thelma moton  |  founder

Thelma Moton founded Choosing to Excel in 1991 to educate and encourage youth to make healthy life choices. She is wife to Daniel Moton, mother of 11, "Nana" to over 15, and "Great-Nana" to 4. When she isn't championing Excel across the state, Thelma loves to spend time in her garden and with her grandbabies! Contact Thelma at motont@conwayschools.net



Penny has been with Excel since November of 2008. She married her best friend Ken in August of 1997 and they have 3 children Avery, Faith and Andrew. She loves working with youth of all ages. Contact Penny at mccrayp@conwayschools.net

dani JAMES  |  Family Support Director

Dani is Choosing to Excel's Data Coordinator as well as the Program Manager/Supervisor for Healthy Families of America. Dani is married and has 4 beautiful children, Kayla, Deylan, Khye, and Dana. In her spare time she likes to do nail art, read, and spend time with family and friends. Contact Dani at motonda@conwayschools.net

ClevElon ROBERTSON  |  Healthy Families Program Coordinator/ Supervisor

Hi, I’m Clevelon Robertson and I am from Dumas, Ark. I have 2 sons whom I adore. I love to laugh and spend time with my friends and family. I also like to run (occasionally, when there is a medal at the finish line) and travel when I can. Contact Clevelon at robertsonc@conwayschools.net


Hello!  I'm Bijoux and I'm a Little Rock native who enjoys doing live music shows, working out, and napping!  I also have a passion for strengthening small businesses, fashion, and hair!  When I'm not singing, exercising, napping, mentoring, shopping or making a weave, I spend time with friends and my beautiful godsons, Sidney and Shayne!

DIANKA MOTON  | Public Relations| Leadership Dev. Coord.| mentor Director

Hi :) I'm Di'Anka Moton from Conway, Arkansas. I received my Masters in College Student Personnel Services and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas in April of 2016. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc! I love to work with young people building their strengths within and also developing their leadership qualities. I want to change the world and I am beginning here in my community. I love hanging with my friends and LOVE to travel. You can contact me at motondianka@gmail.com

PRINCESS SMITH  |  program director and youth director

Princess Smith has been with Excel since April 2013. Since then, life has consisted of many changes and much growth. She is a junior at Central Baptist College and a mother to two beautiful children, Davion and Da'nelle. She hopes to be an advocate for families and marriage one day by first obtaining a degree in psychology and then becoming licensed in marriage and family therapy.

Archie Kern - MOCQ Director

Archie received his Masters in human performance with an emphasis in sport management from the University of Alabama. He was married in March of 2016 and has moved to Arkansas with his new wife when she was offered a job at UCA. Archie likes weight lifting, mixed martial arts, sports, and movies. Contact Archie at archiekern1@gmail.com


Mallory Schroeder | Family Support Worker/Program Director

Mallory is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has always had a passion for helping children reach their full potential, and she loves having the opportunity to do just that through Excel. In her free time, Mallory also enjoys spending time with her family and painting.

To learn more about joining our team, contact us!