Our team consists of individuals from different walks of life who each bring a unique perspective and skill set to our work. United by the desire to build a more equitable system, we have all come together behind one cause: our students' success. We want our incredible team to reflect the communities we serve - ensuring that Black, Latinx, Asian, Native and LGBTQIA+ individuals, and those at the intersection of many of these identities, remain the primary decision makers within our organization.
Dr. Corey Sheffield
Program Manager, Postsecondary Access
Dr. Sheffield serves as College AIM's first Program Manager, Postsecondary Access. He joined the team in 2020 and leads College AIM's Access Program, which supports students on their paths to college.
Prior to joining College AIM, Dr. Sheffield served the College Success Project Manager for Atlanta Public Schools, Director of College Advisement at KIPP Through College (Atlanta) and College Access Program Manager at The Scholarship Academy. He also serves as Associate Director of the 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit leadership organization that helps mold and produce leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and sits on the Board for a local charter school in Atlanta.
Dr. Sheffield received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Voorhees College and shortly thereafter entered the field of education. He started in the classroom as a science teacher, and after several years moved into college counseling. Dr. Sheffield also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University, a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, and certificates from Cornell University and Columbia University.
Program Manager, Postsecondary Success
Jamesia serves as College AIM's first Program Manager, Postsecondary Success. She joined the team in 2020 and leads College AIM's Success Program, which supports students during their college years. Jamesia both designs and implements programming to support College AIM's students through college graduation. Currently, she provides direct, intensive support to nearly 200 of College AIM's Collegians, who attend technical, two-year and four-year institutions across the state of Georgia and across the country.
Prior to joining the College AIM team, Jamesia worked as a Leadership Development Trainer with The Posse Foundation to help students develop the necessary skills to succeed in college and later in the workforce. In addition to student development, Jamesia worked with new student and transition programs at Bethune-Cookman University, Florida International University and Kennesaw State University where she helped increase retention and developed campus-wide programming for students to find their place in college from their first day on campus at orientation through to their college graduation.
Jamesia graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors in Communication, and later from Florida International University with her Masters in Higher Education Administration. She believes that student success is created through meaningful relationships and meeting students where they are.
Joanne serves as College AIM’s Associate Director. In this role she helps lead our fast-growing organization and runs many of the key programs and initiatives that allow College AIM to scale.
Prior to her work with College AIM, Joanne served as the Director of Operations for Step Ahead Scholars, where she designed and implemented their strategic growth plan. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Broward College, Program Manager for the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation and Annual Fund Director at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Joanne holds numerous degrees including a BA in English from Boston University, MS in English Education from Nova Southeastern University, MBA from Florida International University and a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA Extension.
Founder & Executive Director
Sam began his career in education, teaching math at Towers High School in 2011. Although his students quickly experienced academic success, Sam also watched his students graduate from high school with little guidance and no plans for post-secondary education. He recognized that classroom achievements meant little if students couldn't connect those successes to longterm goals. With that in mind, Sam founded College AIM in January of 2013 to provide his students with avenues to and through college.
Today, Sam serves as the Executive Director of College AIM. In this capacity, Sam works with school, district, corporate and non-profit partners to expand College AIM's reach to additional school communities and to direct the vision of the organization. Simultaneously, Sam still works as a college advisor for the organization, thoughtfully guiding and fiercely supporting students to and through college.
Sam came to Towers as a Teach for America Corps Member after graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development. Sam was also a 2019 Civic Innovation Resident and 2018 Civic Innovation Fellow at the Center for Civic Innovation, was named to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta's 30 under 30 in 2018, served as a member of the Class of 2016 with New Leaders Council in Atlanta and was named Towers High School Teacher of the Year in 2016.
Board of Directors
Owner and Chief Executive Officer Steele Consulting, LLC
Jay Steele serves as the Owner of Steele Consulting, LLC, a tax consulting firm serving Fortune 500 and mid-sized clients. Jay founded in the firm in 2005 to provide high-quality and flexible, yet affordable resources to augment tax departments.
Prior to establishing Steele Consulting, Jay served as Senior Manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Tax Manager at KPMG and Tax Senior at Ernst & Young. Jay is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University.
Founder and National President Foreverfamily Inc.
Sandra Barnhill serves as the Founder and National President of Foreverfamily. Foreverfamily was the nation’s first organization, and is still the only nonprofit in Georgia, solely dedicated to helping children who experience parental incarceration. Since its inception in 1987, Foreverfamily has supported more than 27,000 children as they, their parents, caregivers and extended families work to remain a family.
Among numerous other recognitions, Sandra’s pioneering work has been recognized by the Ms. Foundation who awarded her their Woman of Vision Award.
Sandra holds her Juris Docterate from the University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University.
Owner & Chief Executive Consultant Sohé Solutions
Prior to founding Sohé Solutions and UAE, Esohe worked at UPS and held management roles in Distribution Solutions, Implementations, Operations, Engineering, and Transportation Solutions. Esohe completed her collegiate studies at the University of Kentucky, where she studied Electrical Engineering.
Former President and CEO Multiple Non-Profit Organizations
Michael has served as Global President and CEO of Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, President and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Interim President and CEO of Hands on Atlanta. Michael has also served as Partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Rogers & Hardin LLP.
Michael holds his JD from the Columbia University School of Law and his AB in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.
College AIM Alumnus Technical Training Specialist PTC
Hernán began participating in College AIM programming at Towers High School in 2014 and served as a student ambassador within the program. Ultimately, he earned a full scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University.
While at Tufts, Hernán developed a passion for engineering education. He has conducted significant research on the impact of Learning Assistants and helped launch a pilot Learning Assistant program within the Mechanical Engineering department at Tufts. He recently completed his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Tufts as well and now works as a Technical Training Specialist at Boston-based PTC.
Within College AIM, Hernán founded, and annually sponsors, the Bridge to Liberating Education Success at Towers (BLEST) Scholarship to support one graduating senior.
Senior Technical Recruiter Boingo Wireless
Tyler Bell is an innovator who believes in the power of uplifting community through connection. Living and serving at the intersection of people, education, policy and technology, he uniquely understands how to mobilize and build community while creating sustainable change.
Tyler has served in numerous capacities to create equitable opportunity in technology. He currently works as the Senior Technical Recruiter for Boingo Wireless, and has served as a Technology, HR/Talent and Education Consultant at the Annenberg Foundation and the Head of Talent for GoGuardian.
In the public sector, Tyler has also worked as a Legislative Fellow in the US House of Representatives and a High School Social Studies Teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. He received his BA in Political Science from Morehouse College.
Project Leader Delivery Associates
Prior to DA, Anna was a strategy consultant at EY-Parthenon. She focused on commercial due diligence and strategy for the K-12 and higher education sectors. Before business school, Anna was a middle school English teacher. She was a founding teacher at Caliber Beta Academy, helping to design the structure and curricula of both the school and the sixth grade. Anna holds her MBA from the Yale School of Management and her BA in English from Harvard.