Board of Directors
The Board of BCYF is comprised of individuals with a storied and well-documented history of community impact in Baltimore. Interested in joining a future meeting? Visit our Board Meetings page.
Board Member & Avis Ransom Institute Alumnus
Board Member & Avis Ransom Institute Alumnus
Tiera Hawkes, Esq. is a native of Baltimore and is a juvenile defense attorney with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In this role, Tiera represents and advocates for children under the age of 18 in juvenile court and kids charged as adults in criminal court. Tiera has a genuine and instinctive passion to advocate for the most marginalized in our society – those who are often unheard, disregarded, and disrespected by a system that every day fails to see their basic humanity. Tiera serves on the Baltimore City’s newly formed Administrative Charging Committee which reviews complaints of police misconduct and issues discipline. Additionally, Tiera is a member on her church’s leadership board and handles all its finances as well as providing legal guidance to the church and its members. Tiera’s interests include juvenile delinquency and its disproportionate effect on children of color, police accountability and criminal justice reform efforts including bail reform, probation reform and expungements. Tiera is committed to serving Baltimore City youth and engaging with organizations and services who are heavily invested in the overall enrichment of Baltimore City. Tiera’s passion for the work she does comes from values instilled from her social worker mother, her Christian upbringing, and her pure love for Baltimore City and its people. Tiera is a dog mom, who loves traveling with her homegirls, watching crime shows and a good cup of coffee with flavored creamer.
Britt Hayes is a dedicated communication professional with a passion for making a positive impact through non-profit work and meaningful missions. Focused on leveraging effective communication strategies to amplify the voices of non-profit organizations dedicated to social and environmental causes, she firmly believes in the power of storytelling to inspire action, raise awareness, and drive change.
As a communication professional, Britt has worked for a local mission centric organizations, including the Y of Central Maryland, Somebody Cares Baltimore, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by non-profit organizations, Britt has developed experience in creating compelling narratives that resonate with diverse audiences. She excels in developing integrated communication plans that encompass various channels, including traditional media, digital platforms, and social media.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Britt remains actively engaged in her community, volunteering her time and expertise to support and advocate for meaningful missions with passion and enthusiasm, including the Down Syndrome Association of Maryland, the Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore, and her neighborhood association of Ten Hills.
Britt recently celebrated her 18th wedding anniversary and is a mother of four. She and her family are proud to call Baltimore City home.
Chan’nel Williams Howard was born in Baltimore City and is a proud product of the Baltimore City Public Schools. She attended Charles Carroll of Carollton and Harford Heights Elementary Schools, Southeast Middle School and proudly graduated from Western High School as a part of the class of 1995. Chan’nel received her bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University, her Master’s degree from University of Phoenix, and is in pursuit of her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from Walden University.
She is a woman of strong faith and unwaveringly believes and looks for Divine timing, opportunity and placement
Chan’nel heralds her greatest accomplishment as being a mom. She has three beautiful children Jonathan, Benjamin, and Aubree and a host of “band children” from her over 12 years as a band director at Northeast Middle School.
Chan’nel has proudly served Baltimore City Public Schools for 22 years where the bulk of her work was as a middle school band director. During the height of her teaching career Chan’nel’s middle school band had 65 members not including band front. In the latter years of her classroom teaching experience Chan’nel was a general music teacher at Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy.
Chan’nel started her service as Coordinator of Fine Arts in June, 2017. Through the development and nurturing of partnerships within the fine arts community Baltimore City Public Schools Fine Arts landscape is flourishing.
Accomplishments to include the finalization and launch of the Baltimore City Public Schools Fine Arts Strategic Plan, the creation and addition of 120 new vacancies within arts disciplines across the district, more focused and intentional curriculum revisions that support culturally relevant teaching strategies implementation, the relevancy of student choice, voice, and agency reflected in artistic processes, and professional development that supports teacher voice and choice presented in true conference style.
Chan’nel has strategically worked to establish more instrumental music opportunities for elementary and middle school students to support and sustain high school band and orchestra programs. She has revitalized a partnership between The Save The Music Foundation and City Schools to help reinstitute general music packages to elementary schools to develop requisite skills in instrument performance that supports middle school specialization and high school depth of study opportunities in that discipline.
Her work to build partnerships that support community efforts as well as fine arts opportunities for City Schools students and to develop curriculum that celebrates the students and families that are serviced by City Schools are the most important aspects of her work as coordinator of fine arts for City Schools.
Lisa Mollock is a passionate advocate for Baltimore’s youth and young adults – particularly youth violence prevention. In 2016, she founded Let’s Thrive Baltimore – which works to divert youth from gun violence by teaching them conflict resolution, heal from youth from their personal trauma, and assisting their families in prospering. She currently volunteers for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In her role as the Baltimore lead, she has worked on legislation that prevents guns from coming into the hands of young people.
John Morris is the former Dean of the School of Urban Planning & Community Economic Development at Sojourner Douglass College. He is an attorney with a long track record of community development work. He is co-founder of Change4Real, a resident-led development effort in Oldtown. He was a founding and long-serving Director on the Board for Associated Black Charities.
Marcus Pollack is an experienced advocate for youth development in Baltimore City. He has professional experience in designing processes to achieve youth development. through the creation of a youth standard for program interoperability, integration, and accountability.
He has served as the co-investigator of a groundbreaking study of youth resilience to drugs, violence, and criminality. His work was concentrated in the South Baltimore Youth Center and the Washington D.C. Boys and Girls Club.
Marcus has also previously served as the Chief of Operations for the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, providing executive oversight of Career and Youth Development Centers.
Nellie Power is a lifelong Baltimore City resident who cares deeply about the local political and social landscape. A clinical social worker whose career started as a child and family therapist, she has held roles of increasing and expanded responsibility and currently serves the community as Chief Program Officer at the Maryland Family Network. She is interested in serving on the Board of the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund in order to contribute to the funds’ goals around racial equity, intergenerational leadership, community ownership and collective decision making. While her employment experiences have included the oversight of programs ostensibly developed to support families and children ‘in need’, she has both been witness to and the professional beneficiary of an inequitable and inevitable distribution of funding and resources to ‘experienced’, often white-led groups, perpetuating and amplifying the very inequities those programs were established to address. She is eager to support BCYF’s efforts which deliberately disrupt structural injustice as well as to bring the wisdom of the BCYF collective to bear in her professional and personal life.
Larry Carlton Simmons Jr.
Larry Carlton Simmons Jr. is a West Baltimore native and Edmonson Village resident. He has over twenty years of experience in directing youth and community development programs, community organizing, coordinating city-wide services and program initiatives.
Larry managed the multi-million dollar budget of the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant through Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA), As a result of his work by building partnerships and a community granting program – ReCast has granted over 2 million dollars to grassroots organizations.
His is the current Board Chair of the Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) of Baltimore City Schools and member of several other boards and organizations.
Rev. Dr. Robert Richard Allen Turner is a millennial who is passionate about his calling to serve this “present age” by speaking truth to power & by following the Word as printed in Isaiah 61 to “preach good tidings to the poor…heal the brokenhearted…proclaim liberty to the captives & the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
Graduating Cum Laude from the Honors Program at the University of Alabama obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish, Dr. Turner was the first Black Chief of Staff for the Student Government Association at the University of Alabama & was honored as the University’s Most Outstanding Male. He continued his education at Interdenominational Theological Center’s Turner Seminary in Atlanta, GA, acquiring a master’s degree in Divinity, graduating with honors. Shortly after, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. As a bonus, He is a proud lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Turner started his advocacy work early in his career fighting for reparations, leading important movements & missions which led to a struggle over his calling. Dr. Turner turned from pursuing a career in law to full time ministry beginning his journey traveling locally & abroad in support of missions’ work. Through this work he grew closer to God, grasped a greater appreciation for living by FAITH alone & learned key insights on spiritual discipline which he still applies to his ministry today.
Dr. Turner is on fire for Jesus & has led several A.M.E. churches in Alabama, Oklahoma & now Baltimore Maryland. Through his leadership & guidance, each church was able to make essential ministry & building enhancements; increase membership & financial literacy, as well as implement 21st century technological improvements.
Dr. Turner served as Pastor of the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has the only edifice that survived the 1921 Race Massacre on Greenwood. As the Pastor of Vernon, Dr. Turner helped to lead the fight for justice for the victims of the 1921 Race Massacre. His leadership roles spanned across different sectors during his time of ministry as the Academic Dean for Jackson Theological Seminary, National African American Reparations Commission, Board of Trustees for the American Village & Advisory Board of the Blackburn Institute, University of Alabama.
Presently, Dr. Turner is the Pastor of Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, MD where he began serving on September 26, 2021 continuing his passion & work in support of kingdom building, the empowerment of his parishioners & outreach to the community where every month he marches 40 miles from Baltimore to the White House for reparations.
Dr. Turner also serves as a guest lecturer, life coach, trainer, presenter, facilitator & motivational speaker focusing on racism, community development, grassroots organizing, non-profit grant program management, faith-based community involvement & civic engagement.
Pastor Turner has proven to be well rounded in & outside of ministry receiving numerous awards & recognitions including, but not limited to the Tulsan of the Year (Tulsa World), Hometown Hero (Modern Woodmen); Nat Turner Award (African Ancestral Society); Community Service Award (Oklahoma Conference of Churches) Circle of Friends (Links); Fellow of the Year (Blackburn Institute); and the Trail Blazer Award (Tulsa Public Schools). Dr. Turner has also been featured by numerous news media including CBS’s 60 Minutes & Evening News, ABC, BBC, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, LA Times, New York Times, and the Washington Post along with Politico where he continues to ensure his message on social justice is heard.
Dr. Turner is a faithful husband & father. He considers his greatest accomplishments in life to be his union with his lovely wife, Sheree’, of over 16 years & the birth of his sons, Robert Richard Allen Turner II (Deuce) & Malcolm Robert Martin Turner (Bobby).