Meet the Team
Ambra Redrick “Unstoppable Momentum” aka “Miss Red”CEO and Co-Founder (formerly Executive Director)
Ambra Redrick “Unstoppable Momentum” aka “Miss Red”
CEO and Co-Founder (formerly Executive Director)
"Strategic Vision and Unstoppable momentum are the primary super powers of “Miss Red” as she is affectionately known by staff and teens alike."
Miss Red has the keen ability to plow through anyone or anything that stands in the way of serving youth, Not only does she guide the development and execution of the youth development organization, she built it from ground up amidst the challenges of meager financial and human resources. Under her leadership, the organization soon began to prosper. Her life-long quest to better the human condition has driven her to care for multiple populations in foster care, substance abuse, delinquency, HIV, women and children and youth-at-risk. She has leveraged her more than seventeen-year background in human services to recruit and govern a sharp as steel Board of Directors and assemble a staff of dedicated Servant Leaders. Educated with Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Social Work from Wayne State University, she knows that true knowledge begins when we open our hearts and cast our visions to bless the lives of others.
Franky Hudson “The Executive Implementer”Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder
Franky Hudson “The Executive Implementer”
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder
In the Teen HYPE Universe, Franky “The Executive Implementer” as the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder uses her super powers to manage and lead the day-to-day operations of Teen HYPE. To ensure that teens get the reinforcement they need from responsible adults, Franky harnesses her super powers of Operational and Mission Excellence to create a storm of dynamic stakeholders to serve as vanguards of change. With over 15 years’ experience in Youth Development, as a nonprofit leader, Franky “The Executive Implementer” designed and managed programs and services that has empowered countless teens to become Super Heroes too. Given her powers of creativity and the insights gained from her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan, Franky creates caring, brave, spaces and powerful experiences like Teen HYPE’s annual play, and the annual leadership retreat, which propel teens and Teen HYPE’s League of Excellence toward greatness.
Dorothy “Dee” Smith “Electromagna the Benevolent”Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships
Dorothy “Dee” Smith “Electromagna the Benevolent”
Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships
"X-Ray Vision- allows her to see beyond the surface and find the "SPARK" in the youth Teen HYPE serves & Love-electrifies her commitment to actively illuminate partnerships that transform the lives of those who live, work and enjoy Detroit"
Bestowed with two Super Powers, Dorothy "Dee" Smith is the ultimate HYPE Superhero. Her X-Ray Vision allows her to see beyond the surface and find the "SPARK" in the youth Teen HYPE serves. She reads motivations and identifies solutions faster than the speed of Light. Her X-Ray Vision has been coupled with Love that electrifies her commitment to actively illuminate partnerships that transform the lives of those who live, work and enjoy Detroit. Bolstered by close to a decade of experience in community organizing, bridge building, and development; she combines X-Ray Vision and Love to ignite innovation, create sustainable relationships, and give people the jolt of courage to do the impossible.
LaRon Evans “The Gratitude Generator”Senior Manager of In-School Initiatives
LaRon Evans “The Gratitude Generator”
Senior Manager of In-School Initiatives
"I can defeat negativity by having an attitude of gratitude. "
In a world fraught with pessimism, LaRon Evans defeats negativity with an attitude of gratitude. He holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and has more than ten years of experience in developing sustainable relationships with children, families, corporate partners, school liaisons and organization leaders. His super power best shines as he uses gratitude to combat stress and promote peace and harmony while he assists teens directly in behavior modification and restorative practices. Cohesiveness is a key ingredient in building a team that can break down barriers. LaRon knows that gratitude is a primary component of this cohesiveness and he encourages it at every turn whether it is among the teens or with fellow super heroes.
Matthew Schmitt “The Bridger”Manager of Mission Advancement
Matthew Schmitt “The Bridger”
Manager of Mission Advancement
"Batman can span great divides with grappling hooks and tightrope. But Matthew Schmitt builds bridges of understanding and partnerships to confront barriers."
It is his super power and one that he takes seriously as he raises resources and creates philanthropic inroads for Teen HYPE. He draws on extensive experience as a non-profit ministry director and worship leader, an arts administrator, community activist as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Michigan in Literature. He draws on the wisdom of Teen HYPE teens and legacy residents of Detroit, to build bridges of new understanding between the many stakeholders in the metropolitan area. Even though he’s been privileged to work with a range of musicians including Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, and Deana Carter, it’s the brilliance of Teen HYPE Youth that excites and humbles him daily!
Callie Brantley “The Energizer”Manager of High School Initiatives
Callie Brantley “The Energizer”
Manager of High School Initiatives
"I send out energy that lights a room, even in the darkest of times. I am the fire fueled by my passion to celebrate youth, confront barriers, and build bridges."
Facilitating, planning and creating programs for Peer Educators with a keen eye for detail and insights from her Bachelor’s Degree in Television, and Digital Media Production makes Callie Brantley a key member of the Teen HYPE Social Justice League. Her super power is the ability to send out energy that lights a room even in the darkest of times. Her powers shine brightly as she manages in-school programming and oversees youth development and prevention programming for Peer Educators. She is also an ambassador and advisor for the Youth Advisory Council, assists in preparing youth for theater performances, coordinates media projects and is a certified H.I.V tester and educator. Her fire is fueled by her passion to serve youth and help them achieve lasting success.
Sherisse M. Butler “The Crusher”Manger of Middle School Initiatives
Sherisse M. Butler “The Crusher”
Manger of Middle School Initiatives
"Super Smasher- I crush obstacles. "
Obstacles occur. It is a fact of life. But, they never worry Sherisse M. Butler. She is a Super Smasher and she crushes obstacles to bits and hurls away all the pieces. Her multidisciplinary background as a research scientist, ethicist, and health education specialist certainly helps. But it is through her work at Teen HYPE that she can encourage, equip, and empower young people to reach their full potential throughout her more than fifteen years of after-school programming, youth development, and community health experience. She also serves bi-vocationally as a youth pastor and is undertaking doctoral studies in adolescent sexual health curriculum development. Soon, she will be able to help smash a whole new set of obstacles as her studies advance.
Myriha Burton “Teleporter X”Arts Education Specialist
Myriha Burton “Teleporter X”
Arts Education Specialist
"I can teleport and give students the ability to go from their current state to their goals."
The Teleporters are an elite group of Shapeshifters who have a unique perspective within the Teen HYPE Universe. They are those whose origins started as Teen HYPE youth. Myriha Burton is one such Teleporter. And as a proud alumna of the program, she encourages students to teleport from their current states to become rampant goal achievers. This teleportation allows them to eventually shape shift into anything that they want to be. Myriha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in History, Afro American Studies, and Gender and Women Studies. She uses her talents as a spoken word artist, emcee, actress, playwright, and host to deliver engaging and thought-provoking lessons. Her weaponry is the fusing of arts and education to make her own dreams come true as well as those of the many youths served by Teen HYPE.
Camille Martin “Wisdom”Health Educator/Outreach Worker
Camille Martin “Wisdom”
Health Educator/Outreach Worker
"I can raise HIV awareness by informing adolescent youth of their HIV status and providing contraception access."
When it comes to Sexual Health, many adults and youth alike choose ignorance and denial. But Camille Martin uses her twin super powers of Knowledge and Awareness coupled with her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies: Global and Environmental Health from The University of Michigan, to obliterate excuses and illuminate a wiser path. She carried out HIV initiatives from Meru, Kenya to Quito, Ecuador before joining Teen HYPE’s League of Excellence. She uses her more than twelve years of knowledge in the HIV field to inform adolescent youth of their HIV status and provide access to contraception. She is proud that her work helps to empower young people to make informed healthy decisions centered around HIV, STDs, STIs, pregnancies, relationships, and reproductive health.
Ife Hampton “Gaia the Diversifier”Health Educator
Ife Hampton “Gaia the Diversifier”
"Global Exposure - I can expose young people to the diversity in this world and create opportunities for them to become global learners."
The nature of geographic familiarity is such that it can keep people’s attentions – even very young people -- fixated on minutiae. These conditions are precisely where Ife Hampton’s super power works best. She uses exposure to Diversity to create opportunities for Youth to become visionary global learners. She gains energy by inspiring youth to explore the world beyond their city and adopt a global perspective. She then channels that energy to develop tangible opportunities for travel and global exposure that help to transform thinking. At John Hopkins University, she earned an M.S.Ed. in Global Exposure and at the University of New Mexico she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She uses these credentials, her background in Mental Health advocacy and wellness, and her command of the tenets and power of Diversity to create spaces for youth and communities to heal and positively impact the world.