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MeckEd Staff

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Kellie Cartwright

Chief Executive Officer


Kellie W. Cartwright has over twenty years of experience in nonprofits, education, government and community service. As a native Charlottean who proudly grew up on Charlotte’s East Side, she is personally invested in MeckEd’s mission to support local, public education.


Chief Operations Officer


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 21st-century education, and building strategic and results-oriented non-profit programming.

Omar Parkes

Career Pathways Director

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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 Director, 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.

Jolon Shields

Career Pathways Advisor Garinger HS


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 Manager

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Ashton Glenn is MeckEd’s Career Pathways Advisor committed to ensuring the success of all students.  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.

John Kirkpatrick

Career Pathways Advisor West Charlotte HS


John comes to MeckEd with over 15 years of working with youth and families as an advocate and educator in Mecklenburg, Richmond, and Union Counties.  He is passionate about seeing that youth excel to their full potential as world changers for a better society. 

Shemika Fletcher

Career Pathways Advisor Julius Chambers HS


Shamika Fletcher has extensive experience in Education and Youth services. Over the past two decades, she has worked primarily in workforce development for states such as Rhode Island, New York, and North Carolina. In addition, she has expanded her youth advocacy into communities in Cameroon Africa. Through her diverse background in education, Shamika strives to help her scholars develop their skills, find meaningful employment, and improve their overall quality of life.

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