Board of Directors


Arlena Hawthorne

Finance Senior Leader, Treasury

“In order to create safer and economically viable communities where we live, work, and play, we need to prepare current and future leaders at all levels on how to become more effective by providing training in areas such as civic engagement, economic empowerment, and volunteerism to help them solve problems and create meaningful solutions.


Angela Jeter

Retired Educator

“Next Level Leadership will bridge the gap, between those individuals who are just getting involved in their communities, while having the opportunity to network with seasoned community leaders.”


Ronnie Devine

Assistant Director, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” Next Level Leadership, Inc. will develop leaders like Dr. King who can lead our communities and this nation.


Doris Shivers

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Grant Specialist

Leadership to me means working as a team to achieve a common goal with integrity and recognizing individual strengths so each team member feels valued.

Morgan Hinton

Data Analyst, Premier Inc

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change we seek." - Barack Obama

Chris Solomon

Onboarding and Development Program Manager, GoHealth

“I believe greatness in leadership is directly correlated to one’s willingness and capacity to be of service to others.”

Dana Sidberry

Owner/CEO, Motivation Marketing Firm

“Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word" -Brian Tracy

Stephanie McKinney

Executive Coordinator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Leadership is bigger than leading others. Leadership is the power to influence and motivate others to a better version of themselves. Leadership is not about the role it is always about the goal.

Jamea Simmons

Team Manager, GoHealth - Captive Medicare Division

Leadership is about cultivating growth in others; it serving, empowering, impacting, influencing, and inspiring. Leadership is leaving a legacy.