Staff bios

Meet the Carolina Protocol team that holds over 65 years of experience.

Ann Brown Cherry

In 1995, Mrs. Cherry attended the Protocol School of Washington®, where she was certified as an Etiquette instructor, specializing in basic dining skills to children, teens, and adults.  She used this knowledge to create and incorporate educational “Etiquette” moments during her cotillion classes. Later she spun off a new segment of her business to create Carolina Protocol.  These programs are custom-designed classes held across North Carolina that share how important these skills are, as well as how important it is to treat others with respect and kindness.

Mrs. Cherry is married to Kinston native Jay Cherry and they are the parents of three great adults and their spouses and 5 amazing grandchildren.


Something you may not know about Mrs. Cherry:

She completed a 9 day NC Outward Bound Parent/Child course in 1993 with oldest daughter Christian. Outward Bound emphasizes teamwork, communication, self-reliance and compassion for others.


Megan Nicole Taylor

Megan Taylor was born and raised in Kinston, NC. She enrolled in Cotillion as a fifth grade student and has participated in a variety of roles every year since.  She currently partners with Mrs. Cherry in the ownership, administration, and teaching for the Kinston Chapter of Carolina Junior Cotillions.

After high school, Megan attended East Carolina University where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. After she began teaching she went back to graduate school at Liberty University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education.  She currently resides and teaches in Winterville, NC where she is currently working with a team to create a global curriculum for advanced learners. Ms. Taylor enjoys watching Cotillion students acquire the social skills and confidence needed to be successful in life.


Something you may not know about Ms. Taylor:



Vickie Stroud Robinson

Vickie is a native of Duplin County and a graduate of East Duplin High School as well as the University of Mount Olive (UMO) where she earned a B.A. in English Communications.  She was employed at UMO for 17 years where she was Director of Young Alumni Relations before transitioning home to devote more time to her family and assist her husband with the family business, MD Robinson Farms!

Married to husband, Michael Dean Robinson, they have two daughters Ansley Elizabeth (14) and Ashlynn Sophia (10).  Vickie and her family reside in Kinston and attend Pleasant Hill Christian Church (PHCC).  In addition to being a busy mom and volunteer, Vickie works from home as an independent certified health coach for Optavia and has the pleasure of serving clients from across the United States!

Vickie also enjoys staying active in her community!  She assists with the youth at PHCC, spent over 11 years on the board of directors for the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston,  serves on the Lenoir Hospital Foundation Board as well as The Mother’s Committee at Arendell Parrott Academy.  Vickie has always had a passion for dance and has over 13 years of dance experience!  She loves sharing this passion with others, especially young adults and awakening them to their potential!

Something you may not know about Mrs. Robinson:

In the springtime, she is responsible for cutting most of her farmland. She drives a John Deere 8960 (at 400 horsepower) tractor to get the job done!