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OUR TEAM

Executive Director

JHAE 
THOMPSON

Over the last 15 years, Jhae Thompson has provided strategic leadership and organizational vision, including leadership roles with Community Youth Advance, Horton’s Kids, Higher Achievement – Baltimore, and District of Columbia Public Schools.

Before working in the educational and nonprofit industries, Jhae spent five years working in corporate for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna, Inc as a marketing professional supporting strategic sales and customer communication.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Master of Arts from LaSalle University, and completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

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STAN
DRYEV

Director of Mixed Martial Arts

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Stan has been training and competing in Martial Arts for 15+ years. He is proficient in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Western Boxing, with an undefeated record.

 

He has worked with children and young adults for over a decade, with a focus on building a culture of trust, confidence and work-ethic.

 

As a consultant, he initiated and refined the Boxing and Muay Thai programs for Warren Levi Martial Arts.

 

Stan holds a B.A. in Political Science & Minor in Psychology from CUNY - Queens College.

KALIMA
GILKES

Director of Education

Kalima is a seasoned professional with 16+ years in education and community development. She began her career as a Founding Teacher at Success Academy Charter School, teaching kindergarten to fourth grade before transitioning to a Lab-Site Science Teacher.

 

She later became an AP/Instructional Coach in the Bronx, where she spearheaded transformative education and DEI initiatives. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising Design, Kalima is dedicated to enhancing staff training and fostering a culture of continuous learning in the Harlem community. 

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RENEE
DAISE

Operations Manager

As a Harlem native, Renee brings a wealth of administrative,  operations, and human resources experience to the team.

 

Renee will support enrollment, facilities management, and partnership management for Hit the Books.

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