Regional Program Officers

John Connors will be attending Michigan State University and has a promising career ahead of him in the finance and accounting field. He was a member of the varsity football team, one of the highest ranking football teams in the country. John is a role model in his community as a former member of the Boy Scouts, a team leader on the Cabin John Middle School Basketball team and team captain of the Catholic Youth Organization Basketball Team. John has volunteered countless hours to the different organizations in the Northern Maryland community. At a young age, John already understands the concept of making a difference each day. He believes real change requires real work, commitment and competitive greatness. John is passionate about instilling positive change in the lives of those around him.

Avery Encarnacion is a junior at Beckman High School in Tustin, CA. She is the team captain of the girls basketball team and is involved in many volunteer organizations in the community. She can identify with current trends and educational needs of today’s students and apply the everyday lessons to helping others both domestically and abroad.

Ryan Lester, attends St. Peter School in Washington, DC. He is an avid artist, skier, swimmer, and baseball player. He has a big heart for helping younger children, and volunteers at a local arts center. In this capacity, he works with young children in art classes and helps to instill a passion for the arts. He is responsible for the event programming in the Washington, D.C. Area and fostering relationships with local leaders for expansion to other venues in the east coast.