Our Board of Directors​

Aisha Gwynn is a product of Rockingham County schools.  She graduated in 1995 from Reidsville High School.  She furthered her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History in 1999.  She has always had a commitment to education and community based agencies.  So much so that she did a stint as AmeriCorps VISTA working with a local education based non-profit.  After finishing her term with AmeriCorps she continued her work with community agencies, and armed with her Eli Segal Education Award decided to earn her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007. 

Currently, she is pursuing a graduate degree in School Counseling at North Carolina State University.  Professionally, Aisha has stayed true to her calling to helping those in need and is the current Director of a Victim-Services Agency in Caswell County, North Carolina. 

Aisha is a wife and mother of three.  She enjoys the game of tennis, reading a good book, and researching recipes. 

 Heather Settle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who serves citizens of Rockingham County to overcome areas in their lives that prevent them from reaching their highest potential. Heather is currently employed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the healthcare field.

Prior to transitioning to the healthcare field full time, Heather was the co-owner and Clinical Director of Faith in Families Inc., a behavioral health agency with its main office in Reidsville, NC. She served in this capacity from 2008-2018. After ten years of serving children, adults, geriatric and families in Rockingham and surrounding counties, the company was purchased by an out of state company.

Heather holds an Associates in Arts Degree from Rockingham Community College, a Bachelor of Social Work from The University of NC-Greensboro and a Master of Social Worker from The University of NC-Chapel Hill. She is fully licensed as a clinical social worker, licensed in both North Carolina and Virginia. Heather is also state rostered as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Chelsea Cromartie is a native of Winston-Salem, NC and currently works as Assistant Director of Counseling and Career Development at Rockingham Community College where she is responsible for planning and coordinating the RCC Transfer Fair, the annual RCC Career Expo, managing the schools online job board (College Central Network) and a number of other workshops and programming.

Ms. Cromartie attended Tennessee State University on a full basketball scholarship and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Speech Communications & Theatre in 2010. She completed her Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education at North Carolina A&T State University in 2015 and is currently a third year doctoral candidate at Gardner Webb University (Charlotte) studying Organizational Leadership. She will graduate in 2020.

Chelsea is heavily involved with another non profit, S.O.U.L. Society, a youth and community organization that is centered around support, opportunity, unity and leadership by way of education, arts, economic empowerment. 

Chelsea is involved with a number of other organizations such as the Urban League and the National Council on Black American Affairs, Central NC Chapter. she is a music enthusiast, vinyl record collector, poet, foodie, and currently resides in Greensboro, NC. 

Chris Reid personifies Entrepreneurship and hard work:  His experiences helped him to launch his own business.  After graduating from Reidsville Senior High, Chris went to community college to elevate his business knowledge.  He later accepted his apprenticeship under his father working with IT development, understanding telecommunication, and obtaining extensive knowledge of Software.  Chris then worked for a national supply chain where his hard work granted him the opportunity to become a manager.  As a manager he set out to fine tune his knowledge in the areas of customer service, inventory control and the experience of  running a small business. 

While still managing the supply chain, Chris decided to put his idea in motion and launched Reid’s Computer Sales and Service in 2005.  In 2013, Chris opened Reid’s Computer Sales and Service on Gilmer Street in Reidsville providing the city and surrounding areas a dependable resource for a number of web design, security, and computer solutions. 

As an established businessman, Chris is involved with a number of charities and organizations that give back to the community.  He enjoys family life as well as time well spent with friends.  

Dr. Kellee D. Watkins is an assistant professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and serves as coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program for the Elementary Education. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Livingstone College, M.Ed. in Reading, Language, and Literacy K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After working as an elementary school teacher and while working as an academic coach, she received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a dissertation on implementing reading standards and new reading programs in a Title I school.
Kellee teaches the reading education courses for both the undergraduate elementary and MAT programs.

Her research interests include English Language Arts and Reading Education, Curriculum Standards, Teacher Professional Development and Coaching, and Equity Education. She is passionate about working with teachers, in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings, and with parents and families to best meet the needs of diverse students. Prior to working at NC A&T, she worked as an elementary school teacher, master practitioner at Livingstone College, and as a curriculum coordinator and academic coach in transformation schools. Dr. Watkins has certifications in Elementary Education K-6, Reading Specialist K-12, School Leadership, and National Boards for Professional Teaching: Middle Childhood Generalist.

During her spare time, she enjoys working with community programs and youth sports. Her husband is a principal in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. Her children Jaeden (14), Emmanuel (11), Sanaa (9) are students in Guilford County Schools and they participate in various sports, music, and community activities.

Tasha Strong is an experienced, accomplished and passionate entrepreneur. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Marketing from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, the largest HBCU in the country. She has over 20 years of professional experience working with various Fortune 500, New York and International Corporations in the Fashion, Editorial and Marketing industries.

Later in her career, after a brief stint as a Fox News Style Corespondent in Charlotte, NC she returned to the NY fashion world with Calvin Klein. Her DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) work began with PVH Corp., the parent company of CK, Tommy Hilfiger, Speedo and a number of other brands. Currently, Tasha is a DEI Consultant, certified by the Yale School of Management – Executive Education, advising clients in the Retail and Education sector. She is also the Co-Founder and VP of Business Development at Dirty Soles Footwear, LLC. 

Wife and business partner to successful industrialist, philanthropist and ally, J. Cory Strong for 25 years, Tasha prides herself on being a loving mate and a positive example for their 3 children; sons: RaShaad (25), Seven (20) and daughter, Kori (14). 

Tasha is the author of “Soul Journey: travels of a strong woman”, a book designed to assist woman toward the path of self-discovery and for which a portion of the proceeds is donated to mental health awareness in the black community. She believes that in addition to creating familial self-sufficiency in financial freedom and wellness, her purpose is in also helping to build community rooted in the same.

Lauren is a lapsed academic turned communications strategist with a knack for capturing attention. She believes in the power of co-ops, group purchasing, and community organizing, and has dedicated her career to drawing attention to the ways institutions interrupt “business as usual” to press for social and economic change. She is currently the Communications Director for the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) and loves telling CPA members stories through photography, video, podcasts, and writing. (You can follow her work on YouTube here).

Prior to joining the CPA team, Lauren worked for Duke University where she focused on continuing education programs for religious leaders and alumni of Duke Divinity School. She earned her master’s in Theological Studies at Duke and holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Truman State University. 

My name is Destiny Talley and I am a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, I found my passion for higher education access and retention. My goal is to support underrepresented students in their endeavors to achieve a post-secondary education. I hope to ultimately assume roles in the community that serve to motivate and mobilize the youth. 

Dr. Bannerman is excited to serve on the NC 100 Board, bringing us greetings from “The Land of Enchantment” (New Mexico). She is the wife of a wonderful man, U.S. Air Force Veteran Carlton, with whom she shares two children (my heart and soul): Camryn and Victoria (deceased).

Vickie has a vast array of knowledge, skills and abilities that have prepared her to serve our organization. She holds a BA in English/Afro and African American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Education in Supervision and Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision both from the University of Phoenix, with instructional and administrative experience in elementary, middle grades, high school and higher education.

Dr. Bannerman has served students, families and communities in my roles as teacher, assistant principal, principal, professor and program director stateside and internationally. She is also a proud and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Always student-focused, data-driven and results oriented, Dr, Bannerman leads with a “By Any Means Necessary” approach, a firm belief that it truly does take a village to support children, and is abundantly honored to be a part of the NC 100 Village.