WHO ARE WE
Destination Achievers Incorporated is made up of four professionals in the areas of Education, Career Development, Logistics, and Leadership who saw a need to come together and provide necessary services to underrepresented and low-income individuals and families. With our combined experiences, we can provided our students with up-to-date and relevant information that will improve their education and job readiness skills.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael B. Alston, Chairman
Michael brings to the table 20 years of Transportation and Logistical experience. He understands the importance of using education to improve business processes and meet strategic goals. In addition to his current role as Chairman, he is also Co-Founder of ALSTNTEC, LLC a SBA woman-owned DBE/SBE consulting company that provide Career and Business Development services to the Maryland area. Through his dedication and commitment, Michael works to successfully to oversee and implement several key projects to ensure the success of the workshops, events and tasks that directly affected the bottom line. As a result, the organization is able to benefit from his efforts through new structures, policies and organizational balance.
Michael’s vision is to simplify any situation via his mantra “finding the problem, working the problem and resolving the problem”.
Anne Alston, President and Executive Director
Anne Alston is a person who is passionate about education. With more than 25 years of experience, Anne’s extensive background comes with the precision of providing Career Transition, Professional Development, Mentoring, and Empowerment Services. Her primary mission is to bring awareness to the importance of goal-driven preparation and works to educate our youth and adults in the areas of career, entrepreneurship, and job retention.
As an activist for adult/youth education, Anne actively participates as a workshop presenter Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Maryland Future Business Leaders Association, and the Maryland Roundtable for Education STEMnet program. She is also a Mentor with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) for which she was awarded the UMUC Alumni Achiever Award for her dedicated service. Anne earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology and a dual Master’s of Science degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance and CyberSecurity Policy from University of Maryland University College.
Paul Garwood, Vice President and Treasurer
“I work with individuals, clients, and employees who are miserable despite having success in life and are seeking to find or reignite their purpose.”
Paul Garwood is the Founder and Owner of Strive to Succeed Everyday and a Certified Master Trainer of “Empowering Parents of At-risk Males “Workshop and Adult Continuing Education Program. Paul is also the Founder of Team Legacy Detroit Basketball Club LLC working with Youth ages 9 to 18.
Paul is the Creator of The Push Through with Paul Garwood Radio Show which deals with the many issues of life.
With more than 30 combined years of Management Experience in the Criminal Justice, Airline, and Health Information fields and as a Certified Master Trainer, Paul seeks to Support, Mentor, Influence, Lead, and Empower Parents and Children.
Paul Garwood is a graduate of DeVry University with a Degree in Health Information Management and is a Registered Health Information Technologist. Paul is also a Life Empowerment and Life Transition expert.
Dr. Sharon H. Porter, Vice President of Advanced Education and Leadership
Dr. Porter is the CEO and Owner of Perfect Time SHP LLC, Coaching and Consulting Firm. Sharon is also the Founder of the G.R.I.N.D. Entrepreneur Network, and the Creator and Host of the Write the Book Now! Interview and Podcast Show.
Sharon has served as an educator for over 25 years. She currently serves as a Leadership Development Coach for novice principals and assistant principals and coordinates an induction program for first and second year Assistant Principals in a large urban school district. She is a former elementary and middle school principal.
Sharon earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Elementary Education at Winston-Salem State University, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction at National-Louis University, Administration & Supervision Post Graduate Certification at the Johns Hopkins University, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree at Walden University, a Doctorate of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership & Policies from Howard University. Sharon also holds a National Association of Elementary School Principal (NAESP) Principal Mentor Certification and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.