2017 Board of Directors
The MeckEd Board of Directors operates independently from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the CMS Board of Education, and public charter schools. The board is comprised of business, educational and community leaders who are passionate about public education and its role in developing a vibrant community and a strong economy. Board members serve a three-year term and may serve two consecutive terms.
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Immediate Past Chair
U.S. Trust – Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Madelyn L. Caple
Allen Tate Mortgage
Carolinas HealthCare System
Extended Stay America
Shelly Biby has spent over 12 years of her professional career focused on developing programming serving communities in need. Her experiences have taken her in and out of the classroom, where she has gained valuable knowledge about educational best practices, innovative teaching strategies for a 21st-century education, and building strategic and results-oriented non-profit programming.
Shelly has always believed in the value of being an active member of the community. She has served on several non-profit boards, sharing her skills and expertise to help them achieve their missions.
Shelly holds a B.A. in Education with a focus in Political Science and History from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio where she graduated Suma Cum Laude and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education).
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Torrie Burgess | Career Pathways Advisor, Vance High School
Torrie Burgess joined the MeckEd team in March 2017 as the Career Pathways Advisor at Vance High School. Torrie received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University NC A&T in 2011 and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Most recently, she worked with Communities and Schools as an Elementary School Site Coordinator at Statesville Elementary. Torrie enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old son Malaki, traveling and being active by playing sports.
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Andrew Chadderton joined MeckEd in July 2015 as a Career Pathways Advisor at Independence High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Communication Studies and Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Andrew’s passion for education stemmed from his experience studying abroad in Santander, Spain at the University of Cantabria. After college, he went into the field of education for English as a Second Language (ESL). He worked as an ESL Assessment Retention Specialist and Instructor at Cape Fear Community College and an ESL Assessment Evaluator and Teacher Assistant for New Hanover County Schools. His passion for teaching led him to a life-changing opportunity to teach abroad in South Korea. After returning to the USA, Andrew worked as a Partnership Coordinator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which instilled him with a passion to connect schools with surrounding organizations through community outreach.
Aside from his educational fervor, Andrew enjoys playing the electric bass, basketball, soccer, photography and sharing those interests with others. Andrew is enthusiastic about the opportunity to collaborate with students and assist them in their transition to become upstanding global citizens.
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Ross Danis is the president of MeckEd, an independent non-profit dedicated to ensuring access to educational opportunity for all children in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Dr. Danis’ service as a teacher, staff developer, supervisor of instruction, school principal, district administrator, foundation executive, university dean, and non-profit leader, is fueled by his abiding belief in the power of public education to transform lives.
Ross has been successfully challenging the status quo since he collaborated on the design of a non-graded high school in the late 1970s. As a staff developer at the Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Management in the 1980s, he provided high impact professional development for teams of teachers across the Garden State. While serving as a K-8 principal in the 1990s, he demonstrated his commitment to choice by launching the first multi-age primary program as an option to the single graded program in a public school. During the same period of time, Ross created a county-wide professional development consortium; published a practitioner focused Action Research journal; was a founding board member and president of the Principals’ Center for the Garden State; taught leadership seminars for school administrators across the deep south of the United States; and dismantled archaic and ineffective ability grouping practices in a large suburban school district. In 1997 he was the subject of a PBS documentary on leadership called “Quicksand and Banana Peels: A year in the life of two principals.”
In 2000 Ross became the education program director for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. During his decade at Dodge he continued to develop and support programs, practices, and implementation strategies to raise student achievement.
Ross has served as an appointee to the education task forces, commissions, and education policy transition teams of four governors and six education commissioners. He has taught educational leadership, critical and creative thinking, and data- driven instruction to educators in 36 states and seven countries on four continents.
Today, as the president of MeckEd, Dr. Danis continues to empower educators, policymakers, and community members with the knowledge and resources necessary to ensure that all children receive the education they deserve.
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Oteia Douglass| Career Pathways Advisor, Garinger High School
Oteia Douglas joined MeckEd as a Career Pathways Advisor in June 2017. Oteia brings over 15 years of experience working with high school students within the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District.
As a Career Pathways Advisor, she will be focused on ensuring the success of students at Garinger High School. In the past, Ms. Douglas has served as Job Coordinator Assistant, and worked as a community- based training and work performance evaluator for students. Additionally, Ms. Douglas served as a volunteer testing proctor. In 2017 Ms. Douglas was nominated as Assistant of the Year by the school staff.
As an undergraduate at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she served non-profit organizations that promoted financial literacy, and employment services for young adults. She was also responsible for developing partnerships across the community, including negotiating alliances with Fortune 500 companies. After receiving her Bachelors of Arts degree in Professional English, with a minor in Children’s Studies, she pursued her calling to advocate and support students.
Ms. Douglas is excited about the positive impact she can have on students through the work-based learning opportunities that she, as a Career Pathways Advisor, will be providing and coordinating. When she is not helping young people succeed, Ms. Douglas likes to read, write, travel, and cook.
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Anisa Henry joined the MeckEd team in July 2015 as the Career Pathways Advisor at Vance High School. Anisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. She has almost 10 years’ experience working with youth in various settings across the country, including the United States Army Child Development Centers as an Assistant Director. Most recently Anisa served as a Youth Services Case Manager for ResCare Workforce Services-Inspire Youth Program. As the Youth Services Case Manager, Anisa provided WIA and career readiness services to students attending Vance and Garinger High Schools. One of Anisa’s greatest passions is working with youth and providing them the tools necessary to achieve their goals.
Anisa enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband and her seven-year-old Yorkie.
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Omar Parkes | Career Pathways Coordinator
Omar joined MeckEd as the Career Pathways Coordinator in July 2016. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Johnson C. Smith University in 2002. He has more than 11 years experience working in various aspects of WIA/WIOA programs. Most recently, he worked for 9 years at ResCare Workforce Services – The Inspire Youth Program as an Intake and Marketing Specialist. During that time, he worked diligently to develop and maintain a presence in the community to increase awareness of program services. In addition, Omar expertly facilitated the enrollment process for each individual youth who participated in the program. He is excited about the opportunity to impact the lives of young people who are still in school so that they will have a more focused path upon graduation. Omar is incredibly passionate about working with young people to help them accomplish their goals. He is motivated by his lovely wife Toni and their 3 children Victoria, Nathan and Anthony.
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Rashaan joined MeckEd as the Sr. Manager, Assistant to the President in December 2016 after serving as a MeckEd consultant for five months. Certified in Non-Profit Management, Rashaan boasts over 20 years of non-profit experience ranging from social services to economic development organizations. She is currently the chair-elect for the Girls on the Run Charlotte Board of Advisors and is an active volunteer with youth and women’s organizations around the city. As a parent of a CMS student and two CMS graduates, her passion to ensure all students in Mecklenburg County have access to an excellent public education is personal.
Rashaan will work closely with the president, the board and staff to make sure MeckEd’s story of education, work workforce development, and advocacy is an exemplar of best practice in the field and across the nation. When not working, Rashaan enjoys reading, traveling, and morning walks with her Rottweiler, Kolby.
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