Say Yes Guilford Adds Three to Leadership Team

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Say Yes Guilford Adds Three to Leadership Team

GREENSBORO, NC (February 3, 2016) – The leadership team of Say Yes Guilford, the nonprofit partnership that provides scholarships and support services to Guilford County Schools’ students, grew today with the addition of a Communications Director, Engagement Director, and Data and Evaluation Director. The staff members complete the leadership team of Mary Vigue, the Executive Director of Say Yes Guilford, as the organization prepares to award “last-­dollar” tuition and other postsecondary scholarships to members of the Guilford County Schools’ Class of 2016.

Joining Say Yes from Guilford County Schools is Keith G. Pemberton. A High Point resident and long-­time school social worker, including most recently at Oak Hill Elementary School, Pemberton will take on the duties of Student and Family Service and Engagement Director. In his role, he will be responsible for creating relationships between Say Yes Guilford and Guilford County families and other key community groups.

Bringing nearly 18 years of public relations and communications experience to Say Yes Guilford is Donnie Turlington, who will serve as Director of Communications. Turlington, who resides in High Point, has worked for the City of Greensboro since 2010 in a variety of communications roles, most recently serving as the director of communications and marketing. For Say Yes, he will oversee all aspects of the organization’s local communications, including strategic planning, media, social media, web, and advertising.

Casey Harris joins Say Yes Guilford from the City of Durham where she has served as business services manager since October of 2012. She has over eight years of experience managing and evaluating public sector resources and performance. For Say Yes, she will oversee data management and the rollout of the student monitoring system.

The trio is expected to officially start work for Say Yes later in February. “Along with the many other members and member organizations of the Say Yes Guilford partnership, I look forward to working with each of these talented and experienced individuals to support and create opportunities for students and their families,’’ Vigue said.

Gene Chasin, the Chief Operating Officer of Say Yes to Education’s national organization, said: “My colleagues and I are so pleased with the high caliber of the team leading the Say Yes Guilford partnership, and we know they are poised to do good and important work on behalf of the Guilford County community.”


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