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Meet the Team

Benita Williams

Executive Director

Graduate of NC A&T State University. She holds a BA degree in Psychology from that institution and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Benita has worked for Joy A Shabazz Center since 1998, is the Center’s chief decision-maker, and is responsible for the overall management and operations of the Center.

Shana Ayscue

Executive Assistant

She earned a BS degree in Business Administration and certificates in Marketing and Industrial Relations from University of Phoenix, San Diego, CA.  Previously, she provided business development and counseling services for private and public entities. Her area of specialization is government contracting, grant proposals, and customer relations. Her primary role is to assist the Executive Director in program development and outreach activities including resource development, program management, and reporting.

Debora Kidd

Office Assistant

Volunteered with the Joy A. Shabazz Center for over 10 years. She was hired as Part-time Office Assistant and worked with the Center in 2016 until a sequester terminated her position. Debora continued to volunteer with the Center while also providing private duty in-home aid services. Debora was recently re-hired as the Office Assistant and remains dedicated to daily administrative tasks such as receptionist and keeping the Center organized.

Dennis Burgess

Public Education Coordinator

He graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BA degree in Sociology. Recently retired, he continues to volunteer at the Center. He is responsible for disability etiquette training, editing the Self Advocacy Newsletter, creating a disability rights publication, and using local media to educate the community about disability issues.

Jeanine Moran

Regional IL Manager

She has studied Sociology at Alamance Community College and has worked for the Center since 2005. She is an expert on nursing facility transitions and is primarily responsible for options counseling, individual and community advocacy, independent living skills training, I&R, and peer counseling and support.

Jane McDaniel

Disability Advocate

She is a graduate of Rutledge College in Winston-Salem with a degree in Business Management. She has been an entrepreneur for 15 years and a Program Coordinator at Senior Resources of Guilford County. Jane has worked for Joy A Shabazz Center since 2006 and is responsible for providing independent living core services such as individual and community advocacy, independent living skills training, information and referrals and peer counseling and support.

Aaron Shabazz

Community Advocate

He is one of the co-founders of the Center and served as Executive Director for 25 years until his retirement in 2017. He currently identifies community entities not in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, he promotes disability etiquette presentations throughout the service area..

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