MeckEd Staff

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Shelly Biby has spent her professional career serving children and 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.

Chief Operating Officer


Megan Conner

Megan has spent her career assisting the underserved for over 7 years through W.I.O.A (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funded programs in North Carolina and Georgia. In previous roles, she has been a Job Coach and a WIOA Career Coordinator. In both positions, Megan has always enjoyed helping individuals reach their career and education goals. She is committed to the experience and growth of every individual she serves. 

Career Pathways Manager

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Dr.  Danis’ service as a teacher, staff developer, school principal, curriculum director, foundation executive, university dean, and non-profit leader is fueled by his abiding belief in the power of public education to transform lives.He continues to empower educators, policymakers, and community members with the knowledge and resources necessary to ensure that all children, especially those who face obstacles, have access the education they deserve and the experiences necessary to thrive.


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Omar Parkes

Prior to serving as MeckEd’s Career Pathways Coordinator, Omar spent almost a decade helping young people realize their dreams through his work with ResCare Workforce Services.  As MeckEd’s Career Pathways Coordinator, Omar applies his experience and demonstrates his commitment to ensuring that all Charlotte Mecklenburg high school students find and stay on a path to a bright future.

Career Pathways Director


Jolon Shields

After spending the first few years of his career in IT with IBM, Jolon attended St. John’s University in Queens where he earned his Master’s in Education.  It was in Brooklyn schools that he would hone his leadership skills, and learn to combine and apply his love of technology, Mathematics, and passion for encouraging youth in an educational setting.  Jolon is committed to serving students and families, and will bring his wealth of knowledge as a former educator and high school administrator to impact student achievement in their college and career pursuits.

Career Pathways Advisor Garinger HS

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Ashton Glenn is MeckEd’s Career Pathways Advisor committed to ensuring the success of students at Harding University High School.  Prior to joining MeckEd, Ashton served as an advocate for youth in the region and has worked as an educator, coach, and mentor in Charlotte Mecklenburg and Gaston County Schools.

Career Pathways Advisor Harding HS

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Paula Holmes

Paula comes to MeckEd with over fifteen years of experience servicing youth in the arena of workforce development. These arenas include career and academic advisor, case manager, program coordinator, and youth development specialist. Paula's extensive work history has afforded her opportunities to speak at conferences and panel discussions to ensure best practices knowledge is shared with her peers and colleagues.

Career Pathways Advisor West Charlotte HS


Jay Womack 

Jay has dedicated his career to helping youth achieve their goals. As a Career Pathways Advisor, he will draw upon his experiences as a classroom teacher, a basketball coach, and  youth advisor to guide students on a path to success. 

Career Pathways Advisor Julius Chambers HS