Glover EmpowerMentoring Steering Committee Biographies
GEM Board Members
The Board provides the necessary guidance and support to help ensure the success of the program. These individuals represent different aspects of our community and have a common mission; to help students succeed.
Kendrick Glover, M.Ed.
Kendrick Glover is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Glover EmpowerMentoring Program (G.E.M.). Kendrick is from a small town in Mississippi named, Natchez. Growing up he loved to play basketball, baseball, and shoot pool, which are all things he still enjoys doing today.
Kendrick got his official start in mentoring with the Police Activities League (P.A.L.) in 2009, which is a national organization that focus on youth community involvement and mentoring. He worked in the field of politics as an Intern for King County Councilman Larry Gossett of District 2, and also for King County Drug Diversion Court as a Wraparound Coordinator. Kendrick served as a school counselor at Kent Meridian High School in Kent Washington for three academic school years, and as the Program Manager for the Puget Sound College and Career Network at Puget Sound Educational Service District, in where the work focus was getting first generational and low-income students access to college and career.
Kendrick has his undergraduate degree from Seattle University in Criminal Justice, Master’s degree in Education with a Counseling Certificate from City University, and currently working on a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a Concentration in Organizational Leadership.
Kendrick is the loving husband of Angie, and is the proud father of Keira and Khaleeah. The Glover’s currently resides in Kent Washington.
Al Green – Assistant Director
- Born 10/17/1977 In Laguna Hills CA Raised in Houston Texas
- Raised in a single Mother home with two sisters
- Join the USAF straight out of school have traveled to Turkey, Korea, Germany, China and Italy
- Have coached boys’ basketball and boy’s baseball for six years
- President of another non-profit charity organization base out of Auburn WA called Barbers Against Hunger
- Currently a Washington State Union Carpenter
- Married and have one stepson
Mike Knoll – Secretary-Director, Technology Solutions at SEIU Healthcare NW
I define community involvement as establishing stronger human connections such that those involved in the connection come away better people. Community involvement can be as simple as listening to someone tell a story while waiting in the checkout stand to organizing an event in support of a common cause. The point is it is active and present with the purpose of helping others find their way to something they may not have known was theirs to achieve.
My hope is to be involved in supporting educational and parental outreach. In order for communities to become stronger, for lives to be improved, we have to help our children become stronger, confident, courageous, self-reliant, and continual learners. The current educational system needs assistance in dealing with the diverse challenges being realized today. I believe GEM is part of that creative solution supporting our children, parents, and educational system.
- Bachelor of Arts in Child, Consumer, and Family Studies, Washington State University
Michelle Mong-M.A., LMFT
I currently run a private counseling practice in Kent, WA specializing in Adolescents, Couples and Adult Individuals. Before this, I spent 15 years at Kent Youth and Family Services, a community non-profit clinic, working with local teens and their families on the many issues teens face during these complex developmental years.
I am a Kent/Renton native and graduated from Kentridge High School. I came back to Kent to work with the community that supported me during my formative years.
I believe that support is the single greatest asset we can give another on our life journey. We all want to be significant and all fear rejection and isolation. The knowledge that someone else values our presence, hears our voice and believes in our abilities is what keeps us moving forward. It is this that helps us take risks; to be better, stronger and happier people, willing to then lend support to another in need.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Washington
- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Pacific Lutheran University
Christina Spencer- Principal Decatur High School
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy.” … Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.*
In the summer of 1996, Christina went on a mission trip to Jonestown, Mississippi that has ordered her life path. She spent the summer teaching and mentoring young men in an impoverished neighborhood. From that experience, her passion for service and teaching was awakened.
When Christina looks at students she sees purpose, possibility, and potential. As an educator for the past 13years, She has recognized that every young adult deserves a champion and that mentoring is a one way to provide young people an awesome champion. Christina believes that her work as a teacher, academic advisor, assistant principal, and now interim principal is to first and foremost to serve students and families and to help change the trajectory of their lives.
Christina has an undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University in Math Education and a Masters Degree from Seattle University in Educational Administration.
Christina is the mom of the smartest kid on the planet, Aryn and the auntie of the cutest little man, ever Kayden.
Christina is a resident of Renton, Washington.
Reggie Carter- Machine Engineer
Reggie Carter is 39 years of age and born in the small town of Century, FL. The only son to his mother Elsie M. Grice and son of Reverend Benjamin Carter (Deceased). Reggie was raised in Milwaukee, WI an upon Graduating high school moved to Seattle, WA. He learned the trade of Drywall before becoming the Lead IS Machine Engineer for the Ardagh Group of Seattle. Reggie also serves as the head of Business for the local 50 Union. Reggie is a Father which he is proud of, a Brother which he is devoted to being, and a Mentor which he is committed to.