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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.


Jerry Bacon, currently retired as a law enforcement officer of 30 years and Vice President of Orlando based, 101 Fathers of America.  Born in Orlando, FL, married with two children and is a firm believer in having strong spiritual faith and love for family.

Our mission of 101 Fathers of America is to bring about restoration, hope and healing to our youth and to prove that anything is possible, to care deeply for our youth and helping them to own their greatness of life in order to have an impact on their future. We also help them to develop mindset skills that are going to support them throughout their childhood, their teen years and into adulthood with the purpose of breaking stereotypes and generational curses.

I am a servant of the LORD GOD who enjoy community service work helping others.  I enjoy reading, traveling, sports, evangelism and spending time with family.  My Moto is, you don’t know how much you know, until what you know is tested.  Spiritually speaking, I believe Romans 8:28 And we know that things work together for good to those who love the LORD, who have been called according to HIS purpose.

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