MEET THE TEAM
Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc. is here to serve the residents of our region. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing services that help improve the quality of life for the people we serve. We are your fellow residents and your neighbors, and we are committed to building a bright future for our community. We'd like to introduce ourselves to you...
Abdul Sm Rasheed was a founder and the former CEO of the North Carolina Community Development Initiative and Initiative Capital, a “US Treasury Certified Development Finance Institution.” For 20 years Abdul supported the development of public/private efforts supporting local community development corporations, leadership development, and capacity building, while working with local low-income leaders, government, foundations, private corporations, banks, and other financial institutions. Abdul attracted $100 million in capital, leveraging over $700 million in local development. These efforts produced housing, retail/commercial ventures, industrial projects, and projects that provide housing for seniors and families, jobs and services in low-income areas. Currently, Abdul serves as Senior Advisor to the board of Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity and CEO. FVWOPP, Inc. is a $9 Million Community Action Agency serving 4 counties. In 2016-2017 Abdul served as CEO of WildAcres Leadership Initiative and its signature program, William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. From 2014 through 2016, Abdul served as Interim CEO of the Center for Leadership Innovation, managing the signature Bank of America –Neighborhood Leadership Initiative, a national Grant and Leadership development program for nonprofits.
For over 20 years, Abdul hosted and conferred with delegations from 6 continents, studying the model and work of community development initiatives. Abdul has been a sought–after speaker and has served on local and national boards. Abdul has served as the Chair for the Richmond Federal Reserve Regional Advisory Board, Chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Chair of the Center for Community Self Help (Self Help Credit Union), Chair of the NC Housing Trust Fund, and Chair of the Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustee. Abdul also served on the original State Farm National Bank Advisory Board.
Abdul currently serves on the board of the Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University, the National Center of the Black Aged, Washington, DC, Performing Arts Center McGregor Hall in his hometown of Henderson and the Board of Vance Granville Community College. Abdul currently chairs the boards of the National Alumni Associations of Elizabeth City State University and the National Alumni Association Roundtable for the 10 HBCU’s in North Carolina.
In 2017, Governor Roy Cooper appointed Abdul to the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority, a funding and investment system to support economic development, building reuse, and other economic interests throughout the state. While fully committed, Abdul still finds time to coach a youth basketball team of 10-12-year olds in the local recreation basketball league.
Abdul has traveled extensively throughout the US, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Mexico, and was the guest of the National Conference of Black Housing Developers in Manchester England to advise on housing development for low-income communities. Abdul holds a BS in Basic Business, MED in Counseling and Personnel Services, MS in Community Economic Development, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Management Program of the John F. Kennedy School Harvard University.
Abdul lives in Henderson and is married to Marolyn, they are the proud parents of five with seven grandchildren.
Thomasina Jefferson has been an employee with Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. since September 1988. She is the Housing Director for the Weatherization, Duke Energy, Healthy Home Initiative and HARRP Programs. She also is a Certified Housing Counselor.
Thomasina has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Also, she has an Associate Degree in Executive Secretarial Science from Vance-Granville Community College.
Naima has had over 20 years of experience working in early childhood development and education and has worked at FVWOPP since 2005. Her experience as an Intake Specialist in the Urgent Repair Program, the Head Start Nutrition Program Manager and Deputy Director, and her work in licensed daycare center have given her a broad view of providing care and support through social service programs. Naima currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration.
Naima thoroughly enjoys working with children and families; it brings her great joy to see children thrive. It is also rewarding to be a part of the huge impact Head Start has on the lives of the families the program serves.
Head Start Director
Chief Operating Officer
Felicia Coleman Gregory currently works for Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. as the Chief Operating Officer. She graduated from Saint Augustine’s College in 1994 with a degree in Administration. At Franklin-Vance-Warren, she handles the day to day operations and works to improve the lives of all that enters the doors. She believes that if she can help just one, she has done what she was charged to do.
Education Program Manager
Dwendolyn R. Floyd is an Education Program Manager at Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity Head Start, where Dwendolyn supervises and coordinates the education program and training for staff. Dwendolyn also designs and supervises the implementation of Education requirements for the Performance Standards.
Dwendolyn has worked at Franklin Vance Warren Head Start in a number of positions, including Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Center Director, Family Service Worker, and Social Service/Parent Involvement Coordinator among others. Dwendolyn is a certified CLASS observer as well as affiliate CLASS trainer. Dwendolyn demonstrates proficiency in observing and coding classroom interactions. Dwendolyn has a Master’s in Education and a BA in Early Childhood Administration.
Data Program Manager
Shirley L. Person is the Data Program Manager at Franklin Vance Warren Opp., Inc Head Start. She has worked with the agency for 16 years starting with an internship and later obtaining a fulltime position. She has worked as a Weatherization Intake Specialist, Family Service Worker, and now Data Program Manager. Shirley manages the day to day input in the Child Plus data system for all Head Start applicants, in-kind volunteers, and also collecting analyzing and generating reports. Shirley also has been a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician for over 10+ years.
Doris Alston is the Health/Nutrition Manager for Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity Inc. Doris keeps track of all medical and nutritional needs for all enrolled Head Start children. Doris also supervises Head Start kitchen staff. Doris has held several positions throughout her Twenty-eight-year career with the agency. Doris is a former head start student who still enjoys singing the Head Start Song. Ms. Alston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an NC Health Child Care Health Advocate.certification.
Social Service/Parent Involvement Manager
Beth is the Social Service/Parent Involvement Manager at Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc. Head Start. Beth started working at Head Start as a Family Service Worker doing home visits with families to learn more about the families, explore goals and opportunities, and try to help find resources to achieve goals for the family to become more self-sufficient. As the program manager, Beth oversees the work of 8 – 9 Family Service Workers to still continue to help our families become more self-sufficient. Beth also helps with the ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance) of the children in our program,
Beth received a Family Support Credentials from Duke University Division of Continuing Studies. During this program, Beth implemented an informational brochure with a client contact tear-off sheet that was implemented and still being used at the agency to help in recruitment.
Faye Gupton is the Mental Health/Disabilities Program Manager at Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity Head Start, where Faye assists in recruiting children with Special Needs and she sees that they receive the services needed. Faye also refers to children who have failed the speech/language screening to the school system for an evaluation and/or services. Faye implements all Health Plans and updates them as needed. Faye serves on the LICC committee for Franklin, Granville, Warren, and Vance Counties.
Faye has worked at Franklin-Vance-Warren Head Start since July 28, 1997, and has served as the agencies Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities Program Manager. Faye is a Licensed Practical Nurse, who has been nursing since 1972. Faye was the very first school nurse hired for Vance County Schools, where she served in her position for 23 years. Faye is certified as a North Carolina Child Care Health Advocate.
Mental Health/Disabilities Program Manager
FRANKLIN VANCE WARREN OPPORTUNITY, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, who represent leadership from the communities we serve. The Directors provide guidance, financial management, governance and support for the organization, along with advocacy for sustainable operations and community priorities.