Kim McCall joined our team in January 2014 as New York/New Jersey executive director. A California native who has found her home in New York City, Kim brings nearly 20 years of extensive fundraising experience, ranging from American Heart Association and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, to Harlem Village Academies and Coalition for the Homeless. Her nonprofit consulting practice catapulted development successes at Happy Hearts Fund, Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, New Heights Youth, and many other service organizations working to improve the lives of children in New York and around the world. In her free time, Kim enjoys adding new stamps to her passport and extra miles to her running shoes.
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Staff and Leadership
As a program associate for Playworks New York/New Jersey, Melba has managed to keep up with her Superwoman persona. Melba is responsible for supporting all program staff including the executive team. She facilitates the onboarding process for all staff which includes paperwork and acclimating program coordinators to Playworks. She is also very active in the recruitment of volunteers who choose to serve their community. Melba serves as the office captain. Her duties include managing day to day administrative tasks in the Newark office as well organizing community building events for staff.
Henry Appiah is the program director for Playworks New York/New Jersey. Prior to becoming a program director, Henry served as a program manager in New Jersey for one year and before that was a program coordinator through AmeriCorps for one year. After graduating from Montclair State University, Henry says that coming across Playworks was a life changing experience. At first, he did not believe that it was possible to have a job that was this much fun but after a two years, it's been a dream come true. Henry plans on managing coordinators who will make a positive and tremendous impact on the NJ/NY community. If Henry had it his way, he would play four square with Batman, Spiderman and the incredible Hulk. Henry believes that these super-heroes may have a chance at being successful against him but he strongly doubts it.
Tashan Kilkenny, also known as Coach K, is extremely passionate about his work in youth development. For six summers, he worked as a group leader and division leader at Oasis summer camp. Tashan graduated from The University at Albany majoring in English and minoring in African American Studies. Directly after graduation, he joined Playworks in 2012 as an AmeriCorps member in New York serving P.S. 9 Elementary School.
Tashan believes that through the power of play we can positively transform our students' lives, our families, and our school communities. He is most appreciative of the fact that Playworks gives him a platform where he can “pay it forward” for the next generation. Tashan played college basketball and currently enjoys participating in leagues—and pick-up games—throughout New York City. If you ever are up for a game, send him an email. Seriously.
David began his professional career as a New York City Public Schools teacher in Queens, NY. After almost 3 years of teaching, he began to pursue business development and now brings over 8 years of sales and marketing experience to Playworks. David has always remained passionate about impacting students. Before coming on board to Playworks, David served the role as School Marketing Director and Center Director for the Sylvan Learning Franchise in New York City. One of his favorite childhood memories was playing a game of stoop ball in the streets of his hometown in Brooklyn. Above all, David loves spending time with his wife and playing games with their 4 children.
Maya Posey is a real-life southern belle from Birmingham, Alabama. Shortly after graduating from The University of Alabama and moving to New York in 2014, she began her adventure with Playworks as an AmeriCorps program coordinator/coach for New York/New Jersey. During her two years as a coach, she brought safe and healthy play to students in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Newark, New Jersey. Maya is thrilled to be joining the pro team as an associate trainer for New York/New Jersey and grateful to be equipping other adults to spread the power of play. Prior to Playworks, she spent the majority of her efforts in the academic realm of youth development implementing college-readiness programs. Fun facts: Maya has degrees in Criminal Justice and Theatre and she loves the Alabama Crimson Tide football team—Roll Tide!
Camylle Hill joins the New York/New Jersey team as a program manager. Camylle brings over nine years of experience in youth development to the Playworks' mission, including experience in mental, social, and emotional health. Camylle began cultivating her passion for children in 2007 as a kindergarten teacher at a Learning Experience daycare center. Observing the correlation between behavior and academia, she transitioned into the behavioral health industry as a supervisor at a residential treatment facility. Camylle believes that play bridges the language gap between youth and adults, and can be found in her off hours creating community engagement opportunities for youth organizations across New Jersey.
Basheer Smith, known to all as Coach B, is a highly-motivated and enthusiastic coach who is looking to bring a new wave of energy to the New York/New Jersey region. Coach B joined Playworks as an AmeriCorps member and now serves as a site coordinator. He looks forward to having fun while making a difference. With a combination of fun cheers and positive language, Coach B looks to change the culture and uplift students daily. On most days you can catch Coach B playing switch or three-on-three basketball. When he’s not playing, he loves to invest his time into his other passions: making music and spending quality time with family and friends.