Our Leadership Staff
Marshall grew up in the small town of Paw Paw, Michigan and is the eldest of four, with one brother and two sisters. By the time he graduated high school, Marshall had come to strongly value independence and self-determination and knew he wanted to provide a good example to his siblings. He encouraged each sibling to seek out special interests and skills and to work to develop them. He urged them to set high goals and to work hard to meet those goals.
Marshall graduated with honors from American University in 2004 with Bachelor's Degrees in both International Relations and Political Science, as well as a specialized certification in Leadership. During his freshman year, he participated in American University's Freshman Service Experience. The next year, he headed the organization, which maintains more than 1,000 members and employees, and for which he coordinated over 15,000 hours of community service. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management from American University.
Marshall has extensive development experience working in the South African Parliament and has independently created several community development programs on the continent of Africa. After studying in the U.S., experiencing other cultures and communities studying abroad, and watching each of his siblings graduate high school and begin college, Marshall knew for sure that he wanted to continue to help people and communities on a wider scale; to encourage them to recognize and realize their potential, and to take it a step further.
Leadership Initiatives was created to empower men, women, and children around the world to determine their own futures, and to help break the cycles of poverty and dissatisfaction that plague so many communities worldwide. It also involves students in the United States by connecting our future leaders with those in other countries who have discovered, through Leadership Initiatives' programs, their ability to lead. Over the past decade, with Marshall as Executive Director, Leadership Initiatives has grown to help create and expand 54 independent businesses, raise over 1.5 million dollars for business creation in developing communities, and create hundreds of jobs-- thus affording parents the opportunity to send more children to school.
During this time Marshall has received distinction for his work with Leadership Initiatives from the Youth Action Network, the Starbucks Foundation, GlobalGiving, the International Youth Foundation, and Georgetown University, winning their distinguished Outstanding Partner for Social Justice award.
Under his tenure Leadership Initiatives has grown its fundraising base tenfold, been honored as GlobalGiving's Best All Around Nonprofit out of over 5000 organizations, and received endorsements and partnerships with the past two US Ambassadors to Nigeria, the Embassy of Nigeria in the United States, Omnilearn, IFast, Siemens, the US State Department and three members of Congress for their efforts to develop communities across the globe.
Youth Development Programs Director
Jessica graduated from American University with a degree from the School of International Service. She has lived and worked around the globe for the past decade. She has designed new education curriculums and lead development efforts for several organizations including Leadership Initiatives, the Millennium Cities Initiative, and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.
Jessica has an enormous passion for helping provide change to those lacking opportunity. Some of her past positions have included educating Tibetan refugees in India, caring for orphans in Kenya, and fundraising for coral reef conservation in Indonesia.
She is currently working as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System and getting her masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Jacob Arndt Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Jake has lead Leadership Initiatives business creation programs in the Philippines in addition to creating and designing programs and mentoring business owners across the globe. He had a hand in creating the International Business Alliance Program and wrote curriculum for Leadership Initiatives’ IBIP and ILBS programs. Jake is a tenured professor of communication studies at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo Michigan where he teaches courses on public speaking, interpersonal relationships, and organizational/intercultural communication. He actively consults with institutions of higher education, and private/public entities on leadership, employee training and development, and conflict resolution. Jake enjoys working with the students and business owners of Leadership Initiatives in any capacity that he can. He truly believes that the time spent working with Leadership Initiatives has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.
Youth Development Programs-International Director
Umar Muhammad is a Cisco-certified Computer Hardware Engineer who serves as Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion for Leadership Initiatives’ (LI) Nigerian operations. Umar’s resume credits include employment with Maida Business Center (2002) and African Petroleum Business Center (2004). Umar also worked NITI Technology as a Coordinator/Instructor in 2005 and with the Indian Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (INIIT) as Director of Training/Instructor in 2007.
Umar joined Leadership Initiatives - Nigeria as Project Officer in 2009 and was promoted to Project Manager in 2014. In 2016, he became Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion, overseeing the full scope of LI’s Nigerian office and its daily operations.
Since Umar’s promotion to his current role with LI - Nigeria, the organization’s national branch has grown significantly, becoming a locally registered non-profit with recognition and repute both in the Bauchi State, where it is located and more widely in Nigeria. Umar has guided LI –Nigeria in countless projects benefitting and uplifting local communities. Umar anchors the structure of the LI - Nigeria office in its administration, finance operations, personnel management, and the day-to-day running of all programs and projects.
Amy joined Leadership Initiatives in 2018 as the Outreach Director, with a focus on growing and streamlining the recruiting and enrollment processes.
Amy has over 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, in roles ranging from Administrative Assistant to COO. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. Later, she earned her MBA from Michigan State University.
Working in industries such as information technology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, public transportation, and litigation support has allowed Amy to see trends across industries, leading her to specialize in operational efficiency and focus, aligning processes with organizational goals, and reducing waste. Additionally, Amy has served as a professional development coach and led women’s leadership groups over the course of her career.
Amy has also flexed her entrepreneurial muscle, serving as an owner of a roller derby league in 2005-2006. In 2016 she served as the co-chair of fundraising efforts for suicide prevention, and served as a board member for a local education foundation from 2013-2015.
Amy resides in Michigan and is a stepmom to three student athletes. She enjoys reading, writing, and planning family adventures.
Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD
Georgetown Education Director
Sarah Stiles joined the Georgetown University sociology faculty in 2007. Prior to that she taught at American University for eight years where she was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs. She met Marshall Bailly at American and has been proud to work with him ever since.
Professor Stiles specializes in courses on law and social entrepreneurship. She regularly partners with both the law school and the business school. Professor Stiles has won numerous awards for her teaching and student engagement. She currently is working on an effort to promote well-being among students. She believes if we are truly serious about changing the world for the better, we must be at our best, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Professor Stiles holds a PhD in political science from Boston University, a JD from Northeastern University, an MA in Spanish literature from New York University, and a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University.
Kendall Derber has been involved with Leadership for a number of years. Over the summer she worked as the Youth Development Program Assistant Director at Georgetown University. Here, Kendall held many responsibilities, including working and managing meetings with business men and women who are experts in their fields. Along with this Kendall also worked with a number of Embassies to coordinate times and dates that Leadership Initiatives students could come visit and explore the Embassies.
Kendall holds positions on multiple boards at Bryn Mawr including Public Relations Officer for the Student Athletic Association Committee. She is also a member of various clubs such as the engineering, pre-health, and skateboarding club. Kendall loves being apart of Leadership Initiatives and looks forward to working with more driven students at this next years International Leadership Business Summit.
Sarah Agar Bailly
Sarah Agar currently works as a Utilization Review Manager for Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Gettysburg College and a Master's in Social Work (specializing in mental health) from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and is licensed as a Graduate Social Worker. She has worked in every area of the health care spectrum and specializes in the creation of highly individualized treatment plans designed to identify goals and to develop clear, realistic and effective strategies to meet them. Her passion for helping others develop, recognize and reach their own goals drew her to Leadership Initiatives and its International Business Alliance Program. She firmly believes that one key to success is truly recognizing our own strengths and weaknesses and understanding the role they play in reaching our personal aspirations. Sarah places emphasis on communicating with IBAP on a one-to-one, personalized basis and looks forward to developing and enhancing her role in LI.
Program Recruitment Director
Christopher Klepadlo earned his Masters degree in International Relations with concentrations in Human Rights and Democracy & Governance from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. He also received BA degrees in Italian and Spanish from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He has lived and studied abroad in both Italy and Spain. In Italy at Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio, he researched European and Italian National Politics. In Valencia, Spain he studied European History and Mediterranean Culture.
He previously worked for the Bank of New York as a Senior International Account Administrator. He has raised thousands of dollars for numerous human rights organizations such as the Red Cross and UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help provide for the needs of the estimated 59.6 million refugees currently in camps around the globe. In 2012, he was Galbraith Public Policy Fellow at Americans for Democratic Action, an organization started by Eleanor Roosevelt. Last summer he worked with different groups of students at some of the most prestigious universities in the country identifying and implementing solutions for international business partners. During the school year Christopher teaches Italian at a public high school in a suburb of Washington, D.C., where he serves as the World Language Department Chair and Coordinator for the Academy of Global Studies.
International Business Internship Program Director
Gabby has been with Leadership Initiatives for a number of years and is an excited and passionate team member. Over the summer, she worked at Georgetown University for Leadership Initiative's International Leadership Business Summit. There, she was the Youth Development Programs Site Director. Her duties included coordinating with all the guest speakers and experts to make sure that they were well accommodated. She was also in charge of all communications with the Nigerian business partners and she organized trips for the students to visit the Nigerian Embassy.
Student Benefits Consultant
Chris has been with Leadership Initiatives from its inception. He got to know Marshall while they were both attending American University, where Chris was working towards a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, as well as one in Economics, with a History minor.
After graduation, Chris went to work for the Safety and Health Department of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He works on a federal training grant, managing the database tracking student information and assisting in writing reports for the various grants, totaling nearly $4,000,000. He is also a freelance database developer.
Chris has worked for Leadership Initiatives in event management, fundraising, and as an IT consultant in varying capacities. In the summer of 2010, Chris was brought on to assist with accounting and bookkeeping. He has since worked with Marshall to develop a comprehensive plan for LI's future. A passionate supporter of LI's core principals, he is excited about the opportunity to apply his knowledge and skills to growing Leadership Initiatives.
Special Events Coordinator
Lauren Hensel has been apart of Leadership Initiative for over a year and has worked as an intern for Leadership Initiatives International Business Leadership Summit. As an intern, Lauren held the position of Media Chair, and took pictures and film that lead to recognition from Georgetown University. She also helped manage student teams that came up with twenty different solutions which won thousands of dollars in grants for their business partners.
In addition, Lauren has been a long-time volunteer in her community, most recently at a Washington State children’s literacy organization and as a tour leader at the Seattle Art Museum. She has participated in multiple programs with Leadership Initiatives, including the International Business Alliance Program and the International Leadership Business Summit.
Lauren is excited to be a part of Leadership Initiatives and looks forward to working with all those involved to change lives and improve our world through its programs and collaborations.
Rashida Abba Kasim
Student Relations Manager
Rashida graduated from University of Maiduguri with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry; she served in Government Girls College Bauchi, Bauchi State - Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Program in 2011. She worked with United Bank For Africa (UBA) as an assistant to Customer Service Officer in 2015 under Graduate Internship Scheme (Sure-P GIS).
Rashida's passion towards community development, rendering social services and empowering the less privilleged led her to join LI Team as Assistant Program Director- Nigeria
Web Development Director
Anthea Gonzalez is the Website Development Director and has been part of the Leadership Initiatives team for over two years. She oversees the creation, designing, coding, modifying and maintenance of all of the International Business Internship Program team websites, the Youth Development Program websites, and the Leadership Initiatives website.
Anthea believes that is it important to put the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. While working at Leadership Initiatives, she hopes to empower today's youth to chase their dreams and make a positive change in the world.
Anthea Gonzalez is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and Management and a Master's Degree in Cyber Security and Forensics at Illinois Institute of Technology. She aspires to go into the STEM field either as a Cyber Security Analyst or a Security Engineer after graduating.
Anthea’s lifelong goal is to help improve the lives of others through technology and innovation; she is excited to work with Leadership Initiatives and to continue to change lives!
Mohammed Auwal Yakubu
Auwal graduated from the University of Maiduguri where he studied Agriculture-Education (Double Hons.), he also has a master degree in International Affairs & Strategic Studies and a Diploma in Human Resources (HR). Auwal had worked with a multinational telecommunication industry for seven (7) years as a customer service professional before joining Leadership Initiatives (LI), he is a member of the "Association of Business Practitioners” (ABP), “Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI).
Auwal have attended several trainings/courses with various institutions/organizations such as; UNICEF, USAID, Global Health, SDG - Academy and "Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI) on; leadership, management strategy for people and resources, the Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking, Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace, Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, fundamentals of humanitarians services, water sanitation & hygiene (WASH), etc.
He is currently the Program Manager – Nigeria for leadership Initiatives (LI)
Community Engagement Team Lead
Meredith Karle has been with Leadership Initiatives for a number of years and has extensive experience budgeting and running youth programs with million dollar budgets. Meredith helps coordinate the Mentorship Program at Leadership Initiatives, shape the International Business and Leadership Summit, and ensure regular connection with Leadership Initiatives’ board members and contacts.
Over the summer, Meredith worked as an intern for the International Business Leadership Summit at Georgetown University. She held a multitude of responsibilities, including coordinating with mentors who helped students come up with their solutions which won thousands of dollars in grants.
Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Meredith is very involved with her community. Namely, she is the co-founder of Turning Pages, an organization dedicated to promoting education and wellness. Turning Pages has created multiple libraries for underprivileged afterschool programs, redistributing over 25,000 books. Meredith has also earned the Congressional Gold Medal Award for her commitment to community service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration.
Meredith looks forward to combining her love of helping people with her interest in business at Leadership Initiatives.
Glory Nuhu Dadi
Administrative Officer - Nigeria
I am a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (Bsc Geology), Diploma in Business management and entrepreneurship, Thinking School Africa fellow, Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow, leadership mentor and a oach. I am passionate about people and strongly believes in giving back to my community. Over the last decade, I have inspired both businesses and individuals most especially Youth. An award-winning Entrepreneur and Business Strategist with passion for startups Development and Growth in Nigeria. I previously worked for Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce as a State Coordinator and have mentored several Young Entrepreneurs. In 2015, I
was the Human Resources Manager for Mckish Network.
WHY I JOINED LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES
My passion is to not just make a living but to make a difference. I join Leadership Initiatives because I know with what they are doing, we can change the world one community at a time. For me it’s all about Legacy.
Registration and Accounts Manager
Blake Spreeman has been with Leadership Initiatives as both a student and intern for over a year and half now, as she was a member of the company’s International Business Internship Program and was able to attend last year’s youth development program as a student. She has now been working as an intern with individual IBIP teams to help them write their Press Releases and get published in local media outlets.
Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Blake is very involved in her school and community. She has been involved in her schools student body all 3 years of high school thus far and plans to continue as an executive member next year. She is also a member of many clubs, including A Friend In Me, in which students go to the City of Hope hospital to meet with kids with Cancer for Halloween or to plan a Prom. Outside of school, Blake spends time volunteering for Priceless Pets, a local no-kill animal shelter.
Blake looks forward to being able to help students grow through Leadership Initiatives’ Programs as she did.
Katie Thompson has been apart of Leadership Initiatives for a little over two years and is a determined, reliable team member. Although initially starting as a member of the International Business Alliance Program, Katie is now an intern that works with the organization’s partner, GlobalGiving. Katie corresponds with GlobalGiving’s staff to bring in donations to fund various activities within Leadership Initiatives.
Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Katie is involved in many different community service projects in her Florida hometown. Katie has worked as a volunteer at Florida Hospital for many years as the Surgical Liaison to aid patients and families during a crucial time. Katie also has coached volleyball for children on a middle school team and has helped run various camps for all grades over the summer. She is passionate about helping others which shows in her extensive commitment to Leadership Initiatives and other various projects.
Katie is excited to continue working with Leadership Initiatives in the summer programs to help inspire students like she once was a couple years ago at her first conference. She is committed to making the world a better place for all.
Law Program Speciaist and Curriculum Developer
Long-Term Benifits Coordinator
Outreach and Database Manager
Long-Term Benifits Coordinator
ILBS Assistant Director
Zac Clark has been with Leadership Initiatives for a year and counting. During the summer, Zac works as the International Leadership and Business Summit Assistant Director. He coordinates day trips, meals, setting up Skype calls and overall ensuring that the summer camps run successfully. Zac worked as an intern at last years camps at Georgetown University, and looks forward to going back again next year.
During the school year, Zac works on updating spreadsheets and other documents. He also works closely with a bundle of IBAP teams and helps them reach their daily goals. When Zac isn’t working on these things, he is putting his efforts towards the summer programs. He deals a lot with the preparation and coordination, ensuring everyone has a good time and a good experience.
Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Zac currently attends Hillgrove High School in Marietta, Georgia. He enjoys spending his free time playing basketball, hiking, and doing things with his family. He also enjoys competing in business related events for FBLA and DECA, while running National Business Honors Society, which is a club that he is president of.
Overall, Zac can not wait to continue transforming lives and being apart of Leadership Initiatives.
Medical Program Development Assistant Director
My name is Morgan Biele, and I am an LI Intern from Woodstock, Vermont. I have been working with Leadership Initiatives for two years, first at the Global Youth Innovators Initiative, then with the International Business Internship Program, and now as the Assistant Director for Youth Development Medical Programs. Leadership Initiatives has been an incredible opportunity for me to develop as a global citizen, but I am thrilled for it to help me in my medical endeavors as well. I am interested in pursuing neuroscience, and becoming a Pediatric Neurologist when I am older. I have always loved helping people, which originally attracted me to Leadership Initiatives, and I look forward to helping people medically one day too. At school, I am Class Treasurer, President of the Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program, Captain of the Math Team, and the Team Leader of the IBIP team. I also participate in the science fair, the Med Club, and help at the Special Olympics. I am so excited to go back to Georgetown this summer after the International Leadership and Business Summit last year, and look forward to meeting more aspiring medical professionals like me! Together, I think we will do some incredible things!