Sadiq Ali

Executive Director

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

Operations Manager

Sara K. Haile is the Operations Manager for Maryland MENTOR. Serving as internal leader of the organization, she will work 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 City and Maryland. As Operations Manager for Maryland MENTOR, Sara is excited and eager to 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.

Carlos J. Avent

Program Support & Outreach Manager

Carlos J. Avent is the Program Support & Outreach Manager for Maryland MENTOR. Carlos’ passion for youth mentoring, personal development, and education, along with his experiences in program management and program development in the non-profit sector, led him to the opportunity to serve Maryland MENTOR’s quest in closing the mentoring gap.

Born and raised in Baltimore City, Carlos is an alumnus of The Baltimore City College, and later earned a B.A. in Sociology from Morgan State University in 2006. In 2013, he continued his education by earning his M.S. in Higher Education & Instructional Design from Walden University. Professionally, Carlos has spent the last 10 years working in the higher education supporting first-year students in both the online and traditional models of higher education. Carlos has also spent time developing coaching programs for college students, volunteering to mentor first-generation college students, and managing membership programs for various non-profit organizations. In 2019, Carlos was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success for his academic and professional achievements.

Carlos is also a published author, having contributed guests’ articles online covering topics such as: professional football in Baltimore, the school choice debate, first-year college success, youth and young adult mentorship, black fatherhood, and personal development tips. In addition to those contributions, Carlos authored two books that uncovers black fatherhood and the impact it has on generational qualities, relationships, and personal responsibility. Those two books are: 10 Extraordinary Lessons from an Ordinary Dad (2018), and The Black Father Perspective (2020). Both on Amazon in paperback and eBook.

Carlos is 10+ years married to Kelle’ Avent, and together they have one daughter, Lyric.

Olivia James

Marketing & Communications AmeriCorps VISTA

Olivia will work to build capacity by evaluating and building on existing infrastructures to increase Maryland MENTOR’s impact. She will also communicate Maryland MENTOR resources and services to increase awareness, attendance at events, and widen our footprint in the state. Olivia has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology along with minors in Black Women’s Studies and Demography from the University of Maryland. During her college career Olivia worked with the Women’s Studies department, Resident Life, and the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center. Within these departments Olivia assisted with advertisement, organization and facilitation of department events making her excited to take on this role with Maryland MENTOR. She looks forward to serving marginalized youth and helping build equity in these underserved communities, while also gaining valuable website building, social media, and digital marketing skills. 

Dakotah Shamblin

Program Outreach and Support AmeriCorps VISTA

Dakotah will serve this program through targeted individual contact with the variety of mentoring programs across the state. This will aid in capacity building for Maryland MENTOR in that it allows us to extend our services directly to programs which, in turn, improves the lives of young people. She has her Bachelor in Health Science from Marshall University and has previous experience working in the non-profit sector. Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Maryland MENTOR she wants to utilize her skills and experience to increase the capacity and effectiveness of our mentoring services. Dakotah’s passion for serving those who are underserved and underrepresented motivates her to do her role in helping our youth thrive.  

Antoine Baggett

Baltimore City Schools Mentoring Pilot AmeriCorps VISTA

Antoine Baggett assists MENTOR with the organization’s work to support Baltimore City Schools’ emerging systemwide mentoring strategy by developing Mentor recruitment strategies and plans for community outreach. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Kansas. Before joining Maryland MENTOR, Baggett taught English as a Foreign Language in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, China. His experience as an educator is indispensable to Maryland MENTOR’s efforts to find synergies with Baltimore City’s schools.