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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
David B. Fein, Standard Charter PLC
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 Partners
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 nonprofit 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 the organization's profile across the country while successfully channeling its fundraising power to achieve staggering results. For 12 consecutive years, 100% of students have graduated from the Jeter's Leaders program and attended college. In the last five years, the program placed students in 135 paid internships through an initiative Sharlee created. And 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. Sharlee is also spearheading Turn 2's hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Miami and the Florida Keys.

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's division of Jeter Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster launched in 2014 that has released New York Times bestseller, The Contract, its followup, Hit & Miss, and most recently, Changeup.

Sharlee is the co-author of a powerful, highly anticipated book released in 2018. Co-written by Dr. Sampson Davis, The Stuff: Unlock Your Power to Overcome Challenges, Soar and Succeed, was inspired by the authors' own personal challenges and is intended to inspire 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 will work 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 STAUFFER, Development Coordinator

Jonelle Stauffer joined the Turn 2 Foundation in September 2016 as Development Coordinator. 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.

SIMONA VAREIKAITE, Program Coordinator

Simona Vareikaite is a 2012 graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. As Program Coordinator, Simona is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the Jeter's Leaders Program. Working in conjunction with the Program Director, she serves as the liaison to the parents and students, as well as facilitates workshops and activities that enhance the growth of program participants. Simona is from Panevezys, Lithuania, and currently resides in the Bronx, New York.

JESSICA CONNOR, New York Jeter's Leaders Coordinator

Jessica Connor joined the Turn 2 Foundation in March 2018 as an administrative assistant and currently serves as the New York Jeter's Leaders program coordinator. In this role, Jessica ensures the implementation and success of the program, from running program meetings, to scheduling and planning community events, to interviewing new applicants.

Prior to joining Turn 2, Jessica served as an orientation leader at Binghamton University, where she worked closely with freshmen and transfer students during the orientation process to help them select their courses and adjust to college life, in addition to working with parents on financial aid decisions. Jessica previously worked as an art supervisor at Project HAPPY, an organization which aims to address the needs of those with disabilities by providing opportunities for structured physical activities, sports and community building within a supportive and enriching environment. In this role, she designed programs for children and teenagers with disabilities and assisted children in their daily activities. Jessica also served as an international art associate on cruise ships, where she sold art to guests on board, presented at events and live auctions, and managed logistical planning worldwide.

A Philadelphia native, Jessica now resides in Queens, New York. She earned her degree in creative writing and global culture with a minor in studio art from SUNY Binghamton University. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys traveling, hula hooping and hiking.

ANNELI MARCELES, Executive Assistant to the President

Anneli Marceles joined the Turn 2 Foundation in August 2018 as executive assistant to the president, Sharlee Jeter. In this capacity, Anneli works closely with Sharlee Jeter to manage Turn 2's day-to-day operations and special events.

Before joining Turn 2, Anneli worked at fashion company Mamiye Brothers, Inc., where she assisted the chief executive officer, treasurer, vice president, chairman and divisional president with various administrative tasks and helped track and organize inventory samples.

Raised in the Lower East Side of New York City, Anneli currently lives in Queens, New York. She holds a degree in communications with a minor in business management from St. John's University. Anneli enjoys hiking, camping, reading and spending time with her family.

GERARD SARGENT, New York Jeter's Leaders Program Director

Gerard Sargent joined the Turn 2 Foundation in January 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.

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.

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