Mr. Crowley is an audit partner with KPMG, serving nonprofit organizations and commercial clients. He received his B.A. in business administration from James Madison University. Mr. Crowley’s favorite aspect of being involved with Acts4Youth is hearing positive stories about the program’s impact. He lives in Sparks, Maryland.
Allison Gerbereux is an educator and currently works as a reading tutor in a Title 1 zoned school. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Instruction. She joined the board in July 2015. She lives in Towson, MD.
Ms. Ward works at Simmons, Fields & Fanshaw, P.A. as a litigation associate and holds a J.D. from the College of William & Mary. She is an active member of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Alliance of Black Women Attorneys and the Harford County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as both the parliamentarian and Arts and Letters Committee chair. Ms. Ward originally got involved with Acts4Youth after attending a gospel concert that was benefiting the organization in the summer of 2012. She felt inspired by the organization’s dedication to guiding boys into authentic manhood with strong Christian principles.
Brenda Wade is a licensed, clinical social worker and certified school social worker. She is currently a part-time clinician with the Baltimore City Public School system and an adjunct faculty member with the Morgan State University School of Social Work. She has over ten years experience operating afterschool and summer learning programs for children. She is a published author, advocate for children,and has been a witness to the incredible work of Acts4Youth at Guilford Elementary/Middle School
Mr. Mark is a seasoned corporate and public finance lawyer. He received his B.A. in History from SUNY Albany and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He has served as an Acts4Youth board member since June 2012. In addition, he serves on the board of trustees of Cambridge School, and he serves as pro bono counsel to My Father’s Heart, Inc. and Kingdom Harvest Discipleship Ministries. The Acts4Youth program’s focus on conflict resolution and its healing effect on the lives of the boys involved, coupled with program’s reliance on God and prayer for provision, are aspects that Damian believes are valuable and unique to the organization.
Jay Nwachu is the Director of Development and Communications for Baltimore Corps. He holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology from University of MD, Baltimore County and a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from University of Baltimore. Jay has served in various service capacities over the years in the City of Baltimore and recently joined Acts4Youth board (2016) to contribute to the uplift of Baltimore’s citizens. He attends Central Presbyterian Church where he was first exposed to Acts4Youth.
Mr. Baird is the executive director of product operations at Laureate Education Inc. and a professor of organizational behavior at Stevenson University. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Loyola University in Maryland and an MBA from Walden University. In addition to serving on Acts4Youth’s Board since September 2013, he is the co-chair of the PENCIL committee supporting the advancement of underprivileged youth in Baltimore City. His interest was piqued in Acts4Youth when he heard about its unique mission and goals. He hopes to help expand the program to more schools. Mr. Baird lives in Lutherville, Maryland.
Mark H. Felder is a senior portfolio management director. He is also an elder and chair of the Stewardship and Commitment Council at Second Presbyterian Church. He holds a B.S. from Drexel University as well as an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. It is his strong relationship with Second Presbyterian and its solid relationship with Acts4Youth that led him to become involved with the organization in September of 2014. Acts4Youth’s potential to change lives in his community, and that of his church, is his favorite aspect of the program. He is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland.
Mark Gratzer is a senior internal consultant in leadership and organization development at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and secondary education from the State University of New York at Brockport. He also spent one year studying at Westminster Theological Seminary. He first became involved with Acts4Youth as a volunteer and coach and has served on the board since June of 2012. His favorite aspect of the program is the on-going one-on-one mentoring. He believes that the individual and personal touch is critical to Acts4Youth’s mission.
Sharon Westra is the Associate Director of Connections and Discipleship at Central Presbyterian Church. She holds both a B.S.c in Microbiology and a Master in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She was Chairman of the Board of trustees at Cambridge School from 2011 to 2014. Ms. Westra became interested in Acts4Youth in 2008 when her son was assigned the class project to help others in need. That led to a conversation with Kevin Good, planning an exhibition basketball game, and a long-lasting friendship and partnership. She is a transplant to Baltimore from her native homeland, Trinidad. She believes that our youth have a big role to play in the healing of Baltimore City and works towards that goal.