Sadiq Ali, MBA serves as Executive Director for Maryland MENTOR, statewide affiliate of the National Mentoring Partnership. Maryland MENTOR’s mission is to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships across the state and to close the mentoring gap. Since leading the relaunch of the affiliate in January 2018, Sadiq has overseen a number of enhancements to the field of mentoring in Maryland as well as ensuring the future sustainability of the organization. External enhancements and accomplishments include leading the first-ever statewide mentoring listening tour across the state and publishing the subsequent Upholding the Covenant: State of Mentoring in Maryland 2018 report; recruiting, training and leading a 13 person technical assistance consultant cadre of mentoring experts who have administered over 1000 hours of technical assistance; as well as forging partnerships with a number of school districts, state and local agencies and being named to the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Baltimore Board of Directors and representing Baltimore in Oakland, CA at the Obama Foundation MBK Rising! gathering, Winter 2019.
Sadiq has also spent the last 15 years working with young men of color in a variety of settings, ranging from juvenile detention centers, community settings, school based and school integrated mentoring programs and in the workforce development setting. He has designed a number of culturally relevant character development programs and curricula for young men, educators, youth workers and parents. Sadiq is also an expert in mentoring program design, best practices, quality assessment as well as is a trained mediator, published author and certified Predictive Index Practitioner.
Sara K. Haile
Sara K. Haile is Operations Manager for Maryland MENTOR. Serving as internal leader of the organization, she will work closely with Sadiq, Executive Director, to improve operational management systems, processes, and best practices through project management and maintenance of internal databases. She has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. For the past decade, she has worked extensively in youth development, college access, and juvenile justice fields, in a capacity of roles in California, New York, and Maryland. As Operations Manager for Maryland MENTOR, Sara is excited and eager to not only bring her previous roles and expertise background to establish a greater organization, and in addition bring her passion for working with the underrepresented youth populations. She looks forward to continuing the movement of fueling the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for Maryland’s young people and closing the mentoring gap.
Resource Development, AmeriCorps VISTA
Kimberlee Cook is an AmeriCorps Resource Development VISTA working with Maryland MENTOR. In this role, Kim will identify donor targets as well as implement the necessary systems needed to support Maryland MENTOR and each of the organizations programs. Kim has supported steps in her local community efforts to enhance the quality of life among all social classes. She engages herself in efforts such as donating and volunteering at local shelters. Kim is also trained in research; with vast knowledge in education, geriatrics, quality of life, addiction, and many aspects of family life. Kim holds a B.S in Family Science from Towson University.
Marketing and Communications, AmeriCorps VISTA
Maranda Carlson is our Marketing and Communications AmeriCorps VISTA. She comes to us from St. Louis, MO, where she was working on her Master’s in Mass Communication, in which she will receive after completing her Thesis. During her term with us, she will oversee Maryland MENTOR’s website, generate newsletters, and manage our social platforms to showcase our summits and trainings. In addition, Maranda will work to create awareness of mentoring relationships by partnering with mentoring programs/organizations across the state of Maryland. Maranda is excited to spend her first VISTA year here with Maryland MENTOR and looks forward to learning how non-profits work and creating life-long experiences, all while furthering her career.