Team

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Staff

Yoal Kidane Ghebremeskel Co-Founder & Executive Director

720-227-7317

yoal@streetfraternity.org

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 become 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. He co-founded the nonprofit youth center, Street Fraternity, in 2013 and has been its Executive Director since 2014. He is a member of the 2015 Denver Metro Chamber Foundation Leadership Denver Class and 2018 Livingston Fellow with Bonfils Stanton Foundation.  He recently traveled to England with the U.S. State and Justice Departments to assist with and learn about global extreme violence issues.

Amadou Bility Co-Founder & Program Specialist

amadou@streetfraternity.org

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 Lyles Co-Founder & Program Coordinator

levon@streetfraternity.org

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 Stalls Co-Founder & Volunteer Program Specialist

720-318-6331

dave@streetfraternity.org

Dave is the former founder of The Spot urban gang youth center (www.thespotdenver.org), and former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (www.biglittlecolorado.org).  Dave is the former founder of The Spot urban gang youth center (www.thespotdenver.org), and former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (www.biglittlecolorado.org).  In 2018 he trained to become a “spiritually independent chaplain” in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at the University of Colorado Hospital.  In 2017 Dave lived and volunteered for over 1 year at the Shambhala Mountain Center (Buddhist retreat center) in northern Colorado. He is the proud father of his daughter Tracy Stalls Insalaco and son Jonathon Stalls, and grandfather of Aspen.  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, as well as from the staff of the Aegis Trust and their Kigali Genocide Memorial/Museum/Burial Grounds. Many years ago Dave was a NFL Superbowl Champion defensive tackle & end with the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Raiders, as well as a player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USFL Denver Gold.

Board of Directors

Matt Barry - Vice President of Strategic Assessment – Gary Community Investments/The Piton Foundation - Board Member

Amadou Bility - Co-Founder, student & intern, Johnson & Wales University. - Board Member

Nick Domke - Manager of Technical Accounting – MarkWest Energy Partners - Board Treasurer

Kate Lyda - Philanthropic Services Director & Impact Investing Specialist – The Denver Foundation - Board Member

Peter Waltz - Attorney / Associate, Polsinelli, P.C. - Board Secretary

Theodoric Manley, Jr. PhD. - Independent Consultant for Urban and Intergroup Relations, The Hoop Institute, Golden, CO http://hoopinstitute.org - Board President

Jodi Maples - MSW & LSW - Board Member