Our Team

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of The Fishing School’s leadership, staff, and instructors.

Our Team

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of The Fishing School’s leadership, staff, and instructors.

Senior Leadership

Leo Givs

Executive Director

Devyn Brown

Director of Programs

Topher Anuzis

Director of Development and Communications

Leo joined The Fishing School in September of 2007, following more than 20 years of senior executive experience with local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining TFS, he served as Deputy Executive Director of Membership Mobilization for Amnesty International USA. He was a member of the organization’s senior management team leading youth membership development, advocacy, public education, volunteer recruitment, training, and membership mobilization efforts. Earlier in his career, Leo served as a founding Deputy Director of the Doug Williams Foundation where he managed five city-wide youth programs that reached several thousand students in DC public schools. Leo has a Master’s in Mass Communication from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television from Grambling State University.

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Devyn joined The Fishing School in July of 2021. Devyn brings more than a decade of professional experience that includes social work and program development. Before joining TFS, Devyn worked as a Senior Case Manager with Sasha Bruce Youthworks, an organization committed to ending youth homelessness in the greater DC area, and as the Director of Programs at FAIR Girls, an anti-human trafficking organization in Washington, DC Devyn is the founder of the Black Female Advisory Board (BFAB) – a non-profit organization that utilizes cultural education to bring awareness to the experiences of Black women. Devyn is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Work at Howard University.

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Topher joined The Fishing School in October 2019 with seven years of nonprofit work experience supporting both fundraising/development and program implementation. As Senior Program Manager at Playworks of Greater Washington, DC, Topher was responsible for executing their year-round events calendar, stewarding high-level corporate partnerships, and securing multi-year funding to expand into new partner schools through OSSE grants. Topher also served as a Vice President with the American Latvian Youth Association, leading their volunteer board in strategic planning to better serve their members’ needs. Topher received his Bachelor of Arts in International Service from American University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration focusing on Nonprofit Management.

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I am proud of our team at TFS. Our staff are committed to the well-being of our students and give their very best each day. All our staff – from our administrative team to our frontline workers – believe strongly in the work we do.

-Leo Givs, TFS Executive Director


Sasha Brown

Senior Operations Manager

Emani Mickens

Program Coordinator

Taquasha Riddick

Site Manager

Chiamaka Uzoukwu

Tutoring Coordinator

Devonta Williams

Development Operations Manager

Sasha joined The Fishing School in August of 2021. Sasha has worked in several operations and administrative roles throughout her career, building professional expertise in several critical functions including bookkeeping and accounting, expense reporting, document management and event planning. Previously, Sasha served as the Operations Coordinator for BASIS DC Public Charter School, where, outside of her role, she started the BDC Dance Team and served as their Coach. She also served as the Office Manager for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc, a foster care agency in Maryland. Sasha enjoys working with mission-driven organizations focused on improving the lives of children and helping them meet their full potential. She is actively involved with Outreach Christian Center’s Dance Ministry and has served as the dance teacher for children ages 3-8 years old for 12 years. Sasha studied Political Science at Towson University.

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Emani joined TFS in May of 2022, bringing more than three years of professional experience in community outreach and engagement, program development, classroom facilitation, and conflict management. Previously, Emani has served as the Program Coordinator for Limitless Ambition, where she developed and facilitated social-emotional learning lessons for youth in Northeast Ohio. She also served as a Peer Outreach student worker at Kent State University’s Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services where she mentored interns in event planning, marketing, and outreach. Emani is passionate about advocating for women’s rights, and participating in community projects that support education and mental health. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Peace & Conflict Studies from Kent State University.

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Taquasha originally joined The Fishing School as an Instructor in April 2016. She was promoted to Site Manager in Spring 2018 and returned to work in that role in March 2021. Taquasha brings robust youth development experience to our team, having previously served as a teacher assistant for the Center for Mental Health. In this role she assisted with classroom management and worked with children in a small group setting to reinforce instruction. Taquasha also worked as a Home Coordinator, managing daily schedules for staff and hosting monthly trainings for her team. She has experience working with persons with disabilities. Taquasha received a certificate in Child Development from the University of the District of Columbia in 2001.

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Chiamaka joined TFS in March of 2022. Previously, she has served as a Program Coordinator for AmeriCorps’ Reading Partners program. Chiamaka has also served as an Academic Tutor for college-level math at Prince George’s Community College, and Human Resources Coordinator at Giant’s Distribution Center. Chiamaka is dedicated to community service and helping others with a passion for supporting those who have been previously incarcerated and currently incarcerated. Chiamaka received her Master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus and her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration from Towson University. At Towson University, Chiamaka participated in Brotherhood and the Center for Diverse Student Organization (CDSO) as a secretary.

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Devonta joined The Fishing School in June 2021. Devonta’s professional experience includes nonprofit fundraising strategy, including events, individual and major donor stewardship, campaign development, and more. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for over five years. Previously, Devonta served as the Development Coordinator for the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta where he developed annual campaign strategies to support the Y’s $4.4M annual campaign goal. He also managed organization-wide special events and other smaller projects related to development operations. Devonta has an affinity for community and social service organizations that provide communities in need with tools and resources for success. He studied Public Policy and Nonprofit Management at Georgia State University.

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Instructional Team

Our instructional team includes: Dorian Thomas, Cato Johnson, Delissa White, Dana Stringer, Jordan Richmond, Kamari Byrd and Montana Hillard

Board of Directors

Our Board members serve as vital support to achieve our goals and empower the communities we serve. They represent diverse backgrounds and fields, but are connected by their passion for service to youth. We have maintained a commitment to a diverse board of directors and staff since our inception over 31 years ago. We consistently recruit directors and staff of varying races, ethnicities, genders, professions, and affiliations.

Eric Causey – Chair



Sheila Harley – Vice Chair


Harley Business Group

Terry Lineberger – Secretary

Community Outreach Advocate

Adheer Bahulkar


A. T. Kearney

Larry Bank

Executive Vice President

Colliers International

Tsitsi Batia – Treasurer

Strategy and Operations Manager

Deloitte, LLP

Gretchen Brainard


Deloitte Digital

Kate Holman

Senior Manager, Customer and Marketing

Deloitte Digital

Earl J. Silbert


Former Partner at DLA Piper, LLP (US)

Dave Watts

Chief Digital Advisor

World Wide Technology

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