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Meet our Team

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Kyle Braunskill is the founder and president of A New Day Mentoring and Coaching services.  A New Day mentors & coaches at-risk youth as well as adults. Mentoring the incarcerated and the at-risk youth has ignited a passion to specifically help the children of the incarcerated. This makes C.H.E.L.A. 4 Kids and Kyle a great match.


Yanick Chery-Frederic is an  educator, both in the K-12 setting and as an adjunct professor. She is a presenter at education related workshops and is very involved in education and  community initiatives. One of her major passions is in her role as a mentor for youth in some community organizations. Ms. Chery-Frederic believes strongly that through education and mentoring we can make positive changes for our youth.

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LaToya Samuels is a Strategic Philanthropist and an energetic, results-oriented professional. Ms.Wharton is passionate about helping disadvantaged youth gain access to resources. Ms. Wharton is the founder of Sibling’s Keeper (a non-profit) that seeks to inspire the next generation of leaders to think big, engage in global student collaboration projects, advance critical thinking and creativity through Sports and S.T.E.M.—all areas that will prove to be vitally important to our world in the years to come.  Ms. Wharton is a board member to the US-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, African Caribbean Business Council (ACBC), and Martha’s Compassion (a Ghana based NGO).

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Marc A. Soto is currently the Director of Prevention & Community Services at Youth Enrichment Services since October 2021. Marc responsibilities
include evidenced base prevention programing roll out in schools of the Town of Islip, community service partnership development and event management as well as food distribution.  Before joining YES, Marc held various managerial positions in multiple companies and law firms and most recently as Executive Director at Pronto
of Long Island in Bay Shore. Marc spent twenty-seven years at Verizon, where he last served as Senior Staff Manager for Verizon’s New York City wireline operations. While at Verizon, among numerous accomplishments,
Marc was proud to work in the command center during the Superstorm Sandy recovery, be a lead facilitator of the Service Elite employee initiative and led and drove extraordinary results for Verizon as national and local
President of the Hispanic Support Organization (HSO), a national employee resource group. Marc’s proudest accomplishment at Verizon is the creation of the HSO NY Scholarship fund and the distribution of over $200k in scholarships to NY & Nj college students.
Marc received his B.A. from Fordham University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Marc is a proud Papi of two girls: Mia and Ashlee. Marc was a volunteer firefighter at Merrick Hook &
Ladder Co. 1. Marc is a passionate advocate and motivational speaker for organ & tissue donation, diversity, equity & inclusion and education. Marc’s
hobbies are his motorcycle, travel, community service and being an activist.

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