Meet our staff and board of directors
Yoal Ghebremeskel co-founded the nonprofit youth center, Street Fraternity, in 2013 and has been its Executive Director since 2014. The Street Fraternity’s mission is to provide a place of brotherhood and personal growth for urban young men 14 – 25+ years of age who primarily live in the violent East Colfax Avenue neighborhoods of Aurora and Denver.
Yoal was born and raised in Eritrea, East Africa. At the age of 12 he emigrated with his family to the United States through a Diversity Visa and Denver became his home. He was an English with a Second Language student and graduated from Denver’s South High School. Yoal received and fulfilled a full “Daniels Scholar” scholarship, which empowered him to attend and graduate with a B.A. from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Yoal has actively been engaged with the refugee and immigrant community in Colorado through his work with the African Community Center and the Piton Foundation. One of the reasons Yoal is so well known by former refugee youth and young adults, is his years of coaching, playing, and refereeing soccer.
Yoal is a member of the 2015 Leadership Denver Class and 2020 CIVIC DNA Class of Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. He received the 2016 My Brother’s Keeper Award, the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Award, the 2017 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award, and 2018 Livingston Fellow with Bonfils Stanton Foundation. He traveled to England with the U.S. State and Justice Departments to assist with and learn about global extreme violence issues. He’s a 2020 recipient of The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund; a fund addressing structural and systemic racism in America by supporting Black leaders at the national and community level.
In 2014 Amadou graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Before attending Johnson & Wales University, Amadou lived in Liberia where he was born and displaced from at a young age. Due to the Civil War in Liberia, Amadou grew up in Guinea as a refugee at the care of his grandmother and relatives. It wasn’t until after the end of the Civil War and change in government that he was able to return home (Liberia) and finish high school. Amadou Bility moved to the United States to obtain his degree in 2010. He met Dave Stalls at Johnson & Wales University in 2011 and became involved in the founding and operations of Street Fraternity.
Levon was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and came to Colorado in 1988. Levon gained a great deal of street experience and spent many years in prison, where he consistently mentored young men toward positive choices. He had consistently volunteered each week at the Street Fraternity providing the same positive mentoring to young men and is now the organization’s Program Coordinator. Levon is a graduate from the Aurora Community College.
Dave is the former founder of The Spot urban gang youth center in Denver (www.thespotdenver.org), former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (www.biglittlecolorado.org), and a co-founder of the Street Fraternity. In September 2012 he and his son walked the entire 490-mile pilgrimage entitled the Camino de Santiago de Compostella in northern Spain. He also traveled to Rwanda in 2016 and learned much from his visits to the Kiziba and Gihembe refugee camps (camps where 2 of Street Fraternity’s young men had lived), as well as from the staff of the Aegis Trust and their Kigali Genocide Memorial/Museum/Burial Grounds. In 2017 Dave lived and volunteered for over 1 year at the Shambhala Mountain Center (Buddhist retreat center) in northern Colorado. In 2018 and 2019 he trained to become a “spiritually independent chaplain” in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at the University of Colorado Hospital. In 2020 Dave became a volunteer Victim Advocate with the Alamosa County Sheriff, and is currently applying to be a volunteer Victim Advocate with the Larimer County Sheriff. He is the proud father of his daughter Tracy Insalaco and son Jonathon Stalls, and grandfather of Aspen and Jeremiah. From 1977 – 1985 Dave was a NFL Superbowl Champion defensive tackle & end with the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Raiders, a player and players’ union representative for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a player and team captain with the USFL Denver Gold.
Ric Urrutia, Administrative Assistant: Ric joined the Street Fraternity team in February of 2019. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in non-profit organizations and finances. His past life includes time as a strategic corporate researcher, union and community organizer, a trainer for environmental justice campaigns. Outside of work he enjoys cooking, performing as a musician, and photography.
Peter Waltz - Attorney / Associate, Polsinelli, P.C. - Board Secretary
Maria Rosa-Galter - Walk2Connect Co-Owner - Board Member
Naz Medhanie - Director of Talent and Culture - Rose Community Foundation - Board Member
Tony Schwartz - Director of Strategic Partnerships - Balanced Health Botanicals - Board Treasurer
Terry Batliner - Healthcare Consultant and Manager - The Batliner Group - Board Chair
Zula Solomon - Director, Quality & Population Health - Board Member