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Advisory Board

Kelley Bagdasarian, or Coach Kelley as she’s called at Patterson High School, has been the Academic Coach for Patterson’s student-athletes since 2000. She has over 12 years of experience as an Academic Coach and earned her M. Ed in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College.


She was hired in 2000 by the National Football Foundation to run the Play It Smart program at Patterson High School, and was eventually hired on full time as a member of the Patterson staff.

Kelley has taken leadership over various school initiatives including school choice marketing, the development of a school store and school food bank, and the co-creation of a Student Investment Club.


Kelley also serves as the program director for the Jonathan Ogden Foundation which helps inner city student-athletes prepare for life after high school, provides them with community service based activities and creates leadership opportunities.


During the summer months, Kelley co-founded and coordinates a life skills, SAT prep, and conditioning program for student-athletes called Brains & Brawn. She also is the girls basketball coach at Patterson, and is a member of the football team’s coaching staff.

 Kelley Bagdasarian

George Bradford 

George Bradford is a Professional Golfer and Veteran Member of the PGA Tour Canada. He has competed on the PGA Tour, Web.Com Tour, and various other Mini-Tour’s over his 17 year professional career. A career highlighted by a 2008 season in Canada where George finished fifth on the final Order of Merit and finished the season as the second highest ranked African-American golfer in the world.  One of only five African-American members of the PGA Tour network, George often lectures about the importance of Diversity in the Game of Golf. While not competing, he often donates his time to the First Tee Program and the Boys and Girls Club of America promoting the game of golf by providing free instruction and exposing kids to the opportunities that exist in the Golf Industry.

George was a member of the University of Maryland Golf Team and graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is married to Kristie Curameng Bradford and lives in Columbia, MD with their two daughters.

Jeffrey C Coats Jr.

David A. Crouch, MBA, MSITS, PMP, ITIL-OSA, founder of Crouch of Baltimore Consulting, is a seasoned nonprofit leader, consultant, and professor.  David specializes in nonprofit start-ups, social entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and board development.  In addition to advising CristataCares, he serves as advisor to Allsonet Training Institute and works with numerous nonprofits.


He is the inaugural president of Learning is for Tomorrow (LIFT), an adult literacy nonprofit in southeast Baltimore.  David also serves as president of the Baltimore Alumni Chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, chair of the Networking and Career Services Committee of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, and chair of the Strategy and Assessments committee of the President’s Diversity Leadership Council of the Johns Hopkins University.

Past experiences include serving as final president of the Southeast Community Organization and president of the Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. 


David is adjunct professor of nonprofit management at the University of Baltimore and teaches nonprofit organizational development and leadership at the Humane Society University. 


David earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School (in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies).  Also from the Carey Business School, he earned a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in competitive intelligence.  David holds bachelor of arts degrees in Russian and International Relations from Goucher College. 


David is a certified project management professional.  he works at Johns Hopkins University leading information technology projects and IT strategy and acts as an internal consultant.


Jeffrey C Coats Jr. currently works in the Oil & Petrochemical industry as a ship broker and the head of Research & Development for all of his company’s offices worldwide.  He is uniquely linked to his company’s Specialty and Chemical department, one of the most active and respected chemical and specialty departments in the ship brokering world. As a distinguished force in the shipping market, the specialty & chemical desk works closely with major chemical and specialized product producers such as XOM, DOW CHEMICAL, SHELL, EASTMAN, INVISTA, etc and international traders such as VITOL, GLENCORE, MORGAN STANLEY, TRAFFIGURA, and more.


In addition to his daily roles in Oil and Petrochemicals, he also holds a current real estate license in NY and CT where he helps his father run a small boutique Real Estate Company based in Greenwich, CT that specializes in both residential and commercial properties.


In 2006, he graduated from University of Miami with a BBA in international finance marketing and then sought out a career in entertainment for a short time in California with a family entertainment company who specialized in 2&3 D imagery for motion picture film production.  To this day, Jeff still enjoys writing screenplays very much as a hobby and ultimately decided he needed to not only hone his creative side, but refine his business skills.  So in 2008, he decided to get his MBA at Johns Hopkins University and graduate in 2010 with an MBA where he acquired some of the best experiences of his career as an MBA Fellow, actively participating in consultant based projects for a wide range of companies in various industries. 

David Crouch

Kirk Crawley, Esq.


Kirk D. Crawley, JD,. Esq,, is a practicing attorney in the state of Maryland.  Kirk Crawley is a social studies teacher

in Baltimore City Public Schools.   Dr. Crawley has a passion in helping others, he goes far beyond the classroom by helping children, families, and communities.   Dr. Crawley's relentless pursuit of helping others is a very special and heartfelt quality.  His expertise in law and and as an elementary/middle school certified teacher is having a great impact in the Franklin Square Elementary Middle School and SW Baltimore community.


His penchant and determination of teaching and mentoring is exemplified on a daily basis whether it is on the school campus, a student field trip, entreprenuership or legal workshop, or in the court room as a defense attorney.


He is a  graduate from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Law, he has a B.A., in Sociology, UMBC.

He has attended other local colleges or universities, Anne Arundel Community College,  Baltimore City Community College,  and Johns Hopkins University.








Shymaine Davis, CPA

As Chief Financial Officer, Shymaine brings over 15 years of financial management experience and expertise to Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. with 10 of those years dedicated to a nonprofit environment.  In this role, Shymaine directs all financial aspects of the business including accounting practices, budgeting, financial planning, interface with the financial community, financial analysis, acquisitions and monitoring of financial performance. 

Prior to joining Baltimore Healthy Start, Shymaine held a leading role in the Baltimore City government.  Her passion is educating youth on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.  Shymaine resides in Baltimore County with her two children.  She holds a MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Towson University.

George W. Hilton III

George W. Hilton, MBA, CIE currently serves as Vice President, Mid Atlantic Region at Abscope Environmental, Inc., a specialty environmental services contractor. He has previously worked for more than a decade as the Vice President and General Manager of NCM Demolition and Remediation (Formerly MARCOR), the first asbestos abatement contractor in the U.S. and now one of the largest full service environmental contracting firms in the country. 


Mr. Hilton holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Buisness School and a BS in Business from Mountain State University along with various certificates proving his commitment to continued education. 

Chunrong "Cj" Li

Robert Lord

Robert Lord is the co-founder of Protenus, Inc., a Baltimore-based startup that is advancing the science of privacy in electronic medical records and ensuring trust in healthcare for everyone.

Robert started his career at a Connecticut hedge fund, where his work focused on generating quantitative and actionable trading insights based on qualitative world events.  Robert brought his skills to healthcare, where he worked on long-term outcomes and cost effectiveness research in the ICU.

In his free time, Robert advocates for the improvement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Maryland through various state and local industry organizations.  He is also committed to the improvement of cost-effectiveness training and research methodologies in healthcare, and continues to teach classes in these areas at Johns Hopkins.

Robert is currently on a leave of absence from the the MD program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He received his AB in Social Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

Joy P Nanda, DSc., MHS

Joy Nanda, D.Sc.,has been a researcher and an educator of public health in academic, community and school  settings for most of his life.  His skills in translating research experience to teaching and practice at diverse settings is unique, non-traditional and noteworthy. He is an accomplished evaluator to more than 30 local, regional, national and international community and school based programs which includes rigorous publicly and privately funded trials. Using lifespan approaches, his ongoing research focuses on women’s and children’s nutrition (lifestyle habits and obesity) and mental health (school bullying and suicide, depression, perception of obesity ) and their interrelationships. His recent work explores the analysis of the nexus between children’s  health and wealth management,  using mixed models and mixed methodologies. Currently he serves as the external evaluator to the Baltimore Healthy Start, a federally funded community based intervention to improve maternal and child health outcomes. He also serves as an adjunct faculty responsible for teaching graduate public health courses and student/faculty mentoring at the University of West Florida.


For more than 30 years, Joy has served as a Biostatistician/Epidemiologist/Research Analyst to at least 100 investigations on behalf of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and at other divisions of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland. At Hopkins, Joy also taught courses on pregnancy outcomes (5 cohorts), behavioral health and mental health, in addition to mentoring/advising more than 60 doctoral, post-doctoral and master’s degree students/fellows on contents and methods.

 Joy’s passion for teaching and mentoring is reflected in his vast structured and informal teaching experience at several academic, public and private institutions such as the  Morgan State University (2 divisions, 8 courses, 14 cohorts) in Baltimore, University of Baltimore (1 cohort), St. John’s University in New York (1 cohort), Delmarva Foundation (3 cohorts) , Coppin State University (2 cohorts) in Baltimore, and the popular competitive annual learning institutes sponsored by the American Public Health Association (7 cohorts) in different locations on the U.S..


In addition to teaching, Joy has consulted/mentored individuals/groups from  the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, University of Maryland School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Maryland Family Investment Administration, United Way of Central Maryland, Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public School Systems, Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City Dept. of Social Services, Baltimore Community Foundation, Family League of Baltimore, St. Agnes Foundation, Coppin State University, Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, and the American Public Health Association  on methodologies in program planning and evaluation.

 Joy has more than 40 publications in peer refereed journals and more than a dozen technical reports on family health and wellness. Adventuring unchartered areas in public health, and with more than 100 professional presentations and abstracts at local, regional, national and international forums, Joy is  widely traveled and is constantly in search of new territories and new colleagues who share the common goal of improving the public’s behavioral, physical, mental, and financial health.  


As a community advisory/executive board member, Joy has served numerous Baltimore area communities which include the Baltimore City Health Department Institutional Review Board (7 years), Family Life Foundation (5 years), Middle East Community Organization (9 years), Vision for Health (2 years), Park Heights Community Health Alliance (3 years) For the past 20 years, he has been a beta-tester for IBM’s SPSS, a statistical software for social sciences and community programs. 


 Besides serving in community boards, Joy serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous national and international journals addressing public health, In the past, he has served as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Progress in Community Health and Partnership and on the review board of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the American Journal of Health Behavior.


Joy holds 3 graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland: a Doctor of Science in Maternal & Child Health Community and Behavioral Epidemiology,  a Master of Health Science in Reproductive Epidemiology, both from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration from the Carey Business School. His other educations include a Master of Science  degree in Life Sciences and a degree in Education from Berhampur University in India. His past life, before coming to the USA with an international scholarship was research and teaching physiology, histology and health education to medical and nursing students at the Institutes of Medical Sciences at Varanasi, India.


William J. Riley 

William J. Riley is Co-Founder of Cristata Investment Management, RIA. Mr. Riley and Mr. Bradley were introduced through their employer Legg Mason, located in Baltimore, MD.


Bill has helped children over the years in coaching and mentoring sports. Bill has served in the US. Marines after graduating from Fordham University.   Bill has an M.B.A., in Finance, New York University (Stern), M.S., Pepperdine University, and B.A., Fordham University.


His interests are reading, finance, sports, coaching, family, and helping children in finance, savings, and investment. He is married to his wife Ronda and has 5 children, he resides in Centreville, MD.

Deborah Hannon Silcox

Deb Hannon Silcox is a native Baltimorean who was born and raised in the west side neighborhood of Irvington.  


Deb has been an active volunteer in her church and community. Her success in communicating with adolescents and young people led her to become a strong advocate for youth. She continued her education in Youth Ministry at the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She received the Archdiocesan Service to Youth Award. Later, she was recruited for a position at a fast growing parish in Elkridge where she assisted the pastor with the Cardinal’s Capital Campaign that cumulatively raised $183 million dollars for the Archdiocese.


Her experience and success in development led her to the YMCA of Central Maryland. Through the Y, she and two of her sons were asked to participate in the White House Conference on Teenagers with the President Clinton and the First Lady and were interviewed on Good Morning America. Deb transferred and became the YMCA Community Relations Manager in Anne Arundel County.


She accepted a development position at Baltimore City Public Schools based on her strong relationship building skills and passion for youth.  As Director of Partnerships, she focused on a maintaining and cultivating partnerships for schools.


A reorganization under Andres Alonso moved the partnership work to the newly created Office of Engagement headed by Michael Sarbanes. Under his leadership, the Office of Engagement was able to effectively collaborate and provided many resources and supports to schools.


In 2015, another reorganization resulted in the lay-off of all partnership positions at the school district. Deb is currently providing consulting services directly to schools interested in building partnerships and gathering resources needed for growth and support of key programs and initiatives.

Jeffrey Thompson

Jeff Thompson resides in Southwest Baltimore with his beautiful wife Ashley and my 1 year old son named Titus. He moved to Baltimore in 2012 after getting married and immediately embarked on what he was put here to do which is reach youth and men through the platform of sports and fitness.


 He is the Founder and former Head of School for Urban Promise Academy, in Wilmington, DE. He owns a fitness business but and is preparing to bring a flag football job training/mentoring program to Baltimore it will replicate one that is currently run in North Philadelphia. Jeff also founded and is a director of the "We Play For 1" sports camps that run's annually in different Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods. He is very active in the communities of Southwest Baltimore with youth and adults.   He love's sports, fishing, and meeting  or mentoring with young men to talk about life.


Hao Yu

Hao Yu is a private equity professional with extensive international experiences through leading transactions in the U.S., China and Southeast Asia in the areas of healthcare, renewable energy and agribusiness. Hao is currently an Executive Director at CITIC Guoan Capital, an alternative asset management firm focusing on private equity and mezzanine investments. Hao is overseeing the firm’s healthcare group which conducts both domestic and cross-border transactions. Prior to CITIC, Hao was with China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund in Hong Kong, where he focused on originating deals in agribusiness and healthcare in ASEAN countries.


Before moving to Hong Kong, Hao joined the International Finance Corporation at its Washington DC headquarter, where he worked on advisory projects to help developing countries improve their agribusiness investment climate through streamlined trade logistics services and efficient border management. Hao spent three years with DAC Management and primarily focused on distressed investments in China. He started his career at Ernst & Young where he worked in both the transaction advisory and auditing departments.


Hao is a member of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he primarily focuses on alumni engagement and the mentorship program for Carey students. He also led the effort in establishing the Carey Alumni Regional Community in Beijing.

Hao graduated in 2012 from the inaugural Global MBA class at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. 


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