Meet The Team



Oakland born but NC raised…

I am Alvin Kennedy and depending on where I am people may refer to me as Alvin, Jr., Alvin Preston, Preston, a crowd favorite AK. To be clear I will only introduce myself as Alvin.

Before I founded DirectlyTo I spent the majority of my adult years working on Wall Street and spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in my hometown of Greensboro, NC. I am a proud graduate of both Florida A&M University (Undergrad) and Duke University (Daytime – MBA).

DirectlyTo was an idea born out of misfortune that turned into a Non-profit that I am excited to share with the world.

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I am Kwesi (rhymes with Stacy) Johnson and if you spell it phonetically it would be Quacy. Because of the sound at the start of my name I am often called “Q” by others. In recent years I have been trying to persuade people to call me KJ for short. Although my name is from Ghana West Africa, I was born and raised in Greensboro, NC.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of DirectlyTo I have spent all of my working years in healthcare. I am also proud graduate of Tennessee State University where I obtained by my Bachelor of Science in Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences and a Master of Arts in Public Administration.

Through out my life I have developed a passion for others and I understand the importance of a story. It is my hope to use DirectlyTo to help others gain a passion for people through their stories.

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