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Executive Director


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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Director of Mixed Martial Arts


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.


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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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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