Meet Our Board of Directors
Ms. Imani Abraham
Imani Abraham is a native of Greensboro, NC. She is a 2017 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Sports Science. While attending NCAT , Imani was a member of the Track and Field team and the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. After graduating with her bachelors, Imani went on to receive her Masters of Teaching Degree in Education. Imani began her Career in Baltimore, Maryland at an All Boys charter school where she taught 4th, 5th, and 7th grade Math.
Currently, Imani is an educator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where she teaches 5th grade science. Imani is also a makeup artist and is the creator of Rose Artistry MUA. She also owns the makeup brand The Blink Queen, a brand catered to making ALL women feel comfortable in their beauty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Shabaza Vaird
Shabaza Vaird is a native of Greensboro, NC. Upholding tradition he attended North Carolina A&T State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He later received a Master of Education in Elementary Education from High Point University. Currently, he is a candidate at Gardner-Webb University for a Master of Executive Leadership. He currently serves as a Curriculum and Instructional Coach for Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, NC. Locally, he has served as the resident stage manager at the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, NC and various productions across North Carolina. With a passion for education and the arts, he is excited to serve with Chosen Productions.