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Staff and Leadership

Qasim Davis
Program Director

Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Qasim has directed his passions and devotion to non-profit program development in the interest of community political education, focusing on youth leadership development and organizing. His passions lead him to New Orleans six and a half years ago to work with youth and community members in the Lower Ninth Ward. Qasim worked with Our School at Blair Grocery, building and administering a social justice curriculum for high school aged youth who were pushed out of traditional school settings, while also managing service-learners from all over the country looking to address food scarcity in their community through urban gardening. As an AmeriCorps member, Qasim channeled his love for community building, change making, and education into his service with Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools as the Campus Organizer.  The utilization of his skills in community organizing, strategic planning, and popular education allowed for him to transition into the role of Program Manager with Rethink for the past four years. Qasim’s training and work with the Highlander Center for Research and Education, Alliance for Educational Justice, and Greater New Orleans Foundation Emerging Leaders Program have offered Qasim the ability to grow in his field. Qasim joins the Louisiana Playworks team because he believes in the power of play and its ability to create lifelong learners and build strong communities. Moreover, he knows play is a crucial component in creating the world we wish to see.

Qasim is an ardent Ultimate Frisbee player and will try almost any sport. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking for friends, playing chess, and collecting vinyl Hip-Hop records.

Christine Saja
Program Manager

Saja comes to Playworks Louisiana after starting her career in Jackson, MS, and then spending two and a half years playing in the snow at American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, MN. She has been coaching youth soccer, tennis, and track for the past eight years and thoroughly enjoys seeing the pride and happiness that a child experiences as they develop new skills. She's excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the beautiful city of New Orleans. In her free time, you can find her fishing on a riverbank, perfecting creative recipes, and watching all sports (especially the Oregon Ducks).

Trishana Bolden
Program Associate

Trishana Bolden is a mother of four and grandmother of three. She is a New Orleans native. She was a resident of South Carolina from September 2005 until her recent return to the city that she loves at the beginning of this year. She always had a strong desire to help others and is very passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential. Through the years she has obtained a lot of wisdom and likes to utilize that wisdom to help guide others in the direction that is best for them.

Theodore George
Site Coordinator

Theodore, “Coach Ted,” George III is a United States Navy veteran and Latin dance and physical education instructor in New Orleans. Coach Ted was introduced to Playworks by working closely with extremely motivated Playworks employees in ReNEW Schools. As a PE Coach in New Orleans, Coach Ted has instilled perseverance, integrity, and a sense of community to all scholar-athletes who have competed in various tournaments for their school. Coach Ted’s team sports clubs have produced several championship trophies that promoted school pride for all students. Coach Ted has also secured micro-grants from FIT NOLA, Bike Easy NOLA, and the New Orleans Charter School Athletic Association (NOCSAA). Coach Ted is very passionate about the recovery of the City of New Orleans and Playworks is precisely the program to effectively team up with to geaux play!