Meet Our Team

Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson


Emmaus is led by Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson. Dr.Cuthbertson is a Charlotte native and graduate of West Charlotte High School. Dr. Cuthbertson received her B.S. in Psychology from Elizabeth City State University. Dr. Cuthbertson also completed a Master of Social Work/Master of Divinity dual degree program from the Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Cuthbertson completed her doctoral studies in Curriculum and Instruction-Urban Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Shanitria specializes in integrating social work practice, education, community partnerships, and

Robert Mason

Program and Ministry Associate

Robert is currently a Parts and Autocare Associate at Hendrick Mini. Robert is the leader of the Emmaus Mentoring program. Robert studied Engineering Technology at Elizabeth City State University and Drafting and Design at ITT Technical Institute.


Program Assistant

LaQuita Austin

Administrative Assistant

LaQuita is currently a Transition Coordinator Supervisor at Vaya Health. Prior to joining Vaya Health LaQuita served as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of North Carolina from 2010-2016. LaQuita is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in at-risk adolescents.

Darian Cuthbertson

Community Liaison

Darian is currently a Community Engagement Officer with the Mecklenburg Sheriff Department. Darian specializes in providing support and community services to at-risk youth. Darian has been honored by Novant Health and Spectrum News as a Local Hero. Darian volunteers with the Emmaus Mentoring program and coaches little league and middle school football.

Talazia Moore

Community Leader

Talazia Moore is a Business Analyst at Bank of America. She is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and North Carolina State University. Talazia is the founder of the Gidget Girls coding camp for girls. She specializes in introducing and encouraging young girls to participate in computing and technology.