Our Mission

Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.

Our Vision

A Central Florida where all at-risk youth have the tools, character qualities, and hope to succeed in life.

Get to Know Our Board & Staff

Our Board of Directors

Jeff Deery
Chairman of the Board

Jack McGill


Betsey Bell
President, Commission 127

Steve Tomaszewski
Entec Polymers: Senior Vice President & General Manager

Joan Hutton
Hutton Enterprises

Melanie Fernandez
Managing Partner, BDO

Jonathan Perry
Greenberg Traurig

Leslie Nelson

Bob McClellan
Wharton-Smith Construction: Director of Business Development

Lance Walker, Jr.
Walker & Company, Inc.: President

Erik Nelson
NNN: Director of Acquisitions

Malika Harrison
Orlando Magic: Director of Social Responsibility

Together, We ELEVATE Orlando

Our Staff

Sherry Paramore

Jonas Cayo
Operations Director


Sarah Hanson
Finance Director

Crystal Auguste
Program Director

Jimmy Rodriguez
Oak Ridge Coordinator

Robert De La Torre
Jones Coordinator

Tatiana Montanez
Evans Coordinator

Eddie Miranda
Jones Teacher/Mentor

Deirdra Smith
Jones Teacher/Mentor

Keshia Pierre
Jones Teacher/Mentor

Breanna McKnight
Evans Teacher/Mentor

Stephaney Moses
Evans Teacher/Mentor

Reggie Thimothee
Evans Teacher/Mentor

Alex Zengotita
Evans Teacher/Mentor

Xinia Reyes
Oak Ridge Teacher/Mentor

Ruthanne Veillard
Oak Ridge Teacher/Mentor

Anthony Negron
Senior Teacher/Mentor