Meet The Team at Transforming Youth Movement
Director of Operations
I share my last name with my husband Michael and six children: Kayla, Ray, Jasonna, Armani, Will and Jaden. I am a native of Winston-Salem who relocated south to Concord, NC nearly twenty years ago and I work with TYM as the Program Director for SHIFT. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in Sociology and Latin American Studies and participated in Nonprofit Management graduate programs at UNCC and Duke University. I am determined to love the unlovable and reach the unreachable. I hope that the light in me will flow like a river of reconciliation to those who have been rejected and refused. I am glad to fill the role of Good Samaritan when the opportunity presents itself, but more importantly, I feel called to challenge societal structures and strongholds that leave people broken as they make their journey on life’s highway.
Program Administrator, Community Service
My name is Crystal Whitfield and I graduated from UNCC with a BA in Sociology and concentration in Adolescent Psychology and Criminology. I am a US Army Police Veteran of 11 years and have been an ordained youth pastor for 7 years. One of my greatest strengths is that I am a dedicated worker and mother. I love rainbows, frogs, and one day hope to pet a cow! My personal mantra would be, “Don’t try to figure me out…just love me.”
Community Service Coordinator
My name is Michael Chambers. I have a BA in Sociology from UNCC and have also studied at Winston Salem State University. I am a Youth Counselor for the State of NC along with being a Qualified Professional, Behavioral Modification Technician and Community Support Technician.
I am currently serving as Program Administrator for Davidson County Restitution and Community Service. I joined TYM because I have a heart of compassion for others and was looking for a way to give back to our community by offering my time, talents and services for our at-risk youth. My favorite things are my Faith, my family and my friends. I love traveling to the islands, and watching our Carolina Tar Heels or Carolina Panthers!
Program Administrator, Mentoring
My name is Rachelle Morrow, I’m a single mother to two amazing daughters and Head of Mentoring Admin for Cabarrus, Union and Forsyth Counties. I am originally from Winston-Salem, NC (“Tre Fo”), but my dream is to go to Northern Africa and visit indigenous communities. Some passions of mine are youth empowerment, crafting, and rewatching A Walk to Remember for the 500th time. If I had to choose a favorite quote it would be: “Not all who wander are lost.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”-Martin Luther King Jr. This question is one that has served as the impetus behind much of who I have become and continues to motivate me in my current role as Mentor Coordinator for Transforming Youth Movement. The journey to help others began over 10 years ago when I became a firefighter for the city of Charlotte, and it was while serving the citizens of Charlotte that I became acutely aware of the need for youth to have positive influences and positive experiences in their life. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my son, sports, and spending time in nature and the outdoors.
My name is Nikki Santiago and I am a 24-year-old woman who believes wholeheartedly in the power of uplifting others. I’m very passionate about investing in our youth, and anything involving carbs or the pursuit of southern cooking. I’m a graduate of UNC Charlotte, a Mentoring Lead for Cabarrus County, and have previously worked with middle and high school students in Cabarrus County for over 2 years. One of my favorite pieces of guidance I’ve read/received is Proverbs 27:19: “as water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
My name is Dwayne Carter, my friends call me “D”, those closest to me call me Wayne. I am a proud father of 3 and I love sports, especially basketball in which I still coach from time to time. I am a Navy veteran, and I have a passion for kids. I am a Team Leader for an international company called Valspar, in which I’ve been employed for more than 14 years. I am the Lead Facilitator in Forsyth County for TYM!
My name is Keir A. Dixon. I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have a fifteen-year-old son, Noah. I graduated from WSSU and work for Hanesbrands, in Distribution. I enjoy coaching youth basketball, sports trivia and collecting music. I like to live by “DON’T COUNT THE DAYS, MAKE THE DAYS COUNT!” – Muhammad Ali
I am a native of Winston-Salem NC with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Former UNC football player and current business owner, I can relate to both on and off the field life challenges. I am a college advisor and former high school teacher with a love for computer graphics and leadership coaching. Working with TYM gives me the opportunity to give back to my community, empower tomorrow's leaders and leave a legacy that will live forever.
My name is Tory Hunt. I was born and raised in Ohio. I married my beautiful wife in May of 2015, and we recently moved to North Carolina last November to take on the position of being Children Pastors and Operation Directors for Crossroads Church NC. I started working with Shift on July 1st, and I am looking forward to running alongside each team member and mentee. I love to speak life, build identity, and create an environment that empowers others to walk in their dreams. My passions: I love being a husband and a father more than anything; that will always be my life’s ministry. I love playing video games, watching movies, going for walks and hikes, playing sports and spending time with family and friends.
Hello! My name is Miranda, I’m studying Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I started in Transforming Youth last year and hope to continue working with our youth in the future. I enjoy reading, hiking, listening to music and running with my pit bull, Bonnie. I also enjoy trying new thing and traveling!
Program Administrator, Community Service
Kimberly is originally from Syracuse NY with one daughter, Cydnie. She has a background in Banking, Administration and Non-Profit as well as a degree in Retail Merchandising Management. Kimberly is the Founder and Executive Director of a youth-based organization that helps teens to find their purpose through music and arts, and she brings a wellspring of knowledge to her role. As Resource Coordinator for TYM, Kimberly is responsible for building community resources and TYM’s volunteer pool and has an extensive background in youth and community advocacy.
Community Service Peer-Facilitator
My name is Jaylen Lesane, a high school senior at Butler High School and am a Peer Mentor/Facilitator for Transforming Youth Movement Inc. My dream is to further my education at a college/university that allows me to play football and/or wrestling. I have strong leadership qualities that I choose to use to inspire my generation to pursue their dreams.
Community Service Coordinator
My name is Sherry Lindsay. I am currently the Community Service/Restitution Lead Facilitator for Davidson County, District 22. My passion is working with juveniles and their parents/guardians to make their lives more productive. I have spent the last seven years working in this capacity. I find this work rewarding because of the positive results that I am able to achieve.