Our Founders

Elston “Skip” Brown: A master, elementary educator with 20+ years of experience changing the trajectory of young people one grade, one student, one year at a time.  His philosophy of education: He strongly believes all children are capable of learning, given the proper motivation and direction from their teachers, families, and the community.  It does take a village!  As a teacher, he is aware of the behaviors, developmental, learning, and motivational theories necessary to assist students excel to their full potential. Skip is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a concentration in Mathematics.  He is also the CEO of Books Boys Read, an organization dedicated to males of color in grades K-8. The mission is to improve boys literacy attainment across the curriculum.

 Dr. Rochelle Newton:  I found Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) (MiS) to address the dilemma people of color experience in STEM.   I am forver changing, like the rock in the water, continuously being washed over.  As the water passes over the rock, it is the rock that changes.  I hold a doctorate in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership.  My dissertation thesis: MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES AND COMPLETION RATES: DOES ACADEMIC READINESS AND ITS FACTORS INFLUENCE COMPLETION RATES IN MOOCS? highlighted the underlying presumption that there is not a one-size-fits-all model in education and became the focus of my career. I have worked in Information Technology (IT) for more than forty years.  I am a writer; a radio host, a mentor, a college adviser, a public speaker, and a diversity counselor.  In addition to education and technology, diversity, pay inequities, food insecurity, and mentorship for women in Information Technology are deeply important to me.   

Carla Nichols: Manager of Information Systems at Duke University School of Nursing. Carla has 20 years of experience in IT, focusing the last 10 years in customer service, infrastructure and security.   She holds a Master's degree in Information Systems and Bachelor's in Computer Science.   In her free time, Carla is very active in mentoring youth in her church.  She co-founded the MiS organization with hopes to mentoring IT professionals in their careers.