Action4Equity Board Members

Kellie P. Easton, President

Kellie P. Easton’s experience spans across a variety of sectors including, B2B, strategic marketing, brand development and management, communications, project management, community development and organizing, advocacy and government relations. Kellie has worked with an extensive list of women and minority business leaders on various business development and policy efforts including serving as the SVP of Business Development for Black Girls Vote where Kellie was recognized for establishing the Corporate and Advocacy Strategy behind Activate the Vote.  

 

Kellie proudly serves as the President of the Young Adult Committee of the Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP, a Board Member of Hustle WS, and an Advisory Board Member for the City of Winston-Salem Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee.

 

Kellie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Easton Reid Group a strategy and management company located in Winston-Salem, NC. Kellie achieved a B.S. in Information Systems and Sciences from the Earl Graves School of Business, Morgan State University.


Katie Sonnen-Lee, Vice-President

Katie has a background in a broad range of nonprofit and educational environments, including several years of work in education and with families living in poverty. She spent three years in South Korea teaching low-income children English as a second language – an extremely important skill for high-wage employment there. While working with families experiencing homelessness with young children in New Mexico, Katie worked with foundations, policy makers and institutional partners to address the multi-faceted causes and effects of extreme poverty on individuals and communities. In 2017, Katie joined the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation whose mission is to help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice.

After growing up in Washington, Georgia and Tennessee, Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Roanoke College in Virginia. She also holds an MBA from National American University in Texas. She has served as a Board Member of the New Mexico Chapter of Young Non-Profit Professionals, as well as a volunteer for numerous organizations involved in education and civic engagement. Her favorite pastimes include travel, reading and introducing her two young sons to the cultural and scenic beauty and diversity of North Carolina.

Emily Schutt, Secretary

Emily Bolton Schutt grew up in Winston-Salem, attended Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools and graduated from Mt. Tabor High School in 2000. She received a B.A. from University of Richmond in 2004, majoring in Political Science and American Studies. She is married to Greg Schutt, who is employed by Wells Fargo.

 

Emily works from home as a part-time freelance business administrator, serves on the PTA board of Speas Global Elementary School and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church. She and Greg have 4 children -- third-grader Mary Scott, kindergartener Hannah, and preschoolers Andrew and Ebie.


Rev. Paul Ford, Treasurer

The Reverend Paul Robeson Ford is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church (Highland Avenue) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His leadership at First Baptist is focused on stimulating growth and renewed mission at this historic congregation. He answered the call to ministry in 1997 and he holds standing as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College and a Master of Divinity Degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

 

Rev. Ford is a Candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology at the University of Chicago, where his research interests focus on developing a theology of liberation for the situation of mass incarceration in the United States. He is passionately concerned about the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and is an advocate for the use of restorative practices in learning communities.

 

Rev. Ford comes to A4E with a wealth of experience in executive leadership at faith-based and non-profit organizations, including six years as Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2011-2017), two years as Executive Director of the Boston Workers Alliance, a Roxbury-based grassroots organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity and winning criminal justice reform in Massachusetts (2014–2016), and two years as Senior Pastor of the Avalon Park Community Church in Chicago, Illinois (2009-2011).  


Rev. Ford has been a featured guest on television and radio, including the International Sunday School Broadcast, Basic Black, and the Callie Crossley Show. In 2012, the LinkedIn online professional network ranked him among the top 1% most endorsed Preachers nationally. He has a heart for ministry and is dedicated to empowering all of God’s people to walk fully into God’s promises for their lives. He is married to the Reverend Kirstin Boswell Ford, and their blended family includes three children: daughters, Cheyenne and Ayanna, son, William Jackson, and two dogs, Caesar and Gus.


Dr. Edwin Bell

Edwin Dewey Bell was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  He and his wife, Sheila Strain-Bell live in Winston Salem, NC.

He attended the Boston Public schools – Julia Ward Howe Elementary School in Roxbury and Boston Latin School.  He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, an MA in Community and Social Psychology at Boston College, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus of  Education at Winston-Salem State University, in NC.  He has over 40 years of experience as an administrator and a faculty member in Psychology and Educational Leadership in Higher Education. His research interests have focused on community and organizational change, staff development, and academic achievement.


Eunice Campbell

Eunice Campbell has been a resident of Winston Salem for over 25 years.  Her mother and family still reside in her hometown of Mocksville, NC. She is married to Richard Campbell, an employee of the City of WS and lifelong resident.  They have a son, Grayson, who is a student at Hanes Magnet.

 

Eunice graduated with the distinction of magna cumme laude from Winston Salem State university where she received her Bachelor of Science and was recognized by the School of Business and Economics as the outstanding 2002 graduating senior in marketing. She later received her MBA from Colorado State University.

Eunice Campbell is currently employed as a consulting analyst at BCD Travel, the 3rd largest corporate travel company in the world headquartered in Belgium.  She is responsible for trending and analysis of customer travel patterns and making recommendations for cost savings and productivity enhancements.

 

As a candidate in 2018 for Forsyth county’s board of education, she ran on a platform for engaging, elevation and equitable education for all students. As an advocate for parents within the Forsyth County school district, she has served as:

·         PTA president for Julian Gibson Elementary 2015-current

·         WS/FCS Parent Advisory Council 2014-2016

·         Title One Parent Advisory Committee 2015-2017

·         Democratic Precinct Chair 2015 – current

·         NAACP Education Committee Chair – current

·         Democratic State Executive Committee

 

Eunice is always working towards higher levels of knowledge and skills and advocate by example that positive education always causes elevation.


Dr. Willette Nash

Dr. Willette Nash was born in Winston-Salem Forsyth County and educated in the area’s public schools. She graduated from East Forsyth High School and went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Education from Winston-Salem State University.  Dr. Nash has earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist, a masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a doctorate of philosophy in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  

Dr. Nash’s education and professional accomplishments have led her to study educational systems in Mexico and leadership development programs in Brussels, Belgium.  By extension, she has also participated in professional/leadership development seminars at North Carolinas State, High Point and Harvard Universities, along with other professional organizations across the nation.

After teaching at the elementary level for 14 years in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, she became Curriculum Administrator, specializing in multicultural education. Additionally, Dr. Nash has served as Assistant Instructor for Winston-Salem State University, and Adjunct Instructor for University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg Kentucky.  She has also served as consultant for infusing African-American history into the social studies curriculum, as well as, diversity training for Guildford County Schools.

Dr Nash currently resides in Kernersville, North Carolina.  She has one daughter, two sisters, several nieces and nephews, and a dog.  Her interests include travel, cooking, art, music, working out, and photography.  She is currently retired from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools after a 30 year career. However, it seems that her interest in closing achievement gaps for poor, black and brown students has led her to a part-time position with the Piedmont Renewal Network’s College Lift Initiative as the Academic Dean.


Joshua Ziesel

Joshua Paul Ziesel was born in Birmingham, Alabama but lived in Puerto Rico, West Virginia, South Africa, and Guam before the age of 18.  He currently lives in Winston-Salem with his wife, Laura, and his three children August (6 years old and a 1st grader at Speas Elementary), Cordelia (4), and Simone (1).  

 

Joshua received his BA in Psychology and Politics from New York University in 2006.  He then worked as a paralegal and campus minister before beginning a clinical psychology program in 2010.  He obtained his MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2012 and 2016, respectively.  He specializes in collegiate mental health and has worked at five different college counseling centers, including Azusa Pacific University, California State University San Bernardino, University of Southern California, Loyola University Maryland, and his current employer Wake Forest University.  Joshua serves as the Groups Coordinator and Coordinator of International Student Support, and he specializes in working with international, LGBTQ+, and first-generation students around issues of intersectional identity formation, family issues, relationships, spirituality, and sexuality.