Stephen Powell, Executive Director
Stephen Powell is the Executive Director at Mentoring USA based in New York, NY. An alumnus of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Executive Education Program at Columbia University's Graduate Business School, Stephen remains driven to lead program expansion and technical assistance efforts for Mentoring USA across the nation in major cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and also in Newark, NJ. Prior to joining Mentoring USA in 2005, Stephen worked in program development and management for local and national non-profits such as: Family and Child Services of Washington, DC, VSA arts/Kennedy Center, the Anthony Bowen YMCA, Youth for Understanding, the Metropolitan DC Police Boys and Girls Club, and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund.
Touring the U.S., Africa, Europe, and South America, Stephen Powell spent 10 years performing, facilitating workshops, and completing artist residencies via a percussive-based dance troupe, called Step Afrika, which was developed through his college fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, Beta Chapter at Howard University. From this experience, Stephen cultivated a passion for procuring celebrities and athletes to support causes for young adults. Inevitably, this passion led to becoming the Founder and CEO of PQ Concepts Sports and Entertainment Consulting LLC.
A native of New Jersey, Stephen was born and raised in Newark and East Orange, respectively. He now lives in Montclair, NJ with his family. Stephen remains an active leader of the Trinity Mentoring Initiative at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and is chair of the USTA Eastern Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is also an Advisory Board Member of NYC Young Men’s Initiative, serves on the Board of Directors for Harlem Serves, leads an Soros Open Society Foundation sponsored male mentor recruitment initiative entitled MEN-TOUR, and has provided mentoring technical assistance and support to the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare and Susan Taylor’s National CARES Mentoring Movement/A New Way Forward.
Past and recent honors include: being profiled in the spring 2011 philanthropy issue of Monarch Magazine, being named Mentor of the Year by Determined to Educate, Inc., receiving the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Region II - Regional Administrator’s Excellence in Service Award, receiving an 2012 Image award from Father’s Incorporated, and being honored by the White House as a 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy - Champion of Change.
Dimple Patel, Senior Program Manager
Beginning as a dedicated intern volunteering for Mentoring USA in September of 2007, Dimple Patel eventually joined on and became the General Programs Manager in January of 2008. Prior to joining the Mentoring USA staff, Dimple provided her skills in Longview, TX as an Outreach Coordinator and Research Evaluator. In this position, she educated elementary and middle school students about Violence Prevention, while also being instrumental in a coalition to create a male mentoring program. Receiving her Bachelors of Science from A&M University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Dimple eventually moved to NY. With experience and passion sparked in Texas, Mentoring USA's mission and goals inevitably drew her in and became an ideal place to call home.
Samantha McQuibban, Senior Program Manager
Janelle Edwards, Recruitment Coordinator
Janelle Edwards is the Recruitment Coordinator for Mentoring USA. As the Recruitment Coordinator, Janelle has aided in the expansion of Mentoring USA to Washington DC and is dedicated to maximizing mentoring services throughout New York and across the nation. Janelle is a graduate of Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in History. As a life-long volunteer, she spent a year of service as the Community Outreach Coordinator with AmeriCorps *VISTA Program at Marymount Manhattan College. There, she developed service-learning opportunities and was the coordinator of the student-run group Advocates for College Education. She volunteers with Harlem United’s FROST’D Harm Reduction Program. Currently, she is the Program Coordinator with Achieving Leadership’s Purpose, Inc., an organization invested in developing leaders, encouraging cultural education, and service opportunities for youth of the African Diaspora.