Voorhees presents the class of 2018 10 Under 40 inductees

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Voorhees presents the class of 2018 10 Under 40 inductees

July 06, 2018

During the Voorhees College Summer Fest 2018 held June 22-24, nine honorees were inducted into the class of 2018Young Alumni 10 Under 40. 

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, Major 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, S.C., 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, N.C. teaching various computer information technology & business courses. 

In 2014, Smith founded AlSmith Education Advocates, L.L.C an educational consulting company, that provides key note speaking, tutoring, workshops, career and mentor services. In 2017, she founded Empowering Transformation, a 501c3 organization whose goal is to provide support & advocacy services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and low- to moderate-income individuals in the Gaston County, N.C. 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 that will be trained at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

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. In addition to her role as senior associate, she 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 is 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, Ala., he is currently the head of Helping HandSS, which is a program that he loves and dedicates all his time to. 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, S.C., 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, serves as the residential brain trust on HBCUs for the College Board and spearheads the annual HBCU conference that concentrates on today’s issues at HBCUs. 

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 (CDC). At the CDC he manages six accounts which 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, S.C. he is currently working in information technology on state and federal government levels and nuclear. In addition, Ray serves as a youth counselor and a member of the Board of Trustees at Beauty Spot Missionary Baptist Church. 

Burroughs graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned a master’s degree in business from Phoenix University. 

A native of East Meadow, N.Y. he was inducted into the 10 Under 40 posthumously. He previously served as programs director of students at Brunswick Job Corps Center. In addition, Burroughs served as an assistant coach to the job corps boys varsity basketball team. 

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.
 

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, Major Brittanae Stanton,
and Joseph Montgomery. Not pictured; Dannon Lindley and Jamelle Burroughs. 

Photo cred: Bennie Brown Photography.