The Kool Boiz Foundation is dedicated to providing educational, financial, and emotional support for boys and young men of color in Youngstown, Ohio. We will be a leading advocate for these youths and a catalyst for empowerment and change. Through our college scholarships, mentoring programs, and youth conferences, we are increasing knowledge, wisdom, and understanding with these future leaders.
President and CEO
Bruce Rushton is the Sales Effectiveness Manager for the North Atlantic Commercial Unit of DuPont Pioneer. He serves on the Commercial Unit Leadership Team and is responsible for ensuring the business has the right sales-force; with the right knowledge and skills; offering the right services; to deliver the DuPont Pioneer brand experience to every farming operation.
A graduate of the South High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude and a Master of Business Administration degree from Ohio Dominican University.
Bruce is passionate about helping young men increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities. He believes success is a choice and knows that; once you choose success, the next step is to begin putting in the required work. Bruce has mentored numerous young men over the last 20 years through basketball. He served as a coach and program director at First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. He also mentored young men as a coach and trustee with Elite Basketball Club Inc., Columbus, Ohio and with WE R1 Basketball in Middletown, Delaware. Currently, Bruce volunteers as a coach on the staff of the Middletown High School’s boys basketball team in Middletown, Delaware.
Scott Washington is a Sales Manager for Allstate Insurance Company and has been with the company for 21 years in various positions. Currently, he handles the entire state of Ohio for Dealership Insurance Agencies. He is responsible for the training, product knowledge, sales skills and overall success of these insurance agencies that are strategically located in car dealerships across the state.
A graduate of South High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude from Ohio University, with a minor in Marketing.
Scott has a passion to help influence young people and show them that through education, you can achieve anything. Through hard work, determination and discipline, the sky's the limit on achieving your dreams. Scott has been a mentor to young boys in the form of a Class 1 High School Basketball Referee for the state of Ohio off and on over a 10 year period. In this time, Scott not only got the chance to referee both boys and girls in the sport of basketball but also was able to be a mentor for students, teaching teamwork and sportsmanship. Scott also volunteered for the Youngstown Police Athletic League during that time for at risk kids and young adults.
Bryan Mahone is a Regional Sales Engineer for the Transportation Business Unit [TBU] of TTI Inc. TTI Inc. has the distinction of being part of the Berkshire Hathaway Family of Companies. As a member of the TBU, Bryan provides technical design support and demand creation, for components that TTI Inc. distributes to major players in the transportation market segment. This segment encompasses automotive, rail, agriculture, construction, electric, commercial, and recreational vehicles. His clients include well known OEM and Tier 1 suppliers with facilities in the Northeast quadrant of North America.
A graduate of South High School in Youngstown, OH. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Youngstown State University.
Bryan believes that ensuring a strong future for our youth is mandatory, and he actively supports his beliefs through mentoring and coaching young males in our community. Over the years, he has devoted his spare time to coaching football at several of our area High Schools, and has also volunteered to coach young men in the Youngstown Park and Recreation -- 21 and Over basketball league . Bryan is married to the former Barbara Blair, of Youngstown, OH, and they have three children.
Angela K Johnson
Angela Johnson is the vice president for enrollment management and executive director financial aid at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio. Her current role consists of managing financial aid, scholarship, financial education, and enrollment operations, by synergizing service delivery to students focusing on student success and completion. She has worked in higher education for more than 25 years, of which the last 17 have been at Tri-C.
A graduate of South High School in Youngstown, Angela has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from The American University (Washington, DC), and is completing a doctorate degree in higher education administration.
She currently serves as Representative-at-Large for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), board member of the Higher Education Loan Coalition (HELC), board member of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), advisory board member of the National Student Collegiate Financial Wellness (NSCFW), and is a past president of the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrations (OASFAA).
Angela is passionate about helping students develop financial education acumen in pursuit of their college education. She works with various volunteer organizations, including supporting an organization that helps teen mothers complete their high school diploma and enroll in college. She is a role model and mentor for foster youth organization and works tirelessly to help educate urban youth on the value and cost of higher education.
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Dr. David Davis
David M.H. Davis, M.D. lovingly known as “Doc”, practices family medicine in Youngstown, OH. Impressed by the need for accessible, affordable health care in his home town, wanting to promote a positive image for young people growing up in the inner-city, and to foster a positive business climate, Doc opened DMHD Family Practice, where he is the primary care physician. It is located on the city’s Northside, and it is here that he has been specializing in family medicine for over 19 years. For the past 16 years, he has, also, worked conjunctively with Alta (formerly the D&E Counseling Center), treating young people who exhibit behavioral and psychiatric disorders.
Doc is a 1985 graduate of East High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Morehouse College, which he attained Magna Cum Laude. He went on to graduate from the Ohio State University Medical School, and returned to Youngstown to complete his residency in Family Practice at the Forum Health Center.
As a Youngstown, OH native, Doc, feels that it is imperative for young professionals to give back to the community. Having grown up on our cities South and East sides, he feels a special affinity toward the young men and women who reside within the city limits, and has made it his life’s mission to reach out, help to lift them up and over the hindrances that so immediately encumber them. To wit, he has served as a mentor to young African American men for more than 30 years, and is a founding member of the Harambee Youth Organization. His community consciousness has also led him to serve as medical director for the Youngstown City Health Department, a board member of the Youngstown Park and Recreation Department (2005-2010), on the Board of the Lawrence C. Crain Memorial Foundation, and as President of Psi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In his spare time, which proves to be limited, Doc enjoys traveling, music, movies, and most sports, but especially football, track, bowling, golf and basketball.
Ronnell Elkins was born and raised in Youngstown Ohio. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, he later attended Eastern Michigan University where he studied business management. During his studies Ronnell spent two summers assisting the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority assuming the role of a counselor with their summer camp for the underprivileged. In his current position as Sales and leasing consultant at Acura of Boardman/Boardman Mitsubishi, Ronnell has witnessed first-hand the detrimental effects credit mismanagement can have on an individual's quality of life. In as much he wishes to act as a mentor and adviser to young men and women in the area of financial literacy. Ronnell founded RNS Entertainment and managed the music label for a period of six years. He acted as CEO for Arris Productions, a video production company which allowed him to work on the Keyshia Cole show, Hell Date and TV One's "Unsung" as a production coordinator. He is active as a fundraiser with the YMCA. In his free time he enjoys golf, basketball and spending time with his daughter Caristian.
Marcus Gordon is an Area Manager over Construction Scheduling for AT&T’s Technology and
Operations department in the Midwest region, and has been with the company for 23 years in
various positions. In his current role, he is responsible for coordinating with the Program Office, Engineering and Planning Departments to ensure that the correct outside plant projects are being built at the correct times. Marcus has a team of managers reporting to him located throughout the Midwest region who maintain the proper force load balance and create weekly and daily schedules for AT&T construction crews and technicians.
A graduate of South High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Marcus holds a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Ohio University, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
A husband and father of four, Marcus believes strongly in community service and in investing in our youth. As a member of The Network of Black Integrated Communications Professionals since 2007, he has been involved in fund raising activities for college scholarships given out to deserving high school seniors each year in the Columbus, Ohio area. Marcus routinely volunteers at various community engagements in the Columbus area, including the annual City Year Fall Harvest Fest, passing out fresh produce and fruit to families, mentoring area students, and the Ohio Special Olympics. His volunteer work also includes coaching young males from ages 5 to 14 in Youth Football, which he has done annually for the past eight years.
Steven Jones is the President/CEO of The Steven C. Jones Agency, a State Farm Company, specializing in risk management, strategic business planning, financial service and insurance advising for local consumers and business owners. In addition to his experience in financial services, Steven has been involved in the several economic development projects in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown. His involvement includes creating comprehensive strategic plans; developing detailed operational plans for new ventures, analyzing real estate development opportunities and establishing best practices for value based and profitable organizations both as a consultant and as the initiator of the project.
Prior to starting the Steven C Jones Agency, Steven started his own real estate holding company, focusing on the rehabilitation of residential and commercial projects. Through his partnership with Affordable Supply and Home Improvement, Steven serves as the General Contractor and Director of Building Supplies for both residential and commercial applications. 2008, Steven formed RJSDEAN Enterprise, LLC a minority construction service and supply company that focuses on both residential and commercial applications. By trade, Steven has extensive experience in rough carpentry, finishing, dry wall installation, flooring, window installation and electrical wiring. At the onset of his career with State Farm, Steven served as a Property and Casualty Claims specialist responsible for both estimating damage to homes as a result of weather related losses. In addition, Steven served as the project manager on large losses coordinating action plans for both the claims department and hired contractors responsible for rehabilitating insured properties.
Early in his career, Steven focused on creating marketing strategies at the college level for Youngstown State’s Athletic Department and at the Professional level for the World Basketball League.
Steven has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Business Administration from Youngstown State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Project Management from American InterContinental University. Steven is also a member of the National Black MBA Association.
Dr. Jennifer Taylor
Dr. Jennifer Taylor is a proud native of Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Taylor graduated from Northwestern University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Social Policy. After graduating from Northwestern, she worked as a case manager and licensing representative in relative foster care at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Subsequently, she earned her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Dr. Taylor completed internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Center. During her residency training, she was a frequent guest co-host on IMPACT Radio, where she spoke on various topics related to women’s health.
Dr. Taylor is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Association of Family Physicians, and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She was previously a team physician at Vitas Innovative Hospice, Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Healogics Specialty Physicians, and a Physician Advisor at Accretive Health. She currently serves as a Medical Director at Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health care companies where she is known as the “post-acute queen” by her colleagues. She is the owner and creative genius behind Like Butter Baby, a line of natural body products designed to moisturize and heal damaged skin.
Dr. Taylor is passionate about supporting youth to follow their dreams. As such, she serves as an extended board member of the Northwestern University Black Alumni association and Chair of Pre-health Student Based Initiatives. As well, she is a member of the Northwestern University Leadership Circle. Dr. Taylor was recently elected as a Board Member of The Kool Boiz Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing educational, financial, and emotional support for at risk adolescent males in urban communities.
An accomplished public speaker who has delivered lectures on multiple topics, both medical and motivational, Dr. Taylor resides in Chicago, IL. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her grandson, attempting to become a runner, and practicing meditation.