Workshop Presenters

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Julie Gehring
Julie Gehring is the director of mentoring and community engagement at Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center, a nonprofit middle school for girls in grades 4 to 8 from low-income families. She specializes in parent/guardian/family engagement, mentor training and helping organizations implement the Elements of Effective Practice into their mentor programs. In 2017 she received a fellowship grant via the Eurasia Foundation's Social Expertise Exchange to work with Big Brother Big Sisters Moscow and St. Petersburg on best practices in evidence based mentoring. In 2016, she helped to launch the European Center for Evidence Based Mentoring in the Netherlands.
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Christina A. Herbin, MA
Christina Herbin, MA, LPC, NCC is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Section, at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School. She assists with a community-based initiative project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore the impact of mentorship on youth outcomes. In addition to research, she is a licensed professional counselor in private practice serving adolescents and young adults. She attained further training in TF-CBT and EMDR to better serve her clients. Christina has interests in promoting positive psychological youth development, exploring the role of mentoring, and developing community-based prevention approaches to benefit youth.
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DeMoine Adams
DeMoine Adams is the Program Director for the TeamMates Mentoring Program which was started in 1991 by former University of Nebraska Head Coach Dr. Tom Osborne. DeMoine manages multiple teams that provide match support strategies, school district leadership, and on-going mentor training (secondary & post-secondary). DeMoine is originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas and was a former football player who played at the University of Nebraska, Edmonton Eskimos, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, and San Francisco 49ners. DeMoine received his Masters in Educational Psychology and is currently pursuing his doctorate with a research emphasis on Leadership, Motivation and Sociology.
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Anteneh Addisu
Antneh Addisu, also known by his stage name, ANTHM, is a rapper from Manhattan, NY. Of Ethiopian descent, ANTHM was born in Russia. Before pursuing a rap career, ANTHM attended Duke University and then went on to become a trader at the Wall Street firm Citigroup. Anteneh is now the lead business and philanthropic strategist for the Luol Deng Foundation and has spearheaded many community-wide philanthropic projects.
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Stacy Agee
Stacy Agee is often heard proclaiming that she has the best and most fun job in the world. As our Director of Communications and Development, she gets to share our mission and raise the funds needed to keep us operational (and growing!). Her job keeps her on her toes creatively (writing, event planning, special projects, campaigns, design), and also feeds the extrovert in her (speaking engagements, networking, and just telling the Fortress story at every opportunity).
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Leigh Allen II
Leigh Allen II is the Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), Inc. Since 2014, he has also served as the Maryland Region Coordinator for the CLICKS high school mentoring program. Mr. Allen, who has more than 19 years of experience in a variety of supervisory and managerial capacities in the private, public and non-profit sectors, earned an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University and a MS in Organizational Leadership degree from Nyack College. He received his BA from Atlanta's Morehouse College and currently resides with his wife and children in Waldorf, MD.
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Chelsea Aquino
Chelsea Aquino joined Mass Mentoring Partnership in 2016. As the manager of government relations and public policy, she develops and drives MMP's policy efforts, and for those of their partner organizations across the state, maintains relationships with key stakeholders, and constructs campaigns for driving public financial resources to the field. In the last year, she's focused on public policy that systemically addresses high dropout rates among at-risk youth. Prior to her work at MMP, Chelsea served as the Associate Director for the Mass Women's Political Caucus and Finance Director for Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.
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Erik Auerbach
Erik Auerbach has been First Exposures' Program Director since 2005, overseeing all programmatic, financial, and exhibition aspects. Until 2013 he taught the program's weekly darkroom photography classes. Erik was a mentor with First Exposures for one year prior to taking over as program director in 2005. His photography has been exhibited and published nationally and has taught photography at several Bay Area Universities. He is co-chair for the All SF Concert Committee that issues the Ellen Magnin Newman Award since 2016 and has presented at the NMS in 2016 and 2017. Erik holds a BFA from San Francisco State University.
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Brooke Baker
Brooke is a Partner at Edgework Consulting and brings a diverse portfolio of organizational development, human resources, and management experience to Edgework, spanning the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Brooke has deep experience and interest in leadership, team effectiveness, and organizational dynamics during change. Brooke's talent for seeing and leveraging connections and her belief in the power of collaboration are fundamental to how she approaches her work, both in developing strong client relationships as well as creating dynamic facilitated learning and team experiences. Brooke partners with her clients to ensure initiatives are high impact and closely aligned with strategic goals.
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Hillary Bardwell
Hillary Bardwell has experience in corporate and community partnerships, student mentoring, project management. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of America she spearheads LGBTQ youth mentoring grant projects, hosts LGBTQQ sensitivity training webinars, and organizes initiatives including a highly active Community of Practice forum for discussion, resources and peer sharing. Previously, Ms. Bardwell launched career workshops for public policy students; mentoring programs for special populations including LGBTQ, international, and high-achiever minority students at Rutgers University. Her programs served as models for peer institutions. She received her M.A. in Education & HR Development. Bardwell is a Big Sister for over 7 years.
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Sherry Barr
Dr. Sherry Barr, Managing Director, Operations & Evaluation, at CSS, oversees the implementation and evaluation of CSS's cross-age peer mentoring programs. She is Project Director for two federal grants, from U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to investigate the effectiveness of CSS's high school transition and peer leadership program on improving educational outcomes and reducing teen pregnancy among students in rural communities. She holds a doctorate and master's degree in school psychology from Rutgers University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Millersville University.
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Laura Batt
Laura Batt, Director of STEM Programs for Sea Research Foundation, has more than ten years of experience working with at-risk youth and developing multimedia science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula for implementation in a group mentoring setting. Batt has managed training and technical assistance support for multiple OJJDP-funded Multistate Mentoring grants. She also directs STEM messaging and produces content for Sea Research Foundation's conservation, education, and research programs.
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Sarah Benson, M.S.
Sarah Benson is a Licensed School Counselor and Program Director for the Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program of the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. Sarah has a Master's Degree in School Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor. She served in the Army for seven years and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. Currently, she volunteers with a Fargo based non-profit, providing grant writing services, program development and case management procedures for youth/young adults experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges. Sarah is working toward her Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor credential.
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Mark Billings
An inaugural recipient of the 2017 Summit Fellowship Program, Mark has served as a program & communications coordinator with the Best Friends Mentoring Program in rural southwestern North Dakota for 3 years. He has nearly 20 years of professional and volunteer experience building partnerships and coalitions for nonprofits, community organizations and on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in Chicago. In the past 2 years, he has launched successful mentoring pilots in rural communities of 2,500 or less. Mark has a BA from Wheaton College, Illinois, and a MS from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.
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Lisa Bottomley
Lisa Bottomley is the Senior Mentoring Specialist at MSU Extension. She provides leadership to 4-H youth mentoring efforts in Michigan including curriculum/ resource development, professional development, and grant management. Lisa has taught a graduate level youth mentoring course for MSU. She was the project director for the mentor training curriculum, Ready to Go: Mentor Training Toolkit, which is used internationally by a variety of mentoring programs. She has served on the National Mentoring Center Stakeholders Council and the Mentor Michigan Providers Council. Lisa has a Master of Arts in Youth Development from Michigan State University.
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Gail Breslow
Gail has led The Clubhouse Network since 1995. Previously she spent 12 years with Gemini Consulting, an international management consulting firm, where her work focused primarily on strategy implementation and organization management for Fortune 500 companies. Gail's professional career has its "roots" in the non-profit sector; in the late 1970s she served as Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Gail holds an MBA from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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Bill Bright
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Ken Broermann
Ken has 11 years of nonprofit experience as a program director, trainer and consultant with Mentor Rise, ZIM Consulting, the National Mentoring Resource Center, and Mentor Colorado helping organizations develop successful strengths-based collaborations with their staff, clients, nonprofit peers and funders. He is skilled at leading projects focused on fund development, personnel management, program development, volunteer recruitment, volunteer training, and customer service. Ken has experience leading grassroots organizations as well as international nonprofits. He serves on the Mentor Colorado Steering Committee and was co-chair of the Youth Mentoring Collaborative of Denver.
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Andrae L. Brown
Dr. Andrae L. Brown is the President of Heru Consulting, an independent clinical, research and consulting practice. He focuses on developing treatment models that use the strengths and supportive structures of families, schools and communities to address trauma, violence and substance abuse. Consultation, research, and clinical interests include resilience in street-life oriented families, liberation psychology, the psychosocial development of adolescents living in the urban context, cultural equity in service provision and empowering system involved families and caretakers. Dr. Brown's work also addresses global issues such as homelessness, poverty, mass incarceration and health disparities by developing systemic interventions and informing policy.
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Mark Brown
Dr. Brown led a mid-sized youth mentoring program where he worked with the state MENTOR affiliate to achieve Expert Partner qualification. Dr. Brown’s eclectic career includes: 15 years as director of a large mental health clinic for children and while maintaining a small private psychotherapy practice; 15 years as a professional musician; 3 years as an Associate Director at a large community action that served low-income and homeless residents while maintaining a small private psychotherapy practice. Mark served the state’s MENTOR affiliate on the Board of Directors, Program Committee, and currently as a consultant for technical assistance
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Emily Bublitz
Emily is a former Program Director for the Reach and Rise® Group Mentoring Program of the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties in Fargo, North Dakota. She provided direct service by recruiting, screening, and training mentors, meeting with referred youth and families, matching mentors with mentees, and provided on-going, in-depth case management and support to mentors, mentees, and families. Emily has her Master's of Science degree in Communication and is a faculty member at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota. She is currently a doctoral candidate studying Occupational and Adult Education at North Dakota State University.
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Emmet Campos
Mike Gutierrez, M.Ed, is the program coordinator for the Project MALES mentoring program. He served as a graduate assistant for Project MALES from 2013-2015 and has worked at UT Austin since 2009 as a student. He completed his Master's in Education in the College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) program in Spring 2015 and a Bachelor's in Psychology in 2013 from the University of Texas at Austin. Mike's research interests include Latinx first generation students, student success initiatives and the role of mentoring in the success of students of color.
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Julio Carrillo
Julio C. Carrillo serves as th Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta. He is responsible for managing the daily operations of the agency, which include customer relations, enrollment, match support, and the agency’s call center. Julio is also responsible for managing long-term agency goals, which include program quality analysis, child safety, budgeting, and grant execution. Under his program leadership, BBBSMA has consistently met or exceeded national program standards establishing the Metro Atlanta agency as a model for measuring the success of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
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Timothy Cavell
Tim Cavell is Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. His work focuses on parent- and mentor-based interventions for children at risk. Funding for his work comes from the Institute of Education Sciences, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. He has authored over 75 journal articles and chapters, as well as 2 books: Working with Parents of Aggressive Children: A Practitioner's Guide (2000), and Anger, Aggression, and Interventions for Interpersonal Violence (2006). Current projects focus on Lunch Buddy mentoring for bullied children and school-based mentoring for military-connected children.
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Lorie Clark
Since January 2002 Lorie Clark has been the High School Specialist (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools) for Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program. She works with high school students to provide them with
opportunities, resources and enrichment to be successful in high school and beyond. Lorie is the advisor to the Multicultural Student Achievement Network (MSAN), in this capacity she works with students at four high schools and their focus is on closing the achievement gap, equity, raising standards for all students to achieve, and identifying solutions to stop disproportionate school suspensions for students of color. For the past two years, students have also been engaged in changing local policy. What she finds most rewarding is being able to encourage high school students to flourish, grow, and reach their potential. She is also the Advisor to the Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute (YLI). The Youth Leadership Institute provides leadership training, service-learning, and 21st century critical thinking skills to high school students. Students are encouraged to use their voice to fight for educational and human rights. Lorie continues to organized several alternative local, national and international service-learning trips for high school youth. Lorie has served on several boards including: The Women’s Center of Chapel Hill, The Sonja Haynes
Stone Center for Black Culture and History, Friends of the Seymour Center, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Campus Y, and the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition. Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership is a member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign. Lorie serves on the Coordinating Committee which is made up of DSC member groups from across the country and provides oversight and support for the campaign. Lorie has learned to embrace life to its fullest. She believes that “to whom much is given, much is required” and that you should dream until your dreams become your reality. Her passion is empowering youth to fulfil their dreams and providing them with the opportunity to do so. Lorie is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Gary Clemons
Gary Clemons started at Friends of the Children, Portland in 2008 as a Friend to eight boys. He later became a Team Leader, then Manager of Child Selection and Special Projects, which allowed him to support program development and fundraising efforts for the Portland chapter. Now National's Vice President & Chief Program Officer, Gary facilitates innovation, fidelity, outcomes, and collaboration of the program model and data across the National Network.
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Amanda Cleveland Teye
Dr. Amanda Cleveland Teye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at James Madison University teaching in the Master of Public Administration program. Her work is focused on community-based outcomes measurement, assessment, and impact evaluation. Dr. Teye has extensive experience in evaluation research and consulting. Currently, she is working as a lead researcher on the BBBSA Youth Outcome Survey revision project in research design, scale development, and data analysis.
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Elycia Cook
Elycia Cook utilizes her extensive experience in Business Development, Community Engagement, Training and Employee Development, Fundraising, Board Development to ensure the vision of FRIENDS FIRST MentorLife- Always making sure someone is investing in you, while you are investing in someone else.
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Becky Cooper
Becky Cooper leads Friends for Youth, a program of excellence cited by the Gardner Center at Stanford and Department of Education. Becky was a keynote at Singapore’s National Youth Council Conference, member of the California Governor’s Mentoring Partnership QAS Committee, guest at a White House Mentoring Ceremony, inductee in the SMCo Women's Hall of Fame, and member of the national Mentoring Children of Prisoners Support Center Advisory Board. Becky co-authored Running a Safe and Effective Mentoring Program and developed SAFE programming. She participated in Kettering Foundation’s research conversations, contributing to the book, Community Educators, and researching mentoring’s impact on families.
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Frank Cox
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Katie Cubina
Katie Cubina, Sr. Vice President of Mission Programs for Sea Research Foundation, has more than 20 years of experience in youth development, mentoring, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) content and pedagogy. Cubina has served as the project director for multiple OJJDP-funded Multistate Mentoring grants. She also oversees all education, conservation, and research areas at Sea Research Foundation's Mystic Aquarium.
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Anna Currie
Anna Currie is the Vice President of Operations for Boy With a Ball, an international youth development organization. She has been part of the design and implementation of several mentoring programs both here in the U.S. and internationally. Anna was the executive director of BWAB Costa Rica and BWAB San Antonio prior to moving to the Atlanta area in 2013 to join BWAB Global. Due in part to Anna's French-Arab background, she has a particular care about seeing programs be culturally relevant and impactful to the area they are in and the problems they are addressing.
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Russel Dains
Russel Dains is a dynamic and enthusiastic leader, presenter, and educator. He is passionate about giving students the tools they need to be successful contributors to their communities. He holds a degree in biblical studies, and has over 15 years of experience in working with youth in a variety of settings, including mentoring, youth ministry, and non-profit organizations.
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Ronin Davis
Ronin Davis oversees the Community Initiatives technical assistance team at the CSG Justice Center. Community Initiatives provides support to Second Chance Act grantees running mentoring programs, fatherhood and family-based programs, and technology-career training programs. Ronin's work focuses on the partnership between community-based agencies and corrections and juvenile justice agencies. Prior to the CSG Justice Center, Ronin worked on the Strong Fathers, Stronger Families program at Seedco and on alternatives to incarceration for vulnerable populations through internships at the Legal Aid Society and the Center for Court Innovation. Ronin began his career working in juvenile detention in Colorado.
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Derald Davis
Dr. Derald Davis has been an educational administrator with Kansas City (MO) Public Schools for more than 20 years and has implemented various long-term, evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes for students. As Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Special Projects, he is responsible for supporting high-priority district initiatives, including the development and supervision of a district-wide youth mentoring system. Dr. Davis is the recipient of the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, awarded by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation; and the Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award, awarded by the National Alliance of Black School Educators.
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Jan De la Cruz
Jan De la Cruz provides technical assistance through on-site and distance learning to government agencies and nonprofit organizations planning and implementing reentry programs, primarily those incorporating mentoring in their service delivery. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Jan worked as an administrative/operations specialist at TGM Associates. For his Master's capstone, Jan studied policy issues in New Jersey's community release program and presented alternatives to improve oversight on the state's halfway houses. Jan received his BA in criminal justice and his MPA, specializing in operational oversight, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Michelle Derosier
Michelle Derosier, Director of Programs, helps iCouldBe manage, sustain, and grow program relationships with national and international corporate, community, and school partners. She is especially passionate about finding and bringing opportunity and hope to underserved communities who would otherwise be without.As an undergraduate at SUNY New Paltz, Michelle supervised the campus crisis/non-crisis center and conducted extensive mental health and sexual assault trainings for students and staff members. Michelle then earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, worked with Kaplan, Inc. to manage tutors for students in low-performing NYC schools, and began her career with iCouldBe.
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Dax Devlon Ross
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Chad Driscoll
Chad works for Volunteer Iowa as a Program Officer. He has been with Volunteer Iowa 4 ½ years providing support, technical assistance, and program development to National Service programs and mentoring programs across the state of Iowa along with supporting National Service efforts during times of disaster. Before joining the Commission, he was an AmeriCorps Program Director and is a proud AmeriCorps Alum with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Davenport, IA. Chad has been involved in local and national AmeriCorps Alums activities since he served as a member. He is an active leader with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Des Moines
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Aaron Dworkin
Aaron Dworkin serves as President of the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) national network where he works to ensure program quality, collaboration, growth and sustainability amongst the 20 ASAS chapters serving more than 75,000 low income, urban students in 400 Title I schools across the U.S. He oversees government advocacy and the national program and evaluation departments. Aaron previously served as the ASAS national program director and founded and led Hoops & Leaders, a youth leadership and mentoring program in New York City. He holds degrees in Education and Public Policy from Harvard and Columbia and lives in Washington DC.
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Meka Egwuekwe
Meka Egwuekwe is Executive Director of CodeCrew, an innovative, mentorship-based youth coding initiative guiding young people in Memphis to be tech producers. Since founding CodeCrew with two co-founders and the support of the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation in May 2015, Meka has worked tirelessly to make computer science education available to kids across the city. Through its afterschool programs, in-school electives, and internships, CodeCrew today teaches nearly 200 kids per week how to build mobile apps, web sites, and video games, as well as build and program robots and drones.
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Seth Ellis
Seth is passionate about serving youth, building community, and developing a culture of philanthropy among young people. He has worked in higher education and youth development organizations for more than ten years. At Summer Search, Seth is chief evangelist for engaging alumni in every facet of its work: as volunteers, staff members, donors, and cheerleaders in their communities. In representing and engaging the voices from the most permanent stakeholders in the Summer Search community, Seth deepens the relationship between Summer Search and its nearly 3,000 alumni.Seth volunteers and consults for a number of youth- and LGBT-serving nonprofits as well.
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Peter Evans
Peter Evans, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League
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Erin Farrell
Erin Farrell, LCSW, PPSC joined Mentoring For Success as a District Coordinator in 2007 and has experience in program management, school social work, mentoring, and family services. Ms. Farrell has developed outreach and training activities for MFS Site Coordinators, Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members, and mentors. In addition, she is a connector between community partners, program evaluators, disseminating evaluation findings.
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Janet Forbush
Janet B. Forbush has worked in youth development and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable youth for fifty years beginning with her service as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer from 1966-1968 and continuing involvement in both non-profit and for-profit sectors in the United States after settling in the DC area. Her primary areas of expertise are in program development and evaluation; research utilization; training/technical assistance; grant writing and fundraising; and, policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. Ms. Forbush has worked on mentoring programs funded through several federal agencies.
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Beth Fraster
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Cindy Fritz
Cindy Fritz has been the Program Coordinator of Great Life Mentoring and a volunteer mentor for high-risk youth since 2005. She holds a BS in Administrative Management from Central Washington University, is a published author and has volunteered over 20 years as a leader and teacher for the children's ministry department at her church. She serves on the steering committee of the Clark County Mentoring Round Table and as a leader of the National Mentoring Month countywide event since 2006. Cindy enjoys training mentors, is an advocate for adherence to quality standards and is an experienced conference presenter.
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Debby Gaffney
Debby Gaffney has worked for North Thurston Public Schools in Lacey Washington for 36 years and recently changed her focus to the field of youth mentoring. She has experience as a classroom teacher and public school administrator. Much of Debby's work in the school district was in the area of Student Support Services and addressing the social/emotional needs of all students. She worked within the RTI/PBIS model to deliver research-based programs to students and families. Most recently was the coordinator for the Military Student Mentoring program, a school-based mentoring program for military connected students.
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Arrah Gallaher
Arrah Gallaher, M.A., currently serves as a GoodGuides Mentoring Manager with Goodwill Industries of Denver in their Youth Career Development Services department. Mrs. Gallaher oversees one of the largest mentoring grants Goodwill Denver has ever received, through U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Goodwill International. Mrs. Gallaher has worked for Goodwill Industries of Denver for over 11 years supporting the effort to increase the enrollment and retention of underrepresented students into college. Mrs. Gallaher obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder in political science and educational practices and policies.
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Atrayus Goode
Atrayus Goode is an award-winning mentor, motivational speaker, and public servant. He serves as President & CEO of Movement of Youth (MOY), a mentoring agency he founded in 2006 as a college junior. MOY is based off a similar program that Atrayus completed during middle- and high-school sponsored by the 100 Black Men of America. Atrayus is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Practice from Duke Divinity School. He holds a Master's of Science in Organization Development from American University and an A.B. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Dana Goodrow
Dana Goodrow is a Technical Assistance Manager at MANY, where she provides training and assistance to mentoring programs throughout the U.S. Dana has worked with the Center for Applied Research Solutions' Mentoring Technical Assistance Project, the Community Prevention Institute, and CalPartners. She was Executive Director of TeenNow California, Director of the San Diego BRIGHT Families mentoring project, chair of the Mentoring Coalition of San Diego County, the President of the California Alliance Concerned with School Age Parenting and Pregnancy Prevention, and the Chair of the Healthy Teen Network. She has Masters degrees in social work and public health.
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Hannah Granfield
Hannah Granfield, Director of Mentoring Services Hannah Granfield holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and has been with The Partnership since 2014, first as Program Manager overseeing the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Network. Under Hannah’s direction, the network realized the highest utilization of the program in 2016 and increased mentor recruitment by 100%. She presented at the 2016 National Mentoring Summit on the topic of Juvenile Justice mentoring in partnership with CSSD monitoring staff. She currently serves on MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership collaborative webinar series task group and on Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice Policy Oversight
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Sari Grant
Sari Grant, LCSW has worked for Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for over 32 years. She is a Children’s Services Administrator III responsible for child-specific recruitment, and over 80 employees in DCFS’s Permanency Partners Program. Sari was the driving force behind partnered projects including Wednesday’s Child, Older Youth Adoption Project, Heart Gallery LA, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Camp Kinnect and Weekend Miracles. She is the lead for DCFS’s Recruitment Subcommittee, addressing changes to meet Resource Family Approval requirements and AB 403–Continuum of Care Reform. She has her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and MSW from CSUSD.
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Toinette Gunn
Dr. Toinette McClellan Gunn serves as the Chicago Scholars VP of Programs. If you are wondering what the VP of Programs does, Dr. Gunn leads the vision, research, and strategy for all current and future programming. She previously served as Program Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois and Executive Director for Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids (PEAK) and Student Mentor Partners, Detroit, MI. She has a Ph.D. and a master's degree both in Counseling from Oakland University (Rochester, MI) and a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI).
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Mike Gutierrez
Emmet E. Campos, Ph.D., currently directs Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. As Director, Dr. Campos serves as the chief operations officer for all Project MALES and Consortium activities and is responsible for communications and engagement with key partners. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Lee Harden
Life Skills Facilitator II for Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri Community Services Division. We Help Ourselves Program Trainer. Facilitates sessions with schools and other youth groups focusing on anti-victimization and personal safety.  Has been recognized for volunteer work in St. Louis City and School District.  Past recipient of the Riverview Gardens School District Ribbons of Gold Award.  Former Teacher Assistant in the Early Childhood Department University City School District. Family Development Credential from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Family Studies Program.  BA DegreeMSW Degree
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Bernetta Hayes
Bernetta J. Hayes serves as the Director of Prelaw Program Operations for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO). Her varied professional life has included convention bureau and public relations executive, and Presidential Appointee during the Clinton Administration. Her most coveted job has been with CLEO where she has helped over 400 people attend law school, motivating them to achieve excellence in their law school life as well as their career. She has held other positions within CLEO, including Admissions Administrator and High School Program Specialist. Hayes holds a Master's Degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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Janet Heubach
Dr. Heubach leads the youth mentoring program quality assurance process in Washington State, develops demonstration projects, coordinates pilot and large-scale rigorous research, provides technical assistance for mentoring programs, and facilitates the improvement of program evaluation for mentoring programs in Washington. Dr. Heubach previously conducted R&D in operational effectiveness and person-environment design at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She started her career as a 5th grade teacher; she has been matched with Laura, now 19, in the Community for Youth program in Seattle for that last 3 years.
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Christine Heverly
Christine Heverly is a Michigan State University Extension Educator with Children and Youth Programing. Ms. Heverly has a Master's degree in Youth Development and has been with Extension for seven years. She has brings experience in training youth and adult volunteers in the areas of youth development, social media, and communication skills. In her time with MSU Extension Christine has spent time recruiting and supporting 4-H volunteer leaders and 4-H mentors.
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Elizabeth Higley
Elizabeth Higley is the founder of Great Life Mentoring, a Promising Practice that has enriched the lives of children in the mental healthcare system since 2000. With a BS in Communications from Portland State University and a Certificate in Addiction and Mental Illness from the University of Washington, she is an Agency Affiliated Counselor, WA State. Elizabeth enjoys sharing insights from her career of over 20 years in mental healthcare, 7 years in education and over 25 years in volunteer service to women and children. She is a published author and national speaker who exemplifies, "Enjoy your Great Life!"
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Allyson Horne
Allyson Horne is a Training and Support Specialist for TeamMates Mentoring Program and has worked in the field of mentoring as a mentor, program coordinator and regional director for over 10 years. Allyson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Doane College in 1997, and earned her certificate in Strength-Based Education from the Clifton division of Gallup University in 2010. Allyson coordinates program-wide training and strength-based education for the TeamMates Mentoring Program and has presented to over 60 school districts about strengths education in mentoring. Allyson has also presented at Gallup's Strength in Education Conference for institutes of
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Ryan Howett
Lieutenant Ryan Howett has worked with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 14 years. As an officer he worked the road, Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT), and narcotics; as a sergeant he worked the road, Priority Service Unit (PSU), Crime Suppression Team (CST), and the Gangs Unit; as a lieutenant he has worked the road and currently oversees the YOU at the Northside District. He is currently working on his bachelors degree in criminal justice management. He is a dedicated father of 2 and enjoys working with children.
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Alyssa Introcaso
Alyssa Introcaso is the Program Associate for Mentoring at YouthBuild USA and has been with the organization for three years. Prior to her role in the Mentoring Department, she worked under the Criminal Justice Initiatives as part of the SMART Grant (Start Making a Real Transformation) which focused its attention on serving criminal justice involved youth. Prior to coming to YouthBuild USA, she worked at Northeastern University for Student Affairs. She obtained her undergraduate and Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and has a passion for serving youth organizations.
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Mindi Jacobson
Mindi Jacobson has a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Health Services Management from the University of Rochester. Mindi’s area of expertise is grant writing, building and developing programs, and developing relationships with other organizations and community professionals. She is the founding Executive Director of Future Link and has been in nonprofit management for 10 years. Mindi devotes her time to capacity building activities, developing relationships and building infrastructure and resources for Future Link, Inc. She also handles the program management working very closely with our youth and seminar facilitators.
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Hetal Jani
Hetal Jani is an NYC native and daughter of immigrants from south Asia, which has colored her experience as an educator interested in how culture, society, and inter-personal relationships develop people. Her experiences in education has led her to pursue a Master in Psychology from Queens College of New York and Master in Education from Harvard University. Furthermore, her interest in the nexus of business and education led her to pursue an MBA from IE Business School based in Madrid. Passionate about developing youth, she started SPEAK Mentorship to provide youth the skills and network for increased access and opportunity.
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Roger Jarjoura
Roger Jarjoura is a Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Dr. Jarjoura has over 20 years of experience in developing and evaluating mentoring programs. He designed and evaluated a randomized-control study that examined the impact of mentoring as a component of a juvenile reentry initiative. Dr. Jarjoura has developed training programs and has provided technical assistance for mentoring system-involved youth and children of incarcerated parents. He has conducted research on mentoring juvenile offenders in a diversion program, juvenile offenders in a reentry program, and children of incarcerated parents.
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Jermaine Johnson
Lt. Jermaine Johnson, Oklahoma City Police Department
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Elizabeth Joy
Director of The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio (MENTOR's Ohio Affiliate), Founder of Survivors To Alivers, Inc. and author of "You Survived: Now What?" Elizabeth Joy combines personal and professional experience to inspire, educate, and empower others. She is a Licensed Social Worker and Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Elizabeth's work experience includes work in child welfare, mental health, corrections, and alcohol and drug treatment with a specialization in trauma. Her presentations on trauma include The National Association of Social Work, Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, and The Ohio State University College of Social Work Alumni.
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Andres Juliao
Sergeant Andres Juliao has been on the police force for 16 years. He has worked with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 14 years and worked 2 years for the Aurora Police Department. As an officer he worked the road and was a field training officer. As a sergeant he worked the road and currently oversees the YOU at the Northside District. He holds a bachelors in criminal justice from Florida International University. He is a dedicated father of 1 and enjoys working with children.
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Donnovan Karber
Donnovan Karber is the National Field Director with the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM) and lives in Wichita, Kansas. He has mentored multiple at-risk youth over the past 20 years. He helped direct and provide match support for a youth mentoring program for 10 years. Donnovan has worked with CAYM for the past 8 years where he has trained hundreds of mentoring program staff and has helped start over 100 new mentoring programs. Donnovan has served on the Kansas Mentors Advisory Board since 2013. Donnovan has a passion for helping mentoring programs become more effective and efficient.
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Michael Karcher
Professor Karcher conducts research on school-based and cross-age peer mentoring, school/family connectedness, and mentoring interactions (using the TEAM framework). Currently he serves on the Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center and is on the Research Advisory Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He authored the Cross-age Mentoring Program (CAMP), conducted a pioneering study of school-based mentoring "SMILE" with Communities in Schools), helped develop the InspireU school-workplace mentoring program, co-edited the Handbook of Youth Mentoring with David L. DuBois, and introduced the TEAM framework in the co-edited Play, talk, learn: Promising practices in youth mentoring with Michael Nakkula.
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Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller, PhD, is the Duncan and Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth, and Families in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. He directs the PSU Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring and the PSU Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research. His research interests include the development and influence of mentoring relationships, social networks in mentoring interventions, evaluation of program innovations and enhancements, the professional development of program staff, and the mentoring of undergraduates in science, biomedical, and health fields.
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Dani Kocur
Dani Kocur is the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at Fortress YDC. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner and is passionate about seeing and meeting the invisible needs of kids from hard places. This passion has driven her to develop methods and measures across all of Fortress's five programs that empower staff, volunteer, parents and kids alike to become advocates for their own emotional health.
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Sarah Kremer
Sarah Kremer is an Advisory Board member and training/evaluation consultant to First Exposures, a photography-based mentoring program in San Francisco. She has worked with adolescents in mental health, probation, school, and mentoring programs. Sarah is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, SoulCollage Facilitator, and adjunct faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University's graduate Art Therapy Psychology program, where she is also in the Doctoral program. She has been invited to present nationally and internationally, drawing upon her knowledge of adolescent development, volunteer management and screening, therapeutic treatment, art-based directives, evaluation, research, and mentoring to provide interactive workshops.
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Janis Kupersmidt
Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, Senior Research Scientist at Innovation Research & Training and a licensed child clinical psychologist, is the co-author of the 3rd and 4th Editions of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM). She is the author of one edited book on peer relationships and over 85 scientific articles and chapters on mentoring, prevention science, peer relations, and aggression. She is the developer of the only evidence-based, Web-based, pre-match mentor training program and more recently, collaborating on the creation of the Connected Scholars program for training youth to network, seek help, and become a mentor magnet.
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Sage Learn
Sage Learn is the Senior Director of Government Relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has been with BGCA since February 2015, her responsibilities include providing ongoing leadership, planning and implementation of work related to BGCA Government Relations. She has 12 years of government experience, most recently as Government Affairs Manager with the National Recreation and Park Association. Prior to that Sage had was doing GR consulting work, spent six years doing GR for Nike and initially moved to Washington, D.C., to work for Sen. Ron Wydens with roles in both policy and communications.
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Telisa Lloyd
Telisa Lloyd joined Girls Inc. in June, 2014. She brings over 14 years of experience in the public, private, and non-for-profit sectors. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Medical Sociology. She is the Girls Inc. Project Manager for the Bold Futures Mentoring Project. Prior to joining Girls Inc., Telisa served as a program developer, community health educator, trainer, and a medical research consultant. She is ambitious and knowledgeable in evaluating programs and is outcome driven to strategically address, develop and implement programs and trainings. Telisa has served in numerous capacities on local, state, and national levels.
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Doris Long
Doris Long is currently the Director of the “Passport to the Future” Mentoring Program, Little Dixie CASA(Court Appointed Special Advocates)Program, Youth First Program, and the Little Dixie Victim Services Program operated by Little Dixie Community Action Agency. These programs serve three rural Oklahoma counties spanning an area of 4,023 square miles; thus, Long has an especially unique understanding of the challenges faced by a rural community program. In addition, Long was a member of the National Mentoring Children of Prisoners Support Center Advisory Board).
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Corey Manning
Corey Manning's first introduction to formal mentoring was when he served as an Americorps member with for NC Public Allies. There, he helped with the development and implementation of a youth mentoring program in Raleigh, NC called Omega CHAMPS. His professional career has remained in the field of youth development, including mentoring, leadership development and substance abuse prevention. His past positions have included Program Coordinator for NC Public Allies, Director of the Mentoring Institute for Mass Mentoring Partnership, and Senior Prevention Specialist and Assistant Regional Officer for FCD Educational Services. Corey is now the Director of Mentoring at YouthBuild USA.
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Christopher Margadonna
Christopher Margadonna is the Recruitment Specialist for Mentor Rhode Island. He has a Master's degree from Rhode Island College with a concentration in Performance Pedagogy and Youth Development. On top of his daily recruitment efforts Christopher also assists in training and facilitation, coordinating social media, maintaining a current and up-to-date blog, and working on other special projects as assigned. He has helped to work on the strategic plan as well as plan staff retreats. Christopher has worked at other children focused non-profits like Rhode Island Youth Theatre where he was the Director of Education.
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Hope Mason
Hope holds an M.A. in Teaching and has a passion for graphic design and digital art. Before coming to Reach & Rise as the Group Mentoring Coordinator, she was an art teacher with the New Horizons program at Lake Hamilton School District, which targets students with special needs. She has also served as a mentor through her church.
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Whitney Mastin
Whitney Mastin has been with the Midlands Mentoring Partnership since 2010. She currently serves as the Director of Operations. In her role, Whitney is responsible for overseeing all training and technical assistance, data collection efforts, and MMP's quality assessment process. Whitney earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Iowa State University, and received her Masters of Public Administration, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Whitney is a past mentor, and currently volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Douglas County. Whitney is an alumna of Omaha Women's Fund Circles, a 2015 graduate
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Elan McAfee
Elan McAfee holds an M.L.A. and M.S. in Psychology. She is the founder of Transcending Abuse, a nonprofit designed to empower victims of domestic abuse. She left work in that field to teach English at the college level at Henderson State University and was recruited to be an instructor in their ESL department. Elan continued to work with ESL/ELL students for the next decade. She developed a strong relationship with her local YMCA and shifted into the mentoring field to join the Reach & Rise team.
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Melany Mendoza
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Ken Merrifield
Ken Merrifield is the founder and director of the Appalachia Mentoring Project (AMP). AMP is a mentoring program designed to help children living in the tri-state region of Appalachia where Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee meet. This region contains many cultural and economic challenges unique to a rural, mountain context. Ken currently divides his time working for AMP and for the Elgin Foundation, a foundation serving children from coal mining backgrounds. Prior to establishing AMP, Ken lived for ten years in Romania working with HIV positive children. The Merrifields have six children, two of which are adopted.
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Graig Meyer
Graig Meyer was the Coordinator of the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program from 1998-2014. He currently provides equity consulting services to schools and youth serving non-profits through The Equity Collaborative LLC. Graig is also a State Representative in the North Carolina General Assembly.
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Jessica Mitchell
Dr. Jessica Mitchell is the Research and Evaluation Partner at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), leading research and evaluation priorities to promote innovation across the network and strengthen positive youth outcomes in BBBS, as well as engaging thought leaders in youth development and mentoring to collectively impact youth. Previously, Dr. Mitchell worked in research, evaluation, and grant management capacities on federal and state-funded grants at the Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. Her primary areas of research include youth mentoring, at-risk juveniles, program evaluation, sexual assault, and co-occurring disorders among special populations.
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Arthur Mongillo
Art has been with the Partnership since 2015. As Manager of Community Engagement, he maps, convenes and facilitates collaboratives of community-based mentoring programs in Connecticut’s major urban areas (New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Hartford, New London) as well as provides training and technical assistance to these programs so that they can ultimately serve more youth. Additionally, Art is tracking the rollout of the federal My Brother’s Keeper initiative statewide, as well as providing support to programs that are part of the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP) initiative. QMAP is a comprehensive process for assessing the quality of the components and practices
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Joseph Montoya
Joseph Montoya, Denver Police Commander of Internal Affairs Bureau Commander Montoya as been a dedicated GoodGuides mentor since 2014. He has given over 150+ volunteer hours to our mentor program. Commander Montoya graduated from a local Denver Public School, Abraham Lincoln High School in 1981 and continued his education at Whittier College in Southern California. In 1985 Commander Montoya found his calling and left school to pursue a career in law enforcement. Joe has been a police officer for over 30 years and currently works for the Denver Police Department as the Commander of the Internal Affairs.
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Tiffani Morrow
Tiffani Morrow is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor's in Sport Science and received a Master's in Sport Management from St. John's University. As a firm believer in the power of sport to transform lives, Tiffani previously worked for NASCAR, the New York Jets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tiffani joined the Grizzlies Foundation in 2012 as an Americorps VISTA member, and today strives to have a meaningful and measurable impact on students' lives as Manager of the Grizzlies TEAM Mentor Program.
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Sher Moua
Sher Moua is the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Program Manager for Youth Leadership Institute. Sher has a M.A. in Socio and Cultural Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.A. in Socio and Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. He is fluent in spoken Hmong and is the son of Hmong refugee immigrants. His partner, Kristina, is a first grade teacher. They live in Fresno, CA and have two young daughters, Juliet and Abigail.
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Emily Murphy
A Dickinson North Dakota 2016 Special Olympics Coach of the Year, Emily is the program and volunteer coordinator with the Best Friends Mentoring Program (BFMP). Graduate of the University Of Wyoming holding a BS in Family and Community Services. In her position, Emily manages more than 200 special event volunteers, as well as work with social services, foster care workers and agencies, the community, and local schools to pair foster youth with trained mentors. Under a new initiative started earlier this year, BFMP expanded its outreach to include some of the estimated 55 youth in Stark County foster care.
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Robert Neese
Robert Neese, MSW, Reach & Rise Mentoring Research Lead YMCA of San Francisco has more than 25 years of experience of successfully implementing and managing Federal, State, and local grant funded programs. Mr. Neese joined Reach & Rise Mentoring in 2010. Prior to coming to Reach & Rise, Robert spent many years in leadership within non-profit mental health & community service organizations.
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Julie Novak
Julie Novak has served as BBBSA's leading expert on safety for the past twelve years, leading the nationwide advancement of effective child abuse prevention strategies. She serves as a Board Member of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, as VP of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, and as a member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Advisory Group. She's served as a member of Vice President Biden's Gun Violence Task Force, and in numerous international, national, statewide and local leadership and advisory capacities. She holds a degree in Economics/Administration.
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Ronnie Pawelko
Ronnie Pawelko is Elections Counsel for Alliance for Justice. Before joining AFJ, Ronnie was General Counsel at Family Planning Advocates of New York State where she focused on reproductive health care policy and worked with New York's Planned Parenthood affiliates to ensure their advocacy and political activities were conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. She also served as Treasurer for the Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York PAC and the Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York Political Committee. Previously, Ronnie served as Health and Human Services Team Counsel for the New York State Senate and as staff attorney
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Al Petitpas
Albert Petitpas is an emeritus professor in the Psychology Department at Springfield College where he directed the college's Center for Youth Development and Research. Al has served on the program and curriculum development teams for several youth development initiatives, including Academics in Motion, Play It Smart, The First Tee's Life Skills and Mentoring Programs, the NCA A's Youth Education through Sports (YES) Program, the Montreal Alouettes' On-Point Program, CLASP, and the AthLife Foundation.
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Corbin Pickett
A social entrepreneur at heart with formerly multiple years of business development experience within the world of digital media. Additionally, I have several years of entrepreneurial non-profit experience with a focus on mentoring and socio-economic empowerment of minority communities. My combined for-profit and non-profit experience has provided me with a unique yet well-rounded knowledge of business, especially within organizational strategy, engagement and branding.I currently support young people as a college and career coach and strategist and also I sit on the leadership team for the California Mentoring Partnership, supporting with business development, digital strategy and cross-sector engagement.
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Julia Pryce
Dr. Pryce believes in the potential of non-parental adults in the lives of youth at risk, and has spent her career studying relationship processes within mentoring. Her work on attunement has been applied to settings across sites and programs, and preliminary data suggests that attention to attunement can enhance staff roles and mentoring relationships. Dr. Pryce's work in mentoring has been funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services. She is eager to work with practitioners in a mutual and fruitful cycle of teaching and learning.
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Elizabeth Raposa
Elizabeth Raposa is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at William and Mary. She was a MacArthur Foundation postdoctoral fellow through which she conducted at the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. She has published on both natural and assigned mentor relationships.
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Lauren Reicher Gordon
Lauren Reicher-Gordon is VP and Director of Kidsave's Family Visit Model programs (FVM). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCLA. In 2000, she joined Kidsave as the Program Manager for the Summer Miracles family visit program. She began working with Los Angeles County in 2005 to adapt Kidsavee's FVM to a weekend format for US foster youth; Lauren is the driving force behind Weekend Miracles' success. Lauren plays a critical role in developing domestic and international programs that have found families and made connections for over 1,900 children who were growing up in institutional care.
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Jean Rhodes
Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyd Professor of Psychology and the Director of the MENTOR/UMB Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. She and her colleagues have published many studies on youth mentoring.
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Wesley "Chip" Rich
Wesley "Chip" Rich, LMFT, Vice President YMCA of San Francisco is a licensed mental health professional who possesses more than 35 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating Federal, State, and local grant funded programs. Mr. Rich is the architect of the original Reach & Rise Mentoring Program, which he developed in 1993.
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L. Kimo Richardson
L. Kimo Richardson is the Director of Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation at the Council on Accreditation. In that role, he oversees an accreditation process for early childhood, afterschool, and youth development programs throughout the US and in parts of Asia and Europe. Kimo holds masters' degrees in Organizational Leadership and Practical Theology from Regent University and a B.A. in Communication from Rutgers University.
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Ashley Richmond
Ashley Richmond joined Girls Inc. and the Research and Evaluation Department in August, 2016. She brings to the team a strong background in data collection and analysis, as well as a developing talent for data visualization. Prior to joining Girls Inc., Richmond served as a research assistant with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute in Indianapolis where her research focused on individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Richmond holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Purdue University and a master's degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
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Stephanie Rivera
Stephanie Rivera is the Volunteer & Outreach Director at Compeer of Greater Buffalo. Prior, she was Director of Adult Services and Program Coordinator of Kids Services. Stephanie holds an Elementary Education and a Social Work degree from The State University of New York College at Buffalo. Ms. Rivera is a certified trainer in the Adult Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid USA. She has mentored three individuals over the years. She created a 2,300 member Buffalo Volunteer and Friendship group through meetup.com. She is a proud mom to her daughter.
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Desiree' Robertson
Desiree' Robertson is the Senior Manager at the Memphis Grizzlies and directs the TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership. She manages the training institute, AmeriCorps VISTA project and mentoring program continuous improvement process. As part of her career path, Desiree" created and managed a quality mentoring program for Girls Incorporated of Memphis. She is currently a National Technical Assistance Provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center and serves as a member of the Mentoring Affiliate Advisory Council (MAAC). Desiree' is a graduate of University of Memphis, with a Master's in Sociology and teaches Sociology and Youth Mentoring as an adjunct professor.
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Margo Ross
Margo Ross, Psy.D., is a Managing Director at the Center for Supportive Schools, a nonprofit organization with a 38-year history of partnering with schools to train and mobilize students to be lifelong leaders who make schools better for themselves, their peers, and younger students. Dr. Ross has been a member of the staff at CSS for 20 years and is a certified school psychologist in New Jersey. She holds both a doctorate and a master's degree in school psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.
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Rebekah Roulier
Rebekah is responsible for day-to-day operations and supervision of staff and programs at Doc Wayne Youth Services. She comes to Doc Wayne with extensive experience in coaching and work in youth services. Rebekah has a BA, Ed.M. and CAGS in Counseling with a sub concentration in Sport Psychology from Boston University and is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). She is an alum of Boston University's Questrom School of Business' Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
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Tashanna Rucker
Tashanna joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri in May 2014 bringing nearly 10 years of higher education experience to the agency. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Public Administration and Policy Analysis. In her current role, Tashanna develops and maintains relationships with graduating mentees helping them create pathways to success. She cultivates key education and employment relationships with post-secondary institutions and local employers and works with the Chief Program Officer to lead and develop this new initiative for BBBSEMO.
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Christian Rummell
Dr. Christian Rummell has over 20 years of experience as a researcher, training and technical assistance provider, and practitioner in the youth mentoring field, with specific expertise on mentoring LGBTQ youth. Currently, Dr. Rummell is a Senior Researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR). At AIR, Dr. Rummell co-authored a report on LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system and also studied the approach of cross-sector collaborations to prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness. Previously, Dr. Rummell was a dissertation research scholar at Portland State where he conducted one of the nation's first studies that examined mentoring for gay youth.
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Christina Russell
Christina Russell is a Managing Director at Policy Studies Associates, a Washington, DC-based firm that conducts research, evaluation, and policy analysis in education and youth development to help its clients make sound program decisions. Christina is an experienced evaluator of complex initiatives, including of out-of-school time programs and the role of community-based partnerships in promoting positive outcomes for youth. She frequently works with nonprofit and governmental organizations to design, develop, and implement evaluations that can provide ongoing and actionable feedback on program performance and improvement. Ms. Russell earned her A.B. at Stanford University and her M.Ed. at Harvard University.
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Elizabeth Santiago
Elizabeth Santiago is the Chief Program Officer for MENTOR. In this role, she is responsible for and actively involved in the management of programs and services for a wide range of stakeholders. She works with a team to implement a continuous quality improvement process throughout the program and service areas, focusing on systems and process improvement. Prior to MENTOR, Elizabeth gained extensive experience in program management and development, instructional design, curriculum development, training and professional development with organizations such as Jobs for the Future, Simmons College, Babson College, Houghton Mifflin, and World Education. She has specific experience in working with vulnerable or at-risk youth and the systems and people that serve them. She has taught high school equivalency courses within school districts, community-based organizations and through unions, and managed the GED/high school equivalency program at the Harriet Tubman House in Boston, MA. She has also built a professional development service for teachers and principals designing education programs for first-time college goers and with at-risk youth.
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Kate Schrauth
Kate Schrauth, Executive Director of iCouldBe, drives the organization to live its mission to help thousands of teens reach their true potential and is especially passionate about engaging the many mentors, schools, companies, and supporters who make mentoring possible. Kate studied political science with a focus on social movements at Boston University and for the past 25 years has created, led or grown youth-driven organizations such as Artists for Humanity, Harvard Student Agencies, and Jumpstart. When she's not leading iCouldBe to new heights, you can find Kate cooking gourmet meals for family and friends.
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Angie Scott
Angie Scott has served as Associate Director, Child Safety for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America since 2015. In this role, Scott supports the research and advancement of effective child protection strategies across Big Brothers Big Sisters' nationwide network. Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Scott provided direct service to children and families for four years through BBBS of Tampa Bay. She has experience working within the child welfare system, as well as working directly with child and adult sexual assault and trauma survivors. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
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Lindsay Shouldis
Lindsay Shouldis, M.A., is the Senior Evaluation Manager at CSS. She leads program evaluation and research activities both internally and with schools to inform program improvement and new product development. Her expertise includes developing measurement tools and instruments, overseeing data collection and analysis, and managing complex data systems. Lindsay holds a master's degree in educational psychology, measurement, & evaluation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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Audrey Siegfried
Audrey has supported over 50 diverse nonprofits, schools, and companies as a consultant and trainer. Formerly the training manager with Mentor Colorado, Audrey led statewide mentoring initiatives for over 60 agencies. Audrey worked for twelve years with volunteers, youth, and families in Washington, DC in various capacities of nonprofit management and youth development and served as an advisor for the DC Mentoring Collaborative from 2010-14. Audrey has trained thousands of people and has served on numerous mentoring committees nationally. She is currently pursuing her MBA from University of Colorado and holds a BA in English from George Washington University.
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Steve Slowinski
Steve Slowinski has been working at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) since early 2012. He has a B.A. from Gettysburg College in a self-created major focusing on youth with special needs, and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Wheelock College. Steve has worked with youth with disabilities for the past 10+ years, and in the mentoring field for 6+ years as both mentoring staff and a mentor.
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Beshon Smith
Beshon Smith, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for Delaware and Maryland, providing strategic vision and leadership for growth in both states, while ensuring that CSS is providing the highest quality of service to partnering schools and districts. Dr. Smith has spent the past 18 years of her professional career leading organizations, programs, and services that use the transformative power of education to enhance the lives of students and their families. She has partnered with school districts in New York City, Washington D.C., and Baltimore to help strengthen student academic achievement and improve school culture and climate.
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Rebecca Stelter
Dr. Rebecca Stelter is a Research Scientist at innovation Research & Training. Dr. Stelter is an investigator on both public and privately funded grants and contracts in the areas of positive youth development and mentoring. Current mentoring projects include studies in the areas of youth-initiated mentoring; mentee and caregiver pre-match training; quality improvement processes for youth mentoring programs; mentee risk and protective factors; the long-term impact of mentoring for high-risk youth. She also provides program evaluation, training and technical assistance services. Dr. Stelter served as one of the lead authors of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th Edition.
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Dr. Elaine Swafford
Dr. Elaine Swafford is the Executive Director of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, founder of Airo Educational Consulting and Public Speaking Coach. She has over 32 years experience in public and higher education, Works with schools to build effective instructional enviroments; public speaking coach Proven expertise in middle and high school turnaround and reform Demonstrated ability to provide professional development training for principals and teachers Proven ability in planning, administration and leadership Ability to build an instructional educational environment for the benefit of teaching and learning for all students Ability to strategically analyze situations and develop solutions. Official bio provided later
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Elizabeth Tallman
Elizabeth is the Director of Education at the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. She focuses on K-12 education both in school and out of school, quality in youth programming, mentoring and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). She served as Associate Director of the Bethlehem Community Center. She worked for the National Family Literacy Center within the National Office of Head Start to help parents, administrators and teachers cultivate the love of learning in children. Elizabeth has a BA in Communications and a Master of Public Administration. She is a single mother of a teenager and a toddler.
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Manolya Tanyu
Manolya Tanyu, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research with expertise in interventions in school and community settings, systemic change, program monitoring, and evaluation in youth development, mentoring, and social emotional learning. Dr. Tanyu has led and participated in numerous evaluations to investigate processes, practices, and outcomes using qualitative and quantitative methods. She is skilled in developing data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, interviews, observations, focus groups, logs), performing and supervising data collection activities, analysis, and reporting.
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Heather Taussig
Heather Taussig, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work, has been conducting research on youth mentoring for 15 years. Dr. Taussig has directed Fostering Healthy Futures, an evidence-based program for children in foster care, since 2002. She served on the U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Panel on Mentoring, examining the science associated with mentoring programs, and was a Research Fellow at the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. Dr. Taussig currently serves on the Research Board of the OJJDP-funded National Mentoring Resource Center and is involved with the Colorado Mentoring Partnership.
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Judy Taylor
Judy Taylor is a specialist in the fields of mentoring and youth development. With over 40 years experience, her career has ranged from direct service at the community level to policy development with the White House. She has directed TA initiatives for federal agencies including coordinating TA for the U.S. Department of Education's 300 mentoring grantees, diversion of Status Offenders from the JJS for OJJDP, addressing overcrowding and reentry for BOP, and addressing youth employment for DOL. In addition to project management, her primary skill sets are in the areas of training, curriculum development, and the provision of TA.
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Joy Thompson
Joy Thompson is the Mentoring Program Coordinator for Claire's House and has been committed to youth development for the last 15 years. As an administrative analyst in higher education she created scholarship programs in conjunction with community based organizations to serve marginalized youth, personally advised and supported over 500 college level students, and developed multiple measurably successful student centered programs based on student need and feedback. Joy is passionate about helping youth bridge the gap between where they are, and where they want to be.
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Kristin Trible
Kristin Trible is quick to identify potential and connect individuals with opportunity. She has thrived in the corporate world, federal and state government, and now the non-profit environment. Kristin served as a county PTA President where the highlight was a multi-organizational study circle that explored racial issues within the public schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University and is working on a master's degree in human behavior. As identified by Strengthsfinder, Kristin is an "arranger and a developer", talents which serve Future Link well as Kristin expands their curriculum and manages a growing mentoring program.
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Jyll Turner
Jyll Turner has worked with The Clubhouse Network and Fairfax County's Department of Neighborhood and Community Services for six years. With her support, Fairfax County has grown its Clubhouse program to six community centers in diverse neighborhoods around the county: Gum Springs (Alexandria); Bailey's Crossroads, the James Lee Community Center, and the Willston Multicultural Center (Falls Church); Mott (Fairfax), and Southgate (Reston). Previously she worked for Fairfax County's School Aged Childcare program for over five years.
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Tandra Turner
Tandra Turner, Senior Research Associate, is experienced in working with nonprofit organizations to develop and apply evaluation frameworks and tools. Tandra has worked with organizations in formative evaluation of initiatives at an exploratory or pilot stage. She manages the evaluation of the design and early implementation of program initiatives, including facilitating performance improvement cycles, with the goal of providing feedback on best practices. She has also examined the replication of models in new organizational settings. Tandra earned her B.A. from Spelman College and her M.P.P. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
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Jennifer Tyson
Jennifer Tyson is the Research Coordinator in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) Research Unit. Ms. Tyson began her federal career in 2009 as a Social Science Analyst and has designed and managed diverse and complex projects, including multi-site, rigorous evaluations and translational research. Shortly after coming on board to OJJDP, Ms. Tyson served a 1-year detail to OJP's Office of the Assistant Attorney General to help design and launch CrimeSolutions.gov. Before coming to OJP, Ms. Tyson worked on a national training and technical assistance project and community-based public safety coalition.
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Laurie Vargas
Laurie Vargas, M.S., PPSC, joined Mentoring For Success as a District Coordinator in 2010 and has experience in the areas of advocacy, program coordination, mental health, and case management. Ms. Vargas has assisted in the development and implementation of training materials for MFS Site Coordinators, Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members and mentors. In addition, she recently led Mentoring For Success through an internal qualitative research design.
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Michael Vaughan Cherubin
Michael is responsible for the training and technical assistance of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success program. Prior to joining the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Michael worked as the Program Manager for D.C. United's charitable arm, United for D.C. His duties included managing all aspects of the United Soccer Club program, including partnership development, program development, program evaluation, fundraising, and staff supervision. In addition, he previously served as Operations Manager for Peace Players International in Jerusalem. Michael holds a BA in International Relations from SUNY New Paltz and a Master's in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.
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Sarah Waldman
Sarah Waldman is the Executive Director for the TeamMates Mentoring Program which was started in 1991 by former University of Nebraska Head Coach Dr. Tom Osborne. Sarah oversees all operational functions of the organization which include strategic planning, policy implementation, and ensuring adherence to the Elements of Effective Practice. Sarah received her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law and provides a strong leadership in organization development, program management and compliance.
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Angeline Walker
Angeline Walker is the Development Director at Compeer of Greater Buffalo, serving in this role for over four years. Prior to her time in this role, she spent seven years with the Erie County Children's System of Care, in wraparound programming for at-risk youth, to provide administrative support, along with, marketing & communications. Angeline has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is certified in the Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum, a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a proud mom of three children.
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Rayma Waters
Rayma Waters brings her extensive background in education and administration to her role as the Director of the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) in Hamilton County, Ohio. HEMI provides foster youth a long-term academic mentoring relationship that begins in high school and is focused on awareness of, preparation for, and completion of post-secondary education and training. HEMI is a partnership between county services and the University of Cincinnati, among other partners, and to date has demonstrated encouraging success in the work of mentoring of youth who are system involved.
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Lindsey Weiler
Lindsey Weiler, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Family Social Science and an affiliate faculty member with the Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Weiler studies the process and impact of youth mentoring programs for high-risk populations. She is co-founder of the Campus Connections mentoring program for youth at risk of delinquency, school dropout, and substance abuse which operates at Colorado State University. Dr. Weiler currently serves on the Research Board of the OJJDP-funded National Mentoring Resource Center and her research has been featured in various local and national outlets.
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Katy White
As a Technical Assistance Manager with MANY, Katy White leads the implementation of the Mentoring+ program, as well as supporting several other mentoring projects across the organization. Prior to joining MANY, Katy served at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as a program manager and specialist in program design and innovation. Previously, Katy also spent five years providing training and technical assistance to mentoring programs across the nation with Dare Mighty Things. Katy has supported the creation of statewide mentoring coalitions, managed communities of practice and provided
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Roland Williams
Regarded as one of the most energetic professional athletes of all time, Roland has dedicated his life after football to making a positive impact on the world. From launching the largest mentoring program for at-risk students in the history of his hometown to working with hundreds of professional athletes, entertainers and non-profits interested in making a difference around the world, Roland has been a true champion for mentorship.
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Sean Williams
Sean Williams joined TechBridge through the acquisition of SEMA Development, a nonprofit which he and a fellow Georgia Tech graduate co-founded to deliver affordable mobile apps to other nonprofits. He is a Performance Measurement Strategy Consultant and Solutions Architect and has worked directly with over 25 nonprofits with operating budgets ranging from $500K to $125M to manage various technology projects. Sean is an advocate for innovation and social enterprise across the country, speaking at various venues including the NTEN NTC Conference and the Points of Light Civic Accelerator Pitch Night.
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Marcus Wimberly
Marcus Wimberly has proudly served as a member of TeamBCPS for 15 years. In this time, he has taught 4th and 5th grade at several schools throughout Baltimore County. Mr. Wimberly currently serves as Baltimore County Public Schools first Mentor Facilitator. In this role, Mr. Wimberly provides training and professional development for system employees serving as mentors, actively recruits community members to serve as mentors, and provides training's to all mentors based on current research in the mentoring field. Mr. Wimberly has two daughters, one which currently attends a Baltimore County Public School.
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Polly Y. Gipson, PhD
Dr. Gipson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Section, at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School. She serves as the Director of the Trauma and Grief Clinic in Child Ambulatory Psychiatry and Director of the Frankel Pediatric Behavioral Health Program at a community-based health center. Dr. Gipson's research activities focus on community-based positive youth development strategies for underserved youth at elevated risk for traumatic stress, suicide and other adverse psychological outcomes.
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Adra Young
Adra Young is a Native of Gary Indiana, and has over twenty years of experience with the youth in and out of the classroom environment. Serving for the Detroit Impact Center as a Social Skills provider she pinpointed the lack of resources available for both middle and high school students within the urban setting. During her years with the Detroit Public School system, she served as a liaison for the "Conversation about Race" project which addressed the direct concerns of African American males at Eastern Michigan University. Certified in Suicide Intervention and Color it Real HIV and Substance Abuse Training,
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Ebony Watson
Ebony is a Program Coordinator for the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), serving as the National Program Coordinator of the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP), a career-focused mentoring program for court-involved and at-risk youth. Prior to joining IEL, Ebony was a juvenile probation officer providing counsel, assistance and guidance to youth and families and collaborating with schools to improve attendance and graduation rates for system-involved youth. Ebony was a RAMP mentor in Baltimore supporting mentees in goal-setting and decision-making skills to avoid juvenile justice system involvement.
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Patricia Gill
Patricia is a Senior Program Associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) Center for Workforce Development, serving as the National Program Director for both the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program and the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative. Before joining IEL, Patricia led mentoring and workforce development programs in DC and Chicago and provided guidance to programs across the country and in Haiti. Patricia develops and leads training in workforce development, juvenile justice, foster care, disability, youth development and voice, family partnerships, restorative justice, and employer engagement. She’s a proud adoptive foster mom and has a JD from Georgetown University.
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Matt G. Meyersohn
Matt G. Meyersohn serves as Senior Director of External Affairs for MENTOR where he oversees External Partnerships and Marketing and Communications. Previously, Matt was the Managing Director of Sports and Kid Power Partnerships for UNICEF USA. He was responsible for UNICEF’s relationships with American professional sports entities. Prior to that, he spent eight years with the Boston Celtics leading Community Relations and Player Development. Matt graduated from Wesleyan and received his MBA from Boston College. He serves as a board member for UNICEF USA. Matt was raised in Cambridge and volunteers there as a high school basketball coach.
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Sherenna Clinton
Sherenna Clinton has extensive experience in supporting youth development and mentoring programs in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She utilizes innovative strategies to successfully engage, manage, and retain volunteer mentors. Sherenna holds an M.A. in Education from the University of Missouri—Kansas City.
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Karen Burns
Karen Burns has spent the last decade developing, managing, and evaluating programs serving young adults and families. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill, and specializes in providing technical assistance and training to youth-serving organizations involved in research projects. Karen is a Research Specialist at innovation Research & Training, coordinating large-scale research projects related to best practices in the field of youth mentoring. Before coming to iRT, Karen developed and managed a new mentoring program for teen parents in rural North Carolina. She was a volunteer mentor through Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate for several years.
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Susan Spagnuolo
Susan Spagnuolo has over 30 years of experience working with, and on behalf, of youth in high risk situations and their families. She specializes in developing innovative solutions to working with the educational needs of youth facing challenges and has developed training modules in this under-developed area of service. As Senior Technical Assistance Manager at MANY, Susan provides consultation, facilitation, and training to organizations seeking solutions for young people to realize their individual assets and grow into self-sufficient adults. Susan has provided training and technical assistance to over 250 mentoring organizations. Her approach is always grounded in positive youth development.
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Sasha Peña
Sasha Peña serves as the Senior Associate of College to Careers for Chicago Scholars. As a member of Team Lead, she plays a critical role in coordinating job training, supporting workshops, managing the Career Mentor Program and helping Chicago Scholars find internships and job opportunities.
As a first-generation college graduate and former Chicago Public Schools student, Sasha understands the challenges that many students face when transitioning to college and the workforce, and is passionate about and dedicated to connecting scholars to resources.
After graduating, Sasha began a teaching fellowship with Citizen Schools, an AmeriCorps organization that provides low-income students with academic support and opportunities for career exploration. As a Teaching Fellow, she partnered with teachers, volunteers and families to foster both academic and personal growth within students. She also spent two years working for The Posse Foundation, a nationally recognized college access and youth leadership development program. She served as a Program Coordinator for the last two years where she managed volunteers for the Academic Coaching Program, served as a project manager for several key events throughout the year, and managed the annual recruitment process.
Sasha has spent the past few years relentlessly supporting youth through many different education experiences and connecting students to resources; she knows that this is where her passion lies.
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