Our Staff Senior Management Leo Givs, Executive DirectorEmail: email@example.com Leo joined TFS in September 2007, following over 25 years of senior executive experience with local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. During his time with TFS, the organization has more than doubled the number of students served and nearly tripled its operating budget. Immediately 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 that was responsible for guiding its work and managing a $45 million budget. He provided direct leadership to several national business units focused on youth membership development, advocacy, public education, volunteer recruitment, training, and membership mobilization. His responsibilities also included leading national field operations and national program development in support of the organization’s 700,000 members and over 1,700 student and local chapters. Earlier in his career he served as a founding Deputy Director of the Doug Williams Foundation where he created and managed five city-wide youth programs that reached several thousand students in DC public schools. Leo received a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television from Grambling State University where he was a member of the famed Tiger football team coached by the legendary educator Eddie Robinson. Quinci Moody, Chief Operating OfficerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Quinci joined The Fishing School in August of 2011. Her work experience includes building capacity in organizations working to strengthen vulnerable or underserved communities, and developing nonprofit leaders of color. Quinci holds a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida A&M University. Her past employment includes the Center for Minority Studies, where she launched her career in capacity building by creating and implementing successful fundraising, human resources, and board development infrastructures for the upstart organization and Fair Chance where she successfully led outreach and capacity building efforts in Washington, DC’s Wards 5 and 6. Quinci is also the founder of the Women Achieving Visionary Excellence Scholarship Fund, a scholarship fund for African American girls from Washington, DC. Porsha Childs, Director of ProgramsEmail: email@example.com Porsha joined The Fishing School in May of 2015 and brings to TFS a broad set of experiences from her time teaching abroad, in high risk areas, and with adjudicated youth and adult learners. With over a decade of classroom experience, she has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students and student needs, and she is passionate about continuing to strive to improve outcomes for students from underserved and underrepresented communities. In her program management work, Porsha has designed, coordinated, and implemented more than a dozen co-curricular and experiential learning programs, using institutional data and engaging student advocates. Porsha holds a PhD from the University of Maryland and Masters degrees from Columbia University Teacher’s College (Applied Linguistics) and Mercy College (Urban Education). Staff Marinda Blakely, Site ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Marinda joined TFS in November of 2016. Her professional experience includes Child Care and After School Programs. Previously she served as a Child Care Associate at The Boys & Girls Club, where she implemented activities that were designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge of healthy living and academic success. Marinda has also served as a Child Care Assistant at HB Child Care and a Front Desk Assistant for the office of Student Involvement and Residential Housing at Washington State University. Marinda is passionate about providing her services to enhance and encourage the lives of those who need assistance the most. Marinda received her Bachelors in Sociology from Washington State University. At WSU, Marinda participated in clubs such as Black Student Union, Black Women’s Caucus, God’s Harmony Gospel Choir and the annual VIBES Conference. Khadidjath Diawara, Parent Engagement AssociateEmail: email@example.com Khadidjath joined TFS in April of 2017. Her professional experience includes interpreting English to French and French to English during court proceedings. Khadidjath is actively involved with the Arlington Food Assistance Center and Upstander Advocates, where she volunteers to help prevent bullying in schools. Khadidjath is also passionate about traveling to developing countries and doing humanitarian work. Khadidjath received her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health from George Mason University. At George Mason, Khadidjath participated in UNICEF, the African Student Association, and the AFJROTC as a board member and student Commandant. Ashley Johnson, Site ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ashley joined TFS in December of 2015. Her professional experience includes child care, culinary services, and administrative work. Previously she served as Lead Afterschool Instructor at The Fishing School at Turner Elementary. Ashley has also served as School-Age Teacher at Antioch Childcare Center, where she conducted daily activities for children in a safe environment, including learning activities and art projects. In this role, Ashley prepared the educational materials required to omplement the daily lesson plans. Ashley is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Prince George’s Community College. Ashley is passionate about youth empowerment. Stan McWest, Assistant Site ManagerEmail: email@example.com Stan joined The Fishing School in June 2017. His professional experience includes working with Family Health Options Kenya – Nairobi as a Youth Advocate and Assistant Youth Project Manager. Stan is actively involved in the Community Aid and Small Enterprises as a Volunteer and is passionate about the world of Human Development, specifically in helping marginalized children in impoverished areas. During his time at Community Aid and Small Enterprises, he received a $10,000 grant from the International Planned Parenthood Federation to help marginalized children in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi. Stan has also served as a volunteer at the Rotary Club of Arusha, Tanzania. Stan received a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and an Undergraduate degree in Exercise Sport Science from the University of The Cumberlands. At the University of The Cumberlands, Stan participated in the International Students Committee and played varsity soccer. Anyae Randolph, Program ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Anyae Joined TFS in August of 2016. Her professional experience includes working with youth in Wards 7 and 8 to prevent Teen Pregnancy and increase how involved the youth are in civic engagement. Previously she has served as the Site Director at Kid Power Inc., where she increased attendance and participants’ reading levels. Anyae also served as a full time facilitator for Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program and Group Leader for The Carrera Teen Pregnancy Prevention program. Anyae is actively involved with mentoring youth she comes into contact with on a daily basis and is passionate about the Balanced and Restorative justice framework for Juveniles. Anyae is currently a student at the University of Maryland in College Park pursuing a degree in Sociology. Smriti Thapa, Development Operations ManagerEmail: email@example.com Smriti joined TFS in March of 2014. She launched her career in development nearly four years ago. She most recently served as Database Assistant in the development department at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, she previously served as Development Assistant for the Minnesota 4-H Foundation in Minneapolis. Smriti is a 2009 honors graduate of Randolph College with a BA in Economics, Sociology/Anthropology. She also is a 2012 graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota where she earned a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in International Development. Brandon Young, Site ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Brandon joined TFS in August of 2015. His professional experience includes multiple years of service as a Youth Counselor with his local Boys and Girls Club, a substitute teacher with Bishop Walker School for Boys, and a Youth Leader and Mentor with his local church. Previously, he served as Lead Afterschool Instructor at Bishop Walker School for Boys, where he taught the value of college readiness, entrepreneurship, money management, and a host of other subjects. Brandon has also served as an AVID tutor at Ballou High School, a Track and Field Coach at the A.G Gaston Boys and Girls Club and a Camp Peer Leader. Brandon is currently a student at Howard University with a major in Sociology and Political Science. At Howard, Brandon participated in Track and Field, Judo, and was a member of the “He’s First” mentoring group. Brandon’s goal is to one day create his own mentoring program similar to the Fishing School to help under-privileged youth become the next pioneers of the world. Instructional Team Eboni Archie Washington, DC "I have always enjoyed teaching and helping people." Girum Barkie Hyattsville, MD "My purpose is to influence children." Tiesha Gleaton Washington, DC "I want to help serve our youth." Cato Johnson Washington, DC "I enjoy the energy from the children while learning." Latisha Jones Washington, DC "I am driven to help others thrive and succeed." Myeisha Meniefield Washington, DC " I realized that I can make a difference." Baquetta Parks Washington, DC "I love to make a positive difference in a child's life." Adriann Price Washington, DC "I want to have a positive impact." Taquasha Riddick Washington, DC "I am passionate about this work because I really enjoy working with people, and also I believe that I can really make a positive impact on a child’s life." Reginald Shepherd Washington, DC "Youth are the future." Jesse Stevens Washington, DC "I want to assist in facilitating the growth and development of our youth."