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Our Team


Charlene Gladney, Executive Director, 336-223-4595

Charlene is a native of Greensboro, NC, and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering.  She continued her studies at North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering.  Following her time at NC A&T, Charlene moved to Rochester, NY, where she began her career at Xerox Corporation.  Charlene spent 20 years in various corporate positions ranging from systems design to project and people management.  She also volunteered as a tutor, mentor, Girl Scout leader, and Sunday school teacher.  In 2007, Charlene took a leap of faith and entered the nonprofit arena as executive director of Operation Homework, now Operation Xcel.  As a nonprofit executive, she has completed certification through the Nonprofit Management Institute and The Executive Director Academy.  She has also been certified in the afterschool sector by NCSU and the NC Center of Afterschool Programs, completing the Leadership Fellowship Program.

Marisela Aviles, Executive Assistant, 336-223-4652

Marisela is from Los Angeles, CA.  She attended Greensboro College and obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics with a concentration in human resources.  She is currently pursuing an accounting degree in conjunction with her role at Operation Xcel.  Marisela is the mother of two children.  In her free time, she enjoys baking.


Torynce Wilson, Personal Assistant

Torynce Wilson is from North Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University and earned a B.S. in Business Management with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship, and a Minor in Music. He has a diversified skill set with experience in Customer Service, Team Leadership, and Administrative Operations. Torynce lives with his wife Kayla Wilson and their six dogs. He has a passion for Music Production, and in his free time composes, records, mixes, and masters a variety of projects out of his Home Studio. 

Jen Nelson, Program Director, 336-265-6442

Jen Nelson grew up in the Greensboro area and graduated from UNCG. Before joining Operation Xcel as Program Director, she worked as a teacher in North Carolina and as a tutor for Operation Xcel. As a passionate educator, Jen focuses her work on creating engaging and challenging opportunities for students to grow. In her free time, Jen loves to read, knit, and sew. 

Derly Daza, Site Director, Jackson Middle School - 336-223-4972 option 2

Derly is originally from Colombia and has worked in the United States for more than 11 years.  She has a master’s in Spanish and English as a Second Language and is currently a middle school Spanish teacher.  Derly is actively pursuing her Ph.D. in education.  She volunteers at Glenwood Library, where she teaches Spanish.  Derly is also a soccer coach at the YMCA.  Passionate about making an impact in the lives of children, she enjoys watching their progress.  Derly states, “I feel honored to be part of the personal and academic growth of our students.”

Maurice Revels, Site Director, High Point - 336-303-8805

Maurice is a native of North Carolina, born and raised in High Point. He spent 12 years in the Army and Army National Guard. He has a Bachelor’s in History from Guilford College and a Masters in Education(Teaching and Learning History). Maurice has taught for Second Chance Academy in Durham Public Schools, Thomasville Middle School as a Social Studies teacher. He has also worked as an ALC teacher for GCS. High Point and the surrounding county has a special place for Maurice because this is his home. He came to Operation Xcel as a teacher, which he absolutely loved. Maurice works to impact the children in a positive way and to help them grow academically as well as socially and mentally. 

Courtney Ingram, Site Director, Swann Middle School


TaWuana Cook, Site Director, Jamestown Middle School - 336 480-4856

TaWuana was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC.  She attended NC A&T on a 4-year basketball scholarship.   After graduating, TaWuana played professional Basketball for 2 years, before deciding to pursue her Master's in teaching from NC A&T.  TaWuana then attended High Point University, where she earned her M.Ed in educational leadership.  TaWuana has been in education with Guilford County Schools for 8 years.  Currently, she is an Assistant Principal at Jamestown Middle School.  TaWuana is excited to work with the students, staff, and parents of Operation Xcel as she strives to prepare students to excel inside and outside of the classroom. She looks forward to seeing the students grow and encourages them to aim for greatness, live to their fullest potential, and see the best in themselves.

Desiree King, Site Director, SUMC and Oak Springs, 336-706-5073

Desiree is originally from Goldsboro NC and has worked in the NC school system for more than 15 years. Last position held was a Special Education Teacher. She has also worked in the Mental Health and in the Intellectual Developmental Disability arena as well.  She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. She also holds (2) Master’s Degrees one in Human Services( specialization in Community and Social Services) and the other in Psychology from Capella University.  In her spare time, Desiree enjoys working as a Accountability Life Coach and being a Motivational Speaker. Desiree is passionate about making an impact in the lives of children and their families.

Devonyet Harris, Site Director, Eastern Guilford Middle School, 336-303-8431

Devonyet Harris is from Charleston, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia State University, studying Communications and Sports Studies. Devonyet moved here in 2019 with a dream of impacting the youth and community since he graduated, becoming a high school soccer coach and youth counselor. In his free time, he works and trains kids in soccer and basketball while also traveling the states and also in and out of different countries for music.

Board of Directors

Eunika Smalls, Board Chair – Connect on LinkedIn
Michael Pearson, Secretary – Connect on LinkedIn
Patricia J. Price, Treasurer – Connect on LinkedIn
Steven Palcsak, Marketing Chair – Connect on LinkedIn
Fundraising Chair - Apply Here
Jocelyn Becoats, Board Development Chair - Connect on LinkedIn
Julie Starnes, Community Member -Connect on LinkedIn
Meg Sheehan, Community Member - Connect on LinkedIn
Kendra Eads, Community Member - Connect on LinkedIn
Charlene Gladney, Ex-Officio Member

In addition to the leadership teams above, we employ certified teachers as math and reading specialists and tutors.  We also employ paraprofessionals that encompass our excellent volunteer staff.