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OUR TEAM

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William Powell

Founder / CEO / Visionary 

Mr. Powell is a renowned motivational speaker and communication expert recognized globally for his outstanding skills in public speaking. He has also been ranked as one of the Top Twenty best public speakers in the world by Toastmasters International, a prestigious organization that promotes communication and leadership skills.

Apart from his public speaking expertise, Mr. Powell is also a coach and trainer in verbal and non-verbal communication, helping individuals and organizations improve their communication skills and achieve their goals. He has worked with various professionals, including educators and parents, to build open channels of communication and promote better understanding in families and schools.

One of Mr. Powell's areas of expertise is addressing social and emotional trauma among young people. He has educated hundreds of teachers on identifying and addressing these issues, helping them create safe and supportive learning environments for students. Through his work, he has been instrumental in thousands of youth's academic and social development nationwide.

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Brenda Brown

Community Partnerships Coordinator Southern District

Brenda, the current Executive Director of Social Services in her county, provides extensive guidance to Player 1 on leadership, the establishment and execution of Academy goals and objectives, and the development of appropriate administrative policies, services, structures, controls, and reporting systems for efficient and effective performance. With her expertise and experience, Brenda recognizes the vital significance of Player 1 and its ongoing impact on communities worldwide. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, as well as Masters degrees in Social Work and Human Services, making her a highly qualified and knowledgeable resource for the Academy.

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Executive Team Leader

Strategic Engagement Team Director

Kimberly Duplessis

Kimberly, a graduate in Criminal Justice, is a captivating public speaker deeply committed to educating and empowering young women regarding the issue of abuse. She has dedicated her life to serving as a passionate advocate, driven by the mission to inform, inspire, and uplift survivors of abuse, enabling them to discover their choices and potential. Beyond this, Kimberly is on a mission to enlighten and educate others, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the unnecessary emotional and psychological suffering, physical harm, and tragically common fatalities stemming from domestic violence and abuse.

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Carnissa Vann-Melton

Hertford County North Carolina

Chapter President

Carnissa is a remarkable individual with a strong commitment to youth and community development. As an Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and Property Owner, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her multifaceted roles. With over 19 years of experience in Corrections, encompassing Security, Counseling, and Case Management, Carnissa has a profound understanding of the challenges facing her community.

     

     What truly sets Carnissa apart is her unwavering dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of young people.  Her passion extends to creating safer schools where students can thrive in a nurturing environment free from the specter of violence. Carnissa's vision transcends her immediate surroundings as she works tirelessly to dismantle violence in her community and the surrounding counties.
Carnissa M. Vann-Melton's commitment to youth and community development is an inspiration to all who have the privilege of knowing her.

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Marcus responsibilities include recruiting, screening, training, matching, and supervising both full-time and volunteer mentors. He also provides guidance to mentors as they work to establish supportive relationships with our students. Marcus is an unwavering team member who recognizes that our socially and economically disadvantaged youth can overcome their circumstances and start to heal with the appropriate opportunities and assistance. Mr. Powell emphasizes that by removing our children from survival mode, they can commence growing, learning, and dreaming.

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Tampa Florida

Chapter President

Willie Wynn

Alabama / Georgia

Chapter President

Willie is responsible for ensuring that the program is effective in meeting the needs of young people in the community and that it aligns with the larger organization's mission and goals. This involves working closely with other leaders within the organization to establish program goals and objectives, developing strategies for achieving those goals, and overseeing the implementation of programs and activities that engage and support young people.

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Ms. Maldonado has done community work educating the elderly on consumer law issues at The Life Project Center as well as serving as a mentor at a local juvenile rehabilitation program. She has also worked as a volunteer with the Department of Juvenile Justice, providing rehabilitation based on positive and motivational reinforcement for juveniles who are under probation programs. Maria is a woman committed to spreading positive energy everywhere she goes and, indeed, leads by example. 

     Maria currently holds a B.S. from the University of Central Florida, as well as a degree from Barry University School of Law. Ms. Maldonado is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Maria Maldonado

Community Partnerships Director 
Hispanic 3rd World Innovation Team

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