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.
Judy GinyardJudy was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but was raised in a small rural town called Winnsboro. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University and her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University. She has served in the United States Army Reserves since 2006 and currently holds the position of a Battalion S-1 NCO at her unit. When asked why she is so energetic and bubbly, she credits it to her two amazing children and husband. When she is not working, Judy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, shopping, and partaking in outdoor adventures.
Ramona AlstonRamona was born and raised in the town of McClellanville in Charleston County, South Carolina. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and from Webster University with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. She is the mother of a very vibrant elementary schooler who inspires her daily to cultivate the best parts of herself. She is truly motivated by heart-centered work and holistic (mind, body, soul) wellness. In her free time, she enjoys being out in nature, listening to music, reading, and sharing time with supportive family and friends.
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.”
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.
Christine StilwellChristine Stilwell, is the Operations Director of the Lawrence E. White Family Foundation. Christine has a 25-year background with non-profit programming. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Economics, Christine is a past Children’s Home Society Volunteer of the Year and a Junior League of Greater Orlando Chapin - Hood Award winner for community involvement. Christine is a Certified Addictions Prevention Professional through the Florida Certification Board, Chair of the Orange County Drug Office Education Committee, Board Member of the Seminole Prevention Coalition and longtime member of the Junior League of Central Florida where she served four years as a Board Member and as the Vice-President of Community.