MEET OUR BOARD, LEADERSHIP TEAM and STAFF
Mrs. Bettie Green
Bettie has spent the past 32 years of her career as an educator. Previously, she was the principal of Arborbrook Academy. She is passionate about children and has been actively involved in serving elementary school children at title one schools, and others, through local counseling, reading & mentoring.
Mr. Michael Kavanagh – Chairman
Mike is a Principal at DeVita Kavanagh Dotson where he has held senior leadership positions for over 15 years. He is an experienced financial professional and Certified Financial Planner. He is a past-member of the finance committee at a local non-profit in Charlotte and currently serves on three other non-profit and corporate boards.
Mrs. TaShawn Mathews
TaShawn is one of the newest members of our 2017 board of directors. TaShawn is a newly relocated Financial Manager at Atlas Copco. She has been actively engaged in Latina/Latino education and cultural diversity and has undertaken mission trips to Central America.
Mr. Richard (Ozzie) Osman
Ozzie is a retired engineer having held various leadership positions in engineering, product and process development, sales and marketing, and new business development. He and his wife, Desire, are active volunteers with LHCC programs during the school year and during the annual LHCC summer camp program, as well as with other non-profits in Charlotte.
Mr. Fady Sidhom – Incoming Chairman for 2018
Fady is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America, where he is a Structured Credit specialist in the Merrill Lynch Management Group. Fady is an active community volunteer and participant in our program. He is one of the newest additions to our 2017 board of directors.
Pastor Susan Suarez Webster
Pastor Susan is the assistant pastor at our church partner, Central United Methodist Church, and is responsible for local outreach, which the church undertakes in local title one schools as well as the Central Avenue community, in general. She was involved in mission work in Central America for 26 years and has been involved locally for 13 years in mission work, ESL classes for the local community, and bible institute work. Susan is actively involved in local outreach and co-hosts the annual six-week summer camp program with LHCC.
Mr. Steve Townley – Treasurer
Steve is the SVP and CFO at Aston Properties, Inc. where he has held positions for over 18 years. He is a former CPA and real estate development professional with prior experience in public accounting at Ernest and Young. He is an active volunteer at Brookstone Schools and with Junior Achievement, as well as in the program services offered by our organization.
Brent Morris – Executive Director
Brent has been serving marginalized children and families in Charlotte since 2004. Brent resigned from his corporate management consulting position in March 2013 after 16 years of working in corporate America, in order to follow his calling to serve, predominantly, at-risk immigrant and refugee children in the inner city of Charlotte. Attracted to the LHCC ministry due to its mission to serve children, Brent is an advocate for unity and reconciliation among all people. He has take on the difficult task of leading a new non-profit in hopes of building an awareness and an operating model to continue to sustain the mission of LHCC. These services include planning, coordination and delivery of after-school intervention and summer enrichment camp programs, sports camps and clinics. He also facilitates coaching and mentoring, fundraising, marketing and social media, web-site development and volunteer and sponsor campaigns. Brent is a 12 year member of Forest Hill Church and is an active social entrepreneur who builds collaborative partnerships with schools, churches, non-profits and businesses alike, to address unity among all groups of people and the needs of local inner city communities.
Mr. Diego – Part-time South-side Community Representative
Along with our loyal team of volunteers, we are thrilled to work alongside community representatives and parents of our children, who have a passion to give back to their communities. Volunteers have been serving for many years and include educators, LEP literacy teachers and elementary school teachers. Mr Diego has been supporting our program and the children we serve for over 8 months and is an active participant in our weekly after-school program. Mr. Diego has a family member in our program, so he genuinely recognizes the value of our time and talents to connect other families to our program. Any contribution to our work with children, especially building relationships and literacy mentoring, is appreciated.
One volunteer recently told the group, “I so look forward to seeing the children each week. It brings me great joy and I know that I am blessed to be a blessing to them.”
Ms. Laura Neal – Part-time East-side Program Coordinator
Laura comes to us from Missionary Athletes International (MAI)/ Charlotte Eagles soccer club, a faith-based partner organization that works with the families and children on the East-side. Laura grew up in Birmingham AL where she spent 7 years working as a full-time hairstylist before she felt the Lord calling her to work in ministry. She moved to Charlotte NC in 2013, and began working with the Charlotte Eagles in their Urban program in East Charlotte.
Laura has previously mentored and coached elementary and middle school age girls. While making her transition from the Charlotte Eagles to LHCC, she will continue working with those same young girls and many more of our children on the east-side commencing this month. She will also oversee our tutoring programs in East Charlotte, as well as building relationships with refugee children and women by starting ESL classes in their refuge neighborhood. Laura will begin college in January at CPCC to work toward her goal in becoming a Childhood/Family Counselor. She is a member at East Charlotte Presbyterian Church, and along with Central United and Albemarle Rd Presbyterian churches, will help LHCC to grow partnerships and nurture deeper family relationships in east-Charlotte, many of whom know her as she has developed relationships with them while at MAI over the past 5 years. Laura has been involved in our LHCC summer camps at Central United Methodist Church for the past three years.
Ms. Mae – Part-time North-side Community Representative
Ms. Mae has served as a chaplain for LHCC for many years. She was previously a chaplain at a high concentration refugee apartment complex, where she was loved by all the children. She is a retired teacher and it shows. Her attention to detail is unfounded and her love for children is beyond reproach. Ms. Mae was the resident chaplain at Silverstone apartments in the Hidden Valley community. She has over 44 years of experience working with adults and children in various situations requiring care, counseling and prayer support. She is a highly relational resource with the ability to undertake community outreach, volunteer recruiting and training and education with relative ease. Ms. Mae has participated in our summer camp program for many years. Her faith in God is evident in all that she does… with a smile!