Sadiq Ali, Director, Maryland MENTOR
Sadiq Ali, MBA is a two time best selling author, speaker, professor, education consultant, leadership trainer, social entrepreneur, trained mediator, certified mentor consultant and founder of the Millionaire Manners Academy training organization. Sadiq is passionate about developing young people, families and communities. He has appeared in numerous media outlets for his work, views on education and dealing with troubled youth. He is also the creator of the Young Gentlemen’s Institute Conference Series for Young Men, where hundreds of young men have attended and been positively impacted. He’s also spoken to and worked with thousands of other young people in schools, foster care and youth detention centers on leadership and becoming the best version of themselves.
Sadiq has spoken at and trained at dozens of youth development conferences including the National Youth At Risk Conference, the Maryland Out of School Time Statewide Conference, the Maryland Male Student of Color Conference and others. Sadiq is also an adjunct professor who has taught courses in branding, business management, leadership and entrepreneurship at Coppin State University and Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Patrice Bryan, MENTOR Affiliate VISTA
Patrice Bryan is an alumna of Stony Brook University with a degree in Africana Studies. During her time there, she was invested in reaching out to youth to introduce them to college life and encourage them to seek higher education. She is currently a PhD student in the Higher Education Administration program at Morgan State University. Her research interests include Black girls’ and gifted students’ access to mentoring and the in communication to enhance the two-way communication between Maryland MENTOR and mentorship programs throughout the state
Maryland MENTOR Consultant Team
Jeannette Simon, Founder/CEO of ANANIZACH LLC, is a 25-year mentoring professional that brings a unique perspective having been a mentor and still is, a corporate and nonprofit program manager, program director, trainer, mentor to program managers, technical assistance provider, program developer, event planner and creator/manager of special projects on the local, state and national level. Couple the experience with a real passion for the work and you have the opportunity to spend time with someone who can help you grow and be successful!
Tramaine L. Crawford is the Founder and Executive Director of TLC Coaching & Leadership Development, Inc. Widely respected by grassroots leaders and organizations, he’s a U.S. Army veteran, community leader, and mentor that is sought after to inspire others and create positive change.
The areas of expertise in mentoring and youth development that Janet Forbush specializes in are program development, research and evaluation, and public policy advocacy. She has consulted with national, state, and local agencies on program initiatives serving minority youth in foster care, those with caregivers who are incarcerated as well as young people in the juvenile justice system. Janet’s work on behalf of vulnerable youth began in 1966 when she began volunteer service in the United States Peace Corps. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Michigan State University with a major in political science and she earned a master’s in education from the George Washington University.
Dr. Jeffrey Kranzler, Ph.D., LCSW-C is the founder of Leaf Mentoring and has created multiple school-based mentoring programs and consulted for Johns Hopkins University’s A-Level Capital and Covenant House of New York. Dr. Kranzler’s programs have been statistically analyzed to show significant improvements in behavior, academic achievement, confidence, social success, peer relationships and family relationships for mentees and in leadership skills for mentors.
Kera Ritter, founder of The Ritter Group, LLC., has spent the past two decades giving voice to the voiceless and helping organizations maximize their service to others. She brings a breadth of experience ranging from covering social services issues as a reporter to serving as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, before launching a consulting firm dedicated to nonprofit capacity building. She believes mentoring can be the difference between surviving and thriving for young people all over the world.
Mr. Brian C. Sneed has been a change-agent in the human services profession in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area with a focus on coordinating wrap-around advocacy services for youth and families for more than twenty-eight years. Mr. Sneed has demonstrated and achieved success in government, no-profit, & for sectors. Mr. Sneed has both excelled in his career and been recognized by employers and industry contractors as a program developer, program administrator, and training facilitator. Mr. Sneed was honored with the Progressive Life Center 2009 Certificate of Appreciation for providing unconditional care in programmatic service delivery and creating opportunities for youth. As well, he received the Maryland State Dept. of Education 2003 Certificate of Appreciation for presentation to the “Mentoring with S.T.Y.L.E. Program.”
Dr. Clara Giles Carter is known across the country for her knowledge, skills, expertise and commitment to youth mentoring. As a former Director of the Maryland Mentoring Resource Center, she contributed to the successful efforts in making mentoring an integral part of Maryland’s social fabric.
A Baltimore native who holds degrees from The University of Baltimore (Political Science) and Goucher College (Education), David has developed curricular materials and professional development modules to engage young males of color and their families.
David is widely known for designing Dare to Be King: What If The Prince Lives? A Survival Workbook for African American Males. The curriculum is designed for 52-weeks to teach adolescent males how to survive and thrive in toxic environments.
An author with a knack for writing children’s books (Khalil’s Way, The Green Family Farm, Gabe & His Green Thumb), David’s work has been featured on CNN, PBS, and NPR, BBC Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, The Huffington Post, and a variety of other publications.