THE WELLS CENTER, INC.
"For Women In Transition"
Chair, Pastor Bob Summers
Rev. Bob Summers is a UMC Local Pastor in Winston-Salem with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. He is also an innovative, profit-oriented and top-performance driven international business executive with outstanding experience in managing and growing companies worldwide. He is a proven team builder who creates new business by establishing strategic partnerships and alliances. He is highly proficient at recognizing new opportunities, extracting the essentials and determining the best course of action to reach long-term sustainability. He likes new and different challenges, solving the most difficult problems and producing the desired outcomes while adjusting to change and creating new and improved methods to reach goals and objectives. He has extensive experience in managing and for profit and nonprofit organizations.
Program Director, Elder Pamela Benton
Elder Pamela Benton holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Greensboro College, 1987. She has been employed with the Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools for 21 years.
In the early 90’s, she served as head Coach and President of an AAU Basketball organization known as the Silver Aces. She has fostered and influenced numerous of young people imparting the importance of community volunteering such planted seeds have sprouted throughout the young adult community. Elder Benton is the visionary and founder of ‘Stay Free To Be” a non-profit organization with a focus model on Christian bondage
She is not only a community leader but also a teacher of Outreach and Evangelism to fellow Christians helping them to build sustainable and lasting relationships with those they minister to. She has served within the Forsyth County, NC community in Outreach ministry for over 30 years including, youth ministry, street ministry, and jail ministry.
Secretary, Michele Shadden
Michele Shadden is an ordained minister and a licensed therapist with twenty-eight years experience in multiple areas of the helping profession. Currently, she is a licensed clinical social worker on the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit at Thomasville Medical Center. Michele is an active member of Peace Haven Baptist church, enjoys spending time with her family, and is an avid reader.
Member, Sergeant Dwayne Little
Sergeant Dwayne Little, a Winston Salem native was educated in the Winston Salem Forsyth County School System. After graduating from Carver High School, he continued his education at Hampton University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Sport Management. After starting several different businesses Sergeant Little followed his calling into Law Enforcement with the Forsyth County Sheriff Office, in 2013. Sergeant Little hit the streets full speed with the great intentions of learning the craft to better serve the citizens of Forsyth County. He attended and received certification in numerous trainings from Analytic Interviewing to Proactive Leadership courses. Sergeant Little is married to Katina Little and together they have three sons; Marcellus, Nehemiah and Maximus. The quest to be a better service to his community did not stop there. In December of 2018, Sergeant Little began researching better ways for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to connect and interact with the citizens of Forsyth County. Sergeant Little began his research and connected with the other local Law Enforcement Agencies and after several meetings with the Command Staff Members they concluded a change was needed. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit was the perfect unit for this change to take place. Through his Chain of Command, Sergeant Little presented the new Community Outreach Program. The Community Outreach Unit is a positive force throughout the entire county and will continue to foster better relationships with the residents. For Sergeant Little’s dedication to the mission of community outreach, on January 21st, 2020, he was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Young Dreamer Award, presented by the City of Winston Salem Human Relations Department. Sergeant Little is currently serving on the Winston Salem Gang Steering Committee, The WSFCS Engagement Task Force and is a Founding Board Member of the Gold Shield Foundation of NC. Also, Sergeant Little is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.
Member, Officer Kichas Adams
A native of Winston Salem, NC, Kichas S. Adams is no stranger to hard work, perseverance, and community outreach. As a corporal officer for Forsyth County Sheriffs Department, Kichas has committed over twenty years to providing resources to individuals involved in the criminal system. Her educational background includes receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Shaw University and Masters of Business Administration from Strayer University.
Kichas has three children, A'ishah, Marcus, and Mariah, and one grandchild, Braelyn. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring local high school students, volunteering with her church to feed underserved communities, and baking various desserts for her loved ones.