Michael Johnson


Why I'm involved with the SSFA?

I am here because I believe that all children should have access to safe and healthy outlets for physical activity

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Ivan Leshinsky

Treasurer & Director

Why is sports-based youth development important to me?

I benefited a lot from organized sports and fitness growing up, now I can help make it happen for others. Sports and recreational opportunities are a big part of any vibrant community!

Ashley Harper Cottrell


Why do I want to help Baltimore Youth?

Healthy opportunities for families is important to me. By increasing available green safe space and healthy food options, we can provide more choices in activity and diet for parents and children.

Jake Bustad

Board Member

How can I use my expertise in service to the community?

Assistant Professor, Towson University, Program Coordinator  |  Sport Management

Serving on the SSFA Board provides an opportunity to engage directly with community partners in addressing issues related to health, physical activity, and sport and fitness, and to serve as a representative of Towson University in the Baltimore community

Sonia Eaddy

Board Member

About Me:

I love Southwest Baltimore!

Sharina Thompson

Board Member

Why do I help youth?

I believe that youth are our future!

Kyle Yost

Board Member

I work with the Alliance because...

As a sports medicine physician I am able to see the benefits sports has on the children today. I joined to help kids have the opportunity to get involved in sports. This way they can benefit socially and physically.

Kaitlyn Wernsing

Board Member

About Me:

Digital Marketing Manager, Blakeslee

Kelvin Lyons

Board Member

About Me:

Grants Management Specialist, National Institutes of Health

Olivia Sedwick

Board Member

How has sports impacted your development?

Sports gave me the competitive drive, determination, work ethic, and discipline to pursue excellence in every area of my life. I want to help today’s youth to develop those same intangible and transferable skills.

Kevin Richards

Board Member

Why do you want to help Baltimore Youth?

The youth is our future! Helping them develop into better athletes, will definitely help them develop into better citizens.

Robert Buster Jr.

Board Member

Why do I work with the Alliance?

I want to assist in providing equal access to sports & fitness for inner city youth, especially the area of my church community.

Tony Scott

Southwest Partnership Liaison

Why do you work with the Alliance?

Southwest Partnership is excited to support and partner with SSFA, because positive, healthy activities connected with healthy relationships are critical to improving life-long outcomes for our youth, and our communities in Southwest Baltimore.