Shaping Charleston’s Future
By connecting underprivileged children to available resources, we are creating a better community for all
At Charleston Promise Neighborhood, we know children have a better chance for a bright future when they have access to quality education, health care and community support. For many families and children in disinvested neighborhoods, access to these resources is severely limited. Parents – despite wanting the best for their children – face greater challenges and inequity simply because of their zip code.
We believe in treating the whole child through education, health services and supporting families and the community. Since 2010, we’ve collaborated with four early learning and elementary schools in under-resourced Charleston neighborhoods.
Will you join us in transforming an entire generation? Working together, we can ensure our children continue to progress academically and are ready to contribute to our community’s workforce and economy.
Chief Executive Officer
Sherrie joined Charleston Promise Neighborhood in 2012 as CEO, and now has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management with local, grassroots and national membership organizations. Sherrie grew up in similar circumstances to that of families in the Promise Neighborhood. “I think I had the same things most kids in The Neck have: hardworking, caring parents; a strong church community; two or three teachers who encouraged me; discipline; and a dream to do more and be more,” she notes. It is Sherrie’s mission to make sure the children in our neighborhood are prepared with the tools that they need to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Even outside of work, she doesn’t slow down. Sherrie remains active with her church and sorority, serves as a reading coach, loves the game of tennis, and enjoys all adventures with her daughter and hubby. On the rare occasion that she has any, Sherrie enjoys spending her free time reading thrillers and romance novels.
VP, Operations & Programs
Jill has a degree in hospitality management and enjoyed a successful career in marketing and strategic planning in the for-profit sector before joining the nonprofit world. Having grown up in a home where education was highly prioritized, she is very passionate about every child, regardless of their socio-economic status, having equal access to opportunity and education. This is why she works every day to make sure the children in our neighborhood have all the tools necessary to flourish and prosper. The days of Jill performing trapeze stunts might be over, but you will still find her hitting a ball around on the golf course, curled up with a good book, or somewhere on the globe getting exposed to a new culture.
Director of Programs
Director of Operations
Director of Marketing & Philanthropy
Djuanna is a Lowcountry native, graduate of the University of South Carolina, and has more than twenty-five years of service in social services and nonprofit organizations. Djuanna understands the need for providing programs and opportunities that help people to feel safe within their communities; provide access to health services and affordable housing; access to quality education, and the opportunity to earn fair and equitable wages. She also understands and supports the call for racial justice and equity in all things. Djuanna believes that diverse teams are more creative, which makes for enhanced problem solving. When not working, she’s writing fiction, reading, running (or feeling guilty for not running), or pampering her inner foodie at some great restaurant. SPURS UP!
Manager of Marketing & Philanthropy
Abby is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in experimental psychology and marketing. Before joining the team at Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Abby spent five years working for Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, in various roles from conservation education to donor relations. It was through advocating for the natural world that she recognized her passion for nonprofit development and desire to make a difference. Abby believes that all individuals, regardless of their circumstances, deserve to live a full and happy life and have equal access to opportunities and resources that help them do so. When not in the office, Abby can be found at home spoiling her special needs cat, Freddie Purrcury, watching a nature documentary, listening to showtunes, or nerding-out at Walt Disney World!
School Engagement Program Manager
Eduardo, affectionately known as Eddie, is passionate about his community and people that he serves. Born and raised in the Lowcountry, Eddie has deep roots in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and various organizations in the area. He grew up playing football and earned a scholarship to play at the college level and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. He later earned his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. Before joining the team, Eddie worked with the East Side Community of Downtown Charleston specializing in programs for the St. Julian Devine Center, where he served as manager. Eddie enjoys spending time with his family and making memories with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters, Olivia and Cora Jane. Eddie is a firm believer in the strength of relationships as it relates to bettering communities and the children within them. Being on the CPN team feeds his calling to promote equity and the responsibility families and schools have for their children, as well as the necessary roles each of us have in bettering our future and recognizing our future is held in our next generation.
Community Engagement Program Manager
KJ is a native of North Charleston, SC, a product of Charleston County Schools and a proud graduate of South Carolina State University; Home of the Mighty Bulldogs and the Mighty 101. As the Community Engagement Program Manager, KJ works with the adult residents in the community to support them in organizing around the issues that matter to them. Bringing people together is KJ’s passion. In addition to his role with CPN, he has proven an ability to build community online via food. Through his initiative called “Black Food Fridays”, he encourages the community to purchase food and beverages from Black owned businesses every Friday. When not meeting with community members and partners, KJ can be found making loose leaf tea, giving Soul Food tours for Charleston Wine + Food, trying to read all of Octavia Butler’s books, and debating which shoes to purchase next!
Isabelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Isabelle worked for the Virginia Department of Health where she witnessed firsthand the importance of education in shaping young people’s lives. Isabelle joined CPN through the AmeriCorps VISTA program with the belief that “education for all” is the first step to supporting communities and making a lasting impact in the lives of those she serves. When Isabelle is not in the office, she spends much of her time exploring her new home of Charleston with her four-legged best friend, Milo (especially the beach), unless there’s Hokie football game when she can be found at home on the couch!
Intern, College of Charleston
Ashley was born and raised in Suffield, Connecticut. She graduated from Suffield High School and is currently a senior at the College of Charleston. She is working on obtaining a degree in Public Health and Hospital Services and Management. She hopes to pursue a career in the development of medical services in underdeveloped counties. In her down time, Ashley likes to go to the beach with her friends and go to the gym!
Intern, Trident Technical College
Darrisha was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She is the youngest of 5 with two brothers and two sisters. In 2018, she graduated from Hanahan High School and is currently attending Trident Technical College where she is working on obtaining her associates degree in Human Services. Darrisha is a strong advocate for the mental health of children. She hopes to pursue her long-held ambitions of working with kids and becoming a children’s therapist. With the support of her parents and siblings, she continues to strive for greatness. In her leisure time, Darrisha enjoys reading, studying African American history, and sewing.