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Meet the Team

WE W.I.L.L. THRU SPORTS IS LIKE ANY TEAM SPORT A TEAM EFFORT!
EACH ONE OF US WORKING TOGETHER MAKES WE W.I.L.L. THRU SPORTS A SUCCESS.

Counselor

Mary Woods holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Art Therapy/ Counseling. In addition she is licensed and board certified in Creative Arts Therapy. She formerly held the position of Senior Recreation Therapist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and has since been promoted to a Rehabilitation Counselor...

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Mary Woods holds a bachelors in Psychology and a master in Art Therapy/ Counseling. In addition she is licensed and board certified in Creative Arts Therapy. She currently hold the position of Senior Recreation Therapist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Ms. Woods has much experience with fostering the lives of individuals in multiple ways and looks to continue making a change in the world with her creativity and expertise. Ms. Woods grew up in Mount Vernon NY where she worked for a girls sports camp. During this time, she was able to teach, role model, and empower young girls.  For the past 14 years she has also life guarded and instructed swim classes where she gets to touch many other youth lives. Ms. Woods has a passion to give youth hope and opportunities. She believes that they deserve a chance at success no matter where they come from. Their circumstances do not define who they are and they matter.

Senior Associate

A native Southern Californian, Myesha played basketball and ran track from middle school to college. Through sports and academics, she was accepted to play at University Dubuque Iowa. Later transferring to St. John’s University where she obtained her B.S/M.S in Accounting and M.B.A in International Business... 

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Senior Associate, Insurance & Banking Practice at BDO USA, LLP

A native Southern Californian, Myesha played basketball and ran track from middle school to college. Through sports and academics, she was accepted to play at University Dubuque Iowa.  Later transferring to St. John’s University, where she obtained her B.S/M.S in Accounting and M.B.A in International Business. Myesha’s career has lead her from IT implementation to assurance and advisory services.

Through her work experience, she has found ways to be of service in and out of the office. She is is the local leader of BDO’s Pride Alliance inclusion group. She is responsible for member engagement through LGBT networking, volunteering, and recruiting. She also is a team leader for New York Cares, usually volunteering at the Action Center Pantry Service. In addition, she is a board member to The Generations Project, committed to fostering dialogue and community-building across diverse LGBTQ populations of all ages at our live events.

As a board member for WWTS, Myesha ensures organizational financial compliance and assist in increasing transparency and accountability. In addition, she Team Leads volunteers during tournament weekends. 

 

Senior Associate

Denise Hillman is a Media Technician with a degree in Applied Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in web development.  She has always had a passion for creating videos for different occasions whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary, a memorial service, or any special event. Denise began doing memorial...

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Denise Hillman is a Media Technician with a degree in Applied Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in web development.  She has always had a passion for creating videos for different occasions whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary, a memorial service, or any special event. Denise began doing memorial slideshows for her church over 4 years ago and realized the appreciation members had for her quality of work. Loving the work she was doing, and loving the feedback she was getting, Denise began to think about starting her own business. She began thinking more seriously and began DZines Production in 2015.  She has been building her clientele as she uses her expertise to support We W.I.L.L. Thru Sports. Denise appreciates the opportunities that WE W.I.L.L. Thru Sports gives to community partners and values their commitment to its youth. She joined We W.I.L.L. Thru sports in 2017 when she produced a slide show for a fundraising event. Denise has since worked closely with the team displaying her artistry and collaborating on projects. Denise plans to grow her business and use her skills to grow We W.I.L.L. 

Board Member

Dianne Woods, registered nurse, provides organizational and administrative support. Prior to her retirement in 2015, Dianne spent the last 11 years at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn NY. In her role as Deputy Director of Nursing, she led Performance Improvement, Education. 

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Coach

Joseph Cifone played high school basketball for La Salle Academy in New York City, in college at the University of Nebraska, and professionally in Italy. He has played basketball for over 40 years and still has so much love and passion for the game...

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He is trying to instill this love and passion to the youth of our future. He loves to work with kids and teach them what it takes to play the great game of basketball. He feels sports can take anyone to different levels and he has the desire to help our youth reach their highest level. Joe believes that sports is a great way to build friendship’s and longtime relationships that will help with successes later on in life. He coaches at Riverdale High School and loves working with his middle school team. Joe believes that we should role model for our youth the best way we know how and teach them all that we know. Basketball is his sport of choice, but he feels all sports are a great channel for children to learn and achieve goals. Joe has said many times how sports gets children off the streets and gives them something positive to do. Sports keep youth out of trouble. He strongly believes it is our duty as adults, to help our youth coming up. Our future is right in front of us on the court or on the streets and through We W.L.L.L. Joe is dedicated to helping our youth envision a bright future.

Blog Writer

Lynne Black, Owner of LRB & Associates, is a Freelance Blogger/Writer and Consultant. Profoundly driven and a perfectionist by nature, Lynne is committed to working with Businesses and the Non-Profit sector.
My goal is to inspire others by creating...

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.. interesting articles and posts.

Lynne is married and resides in the Boston area. In my spare time, I indulge in fine dining, cooking, art, pilates, travel, a die-hard Boston Red Sox Fan and passionate about all sports.

Founder

Henry Perez, of We W.I.L.L. Thru Sports, was born May 24 1974 on 114st Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY. His father passed away when he was 5 years old leaving his mother Carmen Amaro to raise him along with 8 other siblings. While growing up, there never seemed to be a dull moment with such a big family...

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Looking back, he appreciates the struggles and hard times that life dealt to his family and him. One of the most important pieces of advice instilled in Henry from a young age was “if there’s WILL and hard work it pays off in all aspects of life”. He attended schools in NYC, and graduated from Norman Thomas HS in 1995. Henry persevered on to attending and graduating from Herbert H. Lehman College where he received a BA in Recreation Administration. He has held several therapeutic recreation positions and has recently been promoted at his current employment. In addition he is enrolled in a Master level program for therapeutic recreation as well. He has a passion for helping others and in particular those who come from difficult situations/backgrounds. His dedication and determination has reached many young people through athletics and he believes he can reach many more who need to hear and believe that they have a life worth living!

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