AOK Scholars has a team of dedicated staff who provide coaching and financial support to help remove barriers to graduation.
Ashlee KellyAshlee was born in Orlando, FL, but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland from the age of 6 months. She attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. She is married and has a young son which keeps her on her toes and constantly moving! When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking her son to the playground or on walks.
Christina RoachChristina is a third generation Floridian who grew up in South Florida. She attended University of Florida where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, English Literature and Anthropology. She has spent most of her professional life in various parts of the country and world as an outdoor educator and program coordinator, facilitating experiences that encourage social-emotional learning, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Christina strives to work towards a more equitable, just, and transformative world. She enjoys outdoors activities, playing with her nephews and niece, gardening, movement practices and reading.
Ilisa PattersonIlisa was born in Vicenza, Italy, but was raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She graduated from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). She has worked in various educational capacities at institutions ranging from intermediate to post-secondary level. Ilisa hopes to use her knowledge of the Florida campuses to help her Scholars succeed. She loves spending time with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys bargain hunting/shopping, reading, and binge-watching movies and shows on Netflix.
Kelsey BartleyKelsey was raised in a military family and grew up traveling and moving with her father’s various assignments. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s Degree in Management with a focus on nonprofits and fundraising. As a former consultant on organizational management and strategic planning, she enjoys working with people and organizations to maximize their potential through a holistic approach. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, being outside, and trying new restaurants. Kelsey currently serves as the Program Supervisor of the AOK Scholars Program.
Te-Sharie SpauldingTe-sharie was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and her Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration. As a first-generation graduate, her mission is to reciprocate the support given to her during her matriculation as a college student. In her spare time, she serves as a Guardian Ad Litem: mentoring and connecting with youth in foster care. Her motto is to “Live life one step at a time; yet plan for tomorrow and DO NOT BE AFRAID TO DREAM.”