Mike Friedman, Executive Director:
Mike holds a strong belief that, given the needed support, young people have the capacity to create positive outcomes for themselves. He brings decades of experience working with youth development programs, including summer camp programs, after school programming, as well as in-school suspension alternatives. For 23 years, Mike was Executive Director of Vacamas Programs for Youth in New York City, where he grew the program from a summer camp serving 500 families to a year round, multi-site institution that helped 5000 families of low and moderate income youth. Of specific interest to Rebound is his leadership of the Vacamas TOPS program, an attendance improvement and drop-out prevention initiative in New York City public schools providing student and family support for youth identified as in danger of early school drop-out. Since his retirement from Vacamas and move to North Carolina, Mike has continued to use his skills to impact youth and youth serving programs. He is a Blue Ribbon Mentor, as well as a Lead Counselor at Emily K Center, where he mentors high school students preparing for college. He has also done board and consulting work for several area non-profits, including Lifeskills Foundation, Communities in Schools of Chatham County, and and Durham Literacy Center.
Cimarron Reed, Program Director: Cimarron Reed is a native of Hartford, CT and currently resides in Durham, NC. His background and focus on community collaboration, gang prevention and outreach has led him to a number of opportunities and community leadership roles. Cimarron attended Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC where he majored in African-American Studies and Organizational Management.
Shelia Washington, Durham Public Schools Teacher: Ms. Washington has a decades long career in education, with an emphasis on serving EC students and students in alternative settings. She splits her time between Rebound and Second Chance Academy.
Andrea Liles, MSW: Andrea is from Laurinburg, North Carolina. She graduates from North Carolina Central University with her Masters of Social Work. She also received her undergraduate degree from NCCU in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice and a minor in Child Development and Family Relations. Andrea is dedicated to serving the Durham community as she has previously worked with Durham Housing Authority, Project Build of Durham and as a Rebound Intern.
Congratulations to our 2017-18 MSW Interns on a successful year! They completed their placement in April.
Terrell Poe, MSW Intern: Terrell is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina Agricultural and technical State University, where he studied and received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduating in 2013 he worked as an at-risk juvenile counselor for two years before deciding to return to College to obtain his Master’s degree in Social Work. Terrell is a vivacious person who is charismatic about helping the youth progress in a positive way. As an at-risk juvenile counselor, Terrell has helped countless Juveniles overcome negativity that bombards their everyday life, by illuminating knowledge is power.
Elissa Rumer, MSW Intern: Elissa is a native of Durham and was raised in the Durham Public School System, attending DPS Magnet Schools from 2nd through 8th grade. She is active in the Durham community, acting as a youth leader for her church’s youth group and a youth choir mentor. Elissa is passionate about working with the youth population in Durham and seeks to work specifically with at-risk youth. She hopes to work with at-risk youth in an effort to keep them out of the prison pipeline and instead, help to keep them connected with the Durham community.