Jennifer is very passionate for youth and providing quality in the Out of School time field and the opportunities that it brings to all youth. Out of School Time is not just a latch key program, but a opportunity for youth to develop and become creative through youth leaders being trained through quality professional development that MAA provides along with some of their partners. It is a way that can provide children opportunities that extend after the school day We are at the crossroads of being able to make a difference in a child’s life by offering quality Out of School programming. We must let children have choices to be creative and learn that the sky is the limit. Out of School time can be the answer to children who needs a safe place to come when the bell rings at the end of the day. I am so honored to be part of MAA and to work with the Out of School Time field along with my colleagues who have the same passion that I have.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Patrick-James has been working with families and youth for more than 30 years and is fully invested in the ideology of family centered activities, positive youth development and quality out-of-school time programs. A former K-12 grade public school administrator and 21st Century Community Learning Center director Jackie understands the power of after school programming. Over the years Jackie has served as a neighborhood center director, teen center director, a Parks and Recreation Department director and preschool director. An owner operator of child and adult care home for the disabled Jackie is knowledgeable and able to navigate through all areas of the mental health, foster care, education and medical system. Jackie holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and a master degree in family studies. She is also a certified grant writer and a passionate family advocate.
Meg serves as the Director for the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network, a county-wide intermediary for the out-of-school time (OST) sector in Kalamazoo County. She is committed to providing young people with youth-driven, high quality, inclusive, and equitable OST learning environments so that all youth are career, college, and community ready by 21. She has over fifteen years of experience in youth development and is a certified external assessor and methods trainer in the David P. Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention. She holds her Ph.D. in evaluation and her Masters in Public Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her college-age quadruplets, husband, horses, dogs, and cats.
Tonya Clevenger has worked with Camp Fire West Michigan 4C for more than 14 years as an Education Specialist. Tonya leads trainings and supports candidates working to earn the Michigan School-age Youth Development (MiSAYD) Certificate and Credential in the Grand Rapids area. Tonya is a trainer for the Weikart Center Youth Methods trainings and is an External Assessor for the Youth and School-age Program Quality Assessments (YPQA and SAPQA).
George understands business – both as a business owner and as a business broker/consultant. As a business broker he is able to observe (up close) the internal operations and financial conditions of hundreds of businesses. Consequently, he has a unique perspective as to why some businesses achieve resounding success while others fail. In addition to the hands-on experience as a business broker, and as an adult learner working full time, George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2009, graduating at the top of his class. Both degrees were earned through SUNY Empire State College (ESC) FORUM WEST management program and its School for Graduate Studies. Volunteer activities include being a Senior Resource Volunteer and Speakers Bureau Chair of the Compeer Program, as well as the public speaking trainer of United Way Loaned Executives. Additionally, he was a community speaker for both programs. More recently, he volunteered with the Mid-Michigan Talent Connection, an employment networking event based in Okemos, Michigan.
Eboni (Wells) Taylor is the former public policy fellow at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit. In her role, Eboni managed special public policy projects and conducts research on public policy issues at the state and local levels affecting neighborhoods and children. Prior to her start at the Skillman Foundation, Eboni received her master’s degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Mrs. Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a double major in Political Science and African & African-American Studies and a minor in International and Comparative Studies. Eboni is a native Detroiter, a product of Detroit Public Schools and has intentionally established her interests at the intersection of community development and public policy. In addition to the Michigan Afterschool Association, she is currently serving on the boards of the Mary Turner Center for Advocacy and the Eastside Community Network.
Terry Eugene Whitfield was born and raised in the city of Detroit, MI. With a Masters Degree in Youth Development from Michigan State University, Terry has dedicated his professional life to advocate for the use of positive youth development in the lives of young people, ages 11-21. With ten years as a youth development worker and community organizer, Terry has worked on various efforts to build, grow, and sustain meaningful youth voice in in the Chadsey Condon and Southwest Detroit communities of Detroit. He currently works at Southwest Counseling Solutions as the Project Coordinator for Partnership for Youth, a collaboration of youth serving agencies working with youth in southwest Detroit, a member of the Detroit Youth Development Alliance, and Skillman Foundation initiative.