Leaders In Training Sports and Social Justice Program
Leaders In Training Sports and Social Justice Program 

Program Advisors and Board of Directors



About the Urban Affairs Coalition:


The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues.  The Coalition of 55+ partner organizations, large and small, working on diverse issues that immediately affect communities. We strengthen nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship, capacity building, and program evaluation; improve life chances for youth and young adults; and provide economic opportunity to low-income households, working families, and disadvantaged businesses.  The Coalition shapes public policy and delivers programs that respond to urgent community needs. The problems we face are far too complex for one entity to solve on its own. Our deep community roots and strong linkages to public and private groups allow us to bring together a diverse set of resources around specific issues to drive change from the ground up. The Power of Coalition means that, together, we can accomplish what no one organization can do alone.



Vonkurt Redley, M.A. Candidate 

Vonkurt is a current Social Studies Educator with the School District of Philadelphia. He taught at New Media Technology, Mastery Charter and Audenried High Schools in Philadelphia from September 2006 to April 2016. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education from Cabrini University's Graduate School of Education in May of 2020. As an urban educator, Vonkurt has experienced meeting the needs of diverse learners. At Roosevelt Elementary School, he currently teachers students with a wide variety of learning needs and he is dedicating himself to making his lessons accessible to all students. Vonkurt also ran track and field while attending Kutztown University. He ran the 110 Meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, and the 4x400 meter relay. Vonkurt is currently the Head Track Coach and Basketball Coach at Roosevelt Elementary. His athletes competed in the 2017 and 2018 Penn Relays, receiving a third place medal in the heavily competitive middle school division the MPAA Sports Program and Middle School Track Club.


Vice President:

Ms. Renee Washington, Sports Reporter, Ms. Washington is a former three-time All-American Division 1 soccer player that now works as a sports reporter, actress, and model. She is currently an analyst and reporter with  ESPN Plus  covering men's and women's sports in the Ivy League as well as a team reporter for the Arena Football League working with the  Atlantic City Blackjacks . She also works for Fox Sports covering the  Washington Mystics and the Washington Wizards . She hosts  Beyond the Headlines with Renee Washington  on Fox Sports Radio 96.9FM/1340AM. Outside of broadcasting, she coaches youth soccer and models for Savage Series 



Mr. Scott Charles, Trauma Outreach Coordinator and Director of the Cradle to Grave Program Temple University Hospital, Scott is the Trauma Outreach Coordinator for Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and is Director of TUH's Cradle to Grave Program, an award-winning hospital-based violence prevention initiative that illustrates the harsh realities of gun violence for public school students and adjudicated youth.


Dr. Daniel LaMagna 

Dr. Dan LaMagna has years of experience in higher education and social services fields while developing expertise in interpersonal skills and leadership. Dan has held positions as a therapist, counselor, career coordinator, instructor and is currently the Associate Vice President of Student Engagement at Lackawanna College. Dan has diverse experience spending seven years excelling in the field of Sport Management. This included branding, marketing and public relations while leading the daily operations of the NEPA Miners Semi-Professional Football & Entertainment organization. With 18 years of service in minor league football, he was honored into the 2013 AAA Minor League Football Hall of Fame class in Palm Springs, California.

Dan’s experience is supported by a Master of Science Degree in Sport Management, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies along with various awards and certificates including Small Business Spotlight, Young Entrepreneur honorable mention and NEPA Business Journal Top 20 Under 40. He recently completed his Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University. Dr. LaMagna additionally has 14 years football coaching experience at the youth, high school, semi-professional and collegiate levels. Currently a co-host of the Dynasty Theory Fantasy Football Podcast.  Dan has been active in the community as Vice-President for POWER!Scranton, graduating from the Core group of Leadership Lackawanna, coaching youth sports and Media Chair for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


Mr. Michael Poploski, Athletic Director, Mastery Charter Pickett, has been a Health and Physical education teacher at Mastery Charter schools for 10 years. He is also the Athletic Director of Mastery Charter- Pickett Campus. Michael has held that position for 8 years and is the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Athletic Association. 


Paul D. Elcock, Esquire, Paul graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Mr. Elcock hails from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. A High School Valedictorian, having completed Cambridge Advanced Level courses in French, Spanish and English Literature, he accepted a scholarship to come to the US & pursue/continue his studies abroad.  Mr. Elcock obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law.  Most recently, Paul has worked as co-counsel with the law firm Freundlich & Littman LLC where notably he recently successfully defended a client against the Philadelphia Water Department to a settlement amount of $20,000. Mr. Elcock focuses his practice on civil litigation matters, specifically in the areas of Landlord/Tenant disputes, Personal Injury matters, and Mortgage Foreclosure defense


Program Advisors

Dr. Jillian Inge, Educator and former student-athlete, Dr. Jillian Inge has been teaching biology in the School District of Philadelphia for 18 years. An avid runner and former track coach, her passion for sports often come alive in the classroom as she applies the science of sports to the various science concepts. 


Mr. Christopher Signil, Political Advocate, Author, Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA (South Philly) in the late 70’s. He received his formative education from both private schools, and from the Philadelphia Public School system.




Rick Howard, M. Ed, CSCS, *D, FNSCA

Rick Howard is a doctoral candidate at Rocky Mountain University in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is an Assistant Professor in Applied Sports Science at West Chester University (PA), teacher at Keilir in Iceland, and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Howard is the Director of Fitness at Wilmington (DE) Country Club, where he trains youth in fitness and sports performance to develop lifetime joy of being physically active.

He contributes peer-reviewed articles, blogs, and podcasts and presents nationally and internationally on long-term athletic development (LTAD) and the application of concepts of pediatric exercise science for coaches, personal trainers, physical education teachers, and those who wish to improve the lives of our young people.

Rick as a Masters’ Strongman competitor and a social media junkie (follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram at rihoward41)


Mr. Troy Gore, Offensive Coordinator, Northeast High School, Coach Troy Gore joined the Vikings Varsity Football Team in 2018 and also serves as an Associate Minister at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. He’s been with Enon since 2006. Coach Gore was previous with Neumann-Goretti Catholic High School and served as former Head Coach for Delaware Valley Charter High School.


Dr. Mark Still, Adjunct Professor, Sport Management, Delaware State University

Dr. Still has been an instructor in the Sport Management department for 15 years. In his years of service in the department it has become a popular major for African American males (90% African American male). In his position it gives him a unique opportunity to not only educate and interact with African American males as an instructor but also as a mentor, brother, advisor (for academic/personal issues) and friend of their family.


Ms. Connie Grier, Social Justice Advocate, Educational Consultant, Parent Engagement &  Mentoring Specialist, Connie Grier has been professionally engaged in instruction and educational management within the public school arena for over 20 years as a student focused educational leader possessing a strong commitment to social justice, parental engagement, relationship building and the development of students and staff


Mr. Tremaine Johnson is CEO/ Founder of Build of Legacy Real Estate, Inc. and a licensed Delaware Realtor with PRS Real Estate Group, Tremaine graduated from Delaware State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications (2006) and a M.S. in Sports Management from St. John’s University (2010). After years of successful real estate sales, Tremaine decided to join PRS Real Estate Group in 2016. He founded Build A Legacy Real Estate, Inc. in 2017, which specializes in credit and financial counseling for clients.



Mr. Chris Murray, Adjunct English Professor and Freelance Sports Writer, The Philadelphia Sun, Chris has 30 years of experience as a print and broadcast journalist. He has been covering sports on a regular basis since 1994.  Throughout his career as a journalist, Murray has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, the NCAA Tournament, the NBA Playoffs and world championship boxing as well as other sporting events.  Outside of sports, he has covered the Michigan legislature and Washington, D.C. government.  Murray is currently a freelance writer with the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and covers both pro and college sports teams in Philadelphia. 


Paul Wright, Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Philadelphia, Paul is an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he has taught since 1999. Before coming to Philadelphia, Professor Wright taught both in Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey.



Program Contributors 


Hampton University Athletics

The University of Pittsburgh Athletics

The Naval Academy Athletics


Dr. Susan Weinberger 


The Mentoring Independence Resource Center, Philadelphia


The WAWA Foundation


The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation


Beauford Funeral Services


Riddell Sports


Mr. Dennis Jones

Director of Sports Information

Delaware State University Athletics


Dr. Mark Still

Delaware State University Athletics












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