David L. Adams
David has 20+ years of domestic and international strategy and business development experience in both Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial ventures. What’s important to David is family and being a contribution to others so they can fulfill on what’s important to them.
Besides being responsible for business development and marketing for Factory Automation at SICK, Inc., he co-founded The Vélo Project to equip leaders and teams to more effectively steward time through coaching, technology and development of new productivity habits. David has a BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and an MBA from Thunderbird in Phoenix, AZ.
Allishia Bauman is a proud Jacksonville, FL native, She is a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville and received her Bachelor’s Degree from The American Women's College at Bay Path University for Organizational and Leadership Studies. Currently in her fourth year at City Year Jacksonville, Allishia is now Chief of Staff. She is a board member for the Leading Ladies 904 group, a Leadership Jacksonville-Collegiate Experience alum, the co-host for this year's Eve Women's Summit, a current Delores Barr Weaver Fellow with the Women's Giving Alliance and the Executive Producer for TedxFSCJ. Allishia co-founded the #withlovejax and #withloveworld movement and was proud to give a Ted talk about the movement at the 2016 TedxFSCJ main event. Above all else she is a proud wife to her husband Joshua and a loving bonus mom to her 14 year old bonus daughter, Esperanza.
Sacha is a grateful dad, husband, and licensed master social worker in Houston, TX. Earning graduate degrees in Law and Social Policy as well as Social Work, he has dedicated his professional career to advocating for at-risk children and families in schools and communities. As a psycho-social therapeutic educator and mentor, he has received awards and recognition for his creative programming, compassionate relationship development, and enthusiastic community engagement. Sacha joined New Politics as a facilitator because he believes that our communities are strengthened when leaders exemplify the value of service and the appreciation of diversity.
Damond Ford is a Richmond, VA native. Damond served with AmeriCorps in City Year New Hampshire for two years. During his second year of service Damond was awarded the Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal Bridge Builder Award. After his years of national service Damond joined the staff at City Year for three more years as an Impact Manager. He left City Year to join the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. While at the SC Coalition Damond help create the statewide manual for providing services to LGBTQIA survivors. Damond is now with the Mindful Advantage, a youth development non profit, as Regional Director. Damond lives in Charlotte, NC with his beautiful wife and two smart and strong daughters, Cleo and Reed.
Kristin Fox-Trautman is a consultant with 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She earned her BA from Rhodes College and her MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of Memphis. The focus of her work has been in education/youth development, with seven years spent as a VP for BRIDGES where she led a team of 10+ full-time/40+ part-time staff and AmeriCorps members who engaged 5,000+ youth annually. Her skills and experiences include strategic planning, grant writing, staff training/team building, program evaluation, program development, and cross-cultural community building. She loves living in Memphis with her husband and two daughters.
Calvin Guyer is a consultant and small business coach with a 30+ year career as a military officer and in various roles within the financial services sector. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University. He is a Certified Financial Planner and received his formal coach training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC). For the last five years he has worked with small and emerging businesses on team leadership and organizational structure issues. He is certified in and conducts workshops on Emotional Intelligence and adapts those concepts in his facilitation and coaching practice. He continuously looks to use his Strengths of Learner, Responsibility, Beliefs, Harmony, and Analytical in his life’s work. Calvin is married, a father of four, and resides in Rochester, MN.
Megan Heron is originally from Pennsylvania, and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida.Currently residing in Memphis, TN, Megan has worked with City Year in San Antonio and Memphis for the past 8 years. Throughout her life Megan has been passionate about education and volunteerism. She has worked as a tutor for elementary through high school students, volunteered as a reading buddy and has been a proud Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past 6 years. Megan also holds certifications in Youth Development and Nonprofit Management, and hopes to return to school for her Master’s in Public Administration.
Ron Gubitz is a lifelong educator who infuses his love of music into his work with young people. He is the Leadership Coach for the Turnaround Arts program with The Kennedy Center. From 2011-2016, he served as principal of ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans, leading the Pre-K through 4th grade academy. A graduate of Indiana University, Ron began his career in St. Louis teaching high school English. He founded an AP program, and the first high school chapter of Hip Hop Congress, using hip hop as an educational medium to promote youth voice and expression. Ron is dedicated to making sure New Orleans stays funky.
Samantha Joseph is a mid-career MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. Previously, Samantha worked at the Cambridge Innovation Center where she developed innovation districts throughout the United States. Samantha also built the corporate responsibility function at Iron Mountain, where she managed all philanthropic, environmental and diversity programs. Samantha has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from Brandeis University.
Lisa works at City Year Headquarters in Boston and is an alumna of City Year Chicago. After serving as an Americorps member, Lisa taught English abroad in China for one year and then in Bosnia-Herzegovina through a Fulbright grant. These experiences, along with her undergraduate studies in government, have informed her interest in civic engagement. She started as a facilitator for Answering the Call in January 2017. Lisa lives in Boston with her husband and their black lab. In any spare time she enjoys reading, baking, traveling, taking photos, and sporadically knitting.
Dr. Sydney Merz
Sydney Merz is a Nebraskan native who served two tours with the United States Peace Corps in Armenia (2006-08) and the Philippines (2008-10) as a teacher and teacher educator. She has been politically active since the age of 5, marching in local parades and placing signs for local, state and national campaigns. She has worked in higher education as a teacher educator and student affairs professional, as well as the American Civics Center as the Program Manager. Syd received her Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University, and currently serves as the Learning and Evaluation Director for City Year Cleveland.
Laura G. Perez was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Development emphasis, and a Certificate in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies from UW-Madison. Laura served as a Senior Corps Member with City Year Milwaukee from 2010-2012. She then worked at Milwaukee College Prep, 38th Street from 2012-2016 in four different roles: Educational Assistant, After-school Director, Regular Education Teacher, and Special Education Teacher. Laura is currently the Special Projects Manager at City Year Milwaukee and is in her 4th year serving as the site’s Alumni Board Chair. She is also a volunteer with Common Ground Wisconsin.
Chris Potter is an impact manager at City Year New Hampshire, leading a team of volunteer tutors and role models. Chris is also involved in a number of local organizations, including Granite State Organizing Project and the Episcopal Church, where he is in discernment to be ordained a Deacon. Based on a belief in the power of community to positively affect individual behavior, Chris is committed to staying in Manchester and working to foster a more equitable and inclusive society there.
Lynn Williams worked in media, marketing, and communications throughout her career, until turning her focus to public policy and advocacy. A fifth-generation Nashvillian, she served on the city’s Metro Council for two terms (1999-2007) and retired under term limits. She worked as a grassroots organizer for a national health care association, mobilizing and registering voters in eight Southeastern states, and is currently state director of government relations for a national non-profit organization, in Tennessee. She is a trained conflict mediator, and holds a BA and MS in Mass Communication.
Susanna Williams is an independent management consultant in Brooklyn, New York, focused on workforce development. She received a BA in politics from Earlham College, where she was a Bonner Scholar, and a MS in education from Bank Street College of Education, where she was an America Reads tutor. Susanna was the campaign manager for a mayoral race and a state legislative race, as well as chair of the 37th District Democrats in Seattle, before returning to New York City in 2014. Her goal is to slowly run a 5K every month this year.