We believe that community members inspire solutions

 

BOARD of directorS

CHAIR: Grace Philipp, J.P. Morgan Chase

VICE CHAIR: Camille Clark, American Airlines

TREASURER: Clarence Moore, Jr., Moore Transformations

Nicole Clopton, J.P. Morgan Chase

Ashley Jackson, Washington University of St. Louis

Helen Li, Independent school

Anne Mache, Certified Tennis Professional

Jennifer Meade, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Shalonda Randle, Former Principal in District #148

Tim Ross, Princeton Management


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


staff: Spring 2019

Chicago

Lincoln (L), Roosevelt (R), Washington (W) Elementary Schools

SEL Lead & Parent Mentor Organizer: Melanie Stamps

Site Coordinators: Janet Eaker (W), Everlyn Falkner-Stephens (R), LeShele Silas-Armour (L)

Parent Mentors Coordinators: Delval DeSavieu (L), Denise Sanders (W)

Coaches: Barbra Benedict (L), Denise Burke (R), Denyale Boles (R), Katrina Garrett (W), Tonja Huff (L), Lisa Jackson (L), Rodney James (W), Mary Konczal (W), Lindsay Lee (L), Suzanne Linder (R), Rita Lucas (R), Marion Siller (W), Robert Sims (R), Quentin Stephens (R), Jennifer Tanis (R), Charon Waller (L)

Parent Mentors: Jessica Almazan (L), Keochia Alexander (W), Toni Barnett (W), Iesha Davis (L), Jachel Davis (W), Ella DeSavieu (L), Andre Deyampert (L), Fatimah Dorsey (W), Shearie Hayes (W), Willie Hillman (W), Ciara Lee-Dunn (L), Suhmone Franklin (L), Michelle Jefferson (L), Zakette Smith (L), Koretha Steel (W), Angel Thomas (L), Loree Washington (W), Raymond York (W)

Baltimore

Pitts-Ashburton (PA), Mary Rodman (MR), Calvin Rodwell (CR) Elementary Schools

Site Coordinators: Marika Allen (CR), Dawn England (PA), Vanessa Randolph (MR)

Coaches: Earlice Barksdale (PA), Chassity Beads (PA), Andrew Davis (CR), Brittany Davis (CR), Grace DeChavez (PA), Keri Engel (PA), Sharon Grant (PA), Laquetta Harris (CR), Bernadette Lewis (CR), Kendra Lewis (CR), Marina Morkos (PA), Matthew Mueller (PA), Aquana Murray (MR), Amanda Richardson (CR), Zakiya Simms (PA), Ganita Wallace (PA), Sara Willett (PA)

Detroit

Henry Ford (HF), Palmer Park (PP) Academies

Site Coordinators: Raymond Haggard (HF), Lionel Scott (PP)

Coaches: Damien Aska (HF), Lisa Blackwell (PP), Kenya Buchanan (HF), Latrisha Burrell (PP), Tyra Gaines (HF), Chandra McIntosh (PP), Holly Longo (PP)


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, Susan 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 began 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. 


ACE Advocates

Marilyn Curran

Leah Friedman

Robin Henders

Christopher Washington