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 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.
Nedrea Destaney-Beyonce Scott
Program Outreach VISTA
Nedrea Destaney-Beyonce Scott is an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to the MOST Network Post in Baltimore, Maryland, through the intermediary Agency MENTOR Maryland. As a Program Outreach and Engagement VISTA, Nedrea addresses poverty by ensuring that Maryland’s young people under the age of 18 have access to a highly trained, engaged and competent mentor. Prior to joining the MOST Network for yet a second year term of service, Nedrea served with the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project and was assigned to the AMVETS National Headquarters Post in Lanham, Maryland, where she served as the Career Center Outreach Coordinator. As the Career Center Outreach Coordinator, she worked to deliver programs and services and developed collaborations with other organizations which addressed the personal and system factors, that lead to poverty when left unaddressed within the communities of current active Service Members and Veterans. As a direct result of her selfless service, Nedrea recently applied for, and was accepted as an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni National Service Member Ambassador. Immediately following her first term of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, she went onto serve with the Bowie Police Department of Bowie, Maryland, wherein she participated in the Bowie Police Citizens Academy Session III as a Training Community Servant – she presently serves with BPD in various events when called upon. Bowie Police Department’s model is one which consists of Community Policing in an effort to paint a more positive picture of Police Officers in response to recent and current national headlines. Additionally, she serves with Team Rubicon, which works to serve those in need during Natural Disasters on a global scale – ‘A GRAY SHIRT!”.
Robin Boone enjoyed a 20-year tenure with the former Maryland Mentoring Partnership (MMP) and spent the last few years of her career with MMP as the Training and Technical Assistance Consultant for the Eastern Shore satellite office of the State Mentoring Resource Center (MMP). Through Robin’s ability to build strong collaborations, she established the Eastern Shore Mentoring Leadership Council, comprised of local leaders, facilitated regional mentoring roundtables and National Mentoring Month (NMM) events which included NMM proclamations for eight Eastern Shore counties, and provided training and technical assistance consultation to programs (school- and faith-based, and community).
Dr. La’Sondrick Bridges
La’Sondrick Bridges has a proven track record of pushing students toward success. His influence on students grew out of his early coaching experience. More prominently, La’ Sondrick served students as a mentor with CBM CARES National Organization (CBM), a nonprofit organization supported by the U.S. Department of Juvenile Justice and Justice Delinquency Prevention that aims to provide positive male role models to youth. He has presented at several youth conferences including the National Mentoring Summit, Steve Harvey Mentoring Conference, and the Fatherhood and Male conference. He has spent over 15 years working in education in different capacities including teaching, mentoring, and training. La’Sondrick says that mentoring is all about compassion and showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others: “You have to look past where the kids come from and look at where they can go.” “They want to be challenged. More than that, they want to know you care”. La’Sondrick Bridges utilizes the knowledge and experiences that he has gained through his host of educational and professional experiences to help young people realize their potential and reach their goals.
Dr. Clara Carter
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.
Dr. Michelle Kaufman
Michelle Kaufman, PhD, is a social psychologist by training and faculty in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on how factors related to the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and socio-economic status contribute to health disparities, particularly for youth of color. She leads two grants from the National Institutes of Health exploring how youth mentoring can improve health outcomes for African American males in large urban settings in the U.S. She has extensive experience conducting large-scale evaluations on health outcomes for marginalized populations internationally, with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
Dr. Jeffrey Kranzler
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.
A proven leader with a track record for execution & building sustainable ecosystems of people, processes, & tools, Jeanne Martin is President of JMar Enterprises; founded to address the growing talent pipeline gap in STEM-related fields, with a focus on the inclusion of our diverse community. Employing the adage, the rising tide lifts all boats, JMar provides an opportunity for business & education to come together to develop current and future employees for mutual and sustainable success.
Through JMar, Jeanne now merges her education roots with her corporate knowledge & experience, to build local ecosystems of shared visions. Through consulting, speaking, & facilitating, Jeanne creates inclusive practices and sustainable mentoring programs that empower more individuals to pursue STEM-related careers, while providing local businesses with a larger, better-skilled talent pool to address their workforce development and business requirements.
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.
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.
Brian Sales is a national practice-based expert in youth mentoring and youth development. Over the course of his 25 year career, he has provided training and technical assistance to over 100 programs and organizations, including national organizations such as National Urban League, National Guard Youth Challenge, Boys and Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and countless others. Brian is also the former national director of Training and Technical Assistance for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and currently leads his own private consulting firm, Transformative Training and Technical Assistance LLC. Brian has extensive expertise and experience in working with youth in foster care, children of incarcerated parents, runaway and homeless youth, first generation college students, cultural competency for front line staff and supporting and boys and young men. He’s excited to share his expertise with Maryland-based programs.
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!
Kat Stork is a community development and organizational management consultant with 20+ years of direct nonprofit and public sector experience in initiating and fortifying strong programs, organizations and partnerships that support environments and human relationships that are safe, nurturing, and enriching. She is the principal partner in Shore Strategies LLC and provides a variety of services for organizations from start-up through program evaluation. Among other projects, she currently provides Technical Assistance to mentoring programs through Maryland MENTOR, an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. She is trained to administer and provide support for the quality assessment of mentoring programs through the National Quality Mentor System.
Kat lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her husband and their dogs. She is blessed to be mother of two young men and stepmom to two young women. In addition to her passion for supporting quality programs for children, youth and families, she enjoys the outdoors, camping, gardening, knitting, reading, and music. She is a Baltimore Orioles fan and loves nothing more than a baseball game on a summer evening.
Jeffrey is a rising administrative leader, program specialist, Mentor Trainer, Youth Developer, and currently a full-time Program Manager at Latin American Youth (LAYC). At LAYC, he oversees the Full Circle Brotherhood (FCB) mentoring program. FCB is a unique group mentoring model where Jeffrey trains and develops disconnected transitional aged youth to mentor middle school-aged students in Montgomery County, Maryland
Jeffrey began his career as a Prevention Counselor at the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia. Working on the front lines of those challenges, he managed a school-based program for students providing services such as facilitating a 16-week anti-violence curriculum, student counseling, and trauma therapy for students affected by violence. He has a deep understanding of counseling, trauma-informed care, mentoring, and positive youth development. Jeffrey brings his expertise in working with diverse populations and research-based intervention and prevention approaches to the mentoring field.
Imani Yasin is a youth advocate, educator, mentor, and facilitator who has committed herself to developing catalysts for positive change by leading and working alongside Baltimore City youth since 2007. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and a minor in Law & Society. Her passion and drive for youth development and mentorship is a direct result of the impact that supportive adults and mentors had on her own life. Her professional track record includes completing 2 terms of service as an AmeriCorps Member, serving as a social and emotional learning Program Coordinator and Athletic Coach, working as a Baltimore City Teacher, being an international group leader, and leading as the Director of High School Programs at Sisters Circle, a non-profit mentoring organization based in northeast Baltimore.