Pam has been a lifelong resident of the Twin Counties. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and completed her Master of Arts in Education from East Carolina University. (Go Pirates!)
Before being named as Executive Director of STEP, she spent 30 years in the education profession. Pam describes herself as being uniquely qualified for her current position, having had the pleasure of working in Edgecombe County Public Schools, Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools, Edgecombe Community College and Nash Community College. She enthusiastically began her career as a middle school teacher and coach, where she met her husband, Jeff. She also worked as a counselor, Crisis Intervention Specialist, Educational Consultant and Director of the Redirections Day Treatment Program. She has always had an interest in “the nontraditional” and serving as a “change agent”. Throughout her career, Pam has been a presenter at state and national level conferences and has provided professional development to hundreds of local educators.
Through Pam’s leadership, STEP has become a model program for collaboration and has received several recognitions and awards.
Outside of education, she has served on the Jim Clack & Friends Foundation board, volunteered at a local and regional level with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and is an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Rocky Mount Rotary and board member for Communities in School. Pam is happiest spending time with her husband and two grown daughters, Dawson and Sydney.
Born and raised in Edgecombe County, North Carolina Vivian Edmondson graduated with B. S. Degree in Clothing and Textiles and a B. S. Degree in Home Economics Education from East Carolina University. She also received National Board Certification, Career Development Coordinator Certification and Special Populations Certification.
Vivian taught in the Edgecombe County Public Schools System in North Carolina for 18 years in Career and Technical Education and served as AVID Coordinator for 8 years and then as Career Development and Special Populations Coordinator for 4 years. She retired in June 2018
She is now working part-time with Strategic Twin-Counties Education Partnership as an Education Specialist in Rocky Mount, NC. She works to improve the education of PreK-14 in both Edgecombe and Nash County Schools Systems by facilitating collaboration with community partners and business and industry leaders. She engages with stakeholders to create career awareness activities enhancing career preparedness and creating a talent pipeline in the critical career sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Heath Care.
Shyrese received her degree in Business Education from St. Augustine’s College, making her a first-generation college graduate. After obtaining her degree, She has worked with small and large corporations through business focused jobs across the world including the United States, London, the British Isles and Canada. She is trained in strategic planning and initiative implementation and processes strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Shyrese’s experience in the business industry made her the perfect candidate to come into STEP as a Business Liaison. Shyrese has a strong passion for education and helping children get the help and access they deserve since many of those around her growing up did not have that access. Shyrese has shown this through the support she and her husband James have given to their daughter, Ashley. Ashley became a major in the Unites States Army through her parents' support and they are very proud of how she has thrived.
Shyrese loves going to baseball games in memorial of her late father; but she is the happiest spending time in her garden and time with her husband and daughter.
Board of Directors
Reginald Silver, Board Chair
NRMPS Board of Education
John Griffin, Vice-Chair
Crown LSP Group
Ginny Mohrbutter, Secretary
United Way Tar River Region
Summer Dickinson, Treasurer
Keihin Carolina System Technology
John Judd, Immediate Past Board Chair
Dr. Gregory McLeod
Edgecombe Community College
Dr. Lew Hunnicutt
Nash Community College
Dr. Valerie Bridges
Edgecombe County Public Schools
Dr. Steve Ellis
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools
ECPS Board of Education
Nash County Commissioner
Edgecombe County Commissioner
Rocky Mount City Council
Vidant Edgecombe Hospital
Turning Point Workforce Development Board
Downeast Partnership for Children
Charge to the Board of Directors
- Creation of a culture that values education, the choices it enables, and the economic impact it promotes
- Prioritization of the opportunities to improve the current educational system
- Addressing educational priorities with evidence-based strategies and alignment of efforts that support economic development