Miguel Joey Aviles, President
Mr. Aviles is a Recruitment & Outreach Strategist (HR Specialist – Recruitment) for the Department of Defense (DoD) – DCPAS and a Professional Speaker. Recognized by DoD-DCPAS as the Rookie of the Year, Miguel Joey has advised more than 20,000 college students, professionals and other job seekers on how to achieve their career goals. He has been featured as a Keynote Speaker in National and International Conventions, covering topics related to Diversity, Personal Branding and Development. Mr. Aviles holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. Mr. Aviles has been recognized by his colleagues as “Charisma on Steroids” and a “Power House of Energy”.
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Virginia Hill, MSW, Past President
Virginia Hill serves as the Past President of Young Government Leaders (YGL) National Board in Washington, DC. In this role, she represents the national organization in the media, spearheads and participates in organizational projects, and has the privilege to speak to audiences of current and prospective government employees.
During her day job, Ginny is a Program Manager for customized leadership programs at the Partnership for Public Service. Moving to the Partnership in February 2015 was a new chapter in her journey to make a positive impact on government; this time from the outside in.
Ginny spent more than 7 years in public service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), first as a Presidential Management Fellow, and then finding her niche in various workforce development roles in the NIH Office of Human Resources and NIH Clinical Center. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University.
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Tyler Robinson, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Robinson is the Portfolio Risk Officer at the Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) and a former Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). In addition to his duties as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Robinson is the Director of the YGL Institute for Public Policy. Prior to his appointment as a PMF, he received an MBA from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a focus on Finance and Public Administration. He graduated Valedictorian and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team while a member of the varsity golf team at Willamette.
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Elizabeth Fischer Laurie, Chief of Staff
Ms. Fischer Laurie currently serves as a Attorney Advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board, Medicare Operations Division, where she works on Medicare appeals. She is a former Presidential Management Fellow. She received her undergraduate degree in International Business and History from Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law. In addition to her service to YGL, she works on the staff of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and serves as a mentor through the GovLoop and the Fund for American Studies mentoring programs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading as a member of several book clubs, travelling with her husband, and exploring Washington, D.C.
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Winta Tewolde, Chief Financial Officer
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Stacey Champagne, Chief Information Officer
Stacey Champagne is responsible for overseeing and securing YGL’s information technology resources as Chief Information Officer, including the YGL website. She holds a Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies with a focus in Cybersecurity Policy from Northeastern University, as well as a BFA in Graphic Design, Minor in General Business, and a Baccalaureate Certificate in Product Innovation from Virginia Commonwealth University. Stacey’s love of technology spurred from ten years spent participating, volunteering, and working for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). She is passionate about educating and inspiring women in cybersecurity, and is in the process of starting a blog, Cyberly, to compliment this goal. In her spare time you can find Stacey improving her “functional fitness” in the gym or competing in the SuperFit Games competition series.
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Kehli Cage, Director of Mentoring
Kehli Cage is the Director of Mentoring for Young Government Leaders (YGL), in this role she oversees the mentoring program (mentor and mentees), recruitment, workshops, and partnerships pertaining to the program. Kehli began her federal career as Student Intern, and more than 7 years later she has become a professional career employee. Kehli received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Bowie State University and received her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Trinity Washington University. Kehli is proud public servant, who believes in the power of “giving back”, thus her keen interest in Mentoring. She deems herself a “lifelong learner” as she believes that we never stop learning.
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Armani Foster, Director of eLearning
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Shauntae Barber, Director of Operations and Strategic Planning
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Lillian Amaechi, Director of Partnerships and Events
Lillian Amaechi is a Management Analyst in the Special Initiatives Group at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Human Resources (OHR), which is the world’s premier biomedical research institution. In that role, she provides strategic support to help OHR Director and Deputy Director achieve its mission: to recruit and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce for the NIH. Lillian graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the American University School of Public Affairs, where she served as Vice President on the student counsel. Shortly after graduation, she was appointed Director of Partnerships and Events for the Young Government Leaders (“YGL”) National Board in Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization that strives to educate, inspire, and transform the current and future leaders of government. In her spare time, Lillian tutors and mentors students in the DC metro area. Lillian also practices yoga and hopes to complete an international yoga retreat.
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Elida Sarmiento, YGL University Director
Elida started her career with the Social Security Administration in 1992 as a Summer Aide in the Denver, CO District Office. Since that time, she has developed an extensive SSA résumé through a variety of increasingly responsible staff and management positions in a number of different field and regional components in the Denver and San Francisco Regions. Elida relocated to the Washington, DC area in October of 2011, where she the Director for the Division of Training and Human Resources. She oversees training and career development for 11,000 employees nationwide.
She is a graduate of the Advance Leadership Program-Class V (2010-2011) and a graduate of the 2014 Executive Leadership Program through the National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Elida holds a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management and Political Science and Government from Ashford University, a Project Leadership Certificate from Cornell University, and a Masters in Public Administration from American University. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Elida is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis in Learning Organization from Grand Canyon University.
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