, Maryanne was a uniformed Scout leader for her son and wholeheartedly supported his high school marching band. Maryanne is empowered, and she will never stop empowering those around her.
Lauren McGlamery (she / her / hers) started her post-graduate school career as a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) working for a mental health nonprofit in Greenville, SC in 2013. She served in both the Clinical Director and Program Director roles. It was there she realized her passion to develop strong leaders and help prepare folks for sustainable and fulfilling careers. She is a South Carolina native and a graduate of University of South Carolina (undergraduate and graduate school). She has a small pup named Groot and cosplays as Wonder Woman for fun!
Lauren heard about The Dottie Rose Foundation through another Board Member. She, being a woman in tech, jumped to the opportunity to advocate for the opportunities the foundation gives young girls to explore technology and art in a fun way in Grenville, SC. She is excited to officially join the board after months of being connected and supportive of the mission moving to her city.