OUR PEOPLE

CHALIS SLEDGE HENDERSON

Executive Director

Chalis is a native of Warren County and currently resides in Granville county.  She has always had a heart for community service and students. She graduated from Warren County High School in 2007 and pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a highly involved student leader, she accomplished much success at UNCC. After graduating Cum Laude from UNCC, she studied Student Affairs Administration and received her Master of Arts degree in May, 2013 from Michigan State University. While at MSU, she travelled to Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy where she studied Dimensions of Cultural Leadership with Loyola University Chicago. She is a 2019 graduate of the Rural Economic Development Institute hosted by the NC Rural Center.   

 

In 2011, she founded the Chalis D. Sledge (now Chalis Sledge Henderson) Scholarship Foundation and has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to students who engage in service to their community, church, and institution of higher learning.

 

Chalis is also the Founder of the Redefine Philanthropy campaign, a social campaign with a vision to change the face of philanthropy. The mission of the campaign is to inspire and empower individual and family philanthropy.

As Executive Director of Turning Point Community Development Corporation, her goal is to see this organization become a hub of resources that challenges our community to grow and reach its maximum potential. One of her favorite quotes is “no one reaches low standards." She hopes to continue to be a motivating force in the community and provide support to those who wish to reach their highest potential.

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KATE DELAHANTY

Community Outreach Coordinator

Kate is originally from Greensboro, NC and currently lives in Raleigh. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in May 2021, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She also completed minors in Journalism and Psychology. Kate joined Turning Point CDC as an intern in March 2021 and enjoyed it so much, she transitioned to full-time in July 2021! During her internship, she completed an 8-week training series called Future Rural Nonprofit Leaders.

 

Kate has a passion for community work and began volunteering at a young age. She loves storytelling and is grateful to incorporate this into her job — whether it be through our newsletters, social posts, media coverage, or connecting with other awesome organizations. She also loves photography and snapping pictures for Turning Point's social media pages is one of her favorite parts of the job. She's excited to be working with an organization that is dedicated to providing important resources for the rural NC community and thankful for this opportunity!

KIMIKO WILLIAMS

President

Kimiko Williams is a native of Nottoway, Virginia. She is a 1997 graduate of Virginia State University (Home of the Trojans) and a 2013 graduate of Grand Canyon University where she earned her Master's in Early Childhood Education. Kimiko serves as the Director of Child Care Resource & Referral of FGV Smart Start. Kimiko enjoys traveling to the beach year-round, spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and cooking. Kimiko is married to Maurice Williams and has one son. She resides in Warren County, North Carolina. 

CARLTON J. TERRY, III

Secretary

Carlton J. Terry III is a native of Warren County. He teaches history at Henderson Collegiate High School and is a Minister at Universal Mission Apostolic Church in Warrenton, NC. He has a passion for the development of people through education. He is deeply committed to the economic and educational empowerment of communities in Warren, Vance, Granville, and Franklin counties.

CAMILLE JOHNSON

Board Member

Camille Johnson is a native of New York and currently resides in Vance County. She is currently the branch manager of Woodforest National Bank in Henderson, NC. Camille considers herself to be a passionate community servant. she has the ability to motivate and inspire. She takes pride in engaging in community outreach.  Camille is pleased to work with Turning Point CDC knowing that she is involved with an organization that benefits the community in which she works and lives.

BRAXTON M. HENDERSON

Board Member

Dr. Braxton M. Henderson is a native of Memphis, TN. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Biological Sciences. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and completed extensive training in a 3-year postdoctoral anesthesia residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Henderson founded Southern Office-Based Anesthesia to increase access to high quality and comfortable dental care for all patients. Dr. Henderson currently resides in Granville county and enjoys running, playing basketball, traveling, and barbecuing

DONNAMARIE NEWKIRK

Board Member

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AQUERIA HARGROVE

Director of Educational Programs

Aqueria is a native of Warren County and currently resides in Vance County. She has always had a love for learning and developing our youth in multiple aspects. She graduated from Warren County High School in 2006 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Birth to Kindergarten Education with a concentration in Early Intervention from Winston-Salem State University.  After graduating Cum Laude from WSSU, she continued to pursue higher learning. Aqueria is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Education from Capella University which focuses on Special Education. Aqueria is certified in Adaptive Sports, CPR and First Aid. 

Aqueria has served as a teacher and STEAM coordinator in Vance County Schools for 3 years and established multiple STEAM programs including STEAM and SCREAM, STEM Fair and Henderson Got Talent.  She also taught 3rd grade in Franklin county and had a 100% pass rate for the Math EOG and 75% pass rate for the Reading EOG. Her love for education extends outside of the classroom onto the softball/baseball field. She uses her spare time to train young athletes and help coach them to their highest potential.

As the Director of Educational Programs at Turning Point Community Development Corporation, Aqueria will design and implement educational programs that provide students in our region access to different learning styles/opportunities, academic support, and a safe environment to learn and grow. Ultimately she will support our students as they overcome challenge and develop strategies to seek academic excellence.  Aqueria will lead the Creating Success Mobile Learning Lab, Creating Success Education Center, and STEAM Dreams. 

KIMIKO WILLIAMS

President

Kimiko Williams is a native of Nottoway, Virginia. She is a 1997 graduate of Virginia State University (Home of the Trojans) and a 2013 graduate of Grand Canyon University where she earned her Master's in Early Childhood Education. Kimiko serves as the Director of Child Care Resource & Referral of FGV Smart Start. Kimiko enjoys traveling to the beach year-round, spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and cooking. Kimiko is married to Maurice Williams and has one son. She resides in Warren County, North Carolina. 

CARLTON J. TERRY, III

Secretary

Carlton J. Terry III is a native of Warren County. He teaches history at Henderson Collegiate High School and is a Minister at Universal Mission Apostolic Church in Warrenton, NC. He has a passion for the development of people through education. He is deeply committed to the economic and educational empowerment of communities in Warren, Vance, Granville, and Franklin counties.

CAMILLE JOHNSON

Board Member

Camille Johnson is a native of New York and currently resides in Vance County. She is currently the branch manager of Woodforest National Bank in Henderson, NC. Camille considers herself to be a passionate community servant. she has the ability to motivate and inspire. She takes pride in engaging in community outreach.  Camille is pleased to work with Turning Point CDC knowing that she is involved with an organization that benefits the community in which she works and lives.

BRAXTON M. HENDERSON

Board Member

Dr. Braxton M. Henderson is a native of Memphis, TN. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Biological Sciences. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and completed extensive training in a 3-year postdoctoral anesthesia residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Henderson founded Southern Office-Based Anesthesia to increase access to high quality and comfortable dental care for all patients. Dr. Henderson currently resides in Granville county and enjoys running, playing basketball, traveling, and barbecuing.

NIKI ALSTON

Board Member

Niki Alston is a native of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and currently resides in Vance County. She is a 2009 graduate of Southeastern University (DC), and a 2019 graduate of the Rural Economic Development Institute with the NC Rural Center. Niki serves as a member of the WOW Coalition with Granville-Vance Public Health, and a member of the Community-Wide Advisory Committee with Henderson-Vance. Niki is a mother of three, 2 daughters and one son, respectively, and she thrives off being a lifelong learner who gives and shares almost everything she acquires with her children and community, hoping to enhance the lives of everyone she encounters. Niki strongly lives her life with the goal of creating and being the change she wants to see in the world.

CHERRELLE LAWRENCE

Board Member

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