A native of Greensboro, Annie Sheffield first began working with Myles of Great Hopes in 2014. Annie first learned of Myles of Great Hopes after meeting founder and president of Myles of Great Hopes, Isaac Kuria, while volunteering with Raleigh Sister Cities. Being from a rural village in Southeastern China, Annie understood the value of providing education, clean water, and healthcare to impoverished communities.
Outside of Myles of Great Hopes, Annie currently serves as secretary of the Greater Raleigh Emerald Society, an organization comprised of those in law enforcement, EMS, fire services, and telecommunications. In addition to this, Annie is also an active member of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police and Raleigh 10-13 Club. Some of Annie’s past volunteer experience includes serving on Board of Raleigh Sister Cities for three years, captaining multiple non-profit dragon boat teams, and developing a visual mapping system for the Special Olympics of North Carolina.
While an avid volunteer, Annie current focus is her coursework at Forsyth Tech where she is pursuing a degree in supply chain management. Following her time at Forsyth Tech, Annie would like to go to ECU to obtain a bachelor’s in industrial technology. Looking to the future, Annie expresses interest in getting a master’s and Ph.D. in something on the agricultural side of tobacco production. When asked about her passion for tobacco, Annie stated, “tobacco has a bumper crop of undiscovered potential, particularly pharmaceutical and industrial applications.”