PURPOSE

We exist to empower the students of Rowan County as they discover their strengths and establish pathways to their future success by providing access to information, guided experiences, and opportunities to prepare themselves academically, personally and financially.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jessica Vess

Jessica is an alumna of Chowan University and began working at Crosby Scholars in 2013.
Her favorite place to visit is Hawaii. She also enjoys singing and spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and daughter, Josie.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Michelle Strong

Michelle is from Florida, graduated HS in Japan, and is an alumna of Liberty University. Her favorite place is England; she has lived in 3 countries, 9 states, and 1 island. She has 2 Crosby Scholar children, is the youngest of 10, and writes poetry in her free time. You’ll see her at CGMS, CLMS, EMS, SEMS, & WRMS.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL OUTREACH SPECIALIST

Hanson Saryee

Hanson graduated from Salisbury High and is an alumnus of UNC-Pembroke. He is from Philly and loves the Philadelphia Eagles. He played 4 sports (basketball, track, soccer & football) and won 3 state championship rings (track & soccer). You’ll see him at Knox Middle School and North Middle School.

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Eric Brooks

Eric works with grades 9th - 11th. He graduated from Durham School of the Arts and is an alumnus of both Winston-Salem and Appalachian State University. He loves everything Duke basketball, has 2 busy toddlers, and enjoys listening to the Beatles and Jay Z!

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HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH SPECIALIST

Gwynn Shoaf

Gwynne works with grades 9th - 11th. She graduated from WRHS and is an alumna of: USC, UNC-G, UNC-W, and Appalachian State University. She cheered for the University of SC and taught Middle School for 13 years. She enjoys sports, exercising, reading, being outdoors, and playing with her son. She recently learned to scuba dive!

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SENIOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Sarah Featherstone

Sarah works with the 12th grade. She graduated HS in Charlotte and is an alumna of Wingate University. She competed on the swim team. She has 2 Crosby Scholar children, lives on a farm with various animals, loves horseback riding and the outdoors.

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SENIOR PROGRAM CONSULTANT

Mary Allen Conforti

Mary Allen is from Mississippi and is an alumna of Emory University and Duke University. She is a mother of 3 who enjoys hiking, reading non-fiction and biographies. She loves ACC basketball and SEC football.

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KNOWLEDGEABLE

HELPFUL

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