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Staff

Sharlee Jeter, President
Sharlee Jeter began her involvement with the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996 as a high school volunteer. At the age of 18, Sharlee was named to the Board of Directors, and during college, she interned with the Foundation on summer and winter breaks. In 2002, she joined the Foundation full time as program director, focusing mainly on the New York area. She developed many successful initiatives, including a partnership with The St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf in the Bronx, which led to the integration of the deaf into many Turn 2 programs and events. Most notably, the Foundation inducted its first deaf high school student into the Jeter’s Leaders Program in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Sharlee proved to be a tremendous asset to the organization and was promoted to director of development in 2004, managing fundraising initiatives and corporate partnerships. In 2007, Sharlee was named vice president of the Turn 2 Foundation. She continued to identify innovative ways to build the organization through special fundraising and program events that further promote the Foundation mission and by creating key branding opportunities and partnerships that increased exposure and corporate support.

Under her direction, both the Annual Fundraiser Dinner in New York City and the Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic in Tampa, Fla., have grown exponentially. Both events have continued to sell out and increase in revenue to support the youth served in Turn 2 Signature Programs. The Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic has become the premier celebrity golf cllassic in Florida.

In February 2010, Sharlee took over the reins as president and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. Sharlee’s main focus is on fundraising and development, managing corporate partnerships and overseeing all Foundation consultants. She acts as liaison with the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Resource Council.

Sharlee graduated in 1997 from Kalamazoo Central High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 2001 from Spelman College in Atlanta. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Sharlee currently resides in New York City.

Lesley Gaudio, Development Manager
Lesley Gaudio, New York Jeter’s Leaders alumna (2004), began working as a college intern for the Jeter’s Leaders program. In 2008, she joined the Foundation full time as development assistant, and in 2009, was promoted to development manager. Lesley works with the president, Sharlee Jeter, overseeing the logistics of all program and Foundation events. She maintains sponsor relationships and develops corporate partnerships for Turn 2. Lesley oversees media relations, including managing the semiannual publication of the Turn 2 Magazine. She is instrumental in executing the day-to-day projects with Foundation consultants and vendors. Lesley is a 2008 graduate of Fordham University where she studied computer science and communications and media studies with a concentration in journalism. A native New Yorker, Lesley was raised in the Bronx and currently lives in Manhattan.

Amanda Mellen, Program Manager
Amanda Mellen was first introduced to the Foundation in 2004 as a coach at the Turn 2 Baseball Clinic in Kalamazoo. She continued to support the annual baseball clinics until a move in 2007 to New York City made her an ideal candidate for the full-time position of program coordinator. Currently, Amanda serves as the program manager, working in tandem with the vice president on all strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of all Turn 2 programs. She is the point person for the directors of Turn 2’s Signature Programs and is instrumental in managing the synergy between the New York and Kalamazoo Jeter’s Leaders programs. Amanda received her associate's degree in 2003 from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In 2009, she received her bachelor's in history from Hunter College. Originally from Edwardsburg, Mich., Amanda currently resides in New York City.

D'Angelo Bailey, Director, Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders
D’Angelo Bailey joined the Turn 2 Foundation in 2005, as program coordinator for the Kalamazoo Jeter’s Leaders. In his new role as program director, D’Angelo implements and supervises the leadership development program, assessing student’s needs and overseeing the program activities. D’Angelo graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2005, where he studied psychology, and received a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 2009. A native of Chicago, he currently lives in Kalamazoo.

Betty Wiltshire, Director, New York Jeter's Leaders
In 1997, high school sophomore Betty Wiltshire, was selected as a member of the inaugural Jeter’s Leaders class. After her four-year tenure as a Leader, she continued to work for the Foundation as an intern while attending college. Upon graduation, Betty joined the organization full time as the program coordinator. In her current role as director, Betty implements and supervises the leadership development program, assessment of student’s needs and program activities. Her intimate knowledge of the program from her years of participation enables her to continue to grow this highly-successful initiative on behalf of the Foundation. Betty is a 2007 graduate of Medgar Evers College, where she received a bachelor's degree in business management. Betty was born and raised in Brooklyn. She now lives in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Kimberly Juwong, Program Coordinator, Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders
Kimberly Juwong graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's degree in Chinese studies and a minor in mathematics in 2007. Kimberly currently resides in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants.

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Social Change Project
The Project is an event created to share one of the Foundation's principles with communities. Learn more »

Turn 2 Foundation Dinner
The 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner raised more than $1 million for youth initiatives. Learn more »


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