It’s all about the people behind the vision.
Ian Joyce - Executive Director
After a life-changing experience studying abroad and working as a reporter in Kosovo, he realized he wanted to make his impact as a leader through teaching. He applied to Teach for America and was accepted as a 2014 Corps Member. Now an Alumni of the Teach for America program, Ian taught US History as a passionate Eastway Jaguar for four years, receiving the 2017 Charlotte Chamber's Young Professional Educator of the Year award. He began working on the GenOne program in his second year of teaching with Founder Greg Gabriel as a CMS District Program, but as the program grew, Ian quickly realized it would not be effective for the students GenOne serves or for the organization to grow meaningfully unless he could run it full-time. As the Executive Director, his favorite component is working with the incredible students and families GenOne serves. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his dog Loki and hiking with his wife Sarah.
Aliyah Turrentine - Program Coordinator
Aliyah Turrentine serves as the Program Coordinator for GenOne. She is a former first generation student herself from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Aliyah earned her Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Psychology and Hispanic Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, and is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Aliyah has served on the Carolina College Advising Corps’ Advisory Board, Carolina First committee, and now will serve on the East Mecklenburg High School Advisory Board. She is a former College Adviser from the Carolina College Advising Corps where she served at Scotland High school from 2017 – 2019. In her spare time Aliyah enjoys spending time with her family, former students, trying new restaurants, and practicing her culinary skills.
Sharon Walker - lead college advisor
Sharon Walker provided counseling services to students and families for 21 years at Providence High School. After serving as a School Counselor for 13 years, she created the Providence College and Career Center in 2011 and transitioned to a new role as the College and Career Counselor. She is a National Certified Counselor, who earned her M Ed in counseling from UNC Charlotte and BA in psychology and Spanish from UNC. Sharon lived in Spain for 3 years and loves speaking Spanish and learning about other cultures. She grew up in a Charlotte and is married with two grown daughters and one adorable grandbaby.
Don Cleven - board chair
Don serves as the Chair of the Board of GenOne. He is a partner at Wedge Capital where he manages an institutional small cap investment strategy. Don is a partner with Social Venture Partners, a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization. He is also a recent addition to the Board of Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend, and serves on the investment committee for St. Olaf College. Don earned a B.A. in Economics at St. Olaf College and MBA/JD at Indiana University at Bloomington.
Michele Amoroso - Treasurer, CPA
Michele serves as Board Treasurer and manages the finances of GenOne, Inc. She has worked with individuals, small businesses and community-based organizations to help manage their operational and finance needs over the past 20+ years. Early in her career, she earned her CPA designation while working at Deloitte in Boston and subsequently moved to corporate accounting at IBM in Cambridge, MA. Michele earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and completed a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University. Michele is a current partner of Social Venture Partners (SVP), a non-profit venture philanthropy organization, and is actively involved in SVP’s SEED20 social innovation programming and annual event.
Katie Gauntner - board member
Katie chairs the fundraising committee for GenOne. She is the Operations Manager for Social Venture Partners (SVP), and a current partner of SVP, a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization. She serves on the fundraising committee for ourBRIDGE for KIDS, and chairs the outreach committee for Hawthorne Lane UMC. Katie holds a BFA degree in Theatre from Webster University, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Maria Lander - board member
Maria serves on the board and is the GenOne parent liaison. Maria is the Dean of Professional Occupations and Public Services at South Piedmont Community College, which serves Anson and Union counties in North Carolina. Maria is a member of the Alliance for Children Board, a non-profit organization that advocates and invests in efforts that strengthen the health, education and emotional development of young children in Union County. Maria is a partner with Social Venture Partners (SVP), a non-profit venture philanthropy organization. Maria earned an EdD degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MA in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, an MA in Educational Media form the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in Computer Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela.
Erin Stubbs - board member
Erin serves on the board of GenOne. She is a board certified Pediatrician currently employed by Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Erin is a partner with Social Venture Partners (SVP), a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization. She also serves on the board of the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool. Erin earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Duke University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Wake Forest University Medical School of Medicine. She completed residency training in General Pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center/Levine Children’s Hospital.
Barlow mann - board member
Corporate Affiliations: McGuireWoods LLP Barlow serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He is an Associate in the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods LLP, an international law firm. In addition to his work with Gen-One, Barlow serves as a Volunteer Attorney Advocate in the Council for Children’s Rights’ Custody Advocacy Program. Barlow earned a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Gregory gabriel - c0-founder
Affiliations: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Gregory is the co-founder of GenOne. Gregory is a secondary mathematics teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Gregory earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie-Mellon University, a MAT degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a National Board Certified Teacher and won multiple Teacher of the Year awards during his 10 years at Eastway Middle School.
scott brennan - board member
Scott is a retired Managing Director from Accenture where he was the global managing director of the Finance and Performance Management practice. Scott has a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University.
carla clements - board member
Carla is a Teach for America alumna who taught at Eastway Middle School. Formerly an associate at Alston & Bird, LLP, she now practices trademark law as an independent contractor. Carla is also a Rodan and Fields consultant. Carla earned a B.A. degree in Public Policy Studies at Duke University and a J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law.
stephanie leo - board member
Stephanie serves on the board and on the event and family programming committee of GenOne. She worked for Bank of America as a commercial lender, and as developer and facilitator of a commercial process training program. She has led capital campaigns for Selwyn Elementary and Alexander Graham Middle Schools, served as AG Middle PTA president, served on the board of her HOA, and currently serves on the board of Barclay Downs Swim and Racquet Club. Stephanie is a partner with Social Venture Partners, a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization. She earned a B.A. degree in Economics from Davidson College.
Myah Davis - board member
Myah serves on the board of GenOne and is a proud educator with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Throughout her twelve years of experience as an educator, Myah has served in several capacities including classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, interventionist, dean, and district program specialist. For several years Myah served with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program overseeing sites in Dallas TX, Jackson, MS, Washington, D.C., and Inglewood, CA. Myah is an advocate for education that reaches all children. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi, and a B.S. in Social Science Education from Jackson State University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, binge-watching shows on Netflix, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Allen, and their two daughters, Amiya and Mileah.
Erika Lopez was born in Mexico City, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. before the age of one. She was raised in Southern California, in the suburb of Orange County in Santa Ana. She is the second oldest of four siblings and a first-generation college graduate in her family. Erika works at U.S. Bank as an Associate Relationship Manager and has led employee giving campaigns in partnership with the United Way of Central Carolinas. She currently serves on the board for the Nosotros Latino Business Resource Group, an affinity group at U.S. Bank. She enjoys giving back to the community and knows the importance of having mentors and strong role models who can pave the way for others. Erika earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Fullerton.