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Coach Garfield Thompson is the Executive Director of the McKim Center and the McKim Community Association, Inc. A father and lifelong advocate for the athletic and academic enrichment of youth, Coach Garfield is a regional leader in athletic coaching, teaching, and administration. Born in Jamaica, he is also a leader in the integration of athletic training with holistic education.
A champion of peacemaking and "whole community" services, Coach Garfield grew up at the McKim Center where he trained as a wrestler. He has been involved in the life of McKim for 30-plus years. A graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Hampton University. His first coaching position was as a Graduate Assistant for Women's Track & Field and Cross-Country at Hampton University. He completed coursework towards an MS in Exercise Science from McDaniel College. He is a Registered Athletic Director; a Certified USATF Level II Coach; and a former Certified MPSSAA Educator.
Coach Garfield previously served as the Athletic Director at the Odyssey School; the Athletic Director at Maritime Academy, the National Academy Foundation, and New Era Academy in the Baltimore City Public School System; and as a Coach for multiple sports at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, Maritime Academy, National Academy Foundation, and the New Era Academy. Coach Garfield was also the Coordinator of Track and Field and Cross-Country for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.
Dwight S. Warren is the Executive Director Emeritus of the McKim Center and the McKim Community Association, Inc. From 1975-2021, he was a pioneer for peace and wellness education through athletics as the head of the McKim Center.
Coach Warren is a graduate of Morgan State University and an iconic athletic director, physical education teacher, and wrestling coach whose cerebral approach to sports have advanced the highest ideals for thoughtful, reflective sportsmanship for decades.
In 2020, the Maryland State Wrestling Association honored Mr. Warren with the Johnny Eareckson Award for Lifetime Service. He continues to coach wrestling at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in his 70s.
Tiaira Robinson serves as McKim's part-time Development Assistant.
Ms. Robinson has distinguished herself as a powerful and empowering specialist for nonprofit youth programming and development in the greater Baltimore area.
She serves as the Director of Programs for I AM MENtality and she was a stand-out Mayoral Fellow in the Baltimore Corps and an outstanding STEM teacher for the Baltimore City Public School System.
Marion Colclough serves as McKim's Maintenance Manager courtesy of the Center for Workforce Inclusion.
We are very fortunate to have Mr. Colclough's expertise.
Tynisha Sewell serves as McKim's Head Track and Field Coach and as a support specialist who assists in the stewardship of McKim's athletic programming, including the McKim Community Games in the spring.
She is a social worker and a longtime accomplished athlete who studied Sociology and Human Services at Lincoln University in PA. She is also a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority member.
We are very fortunate to have the expertise of Coach Tiny, as she is affectionately called by McKim's youth athletes.
Jourdan Thompson serves as McKim's Summer Youth Teaching Fellow.
She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society at Baltimore City College Hight School where she is a standout student.
We are very fortunate to have Jourdan's in our summer youth program.
McKim's Board of Directors is led by Mr. Mark Dent, the Owner and Chairman of the Board of Chesapeake Systems, a leading technology and multimedia services corporation headquartered in Maryland. Mr. Dent succeeds Mr. Mike Moraz, Sr. Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, who served for many years as McKim's Board Chairman.
Board members include
Mr. Mark Dent
The McKim Center partners with the Baltimore Wisdom Project (BWP) of Wisdom Projects, Inc. (under the leadership of Upāsikā Miss tree turtle and Dr. Theodore Richards).
Under a longterm memorandum-of-understanding, the BWP (led by Miss turtle) provides 100 percent non-cost/free institutional support to McKim as McKim's official Educational and Health Services Partner.
The BWP co-directs the STEM and Healing Arts portion of McKim's out-of-school-time peacemaking programming and co-leads McKim's adult peacemaking programming involving Friday evening peacemaking trainings and Saturday peer support groups for grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, and mothers. The BWP also supports communications and development for McKim.
Ms. Shelly Turner serves as McKim's Administrative Coordinator courtesy of the BWP.
Mr. Michael Fortune and Mr. Desmond Rogers serve as program support specialists for the STEM & Healing Arts program courtesy of the BWP.
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