Executive Board of Directors


Kenneth D. Rasheed
Executive Director

  • Graduate of Winston-Salem State University. Degree in Health & PE
  • Retired Operations Manager for FedEX
  • Enjoys golf for relaxation

Judith Whitmire-Bryant
Vice President

  • Retired Educator
  • National Board Certified Teacher
  • M.Ed.- Winston-Salem State University
  • BA- Winston-Salem State University
  • BS- Winston-Salem State University
  • Member- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Gwendolyn Smith-Rasheed

  • Retired Customer Service Rep. – Western Electric & Lucent Technologies
  • Past National Treasurer for ABLE – Alliance for Lucent Employees
  • Certificates in Microsoft Office Systems from Forsyth Tech. & Central Piedmont College
  • (Charlotte, NC)

Gloria W. Whitmire

  • First grade teacher with Winston-Salem Forsyth Co. Schools
  • National Board Certified Teacher
  • UNC-Greensboro Master of Education
  • NCCU – Elementary Education
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Board of Directors

Robert Broadnax

Guilford Technical Community College
• Develops and manages course curriculum and ensures that the curriculum meets department and college standards and documents information correlated with Datatel
• Conducts formal assessment of Literacy Education Information Systems (LEIS)
• Manages the collection, analyzing, and reporting of Adult Basic Education Second Language students’ progression
Forsyth Technical Community College
• Advises students for academic and social success and promotes critical thinking, equity, and success within the classroom
• Teaches World Civilization and United States History (HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-131) encourages working with diversity in a team environment.

Supervisor in Charge (SIC)
Bennett’s Family Care Greensboro, N.C
• Organized, directed, and coordinated aspects of in-home services for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD Services)
Guilford Technical Community College
• Mentored minority male students in social and academic affairs, which affected their retention and matriculation at the college.
• Facilitated academic advising
• Developed strategies for student success
Teacher/Habilitation Technician
• Taught students with various cognitive disabilities, math, living skills, social sciences, reading skills, and basic learning skills at A Plus Williamson’s adult day program.
Education History
• Major: Adult Education
• Minor: History (18 graduate credits)
• Leadership Studies (6 graduate credits)
• Major: History
• Major: African-American Studies

Phillip T. Carter, Sr.

• I have and will forever act as a Community Activist within the African American communities of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina to ensure that my people are empowered economically, politically, educationally, and socially.

• As April 13th, 2020, I am currently on the boards and committees listed below; whereby, I serve with integrity and determination to fulfill the mission statement of the organization in which I commit myself to.

• Housing Justice Now Winston-Salem, N.C. Winston-Salem, N.C. (2019-current
• Paul L. Dunbar Group CDC, Inc; Spencer N.C. (2018- current)
• Cooperation Winston, Winston-Salem (2018-current)
• Noble Cause, Winston-Salem (2018-current)
• Experiment in Self-Reliance, Winston-Salem, N.C. (2014-current)
• Chair/ Precinct 404 Malloy Jordan Library (2014-current)
• Forsyth County Nursing Home Advisory Committee, Winston-Salem, N.C. (2011-current)
• President of DAAP-FCNC Winston-Salem, N.C. (2011-current)
• Church Lay Leader, Saint Andrews United Methodist Church Certified Speaker, Finance committee, Pastor Parrish Committee, Men’s Sunday Morning Bible Teacher. (2011- current)
• State Executive Member of the North Carolina State Democratic Party (2011-current)

• Former Boards and committees I have served on:

• 2nd Vic- Chair Forsyth County Democratic Party (2015-2019).
• 12th District Representative for Forsyth County Democratic Party (2011-2016)
• Co-Chair& Executive Board Member, Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County (2011-2017)
• W-S Operation Impact Steering Committee, Winston-Salem, City Government (2011)
• Executive Board Member, and Fund-Raising Committee Member, of Harry's Veterans Outreach, Winston-Salem, N.C. (2011 expired)
• Former President of the African American Caucus of Forsyth County DP (2009-2010)
• Chair Precinct 207 New Hope UMC (2007-2009)
• Former Vice President of the African American Caucus of Forsyth County DP (2007-2009)
• Cooperation Winston; Co-founder 2017-current)

Kesha Smith
Board Accountant

Top-performing, detail orientated, highly skilled and qualified accounting professional with over 12 years of experience in finance, data analysis and analytics, monthly reporting, financial reporting, budget management, internal auditing, reconciliation, strong analogical skills, and customer service.
magna cum laude: with a GPA of 3.45

Crescent Communities
Controller and Contracts Coordinator

Lora J. Smith
Board Secretary

• Attended NC A&T State University
• Twenty-six years working for Partnership for a Drug Free North Carolina as a Program Specialist
• Treatment Engagement Expediter for Surry County NC as a substance abuse drug trend presenter
• Coordinator for Safe and Drug-Free school classes at JF Kennedy School in Winston-Salem, NC
• Thirty-Five years of experience working with youth and families.

    Traci Starks

• Workforce Development Professional, Adult Educator, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Champion
• Assistant Center Manager, NC Works Career Center, Surry County
• B.A. Broadcast News, M.S. in Adult Education - NC A&T State University
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Member