Meet the A+ Squash Staff
Telvin Debnam, was born in Youngsville, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and completed his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. Prior to joining A +Squash, Telvin worked with the National Society of Black Engineers’ Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program. His areas of expertise include recruitment and training of volunteers, development of local parent committees, and management of social media strategy and execution. Previously, Telvin was VP of Outreach for Generation Next, a DC startup which assists millennials, women and minorities to find employment and create their own businesses.
In July 2015, Telvin leaped into the role of Executive Director for A+ Squash. Telvin looks forward to advancing A+ Squash’s unique vision of urban squash in Atlanta.
Contact Telvin Debnam at: Telvin@aplussquash.org
James McDaniel was born in Albany Georgia, and raised right in the heart of our program, Atlanta, Georgia. James received his Masters in Education from Mercer University. He is an innovative educator, committed to integrating evolving technology into educational settings to provide an environment that promotes intellectual curiosity and fosters life-long learning. Currently, James is a 6th grade teacher and the technology coordinator at Centennial Elementary. He is certified in Middle Grades Mathematics and Science and has experience in S.T.E.M. implementation for in-class curriculum of various age and grade levels. James is adept at developing and managing technology grants, program budgets, and work plans, while identifying new opportunities for growth and expansion. In 2016 he was selected as the 2016 PBS “Learning Media” Digital Innovator and in 2014 “Teacher of the Year” by educational non-profit, Power My Learning. James proudly joins the A+Squash team as the Academic Director. He is enthusiastic about developing outstanding programming that will lead to the exponential growth and development of the young scholars of A+Squash.
Contact James McDaniel at: James@academicsplussquash.org
Brittany Vickers was born in St.Louis, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Broadcast, and a Bachelor of Arts in History. She comes to Atlanta, by way of The University of Georgia where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. Currently, a journalist at CNN-International her work has been published in a National publication, Ebony magazine and she’s interviewed activists from Carlos Santana to Janelle Monae. As a journalist, Vickers has produced multi-platform media including video packages and digital print for a worldwide audience. Previously she worked with, Donna’s Restoration and Diner Outreach Center, a non- profit organization dedicated to serving the disadvantaged. Brittany is thrilled to begin her role as Program Director for A+Squash. She looks forward to working with the girls of A+Squash to empower and encourage them to excel in academics and their abilities on and off the court.
Contact Brittany Vickers at: Brittany@academicsplussquash.org
Rob Wilkins was born in Bristol, UK. He began competing in national tournaments collecting numerous wins over his junior career, and was invited to represent his country, Wales, reaching a Junior World ranking of 31 BU19. Rob was awarded a Squash Scholarship to Wycliffe College when he was 13 alongside current Top 50 players. After years of competing, Rob decided he enjoyed the coaching side of squash. He has now been coaching for 13 years which includes 3 national champion players, and Division 1 national championship teams. During this time, Rob has spent many years working with other Urban Squash programs, volunteering his time and organizing programs to help continually develop the level of play in the programs. Currently, Rob is the Director of Squash for Concourse Athletic Club working with elite junior athletes from the Southeast, and serves as Squash Director for A+. He is dedicated to improving the performance of students on the courts.