ABW’s mission is to rescue at-risk kids in West Charlotte from lives of despair 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,...

Kamilah North

Kamilah North

Executive Director

Before her time as A Better World’s Program Coordinator, Kamilah attended Western Carolina University and was a professional track and...

Anthony Panciocco

Anthony Panciocco

Program 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

Administrator

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

Teachers

Sheena Harper

Sheena Harper

Teacher

Sheena Harper joined ABW at the beginning of the the 2018 school year. She graduated from Catawba college in 2012...

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Teacher

Brian Miller’s easygoing nature and patience made him an immediate fit at A Better World. Born and raised in Durham,...

Valeen Williams

Valeen Williams

Teacher

Ms. Williams has been a teacher for 16 years-14 in Jamaica and 2 in the United States. Her experience is...

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

Kamilah Tyson
Executive Director

Anthony Panciocco
Program Director

DEAN PURVIS
Bank of America (Retired)
Board Chair

WILLIAM LIPPINCOTT
CannonCassidy
Board Co-Chair

WENDY SMOLEN
Attorney & Community Volunteer
Board Secretary

SANDY MCCASLAN
Christ Resurrection Church
Board Treasurer

GREG CLEWIS
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (Retired)

LAURA GENNINGS
Deloitte Tax

BILL HESTER
Associated Real Estate Advisors

Craig Miller
Community Volunteer

Kristina Hitchens
DeVita Kavanagh

YVETTE PARSONS
Community Volunteer

CATHY PURVIS
Fidelity Investments (Retired)

SEVONE RHYNES
Duke Energy (Retired)

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.