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Executive Team


Jared Keaton

Chief Executive Officer

Jared Keaton started his career at Alliance Center of Education in 1998, as a member of the Center’s Accounting Team. Being recognized as a mission-first leader, Jared was quickly promoted and has led the organization through several growth cycles as Controller, Assistant Executive Director, and Chief Operating Officer. Today, as the Chief Executive Officer, Jared has also refined year-round services...


Brian Luckadoo

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer, Brian Luckadoo, joined the Alliance Center for Education accounting team as a Financial Accounting Specialist in 2007. Brian immediately leaned into the organization’s restructuring activities by suggesting ways to streamline accounting processes and improve the existing financial reporting structure. These initiatives aided in improving the organization’s overall financial health, provided accurate data that was used to evaluate program and service offerings, and later, similar data collection provided information used in program expansion.

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Shalina Berger

Director of Human Resources


Katie Wayne

Director of Development

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Elisha Wilson

Early Childhood Education Director

Elisha Wilson has been an Early Childhood Educator for nearly 25 years. With 15 years of teaching spanning from infancy to Pre-K; followed by almost 10 years in Program Administration. Her passion for early childhood was motivated by her grandmother, mother, and aunt who collectively contributed 31 years of service to Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, now Alliance Center for Education (AC4Ed). Elisha’s younger siblings are a product of Bethlehem Center of Charlotte.

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Georgett Johnson

Out of School Time Program Director

Board of Directors


Andy Belk

Edward Jones Investments 

Financial Advisor

Vice Chair



Jorge Manjarras


Senior Financial Officer,

Strategic Funding



Michelene Mathews
United Methodist Women
Assist Director St Mark’s Child Dev. (retired)


Board Members

Maudre Addison

Johnson C. Smith University
Director of Employee Services

Taylor Barbour

PNC Bank, Healthcare Relationship Manager

Andy Belk

Edward Jones Investments 

Financial Advisor

Dimetris Craig

Policy Council Representative

John DeMicco
Theater Professional

Retired Teacher

Samantha Dunbar

Executive Consultant

Stephanie Jones

Merck, External Manufacturing Operations Director

Kim Langstaff

Hannover Life Re America

AVP, Compliance Auditor

Michelene Mathews

St Mark's Child Development

Assist Director, Retired

Jorge Manjarres

Truist Senior Financial Officer, Strategic Funding

Ronda K. Williams

Hannover Re

Vice President, Human Resources

Anthony Stradford

Financial Literacy Coach

Retired Military

Ex-Officio Members

Diann Back

President- United Women of Faith

North Carolina Conference -
Metro District President

Bishop Ken Carter

Western North Carolina Conference The United Methodist Church

Joanie Strohm

United Women of Faith

Western North Carolina Conference


Rev. Dan Pezet

United Methodist Church

Western NC Conference - Metro District Superintendent

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