Board of Directors
Dennis Floyd Jones, Ph.D.
Ph.D., 1988, University of Pittsburgh
Major: Health, Physical and Recreation Education
Area of Concentration: Sport Administration; Higher Education Administration
Area of Concentration: Sport Pedagogy and Teacher Education
M.S., 1979, West Virginia University
Major: Sport Behavior
Concentration: Sport Sociology and Sports Psychology
B.S., 1977, Concord College
Concentration: Secondary Physical Education 7-12; Speech and Drama Education 7-12
1989-Present Tenured Associate Professor, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, West Virginia University.
1990- Present Progenitor and Executive Director Youth Enrichment Services, non-profit 501c3 designed to serve socially and emotionally at-risk teens and families through a series of Education, Leadership, and Empowerment Programs.
Sarah (Davis) Sumpter is a retired Principal and Teacher from the Pittsburgh Public Schools after 40 years of service. She graduated from Carrick High School in 1968 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education-English and a Master of Arts Degree-Communications from the University of Pittsburgh. Her Principal Certification came from the Heinz School at Carnegie-Mellon University while she was serving as a Vice-Principal at Carrick High School.
Sarah’s teaching career started in 1972 at her alma mater, Carrick High School and she taught English in grades 9 through 12 for over 20 years. She became Principal at Prospect Middle School where she stayed for five years before moving on to Sterrett Classical Academy for ten years until she retired in 2012. During her career, Sarah served on many District committees for writing curriculum as well as initiatives to reform the teacher evaluation process. She was the middle schools representative for the PIAA Advisory Board for the PPS District and she participated in mock interview sessions with perspective teachers from Carlow University. Several student teachers from the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University received their teaching certifications after serving practicums under her.
Sarah is very active in her church and has served in several leadership roles. She served as chairman of the Trustee Ministry for eight years. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and applies its motto of “Service to all mankind” in her everyday activities.
Recently, Sarah received several special honors for her years of educational service and her involvement in the community:
*Distinguished Alumnus for Carrick High School
*2012 “Woman of Excellence” Award – New Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper
*City Council Proclamation-Sarah L. Sumpter Day on Sunday, July 1, 2012
*”Ladies With A Golden Heart “ Award – Pittsburgh Club #6
Sarah Sumpter is married to Thomas H. Sumpter, Jr. and they have one daughter Crystal.
Sarah believes that there are three types of people in this world:
*Those who make things happen,
*Those who watch things happen around them and
*Those who wonder what happened.
Her consistent question continues to be – Which one are you?
Cheryl Biggs has served on the Board of Directors for Youth Enrichment Services, Inc. since 2009. She splits her time between consulting and as owner of the Gormet Edibles Excellent Esculents Company. She has years of experience in supporting the retention of academically and economically challenged participants in the Student Support Services program, as well as providing comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities, at Abraham Baldwin College. Her community involvement includes serving on the Mr. Ararat Community Activity Center (MACAC) Middle School Mentoring Program Core Committee and participation in the Enlightened Voices for the Environment (EVE) Project. A proponent of educational travel, she has designed many co-curricular experiences for both adolescent and adult students. She is an alumus of Florida A&M Univeristy and Slippery Rock Univerisity.
Erica Michelle LaMar Motley
Erica currently serves as the Treasurer for the Youth Enrichment Services Board of Directors, overseeing the allocation of resources, providing recommendations for pension plans, reviewing of grants and ensuring the organization uses sound financial judgement.
Hired as a Scholastic Ourteach Specialist for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) in 2007, she facilitiates and designs hands-on activities for students. Activities are designed to align with the PA Academic Standards and to encourage inquiry based learning in the classroom, afterschool programs and other out-of-school time settings. She specialized in working with grades Pre-K to 8. In December of 2013, Erica began her current role as Administrative Supervisor of Scholastic Outreach.
Erica holds a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Marketing from Johnson C. Smith University. She completed the Associate Level Cerification for the Child and Youth Care Workers in November of 2011 and a member of their Board of Directors from 2012 - 2014.
Phyllis Davis - Jones
Director of Academic Affairs
Phillis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in Physical Education and Master’s Degree in Education: Pedagogy. Her Master’s Thesis was on Comparative Analysis of Expert and Novice Basketball Coaches: Pedagogical Cognition.
She has several Peer Reviewed Publications inlcuding: “Model for Success: The Impact of a Grant-Funded Program on an Inner-City Girls Basketball Team” in May/June 2002; “Female Pregnancy: A case study of school age female minority athletes who became pregnant” in Spring 2007 and "More than Basketball: Determining the sport components that lead to long-term benefits for African American Girls," published in the Journal of Sport Management
Mrs. Davis - Jones' professional career includes Physical Education Teacher, Conroe Education Center from 1982-1983 and Physical Education Teacher, McNaugher School 1984-1987 and Physical Education Teacher, George Westinghouse High School, 1987-Present. She is also the Head Coach of Westinghouse High School girls’ Basketball Team.
Coordinator of Financial Literacy
Norma Groover has over 30 years of management, sales, and training experience within the banking and real estate industries. Primary positions and roles held include: Property and Client Relations Manager, Community Office Manager, Regional Sales Executive, Financial Education Sales Executive, Business Banker, National Speaking Representative, Financial Education Program Coordinator and Program Developer. Responsibilities afforded Ms. Groover the opportunity to work with industries and people from all walks of life and age groups. Those groups includes students grades K-12, higher education students and graduates; educators and other school officials; for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, public and private institutions, small business owners, corporations, and entrepreneurs.
Norma is also a financial education and life skills coach. Workshops are conducted for youth and young adults as well as employees at the workplace or community organizations. As the oldest of seven siblings, an entrepreneur, and national athletic champion, teamwork and leadership seeds were practiced at an early age. Working within the real estate industry, employment as a banking officer and volunteerism positioned her to consistently enjoy helping to transform and help improve the quality of lives for many.
Norma earned a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a dual Master of Science Degree in Management and Technology from Carlow University.
Mrs. Groover and her husband are proud parents of two adult children who benefited from participation in the YES programs as a youth and they later served as YES volunteers and supporters in various capacities. Norma has conducted workshops for YES participants for several years and served on the Board of Directors for over 10 years. She encourages your support of Youth Enrichment Services Inc. Individual and corporate contributions to YES help youth to become well rounded, responsible and productive citizens and leaders.
Tiffany Sizemore - Thompson
Board Liaison for Annie E. Casey Foundation Grant
Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson is an Assistant Clinic Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law. Prior to joining Duquesne Law, Tiffany was the Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where she served for over two years. As Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at OPD, Tiffany managed eleven full-time juvenile defense practitioners. As Deputy, Tiffany wrote and implemented new practice standards across the juvenile division at OPD. Those standards are in compliance with the national practice standards, as promulgated by the National Juvenile Defense Center.
Prior to being in Allegheny County, Tiffany was a trial attorney for eight years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, which is widely regarded as the premier public defender organization in the country. While at PDS, she represented clients in cases from presentment through disposition of the case, and handled serious violent felonies, including: homicide, sexual assault, and armed kidnapping.
Tiffany has conducted various trainings over her time as a public defender, including training on: fundamentals of evidence, effective juvenile disposition advocacy, and fundamental trial skills training. Recently, Tiffany became a nationally certified trainer through the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program.
Tiffany graduated from Howard University School of Law, cum laude, in May 2004. For her undergraduate studies, she attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and an avid Steelers fan.