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

Executive Director

Jillian Klingberg is an original Charlottean. She is a graduate of UNCC with a major in organizational communications. Her professional background includes – marketing, customer service, project management and merchandising. She is very versatile in all areas of business and enjoys staying busy with multiple projects. Jillian is currently a small business consultant working with local businesses.

Renada Poteat


Renada Poteat Gullatte is an Instructional Coordinator in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools who partners with students, parents, faculty and community to provide the best instructional practices to our Career and Technical Education program. After spending over a decade in the classroom and several years as coordinator Renada knows the best way to reach and grow students is by involving students. It’s how you present opportunities to students that will shape their growth. Students learn by doing through internships and employment opportunities. Renada has presented around the world at educational conferences – in California, Texas, Maryland and Germany, in addition to community outreach in Haiti and London. She is published in the Computer Science weekly journal. Renada holds a BA in Administration and Finance from North Central University and a MA in Teaching Business Education from North Carolina A&T University

Kara West

Vice President

Kara West fell in love with Charlotte in 2005 and moved here to pursue her nursing career. As she worked as a Maternity nurse, she found herself spending all her spare time learning all about the Charlotte real estate market. She quickly developed a passion for seeing the city develop and grow. She used that knowledge to buy her first home, then multiple rental properties and eventually became a full time real estate agent with EXP Realty. She loves helping others with their home selling/buying needs and strives for highly satisfied home owners! She loves to share her skills of entrepreneurship with others and is founder of of the Madison Park Small Business Owners group. She also loves supporting the young minds who strive to, one day, do big things!

Chase Summers


Ben Knosby

Fredy Villa

Cheale Villa