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BOARD of directorS

CHAIR: GRACE PHILIPP, Chase Bank

VICE CHAIR: CAMILLE CLARK, American Airlines

TREASURER: CLARENCE MOORE JR., Moore Transformations

SECRETARY: CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON, Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine

ANNE MACHE, Certified Tennis Professional

JENNIFER MEADE, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

SHALONDA RANDLE, Former Principal in District #148

 


DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SUSAN KLUMPNER, AM, LCSW

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS & SERVICES, CHICAGO

DEDRA BURNETT

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS & SERVICES, BALTIMORE

EBONYE JONES

DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY

MATTHEW CHICOLA


Board Members

CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON, M.A.   Christopher Washington is an Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Study Coordinator at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In this role, Christopher works with seniors to help them maintain health independence after they’ve experienced life-altering medical conditions such as stroke or hip replacement. Christopher conducts research into various disease states through direct practice with patients as well as administrative work creating trial protocols and ensuring data integrity and compliance with regulations and guidelines.  Christopher has served as a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Maryland. As a former foster child, Christopher is passionate about advocating for the health and wellbeing of children, particularly through the family reunification and/or adoption processes.  Christopher has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from McDaniel College where he also played collegiate football. He has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Adelphi University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He is putting his expertise in strategic planning, management, and marketing to use as a Board Member of The ACE Project.

CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON, M.A.

Christopher Washington is an Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Study Coordinator at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In this role, Christopher works with seniors to help them maintain health independence after they’ve experienced life-altering medical conditions such as stroke or hip replacement. Christopher conducts research into various disease states through direct practice with patients as well as administrative work creating trial protocols and ensuring data integrity and compliance with regulations and guidelines.

Christopher has served as a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Maryland. As a former foster child, Christopher is passionate about advocating for the health and wellbeing of children, particularly through the family reunification and/or adoption processes.

Christopher has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from McDaniel College where he also played collegiate football. He has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Adelphi University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He is putting his expertise in strategic planning, management, and marketing to use as a Board Member of The ACE Project.

JENNIFER MEADE , LCSW  Jennifer Meade is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, educator and writer with over 16 years of experience working with youth and families. She works at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) as Director of School Social Work and as an adjunct lecturer. In her roles at SSA she is privileged to educate and mentor the next generation of school social workers, which is how she became connected to Susan Klumpner, founder and director of The ACE Project. Jenny is passionate about empowering children, families and communities and thrilled to be a member of the Board of Directors since The ACE Project’s inception.

JENNIFER MEADE, LCSW

Jennifer Meade is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, educator and writer with over 16 years of experience working with youth and families. She works at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) as Director of School Social Work and as an adjunct lecturer. In her roles at SSA she is privileged to educate and mentor the next generation of school social workers, which is how she became connected to Susan Klumpner, founder and director of The ACE Project. Jenny is passionate about empowering children, families and communities and thrilled to be a member of the Board of Directors since The ACE Project’s inception.

CLARENCE MOORE, JR.   Clarence Moore, Jr. is a man of his purpose, a lifestyle entrepreneur whose passion is helping others. Clarence graduated from Grinnell College in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. His purpose was shaped long before his academic and sports achievements in college.  Returning to Chicago upon graduation, Clarence began his career as a Fitness Professional running his own business focusing on functional fitness with everyday working people and sports specific training with youth and professional athletes.  Entrepreneurship came early for Clarence, spending time working in his father’s businesses- learning management, bookkeeping, and other valuable lessons. Clarence is always looking for ways to help more people transform their lives. He has created or partnered with several entrepreneurial ventures centered on fitness and technology to further his mission in being available to help more people transform their lives.  Making strategic partnerships and creating business opportunities is a skill that will be valuable to The ACE Project and its growth. Clarence is also bringing his people skills and expertise in business to serve as the role of Treasurer for ACE’s board of directors.

CLARENCE MOORE, JR.

Clarence Moore, Jr. is a man of his purpose, a lifestyle entrepreneur whose passion is helping others. Clarence graduated from Grinnell College in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. His purpose was shaped long before his academic and sports achievements in college.

Returning to Chicago upon graduation, Clarence began his career as a Fitness Professional running his own business focusing on functional fitness with everyday working people and sports specific training with youth and professional athletes.

Entrepreneurship came early for Clarence, spending time working in his father’s businesses- learning management, bookkeeping, and other valuable lessons. Clarence is always looking for ways to help more people transform their lives. He has created or partnered with several entrepreneurial ventures centered on fitness and technology to further his mission in being available to help more people transform their lives.

Making strategic partnerships and creating business opportunities is a skill that will be valuable to The ACE Project and its growth. Clarence is also bringing his people skills and expertise in business to serve as the role of Treasurer for ACE’s board of directors.


Co-Founders

Leah Friedman

Leah is the National Skills Manager for the USTA.  Her responsibilities include creating the National Skills Challenge, on court demonstrations, coin tosses, player escorts and establishing Net Generation activations and events around the country.  Leah works very closely with Pro Circuits, Fed Cup and Davis Cup, US Open Series, and the US Open to give young players an opportunity to participate in on court experiences.

Prior to her move to Orlando, Leah was the Junior Development Coordinator for the Chicago District Tennis Association.  She was dedicated to working with local programs to educate coaches and parents in junior development while also increasing the number of players on the courts.  Her passion is creating programs in underserved communities and believes the sport teaches lessons that go far beyond the courts. For her commitment to the game, Leah has been recognized with honors by the USTA, PTR, and Tennis Industry Magazine. 

Leah graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in communications and sociology.  She competed four years on the Women’s Tennis Team where she had over 100 combined wins in singles and doubles.

Susan Klumpner

Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has a background in serving children and families impacted by trauma and violence.

Presently, she is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland and a third-year minority fellow with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The focus of her doctoral research is on after school programming that promotes positive development for racial minority youth living in under-resourced communities.  Prior to entering the doctoral program, Ms. Klumpner was a school social worker and graduate student researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, evaluating professional development programs for after school providers. She now teaches in the MSW program at University of Maryland, Widener University, and will be teaching at University of Michigan in Fall 2018. 

Susan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Grinnell College and her Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2011.  Susan played for the Women’s Tennis Team for Lawrence University for 3 years and for Grinnell College during her senior year.  She is a PTR Certified 10-and-under tennis instructor and has been coaching youth for the past ten years.  As Executive Director, Susan manages the strategic plan, builds partnerships with community organizations, procures grants and donations, and occasionally facilitates tennis camps and special events.


ADVISORY BOARD

LEAH FRIEDMAN

MARILYN CURRAN

ROBIN HENDERS