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OUR TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Derek Jeter, Founder and Chairman
Dr. S. Charles Jeter, Vice Chairman
Dorothy C. Jeter, Treasurer
Sharlee Jeter, Secretary
Nneka A. Frye, Member
Gerald F. Williams, Member

RESOURCE COUNCIL

David Addams, Graustein Memorial Fund
Dannie Alexander, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Rachel Ascher, Goldman Sachs
Jeff Barker, Bank of America
Kimberly Barr, Bronson Health Care Group
Rebecca Bast, Bast Financial Group
Phil Carra, ApJohn Group
Julie Connors, Bloomberg
Kim Ditomasso, Ditto Consulting
Gregory J. Fleming, Rockefeller Capital Management
John P. Fontana    
Lauren Goldstein    
Scott Hocevar, Scott's Sports Cards, Coins & Jewelry
Jonathan Koch, The Law Offices of Jonathan C. Koch  
Martha Korman-Zumwalt, Crossroads Advisorsory
Timothy Lemanski, Community Volunteer
Diane Marquess, Turn 2 Foundation Program Consultant
Denise Masella, CHUBB
Lori B. Monserrat, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partner
Jim O'Rourke, Arrow Fastener Co. LLC
Joel Orosz, Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Derrick Ricca, Greenleaf Hospitality Group
Gregory Sauter, Crossroads Advisory
Todd Smith, Pledge It
Geoff Walker, Driving Force Group, Inc.
Gregg A. Walker, G.A. Walker, LLC
Moses L. Walker    
Cheryl Washington, Essex County College
Tamer Yousseff, Fusion Pharmaceuticals
Bryan Zocher, Kalamazoo RESA

SHARLEE JETER, President

Sharlee Jeter is president of the Turn 2 Foundation, a non-profit established by Derek Jeter in 1996 to help young people reach their full potential by fostering leadership development, academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and social change.

Since she assumed leadership of Turn 2 in 2010, Sharlee has taken the Foundation to new heights, elevating its profile across the country while successfully channeling its fundraising power to achieve staggering results, as demonstrated by its signature Jeter's Leaders initiative. For 14 consecutive years, 100 percent of high school students have graduated from the Jeter's Leaders program and attended college. In the last seven years, the program placed students in 179 paid internships through an initiative Sharlee created. In 2017, Turn 2 permanently endowed its fourth college scholarship, the UNCF/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Jeter's Leaders graduate to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). In 2019, Turn 2 donated $100,000 to UNCF to help fund scholarships for eligible high school graduates attending HBCUs, and Sharlee was honored by the organization with the Keeper of the Flame award.

In addition to her role at Turn 2, Sharlee is vice president of strategy and development for Jeter Ventures, which encompasses Derek's full portfolio of business operations. She also oversees the children and adult divisions of Jeter Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster launched in 2014 that has released New York Times Bestseller The Contract, its follow-up, Hit & Miss, and most recently, Change Up. Additionally, Sharlee serves on the Women's National Basketball Players Association's board of advocates.

Sharlee is co-author of a powerful book with Dr. Sampson Davis titled, The STUFF: Unlock Your Power to Overcome Challenges, Soar and Succeed. The STUFF was inspired by the authors' own personal challenges and is intended to empower readers to recognize their own strength and potential to succeed.

Sharlee began her involvement with the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996 as a high school volunteer. At the age of 18, she was named to the board of directors. In 2002, she joined the Foundation full-time as program director, developing a number of successful initiatives, including a partnership with The St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in the Bronx that led to the integration of the deaf into many Turn 2 programs and events in New York and Michigan. Sharlee was promoted to director of development in 2004, and in 2007, she was named vice president.

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sharlee graduated in 1997 from Kalamazoo Central High School and received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 2001 from Spelman College in Atlanta. Sharlee currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her son, Jalen.

FRANLI GUZMAN, Vice President

The Turn 2 Foundation promoted Franli Guzman to vice president in May 2016. In his new role, Franli works closely with Sharlee to lead the foundation, while overseeing all programming efforts.

Franli joined the Turn 2 Foundation in July 2011 as program coordinator, and in 2015 was promoted to program director. Since joining Turn 2, Franli has played a key role in overseeing and evaluating all program operations, while also serving as a liaison between Turn 2 and its partners and sponsors. Franli also is integral to the planning and implementation of the annual Turn 2 Holiday Express and the bi-annual Jeter's Leaders Social Change Projects and Leadership Conferences.

Franli began his involvement with Turn 2 as a baseball coach at Camp Sussex in 2005 and continued to serve as a coach at the New York City Baseball Clinics from 2006 through 2010, before joining the Foundation staff the following year. Prior to Turn 2, he was a project coordinator in information technology services, where he managed the full recruitment cycle of information technology professionals and field resources on numerous large-scale projects nationwide.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Franli currently resides in New York City and holds a degree in sociology from Stony Brook University. During his free time, Franli enjoys reading, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.

JONELLE MASCIOTTI, Development Coordinator

Jonelle Stauffer joined the Turn 2 Foundation in Sept. 2016 as development coordinator and was promoted to director of development in Sept. 2018. In this role, she serves as the primary contact in managing key relationships with consultants, sponsors, vendors and partners.

Prior to Turn 2, Jonelle worked at the United States Tennis Association for seven years. She began as an entertainment assistant, where she played a key role in managing annual events, celebrity appearances and administrative functions. During her time at the organization, Jonelle also served as a business operations assistant, responsible for graphic allocation, commercial trafficking and production summaries in the broadcast department.

Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, Jonelle currently resides in Ossining, New York, and earned her bachelor's degree in entertainment sports promotion management and business management from Northwood University. She enjoys cooking, hiking and other outdoor activities, and she particularly loves the fall and winter seasons. Jonelle values family and takes pride in coming from a big family of five siblings and seven nieces and nephews.

JOHANNA DESROSIERS, Executive Assistant to the President

Johanna Desrosiers joined the Turn 2 Foundation in Oct. 2015 as the assistant to the president and was promoted in Sept. 2016 to executive assistant to the president. In this capacity, Johanna works closely with Sharlee Jeter to manage Turn 2's day-to-day operations and special events.

Previously, Johanna was the personal assistant to a TV personality and fashion designer. She has also worked with a wedding photojournalist to support photoshoots. Born in New York and raised in West Orange, New Jersey, she earned her bachelor's degree in social services from Montclair State University. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, scrapbooking, outdoor activities and traveling.

SIMONA BETTON, Director of Programs

A New York Jeter's Leaders alumna, Simona Betton returned to the Turn 2 Foundation after college to serve as an intern in June 2012 and began as a full-time employee later that year. Throughout her seven-year career at the Foundation, Simona has held various roles and currently serves as director of programs. 

In her position, Simona oversees the New York and Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders programs, and plays a lead role in planning, organizing and executing key events, including college tours, community service projects and the Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference. She also works collaboratively with partners and directors to maximize the efficiency of program operations. 

Simona graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology. She resides in the Bronx, and her hobbies include playing basketball, spending time with friends and family and participating in outdoor activities. Simona is grateful for her experiences as a Jeter's Leader and is passionate about helping future Leaders achieve their full potential. 

"Coming back to work at the Turn 2 Foundation as an employee was my way of giving back for everything the Jeter's Leaders program had done for me," she said.

HANNAH PEREZ, Office Manager

Hannah Perez joined the Turn 2 Foundation in Nov. 2018 as office manager. In this role, she manages the New York office, builds and maintains office-vendor relationships, serves as a liaison for accounting, provides support with Kalamazoo office needs and oversees our college interns.

Prior to Turn 2, Hannah worked at healthcare start-up Zocdoc, where she managed construction and renovation projects, planned events with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, managed operational vendor accounts and helped oversee the facility, catering and operations teams.

Hannah grew up in Colorado and currently resides in New York City. She earned her bachelor's degree in international trade and marketing with a minor in economics from the Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys rafting, hot yoga, skiing and exploring different cultures through food and travel. She also values spending time with her family and their four dogs in Colorado.

IVELISE RAMOS, Administrative Assistant

Ivelise Ramos joined Turn 2 in Nov. 2018 as an administrative assistant. She assists with key initiatives across multiple departments, including programs and events, inventory management, vendor relationships, board meetings, office mailing and data entry.

Prior to Turn 2, Ivelise served as an administrative assistant to the president of Kalimian Equities and was responsible for managing and distributing information within the office, maintaining files and inventory, and organizing meetings and events.

A New York City native, Ivelise studied early childhood development at Touro College. She enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family.

GERARD SARGENT, New York Jeter's Leaders Program Director

Gerard Sargent joined the Turn 2 Foundation in Jan. 2018 as New York Jeter's Leaders program director. In this role, he creates initiatives for effective youth leadership practices in accordance with the program's core strategies, focusing on engaging youth in leadership development, encouraging and supporting learning, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Before joining Turn 2, Gerard worked for the Jewish Community Center as head youth coach, where he was responsible for developing and implementing sports programming for children with special needs and disabilities. He supported multiple areas of program operations, including curriculum development, membership, instruction and administration. Gerard also mentored junior staff members and conducted group training sessions on staff communication and youth development. With more than a decade of experience working in youth programming, Gerard's passion for helping teenagers become future leaders shines through in each of his endeavors.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Gerard attended Hunter College where he received his bachelor's degrees in economics and media studies. He also holds a master's degree in urban policy and leadership. Gerard enjoys yoga, boxing, basketball and reading in his spare time.

JESSICA CONNOR, New York Jeter's Leaders Coordinator

Jessica Connor joined Turn 2 as a temporary administrative assistant in March 2018, and was hired full-time as the New York Jeter's Leaders program coordinator in August 2018. In her current role, she oversees scheduling for program meetings and community service activities, organizes recruitment information sessions and assists with planning college tours, social change projects, the Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference and banquets.

Prior to Turn 2, Jessica served as a supervisor for an art department at Project Happy, where she worked with special needs students. Previously, she was as an art associate on cruise ships, where she delivered presentations and seminars, created inventory trackers and engaged with cruise guests about the artwork.

Jessica grew up in Souderton, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Queens. She graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in creative writing and global culture, as well as a minor in studio art with a concentration in painting. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys traveling, hula hooping and hiking.

DR. HAROLD SWIFT, Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders Program Director

Harold Swift joined the Turn 2 Foundation in May 2018 as Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders program director. Harold plays a key role in developing the program and promoting the core values of the Turn 2 Foundation, while creating new partnerships and strengthening relationships with previous program partners. As program director, Harold works to motivate the young people in the Jeter's Leaders program to excel in school, lead healthy lifestyles and serve as leaders in their communities.

Prior to Turn 2, Harold served as a priority school and community specialist at Woodward Elementary School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During his time there, Harold connected families with social service programs and mental health services. 

Harold grew up in Kalamazoo, where he currently resides with his wife, Kari, and two sons, Delvin and Wilson. He received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in psychology and criminal justice. Harold earned his master's degree in sports administration, as well as his Ph.D. in educational leadership at Western Michigan University. In his spare time, Harold enjoys being with his family, weight training, coaching basketball, writing and reading self-development books.

ANDREA ROBERSTON, Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders Program Coordinator

Andrea Robertson joined the Turn 2 Foundation in Nov. 2018. As program coordinator for the Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders, she builds relationships with the Jeter's Leaders, develops plans to foster academic achievement, helps students explore career options and assists the program director in addressing participation and academic needs.

Previously, Andrea served as a case manager for Kalamazoo County in Michigan, working for Healthy Babies Healthy Start. In this role, she provided care coordination services to high-risk pregnant women and served as a liaison between clients and medical, mental health and social service agencies.

Originally from Inglewood, California, Andrea currently lives in Kalamazoo. She earned a bachelor of science in general studies with a minor in sociology from Western Michigan University. In Andrea's free time, she enjoys volunteering in her community and at her local church.

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