First Presenter's Institution

Claxton Elementary School

Second Presenter's Institution

Albany State University

Third Presenter's Institution

Messages of Empowerment Productions

Fourth Presenter's Institution


Fifth Presenter's Institution

Jones County School System


Session 6 (Scarbrough 2)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership


Presenter will provide.

Brief Program Description

This featured panel discusses the prevalence of female juvenile violence; reported incidences of this violence; factors associated with violent behavior; and implications for families, schools, and communities for ending violent schoolgirl behavior.


This featured panel discusses the prevalence of female juvenile violence; reported incidences of this violence; factors associated with violent behavior; and implications for families, schools, and communities for ending violent schoolgirl behavior.


Presenter will provide.


Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Felton is currently serving as Assistant Principal at Claxton Elementary. Her love and dedication to education have kept her in the profession for over 30 years. Her educational journey has taken her from South Carolina to Florida and now to Georgia. She worked as an adjunct professor at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida instructing students earning their bachelor’s or master’s degree in education. Dr. Felton has also served as the Vice President for the National Board Certified Teachers of Miami-Dade. While in Statesboro, she serves as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Student Services in Bulloch County.

Dr. Felton’s degrees include an MBA from Strayer University in Washington, DC, a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a specialist degree in Reading K-12 and a master’s degree in elementary education from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. Dr. Felton has been National Board Certified in the area of Early Childhood since 2001.

Irma Gibson - I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the UNSINKABLE Albany State University in Southwest Georgia. I am a Graduate faculty who teaches across the curriculum, including a variety of courses on the topics of child and family welfare, direct and indirect practice, human behavior and the social environment, interviewing and recording, self-awareness and professional development, school social work and social work practice with vulnerable populations ,where I utilizes the MindTap tools in two of my courses. I have taught abroad annually since 2009 and crossed international borders in my successful endeavors to culturally connect the U.S. and the Trinidad and Tobago child and family welfare systems. I entered into the academy full-time approximately 11 years ago after 21 years of social work practice and experience, as a Clinician and a Social Work Administrator with various components of the federal government, nationally and internationally. I obtained my Bachelor's in Sociology from Paine College—magna Cum laude, and my Master's in Social Work from the University of Georgia and Ph.D. in Social Work with a concentration in public health from Clark Atlanta University. I am the proud mother of an awesome 27-year-old son who is a Savannah State University graduate, presently fulfilling his career in radio and television in Des Moines, Iowa. I also enjoys teaching, listening to music, traveling, spending time with my family and reading.

Dr. Quinn Gentry (affectionately known as “Dr. Quinn”) is President and CEO of Messages of Empowerment Productions, LLC (TEAM-MOE) – a public health and management consulting company specializing in organizational effectiveness, women’s health, program evaluation, and community engagement. She also serves as Senior Vice President of Engagement for Bosspreneur, an entrepreneurship coaching and development franchise. Prior to launching her own business, Dr. Quinn worked as a corporate executive for several Fortune 500 companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, and Wal-Mart Corporations. She also served as aPolitical Intelligence Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and held behavioral research and teaching positions at Emory University and Georgia State University. Dr. Quinn is a highly respected and sought-after workshop facilitator, consultant, and public speaker.

Dr. Quinn has over 25 years of leadership experience in government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Prior leadership and officer positions held include: Technical Leader and Program Director for multiple sponsored research projects; President of the Black Affairs Programfor the CIA; and she served seven years as Chair of the Leadership Summitfor the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. - Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. In addition, Dr. Quinn is a former Program Director for the 100 Black Men’s Project Success Mentoring Program (The Atlanta Chapter), and Founder and Managing Director of The Inner-City Achievers Foundation. Other select professional accolades include – past recipient of the Texas Christian University (TCU) Leadership Award, valedictorian of the 2013 Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program, recipient of the Red Pump Award for her work in HIV Prevention and Intervention, and the recipient of the Center for Black Women’s Wellness 20thAnniversary Health Leader Award.

Dr. Quinn is primarily known for her work as a social and behavioral scientist and subject matter expert on a wide range of social and health threats of women and girls. She has alsoserved as a Principal Investigator, Senior Scientist, and Research Analyst on numerous assessment and evaluation studies at the federal, state, and local government levels. As an executive leadership coach, Dr. Quinn has conducted workshops and customized sessions for business and community leaders, managers, frontline and technical staff, as well as for entrepreneurs and the faith-based community. She has authored over 50 publications and presented at top-tier professional conferences in the fields of public and women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and sociology. She wrote, directed, and produced “Divine Intervention”, monologue readings to bring awareness to the intersection of HIV, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness among black women. Dr. Quinn has also authored 11 books on a broad range of topics, namely leadership, entrepreneurship, program evaluation, mentoring, and black feminism. She currently has a number of manuscripts underway in her quest to publish 50 books by age 50 (August 18, 2018)! She was a featured author at the 2016 Boule of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, where she released 3 new books.

Dr. Quinn completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Georgia State University. She earned an M.B.A. degree in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University and completed her undergraduate studies at Texas Christian University where she received a B.A. degree with dual majors in Political Science and History, and a minor in International Relations.

Dr. Quinn is a licensed minister and graduate of the Women’s Institute of Ministry, and has served as a course instructor for the Bible Institute at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where she grew up in the inner-city’s Perry Homes Community. She is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and enjoys dancing, live bands, spoken word, and creative writing.

The Empowerment Agency was founded by Reinette Arnold, LCSW, MAC, FVIP in 2015. Her desire to bring together her professional experiences to promote safer communities birthed a calling to bring awareness and create change among individuals and institutions outside of the behavioral health world. The Empowerment Agency was founded on the idea that we can create innovative strategies and solutions to assist individuals and institutions in maximizing their purpose, performance and productivity.

Reinette graduated from Georgia State Universitywith a Bachelors of Psychology Degree and Minor in Sociology in 2005. She pursued graduatestudies at the University ofGeorgia completing herMaster of Social Work in2009. Currently Reinette is licensed in the state of Georgia and Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), holds a national certification as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and is an approved Family Violence Intervention Program facilitator.

In additional to specializing in behavioral health, she has also worked in public health allowing her to develop social and behavioral interventions and serve as an evaluator on several federally funded programs with a local and national evaluation component. Her evaluation experience includes monitoring a family drug court program, teen prevention programs, girls at-greater risk program, and a program focusing on the intersectionality of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence to name a few. Her work has reached nationally and international communities providing invaluable services to promote safer communities.Since founding The Empowerment Agency, Reinette has been able to provide consulting services to corporate clients, faith-based communities and individuals nationally.

Reinette is a sought after national and international speaker on various topics relating to behavioral health, suicide prevention, leadership and women's empowerment. For more information related to speaking engagements please click For Bookings and complete the contact form. A member of our team will be sure to respond.

Stephanie Leggett - will provide

Presentation Year


Start Date

3-5-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 2:15 PM


Mar 5th, 1:00 PM Mar 5th, 2:15 PM

Unmasking “Mean Girls” Panel

Session 6 (Scarbrough 2)

This featured panel discusses the prevalence of female juvenile violence; reported incidences of this violence; factors associated with violent behavior; and implications for families, schools, and communities for ending violent schoolgirl behavior.