Our Team

Yvonne E. Jones, President


 Sole proprietor of Yvonne E. Jones Consulting and CEO/President of D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. to Succeed, Inc., Yvonne was born and raised in the Hill section of New Haven, CT. She spent many years working in youth development and academia at the university level.


Yvonne has worked and gained a wealth of knowledge at a federally funded job training program for at-risk youth, programming for a national Girls organization, and in community development at public school districts in Connecticut. In addition to her extensive experience, Yvonne is licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Notary Public, holds certifications in Leadership, Parent Advocacy, Credentialing in After School Education, and has a pending licensure as a Real Estate Agent.  She currently serves as the 1st Vice President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Incorporated. Yvonne holds a BS in Human Services (Magna Cum Laude) from Springfield College, is married to Keith R. Jones, and they have three adult children.

Kimberly Gaskins


Founder of K. Gaskins Consulting, Kim received her MBA from American International College. Kim started working with small business owners in 2010. She has helped business owners manage the challenges of starting, maintaining or growing their businesses.  Her unique approach allows her to design customized interactive programs for her clients which produce productivity, prosperity and a clear road-map to embracing their business' place in God's story.

After receiving her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Penn State University, she taught in Elementary Schools in North Carolina, New York and Connecticut. While she enjoyed teaching and shaping young minds, she knew there was more for her to do.  After leaving the classroom, she began a career in Corporate America.  Here she was able to put her love of learning to work in a variety of businesses. She worked at streamlining operations, negotiating and managing multi-million dollar contracts and obtaining invaluable skills she uses with her clients today.

Cassandra C. Lang


Cassandra’s professional experience as a manager includes more than twenty years of service at Southern Connecticut State University where she currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Undergraduate Admissions. As a member of the enrollment management team, Cassandra oversees the department budget and supervises the clerical operation of the department. Her professional service also encompasses her position as the President of AFSCME Local 478 Administrative Clerical Bargaining Unit representing over 400 state employees from Bridgeport to Meriden, CT.

Cassandra's community service resume is extensive and she holds several local, state, and regional leadership positions.  Currently, she is the Vice-Governor of the Northeast District of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., and a member of the New Haven Democratic Town Committee.

Mercedes Sherman


Mercedes manages all residential and community based programs and staff development at a non-profit organization in Southington. She has worked in Human Resources for the past eleven years in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and possesses expertise in identifying quality staff for residential programs.  She has a great deal of experience in recruiting/hiring, program administration, and staff development.  Mercedes corroborates with Senior Administrators to improve operations by creating personnel policies and procedures to enhance efficiencies and effectively support the agency’s greatest asset, its employees. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and African American Studies from Wellesley College along with Masters of Science in Management and Business Administration from Albertus Magnus.

Jacqueline Glover


Jacqui was born and raised in the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven, CT. As a single parent, she was always very involved in her sons' school community, attended PTA meetings and assisted in school fundraisers. She received several parenting awards attesting to her parental commitment. Jacqui retired from Oakhill School after 30 years of service and worked in a group home for adults with special needs - a job she truly loved and enjoyed.

Jacqui now volunteers for different events in the community to stay connected.  She gives back as much as she can because she was given a second chance at life. On December 25, 2015, Jacqui received a lung transplant. Now that she is no longer ill, she can give back in the way that she was taught by her mother.  Even though Jacqui now resides in Hamden,  she continues to support the Newhallville community in any way she can. Jacqui is currently a member of the National Assocition of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.

Michael P. Jodon, Jr.


 Michael Jodon always wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. He began his collegiate career at Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. He combined his studies with his experience in agriculture and athletics to assist young people with life skills. He worked in Ansonia and Bridgeport Public Schools as an Instructional Aide and served as a tutor of high school dropouts in the City of New Haven.  His career has currently advanced as a 9th and 10th grade Math teacher at Capital Prep Harbor.