Workshop Presenters

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Ayanna Abdul-Ali
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region / Entrepreneurs Beyond School Walls
Ayanna Abdul-Ali is a senior at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science in Philadelphia. Ayanna has been a part of the BBBS Entrepreneurs Beyond School Walls program and matched with Big Sister Caroline for all 4 years of high school. Ayanna has also participated in additional extracurricular activities such as Youth Action, Mighty Writers, Upward Bound, a girls summer leadership camp, Camp Sojourner, and worked over the summer at Neighborhood Bike Works. Ayanna hopes to purse a higher education and career in psychology. In her spare time, Ayanna enjoys friendly debates, dining out, movies, baking, arts and crafts, drawing, and spending time with her family.
Rodrigo Aguayo
Mentoring Program Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin
Rodrigo Aguayo is the program coordinator for the Project MALES Student Mentoring Program. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University with a minor in Criminal Justice. He completed his Master’s in Education in the College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) program in Spring 2018 at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on Latino, first-generation, students in higher education.
Cheri Alvarez
Chief Program Officer
Compeer of Greater Buffalo
Cheri Alvarez graduated from Canisius College with her Master’s Degree in Counseling Education and proceeded to commit her career to working in the Western New York non-profit community for the past 19 years. She is the Chief Program Officer for Compeer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of Compeer Buffalo’s programs as well as supporting the over 50 Compeer affiliates internationally. Prior to joining Compeer, Cheri served at the Chief Operating Officer at YWCA WNY and the Chief Operating Officer at Cradle Beach. Her career also includes a leadership role at Catholic Charities where she served as the Coordinator of Closing the Gap (CTG), responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of the community school model in the Buffalo Public schools. At Gateway-Longview she rose through positions, ultimately serving as the Director of Foster Care and Permanency Services. Cheri resides in Pendleton NY with her husband Carlos and their two children Caleigh and Devin. She is also a Business First “40 Under 40” awardee (2015), and a graduate of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York Leadership Fellows program.
Chelsea Aquino
Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy
Mass Mentoring Partnership
Chelsea Aquino serves as the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy for Mass Mentoring Partnership, where she develops and manages MMP’s policy efforts and advocacy campaigns, maintains relationships with state and local agencies, and constructs approaches for driving public financial resources to the mentoring field. Prior to her work at MMP, Chelsea served as the Associate Director for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and was the former Finance Director for Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley’s ticket-topping 2011 and 2013 re-elections. A Cum Laude graduate of UMass Amherst with a BA in Political Science, Chelsea also received a Graduate Certificate from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy program at UMass Boston. Chelsea is also involved with Big Sister’s Big for a Day program and the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
Nancy Altobello
Chair of the Board of Directors
Chair of the Board MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Nancy Altobello is Ernst & Young’s (EY) former Global Vice Chair of Talent. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of CA Technologies, a global software company; Fidelity Charitable, the largest donor-advised fund in the US; Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership, where she is also the Board Chair; and Fairfield University, where she serves as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Nancy recently retired from Ernst & Young (EY) where she held several leadership roles over a 38 year career. EY is a global organization, operating in over 150 countries, with over $30 billion in revenue and is a leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. An experienced global business leader and financial expert, Nancy has extensive experience in the areas of business strategy, P&L management, finance, enterprise risk, governance, workforce management and organizational transformation. She is a financial expert with international experience and Board experience. In Nancy’s last role at EY, she served as Global Vice Chair, Talent. Nancy oversaw EY’s talent and people strategy worldwide and was responsible for leading efforts to attract, retain, develop and cultivate the company’s future leaders. She led the organization’s efforts to transform itself from a talent perspective to ensure that it has a workforce equipped to deliver service in a rapidly changing market and the systems and tools in place to manage a multi-billion dollar investment in people. EY is undergoing a digital and automation transformation and its people and talent systems are at the heart of it. Under Nancy’s leadership, EY has been recognized as a professional services industry-leader by Universum, Great Place to Work, Diversity Inc, and is globally recognized for its innovative, purpose-driven culture. A recognized thought leader, Nancy has been published in The Economist, Harvard Business Review and The Accountant and has been featured on Fox News, CNBC, NBC and Cheddar. A frequent panelist and speaker, Nancy has been featured at the Milken Conference, Montgomery Summit, Great Place to Work Conference, Hoover Institution North American Forum and World Entrepreneur of the Year. Nancy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York and Connecticut. Nancy and her husband Joel divide their time between Greenwich, Connecticut and Boston, Massachus
Erik Auerbach
First Exposures
Erik Auerbach found photography at eleven years old and has never turned back. Erik served as a volunteer mentor with First Exposures, a photography-based mentoring program in San Francisco, for one year prior to taking over as program director in 2005. As the director he has managed First Exposures’ curriculum development, mentor coordination, and community liaisons and has overseen all programmatic finances, budget, and exhibitions. Until 2013, when the program became independent from its previous sponsor, he taught the program's weekly darkroom-based photography classes. His photographic work has been exhibited and published nationally, and he has taught photography at the Academy of Art University, and served as a guest instructor at UC Extension in San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been co-chair for the San Francisco Symphony’s All San Francisco Concert Committee that issues the Ellen Magnin Newman Award since 2016 and has co-presented with Sarah Kremer at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He attended the Friends for Youth Mentoring Conference every year between 2006 - 2014 (including participating in a panel discussion in 2009), the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring at Portland State University in 2010, 2015 and 2017, as well as attending a one-day seminar in 2013. Erik holds a BFA from San Francisco State University.
Hillary Bardwell
Director, Foundation Grants
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Hillary Bardwell has significant experience in student mentoring and community partnerships. As Director, Foundation Grants at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, she spearheads several 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. She championed a first-time in college student/alumni mentoring program at the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University; designed and taught programming for Rutgers’ first-year students in transition to college; and created college preparatory presentations in partnership with several school districts in southwest Florida, which included a mentoring program component for middle and high school students while at the University of South Florida. Her programs have served as models for peer institutions. She has been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, NJ for 8 years.
Sherry Barr
Managing Director, Operations & Evaluation
Center for Supportive Schools
Dr. Barr is Managing Director, Operations & Evaluation for the Center for Supportive Schools (CSS). She oversees the implementation and evaluation of CSS’s cross-age peer mentoring programs. Dr. Barr is Project Director for two U.S. Department of Education grants to investigate the effectiveness of a middle school and a high school transition and peer leadership program on improving non-cognitive skills and educational outcomes among students in rural and urban communities. Dr. Barr is also Project Director for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to investigate the effectiveness of a high school transition and peer leadership program on teen pregnancy. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in school psychology from Rutgers University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
Alexandra Bartz
National Innovation Manager
Summer Search
Alexandra is a passionate advocate for educational equity and an innovation leader with a history of progressively responsible experience at Summer Search, a national youth development organization dedicated to creating greater equity by increasing the number of students from low-income backgrounds who successfully enter and complete college. Alexandra has devoted her life's work to youth from underserved communities, propelled by the belief that a higher education helps unlock opportunity so individuals, families and communities can thrive. In her current role as National Innovation Manager, Alexandra is responsible for managing a data-driven, results-oriented and high-performing team to reach key student outcomes and funder goals. Alexandra has experience in program and project management, grant reporting and program evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Alexandra finds equal parts joy and challenge in working collaboratively to develop, implement and evaluate innovative programming that is student-centric and grounded in principles of continuous improvement. Alexandra earned a Master of Public Administration at UNC Chapel Hill and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University. She considers herself lucky to live in Durham, North Carolina with her husband, one-year-old daughter and Catahoula pup.
Namrata Baruah
Chief Operating Officer
Mentor Together India
Namrata has been a part of India's first and largest youth mentoring organisation for over 5 years now. In her role as the Chief Operating Officer, she has contributed actively towards the growth of the organisation in growing from 4 employees in 2013 to 30+ in 2018, in scaling from 2 cities to 5 cities and 4 villages and in being able to reach out to over 4000 at-risk young adults across the country. Being a part of this journey has helped her gain deep knowledge of contemporary mentoring programs and practices. She has led the creation of Mentor Together’s Work-Skills Mentoring Program alongside contributing to the development of other innovative programs like their mobile mentorship program.Prior to Mentor Together, Namrata was a Teach For India Fellow and the fellowship was her segue from her earlier career as a banker. Namrata started her career in banking and worked with UBS and American Express where she led operations teams for over 5 years. Namrata has always been a generalist in nature but with an inclination to novelty - explore the unexplored. She is passionate about scuba diving, baking, photography, dancing and is an avid foodie. Her mantra in life has been - " Survival of the fittest; struggle for your existence." Focus and perseverance combined with deliberate practice she believes are the keys to success.
Laura Batt
Director of STEM Programs
Sea Research Foundation/Mystic Aquarium
Laura Batt, Director of STEM Programs for Sea Research Foundation, has more than 15 years of experience working with 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 develops STEM content for Sea Research Foundation’s conservation, education, and research programs.
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Edgework Consulting
Kevin Bolduc
Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services
Center for Effective Philanthropy
Kevin leads the design, creation, and delivery of CEP's performance assessments and advisory services, including CEP’s Grantee Perception Report. He has helped to conduct and write CEP research on issues of strategy, grantmaking, and funder grantee relationships. Kevin is a frequent blogger and speaks at conferences and to funder boards and staff on topics of strategy, assessment, and high quality grantmaking. Kevin is currently on the Board of Directors of PEAK Grantmaking and was part of Aspen Institute's Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders in 2012. Prior to CEP, he worked at The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm.
Audrey Boyle
Program Coordinator
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Audrey Boyle is the Program Coordinator for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona’s Weekly Mentor Program. She trains and manages over 100 mentors who hold programming at Free Arts’ partner facilities. Prior to joining the Free Arts team, she spent a year as an Americorps VISTA, creating a Social Service Initiative for the Phoenix Public Library System. She has been working with vulnerable populations for four years and has a special interest in creative problem solving and community education. Audrey has her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from Appalachian State University.
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Bill Bright
Senior Director, Government Relations
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Adrian Bromfield
EY / College MAP
Adrian Bromfield is a senior at Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, DC. Adrian was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States at age 6. Adrian aspires to be a computer scientist, business manager, or a graphic designer. Adrian is an active member in six academic and leadership groups: Urban Alliance, Alpha Leadership Program, Ernst and Young College Mentor Assistance Program, Science Olympiad, GW Red Cross Club and the Library of Congress Young Readers Center Teen Board. In his spare time, Adrian likes to read, play video games and catch up on his favorite shows like The Simpsons and American Dad.
Carmi Brown
National Program Director
Friends of the Children
Carmi Brown, M.S. is the National Program Director at Friends of the Children where she oversees program implementation and replication across the 15 site national network. Carmi began her work with Friends of the Children as the Program Director of the affiliate chapter at Eckerd Connects in Tampa Bay in 2014 which works with children selected from the foster care system. Prior to working with Friends of the Children, Carmi worked in the human services field for 14 years, with most of her work being in the area of child welfare, holding positions as Dependency Case Manager Supervisor, Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessor, Therapist and Training Supervisor. Carmi holds a masters degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida.
Katie Brown
Program Manager
SchoolHouse Connection/Education Leads Home
Katie Brown is Program Manager of the Education Leads Home campaign with SchoolHouse Connection. She is an attorney, social worker, and former teacher. Since serving third and sixth-grade students as a Teach For America corps member in the Bay Area after graduating from college, she has dedicated her professional career to supporting the educational success of marginalized students.Katie left the classroom to pursue systemic educational change. She attended graduate school in California and was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to spearhead an education advocacy clinic in the Los Angeles Juvenile Court system–the largest in the country. In this work, she collaborated daily with school personnel, caregivers, social workers, attorneys, community-based organizations, state agencies, legislative representatives, and youth themselves to enable foster youth to do their very best—in school, and in life.Subsequently, Katie contributed to local, state, and national policy development as an attorney with the Texas Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families. She has taught at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Social Work and consulted on projects with the National Center for Youth Law, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, D.C., and Teach For All.Katie earned her Bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude in English and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. and MSW from the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in northern Virginia with her curly-haired husband, two curly-haired children, and their curly-haired rescue poodle.
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Brenna H. Bry, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita in Clinical Psychology
Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Dr. Brenna H. Bry is a Professor Emerita in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, where she served as Department Chair and Director of Clinical Training. Her research has focused on risk factors that predict adolescent conduct problems. She discovered that the probability of youths’ future problems increases as their number of risk factors increases, and that their probability of future problems can be reduced by reducing their number of risk factors. She subsequently developed, evaluated, and currently is disseminating with the Center of Supportive Schools the Achievement Mentoring Program, a school-based intervention that reduces numbers of risk factors. She has reported her findings in research journals and in her 2019 Guilford Press book with Dr. Boyd-Franklin, Adolescents at Risk: Home-Based Family Therapy and School-Based Intervention. Her work earned Dr. Bry the 2014 Prevention Science Award from the Prevention Research Society.
Vi Bui
Youth Mentoring & Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Asian American LEAD
Vi Bui is the Youth Mentoring & Volunteer Programs Coordinator at youth development organization Asian American LEAD (AALEAD), based in the Washington, DC area. Originally from Wilmington, DE she found her passion for Asian American community development through her experiences and challenges studying at the University of Delaware, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management and minored in Asian Studies. Her background as a child of Vietnamese refugees greatly informs her work, leading her to the AALEAD Youth Mentoring Program, which serves low-income Asian American youth ages 10-18. Her goal is to bring hope and healing through a focus on cultural and historical context and mental health to young people of all backgrounds. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, writing poetry, knitting, watching cat videos, and social justice activism.
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Greg Butler
Senior Customer Success Manager
Greg Butler currently works for LinkedIn as a Senior Customer Success Manager based in New York City, consulting LinkedIn’s Global Accounts in talent acquisition best practices. Greg also serves as the Vice President for LinkedIn’s Black Inclusion Group (BIG), whose mission is to utilize LinkedIn’s data, resources, and employees to close the opportunity gap for blacks in the technology industry. With a passion for helping people, Greg has used his network in tech to share ideas and think through solutions to address diversity, inclusion, and belonging issues for the greater good of his community.
Chad Butt
Executive Director
Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership
Chad is a 2004 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in Earth Science and got his secondary teacher certification credential. While in college Chad helped start a school-based mentoring program at a local middle school and was a student leader and mentor in a community-based mentoring program. Following college he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the DREAM Program, a community-based mentoring program that partners youth from local affordable housing communities with mentors from neighboring colleges. Chad transitioned to a full-time staff position with DREAM, and served as Programs Director, from 2005 through 2009. In August 2009 Chad moved to Boston, MA to spearhead DREAM’s first office and programs outside the state of Vermont. Chad returned to Vermont and joined Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership in May of 2013 as the Executive Director.
Freidricka Camille
College and Career Mentoring & Internship Program Coordinator
Asian American LEAD
Freidricka Camille is the College and Career Mentoring Program Coordinator at Asian American LEAD, a youth development nonprofit which serves under-resourced Asian American youth through after-school, summer, and mentoring programs. In this capacity, she recruits and provides on-going training for College and Career Mentors who support older youth in navigating the transition into college and/or into the workforce. Freidricka is a first generation Filipina-American who was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to the United States in her childhood. Her personal background, living in between cultures, as an immigrant youth has given her the unique opportunity to explore the meaning of identity, community, and mutual understanding from a young age. Her professional experiences include helping start-up the nonprofit Global Language Network, supporting the Peace Corps Headquarters' Recruitment and Placement offices, and managing the operations of the Corporate Work Study Program at Don Bosco Cristo, a DC based high school where underserved students earn their own tuition money through an innovative Corporate Work Study program.
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Lisa Campagne
Sales Manager
A seasoned corporate professional, Lisa has more than 20 years of Marketing, Business Development and Sales experience. Currently, she is a Sales Manager at LinkedIn leading a team of tenured salespeople who sell talent acquisition, company branding and strategic planning solutions to LinkedIn’s largest existing clients in North America. Her team provides insights to help clients inform their short- and long-term workforce optimization strategies.
In addition to her sales leadership role, Lisa is the Executive Sponsor for the LinkedIn Engagement and Development (LEAD) program. In this role, she spearheads the company’s diversity, inclusion and belonging efforts in the US and Canada, with specific emphasis on Black and Latinx talent. LEAD is focused not only on increasing the diversity of new hires at LinkedIn, but also on identifying ways to develop, grow and retain diverse talent in the long run. As part of this work, Lisa has been featured on numerous panels focused on intersectionality, leading inclusive teams, managing through change and more. She is also heavily invested in and passionate about LinkedIn’s various mentorship programs. In January 2019, Lisa began piloting a mentorship program for newly hired under-represented talent to support their success during their first year on the job.
Prior to LinkedIn, Lisa spent 12 years at American Express holding numerous roles ranging in focus from external partnerships to cardmember benefits. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from Rutgers University and a Master in Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from New York University. Lisa is currently working on a business plan to monetize and scale her proprietary approach to mentorship and career planning solution for mid to large sized companies.
Lisa lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband Chad and her ten-year old son Mason.
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Emmet Campos
Director for Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Student
The University of Texas at Austin
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Christopher Caruso
Executive Director
NYC Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools
Christopher Caruso has spent his career at the intersection of schools and communities working to improve educational outcomes and create opportunities for young people in neighborhoods with the greatest needs. He is the founding Executive Director of the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools where he has built a city-wide system of 227 community schools that integrate social services with high quality instruction; enabling schools better serve the needs of 117,000 students and families. Chris has degrees from Providence College and Columbia University and is an alumnus of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship.
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Jorge Casimiro
Vice President, Global Community Impact, NIKE, Inc/President, NIKE Foundation at Nike
Timothy Cavell
University of Arkansas
Tim Cavell, PhD is Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the U of Arkansas. He studies the role of parents, teachers, and mentors in selective interventions for children who are highly aggressive or chronically bullied. His work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He is on the Research Advisory Council for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and a member of the Research Board for the National Mentoring Resource Center.
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Alyssa Cherkin
Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship
Alyssa Cherkin is a senior manager within Corporate Citizenship at Deloitte, where her focus on driving social impact strategy has led to the development of multiple high-impact models for firm-wide activation. Alyssa serves as the national leader of Deloitte Academy, the firm’s signature mentoring program that connects Deloitte professionals with students who aspire to attend college but are unfamiliar with the critical and often discreet skills needed to succeed in that environment. As the architect of the new, research-based Deloitte Academy series, she is a passionate advocate for this model that uniquely leverages mentorship, thought-provoking content, and access to a professional setting that allows students to experience what’s possible.

The impetus for the national Deloitte Academy model was Alyssa’s success in building Philadelphia’s long-term mentoring program that connects Deloitte professionals with students throughout their high school career. Whereas the graduation rates of the students’ peers has been as low as 40%, Deloitte’s program has yielded 90%+ graduation rates in each of its four-year relationships with under-resourced urban high schools.

Since joining Deloitte in 2008, Alyssa has successfully optimized her strategic approach to Corporate Citizenship to position firm leaders in the marketplace, build brand eminence, and enhance the professional development of staff and leaders alike. Under her leadership, Deloitte has been awarded the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Philanthropy Award every year since the award’s inception. Additionally, Alyssa is a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Alyssa served as corporate development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Cancer Society, and was a marketing professional for before moving to the nonprofit sector. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University, where she also served as executive director of the Penn State Dance Marathon, a campus-wide event that raised over $1.5 million to fight pediatric cancer.
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Jordan Christopher-Purvis
JPMorgan Chase / The Fellowship Initiative
Jordan-Christopher Purvis is a sophomore at SUNY Fredonia majoring in communications with a concentration in journalism. He is a Fellow in The Fellowship Initiative of JP Morgan Chase. Since his freshmen year in college he has volunteered and written for the student run newspaper The Leader on. Jordan-Christopher looks to highlight prominent figures around campus as well as groups and events that impact the student body in his writing. This year, he hopes to illuminate the rich history of SUNY Fredonia athletics. His goal is to become a professional sports journalist and sideline reporter at sporting events.
Samantha Church
1:1 Mentoring Director
YMCA of Metropolitan Denver.
Samantha Church, 1:1 Mentoring Director for YMCA of Metropolitan Denver. Samantha holds her MSW from New York University, where she focused on Macro Social Work. Samantha was excited to rejoin the YMCA family through the Reach and Rise program in the Fall of 2017. Prior to joining the Reach and Rise team she was a high school social worker in New England. Her experience includes international research, program development, and youth development, both at micro and macro levels.
Ashleigh Cieri
Director of Youth Services
Compeer of Greater Buffalo
Ashleigh Cieri has worked with at-risk youth and families in Michigan and Western New York for 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Philosophy from University of Western Ontario in 2006 and is currently in her final year in the Master’s in Social Work program at University at Buffalo. Ashleigh is Compeer of Greater Buffalo’s Director of Youth Services. Her responsibilities include oversight of screening, matching and ongoing support of volunteers, as well as engagement of Compeer’s youth wait list. She also oversees the Lackawanna Leaders program, an initiative providing socio-emotional education to middle and high school students in the Lackawanna School District. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and provides trainings to the community. Prior to joining Compeer, Ashleigh worked as a Wraparound Care Coordinator at New Directions Youth and Family Services, Drop-In Center Coordinator at Gay and Lesbian Youth Services, Street Outreach Program Manager at Gateway Community Services and Advocate Supervisor at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). While in Michigan, Ashleigh co-founded a youth suicide awareness traveling exhibit, entitled “I was here.” In Buffalo, Ashleigh founded a holiday gift program for youth in mental health community-based services, entitled “Save a Christmas”. She also helped initiate a group that creates weighted teddy bears for those who have lost a baby to a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Ashleigh resides in West Seneca, New York with her husband, Michaelangelo, and they are parents to three daughters, Shalan, Genevieve and Elaina.
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Ezekiel Clare
JPMorgan Chase / The Fellowship Initiative
Ezekiel Claire is a sophomore at SUNY Purchase studying film making having been accepted into their highly selective film school. As a Fellow in The Fellowship Initiative, an artist, Harlemnite, and student he seeks to achieve the ability to give access to different human perspectives and help people understand each other better. Being born and raised in New York City he was exposed to different cultures, different lives, different people, and more importantly different perspectives. As he grew into who he is now, my creative and artistic abilities started to flourish in the medium of photography and film. Being from a household of a single mother; my discipline, my ideas, and the way I carried myself came essentially from her. Now I have the opportunity at SUNY Purchase to strengthen my skills and artistry to better express myself, my perspective, and to stand for what is right.
Morgan Cochran
Asst. BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Program
It is my passion to support people in higher education and in communities in creating collaborative and equitable social change. It is a profession in which I have learned so much about myself, others, students, institutions, communities. I have several years of experience working with children and adolescents providing mental health behavioral support. I graduated from The University of Virginia's College at Wise with a Bachelor degree in Psychology in May 2016. My work experience and education have prepared me for a career working with individuals with disabilities, children and youth, education, and counseling. In addition to my academic and work experiences, I would like the opportunity to further connect with others in the field.
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Rochelle Coleman
Program Manager
PeacePlayers International
Rochelle Coleman is a Washington, DC area native from Burtonsville, Maryland. She attended Syracuse University for her undergrad where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Rochelle received her Master’s Degree from Slippery Rock University and also served as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s basketball program. After graduate school, Rochelle played professionally in the Netherlands as a member of the Celeritas Donar Professional basketball team. Once her playing career was completed, Rochelle began coaching at Paint Branch High School and also started her own basketball training company, RAC Basketball.Rochelle has been part of PeacePlayers International since May 2015. She began as a Project Coordinator for the Washington, DC Leadership Development Program, where she worked with a group of youth from the Washington, DC area. Rochelle led weekly basketball and leaderships trainings, a variety of service projects and two visits to PeacePlayers International sites. Currently, Rochelle is a Program Manager overseeing the development of PeacePlayers new domestic sites, serving Baltimore as well as working on numerous SPIN projects. Rochelle is excited for this opportunity to learn and utilize her prior experience from coaching and playing internationally and domestically to help PeacePlayers expand their footprint around the world.
Kelly Concho-Hayes
Lead Director of Organizational Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Kelly Concho-Hayes is an enrolled tribal member of the Navajo Nation and hails from Tsayatoh, New Mexico. She is Red Running into Water (Navajo) born for the Acoma (Child of the Little Eagle Clan) and Zuni people (Child of the Turkey Clan). Kelly is married to Jeremy Hayes from Nambe Oweenge (Winter Clan), who is currently serving 18 plus years in the United States Navy. They have three daughters, Nanabah, Lena Povi, and Makowa.Kelly holds her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelor of Science in Education from Montana State University. Growing up on the Navajo, Acoma, and Zuni reservations, Kelly is deeply rooted in her traditional teachings from her family and community. Her work has always been with American Indian and Alaskan Native people, which has allowed her to collaborate with various organizations, tribes, and villages across the United States including Hawaii and Alaska at different capacities.
Elycia Cook
President & CEO Elycia Cook has been with FRIENDS FIRST since 2008, serving as CEO since 2012. She has implemented multiple federal, local and state grants managing an organization with a budget of two million dollars-plus and 24 employees. In 2014, Elycia was selected as a Fearless Woman Making History by the Colorado Black Women of Political Action for her work with FRIENDS FIRST. She was also nominated and recognized as an Outstanding Woman in Business 2014 by the Denver Business Journal.. Elycia lived and worked in Japan for over 8 years and has over ten years' experience in the for profit world in international sales, marketing and business development. Elycia's dream is to give ALL KIDS a voice, positive role models, and tools so as to end generational cycles of abuse, poverty, and unhealthy relationships.
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Becky Cooper
SAFE Mentoring
Becky Cooper has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Becky began her career in the field of early childhood education, and was a contributing author on team teaching philosophy and practices for a textbook on curriculum and programs. In 1979, she joined the newly created “Friends for Youth” mentoring program. Becky retired in 2017 after 38 years there, receiving the honorary title of Emeritus CEO. Friends for Youth’s effectiveness at providing quality mentoring relationships for youth who need them most is well documented, and has resulted in a number of awards and honors over the years. Among other entities, Friends for Youth was cited as a program of excellence by the John W. Gardner Center, the Department of Education, Chevron’s Bay Area Award for Management Excellence and the State of California’s Spirit of Mentoring Award. Renowned mentoring researcher Dr. Jean Rhodes and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo both refer to Friends for Youth as “the gold standard” in the field.Becky is a recognized expert in and active advocate for the field of youth mentoring. A few of her career highlights include giving the keynote address on Mentoring’s Best Practices at Singapore’s National Youth Council Conference, serving on the state of California Governor’s Mentoring Partnership Quality Assurance Standards Committee, being a guest at the White House at a Mentoring Ceremony hosted by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and being inducted into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame for her dedication to promoting mentoring for at-risk children in the community. In 2004, Becky was named one of 4 “Mentoring Area Experts” in the state of California by the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS), where she serves as a training consultant. She has developed numerous trainings, presented at many conferences, and contributed to several publications, including co-authoring Running a Safe and Effective Mentoring Program. Becky served on MENTOR’s National Working Group on Accreditation. She has served on the national Mentoring Children of Prisoners Support Center Advisory Board. In recent years, Becky participated in Kettering Foundation’s research conversations, contributing to Community Educators, and researching mentoring’s impact on families. She currently serves on the leadership team of the California Mentoring Partnership and is
Brittany Coote
PhD Student
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health
Brittany Coote is a doctoral student at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center--New Orleans in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, she served a year with AmeriCorps to close the literacy gap in high-need public schools in Washington DC. Her public health experience spans from studying maternal and child health in the Gambia, West Africa to working as a clinical research assistant on a research study that evaluates the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome in an American civilian population.Currently, her dissertation interests are in creating appropriate interventions using mindfulness to reduce the effects of mental illness in underserved populations. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from Drexel University and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Frank Cox
Extension Educator
Michigan State University Extension
Frank Cox is an Extension Educator for Michigan State University Extension and he is based in Muskegon, Michigan. He has been with MSU Extension since January 2001. He has experience in college outreach programs to serve a variety of target audiences; mentoring; and teaching career exploration, workforce preparation, and financial literacy. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Science from Penn State University.
Katie Cruikshank
Grants Project Manager
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Katie Cruikshank is the Grants Project Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and has worked for the organization for the last two years. Prior to joining the BBBSA team, she managed community and state events and meetings for non-profits and associations. Her experience in managing large-scale events, growing revenue year-over-year, building new partnerships, and reporting to funders prepared her for her current position, where she leads the grant writing and reporting processes for BBBSA’s foundations and corporations. She works closely with the Associate Director of Research and Evaluation to analyze national outcomes and communicate the findings with funders and BBBS staff.
Katie Cubina
Senior Vice President of Mission Programs
Sea Research Foundation/Mystic Aquarium
Katie Cubina, Senior 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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Lieutenant Wayland Cubit
Lieutenant(Unit Supervisor)
Oklahoma City Police Department F.A.C.T Unit
Lieutenant Wayland Cubit is an Oklahoma native. He is a husband, father, grandfather, career Law Enforcement Professional, motivational speaker, and mentor. He is committed the past 10 years of his career to creating and supporting positive programs that benefit and change the lives of at-risk youth.

Lt. Cubit's educational journey has allowed him the opportunity to study Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Oklahoma, Police Science at Oklahoma State University OKC, and Family Studies & Gerontology at Southern Nazarene University.

In 1996, Lt. Cubit started his professional journey in law enforcement as a Patrol Officer. His early experiences as a patrolman inspired his passion to serve youth in at-risk communities in a greater and more personal manner. While embracing his entry-level position, he paid close attention to issues that plagued our low-income communities. After years in patrol, Lt. Cubit moved from one specialty unit to the next, which afforded him the opportunity to become an undercover police officer, and conducted undercover street crime and narcotic investigations. His passion for the community and young people was hard to ignore. The Chief of Police, Bill Citty recognized this passion and reassigned him to the Criminal Intelligence Unit, where he worked as a gang intervention and research specialist. He experienced teen homicides, heartbroken parents/families, and was compassionate enough to acquire the wisdom to know that Oklahoma City's at-risk population needed more than just police intervention programs, but PREVENTION Programs. Prevention programs that inspired those who were consumed with hopelessness to know that they were important and could change the direction their lives were headed in, if they desired to do so.

In 2010, his experience, reputation in the community and support from his police administration inspired him to establish the OCPD F.A.C.T. Unit (Family Awareness and Community Teamwork), which is an outstanding program that works to build character and empower at-risk youth, which ultimately reduced juvenile delinquency and involvement with the criminal justice system.

In addition to supervising the OCPD FACT Unit and Truancy Unit, Lt. Cubit volunteers as a facilitator and trainer on Effective Police Interactions with Youth and Disproportionate Minority Contacts, Fair and Impartial Policing, and Understanding Human Bias in Policing. He is the Board Chair for Youth Leadership Exchange,
Alan Curtis
President and CEO
Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation
Alan Curtis, Ph.D., President of the Eisenhower Foundation, has an A.B. from Harvard, an M.Sc. from the University of London and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Task Force Co-Director on President Lyndon Johnson’s National Violence Commission, Executive Director of President Jimmy Carter’s Urban Policy Group and Urban Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Currently replicating the Quantum Opportunities evidence-based model in inner city neighborhoods, Dr. Curtis is author, editor or co-editor of twenty books, Foundation book-length reports and Kerner updates – including Criminal Violence, American Violence and Public Policy, Youth Investment and Police Mentoring, The Millennium Breach, Locked in the Poorhouse and Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense.
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Ty Davidson
Executive Director of Middle Schools
Austin Independent School District
Juanita Dean
Director of Education & Youth Development
Columbia Urban League
Juanita Dean-Bates, Presenter Two is Program Director of Youth and Education Development for the Columbia Urban League, Inc. and its largest youth initiative Project Ready Level Up for the past three years; an initiative for youth in foster care, receiving Temporary Need Assistance Funds, or Medicaid recipients, and Program Manager for the League’s Project Ready Mentor program for seven years. Juanita also manages the League’s summer Youth Development Academy (YDA) an academic enrichment program for youth ages 10-13.
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Liz Delfs
Vice President & Senior Counsel
Pearson, Inc
Elizabeth (Liz) Delfs is a vice president and senior counsel in the legal department at Pearson, Inc. The founder and director of Pearson's disability mentoring program, Liz is the chief global accessibility counsel and advises on all legal and policy matters related to the accessibility of Pearson's learning technology products. She is also the founder of an equine literacy program ( and was recently elected Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Reading Quest, a globally recognized reading program that is significantly reducing the high illiteracy rate among children from low income families in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Alysa Delgado
Site Innovation Manager
Summer Search
Alysa is excited to be at Summer Search because it weaves together her passions for education, supporting high school youth, and nature.Alysa did a service year with Americorps for Playworks, coaching and providing organized play and physical activity at an elementary school in Oakland. At Caritas Creek Environmental Education Program, Alysa saw the impact of bringing youth from diverse backgrounds into nature. She has also worked in a school-based Health Center as a Health Educator, and Counselor. Alysa holds a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.Alysa was born and raised in the Central Valley of California and love to be near the ocean and play basketball.
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Roberta Duvall
Cold Springs Middle School
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Mike Di Marco
Chief Strategy Officer
Higher Achievement
Mike Di Marco serves as Higher Achievement’s Chief Strategy Officer and i3 Project Director. He has been with the organization since 2007, having previously served in a variety of roles, including as frontline staff as a Center Director at Higher Achievement’s Ward 4 Achievement Center in Washington, DC, Manager of Development, and Chief Program Officer. Di Marco is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in Political Science and Public Policy and has an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.
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Jessica Disu
Founder & Director
Chicago International Youth Peace Movement
Jessica Trinette Disu, also known as FM Supreme, is a writer, poet, artist, activist, educator, community organizer and advocate for social justice, peace & nonviolence. She is a 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and recently was recognized as a “40 Under 40” Business and Civic Leader by founder and president of Ariel Investment, Mr. John Rogers and Mrs. Mellody Hobson. In addition, Jessica was interviewed and honored as a “Civic Engagement Historymaker” by Historymakers archive which is registered with the United States Library of Congress.

Adding to her passion as a public speaker, Jessica is the founder and executive director of the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, co-founder of The Peace Exchange program of Holy Family Ministries and co-founder of University of Chicago’s Black Youth Project 100. She currently leads HerStory: My Sisters’ Keeper, which is a writing, literacy and storytelling initiative for young women and girls of color between the ages of 12 – 24. Traveling to more than twenty-two countries sharing her music, art, education, experience and vision for youth and young adult led peace movements, Jessica continues to inspire through spoken word poetry and peace education workshops across the world.
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Bridget Donovan
Corporate Engagement Project Manager
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Bridget Donovan is the Corporate Engagement Project Manager at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. At MENTOR, Bridget serves as the liaison for deliverables associated with corporate partnerships. In addition, she plays a lead role in the planning and implementation of the IMPACT Webinar Series, National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, the Corporate Excellence in Youth Mentoring Award, and the Philanthropic Partnerships Track at the National Mentoring Summit.

Bridget most recently worked as an Associate with the ULI Philadelphia. Prior to ULI Philadelphia, she served as a Project Employee at the Urban Land Institute Headquarters in Washington DC, as well as an intern in the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Bridget is a graduate of Smith College, where she received a B.A. in Government.
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Sandra Dorsey
Director of Talent Management
Sandra Dorsey is a Director of Talent Management at E*TRADE responsible for Leadership Development and Organizational Development. Prior to E*TRADE, Sandra spent 7 years with UBS where she focused on Performance Management and Talent Development for the Wealth Management Americas division. In addition, she spent 20 years with JPMorgan Chase in various roles.

Sandra’s HR Experience covers a broad range of roles including University Relations where she managed Internship and scholarship programs, HR Communications & Marketing, Career Services, and Career Development & Mobility. She is a skilled trainer and facilitator with a passion for helping people improve their communication, collaboration and leadership skills. When she is not working, Sandra enjoys the beach and family. Sandra also enjoys working with women and children’s organizations.
Ivan Douglas Jr.
Program Manager
The Literacy Lab
Ivan Douglas is a Program Manager for The Literacy Lab's Leading Men Fellowship Program. He began his professional career as a corporate securities attorney in Washington, DC, and practiced law for seven years before transitioning to the field of education in 2013. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, Ivan was a high school teacher and program director for a youth male mentoring initiative in DC Public Schools. Ivan received his Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Emory University and his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.
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David DuBois, PhD
Professor, Community Health Sciences
Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
David L. DuBois, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research examines the contribution of protective factors, particularly self-esteem and mentoring relationships, to resilience and holistic positive development and on translating knowledge in this area to the design of effective youth programs. Dr. DuBois has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies on these topics, including two widely-cited meta-analyses of the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring. He has authored or co-authored numerous meta-analyses of program evaluation research, and has lead the two most influential syntheses of evaluations of youth mentoring program effectiveness.
Matt Dummermuth
Matt M. Dummermuth serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs. In that role, he leads the Justice Department’s principal funding, research, and statistical component, overseeing more than $12 billion in grants and other investments (including almost $6 billion awarded in fiscal year 2018) designed to support state, local, and tribal criminal and juvenile justice activities and victim services.

Under his direction, OJP, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, awarded more than $83 million in fiscal year 2018 to support mentoring services and mentoring research designed to help youth who are at high risk for delinquency and involvement in the juvenile justice system. A portion of that funding goes to mentoring programs tailored to youth affected by the opioid crisis and to child victims of sex trafficking.

Mr. Dummermuth served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa from 2007 to 2009. Under his leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted record numbers of child exploitation defendants and launched an Internet-predator warning program that reached more than 42,000 students in 150 middle schools. In addition, he created the first human trafficking task force in Iowa, bringing together law enforcement agencies and victim assistance organizations to combat trafficking operations and provide services to trafficking survivors. During his tenure, he served on the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Working Group and the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

Mr. Dummermuth also previously served in the Justice Department as Counsel and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to joining OJP, he was in private practice in Iowa where he focused primarily on civil litigation involving constitutional, governmental, agricultural, and business matters.

Mr. Dummermuth is a graduate of Iowa State University and Harvard Law School. He was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and clerked for the Honorable Judge David R. Hansen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
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Jean Eddy
President and CEO
Jean Eddy is the President and CEO of American Student Assistance (ASA), where she works with the Board of Directors and the senior management team to develop and drive the overall strategic direction of the organization in fulfillment of ASA’s mission. Having served on the Board of ASA for 20 years and holding numerous positions in higher education leadership throughout her career, Jean is deeply committed to helping kids – as early as middle school – know themselves, know their options, and make informed choices about their education and career goals.
Jean has more than 25 years of experience creating and leading education organizations that promote successful operational efficiencies. She is known for building student-focused infrastructures at higher education institutions, and she is an outstanding communicator with internal and external audiences.
Jean serves on Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree from Johnson & Wales University.
Kendan Elliott
TA Manager
Kendan Elliott is a Technical Assistance Manager at MANY, leading TA for the Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative. He is also currently working on the Youth Outcomes Research Project, a partnership between MANY and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to establish a set of core outcomes and measures used to support youth/young adults in exiting homelessness. Kendan has over 15 years experience in providing direct services for marginalized youth; including youth experiencing homelessness, human trafficking and exploitation, LGBTQ youth and those involved in foster care, juvenile justice, mental health, and other service systems. His work directly with young people, as well as systems change are built on a foundation of positive youth development, emphasizing authentic collaboration with youth.
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Cammie Erickson
Head of Social Impact
Cammie Erickson is a Senior Manager, Social Impact at LinkedIn where she focuses on leveraging LinkedIn’s assets to connect underserved communities to economic opportunity. As part of the Social Impact team, she oversees external partnerships along with the employee engagement skills-based volunteering and giving programs for our more than 11,000 employees in 30 offices around the world.

Cammie has spent her career working at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and building cross-sector collaborations to advance social justice and sustainability issues. Prior to LinkedIn, Cammie worked at Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, and then at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a global nonprofit business network and consultancy focused on corporate responsibility.

Cammie holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where she was a Forte Fellow and Public Service Scholarship Recipient. She received the 2016 Emerging CSR Practitioner of the Year Award from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Melanie Ervin
Director of Communications
Adopt A Class
Melanie manages all communications and marketing efforts for Adopt A Class. Prior to her move to Adopt A Class, Melanie served as the Communications & Public Affairs Director for a Cincinnati City Councilman and as an independent consultant on several projects, one of which was Social Media Manager of the Issue 44 CPS-Preschool Promise Levy campaign. Over the last decade, Melanie has dedicated her career to improving educational opportunities for all kids locally and nationally – something she believes is a key driver to student and community success. Born and raised in Cincinnati, a mother of one, and a friend of many, Melanie has a heart for Cincinnati and strives to make it a better place to live, learn, work and play. Melanie earned a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Cincinnati.
Elizabeth Escobar
Director, Hermanitas Mentorship Program
MANA de San Diego
Elizabeth has been involved with MANA de San Diego for the past 11 years and served in progressive leadership capacities including member, Hermanitas Mentor, Hermanitas Program Coordinator, Girl Scouts Coordinator and Hermanitas Program Director. She oversees the Hermanitas Coordinating Council and collaborates with Vice President of Programs to develop ongoing mentor trainings and program capacity building sessions. Her dedication to the Hermanitas Program has contributed to the overall success including achieving 100% pregnancy prevention, 100% high school graduation rates and 100% pursuit of higher education for all Hermanitas. In addition to her volunteer work, Elizabeth is a working professional that balances a challenging career as an Investigator for the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division as well as family responsibility and serving as a mentor herself for the past 11 years. She is a positive role model of overcoming multiple challenges from being raised in rural California by teen parents, in a domestic violence environment and victim of childhood bullying to becoming the first in her family to pursue and complete higher education. She leads with a kind, caring, compassionate, unconditional support for all the stakeholders involved with Hermanitas including the Hermanitas (mentees), mentors, parents, coordinating council, sponsors, MANA de San Diego Board of Directors and the community at large.
Nicole Fabrikant
Program Evaluation and Insight
Nicole Fabrikant is the founder and principal of Program Evaluation and Insight. Nicole has worked as an evaluation consultant to numerous youth mentoring agencies, and has been the evaluator for First Exposures since the fall 2016. She was also an evaluation consultant for Google’s People Development department, where she provided consultation on employee education programs. She is a technical assistance consultant for the National Mentoring Resource Center (funded by OJJDP). Before starting her consultant practice, Fabrikant was at SRI International where she worked on a wide variety of research and evaluation projects in the Pre-K through 12 education and youth services fields, and at Rutgers University Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research. Before her career in research and evaluation, Fabrikant worked directly with vulnerable populations in the mental health and criminal justice systems.
Cameron Fear
Manager of Training & Technical Assistance
Mass Mentoring Partnership
Cameron Fear works at Mass Mentoring Partnership as the Manager of Training and Technical Assistance. In his role, he builds the capacity of youth mentoring and other youth-serving programs across the state. Since the time he was a young person in Colorado, Cam has been passionate about growing youth voice in his communities. For the past few years, he has worked to empower young people across the Commonwealth. In his spare time, he is a women's rugby coach.
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Terri Fishback
Senior Director, Strategy Execution
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Jessica Flowers
Program Director
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Jessica Flowers has been using the arts to build resilience in children for over 20 years. Her work began as a high school musical theater teacher and choreographer and now focuses specifically on children and families who have experienced trauma through her work as the Program Director for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. She is passionate about how the arts and creativity, when combined with a caring community, can positively impact human development. Jessica is a certified trainer in the Youth Quality Programs Assessment tool, Kids at Hope and Strong Communities Raise Strong Kids methods. She teaches and presents nationally on arts and creativity, youth development and trauma-informed care. Jessica holds a BA in theatre from Arizona State University with advanced studies from the University of London. She loves exploring the world with her husband and two sons who take creativity to a whole new level!
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Mariana Folco
National Assistant Director for Training
Up2Us Sports
Mariana Folco is the Assistant Director of National Training at Up2Us Sports. In her role, she facilitates trauma-informed training and professional development opportunities for coaches, teachers, and youth development professionals in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region. Mariana is a licensed social worker and native Spanish-speaker from Argentina. Prior to her work at Up2Us Sports, she worked with Latino populations as a bilingual domestic violence counselor, and as a legal service coordinator with unaccompanied immigrant youth from Central. Mariana has also been a rowing coach for over 10 years at the high school, collegiate, and masters levels.
Bryan Franklin
U.S. Programs Officer
PeacePlayers International
Julia Freeland Fisher
Director, Education
The Clayton Christensen Institute
Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Her team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential.Julia is the author of Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley, 2018) due out this August. The book focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks.Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program. Julia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.
Jennifer Friend
Project Hope Alliance
Prior to becoming CEO at Project Hope Alliance, Jennifer Friend enjoyed a successful career as a partner at a large law firm managing a litigation team and a substantial personal book of business, representing national and international clients throughout the civil courts of California. While practicing law, she served as President and Secretary of Project Hope Alliance’s Board of Directors and was actively engaged in the organization’s expansion and strategic growth. Since 2013, more than 850 children and their families have been moved out of homelessness under her leadership as CEO. Project Hope Alliance has experienced a growth of 400% in the past four years, evolving from a team of three full-time employees to a current team of 22. Jennifer has been successful in identifying, leveraging, and acting upon opportunities and partnerships both within the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Her personal experience as a homeless child fuels her deep-rooted passion and commitment to homeless children and youth, while her ability to cast vision, think strategically, and lead and direct broader systems change uniquely qualify her to serve as Project Hope Alliance’s CEO. She holds a JD from Whittier Law School and a BA in Criminology, Law, and Society from University of California, Irvine.
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Kevin Fudge
Director of Consumer Advocacy
American Student Assistance
Kevin Fudge is the Director of Consumer Advocacy and Ombudsman at ASA.  He works with policy makers, state agencies and non-profit organizations to improve college access, college completion rates and successful higher education debt management through raising public awareness about the intricacies of the college financing process.  In his role as Ombudsman, Kevin facilitates borrower concerns and serves as a neutral party to resolve complex borrower challenges for members of federal and state government and their constituents.  As a diligent advocate for consumers in the national conversation about student loan debt and higher education policy, Kevin provides innovative research and insightful analysis of federal student aid to elected officials, secondary school administrators, higher education professionals, and think tanks.  Kevin is regularly quoted in traditional and social media on the topics of student loans, financial aid and student debt, and he holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard University.
Eddie Gale
Vermont Program Director
A.D. Henderson Foundation
Mike Garringer
Director of Knowledge Management
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Michael Garringer serves as the Director of Knowledge Management for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, overseeing projects related to the translation of mentoring research into program practice. Garringer has worked in the mentoring and education fields for over 17 years, primarily on training and technical assistance projects serving federally- or state-funded mentoring programs. He also leads data collection and evaluation projects in an effort to highlight the prevalence and impact of mentoring across the United States. His role also supports advocacy and policy efforts by identifying and synthesizing research to encourage public and private organizations to make more impactful investments in the youth mentoring field. Garringer has authored and edited many guidebooks and program tools to support youth mentoring in school and community settings, such as Foundations of Successful Youth Mentoring: A Guidebook for Program Development; Building Effective Peer Mentoring Programs in Schools; and the Oregon Mentors Evaluation Instrument Toolkit. Over his career, he has contributed to many leading research-to-practice events, such as the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring and the annual conferences hosted by many of MENTOR’s affiliate Mentoring Partnerships. Garringer is a proud alum of the University of Oregon. He currently lives in Portland, OR with his wife, two children, and four fish.
Julie Gehring
Director of Mentoring
Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center
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 families with limited means. 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 and returned to the Berlin Mentoring in 2018 to work with practitioners on guardian engagement. In the evenings, she lectures on Media Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, New Media in Society, Social Influence and Compliance Gaining, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Emerson College and Curry College. Gehring received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Public Relations from Towson University in Maryland, earned her Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston and is currently working on a second masters degree in Instructional Design and Education at UMass Boston.
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Bethiel Girma Holton
Programme Officer, Learning Differences Programme
Oak Foundation
Bethiel Girma Holton joined the Learning Differences Programme in July 2017 as a Programme Officer. Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Bethiel spent eight years as the National Director of Student Engagement at City Year, an education non-profit focused on deploying volunteer AmeriCorps members to support students and teachers in America’s highest need public schools. While at City Year she led the design, implementation and evaluation of a research based school culture and social emotional learning framework implemented in over 300 schools in 26 cities.

Bethiel holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University.
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Jess Anna Glover
Executive Director
MENTOR Minnesota
Jess Anna recently joined MENTOR Minnesota as its executive director and is responsible for driving the strategic vision, advocacy, and fundraising needs for the organization. MENTOR Minnesota builds and elevates the capacity of programs, systems, and policies to strengthen youth mentoring relationships across the state. Jess Anna has spent more than a decade as a passionate advocate for student-focused public education policy and educators as an attorney. Throughout her career, she has also worked with minority and immigrant farmers, advocates and organizers, lawyers, and legislators on many public policy issues. She also brings previous nonprofit, fundraising, and government experience to her advocacy. Jess Anna is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota Law School and was a Policy Fellow with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Larissa Gomez Vazquez
Statewide Counselor Training Coordinator
The Puente Project
Larissa Gomez Vazquez currently serves as the Puente Statewide Counselor Training Coordinator providing professional development training and support to community college faculty who are implementing the Puente program on their campuses in California, Texas, and Washington. Prior to her current position, she was a Puente Counselor at College of the Sequoias. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Redlands. She completed a thesis focusing on LGBTQ+ student services on California community college campuses.
Keisha Chin Goosby
Claremont Graduate University
Keisha Chin Goosby is in the dissertation phase of the Ph.D. in Education program at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Her research explores the mindsets of mentors who support undocumented immigrant students as they earn college degrees. This research is linked to her personal experience as an immigrant from Jamaica who was undocumented until the eleventh grade. She is a first-generation college graduate with a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA and a Master’s in Teaching from USC. She has taught in K-12 schools and is currently an adjunct faculty member in Teacher Education at CGU. In 2018, she completed the Allies of Dreamers certificate program, a unique graduate certification program that trains allies of immigrant and undocumented students.
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Sean Greenlee
Manager of Global Social Impact
Starbucks Coffee Company
Sean Greenlee is a social impact executive and feels privileged to work on turning inspired ideas into realities. He currently serves as manager of Global Social Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company. Sean is passionate about creating opportunities for others, removing barriers and providing resources for those in need, and supporting career pathways. He believes that having mentors in your life is a critical component to why people succeed and feels extremely fortunate to be able design programs which support this objective. Sean’s background includes extensive work with people from diverse backgrounds in retail operations and internationally as a Supply Officer in the United States Navy. Additionally, Sean serves in a leadership role on the Starbucks Armed Forces Network. Outside Starbucks, Sean serves on the board of directors for the Renton Chamber of Commerce as well as Key to Change, inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders. Sean is also the President of the Stanford Military Services Network and enjoys attempting to mentor his three boys.
Arundhuti Gupta
Chief Executive Officer
Mentor Together
Arundhuti is the Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Together (MT), an non-profit organisation providing one-to-one mentoring relationships for young people from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage in India. Since 2010, MT has worked with over 4000 young people from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage across 5 urban cities and 4 rural communities in India. We have two main program typologies in terms of the medium of mentorship - face-to-face mentoring and mobile mentoring.Our face-to-face mentoring program pairs up young people to mentors residing in the same city as them. The mentees are students preparing to transition from high-school (age group of 13-15), and students transitioning from formal education into workplaces (age group of 18 - 21). Our face to face mentoring programs currently run in 5 large urban metropolises in India - Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai, and works with over 1000 young people every year. Our mobile mentoring program, Mentor To Go (, is a new addition, which we created and launched in 2016. Rural girls are paired one-to-one with a female mentor, who speaks the same language as them. They receive a phone call every week, which is tracked and monitored using different technology tools we have built. Mentor Together's partners include Corporates like Cognizant, Fidelity, Cisco, Intel, and others.Prior to starting Mentor Together, Arundhuti did her Masters in Finance as a Commonwealth Scholar in the University of Manchester. She graduated top of the Bangalore University Bachelor in Commerce program in 2007.Arundhuti is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and also served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for India. For her work at Mentor Together, she has been honoured with a International Youth Foundation Youth Action Net Fellowship, a Salzburg Trilogue Future Leader Award, and a Ashoka Lead Changemaker Award.
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Elizabeth Gurney
Executive Director
First Niagara Foundation
Elizabeth S. Gurney is the Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation. Gurney leads the Foundation in its mission to empower individuals and neighborhoods through strategic investments in education, mentoring, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization.
Following the acquisition of First Niagara Bank by KeyBank in 2016, the Foundation became an independent private foundation working collaboratively with KeyBank to support programs that will provide long term enhancements to the quality of life primarily in Western New York.
The Foundation is a spend down foundation with support limited to qualifying organizations in Western New York with the exception of a Regional Legacy Mentoring program, designed to serve select mentoring organizations in First Niagara Bank’s former footprint.
Gurney, hired in 2011 as the first Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation, developed and created the organizational and procedural structure for the Foundation, and continued to oversee its management, investment and administrative goals through 2016. At the bank, Gurney was responsible for formulating policies and developing long-range planning initiatives for corporate social responsibility across First Niagara’s Northeast footprint. She also directed employee volunteer activities, provided leadership for the corporate United Way campaign, managed the signature Mentoring Matters℠ program, and partnered with the community development team to oversee community investments, philanthropy and service.
Gurney joined First Niagara Bank from the Nichols School in Buffalo with 32 years of fundraising experience in Western New York. At Nichols she served as Assistant Head of School, responsible for all fundraising, marketing, public relations and alumni relations, in addition to serving as a key member of the administrative team.
Gurney’s also served as Vice President for Development at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, and Vice President of the Hospice Foundation of Western New York, where she designed and executed a capital campaign to construct the Mitchell Campus inpatient facility in Cheektowaga, NY.
Gurney actively works to make a positive impact on the community by serving in a leadership position on several boards including the Children’s Foundation, the Josephine Goodyear Foundation and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. Previous board experience includes the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, WNY Grantmakers and Goodwill Industry.
John Harris
Applied Research Consulting
John Harris, Ed.M., founded Applied Research Consulting (ARC) in 2000 to make high-quality evaluation and consultation useful and affordable to all programs. Mr. Harris specializes in program evaluation and survey development, with a particular focus on assessing match quality and other characteristics of mentoring matches. His research focuses particularly on investigating the way individual characteristics, programmatic practices, and match dynamics interact to promote meaningful outcomes for mentored youth. Mr. Harris is the lead author of the Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) and the Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS), which are recommended by the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) and are used around the world. His publications have focused on mentoring relationship quality and include peer-reviewed journal articles, toolkit contributions, and the chapter, “Assessing Mentoring Relationships,” in the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, Ed.s, 2013). In 2015, Mr. Harris partnered with the School Volunteer Program (now EdConnect) in Australia to develop an evaluation toolkit that won a National Social Impact award.
Lindsey Henderson
BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Program Coodinator
County of Fairfax CYF
I have been coaching and mentoring for approximately 10 years in various positions and organizations. As a child abuse investigator, I mentored many new employees and was responsible for most of the onboarding process and on-site training as the senior worker in the unit. Prior, I also lead a team of employees in a children's residential facility, ensuring safety and caring as my priority. In my current position, as the BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Program Coordinator, I have direct influence on the program policy, direction and evaluation. I enjoy all aspects of the position, but training has a unique exhilaration I am unable to explain. What enticed me about the opportunity to present at MENTOR is supporting others in using effective techniques and models that apply to all mentoring programs. The core of any approach is to evoke natural curiosity of the participants and provide concreate examples.As the coordinator of a mentoring program that has been in existence 40 years, there is so much to learn and do. I became a mentor because I find sharing life experiences is connective and engaging. I chose to lead a mentoring organization because I feel united with others and have a desire to serve my community in a big way. I am constantly connecting with others and enjoy hearing about their personal journey. I am thrilled to be involved with MENTOR and make my presentation a part of the participants journey.
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Daniel Hodges
Law Student
University of Baltimore
Daniel Hodges is currently in his first year of law school at the University of Baltimore. His desire to practice law arose from his interest in advocacy; particularly in the areas of civil rights and healthcare. Characteristics such as his blindness have afforded him a unique perspective, and he looks forward to utilizing this point of view as he seeks to promote inclusivity and equity through his work. Being a mentee has greatly enhanced his ability to reach higher, and he is honored to play a part in creating greater opportunity for others.
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Abigail Hollingsworth
Senior Vice President in Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
Bank of America
Abigail Goward Hollingsworth currently works as a Senior Vice President in Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at Bank of America. Her responsibilities include managing a national grant portfolio focused on supporting workforce development efforts across the country to promote the foundation’s mission of increasing economic mobility. Additionally, Abigail serves as a liaison with human resources to connect nonprofit clients to our employee hiring opportunities as part of the bank’s commitment to hire 10,000 low-income individuals in the next 5 years.

Abigail has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and her MBA from Yale School of Management. In her free time she loves to run, travel, and spend time with her husband, 2 year old daughter, crazy dog, and fat cat.
Patrice Holt
Patrice Holt attended Georgia State University and majored in Journalism. Mrs. Holt then found her passion for working with youth in some of the most disadvantaged in Atlanta. With over fourteen years in youth development, Patrice has used mentoring best practices and strategies to improve academic achievement for students, provide access to healthy lifestyles, and help students develop the great character needed to become productive citizens. Serving in executive leadership for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta, Patrice has helped to increase sustainability by building partnerships that support the needs of the youth served and the organization. Recently, she has started a service firm to assist future youth develop professionals with access to the training needed to increase impact on the youth that serve. With over 14 years of experience with non-profit management and program facilitation, she hopes to help non-profits in urban areas become sustainable and make the deepest impact on the communities that they serve. Her passion for the youth of the compels her to spend much of her time volunteering at many non-profits and community events and advocating for youth programs. She and her husband Aaron share a passion to motivate young people to see their greatest potential.
Daniel Horgan
Senior Director of Corporate Engagement
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Daniel Horgan is the Senior Director of Corporate Engagement for MENTOR. In this role, he is responsible for building and managing corporate partnerships that help close the youth mentoring gap in America while meeting business goals. A volunteer role with a YMCA summer camp at the age of 12 sparked Daniel’s passion for service. At the age of 18, Daniel pioneered the first youth-led Community of Promise in Pittsburgh under Retired General Colin Powell’s national America’s Promise movement, landing him a seat on the national board of directors and recognition from President George W. Bush. Daniel has over 18 years of experience working in the business and nonprofit sectors having served as the Executive Director at generationOn, the Vice President of Development at The Heart of America Foundation, the Senior Director of Community Affairs at Capital One, the Youth Program Officer at the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Cares. Daniel has extensive experience training, consulting and coaching in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development and public/private partnerships. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies (Intel, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, Bank of America), national and local nonprofit organizations (Communities In Schools, Coro,, Team Kids, Mentoring Partnership of SWPA, Youth Philanthropy Connect), school districts (Fairfax County Public Schools, NYC Department of Education) and government agencies (NYPD, NYC Service, NYC City Council, City of Pittsburgh). Daniel is the author of Tell Me I Can’t…and I Will and the producer/host of the Community Voices of Change podcast. He resides in New York City.
Allyson Horne
Training Specialist
TeamMates Mentoring
Allyson Horne is a Training and Support Specialist for TeamMates Mentoring Program and has working in the field of mentoring as a mentor, program coordinator, and regional coordinator for over 10 yeras. 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 strength-based mentoring. Allyson has presented at Gallup's Global Strengths Summit, the National Mentoring Summit - Strengths Mentoring and Growth Mindset, and multiple years at the Iowa and Midlands Mentoring Partnership annual conferences.
Tricia Howell
Mentor Coordinator
Tricia is the Mentor Coordinator for Computers4Kids (C4K) in Charlottesville, VA. A non-profit, STEAM-based mentoring program for middle and high school youth from low-income households, C4K is also a member of The Clubhouse Network. Tricia joined C4K in 2014, after years of outreach and community service in both Haiti and Guatemala. Tricia utilizes her diverse professional experiences, including service as a former elementary school teacher, to help youth build the relationships, skills, and knowledge necessary to achieve personal confidence and career choice.Tricia holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Flagler College.
Walter Hull
Mentor Coordinator
U.S. Dream Academy/ Raising Aniya
Over the past 13 years, Walter Hull has become a rising Social Artists, Thought Leader, and Youth Enthusiasts in Houston, TX. Through his work with the U.S. Dream Academy, a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of our children impacted by parental incarceration, Walter has assisted in shaping the organization's approach to community asset building through mentoring. As an artist, his choreography has deep roots in the stories of social justice in the black community that he refers to as his Village Responsibility. Through his assistance in building Urban Souls Dance Company, Walter has founded the U.R.B.A.N. Kids Initiative, artists development workshops in Kigali, Rwanda, providing space for youth artists to develop as leaders in their communities.

Today, Walter works as the Mentor Coordinator for Dream Academy Houston and part-time consultant collaborating with other organizations in telling their story, finding their youth voice and facilitating mentoring training.
Kristin Humphrey
Mentoring Director
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Kristin Humphrey, Mentoring Director, at Partners for Youth with Disabilities, has been with PYD since 2010 and oversees the organization’s one-to-one mentoring program. She has worked with youth with disabilities for the past 11 years, starting as a volunteer mentor, and founded a club at Connecticut College that facilitated group mentoring for siblings of youth with disabilities. A strong proponent of mentoring, Humphrey co-authored “Expanding Horizons: A Pilot Mentoring Program Linking College/Graduate Students and Teens with ASD,” which was published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatrics in 2015. She graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Psychology and was a selected scholar for the Holleran Center’s Program in Community Action and Public Policy. She received her Masters in Public Administration from Clark University. She is a certified Sibshop facilitator to conduct workshops designed to support the unique needs of siblings of youth with disabilities and completed a trauma awareness and resilience train-the-trainer program through Boston Public Health Commission, receiving certification to deliver their 18-hour trauma training. Kristin has presented locally and nationally on the topics of mentoring and inclusion.
Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams, MA-TLA,
Principal and Chief Storytelling Officer
Narratives for Change LLC
Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams, MA-TLA, is Principal and Chief Storytelling Officer at Narratives for Change LLC, a social enterprise whose mission is creating pathways for women and girls to advocate for herself and her tribes through written, spoken, and visual storytelling. Her work is centered in storytelling facilitation where Yvette:writes poetry, personal essay and other forms of literary nonfiction on race, cultural identity, arts activism, gender, mentoring, leadership, systems change, and transformative narratives;teaches creative writing, scholarly personal narrative, and writing for social action; coaches and mentors through a womanist and social justice lens leadership development, team/group process, and relationship building; leads strategic arts advocacy and arts activism, and is a long time practitioner in applied behavioral science.Yvette earned a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, an M.A. in Transformative Language Arts (Creative Writing for Personal and Social Change) from Goddard College, and a B.S. in Occupational Education & Workforce Training at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is a member and faculty at NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and adjunct faculty teaching writing, business, public speaking, organization development, and diversity coursework for several colleges and education institutions. Dedicated to community service, Yvette served as Vice Chair of NTL, board director and grants panel committee member at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Florida, Vice Chair Urban League of Philadelphia, board director, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Chair of the Board at Amherst Writers and Artists. Current boards and committees are the Leadership Council at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Florida, Generation Wow Advisory Committee, and as a board directer and Finance Committee Chair for First Person Arts: Memoir and Documentary Arts in Philadelphia. She is a speaker coach for TEDx Jacksonville. Yvette is from Washington DC, and with her husband raised their two children in South Jersey for 25 years. Yvette and her husband currently reside in Atlantic Beach, FL.
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Roger Jarjoura
Principal Researcher
American Institutes for Research
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. 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. Dr. Jarjoura was the Project Director for the national evaluation of OJJDP’s Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program.
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Harry Johnson
Co-Director and Coordinator
Brothers at Bard
As a student at Bard College, Harry co-founded Brothers at Bard (BAB), a group-mentorship and academic enrichment program for young men of color. Harry’s passion for community outreach and love for the game of basketball pushed him to commit a large portion of his collegiate career to using basketball and mentoring programs as a vehicle to promote higher education among high school and middle school students in Bard’s surrounding communities. In addition to BAB, Harry was an integral part of the success of the sports-based youth development program, Dream to Achieve Basketball (DTA), which served students from low-income backgrounds in the Hudson, NY area. Harry became the program’s assistant director during his 3rd year of college. After graduating from Bard in May 2017, Harry was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. This prestigious fellowship gives 40 recent graduates the opportunity to conduct a year of independent and purposeful exploration of their individual passions outside of the US. During his Watson year, Harry explored the youth development sector in India, Australia, South Africa, London and Brazil—with a particular interest in youth leadership, peer-mentorship, and the development of local community mentoring programs. With the mission of returning to upstate NY to run Brothers at Bard as co-director, Harry studied organizations and program models around the world that have fostered inclusive and innovative ways to support and develop low-skilled youth as they lead their own communities into the future. As coordinator of the BardWorks program, Harry provides professional and leadership development for all Bard undergraduate students. In addition to his role at the college and the Brothers at Bard, Harry is also the co-coordinator of all retention and academic achievement efforts for men of color enrolled at Bard college and the secondary beneficiaries of the BAB program.
Sarah Jonas
Deputy Executive Director
Office of Community Schools, NYCDOE
Sarah Jonas leads the school facing support for the 227 Community Schools within the New York City Community Schools Initiative. Prior to joining the NYC DOE in June of 2015, Sarah served as Senior Director of Regional Initiatives at the Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) where she provided technical assistance to three community school initiatives—Paterson, Orange and Trenton, New Jersey—that went on to win highly competitive multi-million dollar USDOE Community School grants. While at NCCS Sarah also led the Center’s technical assistance for the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism and School Engagement, and helped develop the highly successful Every Student, Every Day Campaign. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Elizabeth Joy
Survivors To Alivers
Bio: Elizabeth Joy MBA, MSW, LCDCIII is founder of Survivors To Alivers, Inc., former Director of MENTOR Central Ohio (MENTOR's Ohio Affiliate), and author of “You Survived…Now What? A Road Map To Reclaiming Life.” A Licensed Social Worker and Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Elizabeth's experience includes work in mentoring, child welfare, mental health, corrections, and alcohol and drug treatment. She is most known for her unique and “real” approach to teaching in which she combines her personal and professional experience to inspire, educate, and empower others by being transparent about her own struggles and healing journey. Elizabeth’s current work focuses on trauma including trauma-informed practices beyond the rhetoric and the importance of providers addressing their own trauma as a critical element to providing quality services to clients. Past training and consulting clients include The National Association of Social Work Ohio Chapter, Chautauqua Health Services, Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, The Ohio State University College of Social Work Alumni, The City of Columbus, and The National Mentoring Partnership. In addition to her training and consulting efforts, Elizabeth develops products and services to support healing.
Jessica Kallin
Refugee Youth Services Supervisor
Catholic Community Services of Utah
Jessica Kallin has been working with refugee communities in Utah for the past 8 years. Currently, she works for CCS Utah as the Refugee Youth Services Supervisor, overseeing a youth mentor program. She completed her BA in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Rights. She is currently finishing her Masters of Arts in Community Leadership, while working on youth advocacy, equity, and community outreach.
Thomas Keller
Duncan and Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth, and Families
Portland State University School of Social Work
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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Jesse Kerstetter
Leaders Program Supervisor
Silver Lining Mentoring
Carla Knapp
Vice President, Native Services
Boys & Girls Club of America
Carla is a proven visionary and strategic leader with more than 18 years of executive level, non-profit experience. She began her work in BGCA with the chartering the first Native BGC in the Northeast as the Chief Professional Officer. Carla grew the service area for youth and partnered with five federally recognized tribes to expand programing for Native youth. Carla has received numerous awards to include the Executive Director's Award for demonstrating outstanding performance, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Native Service to Youth Award and recipient of the Maytag Leadership Award, honoring dependable leaders throughout the BGCA movement and most recently Carla was the 2016 National Indian Gaming Association Chairman’s Leadership Award. In 2013, Carla accepted a position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's newly established Native Services team to assist Clubs on Native lands across the country as one of the Native Services Directors of Organizational Development later to be promoted to the National Director of Native Services in 2014 and now serves as the Vice President of Native Services. Under the leadership of Carla, Boys & Girls Clubs on Native lands is the largest Native youth-serving agency in the nation, reaching about 90,000 Native youth in American Indian, Alaska Native, American Samoan, and Hawaiian tribal communities. With nearly 200 Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs provide Native young people with a variety of culturally relevant, life-enhancing programs every year. Additionally, Carla is a tribal member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, and Bear Clan, married to Joseph Knapp and proud mother of two children. With the support of her family, Carla’s mission is to provide opportunities that improve the lives of youth and communities.
Karin Korb
Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator
Lakeshore Foundation
Karin broke her back in a gymnastics vaulting accident and is most known for her wheelchair tennis accolades. She is a 2-time Paralympian and a 10-time member of the USA World Team. She was the first person with a disability to receive a Division 1 athletic scholarship to Georgia State University to play intercollegiate wheelchair tennis and has gone on to assist other universities in creating their own wheelchair tennis programs. She was named the USA’s Junior Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup Coach and led the top American juniors into international competition, where they are currently ranked number ONE in the world! Her induction into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame as its youngest inductee and only person with a disability, speaks to her unyielding commitment to foster and grow the sport of tennis to all those who wish to play. She also received the coveted “Gold Brick” in front of Arthur Ashe’s Stadium in Randy Snow’s Neighborhood. When asked about this honor she simply responded with: “Well, that brick is cute and everything and an amazing gift to my heart, however, it reminds me to continue building the legacy that the infamous Randy Snow started and that requires a whole lot of love for tennis, sport and humanity.”
She served on the coveted U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Paralympics Athletes Advisory Council for eight years representing seven sports which included Tennis, Table Tennis, Shooting, Archery, Equestrian, Powerlifting and Canoe/Kayak. She currently serves on the City of Birmingham’s Social Justice Committee as well as the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program’s PADD (Protection and Advocacy of Persons with Developmental Disabilities) Advisory Council. She is deeply passionate about inclusion of persons with disabilities at every level of sport and life. Her career in both advocacy and policy has spanned over two decades. She has worked with Lakeshore Foundation’s Lima Fox Trot Military program since its inception and is presently their Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator. In this capacity she leads the Lakeshore Foundation’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, the Women and Girls with Disability Summit, the Durable Medical Equipment research initiative and is the coordinator for the Global Sports Mentorship Program collaborative with the University of Tennessee’s Department of Sport, Peace and Society and the U.S. State Department to name a few. Her love of humanity is often times referred to as “contagious” and her infectious e
Sarah Kremer
Advisory Board Member, Consultant
First Exposures
Sarah Kremer was a mentor to a young girl while in high school and has stayed connected to mentoring programs ever since. She was a mentor during the early years of First Exposures, a photography-based mentoring program in San Francisco; currently, she provides training and evaluation consultation, and is an Advisory Board member. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board-Certified art therapist, and SoulCollage® facilitator, she has worked clinically with a variety of populations of adolescents for the last 25 years. She is currently the Director of the Resilience Consultation Program with Acknowledge Alliance and a Ph.D. candidate at Notre Dame de Namur University, where she is also adjunct faculty in the art therapy psychology graduate department. She was on staff at Friends for Youth from 2001 to 2014, first directly with program participants and the last nine years in the Mentoring Institute. She is a co-founder of the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series and has presented at national and international conferences. Sarah was invited to attend every Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring at Portland State University since its inception in 2007 through 2014. Sarah also co-presented at the NMS in 2016, 2017, and 2018 with Erik Auerbach. She currently consults with Peraj Mexico, a national university-based mentoring program in Mexico.Sarah provided leadership in youth mentoring during her tenure at the Mentoring Institute, co-founding the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, authoring a chapter in the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring, creating the certification model and training the first and second cohorts of SAFE Trainers, and being invited to every year of the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring since its inception. She continues to consult with a variety of programs, including international organizations.
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DeWarren K. Langley, JD, MPA
Visionary & Executive Director
Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Inc.
DeWarren K. Langley, JD, MPA is an equity-minded community leader, student academic & professional success coach, public policy analyst and nonprofit consultant. He is the Visionary & Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) academic, leadership and professional development nonprofit organization which provides a continuum of programs, services and mentorship to educate, engage, empower and equip young men of color with the strategies they need to secure socioeconomic success by transforming academic policies and connecting them with professional opportunities to become high-results leaders. The Foundation works to remedy implicit bias, systemic oppression and barriers to equity and inclusion to ensure all young men of color have

equal opportunity to lead successful and meaningful lives. The Foundation partners with colleges, universities and organizations to shift mindsets and practices, and implement proactive research and evidence based strategies to counteract inequities and foster academic and professional success. With 17 years of nonprofit experience, Mr. Langley is also Principal Consultant for Strategic Solutions Consulting, LLC which provides advice, guidance and capacity building services designed to support nonprofits in equity-minded change leadership, skill development, board governance, and strategic planning and action to improve effectiveness to achieve better outcomes, success and social change.

With a strong commitment to service of others and improving the community, Mr. Langley is President of the National INROADS Alumni Association - Triangle Chapter, Chairman of the Civilian Police Review Board for the City of Durham, Vice President of Men of Vision, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for New Durham Vision, Co-Chair of the Justice Involvement Committee for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative - Durham County, Secretary of the Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, Inc., Precinct Judge for the Durham County Board of Elections, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Jubilee Home and Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board for Kid’s Voting Durham.

Mr. Langley is also a member of the Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, National Academic Advising Association, Board of Directors of Rebound, Alternatives for Youth, Board of Directors for the West End Community Foundation, Inc. the Board of Directors for Antioch Builds Community, Inc., Citizen Capital Imp
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Molly Latham
Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters Nevada
Molly Latham joined Big Brothers Big Sisters Nevada in January of 2010. During her tenure, she has worked to support quality program delivery and collaborative community partnerships. “Mentoring is a critical component to supporting children and youth, but we must always focus on child safety and high quality to be valuable community partners.”

Working in southern Nevada youth programs since 1998, Molly has trained staff and volunteers throughout Nevada in both urban and rural communities. Her graduate degree is in Business Management. She is passionate about youth development and delivering quality programs that meet the needs of young people in our community.
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Sage Learn
Senior Director, Government Relations
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Rudy Lozano
Vice President, The Fellowship Initiative
JP Morgan Chase & Co
Rudy Lozano leads The Fellowship Initiative in Chicago. Rudy is a Vice President with the Global Philanthropy team at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is a leader in the youth development and community organizing fields. He has held positions in nationally recognized organizations; The Association House of Chicago, Instituto Del Progreso Latino and Enlace Chicago. Rudy’s diverse experiences include mentoring at-risk youth, teaching in alternative high schools, coordinating community schools programs and directing citizenship programs statewide. He is an alum of Public Allies and Leadership Greater Chicago. Rudy earned his Bachelor's degree in youth and community development from Northeastern Illinois University and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Nicole Magloire
DPS CareerConnect Regional Coordinator
Denver East High School
Nicole Magloire studied Communication and Dance at Cedar Crest College and proceeded to work in performing arts, traveling the world with the non-profit organization Up with People. After 3.5 years of volunteering and performing around the globe, Nicole moved to Denver to work in the Up with People central office. In March of 2016 Nicole transitioned from Up with People to Goodwill Industries of Denver to work as a Youth Services Specialist in their Youth department. As a Youth Services Specialist Nicole coordinated events and mentoring classes in 7 different schools where she served over 1,000 youth and planned 15 events. In August of 2017 Nicole began working as a Regional Coordinator for DPS CareerConnect and has been managing and facilitating the 9th and 10th grade programs at Denver East High School since then. In her free time Nicole likes to go on adventures with her husband, update her blog, serve in her local church and use her voice to speak out for justice and equitable education systems.
Victoria Mahand
National Training Specialist
One Circle Foundation
Victoria is the national lead Girls Circle trainer, representing One Circle Foundation in the U.S., Canada and beyond. She provides trainings, consultation, technical assistance, and contributes to the design and enhancement of our trainings and curricula. Victoria is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey and holds a master’s degree in social work. As a former Program Director with the Center for Family Services she facilitated and supervised the Girls Circle program in addition to supervising effective implementation of modalities including Structural Family Therapy, Truancy Intervention, Multi-Systemic Therapy, and Sex Offender Treatment. She also worked with the New Jersey Superior Court, New Jersey Probation Division, and New Jersey Public and Private Schools to implement prevention and intervention services for children and their families. Victoria relocated to Alabama in 2016 where she enjoys out door activities, music, movies, reading, food, and spending time with family and friends.
Shreekanth Mahendiran
Research Advisor
Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS), Bangalore
Shreekanth is a Research Advisor at the Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS), Bangalore, a 20 year old research-based organisation that focuses on issues of equity, justice, empowerment, democracy and accountability across various sectors – education, gender, governance, health and sanitation. At CBPS, Shreekanth has most recently worked on 'Together We Can' - an assessment of the impact of Women's Action Groups on social change in India. This was a three-year study to evaluate the economic and empowerment outcomes of women enrolled with Mahila Samakhya in Karnataka and Bihar, over 3000 households.Shreekanth has also looked at a systems analysis of the Open and Distance Learning Institutions (National Institute of Open School and State Open Schools) to facilitate the universalization of secondary education in India. Some of his recent publications:1. Jyotsna Jha, Neha Ghatak, Niveditha Menon, Priyanka Dutta & Shreekanth Mahendiran, (forthcoming), Understanding Women's Education, Empowerment and Change in Rural India, Social Science Press2. Chirantan Chatterjee, Shreekanth Mahendiran & Neil Shah, (2018), (Dis)Connecting People? 2016 Indian Demonetisation and Mobile Phone Markets, ISB Insight Magazine.3. Chirantan Chatterjee & Shreekanth Mahendiran, (2017), From a Pharmacy to a Laboratory: The Global Biologics Revolution & the Indian Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry. University of Pennsylvania & Oxford University Press Book on India & Innovation.4. Shreekanth Mahendiran, Jyotsna Jha, & Neha Ghatak, (2016), Examining the Efficiency and Reach of Open and Distance Education for Secondary Education in India: Econometric Analysis of Student Data from National Institute of Open School (NIOS), PCF8 Conference Proceedings, Commonwealth of Learning.5. Jyotsna Jha, Neha Ghatak and Shreekanth Mahendiran, (2016), Tracing the Education and Employment Status of Open School Graduates in India, PCF8 Conference Proceedings, Commonwealth of Learning.6. Jyotsna Jha, Gayatiri Raghuraman, Debanita Chatterjee, Shreekanth Mahendiran, Nakul Nagaraj & Padmaja Pancharatnam, (2016), Millennium Development Goals and Karnataka, A Status Report, UNICEFWith Mentor Together, Shreekanth has designed and supported a quasi-experimental 3 year study to track mentorship outcomes across 200 randomly selected youth across their high-school years.
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Frances Maher
Deloitte / Right Step – Strive for College
My name is Frances Maher and I am currently a sophomore at Brandeis University double majoring in Biology and Biochemistry on the pre-med track. I am originally from the Philippines, but have lived in multiple countries and states as my dad was in the military. This past summer I was a summer research intern at the National Cancer Institute conducting research on multi-drug resistance. During the school year, I am a research assistant and lab technician at Brandeis University conducting research on the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system. I was mentored by Mr. Bill Copeland when I was a Strive student during my senior year of high school. After gaining a valuable experience with Strive For College, I applied to be a Strive mentor after I graduated from high school.
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Elizabeth Mangan
Chief Executive Officer
Miller-Valentine Group
Elizabeth Mangan is the Chief Executive Officer of Miller-Valentine Group and a member of the company’s board of directors. She is responsible for setting strategic vision for the company and leading the executive team to drive growth in both the Midwest and Southeast Markets.

Prior to being appointed CEO, Elizabeth served as General Counsel for the company. She has 20 years of experience in all aspects of the real estate and construction industry, having served as an attorney and advisor in private practice and in-house with development companies in both Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati.

Elizabeth is dedicated to giving back to the community. She serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation; a member of the Board of The Aruna Project; and a member of the Board of Adopt-A-Class.

A native of West Virginia, Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Journalism, Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
Christopher Margadonna
Recruitment Specialist
MENTOR Rhode Island
Christopher Margadonna is the Director of Partner Engagement 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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Hilda Marie
Program Director
Vibrant Emotional Health
Hilda Marie has worked in the mental health field for 30 years, specializing in the field of trauma. Hilda is a Program Director at Vibrant Emotional Health, where she oversees all emotional wellness services for the 200 young men of The Fellowship Initiative in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from York College, and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the City College of New York, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister. Hilda is also a certified Youth and Adult Bilingual Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and she has been a staff trainer and consultant for numerous social service agencies in New York City, including Safe Horizon, Sanctuary for Families, and Lavelle School for the Blind.
Darlene Marlin
Vice President
National Urban League
Darlene H. Marlin is the Vice President of Access and Opportunity, in the Education & Youth Development Division of the National Urban League. She has 20 years of proven senior management experience. She directs the Division’s portfolio of key P-16 programs that are aligned with the National Urban League’s goal that every American child will be ready for college, work and life by 2025. Her career has spanned the educational continuum, from finding funding and directing early childhood to college completion programs. Ms. Marlin serves as an expert technical advisor to the 90 Urban League serving over 2 million people in 300 communities throughout the 90 local Urban League affiliates across the United States, providing leading-edge information and resources on education trends and topics that include but are not limited to STEM college and career exposure for youth. Ms. Marlin has been a key contributor and leader in a number of successful projects including the National Urban League’s Campaign for African-American Achievement, the Black Male Initiative, and the Youth Development Framework and Curriculum Guide.In 2006, she developed the groundbreaking Project Ready program, a signature program of the National Urban League that prepares youth for post-secondary success through a research-based curriculum that emphasizes academic support, along with life skills development and college awareness. This program has engaged over 15,000 students in as many as 40 Urban League affiliate sites.Ms. Marlin has earned graduate degrees in both Childhood Education and Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Business Management.
Catherine Martinez
Statewide Mentor Training Coordinator
UC Berkeley - Puente Project
Catherine Martinez has worked for the Puente Project since 2001. She has held various positions within the program over the years and currently oversees the statewide professional development training regarding mentoring in California, Texas and Washington for community college faculty who are implementing the the Puente Project. She holds a B.A. in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University. She has helped to developed tools and resources for implementing a mentoring program and has conducted mentor trainings all over the state of California. Previous to Puente, Catherine has also worked at the University of California, Riverside and California State University Fullerton for similar college outreach programs focused on underrepresented students.
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Kathleen Martinez
Sr. Director of National Strategic Relationships & Initiatives
BP America
Kathleen M. Martinez is Sr. Director of National Strategic Relationships & Initiatives for BP America. Martinez spearheads the company’s U.S. commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) K-12 education, and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion and building strategic alliances.

Martinez introduces and shapes key programs that position BP as a thought leader and employer of choice with young leaders.

Martinez’ background includes more than 20 years’ experience in public relations, corporate social responsibility, education advocacy, government affairs and marketing.
Brian Maus
Director of Addiction Prevention and Mentoring Programs
The Moyer Foundation
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Trina Maynes
Human Resource Business Partner Lead
Trina Maynes is the Human Resource Business Partner Lead for Nike New York and Nike Los Angeles. In her role, she drives Nike’s North America City Talent Strategy for the brand’s key North America cities that are positioned to drive consumer connection across the Globe. Trina’s Human Resource leadership is aligned to Nike's corporate mission is “to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world”.
Prior to her time with Nike, Trina worked for several organizations including Google and MTV Networks. In her 20 years at MTV Networks she fulfilled several roles including Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Nickelodeon, Vice President, Human Resources for VH1 and HR Manager for publishing leader Simon & Schuster.
In these roles, Trina was responsible for developing the strategic Human Resource direction of each organization by creating talent strategies, developing high performing teams and promoting cultures for winning and engaged employees. Under Trina’s leadership, a team of Human Resource professionals are responsible helping Nike retain its competitive edge through organizational effectiveness and operational excellence.
As a Betsy Magness Fellow, Trina was recognized as a top leader in the media industry through Women in Cable. Continually active in the community she is a member of several organizations that focus on women in leadership and serving under-served communities for children.
Trina earned an undergraduate degree from Fordham University and two Masters degrees from Columbia University. She is the proud mother of three sons who make life full and highly satisfying.
Samuel McQUillin
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina
I study how schools and communities can work together to promote emotional, behavioral, and academic wellness in children who are environmentally or developmentally at-risk. My work focuses on translating theories of child development to pragmatic prevention and intervention strategies. I am particularly interested in how and why relationships between young people and adult helpers (e.g. mentors) influences positive youth development. In this work, I hope to improve the positive influences of these relationships by equipping helpers with skills and knowledge gleaned from research evidence.I am a research board member of the National Mentoring Resource Center, a Society for the Study of School Psychology Early Career Award recipient, and the director of the University of South Carolina’s and University of Houston’s AMPED Youth Mentoring programs. I am affiliated with the Psychology Department's Quantitative Psychology Area of Emphasis and serve as a quantitative methodologist on a broad range of research projects.
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Michael Teresa Mellifera
National Foster Youth & Alumni Policy Council Member
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Zahra Memon
Taco Bell Foundation / Live Mas Scholars
Zahra Memon is a 2018 Live Más Scholar and senior at The College of New Jersey studying Deaf Education and Biology. Through a combined Masters program, Zahra will graduate with a Masters in Deaf Education at the end of her fifth year. She was inspired to pursue this path after her brother was diagnosed with a hearing loss at the time of birth. This passion to bridge the gap of communication between the Deaf and hearing world is why she was awarded a Live Más Scholarship from the Taco Bell Foundation. In addition to her studies, Zahra serves as an Honors Peer Mentor for first-year Honors students and previously served as an Orientation Leader for first-year students to help facilitate their transition to the college campus. After completing her Masters program, Zahra plans on attending medical school to become a physician and provide direct access to communication for deaf patients. This past summer, Zahra worked with her research advisor on a publication about academic language and deafness which debut in the American Annals of the Deaf Winter 2019 edition. When she isn't advocating for the Deaf community, Zahra is trying out new restaurants based on Yelp reviews or watching a Premier League match rooting for Chelsea F.C. She can be contacted at
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Gregory Meves
Employer Representative
Marriott Foundation - Bridges From School to Work Program
Gregory Meves is an Employer Representative at the Marriott Foundation - Bridges From School to Work Program. He works with young adults 18-24 who have disabilities and helps them find competitive employment through job readiness training and support before, during, and after the job search process.

Gregory graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in economics and political science. He has a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Matt G. Meyersohn
Senior Director of External Affairs
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Matt G. Meyersohn serves as Senior Director of External Affairs for MENTOR. He is responsible for managing External Partnerships as well as the Marketing and Communications team. Previously, Matt was the Managing Director of Sports Partnerships for UNICEF USA and was responsible for increasing the role that American sports leagues/teams/athletes play in international aid for children. Prior to that, he spent eight years with the Boston Celtics leading Community Relations and Player Development. He graduated from Wesleyan and received his MBA from Boston College. Matt was raised in Cambridge where he currently lives with his wife and son – he volunteers as an assistant high school basketball coach. Matt is a mentor to Alex, first paired when Alex was in high school, and recently got to celebrate Alex’s college graduation.
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Melanie Mijares
Hermanitas Program Coordinator
MANA de San Diego
Melanie Mijares serves as the Hermanitas Program Coordinator at MANA de San Diego, a national Latina organization whose mission is to Empower Latinas through Education, Leadership Development, Community Service and Advocacy. In this role, Melanie works alongside a committee of volunteers in planning and implementing monthly educational seminars for 60 Latina students in 7th-12th grade and their Mentors. Seminar topics include: career exploration, college and job readiness, physical and mental health, financial literacy and leadership development among others.
Melanie is the first in her extended family to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. She earned two associate degrees in history and sociology from San Diego City College and a bachelor in sociology from San Diego State University. Prior to working for the Hermanitas Program, Melanie coordinated a transitional mentoring program at SDSU for incoming, first-generation, transfer students.
Melanie’s personal mission is to advocate and empower folks with underrepresented identities. During her free time, Melanie volunteers, attends rallies and marches with organizations and local groups who promote social justice in her communities.
Toby Miller
Executive Director
One Heart Project Indiana
Toby Miller is the Executive Director of One Heart Indiana. Mr. Miller brings over 30 years of project management, community/race relations experience and an unshakable commitment to reducing recidivism among at-risk and incarcerated youth.
Jessica Mitchell
Associate Director of Research and Evaluation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Dr. Jessica Mitchell is the Associate Director of Research and Evaluation 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.
Tiffani Morrow
Sr. Manager, Grizzlies TEAM Mentor Program
Memphis Grizzlies Foundation
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. 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 since has endeavored to have a meaningful and measurable impact on students’ lives through the TEAM Mentor Program. Her passion to serve is also carried out as a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A lover of travel, she never turns down an opportunity to explore a new city, see her Carolina Panthers play or sample the best local eats and coffee. Currently, Tiffani serves as the Senior Manager of the Grizzlies Youth Mentoring Partnership.
Andrea Motley
Oklahoma City Police Department
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Liz Murray
Executive Director
The Arthur Project
Jenna Nackel
Mentor Program Manager
The Clubhouse Network
Jenna provides professional development and capacity-building to 100 Clubhouses around the world, supporting them to implement The Clubhouse Network's group mentoring model. She joined The Clubhouse Network in 2017 with experience developing STEAM after school programming for English Learners in Boston. Before that, she worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, supporting mentoring programs, including mentor recruitment and training, youth recruitment, and family engagement. Jenna holds a B.A. in Education and Social Justice from Vassar College.
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Jess Nance
Program Manager
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Jess 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, Jess managed Ayuda’s Language Access Program, a program dedicated to ensuring that language does not serve as a barrier for anyone to access legal and social services. In addition, she worked as the Community Partnerships Manager at the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, where she developed partnerships with various community organizations to expand and deepen the impact of the community engagement portion of the local Soccer for Success programming. Jess holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American History from Scripps College.
Ricardo Neal
Director of Innovation and Strategy
The Literacy Lab
Ricardo Neal serves as the Director of Innovation and Strategy at The Literacy Lab. In this role, he manages the national expansion of the organization’s Leading Men Fellowship, an initiative to recruit and train young men of color to implement evidence-based early literacy interventions to help more children become Kindergarten-ready and address the systemic shortage of talented and diverse educators. The Fellowship establishes clear pathways for young men of color to explore careers in education. Before joining The Literacy Lab, Ricardo served in various leadership and governance roles in education, philanthropy, and public advocacy. Ricardo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Boston University School of Social Work. Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ricardo currently lives in Northeast Washington DC with his wife and two children.
Robert Neese
Research Lead
YMCA of San Francisco
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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C. David Nelson
Executive Director
Carlson Family Foundation
C. David Nelson is the executive director of the Carlson Family Foundation, facilitating both family and corporate philanthropy. David's career in philanthropy began at the Allina Foundation in Minneapolis, later serving as vice president and director of community outreach & donor services at lnFaith Community Foundation. A graduate of St. Olaf College, David has been active as a community volunteer and served in board leadership roles for several nonprofits including Camp Heartland, Human Rights Campaign, Children's Hospitals & Clinics and St. Olaf Alumni Board. He served as a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Golden Valley and as a member of the Wilder Foundation's Homeless Youth Advisory Council. David lives enjoys traveling, spending time with his nieces and nephew, and college football on Saturday afternoon.
Tessy Ojo
Chief Executive Officer
The Diana Award
Tessy Ojo is the Chief Executive of the Diana Award - a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief in the power that young people have to change the world, with the right support. The charity’s mission is to foster and develop positive change in the lives of young people.

The charity benefits from the support of The Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the UK Prime Minister as a Patron.
With over two decades in third sector leadership and in-depth knowledge of working across British establishments, she has led The Diana Award through a significant period of turnaround ensuring its long term sustainability.

Tessy is a passionate humanitarian and campaigner who has gained international reputation for ‘advocating and nurturing change for young people’. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the lives of their peers.

Tessy is a conference speaker and regularly comments across various media on a wide range of issues that affects the lives of young people such as social mobility, violence, safety, Antibullying, youth development and much more.

Tessy is a member of the BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee which reports to the BBC’s Executive Board. She also seats on a number of high profile Executive Boards such as The Royal Taskforce on Cyberbullying, UK Council For Child Internet Safety, The Comic Relief, The Government’s Character Education Taskforce and more!
She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Tessy has been recognised for her contribution to the sector through a number of Awards such as 2017 Top 30 Social CEOs, The Precious Award, Inspiring Leader 2015, Women in Business Rising Star 2015 (London Region), Excellence Award from Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Foundation and many more.

Prior to joining The Diana Award, Tessy worked in the corporate sector for over 10 years supporting the business growth function through the implementation of business critical projects.

Tessy has a first degree in Biochemistry, an MBA and a post grad diploma in Counselling.

She is married and has two children.
Cynthia Onyeka
PhD Student
Loyola University Chicago
Cynthia Onyeka is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. She received her B.A. in Plan II Honors and Psychology in 2015 from the University of Texas at Austin. During her time at UT Austin, Cynthia actively participated in undergraduate research, working as a research assistant in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders, the Holtzman Inkblot Technique Project, and the Body Project. Additionally, she worked as a student coordinator in programs surrounding sexual violence prevention, interpersonal and relationship violence awareness, and mental health promotion on campus. Following graduation, Cynthia worked as a research assistant evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention promoting higher-order reasoning approaches to learning among low-income junior high students. Her research interests include factors that promote resilience as related to people of color, psychosocial buffers toward community violence exposure in adolescents, and the relationship between social environmental stressors and mental well-being in marginalized communities. As a member of the Risk & Resilience Lab, Cynthia is helping examine and implement a cross-age peer mentoring program for African and Latino-American youth in high-violence neighborhoods in Chicago. In her leisure time, Cynthia enjoys reading, cooking, watching/performing improv comedy, and listening to podcasts.
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Donna Orender
CEO, Founder
Generation WOW
A nationally-recognized business leader, innovative thinker and entrepreneur, Donna Orender is known as a game changer in all she undertakes. She is a women’s pro basketball pioneer, former WNBA president, and Senior Executive of the PGA TOUR and shares her creative energy with the many business and not-for-pro t boards on which she serves. She draws on her extensive connections in the sports, entertainment, and communications arenas to galvanize a diverse, powerful community in her passionate pursuit to elevate opportunities for girls and women. In her game-changing style, Donna created the WOW and WOWsdom! platforms to connect, educate, and inspire young women to be their best selves.
Alex Oves
CareerCoach Regional Coordinator
Denver Public Schools CareerConnect
Alex is one of 6 team members of the CareerConnect team who implements the CareerCoach Mentoring Program. It is not finalized if she will be the one co-presenting. We do know that at least one other person from our team will be presenting with Ericka.
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Wendy Paddock
BAMSM Project Associate
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
United Way’s Be A Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) is the largest school-based mentoring program in the Pittsburgh region’s history. We match hundreds of successful adult mentors with middle school students to learn about real careers and jobs, to develop big dreams for their future, to understand the importance of doing well in school, and to have another caring adult role model. Wendy Paddock brings with her 10 years of experience in a variety of youth-focused spaces working to support students’ current and future success. Through her work with BAMSM, Wendy helps to screen and place mentors at 22 schools, works with program partners to ensure best practices, collects and analyzes data to measure impact, and coordinates college-focused initiatives. She has a BA in Psychology from Allegheny College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. William Perez, Jr.
Loyola Marymount University
William Perez is a professor at Loyola Marymount University. He received his BA from Pomona College and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research focuses on the education access of immigrant, undocumented, indigenous, and deported students in the U.S. and Mexico. In 2009, he received the Mildred Garcia Prize for Excellence in Research from the Association for the Study of Higher Education for his book, We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream. His follow up book, Americans by Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education, was selected for the 2013 Critics Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association. He has been interviewed or quoted as an academic expert in various media outlets including NBC Nightly News, Time, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and NPR. He has also received various awards for his research on immigration and education including the early career scholar award from the Hispanic Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association and the Fulbright Fellowship. For the past four years (2015-2018), he has been selected for Education Week’s annual ranking of the top 200 university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice.
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Chris Perkins
Senior Manager of Volunteer Engagement & Development
Higher Achievement
Chris Perkins serves as Senior Manager of Volunteer Engagement & Development at Higher Achievement. Perkins is an experienced manager with a demonstrated expertise in youth development, program evaluation, volunteer management, and public speaking.
Sarah Peterson
Director of Research and Development
Office of Community Schools, NYCDOE
Sarah Peterson is the Director of Research and Development for the Office of Community Schools at the New York City Department of Education, where she currently leads the research, data use and attendance improvement efforts of Mayor de Blasio's and Chancellor Carmen Farina's Community School Initiative. Sarah has also served as an adviser to the Obama White House and the U.S. Department of Education on the national My Brother's Keeper Every Student, Every Day Campaign, a Federal initiative dedicated to eliminating chronic absenteeism across 30 school districts. Previously she managed education projects in countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa and Cambodia. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children.
Stephen Phillippi
Institute for Public Health and Justice
Stephen Phillippi, PhD is the Chair of Behavioral & Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health. Dr. Phillippi is also the Director of the Institute for Public Health & Justice working to bring evidence-based practices and supportive policies to states and local communities. He received his PhD from LSU, MSW from Tulane, and BA from Loyola New Orleans. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. He has a twenty-five year history of developing, managing, evaluating, and providing direct services along the full range of the justice system’s continuum of care, with an emphasis on adolescent offenders, families, and victims. Dr. Phillippi is the PI on several studies including those examining behavioral health community programming, mentoring, age of juvenile jurisdiction, impact of holistic juvenile defense, and alternative education interventions. In addition to these activities, Dr. Phillippi teaches, writes, consults, and participates in a number of professional and public service boards.
Ericka Porter
CareerCoach Program Manager
Denver Public Schools CareerConnect
Ericka, a Denver native and graduate from Southeastern University, B.S. in Church Ministries (Youth Concentration), has worked with and for inner city and under-served students for the last 18 years in various capacities including career and technical education, college and post-secondary access counseling, mentoring, and non-profit program development. Organizations she's worked for include Associated Black Charities, The CollegeBound Foundation, and i5 Church all located in Baltimore, MD. Her move back to Denver afforded her a role with Denver Public School's CareerConnect as CareerCoach Mentoring Program Manager, providing her the opportunity to implement and manage a career-focused mentoring program, matching industry professionals with high school students enrolled industry-centered courses. CareerConnect works to expand high quality, industry relevant Career and Technical Education courses paired with work-based learning opportunities for middle and high school students. Ericka is passionate about seeing students thrive in every area of their life and believes an excellent and tailored education, coupled with community support and advocacy, will help students achieve.
Emma Preston
College of William and Mary
Emma is an undergraduate junior working with Dr. Raposa in the Department of Psychological Sciences at William & Mary. Her research explores risk factors for mental health disorders, particularly those linked to childhood and adolescent stress and trauma. She is also interested in how youth mentoring can promote resilience in youth exposed to high levels of stress. These research interests have emerged from Emma's experiences mentoring children from highly stressful backgrounds. Emma's ultimate goal is to use her current and future research to develop evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that strengthen adolescent resilience.
Julia Pryce
Associate Professor
Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Pryce believes in the power of non-parental adults in the lives of youth in risk, and her work advances knowledge of relationship quality and interpersonal processes important for close relationships within the mentoring system. She has a particular interest in how research can be applied cross-culturally, and what lessons the field can learn from diverse cultural experiences of mentoring.
Rachel Puckett
Program Manager
Michigan State University Extension
Rachel Puckett is the program manager for 4-H STEAM Corps, an AmeriCorps*State program that places members in 4-H offices across Michigan to implement 4-H programming to under-served youth in surrounding communities. Rachel joined MSU Extension four years ago as an AmeriCorps member facilitating 4-H Tech Wizards in the Detroit area. 4-H Tech Wizards is a small group youth mentoring program funded as part of the National Mentoring Program from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She has experience recruiting, screening, training, and matching mentors as well as monitoring and supporting matches. After two years in her AmeriCorps position, she moved into grant coordination for the statewide 4-H Tech Wizards program, and she supported the training and technical assistance grant MSU Extension received to provide resources to 4-H NMP programs across the country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Trinity University.
Adrian Quick
Adrian Bromfield is a senior at Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, DC. Adrian was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States at age 6. Adrian aspires to be a computer scientist, business manager, or a graphic designer. Adrian is an active member in six academic and leadership groups: Urban Alliance, Alpha Leadership Program, Ernst and Young College Mentor Assistance Program, Science Olympiad, GW Red Cross Club and the Library of Congress Young Readers Center Teen Board. In his spare time, Adrian likes to read, play video games and catch up on his favorite shows like The Simpsons and American Dad.
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Director - BAM Training Academy
Youth Guidance
Anthony Ramirez-Di Vittorio, BAM Founder, currently manages the BAM Training Academy, which promotes and reinforces program fidelity through intensive counselor training. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor and has worked with Youth Guidance in Chicago, Illinois, since 1999. He founded the BAM program in 2001 in the Humboldt Park community, mainly serving Roberto Clemente High School and many feeder middle schools. He developed the BAM curriculum and served hundreds of students from “at-risk environments” throughout the Chicago area until 2009 when he launched the BAM Training Academy.Anthony holds a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He has worked in the field of mental health since 1992, specializing in adolescent and youth programs for males. Anthony is also a graduate of two men’s organizations: Victories of the Heart and The Mankind Project. These organizations provide modern day “men’s initiations” that lead to personal mission. Anthony’s mission is to “create a world where father and son live in harmony by mentoring male youth into men of character.”Anthony is a second-generation U.S. citizen. His grandparents came from Mexico on his mother’s side and Italy from his father’s side. He grew up in an at-risk environment on the southwest side of Chicago and is the first in his family’s history to go to college and graduate. He is a graduate of Kelly High School in Chicago, Illinois, where he spent his formative years as a street break-dancer. Anthony resides on the southwest side of the city with his family.
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Jorge Ramos
Youth Program Coordinator
El Pueblo
Jorge Ramos is a 21 year old Mexican immigrant that came to the United States at the age of 6. He is now a Youth Program Coordinator at a local immigrants rights nonprofit based out of Raleigh, NC called El Pueblo and a student at Wake Technical Community college. He is passionate about anthropology and human culture, art and design, and most importantly social justice and political action.
Elizabeth Raposa
Assistant Professor
College of William and Mary
Dr. Liz Raposa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied how early life adversity influences psychosocial and biological development in ways that create risk for poor mental and physical health. She completed her clinical internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and then studied the impact of mentors in the lives of youth during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring in Boston, MA.Dr. Raposa's current research investigates developmental pathways by which supportive relationships can mitigate the negative effects of stressful life experiences on youth. In particular, her recent studies have examined topics such as the predictors of successful formal mentoring relationships for youth living in high-stress contexts, the influence of socio-economic context on youths' natural mentoring relationships, and evidence-based practice for matching mentors and youth.
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Dianna Reichelt
Reach and Rise Mentoring Program Director
The Family YMCA in Los Alamos, NM
Dianna Reichelt, Reach and Rise Mentoring Program Director at The Family YMCA in Los Alamos, NM, has more than 10 years of experience working to support at-risk populations. Prior to working in the field of youth mentoring, Ms. Reichelt spent several years advocating for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since joining Reach and Rise Mentoring in 2015, Dianna has enjoyed serving youth in Northern New Mexico.
Steve Riach
One Heart Project
Steve Riach is the founder of the One Heart Project, and a thought leader in restorative justice through mentoring. He has led this national collective impact initiative and developed much of the content. He has been a speaker at numerous mentoring and juvenile justice conferences. A successful film, documentary and television producer/director, Steve's work has been seen on networks such as NBC and ESPN. He is the producer of the One Heart movie to be released in 2018. He has authored 16 books, with three others to be released in 2018-19. He is passionate about the transformation of youthful offenders.
Maryse Richards
Professor in Clinical Psychology
Loyola University Chicago
Maryse Richards is a professor of clinical and developmental psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1984, and since then she has worked on a variety of research projects examining both the predictors and effects of exposure to violence on urban African American youth. Broadly, her research interests involve identifying the risk and protective factors that promote or deflect the effects of urban poverty and exposure to community violence on youth. As a result of these interests she has developed two interventions titled Civic Engagement Curriculum (CEC) and Cross Age Peer Mentoring, both of which have shown promising effects with regards to improving youth outcomes. The Mentoring program is currently supported by an OJJDP grant. She has been PI on two NIH funded RO1 grants, and has collaborated as Co-PI on several others. She currently resides on the north side of Chicago with her husband and two adopted daughters. Maryse enjoys participating in dance classes, painting in water color, and spending time with her family.
April Riordan
Vice President of Strategy & Innovation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
April Riordan is the Vice President of Strategy & Innovation for Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of the agency’s strategic plan, leads research, evaluation and continuous improvement efforts, and provides leadership for new strategic initiatives. Prior to joining BBBS two years ago, April spent 10+ years in capacity building roles with statewide intermediary organizations, including 6 years with MENTOR Minnesota. During her tenure with MENTOR MN, she launched what is now known as the "collaborative mentoring webinar series" and was instrumental in the development of Minnesota’s quality mentoring assessment tool, the model for the national quality mentoring system (NQMS). In her first year out of college, she took on several part-time youth work jobs, all at once. Those longs days spent with so many different kids ignited a passion that turned into a 20+ year career in youth development and volunteer-centered organizations, and a belief in the power of relationships to create a more just, equitable world.
Desiree Robertson
Director of Training and Product Design
Desireé Robertson is the Director of Training and Product Design for MENTOR. In this role, she is responsible for driving and executing MENTOR’s vision for quality training development and product design including ensuring that our products, tools and trainings are developed with best practices in adult learning theory, and instructional and information design. She works with a team to research, develop and implement quality products, tools and trainings that includes work with the National Mentoring Resource Center and the Mentoring Connector. Prior to MENTOR, Desireé gained extensive experience in mentoring, program management and development, curriculum development, training and professional development by directing the local mentoring affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee and with organizations such as Girls Incorporated of Memphis, Inc. In Memphis, she was a Sociology adjunct professor for over a decade at Southwest Tennessee Community College, Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis. Nationally, Desireé has been a National Technical Assistance Provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center and also served as a member of MENTOR’s Mentoring Affiliate Advisory Council (MAAC). She holds a graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis. Her research and areas of interest include critical mentoring and supporting college students in finding meaningful mentoring opportunities.
Nyx Robey
Graduate Student
College of William and Mary
Nyx is an M.A. student in the Department of Psychological Sciences at William and Mary. Her research interests include dissemination and implementation science in psychological research including the systems and organizational factors that ensure an intervention's success, particularly within diverse populations of youth. At William and Mary, her research examines the factors that influence the impact of youth mentoring programs on positive mental health outcomes. These interests stem from a multitude of experiences with youth, school partners, and AmeriCorps. Her long-term goal is to connect her research to public policy to ensure equal access to evidence-based interventions across traditionally underserved populations.
John Robinson
Director of Eductation
Houston Area Urban League
John Robinson, Presenter One is Director of Education and Youth Development for the Houston Area Urban League for 16 years and has lead the affiliates mentor program for the last 10 years. John is also a national consultant and keynote speaker for Scholastic, Inc. He has engaged boys and girls of color with tools, such as Project ID, mentoring programs and creating an environment of recognition and attractiveness that spurs continued dialogue and learning. The learning styles identified below in “methodology” are what ID is based on and potential mentors should understand you build relationships through the use of visuals, music, etc. John has facilitated a summer mentoring camp with Fifth Ward Enrichment Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Houston the last four years (85/125 respectively).
Jorge Rodriguez
Administrative Program Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin
Jorge Luis Rodriguez Jr. is the program coordinator for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. He served as a graduate assistant for Project MALES from 2015-2017. He received his Bachelors from UT Austin in Economics in the Spring of 2013. Shortly after he joined Advise TX and served as a College Adviser in the Rio Grande Valley and Austin Region. He returned to UT and completed his Master’s in Education in the College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) program in Spring 2017. Jorge’s research interests include minorities in Higher Education, low-income students, financial literacy, and equity in education. Contact Jorge by email:
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Linda Rodriguez
Executive Director, Global Philanthropy
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Linda M. Rodríguez is an Executive Director in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. As part of the team that leads the firm’s global workforce development strategy, Linda oversees youth initiatives, such as JPMorgan Chase’s $17 million investment in summer youth employment, which provides career readiness, skills development and work experiences for thousands of young people in over 20 cities.

Linda’s portfolio includes The Fellowship Initiative (TFI). Under her leadership, TFI earned recognition as a leading corporate mentoring program and has grown to support young men of color in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City. Over 350 JPMorgan Chase employees have volunteered for TFI, primarily by making a three year commitment to serve as mentors to the Fellows.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Linda served as an Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). DYCD provides oversight for the City’s youth employment services and the nation’s largest out-of-school time (OST) system. While leading DYCD’s capacity building department, Linda managed technical assistance services for hundreds of youth organizations and organized the City’s first OST STEM-themed professional development conference.

Linda started her career in the nonprofit sector and has worked for several leading national organizations including ExpandED, Seedco, and The Posse Foundation. She serves on the International Youth Foundation’s Global Youth Employment Advisory Group, New York City Young Men’s Initiative Advisory Board, and the Workforce Professionals and Training Institute Capacity Building Advisory Group.

Linda earned her Master’s degree at the University of Virginia and her Bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University. As the first person to complete college in her family, Linda is proud to contribute to JPMorgan Chase’s efforts to expand economic opportunities for youth.
Gene Roehlkepartain
Vice President, Research & Development
Search Institute
Roehlkepartain leads Search Institute's research and development team in bridging research and practice to help young people be and become their best selves. Since joining Search Institute in 1991, Roehlkepartain has contributed to the organization’s groundbreaking work on developmental relationships, Developmental Assets, youth thriving, and community-wide approaches to child, youth, and family well-being. He is author, co-author, or named editor of numerous books, reports, articles, and other resources based in Search Institute’s research. Roehlkepartain’s doctorate is from the University of Minnesota is in education: curriculum and instruction, with a focus on the intersection of family, youth, and community development.
Ann Romine
Education Program Specialist
Check & Connect/University of Minnesota
Ann Romine is a program specialist and national trainer for Check & Connect at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota. Ms. Romine provides training nationally on the implementation of Check & Connect for schools and community-based organizations. She also provides mentor training and follow-up training around fidelity and implementation for sites already implementing Check & Connect. As a national trainer, she assesses the needs of sites and customizes training to meet those needs. She is driven to build connections for students and families across schools and communities.Before working at ICI, Ms. Romine served as a program specialist and national trainer for an evidence-based family engagement program, Families and Schools Together (FAST). She has trained collaborative teams of teachers, parents and community-based professionals for more than a decade. Ms. Romine has worked extensively throughout the School District of Philadelphia implementing and developing FAST to scale. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison and received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies and Elementary Education.
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Kwame Rose
Social Activist, Writer, Founder
Black EXCELLence
Kwame Rose is a social activist, writer, and artist. Kwame was originally known for having boldly held mainstream media, particularly Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, accountable for its inaccurate representation of protesters during the Baltimore Uprising. The HBO Documentary Baltimore Rising follows Kwame on a two-year journey of trying to unite a broken city. Kwame is currently a contributor for Al-Jazeera. Rose has previously written for Mashable, USA Today, and Huff Post.  

Kwame was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. His passion for public speaking once earned him a full scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio as a member of the Debate team. As a student, he advocated for hip-hop-infused education as a means to educate the youth and give a voice to the voiceless. After the completion of his freshman year, deteriorating social conditions in his hometown of Baltimore prompted the permanent return of the young activist with a firm commitment to improve and serve his community. In 2013, Kwame helped form the organization Brothers In Action, Inc., a mentoring group for young Black males in Baltimore City.    

After writing an article critiquing Senator Bernie Sander’s lack of engagement with young change agents, Senator Sanders reached out to Kwame about how to reach young people. Kwame then served as a surrogate for Senator Sanders Presidential campaign.
Margo Ross
Managing Director
Center for Supportive Schools
Margo Ross, Psy.D., is Managing Director, Communications & Development at the Center for Supportive Schools (CSS), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping schools become places students want to be. She oversees CSS’s business development efforts including grant writing, grants management, corporate and foundation relations, communications, and marketing. Dr. Ross has been a member of the staff at CSS for over 10 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 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University.
Tashanna Rucker
Senior Director of Big Futures
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
Tashanna Rucker, Sr. Director of Big Futures – 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.
Christian Rummell, EdD, MPA
Principal Consultant
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. He is leading the development of new pilot programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to enhance services for LGBTQ Youth. 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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Joshua Rush
Disney Channel's Andi Mack, Founder-@NewsInARush
With more than a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, 17-year-old Joshua Rush has amassed a lengthy list of credits in both animation voice work and live-action roles. Most recently starring as groundbreaking character Cyrus Goodman in the Disney Channel show “Andi Mack,” where he plays the first openly gay character on the network, and as Bunga on Disney Junior’s “The Lion Guard,” he also has starred in numerous feature films.

In addition to acting, Joshua is passionate about news and the importance of the youth voice in politics. He stars in a self-produced newsflash series on Instagram called @NewsInARush. In one minute, Joshua breaks down important news topics into engaging, easily digestible segments designed to educate and ignite today's teens.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Rush now resides in Los Angeles with his family. He is passionate about global education and literacy, as well encouraging young adults to vote, serving as the Under 18 Ambassador for National Absentee Ballot Day. He is also involved with UNICEF, Fulfillment Fund, Human Rights Campaign, and GLAAD.

Josh loves coffee, the news, men’s fashion, and is a fervent fan of all Houston sports teams.
Marie Rusincovitch
Director of Programming
Adopt A Class
Marie manages all programing and in school relationships for Adopt A Class. Prior to her current position, Marie was in human resources for multiple organizations including the Federal Government. Born and raised in the Cincinnati region, after spending 8 years in the Washington, DC area, Marie returned home to Cincinnati. In addition to raising her daughter with her husband Jeff, Marie is an avid runner and has enjoyed completing many half marathons. Marie has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Public Administration from American University.
Brian Sales
Principal Owner
Transformative Training and Technical Assistance, LLC
Brian Sales, M.P.S. is a national practice-based expert on youth mentoring. He is the former Director of Training and Technical Assistance at MENTOR and Senior Consultant at Dare Mighty Things and is the principal owner of Transformative Training and Technical Assistance, LLC. Brian Sales has lead hundreds of training and technical assistance workshops including Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency over the last ten years all over the nation.
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Bari Saltman
Manager of Social Impact
Bari is a manager on LinkedIn's Social Impact team, which aims to connect communities facing economic barriers to mentors, networks and jobs. In this role, she develops corporate and nonprofit partnerships in the workforce development space and engages LinkedIn's 565m+ members in social impact initiatives. Bari began her career in Product Operations at LinkedIn, where she was responsible for incorporating member feedback throughout the product development process. She is passionate about mentoring young adults and has volunteered with Year Up, BUILD and local college access programs. Bari has a BA in Sociology from Harvard College.
Jadhira Sanchez
Jadhira Sanchez, is a young Latina born and raise in the Westside of Chicago in the Little Village neighborhood. With many obstacles and challenges for her low income family Ms. Sanchez attended and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University. She continued her higher education at Dominican University where she not only competed, but found her calling receiving her Masters’ degree in Social Work with a concentration to work with militaries and their families. In 2018, the YMCA YSVP appointed Ms. Sanchez as the Urban Warriors Program Director. Before coming to the Y, Ms. Sanchez was Case Manager and Senior Outreach Worker for YSVP. Prior to YSVP, she worked at San Jose Obrero Mission homeless shelter as a Resource Advocate and at Mujeres Latinas en Accion as a Domestic Violence Advocate.Ms. Sanchez works closely with community stakeholders in the Little Village neighborhood to advocate for services for the youth, families, and non-for profit agencies in the community. She strives to create opportunities for her clients to expand their mentality and resources alike.
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Anel Sandoval
Manager of Business Strategy and Operations
HP Puerto Rico
Anel Sandoval is manager of Business Strategy and Operations at HP Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rico native, Anel graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus where he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. During his studies Anel was part of the Industrial Engineering Honor Society (Alpha Pi Mu) where he started his interest with community outreach, specifically with tutoring students from the Mayaguez public school system. Anel also held intern positions in Abbott Pharmaceuticals and Hewlett Packard that helped him develop skills that would help him prepare for his professional career.

As part of his current role in HP Anel is involved in volunteering efforts along with the Human Resources team in support of the community where HP is located. One of the areas of focus for HP is supporting the public school system with volunteering, tools and resources and most importantly tutoring services. Anel is collaborating with Casa Grande and their Uno a Uno program as well as with neighbor companies in helping the elementary school Antonio Badillo in Aguadilla with a comprehensive tutoring program. As part of this program 8th grade students are paired with HP (and other companies) volunteers to help them improve their grades and graduate from 8th grade.
Carolyn Scherer
Director of Program Services
MENTOR Minnesota
As Director of Program Services, Carolyn Scherer is the point of contact for all mentoring program consultation and technical assistance requests, helping to ensure that Minnesota youth mentoring programs have the resources they need to provide high quality, long-lasting and effective mentoring experiences for youth and volunteers. Carolyn has 15 years of experience in the youth development field, including 7 years at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities where her roles included directing the Community-based Enrollment and Matching Teams and coordinating School-based mentoring programs in Minneapolis schools. Carolyn holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Direct Practice with Children and Families from the University of Minnesota.
Kate Schrauth
Executive Director
Kate Schrauth, Executive DirectorKate 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.Since 2006 Kate leads iCouldBe to live its mission helping tens of thousands of teens reach their true potential. She is especially passionate about engaging the many mentors, schools, companies, and supporters who make mentoring possible.When she’s not leading iCouldBe to new heights, you can find Kate cooking gourmet meals for family, friends, and colleagues, remodeling a room in her home with her talented husband Brian or walking her dogs, Bandit and Finn, on the beach.
Soraya Sesto-Martinez
Casa Grande Interactive Communications
Soraya M. Sesto is president of Casa Grande Interactive Communications, entity dedicated to transformation and innovation through service, education and creativity. Graduated in 1987 of Georgetown University’s, School of Foreign Service, a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies, Soraya also earned a Master’s Degree in Communication with a major in Public Relations. After working with international firms of public relations, she founded Casa Grande where for 25 years she has developed strategies with the integration of interactive technology for the improvement of our societies through training and development, communications, analytical evaluative processes. She originally focused on businesses and for the past 15 years has used her expertise to impact public education.

The programs Casa Grande has created include Operation Exito, an academic platform that for 10 years inspired students and teachers by integrating interactive web, gaming and internet technology to academic content, impacting more than 1 million students and 50,000 teachers in Puerto Rico and other countries. The Intensive Treatment, intervention program to support and change the future of schools in risk of closing. The New Virtual School, a comprehensive and interactive academic platform with a unique methodology that has achieved a 25% improvement in academic results among participating students and made them more likely to study careers in science and mathematics. This experience promoted the creation in 2012 of One on One, an intervention model based on the integration of mentoring, technology, tutoring, and training aimed at students who are likely to abandon school. In its first year, this innovative program achieved an increase in graduation rates from 49% to 95%, and has continued its success rate for the past six years expanding to nine communities.
David Shapiro
President and CEO MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership David Shapiro is the president and CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. Nearly 25 years ago, MENTOR was founded to build and activate a mentoring movement. Since then, the number of mentoring relationships has grown from 300,000 to more than four million. Under Shapiro’s leadership, the organization’s efforts to build capacity and scale innovation within the mentoring movement has been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In addition, the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected MENTOR to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center. In 2014, research commissioned by MENTOR entitled The Mentoring Effect found that 1 in 3 young people are reaching adulthood without the benefit of a mentor. MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships to close that gap. MENTOR’s strategy incorporates policy expertise and advocacy, public awareness and mobilization. The organization advances quality mentoring by bridging research to practice, and developing and delivering standards, training and state-of-the-art tools. MENTOR carries out this work in collaboration with its national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers in all 50 states. MENTOR works extensively across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that young people have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work. Shapiro was previously the CEO of MENTOR’s Massachusetts affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP). During his tenure, MMP launched Champions of Mentoring at Fenway Park, Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring, Mass Mentoring Counts and the Bill Russell Mentoring Grants Program. MMP grew by 400 percent, increased state funding for mentoring, attracted federal funding and distributed almost $1 million in financial assistance, capacity building, and match activities to mentoring programs. The number of young people matched increased by almost 50 percent during Mr. Shapiro’s seven years at MMP. Shapiro’s experience includes leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation’s 10-year, $50 million
Regina Sheridan
Head of Education Programs, Social Responsibility
Libra Group
Regina Sheridan joined the Libra Group Social Responsibility team in 2017 as Head of Education Programs. Previously, Regina spent six years at Concordia, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in New York that builds sustainable partnerships for positive social impact, where she served as Executive Director for four years. Prior to Concordia, she spent three years in the private sector at a New York financial technology firm developing relationships with buy and sell-side banks, hedge funds, and asset managers. Regina also worked two years as a Corps Member in Washington, DC, with Teach for America, a highly selective program that mobilizes future leaders to strengthen educational equity and excellence in the US.

Regina holds a master’s degree in international affairs from New York’s Columbia University, a further master’s in secondary education from American University, Washington DC, and a bachelor’s in French from Davidson College, North Carolina. She is also a native Spanish speaker.
Norphel Sherpa
Macquarie Group / LEADS Program
Hello everyone! My name is Norphel Sherpa and I’m a sophomore at The City College of New York (CUNY) studying mechanical engineering. I’m a first-generation college student to two Nepalese immigrant parents seeking internship opportunities to set a strong foundation for my career before graduating in 2021.

Along my journey so far, I’ve had the chance to partake in some amazing programs that have helped defy my college experience. One of them which I really enjoyed and benefited from was the Macquarie LEADS program.

I took part in the LEADS program going into my senior year in High School. I was placed in the Corporate and Asset Finance group as an intern where I got a glimpse of what the finance and investing world had to offer. This was a critical time in my life as I was applying to colleges and figuring out what I wanted to declare as my major. I had the opportunity of a lifetime as I got to go to work in their midtown office during the summer of 2016 for 4 and a half weeks. Not only did I get to work on my own projects, but myself and the 10 other LEADS interns that year got to do much more. We had career and professional development workshops, speakers from different organizations outside of Macquarie and representatives from the businesses within Macquarie came in to speak with us almost every day.

One of the organizations that were invited to speak to us interns were, America Needs You (ANY). A rigorous, 2-year career and professional development program that fights for economic mobility for first-generation college students. This was the perfect opportunity for me, however, I never thought I’d apply since I was just focusing on college applications at the time. Next thing you know, I reconnect with the same speaker that attended the LEADS session two years beforehand and now I am halfway through my first year in the America Needs You program and furthering my professional and interpersonal skills that I got introduced to at Macquarie.

All in all, I cannot stress how much I’ve gained from this program. Also, knowing that there are programs like LEADS at Macquarie it gives me hope to know that there are major companies looking to invest in our generation of young empowering leaders. After going through these experiences, myself, that’s why I am a major advocate for youth empowerment through mentorship, guidance, and programs like ANY and LEADS.
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Derek Shields
National Disability Mentoring Coalition
Derek is Director of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, aims to raise awareness about the importance and impact of mentoring in the lives of people with disabilities and to increase the number and quality of disability mentoring programs around the country. Derek also provides development support for regional and national mentoring programs and enjoys helping young people network from job search to career satisfaction via his Nobody Taught Me How to Network Guide and workshops.

At ForwardWorks Consulting, Derek provides disability inclusion training and technical assistance for employers via the Department of Labor’s EARN Center, the World Institute on Disability, Lights! Camera! Access! Disability in Media Initiative and other clients working to establish inclusive policies and practices. He has also worked with the Department of Agriculture’s TARGET Center and the Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program for over 23 years.

Derek earned his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and his Master’s in Management and Disability Services from the University of San Francisco. Follow Derek on Twitter @derekshieldsPMP & @DisMentors.
Lindsay Shouldis
Director, Evaluation & Data Management
Center for Supportive Schools
Lindsay Shouldis, M.A., is Director of Evaluation & Data Management for the Center for Supportive Schools (CSS). She conducts program evaluation and research activities both internally and with schools to inform program improvement and new product development. Before joining CSS, she worked as a researcher for The Hunt Institute in Durham, North Carolina where she investigated statewide and national education policy initiatives. 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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Afifiya Simon
Customer Service Manager
Afifiya Simon is a Talent Acquisition professional with extensive experience in the HR Field. She attended undergrad at the State University of New York at Geneseo majoring in Psychology.  Afifiya went on to obtain her Master of Science from New York University and while in graduate school she studied HR management, specifically recruiting and retaining top talent. 

Before graduate school she was the HR Manager for OTG Management; a food service corporation located in JFK International Airport.  Her professional background is in leadership development, diversity & inclusion, recruiting top talent, and strategic human resources management. She is currently employed at LinkedIn's New York City Office, and before LinkedIn she worked at the Apple Store on West 14th in New York City.
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Sadhana Singh
Program & Communications Manager/Former Scholarship
Sadhana Singh was born in Guyana and immigrated to the United States with her family at age 13. She grew up in Georgia where she was barred from attending college due to her undocumented status. A DACA recipient, Sadhana was awarded TheDream.US Scholarship in 2014 and she enrolled at Trinity Washington University at the age of 28.
At Trinity, Sadhana co-founded and served as president of The Dreamers Alliance, a campus organization that advocates for Dreamers and the immigrant community. She has told her story in publications like The Washington Post and the New York Times, and made appearances on Al Jazeera and MSNBC. In March 2018, she gave a TEDx Talk, sharing her journey through three lives, at the College of William and Mary. Throughout her time as an undergrad, she completed seven internships, including one at TheDream.US in her sophomore year.
She graduated from Trinity in May 2018 with a BA in Communication and a minor in International Affairs. As a first-generation college student and the first woman in her family to earn a degree, her experiences thus far have fostered her passion and commitment towards access to education and women’s rights around the world.
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Michael Skolnik
Partner and Co-Founder
The Soze Agency
Michael Skolnik is a partner and co-founder of The Soze Agency, a creative agency that works with companies, non-profits organizations and movements to create campaigns rooted in compassion, authenticity and equity. The Soze Agency is a worker-owned cooperative.
Michael’s profile in the NY Times identified him as "the man you go to if you want to leverage the power of celebrity and the reach of digital media to soften the ground for social change."
Earlier in his career, Michael served as President of Global Grind, a media company focused on a millennial audience. Prior to that, he spent over a decade as an award-winning film director and producer.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors for Rock The Vote, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Policy Link, The Gathering For Justice and The Young Partners Board of The Public Theater.
Michael Skolnik is the proud father to Mateo Ali and partner to Paola Mendoza.
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Amber Slichta
Vice President of Programs
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Amber Slichta, a Buffalo native, joined the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation as Vice President of Programs in July 2016. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of grantmaking strategies and collaboration within the early childhood, afterschool and caregiver program areas of the Foundation.

Slichta previously served as vice president at the Health Foundation for Westernand Central New York, where she developed and implemented several major initiatives to improve the lives of children in poverty. She also facilitated many key partnerships and other projects that furthered the Foundation’s mission.

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Slichta was the executive director of HealthforAll of WNY, Inc. where she led an effort to provide insurance subsidies for the working uninsured and their employers. She also served as project manager for the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Department of Family Medicine and as communications manager and organ services coordinator at Upstate New York Transplant Services, Inc.

As a registered nurse, Slichta has also held positions in critical care and medical surgical nursing. She received an associate degree in applied science/nursing from Trocaire College, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Canisius College and a master’s degree in health services administration from D’Youville College.
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Beshon Smith
Executive Director, DC, Delaware, and Maryland
Center for Supportive Schools (CSS)
Beshon Smith, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for Delaware and Maryland at CSS, 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 eighteen 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. Dr. Smith holds a doctorate degree in language, literacy and culture from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County; a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management from the City University of New York-Baruch College; and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the City University of New York-John Jay College.
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Bria Smith
Vice President of the Student Advisory Board
March For Our Lives
Fernando Snowden-Lorence
Vice President, The Fellowship Initiative
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
As a Vice President in Global Philanthropy, Fernando Snowden-Lorence leads The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) in New York. Created by JPMorgan Chase in 2010, TFI is a nationally recognized youth development program that prepares young men of color for academic and professional success. Fernando oversees all facets of the New York program including staff, partners, grants, budgets, curricula, and performance management. With deep expertise in mentoring, Fernando has helped to expand and deepen this component of TFI in New York and nationally, helping to support the management of 300 employee volunteers who serve as mentors across four cities. Under Fernando’s leadership, TFI has grown in New York, with promising results including all of the students graduating from high school and going to college. Fernando’s leadership extends beyond his role managing TFI, including support of efforts to develop partnerships with Veterans organizations. In addition, he has contributed to a number of JPMorgan Chase employee resource groups including VETS, BOLD, PRIDE and served as the Co-Chair of the Advocacy and Community Partnerships Committee for the Hispanic and Latino Business Resource Group Adelante. Before joining the firm, Fernando spent 15 years working in education, volunteer management, and political advocacy as well as an entrepreneur in the non-profit and youth development fields. He has held senior leadership roles in regional non-profits working throughout the Northeast focused on community and civic engagement, next generation learning models and educational diversity. Passionate about mentoring, Fernando co-founded a youth mentoring organization in Central Brooklyn in 2008, focusing on academically disengaged youth. He has managed budgets in pursuit of educational advocacy campaigns in excess of $10 million. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served in the United States Marine Corps. and Marine Corps. Reserve for nine and a half years where he held the rank of Staff Sergeant. As a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer he held the billet of Company Gunnery Sergeant and supported the logistical and operational needs of over 100 Marines in peace time and during conflict.
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Erin Souza-Rezendes
Director of Communications
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Erin Souza-Rezendes is the Director of Communications at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, where she works to elevate the mentoring field through strategic communications and media relations. For more than a decade, Erin has helped mission-driven organizations and leaders tell their stories, expand their audiences, and drive positive change. Her work and words have appeared in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, BBC News, Elle, Glamour, TIME, and USA Today. Erin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and print journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in journalism from Harvard University.
Susan Spagnuolo
Senior TA Manager
Susan Spagnuolo is Senior Technical Assistance Manager at MANY, where she provides consultation, facilitation, and training to youth serving organizations seeking solutions for young people to realize their individual assets and grow into self-sufficient, independent adults. Susan has provided training and technical assistance nationally to over 250 mentoring organizations. She has over 35 years of experience working with, and in behalf, of youth in high risk situations and their families. Susan specializes in developing innovative strategies that integrate insights from the fields in promoting positive outcomes for youth facing adversity. Her approach is always grounded in a positive youth development framework.
Arlene Sparks
Family Engagement Specialist
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
United Way’s Be A Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) is the largest school-based mentoring program in the Pittsburgh region’s history. We match hundreds of successful adult mentors with middle school students to learn about real careers and jobs, to develop big dreams for their future, to understand the importance of doing well in school, and to have another caring adult role model. Arlene Sparks brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mentoring field and utilizes her diverse professional experience to strengthen school relationships, provide opportunities for parents and mentors to meet, and shares much needed resources with the students and their families.
Renee Spencer
Boston University School of Social Work
Renée Spencer, Ed.D., LICSW, is a Professor in the Boston University School of Social Work. She has conducted extensive research on long-term mentoring relationships and mentoring relationships that are potentially problematic or negative. She has brought to light the role of parents in mentoring and examined how and why youth mentoring relationships end. She has also considered how mentoring can be tailored to meet the needs of special populations, such as foster care and military-connected youth.
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Justin Spencer-Linzie
Senior Director of Community Youth Programs
Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA
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Tess Starman
Research Coordinator
TeamMates Mentoring Program
Tess Starman is the Research Coordinator for TeamMates Mentoring Program, where she conducts research, data collection, and analysis for the program. Tess has a background in sociology with a specialty of quantitative research methods. Through her work, Tess aims to measure and prove the impact TeamMates has on the lives of youth. She believes that data matters because behind every data point is a person.
Rebecca Stelter
Research Scientist II
Innovation Research & Training
Dr. Stelter’s research interests focus on children and adolescent's social and emotional development, particularly the role of parents and mentors in the socialization process. Her contributions to the field of mentoring include conducting research aimed at understanding mentoring program best practices and developing and evaluating resources for mentoring programs to improve their practices. Since 2009, Dr. Stelter has been involved in the development and promotion of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, having co-authored the Third and Fourth editions. Dr. Stelter received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Dorothy Stoneman
YouthBuild USA
Dorothy Stoneman, Ed.D., is Founder and former CEO of YouthBuild USA, the support center for 260 U. S. locations and 80 foreign countries. In YouthBuild, low-income unemployed young people ages 16-24 without a high school diploma enroll full time for 6-24 months to work toward their high school equivalent or diploma – while getting paid to build affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in their neighborhoods. She helped to found and now works with Opportunity Youth United, a national network of deeply engaged urban and rural young people from all racial and ethnic groups. She is a recipient of the 2000 John Gardner Leadership Award and a 1996 MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.
Al Sullivan
Inspirus Consulting, Inc.
Al Sullivan is a certified coach and Organization Development professional. He's a member of the 100 Black Men of America (national mentoring organization), Inc. and serves in the capacities of Board Chairman of Change and Transformation, Chapter President of the 100 Black Men Triangle East, Inc. Since 2008 he has owned and operated Inspirus Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in working with leaders and organizations to effectively engage human systems to do their best work. Al has worked in organizations such as Dell Computer, NIKE, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, GlaxoSmithKline, IKEA, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the U.S. Army. His work has helped organizations in areas such as change / transformation, team dynamics, process improvement, diversity / inclusion, conflict management, leadership coaching, and talent acquisition. Al is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), certified coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), Six Sigma Greenbelt, and Certified Diversity Consultant. He earned an MS in Organization Development degree from The American University in Washington, DC. and a BA in Political Science & Government degree from Alabama A&M University. He’s also a US Army Ranger School graduate and U.S. Army officer combat veteran. Al has experience working at all organizational levels from the front lines to the executive suite. He is accustomed to working across a variety of functional areas. During his corporate career Al served in roles such as Army Officer, Manufacturing Manager, and Global Human Resources leader. His personal interests include attending live jazz performances, hiking the Appalachian Mountains, fishing, and mentoring.
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Kerry Sullivan
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to help advance economic mobility for individuals, families and communities in order to create thriving communities across the company’s global footprint. In this role, Sullivan leads a team responsible for philanthropic strategy in support of the company’s commitment to responsible growth through a focus on environmental, social and governance factors. The Foundation is delivering on a ten-year $2 billion philanthropic giving goal, with a particular focus of serving low-income communities and vulnerable populations.
Sullivan manages strategic relationships with philanthropic partners addressing pressing issues of workforce and education, community development, and basic needs. She leads the company’s signature philanthropic programs which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 45 markets across the U.S., with more than $220 million invested since 2004. In addition, Sullivan is responsible for Bank of America Community Volunteers, the company’s global volunteer program which deploys employees as engaged citizens across local communities.
With more than 25 years of experience, Sullivan is recognized as an expert in the field of charitable giving. Prior to joining the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Sullivan managed Philanthropic Management Foundation Advisory Services at the company —a team responsible for distributing more than $300 million in charitable grants on behalf of clients. Under her leadership, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation distributed more than $85 million in charitable grants predominantly to organizations aimed at improving access to education for underserved populations.
She currently serves on the National Board of Directors of Year Up; Mentor, the National Mentoring Partnership; Points of Light; BPE, the Boston Plan for Excellence; the GreenLight Fund; and serves as Chair of the Summer Fund – a donor collaborative that raises annual support for summer programs to benefit Boston’s inner city youth.
Sullivan has a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross-Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned her MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. She resides in Sudbury, MA with her husband and has two daughters.
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Neil Swidey
President; Journalist
Alray Scholars Program; The Boston Globe
Neil Swidey is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine and a bestselling author, most recently of Trapped Under the Sea, which was named one of the best books of the year by Amazon and Booklist. His first book, The Assist, about the transformative power of high school basketball and the narrow margins faced by young men growing up in Boston, was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. It was also the inspiration for the Alray Scholars Program. Neil was a co-author of The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, and his writing has been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Political Writing.  Neil serves as president of the Alray Scholars Program.
Dudney Sylla
Program Manager
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Dudney Sylla serves as Program Manager overseeing the Opportunity Youth Thriving Program along with our NBAPAF work including Youth Initiated Mentoring. Dudney most recently worked as a Design Consultant for the Office of Human Capital– Diversity Programs at Boston Public Schools. In addition, Dudney has served as a Program Manager at Jobs for the Future, and as an outreach coordinator for the College of Education at the University of Washington. Dudney holds a BA in Sociology and a Master’s in Education.
Ashley Szofer
Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships
STEMconnector is a professional services firm committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready (Science Technology Engineering Math) workers in the global talent pool. Owned by Diversified Search, LLC, we provide a platform to engage leaders in both public and private sectors who collectively are re-envisioning the workforce. Working with pioneering leaders across over 200 organizations, our overall goal is to inform, stimulate and connect leaders with a passion for and vested interest in growing a STEM-ready workforce.STEMconnector is committed to a networked-approach because we believe that no one sector has a monopoly. This guiding principle is reinforced by the breadth of our network that represents 25+ million students, 3.5+ million educators and 2.6 million STEM jobs. We are excited to work with Heads of Talent Acquisition, Chief Diversity Officers, CIOs and CTOs at leading corporations. We count Presidents of 2-year and 4-year universities as well as Executives of NGOs within our network. Most organizations who try to tackle the STEM gap independently found it difficult to deliver broad impact across a large population. By combining resources, ideas and energy across private and public sectors, members have realized they can collectively drive much more sustainable change and improve their talent pipelines than when they try to tackle it alone.
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Carla Taylor
Community Wealth Partners
As a Director at Community Wealth Partners, Carla Taylor partners with senior foundation and nonprofit leaders and provides oversight for strategic capacity building engagements. Carla has 20 years of experience developing and managing capacity-building initiatives to help accelerate results for social sector organizations with a focus on advancing equity. She previously served at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, FHI 360, and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, among others. Carla holds a Master of Science in community services management from Andrews University and a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University.
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Virginia B. Tenpenny
Vice President of Global Social Impact
Virginia Tenpenny is a social impact executive and feels privileged to work on turning inspired ideas into realities. She currently serves as vice-president of Global Social Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company and executive director of The Starbucks Foundation. Virginia and her team work with partners around the world to guide global long-term community investments and to remove barriers to opportunities for U.S.military veterans and spouses, Opportunity Youth, and refugees around the globe. Additionally, she oversees Starbucks community initiatives focused on civic engagement, community service, and disaster relief.
Virginia serves as a champion to the Starbucks Women’s Impact Network, Armed Forces Network, and Welcoming Refugees as Partners Alliance. Outside Starbucks, Virginia serves on the board of USA for UNHCR, a refugee support organization, and on The LAGRANT Foundation board,which focuses on providing internships and scholarships to ethnic minorities pursuing careers in advertising, marketing, and public affairs. She also serves as an advisor to A Bridge for GirlsFund, a non-profit creating opportunities for vulnerable young women in Rwanda.
Virginia joined Starbucks in 2006 and, before her current role,worked on the ethical sourcing team and served as director of Public Affairs for Latin America, leading communication strategy and developing a regional community investment model.
After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1999, Virginia taught English in Vietnam and Ecuador before moving to Seattle in 2003. She started her career in corporate social responsibility with Nordstrom.
Tyler Thigpen
MENTOR Georgia
Dr. Tyler S. Thigpen is co-founder of MENTOR Georgia and has worked in innovative district, private, and charter schools in Georgia, as well as national and regional nonprofits. Tyler is co-founder of The Forest School: An Acton Academy in south metro Atlanta and co-founder of Transforming Teaching at Harvard. Tyler is the former head of the upper school at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, a co-founder and former board member of Chattahoochee Hills Charter School in southwest Atlanta, and a former Spanish teacher in Gwinnett County, Ga., public schools. Earlier, Tyler worked as minister at the Grace family of churches and led international development in Peru in areas of healthcare, education, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and human rights.At Transcend, Tyler has worked closely on projects such as nXu, Whittle, The Academy Group, The Forest School, Art in Motion, Hebrew Public, and Teton Science's Place Network.Tyler holds a doctoral degree in education leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master of public administration from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a master of theological studies from Regent College of the University of British Columbia. Tyler lives with his wife, Joy, and four children in a new town in Georgia—Pinewood Forest—of which Joy is Creative Director.
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Larry Thomas
Founder, CEO & Mentor
Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy
Larry E. Thomas is the Founder and CEO of the Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy (TMLA) in Durham, North Carolina. Their mission is to mentor, educate, heal and transform the lives of young men between the ages of 9 and 18 who are being raised by a single parent or their grandparent(s). Larry has been mentoring young men for over 20 years. He is a nationally recognized leader and advocate for mentoring men and young men. Larry retired from the United States Army in 2011 after 26 years of honorable service to this great country. He truly believe that we all should reach back and give forward.
Michelle Thomas
Director of Programs
The Mentoring Partnership of SWPA
Michelle Thomas is the Director of Programs for The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA. She has a background in Early Childhood Education as well as Student Affairs in Higher Education. She has over 15 years of experience working with youth and young adults with a bulk of her career focusing on providing resources and mentorship to "at-risk" youth. As Director of Programs, Michelle works with mentoring programs, community leaders and volunteers to ensure high-quality mentoring is available and provided to youth in Western PA. She serves as an advocate for best-practices in mentoring in a wide variety of youth serving organizations, such as schools, libraries, sport leagues, and after-school programs. Michelle volunteers her time as a mentor for Be A Middle School Mentor, a program of the United Way.
Tyrone Thompson
Nevada State Assembly - Las Vegas My Brother's Keeper
Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada raised in the historic Valley View Neighborhood. He earned his public education through the Clark County School District graduating from Valley High School in 1985 as Student Body President.In 1989, he graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. In 2000, he received his Masters degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. In October 2017, he was inducted into NAU’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame. Early January 2017, he retired from his over 25 year career in the Health, Human & Community Services fields. He is ecstatic about his “new beginning” to grow his business, Thompson Career Solutions—connecting your workforce needs to compete and succeed which focuses on workforce development, organizational capacity building, training and career & life coaching.Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson was first appointed to the Nevada State Legislature by the Clark County Commission on April 16, 2013 and was later elected by his constituents to continue representing Assembly District 17 (NLV) in 2014 and 2016. During the 79thLegislative Session in 2017, he served as the Chairman of Education where he and his peers strived to ensure every student has the resources and opportunity to a quality education. He was also a member of the Judiciary and Health & Human Services Committees.Of the many accomplishments thus far in his close to five year tenure in the state legislature, Assemblyman Thompson is most proud of the following bills that became law under his leadership/sponsorship: Establishment of the Nevada Advisory Commission on Mentoring; “Ban the Box” which gives people with records a fair chance at state, county and local government employment; and mandatory suicide prevention and awareness training for practitioners in medical, social and behavioral health fields to proactively address the increasing trend of suicides specifically with Veterans and senior citizens;Additionally, he has co-sponsored and supported other key bills with his legislative colleagues that boldly address social and economic disparities.
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Scheherazade Tillet
Executive Director
A Long Walk Home
Chico Tillman
Executive Director
Chico Tillmon, Executive Director. In 2017, the Y appointed Chico Tillmon as YSVP’s third Executive Director. Before coming to the Y, Mr. Tillmon was a Senior Program Manager at CeaseFire Chicago. Prior to CeaseFire, he worked for UCAN as a Behavior Intervention Specialist.. Mr. Tillmon has a master’s degree in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and he is currently earning a doctorate in Criminology, Law, and Justice Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. Tillmon works closely with the Chicago Police Department, including their Director of Community Affairs, to improve relations between residents of Y communities and police officers. He also collaborates with community stakeholders in the Southwest Side’s Marshall Square neighborhood to mediate conflicts between local gangs. He is in continuous conversation with elected officials, including Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward), Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and Illinois State Representative La Shawn Ford, to advocate for macro-level, restorative justice solutions over incarceration for Chicago youth and young adults.
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Marianna Tu
America Needs You
Marianna Tu is the CEO at America Needs You.
Previously, Marianna was the Chief Operating Officer at America Needs You. Before joining America Needs You, she was the New York Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange, a national health education nonprofit serving low-income teenagers. Marianna was responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating the PHE New York program, raising funds, and managing the local staff and Board. She provided fiscal and organizational oversight for the city site and led local strategic planning. Under her leadership, the program achieved its first fundraising surplus and grew by nearly 50% in teens served to reach 5,000 youth.
Previously, Marianna worked as an Associate Director at an international philanthropy consulting firm. Her clients included global health financing institutions, grassroots organizations, and national grantmaking foundations. Marianna has spent significant time in Asia, serving as China Program Director for the international nonprofit Learning Enterprises and volunteering with Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support (PATS) based in Anhui, China. Marianna graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in English and American Literature and Language. She is a Mentor and Area Committee Member at the Harvard Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC).
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Jennifer Tyson
Senior Social Science Analyst
National Institute of Justice
Jennifer Tyson is a senior social science analyst in the National Institute of Justice, Office of Research and Evaluation. In this position, she supports the development, management, and operation of NIJ’s research and evaluation agenda around diverse juvenile justice system, juvenile delinquency, and child victimization topics. She previously served as the research coordinator for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and was the technical lead on several demonstration and research programs, with a focus on translational research efforts in mentoring, juvenile drug treatment courts, and delinquency prevention initiatives. Prior to joining OJJDP, she served as a coordinator for a national training and technical assistance project at American University and as a program coordinator for a community-based crime prevention and public safety effort in the Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Maša Užicanin
Executive Director
Maša Užicanin is the Executive Director of Sevenzo.Sevenzo spun off from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was launched in response to a call from educators who wanted to rapidly share practices that work across state and district lines.Maša began her career as an elementary school teacher in Harlem, NY, led professional development programming at the NJDOE and directed the development and evaluation of algorithm-driven educational products at Wireless Generation (now Amplify). Maša recently joined the Billions Institute Fellowship for Leading Large-Scale change to help inform and advance Sevenzo’s core mission.Maša, a Bosnian immigrant and English language learner, draws inspiration for her work from her personal experience navigating the American education system. She aspires to continue leading efforts that have deep impact on young people’s lives.
Laurie Vargas
District Coordinator
San Francisco Unified School District
Laurie Vargas, M.S., PPSC, is a District Coordinator with San Francisco Unified School District’s Mentoring For Success program. She has provided trainings at various counseling and mentoring conferences around Cultural Humility, Trauma, and various counseling related topics. In her current work with SFUSD, Ms. Vargas is an active member of her department’s Racial Equity Committee and has over 15 years of experience in youth development and the mental health fields.
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Dariel Vasquez
Program Director and Program Manager
Brothers At Bard and The Fellowship Initiative
Dariel Vasquez is a first generation college graduate from Harlem, NY. Dariel graduated from Bard College (Class of 2017) with a joint degree in History and Sociology, and a concentration in Africana-Studies. He is the founder and director of the Brothers At Bard (BAB) program, a youth development and academic enrichment mentorship program for young men of color from underserved backgrounds. BAB currently serves over 150 students across two high schools in Kingston, NY and Newark, NJ, and through two partnership programs in Manhattan and the Bronx. Dariel currently oversees all of BAB's programmatic development and expansion as the program continues to grow and form partnerships with different programs and high schools across different cities/states. Through his position at Bard College, Dariel is the co-coordinator of all retention and academic achievement efforts for men of color enrolled at the college. In addition to being director of the Brothers at Bard program, as alum of the JP Morgan Chase "The Fellowship Iniative" Dariel now serves as the program manager for the Bard Early College Fellowship Iniatitive Program in NYC. Youth development and mentorship is Dariel’s passion, and he’s been working with young men of color since he was 16 years old. Dariel considers himself a product of brotherhood mentorship programs, and attributes much of his success to the guidance and support he received from his mentors. Growing up in public housing projects and being raised by immigrant parents, Dariel considered the possibilities a proper education could provide to be the only viable way for him to help his family out of poverty. Having witnessed his childhood friends make decisions that negatively impacted their lives because they lacked positive role models and support, Dariel’s passion is fueled by his desire to become the kind of mentor his peers never had. Dariel’s career goal is to expand on the work he’s currently doing and create a nation-wide mentorship and college readiness program for young men of color from underserved communities.
L-Mani Viney
Executive Director
Kappa Foundation
L-Mani S. Viney, is one of the leading national advocates and expert in the education and mentoring fields for boys and men of color. He is the head of the Viney Group for Social Impact and current executive director of the Kappa Foundation. He has served as past National Guide Right Chairman, the national youth initiative for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, supporting over 15,000 boys of color. In addition he is a 23 year veteran educator with 21 years at Piscataway High School in NJ and leads the 50 Strong Peer Mentoring program. He is a seven time speaker at the National Mentoring Summit and works closely with organizations including MENTOR, The Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Executive Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, The AHANA Advisory Council for Boston College and the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. He is a graduate of Boston College and lives in West Orange, NJ.
Ragnar Von Schiber
Associate Director, Corporate Citizenship & Engagement
Ragnar von Schiber leads corporate citizenship, employee giving and volunteerism at Genentech. Ragnar’s team is accountable for Futurelab, Genentech’s signature K-12 STEM education initiative in partnership with South San Francisco Unified School District that aims to get all students excited to learn about science, to equip and engage them in hands-on experimentation, and to inspire them to pursue STEM-related careers. Each year, more than 1,500 Genentech employees volunteer almost 30,000 hours across Futurelab’s various programs and activities. In 2018, Genentech was recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Social Good” for Futurelab.

Prior, Ragnar worked at Taproot Foundation, where he headed up grant-making, volunteer management and pro bono professional services delivery for Taproot’s West Coast offices.
Susan Walsh
Director of Research & Strategic Impact
Friends of the Children
Dr. Susan Walsh, J.D., Ph.D., is the Director of Research and Strategic Impact for Friends of the Children. Susan focuses on how to best position evidence about Friends of the Children to improve program quality and further scale the organization’s impact and long-term sustainability. Susan oversees data and evaluation, including the longitudinal RCT study of the Friends model. Prior to joining Friends, Susan served as the Executive Vice President at the Campbell Foundation and Executive Director of Committed Partners for Youth in Eugene, OR. Susan also has experience as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on youth development.
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Courtney Ward
Licensed Master Social Worker
Courtney Ward is a Licensed Master Social Worker who hails from Arizona where she earned her BA in Psychology and Sociology, as well as a Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University. She began her career as a therapist for youth; helping them navigate depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems. Courtney then shifted her focus to primary prevention and mentoring, and began empowering and mobilizing teens to become pro-social change agents in their communities. She is currently a Program Coordinator/Educator at FRIENDS FIRST in Denver, CO, and enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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Scott Warren
Chief Executive Officer
Generation Citizen
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Teneasha Washington
Teneasha Washington is a champion for community participatory research, addressing health inequalities, and inclusion among individuals with disabilities where she has served on various studies that focus on involving the community in all facets of her research.She has served as a facilitator of multiple grants focused on maternal and child health among mothers at the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Development (JCCEO), diabetes and high blood pressure interventions among African Americans, a needs assessment related to health, education, safety, and economic security, and worked with local churches to implement interventions focused on connecting communities to health care resources.Today, Teneasha works on accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in public health promotion programs. She received her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health’s Health Behavior department in 2018 and serves as an instructor for graduate students. Her dissertation looked at the effects of peer mentoring among 1st generation college students at Lawson State Community College. She received both her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health in 2012 as well as her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from UAB in 2011.
Anthony Watson
National Director - Becoming A Man
Youth Guidance
At his core A.J. Watson is about helping people thrive, not just survive. Over the course of his career he has worked across the public, private and non-profit sectors to meet people where they are and make connections that allow them to reach their full potential.As the National Director of Youth Guidance’s innovative Becoming A Man (B.A.M.®) program he is responsible for leading a team of more than 160 highly-trained BAM staff members that meet young men where they are, both physically and emotionally, and through a process combining counseling, mentoring and rites of passage takes them on a journey to learn, practice and internalize the knowledge, skills, mindsets and values necessary to become responsible and contributing young men. And it’s working.Prior to joining the team at Youth Guidance, A.J. had a productive career in Corporate America and electoral politics, where he honed his analysis, sales and organizing skills in roles for Fortune 200 firms such as GE, Target and Wells Fargo and on a gubernatorial campaign. A.J. has also spent 15 years as an executive trainer and consultant for FOCUS Training, a leadership training and development firm, where he further developed his skills as a facilitator, public speaker and learner of new dance moves.During his time as a political organizer and working in neighborhoods decimated by economic upheaval A.J. Began to uncover his true passion for impacting the life outcomes for young men of color through education and made his transition into the non-profit sector. In 2012 A.J. Completed the Education Pioneers fellowship and worked for CASEL, the leading organization in the field of Social and Emotional Learning, where he oversaw efforts to attract, develop and retain top-tier talent by creating a goal oriented, high-performance culture and supported CASEL’s policy and advocacy efforts. He has also done consulting work for IDEA Public Schools, a public charter school network in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and named the 2016 Best Charter School Network, and was named a 2017 Surge Fellow.A.J. earned BBA in finance and political science from Howard University and his MBA in human capital and strategy from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He resides in Chicago with his wife Stacey and their two daughters Gabrielle and Alexandra.