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Peter Karl Youngren

Founder & President

Peter has spent over two decades working in the not-for-profit space; specifically with educational institutions. He started his career at nineteen in a refugee camp in Rwanda in 1994. It was here that he saw first-hand how powerful charitable work can be in transforming even the most horrific circumstances.

Since then Peter has founded two large-scale charities; working in over 500 schools across fifty-five school boards. He has worked with all levels of government to implement unique, educational programming for young people.

To date, over 125,000 students have participated in programming designed by Peter and his team.

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Joseph Khargie

Executive Director

Joseph has over a decade of experience creating and implementing youth engagement strategies. Through his strong leadership skills, tens of thousands of youth have been positively affected. He has initiated high-level partnerships with police services, community partners, school boards and large corporations.

Joseph has hands-on experience with program creation, facilitation and administration. His innovation and dedication has been highly sought after and he recently received the Top 40 Under 40 Leadership Award from the Brampton Board of Trade in 2017. In 2016, he was a Citizens Award recipient.

As Executive Director, Joseph oversees all of the daily programming operations of the organization.

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Chris Dennis

Director of Business Development

Chris has over thirty years of success in event management, sponsorships, and philanthropic endeavors within the sports industry. He has developed and executed events that assist major corporations, teams and professional athletes in achieving their marketing, public relations and social media objectives.

His vision and foresight was exhibited in 1999 when he acquired the domain name for the James family before LeBron entered grade eleven. As the charity’s first Executive Director, he was instrumental in the development of the philanthropic arm of NBA superstar LeBron James.

As Director of Business Development, Chris is responsible for establishing and maintaining national strategic partnerships.

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Sasha Davenport

Director of Research

Sasha brings extensive experience and energy, as an evidenced based neurobehavioral researcher. Honored as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she earned a BA in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, with a concentration in philosophy from Harvard University.

Currently she is working toward her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Queens College with an interest in the neurodevelopment of empathy, aggression and the relationship to adult crime using big data analysis, Matlab and R programming languages. Her research on neuropsychology and warfare has been presented at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint and submitted for publication. 

As Director of Research, Sasha analyzes the ongoing success of each program participant.

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Mike Paduada

Director of Academic Development

As a life-long lover of numeracy, Mike earned his Bachelor of Mathematics, Pure Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 2000. He followed this by completing a Master of Mathematics in 2004. He brings a wide array of experience to the team including: working for NASA, designing apps for smartphones, and constructing high-level modeling for global mining companies. However, Mike’s passion has always been to give back and use his talents to impact the next generation.

His role, as Director of Academic Development is to ensure the integrity of the math as well as the engagement of the students. Mike’s attention to detail and ability to take complicated concepts and simplify them in a way that is both understandable and enjoyable to the learner have greatly improved the delivery methods of the organization.

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Chester Bryan

Director of Distribution

Chester has over 20 years of experience in the DJ world. As an industry professional and consultant, he has brought his world-class expertise to the Math Thru Music program and the Create organization as a whole.

He is the Founder and President of DJ Depot, an American and Canadian distributor of professional audio, lighting and DJ equipment. Chester currently shares his time between Orlando and Toronto and is highly sought after on both sides of the border. His role has been instrumental in both creating and organizing the distribution of equipment; particularly for the MTM program.