Name: Stephanie King
Title: Program Director
Phone: (608) 363-2637
Since February 2006, Stephanie King has served as director of Upward Bound and the Help Yourself Programs (pre-college programs for area youth). Since her arrival, she has successfully written nine grants totaling 1.6 million dollars – including one federal grant, six state grants and two corporate grants. Stephanie previously served as the Community Service Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison for over seven years. As a first-generation college student, Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Psychology with a French minor and her Master’s degree in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in Education with a focus on College Student Development.
Name: Regina Hendrix
Title: Assistant Director
Phone: (608) 363-2190
Regina joined the Help Yourself Family in 2012, but the programs were far from unfamiliar to her. She worked as an office assistant with Help Yourself immediately after graduating from high school, then as a TA during her summer vacations after her first two years of college. Regina attended Xavier University of Louisiana, where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. Though she has a great interest and love for the sciences, she wanted to explore the array of opportunities offered to her. After pursuing her graduate education at The Ohio State University, Walden University and Alverno College, she decided to return home to Beloit to make a greater impact on the community. Regina comes to the Help Yourself Programs with a background in the Science, Public Health, Music and Education. Her creativity is unparalleled and is truly an asset to the programs. Regina is excited to be back with the Help Yourself Programs and looks forward to pushing the programs to higher heights!
Name: Sharon Meade
Phone: (608) 363-2637
Sharon Meade grew up in the Western Slope area of Colorado and settled near Rockford, Illinois in 1988.
In June 2005, she joined the Help Yourself Program as
a secretary. Prior to coming to Beloit, she worked for 15 years in the Harlem School District as manager of the Teacher Resource Department. Interacting with the students at the elementary through college level is her favorite part of her job. She feels that it is wonderful to see the growth of the students and share in a wonderful piece of their lives. In Sharon’s spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and hospitality.
Name: Gerry Carlson
Title: Program Assistant
Phone: (608) 363-2725
Gerry Carlson received her undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University in California and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of California. While pursuing these degrees and after graduating, she worked at Allstate Insurance Company. Over the years there, she enjoyed various positions such as Claim Adjuster, Human Resource Manager and Sales. She is married to Pastor Chris Carlson of Redeemer Covenant Church in Beloit. Together they have six adopted children. When not working as a Program Assistant in the Upward Bound and Help Yourself programs, she enjoys family and church activities.