Matthew Charity is a native of North Carolina, growing up in both Durham and Smithfield. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Matthew has worked in student advocacy since 2010 through several organizations and school systems assisting youth with academic goals, behavioral initiatives and mentoring before calling Greenville home in August 2018. Matthew found his passion for service in the community through working with organizations such as Kappa Alpha Psi’s Guide Right program, Community Coalition, Habitat for Humanity and Johnston County Public Schools. His first opportunity with Communities In Schools began as an after school counselor at Alexander Elementary and is excited to continue in his new role at Berea Middle School as a student support specialist. Matthew‘s goal is to help each student try and become the best version of themselves by providing each and every child an opportunity to succeed.
Susan Wilson is a native Greenvillian, born and raised here in Greenville, SC. After graduating from Wade Hampton High School, she went on to attend the University of South Carolina, majoring in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. Susan discovered her love of service through her grandmother, Susan, from a very young age. After her Grandmother’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia in 2012, Susan knew she wanted a career in service to others to not only honor her Grandmother’s legacy, but also the many lives in Greenville County her grandmother touched through decades of service to others. Susan’s grandmother was not only her biggest source of inspiration, but also her biggest champion through adverse experiences. Before joining the Berea Middle School CIS team, Susan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the United Way of Greenville County in Volunteer and Donor Engagement. Susan’s goal for this school year is to surround each student with unconditional guidance and support as her grandmother did for her.