Our Staff Senior Management Leo Givs, Executive DirectorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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, Senior Program AdvisorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Ashley Bellamy, Site ManagerEmail: email@example.com 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.” 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 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. Taquasha Riddick, Site ManagerEmail: email@example.com Taquasha joined TFS in March of 2015. Taquasha’s professional experience includes serving as a Residential Coordinator at Volunteers of America for 5 years, where she worked with patients who required assistance from day to day. She was responsible for overseeing the smooth operation of one of the elderly group homes. She also supervised employees and events that took place at the facility. Taquasha has also served as a Family Care Manager at Helping Children Grow, Behavior Specialist at Center for Mental Health, and Residential Supervisor at Terrific Inc. Taquasha is very passionate about working with people, especially children with special needs and the elderly. She has 20 years of experience in early child care and has been devoted to working with children since her first summer job as a tutor in 1993. Taquasha received her Child Development associate degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of the District of Columbia in 2003 and is currently enrolled in Simmons School of Social Work for her bachelor’s. Instructional Team Aaron Jones Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I want to make a difference in the lives of all children, but young men need more positive role models." Dana Stringer Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I love children and want to make a change as much as I can." 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." Denise Baldwin Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because of the love I have for children in general. It's very rewarding to help them grow and learn so that they can achieve their goals in life." 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 "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I want to give students a better opportunity at having a great future." Mercedes Romeo "I am very passionate about working with all children. I've been in the childcare industry going on seven years now. Seeing the children learn something new puts a smile on my face." Natalie White Silver Spring, MD "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I would like to be a part of the reason a child truly believes he or she can be and achieve anything they work for." Qushawn Gillespie Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I love kids, learning new things, and I am always looking to brighten up other people's lives." Ronnika Washington Washington, DC "I'm passion and engaged in this work because children need us (teachers, educators) and I feel that I can make a difference even if it's just one child." Rosheda Morgan Washington, DC "I'm passionate about this work because I want to make a difference in a child's life and give them opportunity." Cierra Saunders Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I enjoy working with younger children and helping them succeed with their growth and development in this world!" Roneka Stringer Washington, DC "I am passionate about this work because I enjoy giving back to my community, such as helping kids succeed in whatever they want to do in life. I love being a positive influence!!" Cannel Cole Forest Heights, MD "Throughout my college career, I have joined organizations that have place a very high value in being involved with the community. This has furthered my love and interest in paying it forward where I see fit." Cato Johnson Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I enjoy the energy from the children while they learn." LaMarione Shepard Kansas City, MO "I am passionate and engaged in this work because I love to see our children win in life." Doniece Turner Washington, DC "It is very rewarding to see a child apply what they learned from me in the real world." 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"