Our Board

Dr. Sharon Jones


Dr. Sharon Jones is a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community  college, where she leads and continues to develop the SAS Program in the  Continuing and Corporate Education department.  Dr. Jones has been in  education for 14 years as a Career and Technical Education teacher in  Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Wake County Schools and as an industry  trainer. She has taught courses in computer programming, web design,  eCommerce, Computer Science Principles and SAS programming. She has  presented and been published nationally and internationally on SAS  curriculum and on integrating technology tools in the classroom. 

Jillian Klingberg


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!