Jansen Azarias-Suzumoto was born and raised in the Philippines and left for the United States when he was 18 years old. Jansen started Higher Ground a Resource Center at age 20, in 2007. He is the father of two sons and a husband to his wife, Barbie Azarias. He is a Judo and BJJ coach, and a national champion and Pan-American medalist.
Nathan Beck is the current MOST (Madison Out of School Time) Coordinator for the City of Madison, Wisconsin and the Madison Metropolitan School District. His current work focuses on coordinating the city-wide system of Out of School Time services that 16,000 young people in Madison rely on. His work has appeared in venues such as The Review of Research in Education, Routledge, and a range of other smaller publications.
Tony Deis is an outdoor program designer, author, and expert animal tracker. When he was a teenager, he walked out of the high school classroom and into the wilderness. His studies were the timeless arts of wilderness survival, tracking, and nature awareness. As a lifelong outdoor educator, Tony founded Trackers Earth in 2004.
Deanna Dugan is the Assistant Director of Afterschool Programs for Propel Schools located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Deanna has advocated for OST programming with PSAYDN and APOST at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, for Afterschool Advocacy Day. Deanna was recently invited to sit on the 2021 Empower Youth Committee to assist in the development of the Youth portion of the Empower Conference in November 2021.
D. Darnell Eaddy is a native of Baltimore, MD where he currently resides with his wife, Karen Eaddy, and two sons Dean and Kiran. He graduated from Morgan State University with a BA in Political Science and the University of Maryland School with a Masters in Social Work. Throughout Donald’s career as a program director within non-profit organizations, he has defined and executed high-quality programs that optimized operations.
Sara is the founding executive director of the Youth Development Resource Center in Detroit with responsibility for leading the vision, development and management of the organization. Sara began her career working in afterschool and summer programs, as well as in youth mentoring and neighborhood development organizations in Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti. Sara holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in social policy from Brandeis University, focused on children, youth and families.
In October of 2020, Roy accepted the Assistant Director position at the Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network. Over the course of his 25 year career, Roy has held a wide range of positions, including early intervention specialist, classroom teacher, consultant, center director, state early intervention technical advisor, and state IDEA Part C Coordinator in diverse locations such as inner-city Cleveland, a U.S. Army base in Germany, a U.S Air Force base in the U.K., and rural Maine.
Jonathan is the Grant Development Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County located in Concord, North Carolina. Over the past ten years Jonathan has dedicated his career to positive youth development in a range of programmatic and leadership management roles. He holds an M.S. in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University.
Brian Hickey serves as the Director of the Florida Afterschool Network (FAN). He is a Tallahassee native and a graduate of Florida State University. Brian has more than 16 years of experience in event planning and management, grant development, fundraising, and many other attributes that are beneficial in leading FAN members across the state in school-age initiatives.
Paddy Kauhane is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. Born in Honolulu, Paddy spent many years in British Columbia, Canada. She received her education from British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Certified General Accountants Association. With over 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Paddy brings to BGCH a passion for service and a commitment to leaving the world a better place than she found it.
Lindsay Macik is the Director of Outreach and Engagement at the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST). Lindsay spent many years working in film publicity before transitioning into social impact and also brings that unique public relations background to her work. Lindsay graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Business.
Billy is a father to two young men (ages 19 and 6), a husband of 9 years, a mentor, a foodie, and an advocate for 23 years of afterschool programs. He spends his day finding creative and innovative ways to meet families and kids where they are. He loves to share the gospel about the impact of afterschool programs to legislators and donors or in his garden pruning some heirloom tomatoes. Billy has one goal each day, and that is to make it better than the day before.
Lauren is the Community Investment and Project Coordinator for Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s Statewide Afterschool Network. Lauren is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She leads Nebraska’s branch of the national Million Girls Moonshot initiative, a movement by the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, which aims to engage one million more girls in STEM across the nation over the next five years.
Native New Mexican, advocate, and educator Sasha Pellerin is passionate about changing outcomes for children who have been historically underserved. A granddaughter of immigrants and the first in her family to attend college, she has dedicated her life to improving education and outcomes for all children in New Mexico. She is the Senior Policy Advisor for the City of Albuquerque. Sasha holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.
Mayor Deanna Reed was sworn into office for Harrisonburg City Council on January 3, 2017, and then selected by her fellow council members as mayor. Becoming mayor of Harrisonburg made her the first African American female mayor in Harrisonburg’s history. Mayor Reed currently serves as the Director of Community and School Partnerships for On the Road Collaborative. Mayor Reed has a Bachelor’s of Education degree from Liberty University. She has served as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for over 32 years. She was featured in Essence Magazine on the top 100 WOKE list.
As the Program Manager of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), Sheneika works to develop, lead, coordinate, and drive the NC Network’s initiatives. Before joining NC CAP, Sheneika earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA, and a Master’s of Science in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Currently, she is working towards her Ph.D. in Human Services from Walden University
As the Executive Director of Covington Partners in Covington, Kentucky, Stacie Strotman serves as the lead for transforming Covington Schools into full service Community Learning Centers that provide Out of School Time Programming, Mentoring, Family Engagement, Visual and Performing Arts, Academic Enrichment, College and Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, and Early Childhood opportunities. Ms. Strotman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Kentucky and her master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University, recognized as the program’s most outstanding graduate.
Ben Trentelman has been involved in the afterschool field since 2006. He has had the opportunity to run afterschool programs for numerous organizations throughout Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Ben joined the Utah Afterschool Network as the Director of Operations in 2015. Ben spends his time with his wife, two children, and all of their pets enjoying the outdoors as well as taking photographs, writing for a local magazine, and engaging in various musical ventures.
Patrick Tuck, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation and a member of the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning (LACAL) Advisory Council. Dr. Tuck oversees policy and procedure for a statewide network of 4-H nonprofits and leads fundraising efforts throughout Louisiana for the 4-H program. Dr. Tuck is a career musician with a Ph.D. in music theory from Louisiana State University. Patrick is an expatriate Canadian who moved to Louisiana in 1996 to explore his advanced degrees in music.