Capital One Bank Community Champions



The Mystics and Capital One Bank are teaming up once again to recognize the heroes in our community. As part of their long-standing "Investing for Good" philosophy, at every home game this season, Capital One bank is saluting the people who truly make a real and last difference in the communities we call home.

You can read about each Capital One Bank Community Champion winners below:

Honored On Winners

September 15, 2013 vs. New York Robert Cradle, Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation

Robert Cradle is founder and managing director of Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation (RBCF). RBCF is a public charity that raises funds to operate projects that provide no-charge grooming services to individuals who are homeless, in foster care or those living at poverty level. Since the organization began in March 2000, he has managed 21 projects that provided more than 19,000 grooming services to over 7,000 individuals in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Services like haircuts, hairstyles and chemical services are performed on his target population. These services prepare them for job interviews, employment and school. Robert's latest project includes the installation of the first barber/beauty salon created exclusively to groom homeless veterans within the District. He clearly inspired by and understands that poor personal grooming can hinder an individual's personal success especially those who face barriers such as lack of income, inability or transportation. Rob's favorite quote; "Personal success can begin or end depending on whether we like what we see in the mirror!"

September 13, 2013 vs. Conncecticut Maria Godoy, Latino Economic Development Center

Maria Godoy is a bilingual housing counselor at the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), a community-based nonprofit that equips Latinos and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. As a foreclosure prevention specialist with 10 years of experience in the housing industry, Maria is passionate about helping struggling homeowners and LEDC's mission to drive the economic and social advancement of Latino families and their low-to-moderate income neighbors across the Washington region. Prior to joining LEDC, Maria worked for two years as a mortgage loan officer with Bank of America. Before that, she worked for three years as a title closer for RGS Title. A native of Los Angeles, Maria currently lives in Takoma Park with her son and daughter. To learn more about Maria's work at the Latino Economic Development Center, please visit http://www.ledcmetro.org.

September 8, 2013 vs. Chicago Natasha Thurmon, Founder and Program Director of Mindful Mentors Planting Seeds

Natasha Thurmon is the Founder and Program Director of Mindful Mentors Planting Seeds, a basketball and volleyball coach for young girls, and also an English teacher of middle school students. Throughout her life and tenure as a coach she has inspired many student athletes to put academics first and to pursue a "higher education." Not only does Thurmon work towards helping the youth in her community, but she encourages many others to do the same; in fact, Thurmon can be credited with convincing student athletes and graduates of Morgan State University, and various other professionals to also become mentors for the youth in their communities.

In her various roles as a teacher, coach, mentor, and friend, Thurmon has inspired her student-athletes to put academics first and to pursue a higher education. She considers the education that she received of high quality, and strives for others to have the same. Thurmon is a proud graduate of Morgan State University, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and of Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Masters in Education. Not only does she value her education and training, but also recognizes the opportunities that became available to her only after receiving it.

August 23, 2013 vs. Atlanta Michael O'Rourke, Executive Director of AACH

Michael J. O'Rourke assumed the role of Executive Director of AACH in January 2007. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington VA, a position he held for twelve years. Mr. O'Rourke has two graduate degrees, one from the University of Oklahoma in Public Administration and other from Georgetown University in Liberal Studies. In addition to his years of experience as an administrator within the non-profit sector, he also served for more than twenty years in the United States Army, culminated his Military career with a four-year tour as a comptroller in the Pentagon, first in the office of the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and later in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

August 20, 2013 vs. Chicago Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, Vice President of Washington Area Women's Foundation

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat is the vice president of Washington Area Women's Foundation, an organization that mobilizes the community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls have the resources they need to thrive. Jennifer has spent the past 17 years working to improve the lives of low-income and under-served women and girls. Prior to joining The Women's Foundation, she served as director of public policy at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. Before that, she directed policy research and analysis at Women's Policy, Inc. and worked extensively with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. Jennifer holds a master's degree in international policy studies with a concentration in development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire.

A native of New Hampshire, Jennifer currently lives in Falls Church with her husband Gene and their two daughters. When she's not cheering her daughters on at their soccer games, she's cheering for the Capitals, the Nationals, and - of course ' the Mystics!

To learn more about Jennifer's work at Washington Area Women's Foundation, please visit http://thewomensfoundation.org/.

August 11, 2013 vs. Connecticut Catherine Townsend, President and Executive Director, DC Public Education Fund

Catherine joined DC Public Education Fund with over 24 years of experience in private and public sector fundraising, operational management, and leadership development. She also brings a strong record of community involvement in Washington, DC. As the President and Executive Director of DC Ed Fund, Catherine is responsible for leading the organization's strategic growth and organizational operations, including, fundraising, communications, program management, and strategic planning. Prior to DC Ed Fund, she was the Senior Advisor at Townsend Public Affairs (TPA), a California-based government affairs and advocacy firm. During her tenure, TPA secured over $125 million in funding for their non-profit and municipal clients. Catherine also served as the Associate Director of Share Our Strength, a national non-profit organization that she helped to build from a fledgling organization to one of the leading organizations dedicated to ending childhood hunger. Working with prominent chefs and restaurateurs across the country, as well as Fortune 500 companies, she created events and cause-marketing programs that raised millions of dollars annually for distribution to organizations throughout the United States and in developing countries.

Catherine has also demonstrated a decades-long dedication to improving opportunities for children in Washington, DC. She worked in collaboration with DC Public Schools and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation to chair the fundraising efforts of the School Libraries Project - a $2.5 million public/private partnership to renovate eight public school libraries in the city. She is also the founder, commissioner and coach of the Capitol Hill Girls Basketball program, a division of Sports on the Hill. Her deep commitment to improving our schools goes well beyond her professional experience, with her four children all attending, or recently graduating from DC Public Schools.

August 4, 2013 vs. LA Colleen Cibula, Chief Operating Officer of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

Colleen K. Cibula, Chief Operating Officer of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, oversees day‐to‐day operations at the second largest council in the nation. She provided direct supervision to the membership department, program services, adult volunteer development and camping services. In 2012, Cibula provided key leadership for the council's celebration of Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary. The year-long celebration culminated with Girl Scouts Rock the Mall, a Girl Scout sing-along on June 9, 2012 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. With over 250,000 Girl Scouts from all over the world attending, it was the largest gathering of Girl Scouts in history of the movement. Cibula has broad experience at the Council joining the staff team in 2004 as the manager for adult volunteer development and rising to director of membership in 2007. Before joining the council, Colleen spent 10 years in the non‐profit sector working with at-risk youth and an additional 10 years in corporate marketing and public relations. Cibula is a Germantown, Maryland resident and mother of two college students, a daughter at Montgomery College and a son in his first year at Coastal Carolina University.

July 31, 2013 vs. New York Daquanna Harrison-Ashton, Director of Secondary and Post-Secondary Education Academy of Hope

Raised on Wadmalaw Island, a Gullah Sea Island of Charleston, Daquanna Harrison was engulfed in the idea that education was her 'way up and out' of the poverty of her childhood. Her educational drive led her to Howard University on a full scholarship and then later to American University for her Master's Degree. Seeing the disadvantages in her small island community and then in the large communities in DC, she became fully committed to nontraditional education at every level. Daquanna has been involved in the realm of minority, inner-city, Adult and Special education since 2001 and has been a trained advocate and activist since 2004. She has truly lived the mission of Academy of Hope (AoH): to provide high quality adult basic education in a manner that changes lives and improves our community. In her words, "It is a privilege to come to work each day and know that every person in the building be it teacher, student, staff or volunteer, are all here for the same purpose; to better lives!" Now as the Director of Secondary and Post-Secondary Education with AoH she is charged with the oversight of multiple sites servicing all of DC. Annually AoH serves over 500 residents, has one of the highest nontraditional graduation rates in the city and was the first nonprofit educational institute with an articulation agreement with UDC-CC, allowing nontraditional students to earn 4 college credit while being a student at AoH, giving these students and the greater community a 'way up and out!'

July 24, 2013 vs. Chicago Sean McComb, AVID Coordinator, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts

As an English teacher, and AVID Coordinator, Sean stays with many of his students from 9th grade through graduation. In the process, for many students he becomes not only a teacher, but a mentor who facilitates discussions on gratitude while serving meals to the homeless and promotes social media responsibility through Twitter chats. During his seven years at Patapsco, Sean has worked ot create stronger English curriculum guides to support instruction and helped his students build a "Teacher of the Month" initiative to highlight outstanding educators in the school. He says, "the hallmarks of my learning activities are a focus on intentional skill-building through backward mapping, allowing student choice to encourage ownership and authenticity through real world connections." Sean holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

July 21, 2013 vs. Indiana Marcee White, Medical Director, Mobile Health Program and the Children's Health Center at THEARC

Marcee White, MD is medical director of the Mobile Health Program and the Children's Health Center at THEARC. Dr. White is a board certified, attending physician with the program and assistant professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University. She earned her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine. As a pediatric resident in the Children's National Medical Center/Howard University community health track, Dr. White completed a month rotation with the Mobile Health Program. During her rotation in 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and Dr. White, a native New Orleanian, was inspired and motivated by Mobile Health's disaster relief effort as it mobilized its medical unit to the Gulf Coast. After completing her pediatric residency training, Dr. White remained for one year to serve as Chief Resident then joined the Mobile Health Program in 2008. Dr. White received a graduate certificate in Leadership Development from The George Washington University's Master Teacher Leadership Development Program. Dr. White is dedicated to continue the Mobile Health Program's mission to educate and inspire students and residents about the social determinants of health and to serve communities in need.

July 15, 2013 vs. San Antonio Angela Holmes, District 4 Community Coffee Roundtable

The Prince George's County Police Department District VI, solicited Ms. Holmes to become a facilitator for the District 4 Community Coffee Roundtable in December 2011. The Coffee Roundtable has become very successful and many citizens, business owners, legislative representatives, and community leaders have been attending and networking with one another. The motto of the Coffee Roundtable is 'Networking to Know Your Neighbor'. From this we have been sharing ideas, methods and events with communities across the Southern Prince George's County. Ms. Holmes attended and graduated from the Prince George's County Citizens Academy, Session XXXI, and has been working diligently with the Police Department - District 4 for several months. She has encouraged other citizens to participate in this training, in order to expose them to the day-to-day operations and experiences that the police officers have.

July 6, 2013 vs. Seattle Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director, The N Street Village

Ms. Schroeder Stribling is a senior nonprofit leader and a social worker with over twenty years of experience in her field, and she is currently the executive director of N Street Village, where she has been working since 2003 - initially as the Director of Programs and eventually becoming the executive director in 2010. The mission of N Street Village is to provide a full continuum of housing and services to homeless and low-income women and families. Under Schroeder's leadership, N Street Village has grown significantly - now comprising three locations and serving over 1500 people each year. The comprehensive services of the Village provide everything from basic needs and crisis intervention help to health and wellness and employment programs.

In 2006, Schroeder was appointed to the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness, where she sits on the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees. Schroeder has previously served on the Boards of other nonprofit organizations including Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and Community Bridges in Montgomery County where she served for three years as the Board Chair. She is currently a member of the Vestry at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington DC and is on the Board of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Schroeder received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Wellesley College and a Masters in Social Work from Smith School for Social Work, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. Her professional career has focused chiefly on anti-poverty advocacy, women's mental health and addiction programs, and services and policy supporting those with major mental illness. Prior to coming to N Street Village, Schroeder was at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital where she was responsible for the implementation of new mental health programming in the inner city Head Start school system.

June 30, 2013 vs. Tulsa Stephanie Berman, The Reading Connection

Stephanie Berman is the Program Manager at The Reading Connection, which TRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. As Program Manager, Stephanie oversees and manages the Read-Aloud Program in which volunteers read to kids living in shelters and affordable housing each week. The Read-Aloud Program utilizes over 200 volunteers and is held at 12 locations in DC and Northern Virginia. In the last year The Reading Connection served over 400 children and gave them over 3,300 books for free through the Read-Aloud Program. Stephanie also works with parents through Reading Families Workshops. At these workshops, Stephanie teaches parents and caregivers reading skills and helps to build their confidence reading to their children. She conducts these workshops in Spanish and English.

The Reading Connection is a 501c3 organization and has been named 'one of the best small charities' several times by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. If you're interested in learning more about The Reading Connection, visit www.thereadingconnection.org.

June 27, 2013 vs. Phoenix Terris King II, The Park School (Baltimore)

At the dawn of his career Mr. Terris Andre King II delivers rays of progress, change, and hope to people through his various ventures. The humble service oriented roots of Mr. King's journey began with his studies as a Semester at Sea student. While traveling the world his perspective on cultures, society, and the relationship between the two was greatly impacted. An impact so prominent leading Mr. King to what he believes is the pillar and foundation of a healthy society, education.

Mr. King obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia. He continued his higher education by receiving his Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Lesley University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While attending Lesley University, his year round teaching apprentice positions were not only learning experiences, they were also opportunities to explore the more underdeveloped aspects within the education system. During the 2009 to 2010 school year, while working at the Haggerty School and the Shady Hill School, Mr. King developed and presented the first Citizens of the World (COW) Symposium. The COW Symposium is a series of workshops for African American boys and their parents, to promote self-worth, positive self-identities, and responsibly aware citizens. Mr. King was recognized for this innovative symposium series as the youngest presenter at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2010 People of Color Conference.

Mr. King's initiative of delivering education and his compelling need to serve his community is manifested in his continual involvement with his family church. In 2008 Mr. King founded the Liberty Grace Church of God Summer Fun Camp. The camp is comprised of summer enrichment, supplemental education, health & fitness, and artistic development programs. In 2010 Mr. King jumped at the opportunity to work as a Kindergarten teacher at the Bishop Walker School for Boys, in Washington, DC. Mr. King was named a Klingenstien Fellow from Columbia University's Teachers College in 2012. Mr. King has taken on a new challenge in the classroom teaching preschool at the Park School of Baltimore where he serves as a Pre Kindergarten teacher. He also serves as the Executive Director of The Black Man Can Institute, which organizes forums to bring African American male youth together to experience dynamic programming. Mr. King is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Pi Omega Chapter in Baltimore, MD. Pi Omega Chapter runs the overall operation of the Easterwood Recreation Center, where he serves as a Program Director. He has been featured in the Bay State Banner newspaper in the following article 'Where are the black teachers?'; and CNN's 'Black male teachers a rare breed'.

June 16, 2013 vs. Indiana Angela Halamandaris, The Heart of America Foundation

Angie Halamandaris is Co-Founder and President of The Heart of America Foundation (HOA), a Washington, DC based national nonprofit which uniquely pairs community volunteerism and literacy. Through Angie's innovative vision and leadership, HOA has engaged corporate and community volunteers to revitalize more than 200 school libraries and distribute more than 3 million books (valued at over $20 million) to children who need them the most. Since 1997, these inspiring volunteer events have provided rich opportunities for corporations such as Capital One, Target, and FedEx to make a difference in the communities where employees live and work. Recently, HOA was named 'One of the Best' by the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

June 8, 2013 vs. Minnesota Wanda Holmes, Martha's Table

Wanda Holmes, Director of the Children's Program and Bridge Program since September 2008 has more than 18 years of experience working with children and youth and developing and implementing educational/developmental programs that produce tangible results. Before joining Martha;s Table, she was the Director of Education at the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation where she was responsible for shaping the overall vision of the after school programming of youth between the ages of 5-18, engaging key stakeholders, providing organization and facilitation of training for staff and assisting in the capacity building efforts of the organization. Responsible for establishing, directing and implementing the overall educational activities of the Children's & Bridge Programs servicing nearly 120 children ages 4-13 years as well as the management and supervision of a (12) member teaching staff daily. Also responsible for the design and implementation of the day-to-day operations, assuring compliance with all applicable codes and regulations as required for maintaining licensing under District of Columbia Regulations and program accreditation.

June 2, 2013 vs. Atlanta Julia King, 7th Grade Math Teacher, Grade Level Lead

Julia King is the 2013 DC Teacher of the Year. She joined DC Prep - the highest-performing network of public charter schools in Washington - in 2010. Currently, she is a 7th grade math teacher and grade level lead at DC Prep's Edgewood Middle Campus, the top charter middle school citywide. In the Fall, she will take on a leadership role as an assistant principal and founding faculty member of DC Prep's newest school, Benning Middle Campus. Julia began teaching as a 2008 Teach For America (TFA) corps member at West Gary Lighthouse Charter School in Gary, IN. Julia is the 2010 winner of the TFA Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award, an award that recognizes TFA corps members who have made a significant impact on student achievement. Julia holds a BA from The George Washington University and an MA from Dominican University.

Founded in 2003, DC Prep is celebrating its first decade of bridging the educational divide in Washington. DC Prep currently serves 1,100 students in preschool through 8th grade at three campuses in Wards 5 and 7 and, in time, will grow to ten campuses ultimately enrolling 10% of the preschool, elementary, and middle school students in Washington's most under-resourced communities. For more information about Julia and DC Prep, visit www.dcprep.org.