The Leadership Initiatives Team

Marshall Bailly

Executive Director
Marshall Bailly

Executive Director

Marshall grew up in the small town of Paw Paw, Michigan and is the eldest of four, with one brother and two sisters. By the time he graduated high school, Marshall had come to strongly value independence and self-determination and knew he wanted to provide a good example to his siblings. He encouraged each sibling to seek out special interests and skills and to work to develop them. He urged them to set high goals and to work hard to meet those goals.

Marshall graduated with honors from American University in 2004 with Bachelor's Degrees in both International Relations and Political Science, as well as a specialized certification in Leadership. During his freshman year, he participated in American University's Freshman Service Experience. The next year, he headed the organization, which maintains more than 1,000 members and employees, and for which he coordinated over 15,000 hours of community service. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management from American University.

Marshall has extensive development experience working in the South African Parliament and has independently created several community development programs on the continent of Africa. After studying in the U.S., experiencing other cultures and communities studying abroad, and watching each of his siblings graduate high school and begin college, Marshall knew for sure that he wanted to continue to help people and communities on a wider scale; to encourage them to recognize and realize their potential, and to take it a step further.

Leadership Initiatives was created to empower men, women, and children around the world to determine their own futures, and to help break the cycles of poverty and dissatisfaction that plague so many communities worldwide. It also involves students in the United States by connecting our future leaders with those in other countries who have discovered, through Leadership Initiatives' programs, their ability to lead. Over the past decade, with Marshall as Executive Director, Leadership Initiatives has grown to help create and expand 54 independent businesses, raise over 1.5 million dollars for business creation in developing communities, and create hundreds of jobs-- thus affording parents the opportunity to send more children to school.

During this time Marshall has received distinction for his work with Leadership Initiatives from the Youth Action Network, the Starbucks Foundation, GlobalGiving, the International Youth Foundation, and Georgetown University, winning their distinguished Outstanding Partner for Social Justice award.

Under his tenure Leadership Initiatives has grown its fundraising base tenfold, been honored as GlobalGiving's Best All Around Nonprofit out of over 5000 organizations, and received endorsements and partnerships with the past two US Ambassadors to Nigeria, the Embassy of Nigeria in the United States, Omnilearn, IFast, Siemens, the US State Department and three members of Congress for their efforts to develop communities across the globe.

Umar Muhammad

Youth Development Programs-International Director
Umar Muhammad

Youth Development Programs-International Director

Umar Muhammad is a Cisco-certified Computer Hardware Engineer who serves as Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion for Leadership Initiatives’ (LI) Nigerian operations. Umar’s resume credits include employment with Maida Business Center (2002) and African Petroleum Business Center (2004). Umar also worked NITI Technology as a Coordinator/Instructor in 2005 and with the Indian Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (INIIT) as Director of Training/Instructor in 2007.

Umar joined Leadership Initiatives - Nigeria as Project Officer in 2009 and was promoted to Project Manager in 2014. In 2016, he became Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion, overseeing the full scope of LI’s Nigerian office and its daily operations.

Since Umar’s promotion to his current role with LI - Nigeria, the organization’s national branch has grown significantly, becoming a locally registered non-profit with recognition and repute both in the Bauchi State, where it is located and more widely in Nigeria. Umar has guided LI –Nigeria in countless projects benefitting and uplifting local communities. Umar anchors the structure of the LI - Nigeria office in its administration, finance operations, personnel management, and the day-to-day running of all programs and projects.

Jessica Bailly

Youth Development Programs Director
Jessica Bailly

Youth Development Programs Director

Jessica graduated from American University with a degree from the School of International Service. She has lived and worked around the globe for the past decade. She has designed new education curriculums and lead development efforts for several organizations including Leadership Initiatives, the Millennium Cities Initiative, and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.

Jessica has an enormous passion for helping provide change to those lacking opportunity. Some of her past positions have included educating Tibetan refugees in India, caring for orphans in Kenya, and fundraising for coral reef conservation in Indonesia.

She is currently working as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System and getting her masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Lauren Hensel

Assistant Programs Director
Lauren Hensel

Assistant Programs Director

Lauren is the Assistant Programs Director and has the overall responsibility of ensuring Leadership Initiatives' Youth Development Programs are an enriching, fun, and educational experience for everyone involved. She has been involved in the development of numerous new programs including the Advanced Neuroscience Summit, the Advanced Law and Trial Summit Tier II, and the International Leadership and Business Summit Tier II. Lauren knows that these programs can truly change lives on both sides of the globe and tries her best to make that possible.

Lauren has worked with Leadership Initiatives for over three years and has continuously held a leadership role with running the internship program, being an IBIP facilitator, and working as the head of logistics at the summer programs. She brings a strong background which includes grant writing, stewardship activities, fundraising strategies, and donor relations.

Lauren is currently a student a George Washington University and is studying political science and international studies. She loves to travel and learn from the rich, diverse cultures and communities around the world.

Lauren is excited to continue planning Leadership Initiatives 2019 programs and looks forward to working with all the participants.

Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD

LI Georgetown Education Director/Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology
Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD

LI Georgetown Education Director/Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology

Sarah Stiles joined the Georgetown University sociology faculty in 2007. Prior to that she taught at American University for eight years where she was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs. She met Marshall Bailly at American and has been proud to work with him ever since.

Professor Stiles specializes in courses on law and social entrepreneurship. She regularly partners with both the law school and the business school. Professor Stiles has won numerous awards for her teaching and student engagement. She currently is working on an effort to promote well-being among students. She believes if we are truly serious about changing the world for the better, we must be at our best, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Professor Stiles holds a PhD in political science from Boston University, a JD from Northeastern University, an MA in Spanish literature from New York University, and a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Abdullahi Kabir

LI Medical Summit Education Director / University Of Bauchi Teaching Hospital-Assistant Director
Dr. Abdullahi Kabir

LI Medical Summit Education Director / University Of Bauchi Teaching Hospital-Assistant Director

Jacob Arndt, PhD

Student Presentation and Communication Coach
Jacob Arndt, PhD

Student Presentation and Communication Coach

Christopher Klepadlo

Lead Education Facilitator
Christopher Klepadlo

Lead Education Facilitator

Christopher Klepadlo earned his Masters degree in International Relations with concentrations in Human Rights and Democracy & Governance from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. He also received BA degrees in Italian and Spanish from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He has lived and studied abroad in both Italy and Spain. In Italy at Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio, he researched European and Italian National Politics. In Valencia, Spain he studied European History and Mediterranean Culture.

He previously worked for the Bank of New York as a Senior International Account Administrator. He has raised thousands of dollars for numerous human rights organizations such as the Red Cross and UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help provide for the needs of the estimated 59.6 million refugees currently in camps around the globe. In 2012, he was Galbraith Public Policy Fellow at Americans for Democratic Action, an organization started by Eleanor Roosevelt. Last summer he worked with different groups of students at some of the most prestigious universities in the country identifying and implementing solutions for international business partners. During the school year Christopher teaches Italian at a public high school in a suburb of Washington, D.C., where he serves as the World Language Department Chair and Coordinator for the Academy of Global Studies.

Sarah Agar, MSW, LMSW

Student Counselor
Sarah Agar, MSW, LMSW

Student Counselor

Nam Nguyen

Outreach and Database Manager
Nam Nguyen

Outreach and Database Manager

Blake Spreeman

Registration and Accounts Manager
Blake Spreeman

Registration and Accounts Manager

Glory Nuhu Dadi

International Business Partnerships Coordinator
Glory Nuhu Dadi

International Business Partnerships Coordinator

Mohammed Auwal Yakubu

International Translation Team Lead
Mohammed Auwal Yakubu

International Translation Team Lead

Auwal graduated from the University of Maiduguri where he studied Agriculture-Education (Double Hons.), he also has a master degree in International Affairs & Strategic Studies and a Diploma in Human Resources (HR). Auwal had worked with a multinational telecommunication industry for seven (7) years as a customer service professional before joining Leadership Initiatives (LI), he is a member of the "Association of Business Practitioners” (ABP), “Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI).

Auwal have attended several trainings/courses with various institutions/organizations such as; UNICEF, USAID, Global Health, SDG - Academy and "Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI) on; leadership, management strategy for people and resources, the Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking, Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace, Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, fundamentals of humanitarians services, water sanitation & hygiene (WASH), etc.

He is currently the Program Manager – Nigeria for leadership Initiatives (LI)

Max Derbyshire

Assistant Director, International Business Internship Program
Max Derbyshire

Assistant Director, International Business Internship Program

Rashida Abba Kasim

Student Relations Manager
Rashida Abba Kasim

Student Relations Manager

Rashida graduated from the University of Maiduguri with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry; she served in Government Girls College Bauchi, Bauchi State - Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Program in 2011. She worked with United Bank For Africa (UBA) as an assistant to Customer Service Officer in 2015 under Graduate Internship Scheme (Sure-P GIS).

Rashida's passion towards community development, rendering social services and empowering the less privileged led her to join LI Team as Assistant Program Director- Nigeria

Zac Clark

Student Logistics Coordinator
Zac Clark

Student Logistics Coordinator

Tamar Davou Dinju

Student Development Coordinator
Tamar Davou Dinju

Student Development Coordinator

My name is Tamar Davou Dinju, I am a graduate of Business Education, where I majored in Management from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (A.T.B.U) Bauchi Nigeria. My passion for humanitarian development stemmed from my experience at Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), an NGO in Abuja where I served as a finance/administrative assistant in the year 2011-2013. I was involved in the forefront of project activities at various levels which include financial, secretarial, logistical and administrative work. During my national youth service corps (NYSC) in 2013/2014.

I served with Government Junior Secondary School Yelwa Makaranta Bauchi where I taught business studies as a subject according to academic curriculum and approved teaching plan. I started working with Leadership Initiatives as a volunteer because of the change and impact L.I is making in the lives of the people of the local communities, L.I is changing something in the world through its business creation and expansion programs and the orphan care program which is my particular area of interest. Currently, I am working with Leadership Initiatives as the Student Development Coordinator– Nigeria. I am excited about the opportunity to impact the lives of orphans in my care.

Nicole Kim

Website Development Team Manager
Nicole Kim

Website Development Team Manager

Chloe Alviz

Website Development Team
Chloe Alviz

Website Development Team

Andrea Batoon

Website Development Team
Andrea Batoon

Website Development Team