Meet the Team

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       Deirdre Hayes, is a passionate retired athlete who enjoys the fine arts.  While in high school Dee understood the importance of teaching and coaching children the fundamentals of life through field hockey and everyday activities.  Deirdre is a native of Hackensack, New Jersey, and attended Hackensack High school while playing 4 years of Varsity Field Hockey and other sports. She continued her athletic career at East Stroudsburg University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Education Concentration in Sports Management. 

       Continuing her love of sports Deirdre began coaching for Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey (Field Hockey), Glen Ridge High school (track and field), and for an Elite Traveling Field Hockey team Quik Sticks. Where she helped developed young athletes with team building and playing skills so that they too can be scouted by collegiate coaches. 

       Development of children and understanding everyday survival skills also lead her to be an Assistant Camp Director with the Fresh Air Fund (Camp Hidden Valley) and a Brownie Girl Scout trooper leader for 7 years.  

       As a Certified Event Rental Specialist, she now focuses her energy on logistics as an event planner and the creation of memories. Deirdre has exceptional attention to detail and compassion.    

“Every day I wake up, I talk, I walk, I can speak to loved ones I know that I am BLESSED.  Because someone, somewhere was not able to do these things.” - Deirdre 
 

I feel like a princess when I step into a new pair of shoes and start dancing like no one is watching! ~Deirdre

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       tamia rashima jordan, M.Ed., is a radical racial & social justice educator who channels her energy into projects that heal the BIPOC (Black & Indigenous & People of Color) community. Currently she serves as the Director of Intercultural Student Affairs at Emerson College located in Boston, Massachusetts. 

       Additionally, tamia serves on the Community Council of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. She supports individuals who are or have been incarcerated. And she also serves on the production team of the Boston Art & Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest).

​       Originally from Hackensack, New Jersey, tamia received her BA in Government (American Politics) and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. 

​       Also important to note, tamia cannot live without the ocean, all the folx who call her auntie, traveling to countries below the equator, kitty cats, and music.

 

Visit tamia's website at thankyouyes.com.

I feel like a princess when I'm gliding across the water, on a stand-up paddle board, commanding the seas! ~tamia

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