Originally from Autryville, NC, Ruby Brown-Herring, earned her Bachelor of Social Work from UNC Wilmington and Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina.
She spent ten years in the career services field at various colleges and universities across the country. Her most exciting position in higher education was as the Assistant Director of Career Services/Co-op Coordinator for Florida Institute of Technology where she was able to see the International Space Station being built at Kennedy Space Center in 1999. She also worked in continuing education developing and planning workshops and conferences for medical, mental health and public health professionals in a nine-county service region.
Ruby has served as a trainer in various career development and mental health topics for over twenty years. In 2016, she left the continuing education field to take her dream job as the North Carolina Mental Health First Aid Coordinator leading North Carolina’s Mental Health First Aid initiative. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge and helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. She has been a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid instructor since 2014 and joined the Elite Mental Health First Aid National Trainer Corps in September 2018. She has taught over 600 first aiders in 37 courses in the adult and youth curricula, including the higher education module.
Most importantly, she is the mother of twin girls that are sophomores in high school. She is excited to be a part of the Silver Key Team to continue to empower others through professional development.