KIDS PLAY USA TEAM

FOUNDATION STAFF

Darryl Hill – Chief Executive Officer—General Manager
see Darryl’s bio in Board of Directors listing
Lenise White – Chief Operating Officer—Head Coach
Lenise is a writer, a teacher at heart and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Figures & Phrases, a communications consulting company whose mission is to offer business writing services to businesses and individuals. Lenise graduated from Coppin State University with a B.A. in English. She has more than 15 years’ experience in non-profit management, grant writing, program development, community & civic engagement, mentoring, and personal empowerment.
Karen Bethea Simmons – Director of Communications—Offensive Coordinator
Karen Simmons is a dedicated media professional with demonstrated achievements in diverse broadcast, cable, and NPO management environments. She served as CEO for two nonprofit organizations that service the cable industry, Baltimore Cable Access Corporation and Continental Cablevision in Los Angeles. In addition to serving as operations manager her responsibilities included marketing, strategic planning, fundraising, and grant writing and negotiations. Karen is currently the chair and principal shareholder of First Class Communications. She has 25 years’ experience in media, communications and non-profit management and her clients and former employers include: The Discovery Channel, Showtime Networks, Black Entertainment Television and TCI/United Artists Cable.
Ronald Cade – Director of Volunteer Services—Pitching Coach
Ron Cade is a product developer and entrepreneur who conceives, builds, and grows new concepts and products. He recently constructed Mob Deli, an urban service delivery app that delivers a variety services through your cell phone. Earlier he founded and served as CEO of Blank & Ocean, a one stop shop for commissioned art. Ron is a sportsman and ball player who coaches and develops young athletes. He graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in Business Administration and received his J.D from the Howard University School of Law.
Daniel Davis – Director of Program Development—Director of Player Personnel
Daniel is a lifetime athlete, footwear designer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Sivad Shoes LLC, a custom hand painted shoe company. Daniel graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Business Administration and Accounting after studying in Italy, France, and Costa Rica. He has extensive experience in financial management of research grants. One of Daniel’s strengths is his interpersonal skills. He works well with people and is an excellent communicator.
Patricia Cornwell Johnson, Esq – Director of Legal Affairs—Team Counsel
Patricia is a labor and employment attorney with extensive, executive-level human resources experience. She led the human resources office for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; she served as a senior consultant and project director for the National Academy of Public Administration; and she founded and manages The Cornwell Group, LLC through which she provides training and facilitation services, and subject matter expertise in labor and employee relations, organizational and management effectiveness, leadership development, diversity management and analysis of operational processes and procedures.
Tammi Hill Carter – Social Networking Media Manager
Tammi Hill Carter is a health care professional with extensive knowledge in medical billing & coding, restaurant management/safety, retail management, small business operations, and social networking. Tammi holds an A.A. Science Degree from Ultimate Medical Academy. Shehas a wealth of knowledge in front and back office operations; and has held many team leader and management positions. Tammi is well-versed in the leading social networking trends and an avid believer in the positive effects of youth sports.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Darryl Hill – Chairman & CEO
Darryl Hill is a bold and creative entrepreneur and human rights activist. His visionary and groundbreaking business and social activities began with his breaking the color barrier in college sports, and is culminating with his leading the development and operation of Kids Play USA. Known as the Jackie Robinson of college sports, Darryl broke the color barrier in college athletics when he became the first African American scholarship athlete to play sports for a major college in the Deep South when he played football at the University of Maryland in 1963. After football Darryl became one of the leading advocates of community economic development and minority business development when he served as the Executive Director of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Washington, DC Business Center. He was also one of the founders and the first Chairman of the National Minority Supplier and Diversity Council. Darryl then launched a noteworthy and successful business career. He organized and operated Polaris Energy Corporation which became the largest minority owned energy management company in the United States. Established in 1982, Polaris was an early advocate of green energy. He then ventured abroad and in 1991 formed Northstar International which operated forestry operations in Siberia, Russia and Brazil, and built roads in Nigeria. Darryl also founded GlobalPac, Inc which formed a joint venture with the largest paperboard packaging company in China. GlobalPac held the exclusive packing marketing rights to North America.
Bob Barry – CEO Greene Turtle Franchising
Bob Barry is a luminary in the food service industry for the Middle Atlantic Region. He is Chief Executive Officer and a principal shareholder of the Greene Turtle Franchising which is one the region’s fastest growing most successful food operations comprised of nearly 40 restaurants. After Bob joined corporate management in 2007 the Greene Turtle chain expanded rapidly and became one the area’s most popular family/ sports restaurants. Previously, Bob Barry was CEO of Bakery Resources Group/Ms Desserts in Baltimore, Maryland. He co-founded that company in 1997 merging three companies to form a national bakery manufacturer. After graduating from Florida International University in 1982 Bob held several management positions in the food service industry, including top management posts with Marriott and WR Grace. Bob Barry and the Greene Turtle are tireless supporters of charitable causes and the restaurants regularly return a portion of their profits to the communities that they serve.
Kevin Blackistone – Sports Journalist & Shirley Povich Chair at UMD
Kevin Blackistone is a longtime sports columnist, frequent panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, an occasional contributor to National Public Radio and co-author of a Gift for Ron, a memoir of former NFL star Everson Walls. Kevin is a former sports columnist for AOL Fanhouse and a columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He has covered the Olympics, World Cup, Wimbledon, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, NCAA Final Four, NFL playoffs, Tour de France, British Open, MLB Finals, world championship boxing and many other sporting events. In August 2008, he accepted the position of the Shirley Povich Chair of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he now teaches sports journalism. Kevin was a Davenport Fellow at the University of Missouri and a Wharton Business Journalism Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Marcos Bronfman – Vice President Sallie Mae
Marcos Bronfman serves as Vice President of Sallie Mae, the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. He directs financial planning and analysis at Sallie Mae and is chiefly responsible for student loan pricing and profitability analyses. Marcos is a well-regarded financial expert who joined Sallie Mae in 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University. Marcos is an avid supporter of scholastic and collegiate sports and has been an active financial and programmatic supporter of sports for young athletes.
Edward E. Cornwell, MD – Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Howard University Hospital
Dr. Eddie Cornwell is a nationally acclaimed surgeon who specializes in the in the prevention, treatment, and outcome disparities of traumatic injuries.  Dr. Cornwell has received numerous awards and citations for his efforts in education, outreach, and violence prevention and was named “Best Physician” by several magazines. He is a prolific author and dynamic speaker who is generally recognized as one of the leading experts in his field. Dr. Cornwell is also an outstanding teacher who has received major awards at every faculty position he has held and is currently the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Howard University Hospital. He has been active with and served in a  directorial capacity for a number of medical, surgical and critical care societies including, President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, President of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, and Chairman of Trauma Net of Maryland.  He currently serves as the Secretary of the American College of Surgeons.
Lee Corso – ESPN Sports Broadcaster & Analyst
Lee Corso has been featured on ESPN’s College GameDay program since its inception in 1987. He also appeared annually as a commentator in EA Sports’ NCAA Football through NCAA Football 11. In the off season, Corso serves as Director of Business Development for Dixon Ticonderoga, a Florida based pencil manufacturing company. Corso played college football at Florida State University. He served as the head football coach at the University of Louisville (1969–1972), Indiana University (1973–1982), and Northern Illinois University (1984); compiling a career college football record of 73–85–6.
Willarda Edwards, MD – Physician & Past Pres. of the National Medical Association
Dr. Edwards is the past president of the National Medical Association (NMA) and is an internist in a private practice in Baltimore. She has served as assistant dean of Student and Faculty Development at the University Of Maryland School of Medicine. She has also held various national offices in both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Medical Association (NMA). She is currently a delegate to the AMA from Maryland and a past president of the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi). Her leadership experience includes serving as national director of the NAACP’s Health Advocacy Division and as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA). In 2003 Dr. Edwards received Maryland’s Top One Hundred Women award.
Len Elmore – TV Sports Journalist, Attorney, and Basketball Star
Len Elmore is a television sports commentator who works for ESPN and CBS. He also currently covers the NCAA Tournament for CBS and has covered the NBA for ESPN/ABC. A practicing attorney, Len received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987 and began his law career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He recently served as Senior Counsel with LeBoeuf,Lamb, Greene & MacRae in New York City. Len was an All-American basketball player at the University of Maryland and was voted one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Top 50 Greatest Basketball Players. He was a first round draft pick in the National Basketball Association, where he played professional basketball for ten years. Len also served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Maryland. Prior to the Board of Trustees, he served on the University System of Maryland Foundation Board. Len also served on the Board of The National Basketball Retired Players Association, where he was elected President of the Board and acted in the capacity of CEO.
Denise Erkeneff – Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Denise Erkeneff owns R&D Design and Marketing which specializes in action sports, youth culture and entertainment clients. She has served on many industry boards over the years, including two years as President of the Orange County Advertising Federation and five years on their executive board. She also served three terms as Governor, District 15 American Advertising Federation (AAF), concurrently sitting on the National Board of Directors for the AAF. Denise also served as Chairman of the Board of District 15 AAF, donating much of her time to creative recognition/awards programs and the National Student Advertising Competition. She also co-founded Digital Orange County, a new media/technology networking organization, in 2000.
Norman Hampton – Int’l Governmental Executive
Norman Hampton has a 35 year history of providing successful technical support to international development organizations, the electric utility industry, and to the US Federal government. He has worked with the United Nations, the World Bank, and the US Agency for International Development throughout the world including Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Northern Africa, and Latin America. He led an effort for the US Department of Education which led to a report to the US Congress proposing a methodology for the development of a US education performance index. As a volunteer, he has served for many years as a Mayor and Council appointed member of several boards and commissions, and for the past 13 years, as a mentor of at risk young men.
Alan Horowitz – Pres. Mainstream Global Solutions and Former Managing Executive for Microsoft
Al Horowitz is the President of MainStream Global Solutions, a leading Management Consulting firm, focusing on helping public and private sector clients increase their performance and sustain gains in a culture of continuous improvement. Mainstream GC is a team of customer centric problem solvers who utilize a unique blend of Strategy Deployment, Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), Cultural Change Management, Program Management and IT Advisory Services skills. Prior to launching Mainstream GS Al Horowitz was the General Manager World Wide Public Sector Services for Microsoft Corporation. In three years Al increased sales of his division from $400 million to $700 million. He has served on a number of boards and commissions and is strong supporter of sports and athletic programs.
Michael Johnson – Pres. of UrbanCore Development
Michael Johnson has over thirty years of experience in urban real estate development, and is the current President and CEO of UrbanCore Development, LLC; a Bay Area real estate development company. He has grown the company to be one of the largest minority owned businesses in the Bay Area. The company has completed over $500 Million in project development activity, including over 3,000 housing units and several mixed-use projects. Johnson serves on the boards of National Development Collaborative, a national non-profit affordable housing developer, and the Urban Preservation Foundation. He was an All Atlantic Coast Conference performer in track when a student at the University of Maryland.
Patricia Cornwell Johnson – Labor and Employment Attorney
Patricia Cornwell Johnson is a labor and employment attorney who currently serves as General Counsel for the Department of Human Resources of the District of Columbia Government. Ms. Johnson formerly led the human resources office for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and she served as a senior consultant and project director for the National Academy of Public Administration. She founded and manages The Cornwell Group, LLC through which she provides training and facilitation services, and subject matter expertise in labor and employee relations, organizational and management effectiveness, leadership development, and diversity management.
Clifton Francis Macer, III – Law Enforcement Official
Clifton Macer served 25 years with the Baltimore City Police where he was decorated with two Bronze Stars and a Silver Star all for bravery. After retiring with the rank of Detective Sergeant he joined the Howard County Police and has been actively involved in police programs for troubled youth. Detective Macer also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21. He is a former college athlete and played semi-professional football for several years. Detective Mercer is a strong and active supporter of youth sports programs and is expert in the importance of sports in deterring juvenile delinquency.
Barry Myers – Senior Partner with Krupin Partners
Barry Myers is an award winning wealth management and insurance expert, and is currently a Senior Partner with Krupin Partners, LLC; a Los Angeles based wealth management company that implements sophisticated insurance-based strategies for high net worth individuals, executives and families. Krupin Partners’ clients include some of the world’s most successful entertainers, athletes and executives, and their advisors. He was formerly a partner at Provident Mutual Insurance; now Nationwide Insurance.
Renaldo Nehemiah – Track & Field Legend and Sports Management Exec.
Renaldo Nehemiah is one of the most outstanding athletes in the history of American track and field. He dominated the 110 m hurdle event from 1978 until 1981 and was the world record holder and the first man to run the high hurdles in under 13 seconds. He was ranked number one in the world for four straight years. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Male Athlete of the Year for an unprecedented three straight years. Renaldo, familiarly known as Skeets, also played pro football in the National Football League as a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers from 1982 to 1985. He is in The USA Track and Field Hall of Fame. Currently, Renaldo serves as World Wide Director of Track and Field for Octagon, a world leader in sports marketing, talent representation, event management, entertainment marketing, and research.
Michael Olmert – Professor, Emmy-winning Screenwriter & Author
Michael Olmert is an accomplished screen writer, author and a professor of English at the University of Maryland. Olmert is specialist in the history of sports. His PhD thesis was on the influence of sport, games, and play on medieval literature, including Chaucer and medieval drama. He has written five books, three feature films, an IMAX film, three stage plays, and over ninety television documentaries. He has also won three Primetime Emmy Awards. He wrote both the stage and biopic movie screenplay of the life of Darryl Hill, called Moving the Chains.
Tim Watkins – Pres. of Renegade Communications
Tim Watkins is the President and CEO of the multi-faceted strategic advertising agency, production and corporate communications company, Renegade Communications, which is one of the largest self contained agencies in the Mid-Atlantic Region, serving an array of major corporations. Tim is also a producer and director who directed and produced the four-time award-winning documentary In the Face of Evil: Regan’s War in Word and Deed; and Our Lady of Guadalupe, a recent documentary. Tim serves on the board of a number of foundations and civic organizations and is an avid organizer and participant in recreational baseball and softball.
Astril Webb, MD – Physician, Pres. of Healthy Kinder, Inc
Dr. Astril Webb is the Founder and President of Healthy Kinder, Inc a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy lifestyles for families in lower socioeconomic areas. With Over 15 years of senior level experience in the medical profession, her primary focus has been in the areas of health education, prevention and wellness focusing on community-based outreach. Dr. Webb also serves as the Director of Health and Family Services Division at North American Management. The Health Group has been primarily engaged in assisting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services support its funded community health centers to better serve underserved communities. She has also served as a medical advisor to the Founding Chairs for The Health Kids Coalition, a National Alliance of Organizations formed to support Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign.
Clarence Wooten – Pres. of Groupsites.com & IT Entrepreneur
Coined a serial entrepreneur by Entrepreneur Magazine, Clarence Wooten has founded and driven three Internet startups to successful outcomes. Metamorphosis Studios acquired in 1998 by MetaSolv Inc.; ImageCafe.com, acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions in 1999 just 7 months after it launched; and currently, Groupsite.com (formerly CollectiveX), a profitable social collaboration platform with more than 40,000 customers. Clarence is very well regarded in Silicon Valley both by the IT community and venture capitalists; and he currently has dynamic new ventures under development that’s attracting attention across the industry. Clarence serves on the Dean’s advisory board at Johns Hopkins University School of Business and on the Board of Trustees for the University of Philadelphia. He has been cited as distinguished alumni at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Clarence is very active in the community and is a staunch advocate of affordable sports for youth.
Jennifer Neubauer – Corporate Attorney, DLA Piper
Kids Play USA Corporate Counsel