Jeanease moved to Charlotte in 2009 to pursue employment in Workforce Development. Jeanease is from a small town in Florida called Hawthorne FL. She is a seasoned Workforce Development professional with a vast knowledge of Career guidance, case management, personal development, and assessment interpretations. Jeanease mentors female youth who have lost a parent to tragic circumstances. She is also an advocate for domestic violence especially for youth who have witnessed a parent dealing with Domestic Violence. Jeanease attended Florida A&M University and University of Phoenix with a concentration in Business Administration. She holds certificates in Learning and Development from UNCC, Certified Soft Skills Instructor, and Career Development Facilitator accreditation. She has served and assisted in development of training modules for various initiatives and pilot programs to assist Charlotte with its Workforce needs. Jeanease has a passion to see our Workforce improve to assist in the quality of life for all Charlotte residents. Jeanease enjoys assisting the community with developing their true passions and strengths. In her leisure time she enjoys watching Track and Field, Dancing, and traveling.
Phone: (704) 248-3753
Serena joined Renaissance West Community Initiative in October 2018 as a Life Navigator. She is a Lumberton, NC native and has been a resident of Charlotte since 1994. Serena is an alumna of North Carolina Central University where she studied History Education. She holds a certification as a Triple P Practitioner.
Serena has worked in the Human Services industry for over 20 years, gaining experience in management, case management, counseling, dropout prevention, facilitation and community outreach. Serena also worked for several years with incarcerated men, women and youth. She is passionate about championing, advancing and empowering individuals and families of all backgrounds.
Outside of the office, Serena enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and her family. She also enjoys working in her church where she serves as an ordained cleric as well as with several ministry teams.
Community Advocate Navigator
Zavina Brown and her 10-year old son have lived on Charlotte’s west side for years and was drawn to the Renaissance neighborhood and school. She feels connected to the community around her.
Her son enjoys participating in Cub Scouts, Kids in the Kitchen, and the ability to walk to school at the Renaissance West STEAM Academy. Ms. Brown passionately talks about is the resources available at Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) and the exciting activities happening in the community.
It is her infectious enthusiasm, plus determination to succeed, that awarded Ms. Brown the job at RWCI. In March 2019, Ms. Brown began working as RWCI’s Community Advocacy Navigator (CAN). As a place-based community, RWCI recognized the value of having a resident advocate provide liaison to Life Navigators (LNs). In this role, Ms. Brown builds positive relationships that assist Life Navigators in connecting residents to programs and services that help them achieve their goals. In addition to encouraging program participation, Ms. Brown identifies other potential leaders within in the neighborhood to serve on boards and to volunteer. She also is responsible for opening and managing RWCI’s computer lab each afternoon. Zavina enjoys spending Tuesday afternoons at the fresh food market talking to residents and spreading awareness about programs and opportunities.