A Bettter World’s mission is to UPLIFT UNDER-SERVED YOUTH IN WEST CHARLOTTE FROM A LIFE OF ADVERSITY BY ENRICHING THEIR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.

Leadership Team

Pastor Ken Gilliard

Pastor Ken founded A Better World in 2001 with the vision that giving kids a safe place to go and learn after school, while also helping their families by giving them invaluable tools and resources, would better the community as a whole. Every day, Pastor Ken is mentoring, watching over and teaching the kids of A Better World life lessons that will serve them academically,...

Anthony Panciocco

Anthony Panciocco

Program And Communications Director

Anthony was born in Danvers, Massachusetts and attended the University of Maine, graduating with a degree in Journalism in 2016....

Britannia Glover

Britannia Glover

Kitchen

Britannia’s spirit and laugh are what make snack and dinner time special for the kids. She has an innate ability...

Beyonka Fulton

Beyonka Fulton

Administrative And Fundraising Director

Beyonka is a South Carolina native who has lived in Charlotte for three years now. She graduated from Clemson and...

Pastor Ken Gilliard

Pastor Ken Gilliard

Founder

Pastor Ken founded A Better World in 2001 with the vision that giving kids a safe place to go and...

Teachers

Valene Williams

Valene Williams

Grades K-2

Valene has been a teacher at A Better World for two years now. She has a gift for connecting with...

Jarrika Kirkpatrick

Jarrika Kirkpatrick

Teacher

Ms. Kirkpatrick, or Ms. K to the kids, is a teacher at Olympic High School. She enjoys helping the kids...

DeAndria Lewis

DeAndria Lewis

Teacher

DeAndria joined us in February of 2020 and has made an instant impact on our community. DeAndria graduated from Winston-Salem...

Carol Bates

Carol Bates

Teacher

Carol Bates grew up in Cincinatti, Ohio and attended Miami University, graduating with a degree in Library Science. After working...

A Better World Sponsors

Board Members

KEN GILLIARD
Founder

WILLIAM LIPPINCOTT
CannonCassidy

CATHY PURVIS
Fidelity Investments (Retired)
Board Chair

WENDY SMOLEN
Attorney & Community Volunteer
Board Secretary

SANDY MCCASLAN
Christ Resurrection Church
Board Treasurer

BILL HESTER
Associated Real Estate Advisors

CRAIG MILLER
Community Volunteer
Board Co-Chair

KRISTINA HITCHENS
DeVita Kavanagh Dotson, of Northwestern Mutual

DEAN PURVIS
Bank of America (Retired)
Past Board Chair

YVETTE PARSONS
Community Volunteer

KIM DEATON
Community Volunteer

THOM KLINGMAN
CBI

CARL FOCHLER
Real Estate Developer

Join Our Team!

Anybody can volunteer to work with kids in A Better World from the hours of 2:30-6:00 Monday-Friday. Volunteers can become a reading buddy, work with kids as a one-on-one tutor or help teachers as a classroom assistant. If you can’t make a weekly commitment, we also need volunteers to assist in our Family Fun nights once a month on Thursdays through the school months from 6-8:30p.