Speaker Bios

Tarik Sloussi, LCMHC
Tarik is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina. He specializes in working with adolescent and young adult guys and their families. His areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, anger management, and life transition struggles. Tarik is originally from Casablanca, Morocco and has lived and worked in Central Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. In his spare time, Tarik enjoys playing and watching sports and having deep and meaningful conversations with anyone willing to talk and listen. He considers himself a lifelong learner and enjoys learning from others just as much as he likes sharing knowledge.
Bryanna Campbell, Psy.D, HSP-P 
Bryanna is a licensed psychologist who values authentic and meaningful connection with her clients. She specializes in working with young adults and adults who want to learn to cope, find meaning, and heal themselves. Her aim is to help clients learn to foster healthy relationships with themselves and others, provide nonjudgmental support and empathy, and to help create safe spaces for clients to express the concerns of everyday life. As a Black psychologist, Dr. Campbell understands the importance of representation. Much of her research and clinical work has aimed to help break down many of the barriers that ethnic and racial minorities experience as it relates to therapy. She holds a special interest in working with black women, people of color, and first generation children of immigrants. Before transitioning to private practice in Charlotte, Dr. Campbell worked in numerous university counseling centers in Florida.
Tom Walter

Tom is the head baseball coach at Wake Forest University & founder of Get In the Game. A proven program & player developer, he is one of two active head coaches in the US to lead three different programs to the NCAA D1 Tournament & seventh coach all-time to do so. He also works w/ USA Baseball, coaching & mentoring youth. Development off the field is equally as important to Walter as on the field. All of his program’s seniors have graduated on time for eight straight years; 100% of team has done community service for 11 straight years, and they have raised more than $250,000 for charities.

Walter selflessly donated a kidney to outfielder Kevin Jordan just days before the 2011 season opener. Jordan was diagnosed with a serious kidney disease and needed a transplant. Without hesitation, Walter gave Jordan one of his own, and in turn, gave Jordan an opportunity at a new life. In 2020, he and Jordan chose to use their story to inspire and create change, founding GITG, a 501(c)(3) that engages students in grades 7-12 via facilitated school clubs and gives them resources to better understand themselves and recognize the impact they can have when they’re intentional in word, thought and deed. Walter has a B.S. from Georgetown and an MBA from George Washington. 

Kevin Jordan 

Kevin is a 2015 graduate of Wake Forest University where he was a four-year scholarship baseball player. After being diagnosed with a serious kidney disease in 2010, Jordan needed a transplant, and his college coach Tom Walter stepped up and donated his, giving Jordan the chance for a new life and allowing him to continue w/ baseball. Their story garnered national media attention in 2011. After earning a BA in Communication, he went on to a career in sales and coaching. In the summer of 2020, he and Walter engaged in a series of conversations that culminated in the founding of Get In the Game, a 501(c)(3) that engages students in grades 7-12 via facilitated school clubs and gives them resources to better understand themselves and recognize the impact they can have when they’re intentional in word, thought and deed. Jordan is Director of Community Relations for GITG, working closely with facilitators as they implement the program in schools and acting as the “face” of the Get In the Game organization.

Amanda Antico
Amanda serves is a Founding Board Member and Chief Program Officer of Get in the Game. Drawing upon her 25+ years career and vast experience, as an organizational development strategist and consultant, Amanda is always seeking mission aligned partners for her work in the social sphere – especially in education. In the past decade, Amanda has founded, co-founded, and led multiple social-impact-focused organizations, including two public benefit corporations (PBCs). She has a deep, abiding confidence in what will happen when young talent joins forces with innovative economic enterprises to drive societal change. It is magic. She is a master teacher, mentor, and consultant, having helped thousands of individuals and dozens of companies aspire to achieve their best selves and pursue their goals with discipline and purpose. Amanda teaches at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and most recently serves on the Board of The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington DC and the Leadership Advisory Council at GWU. Amanda earned her doctorate, in 2010, with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship from The George Washington University in Washington DC. In 2021, Amanda will begin her study toward an LL.M degree from Columbia University in NYC.
 

Jenna Gilfillan, M.Ed.

Jenna Gilfillan is the founder of Greensboro Day School’s Student Diversity Leadership Council, Jr. (SDLC, Jr.) and is currently piloting Get in the Game’s inaugural season. Jenna’s 14 years of teaching have been evenly split between public and independent schools. While she is currently a 6th and 7th grade Social Studies teacher, she has taught grades 3-7 over the course of her career and is a licensed Reading Specialist. As an ever evolving anti-racist educator, Jenna incorporates the themes of perspective and complexity into every lesson she teaches. Her favorite TED talk is The Danger of a Single Story by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie and the book she recommends most often is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Jenna’s many roles at Greensboro Day School include Middle School teacher, Diversity Equity Inclusion Coordinator, SDLC Jr./Get in the Game Advisor, and varsity lacrosse coach.

 

Photo Credit: Sylvia Freeman 

Jaki Shelton Green 

Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Cooper stated that "Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state's diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki's appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina's rich literary history."

Her collegiate and professional experiences include currently teaching Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Visiting Professor for the Carlow University MFA Program, Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence, Duke University Teaching for Equity Fellow, 2019 Barnard College Africana Studies Department Lewis-Ezekoye Distinguished Lecturer, 2019 UNC Chapel Hill Sonja Stone Memorial Lecturer, Taller Portobelo Artist Colony Portobelo Panama, University of Panama, Department of Cultural Resources for Brazil, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Distinguished Visiting Writer, North Carolina Turkish Association, Alhambra Cultural Center in Marrakech Morocco, NC Symphony, NC African America Cultural Heritage Commission.

She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Ventures providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers in Sedona Arizona, Ocracoke North Carolina, Agadir Morocco, and Tullamore Ireland.

Awards 2020 Shaw University Ella Baker Women Who Lead Award, 2020 St. Andrews University Fortner Award, 2020 Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, 2020 Northern Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Achievement Award, The INDY’s 19 People of 2019, 2019 Spirit House Griot Cultural Alchemist Award, Orange County Baha’i 2019 Light of Unity Award, 2019 NC Humanities Council Caldwell Award, 2019 American Academy of Poets Laureate Fellowship, 2019 Aura Galleria Our Minds Our Voices Woman of Distinction Award, 2019 Antioch Baptist Church Durham African American History Award, 2018 Tar Heel of the Year Finalist, 2018 Indies Arts Award, 2018 NC Literary and Historical Association R. Hunt Parker Award, 2018 Phi Beta Kappa Award, 2017-2018 Duke University Faculty Travel Grants, 2017 Certification of Teacher Excellence presented by the Kingdom of Morocco Ministry of National Education, 2016 Kathryn H. Wallace Award for Artists in Community Service, 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2010 Fine Arts Emerald Award (Raleigh LINKS), 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate appointment, 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina, 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature (the highest award the state can bestow for significant contributions in science, literature, fine arts, and public service), 2003 North Caroliniana Society induction. Jaki Shelton Green is the recipient of two NC Emerging Artist Grants, the African American Writer’s Collective Distinction Award, NC Writers Network Blumenthal Award, 2002 Omega Iota Finer Womanhood Award (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority) Delta Arts Award (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority)

Jaki Shelton Green is the author of eight collections of poetry: Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, published by Carolina Wren Press and Blair Publishers. Her other publications; Feeding the Light, I Want to Undie You are published by Jacar Press. Her poetry has been published in over eighty national and international anthologies and featured in magazines such as Essence and Ms. Magazine.

On Juneteenth 2020, she released her first LP, poetry album, The River Speaks of Thirst, produced by Soul City Sounds and Clearly Records. She has been named the 2021 Frank B. Hanes Writer in Residence at UNC Chapel Hill.