Our Staff Senior Management Leo Givs, Executive DirectorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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, Director of ProgramsEmail: 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). Kent Sneed, Director of Development and CommunicationsEmail: email@example.com Kent joined TFS in August 2018. His professional experience includes serving as the Director of Partnerships and Development at Junior Achievement of Greater Washington for the past two years. Prior to Junior Achievement, Kent served as the Corporate Relations Manager at Truman National Security Project and District Director with the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America. Kent has extensive experience helping organizations sustain their mission and programs through fundraising, community engagement, advocacy, and public relations. Kent has a passion for children, families, education, and athletics. He volunteers his time as a mentor with Capital Partners for Education. Kent received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ohio Northern University and is currently pursuing a Graduate’s degree in International Commerce and Public Policy from George Mason University. Staff Gozi Egbuonu, Development and Communications ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Gozi joined TFS in July of 2018. Her professional experience includes copywriting and editing work for the ecommerce fashion, education, and psychology industries. In addition, Gozi has supported senior development specialists with fundraising, grants and prospect research, donor relations, event coordination, and database management. Previously, Gozi served as the Advancement Specialist at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where she spearheaded event partnerships with southern California organizations like Knott’s Berry Farm, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gozi is actively involved with National Community Church as a member of the children’s ministry team and is passionate about working to eliminate the educational and resource disparities among youth from low socioeconomic status communities. Gozi received her Master of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Master of Science in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from University of Rochester, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Washington and Lee University. Anyae Randolph, Program ManagerEmail: email@example.com 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. Marinda Blakely, Program 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 Bachelor’s 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. Ashley Johnson, 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. Taquasha Riddick, Site ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Taquasha was promoted from Lead After School Instructor to Site Manager and is 1 of 5 Site Managers responsible for planning and overseeing core program operations at one of our partner school sites. Her career at TFS began in August of 2016 and since that time, Taquasha has been an exceptional lead instructor and team player. Ella Muhammad, Site ManagerEmail: email@example.com Ella was promoted from Lead After School Instructor to Site Manager and is 1 of 5 Site Managers responsible for planning and overseeing core program operations at one of our partner school sites. Since her career at TFS began in April of 2018, Ella has been dedicated to our mission through her professionalism and passion for working with students in the program. Myeisha Meniefield, Site ManagerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Myeisha was promoted from Lead After School Instructor to Site Manager and is 1 of 5 Site Managers responsible for planning and overseeing core program operations at one of our partner school sites. Since beginning her career at TFS in August of 2017, Myeisha has been a great example of how a positive attitude and an earnest excitement for teaching can make a difference in students’ lives. Instructional Team Ashley Major Washington, DC "I believe I'm passionate in the work because I'm all about bringing positivity and happiness in a child's life and I want to encourage them to be the best that they can be." Brittany Wiggins Washington, DC "I have an immense love of children as they embody all the possibilities of the future. Working for this organization gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact in a child's life. Also, as an aspiring writer, I have a deep appreciation for the creative nature of children which is always inspiring." 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!" Miracle Verner Hyattsville, MD "I love to give the children a better education that what I had growing up to better equip them for the future." 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!!" Sharnette Jones Washington, DC "I am passionate and engage with being an educator because when I was a child there wasn't a village for me to be a part of so when I became an adult, I created one." Symone Wharton Madison, WI "I thoroughly enjoy inspiring youth and engaging them in positive ways to express themselves." Tamika Daniels Washington, DC "I've had a passion to work with children since I became an adult. I would love to be involved in child growth to success." Girum Barkie Hyattsville, MD "My purpose is to influence children." Patricia Boxley Summerfield, MD "I am passionate about working with children because my goal is to become an elementary school special education teacher." 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." Tametrice Everett Washington, DC "I love inspiring the youth." Tiesha Gleaton Washington, DC "I am passion about this work because children need to feel like they can trust someone, they need to feel like they have someone who has their best interest and someone who wants to and is willing to listen and try to understand." 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." DeAngelo March Washington, DC "'In Youth We Trust.'" Our youth are the future, therefore we must prepare them to be great." Baquetta Parks Washington, DC "I love to make a positive difference in a child's life." Stephanie Reed Atlanta, GA "I look forward to engaging with every last child." Corinne Sampson Washington, DC "I am a product of DCPS, and I am honored to be able to give back." Tyeresa Shaw Washington, DC "I am passionate and engaged about this work because it makes me happy to know that I was a part of the growth of the children." LaMarione Shepard Kansas City, MO "I love this type of work because I love to see our children win in life." Reginald Shepherd Washington, DC "I love working with children because they are our future." Shantis Simms Oxon Hill, MD "I love to implement my knowledge into helping children's learning and developmental skills." 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"