Our Staff Senior Management Leo Givs, Executive DirectorEmail: email@example.com Leo joined TFS in September of 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. Christopher Anuzis, Director of Development and CommunicationsEmail: email@example.com Christopher, who commonly goes by Topher, joined TFS in October of 2019. His professional experience includes seven years of nonprofit work 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. In addition to strategic planning and fundraising to promote the program mission, Topher expanded Playworks’ program offerings into new markets while leading the management of current partnerships with a focus on delivering high-quality services. Topher also serves as Vice President with the American Latvian Youth Association, leading their volunteer board in strategic planning to better serve their members’ needs. This blend of cross-functional knowledge and expertise provides The Fishing School a great lens to support and elevate the work we do. Topher is passionate about youth development, community engagement, and nonprofit management; he received his Bachelor of Arts in International Service from American University, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Topher loves living in Washington, DC, and can often be found enjoying the museums, cycling, or cheering on the Wizards! Abby Nash, Director of ProgramsEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Abby joined TFS in June of 2019 with 17 years of experience serving youth and families in the public and nonprofit sectors. Her experience includes training and professional development, youth development, program design and evaluation, and collective impact. She has previously served as a 21st CCLC Director and Director of Training and Professional Development for Kids’ Involvement Network, driving quality programming and scaling access to 7000 elementary and middle school students across 60 sites. She also served as the Executive Director of Out of School Time for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio where she managed out of school time programs to include summer day camps and afterschool programs serving roughly 5000 youth annually. For 4 years, she served as co-chair for Excel Beyond the Bell San Antonio where she led efforts to assess Out of School Time supports for 380,000 school age youth as well as a Cost Benefit Analysis quantifying the Return on Investment for Out of School Time. Most recently, she served as Deputy Director of UP Partnership (P16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County) where she oversaw 4 collective impact networks and strategies for improving youth outcomes across San Antonio. She is most proud of her work with the Our Tomorrow Network, a network created to position young people to influence the policies impacting them most. Abby holds a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Porsha Childs, Senior Program AdvisorEmail: 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 Sierra Stenhouse, Program ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sierra joined TFS in November of 2019. Sierra’s professional experience includes providing leadership, daily operation of sites, and outreach which includes school visits, community group meetings, partnerships, and planning special events. Previously, Sierra served as a Director at Kids Adventures where she managed all aspects of the center, completed administrative duties, was in charge of child and staff safety, and established programs, activities, and services that prepare youth for success. Sierra also served as director and other positions during her time at the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore. Sierra is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. Sierra received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore and her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent studies from Bowie State University. At the University of Baltimore, Sierra is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success. Ashley Johnson, Senior Site ManagerEmail: email@example.com 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 implement the daily lesson plans. Ashley is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Prince George’s Community College. Ashley is passionate about youth empowerment. Ashley Bellamy, Site ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ashley joined TFS in March 2019. Her professional experience includes substituting as well as before and after school teaching. Previously, she has served as a substitute at DC Prep, where she implemented fun ways to keep the students engaged while learning. Ashley has served as a before and after school instructor for Springboard of America for Two Rivers Academy and Imagine – Lincoln Public Charter, and started as a volunteer for F.A.N., another nonprofit program based out of Ft. Stanton Recreation Center in Southeast DC. Ashley is actively involved with The Fishing School as the Site Manager and is passionate about working with the youth of today. Ashley went to North Carolina Central University where she majored in psychology. While there, she was actively involved in a DC-based student group called the Metro Eagles. She also played basketball briefly and was known around campus as “the girl with the skateboard.” Stacey Cook, Site ManagerEmail: email@example.com Stacey joined TFS in August of 2019. Stacey’s professional experience includes serving her country, leading community events, volunteerism and much more. Previously, she worked as Lead Instructor at MOMIES TLC, where she lead the 4th/5th grade combined class. Stacey has also worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation as Head Facilitator, after being promoted from Assistant Instructor. Stacey served 7 years with the U.S Army as a Supply Sergeant in several states and in countries across the world. Stacey is actively involved with her Neighborhood Community Center as event organizer and building representative. She spends volunteer time in her children’s school and is passionate about the children we serve and their future. Stacey Cook received her High School Diploma in 2003 from Eastern Senior High School. One of her favorite quotes is “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” Michelle Jackson, Site ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Michelle joined TFS in November of 2016 as a volunteer. Her professional experience includes extensive experience in College Recruiting and Community/Business Development. Previously she served as a high school admissions representative at Westwood College, where she helped non-traditional students manage the pathway to college and employment. Michelle is actively involved with SOFCC Queens in Transition Mentoring Program as Program Support and is passionate about young people being able to access resources to build literacy. Michelle received her degree in liberal arts from Villanova University and her project management certification from UMBC. At Villanova, she also participated in the CREW team for four years. Cato Johnson, Assistant Site ManagerEmail: email@example.com Cato Johnson joined TFS in April of 2016. Cato’s professional experience includes several years of program coordination and operations support. As a Lead Teacher with various D.C. schools, Mr. Johnson used fun-filled activities to foster an interest in the applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). He is passionate about facilitating an environment that is nurturing and supportive while providing opportunities for constructive communication and team building among children and their teachers. Mr. Johnson also volunteered at Master Gutman’s Tae Kwon Do Class in the Capital Hill area. Mr. Johnson received his Associate Degree from the University of the District of Columbia, and obtained his CDA certificate from The Sunshine Learning Center here in the nation’s capital. Cato cherishes opportunities to allow each child to reach their full potential and loves being a role model in his community. Amber Johnson, Operations AssistantEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Amber joined TFS in May of 2019. Her professional experience includes maintaining and processing payroll records and reports and preparing and typing a variety of reports and requisitions. Previously she has served as an office associate at The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, where she prepared status reports regarding initial eligibility/ineligibility outcomes. Amber has also served as a Barista at Starbucks, operations assistant at Executive Signature Services, and as a receptionist at Genetics & IVF. Amber is passionate about experimenting and creating different meals that come to mind. Amber received her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University. Instructional Team Aria Maybin Washington, DC "I am passionate about working with kids because I enjoy being a part of a child's education journey." Briana Walker Miami, FL "I would like to give students in low-income neighborhoods the experience they could possibly have at school." Dana Stringer Washington, DC "I am engaged and passionate about this work because I love children. I want to see them progress and win." Delissa White Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I had many professional and positive role models coming up and now I can give back to help children in the same way or more." Eugenia Smith Washington, DC "Working with kids inspires me to do better and motivates me to serve as a role model for the next generation." Kanedra Wilkins Washington, DC "I'm passionate about working with kids because I want to make a difference in the world and it has to start with kids." Melody Riddick Washington, DC "When I was growing up, I had teachers who were nice and who I felt connected to which made me want to share my experience with other children when I was their age." Qushawn Gillespie Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I would love to play a role in helping our future leaders succeed in life and I want to be an example for my daughter." Cyerra Wheeler Washington, DC "I've always benefited from having a community of people behind me and beside me in addition to having my family. I'd like to be the community for the students we are serving"