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Meet Our Board of Directors

Mrs. Desirée Best

Mrs. Desirée F. Best is a native of Greensboro, NC and a graduate of James Benson Dudley Senior High School and Winston-Salem State University – Bachelor of Science in Intermediate Ewas certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the area of Early Adolescence/English Language Arts. She was voted James B. Dudley High School Teacher of the Year during her first year of employment as a secondary English instructor (2003-04) and then named Guilford County High School Teacher of the Year in September 2003. During her tenure as an educator in both Greensboro City Schools and Guilford County Schools, Desirée coached cheerleading and girls’ track on the middle school level. At Dudley, she served as a mentor for new teachers and a faculty academic coach. Desirée also worked diligently as a school leadership team grade level representative, team leader, faculty council member for the Dudley National Honor Society, Junior Marshals advisor, and UMOJA Male Step Team advisor. She was appointed by Guilford County Schools’ Office of Induction and Success to be a model classroom presenter for first-year English teachers.

 

Furthermore, Desirée served the district by working on a committee to develop resources for the English I curriculum. Her positive impact on students garnered her recognition in the book Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on more than one occasion. In June 2010, after 27 years in the classroom, Desirée made a bittersweet decision to trade her classroom at Dudley for an office on West Washington Street and embark upon a new career as a curriculum specialist for secondary English.

 

Desirée retired from Guilford County Schools in 2013 and currently tutors part-time at Jackson Middle School. She was also a candidate for Guilford County Board of Education District 4 for the 2018 General Election. Desirée is the proud wife of Captain Durwood Best of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and mother to two fellow Guilford County educators: Jenise Best and Denorris Best.

Ms. LaKeyia Sampson

LaKeyia T. Sampson is a native a High Point, NC. She is a proud alumnus of the Catamount Land, Western Carolina University, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She also holds a Master of Secondary Education degree and currently serves as a Career Development Coordinator but above all, and Educator and Student Advocate. She is a lover of God and people, especially young adults and her immediate family, all things blingy, and any activity that she can participate in on an island. She is a proud mommy to the best baby ever, Miss Jewel rose, and lives by Jeremiah 29:11 and the quote, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated”- Oscar Wilde

Jassminn McIver-Jones, Esq.

Attorney Jassminn McIver-Jones is a native of Greensboro, NC and a graduate of James D. Dudley High School. In 2011, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies. In 2015, Attorney McIver-Jones received her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law in Durham, NC. While attending NCCU School of Law, she served as a Constitutional Law tutor, a student mentor, and a member and President of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. As a student at NCCU School of Law, Attorney McIver-Jones worked with the school’s Domestic Violence Clinic, advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence for domestic violence protective orders in Durham County Domestic Violence Court.

 

Currently, Attorney McIver-Jones is licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina and is employed with Lincoln Financial in their Legal Department. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association and the 18th Judicial District Bar Association. 

 

Attorney McIver-Jones' commitment and enthusiasm for Chosen Productions, Inc. stems from the various obstacles she faced as a first-generation college student and obstacles she continues to face as an African-American woman in the professional community. She is of the affirmative belief that "exposure expands expectation." She believes through organizations such as Chosen Productions, Inc., young African-American ladies will be exposed to opportunities necessary for nurturing leadership and professional skills, build self-confidence, cultivate personal growth, and ultimately prepare them to be whatever they want to be in life. 

Ms. Chassity Coston

Ms. Chassity Coston is a native of Jacksonville, North Carolina. She is a 2010 Centennial Alumnus of North Carolina Central University, and a 2017 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From these prestigious institutions, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Middle Grades Education with a double-concentration in Mathematics and English, as well as her Master of School Administration degree, respectively. After teaching middle and high school for 6 years, Ms. Coston is now an Assistant Principal in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district. Ms. Coston's future aspirations are to become a principal, school district superintendent, and someday, a collegiate chancellor or president after completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

 

Aside from her career aspirations, Ms. Coston has participated in several pageants throughout her life thus far, including the Miss Black and Gold Pageant for the Gamma Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, as well as the Miss Black North Carolina USA pageant. Previous titles held by Ms. Coston include: Miss Black Durham USA 2014, Miss 1941, and Miss National Council of Negro Women, just to name a few. Even though she currently does not hold a title, Ms. Coston aims everyday to actively fulfill her platform and purpose of education, African American advancement, holistic and mental health & wellness, and young ladies' development within North Carolina and beyond. 

 

Ms. Coston is member of the North Carolina Association of Educators, as well as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, Ms. Coston enjoys mentoring, cooking, traveling, music & dancing, playing with her dog, Sasha, and spending time with family & friends. Ms. Coston considers herself a servant and ambassador of change, a lifelong learner, and blessed and highly favored for all that life has afforded her; she is elated to serve as a Board Member for Chosen Productions, Incorporated.

Dr. Johnette McCain

Dr. Johnette Atkinson McCain is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is a magna cum laude graduate and former Miss North Carolina Central University 1996-97 where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with teacher certification. Dr. McCain earned a Master of Science in Biology (concentration-molecular and cellular biology) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, her work in cancer biology was published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods. She has worked in Guilford County Schools since 1998 as a teacher at Lincoln Middle and James Benson Dudley High School and has been the Director of the Early College Academies at Dudley High since 2003. In addition to being academy director, she is the District K-12 Science Central Office Coordinator.

 

Dr. McCain received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Teacher Education (formerly Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The topic of her research was “You’ve Got to Want to Do: The Construction of Academic Identity Among African American High School Adolescents.” She is married to Mr. Brian McCain, principal of Nathanael Greene Elementary, and the proud mother of an eleven year-old daughter, Briana and six year-old son, Johnathan. Dr. McCain enjoys music, church, public speaking, event planning, consultative work, and sports.

Ms. Jarvaé Mims

Ms. Jarvae Mims is a native of Augusta, GA but has spent the majority of her life in Greensboro, NC. She is a proud 2006 graduate of James Benson Dudley Senior High School. While attending DHS, Jarvae was a member of several campus organizations including the DHS Marching Band of Thunder and President of Elite Modeling Troupe. Upon graduation, Jarvae went on to attend Benedict College in Columbia, SC. and later attended Bennett College to pursue a degree in Social Work. Jarvae is an active member of her community and church ministry, and loves to care for her loved ones.

Mr. Parrish Walker

Mr. Parrish Walker is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. After graduating from James B. Dudley High School, Parrish attended Roanoke College where he completed his bachelor’s degree in English. Upon graduation, Parrish jump-started a career as an educator in the Guilford County School system. While teaching in GCS Parrish also co-founded a non-profit organization charged with the task of providing resources, funding, and community outreach events for Dudley High School and surrounding feeding schools. Parrish is currently serving as an investigator for the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office. He still has a passion for educational reform and currently serves as the Jomowork’s LLC Relationship Manager. 

Sgt. First Class
India Whitsett-Hall

Sergeant First Class India D. Whitsett-Hall is a native of Greensboro, NC.  She is currently attending American Military University where she is actively pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management.  India is active duty military and is currently serving in the United States Army.  She currently holds the rank of Sergeant First Class and she works as a Senior Human Resources Sergeant.  While in the Army, India has earned several awards and recognitions to include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal as well as completed a 12-month tour to Bagram, Afghanistan.  India is also a member of the military sorority Kappa Epsilon Psi.  Currently India is an Equal Opportunity Advisor stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana.  Her life’s mission is to continue to give back to the community through mentorship and community service.  She actively volunteers her time coaching youth sports such as basketball and soccer, and participates in Army mentorship programs for females within her organization.

 

To date, India has nine years of Human Resources experience as well as two years of experience in the bodybuilding realm.  She believes that bodybuilding is a very scrutinized sport that many do not understand, but has the ability to have a major impact on anyone involved.  In her own words, “A person who can truly love themselves and not be afraid to be different are the true trendsetters.”  India believes that fitness can lead to longer lives and positive self-esteem.  She also believes that mentorship is another thing that has the ability to change someone’s life.  “Not everyone has the support system they want, so when others step up to provide a positive image it not only becomes appreciative, it is cherished.”