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Joel Savary is the Executive Director and founder of Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation (DIFF). He is an International and U.S. National figure skating coach in the DMV area. He has worked with a number of skating shows and coached skaters of all ages and ability.
Mr. Savary is most noted for his work with his younger brother, Emmanuel Savary, who has won the U.S. Jr. National Championships. Along with Emmanuel’s head coaches, he has helped to cultivate his brother to be a competitive Team USA athlete who has now reached the Senior Mens Championship level.
In addition, Joel worked at the Executive Office of the President as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), which is a renowned program for leaders in the federal government. Under President Barack Obama’s leadership, Joel has lead several policy initiatives from IT to procurement in an effort to help save taxpayer dollars. Mr. Savary has completed a Masters degree in International Relations with a focus on National Security and Economic Policy. He is a proud alumni of the University of Delaware.
Joel started this foundation to aid talented minority skaters that may be experiencing hardships in this sport. Many of these barriers are financial and racial in nature.
In addition, he hopes to make figure skating more accessible recreationally to kids in low income families by working with schools in low income neighborhoods. He hopes to use skating as a tool to keep low income kids off the street and away from drugs and violence. Joel hopes that these initiatives through the foundation will help change the stigma of figure skating among minority groups and revitalize the sport as a whole.
Learn more about Joel at: www.JoelSavary.com
You can schedule an appointment with Joel in the DMV at: https://calendly.com/savoryskating Schedule time with me
Christian Lochan acts as a Project Engagement Board Member of Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation (DIFF). Christian currently serves as a program manager and consultant with Ohio based JJR solutions, where he provides project management and administrative services for The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.
Here, he leads a team of analysts in providing administrative a technical support for VA’s grant merit review process. He has had years of experience as a public servant, supporting various federal programs and agencies.
He holds a degree in business administration from Georgia State University and most recently a Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Christian hopes that this organization will be able to break down many of the barriers and stigma that have been commonplace for far too long concerning minority children and sports. He hopes that any child, regardless of race or income can use Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation (DIFF) as an avenue to reach their athletic goals or as a means to enjoy skating.
Kelly Scavella acts as a Diversity Outreach Board Member of Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation (DIFF).
Kelly is a Management Analyst for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.
After earning a B.A. in International Agriculture, Kelly spent time in Egypt working on an economic development that promoted trade between Egypt and European partners. In addition, she worked with refugees in the region.
Upon returning to the United States, Kelly gained experience with the White House's Office on Drug Control and domestic partners such as the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation.
Today, Kelly holds a M.S. in Peace Operations from George Mason University with research focused on governance in the Sub-Sharan region of Africa and its symbiotic relationship with U.S. foreign policy.
Kelly also enjoys skating in her spare time.
Kelly stated "The reason why I support the Diversify Ice Fellowship and Foundation is because it supports and introduces students to an activity outside of the traditional realm of sports."
Alsean Bryant, Pharm.D., AAHIVP
Dr. Alsean Bryant is a pharmacist at a nonprofit HIV clinic in Washington, DC, where he works alongside a team of healthcare providers to deliver optimal health services to patients “regardless of their ability to pay.” In his role, Dr. Bryant helps clients navigate drug therapy through medication therapy management, while assessing prescription drug costs and exploring ways to minimize any financial barriers that may exist.
Upon graduating from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Dr. Bryant completed his general practice residency at DC’s VA Medical Center. After which, he became the Executive Director of CMS Health Initiatives – a nonprofit that utilized clinical pharmacists to address health disparities in the DC Metro Area. During the summer of 2008, he was a Minority Health International Research Training fellow with the Food and Drug Board of Ghana where he conducted research on anti-malarial medications, and developed and overwhelming appreciation of his heritage.
Serving underserved and underrepresented people has been woven into the fabric of Dr. Bryant’s professional career. Thus, he is eager to put his years of experience to use with Team DIFF to help forward the mission and vision of this unique organization.
Angelica Temoche is an experienced Project Manager in the DMV area.
She is working on a number of initiatives to provide access to underrepresented figure skaters through fundraising and program planning initiatives.