Meet Our Senior Leadership Team

The purpose of the Senior Leadership Team is to develop org-wide strategy, culture, and outcomes.

Nickalous Manning

Executive Director

Dr. Manning is the Executive Director of Journey Community Schools. He has been instrumental in several turnaround schools in Memphis, Tennessee through his work as an assistant principal, principal, and associate superintendent. During his time in these roles, all of his schools experienced double-digit academic gains. Throughout his career, Dr. Manning has received training through New Leaders for New Schools, Harvard Principals Center, Urban Education Center, and Research for Better Teaching. In his fifteen years of being an educator in both district-run public schools and public charter schools, Nickalous served in several capacities including: teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal resident, principal, director of strategic partnerships, director of curriculum, and associate superintendent.

Dr. Manning has been named Airways Teacher of the Year, was featured in the Tennessee Education Association’s training video, “Leadership Series,” and has led a host of leadership teams and professional development series. Moreover, Dr. Manning has been a distinguished lecturer at Christian Brothers University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Memphis City School’s Teaching and Learning Academy, Urban Education Center, and adjunct professor for Performance Learning Systems in conjunction with Christian Brothers University.

Dr. Manning earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Secondary Education with concentrations and certifications in Economics and U.S. and World History. He also completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. While completing his Doctorate at Trevecca, his dissertation on single gender education earned him the coveted Trevecca Nazarene University’s Dissertation Award.

Dr. Manning resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife, Lequite, and two sons, Miller and Maxwell. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and supporting the development of children.

Monique Cincore

VP of Schools

A Native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Monique Cincore, currently serves as the VP of schools at Journey Community Schools, dedicated to helping leaders reach their leadership pinnacle through coaching.
Over a span of nearly three decades, Ms. Cincore has served in a number of roles, including Elementary Teacher, grades 1-6, Resident Principal, Founding Principal at Journey East Academy, formerly Aspire East Academy, Summer School Principal, ELA Common Core State Coach, graduate of the Relay National Principal Academy Fellow Program, and a GASL and Ryan Fellowship Principal Mentor. Mrs. Cincore was also named Teacher of the Year in Louisiana.
Mrs. Cincore states, “Educating our youth is a calling and I am excited to serve.” She also understands the importance of walking alongside teammates to help them achieve their goals.
Mrs. Cincore is a wife of almost 3 decades and is the mother of two wonderful children.
Mrs. Cincore’s motto is “Stay positive, maintain communication, and do the right thing

Matt Seigel

VP of Finance

Matt Seigel is the VP of Finance. Matt has served in a variety of leadership roles at the school and regional level, most recently as associate director of accountability and teacher effectiveness. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin and entering his 6th year as a Memphian, he holds a masters in education administration from California State University, Northridge.

Queria Nunnley

Director of Special Projects

Queria Nunnley is originally from Little Rock, AR, is a proud wife and a mother of two sons, and has been in education for over ten years. Queria earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master in the Art of Teaching from the University of Memphis. She previously taught middle school Math and has held various leadership positions including New Teacher Mentor, Director of Academic Achievement, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and most recently, Principal of Coleman School. Queria worked in both public and private schools before joining Aspire Coleman in 2014. Queria has a passion for educational equity and works relentlessly to meet the needs of scholars, families, and the community. When asked why she does this work, Queria proudly states “I want to provide opportunities for all students to recognize their social-emotional learning and to achieve academic excellence in a safe and positive learning environment.”

Tonya Randall

Managing Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Tonya Randall, is the Managing Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. She served as the founding principal of Nexus STEM Academy (now Power Center Academy Middle - Southeast). She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. In her free time, she can be found spending quality time with her husband and two sons.

Jessica Lindsay

Director of Development & Communications

Jessica is a proud Memphian who has devoted her life to ensuring that all students have access to a high quality education that includes valuable and rich learning experiences. She is a proud University of TN Chattanooga and Union University alum, with 15+ years of experience in education. Prior to accepting the role as the Director of Development, Jessica served as a lower elementary school teacher and Intervention Specialist. Jessica is excited to build strong, lasting relationships with the community in order to provide the best education for the students in Memphis.

Monicah Branch

Managing Director of Special Populations & Student Services

Monicah Branch is a Managing Director of Special Populations and Student Services with 15+ years
of special education experience. Monicah began in 2016 as a Program Manager with Aspire
Public Schools in which she developed five Moderate/Severe programs based on evidence-based
practices. She has facilitated 500+ conflict IEP resolution meetings to support families of students
with disabilities and developed a scope and sequence of content and leader training for Principals,
School Psychologists, Teachers and parents. Monicah is excited about the opportunity to lead our
Special Populations and Student Services Team and to serve at Journey Community Schools in
Memphis, TN.