Our Team

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DWAYNE FOSTER

Executive Director of Athletics

Dwayne.Foster@k12.dc.gov

Dwayne is the Executive Director of Athletics for DCPS. A native Washingtonian, Dwayne has 25 years of experience in education and athletics. He began his career as an English teacher and football coach at Archbishop Carroll where he earned Teacher of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. Dwayne then coached football at the collegiate level for thirteen years, serving as an assistant coach or head coach at five different universities. He holds degrees from Delaware State and Northwestern State universities. A veteran athletic administrator, Dwayne is committed to ensuring that student-athletes achieve academically and athletically and grow into world-changing problem solvers.

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MICHAEL BRYANT

DEPUTY Director of Athletics

Michael.Bryant5@k12.dc.gov

Michael is responsible for ensuring that DCPS remains in compliance with Title IX regulations, investigating athletics grievances and Title IX complaints, evaluating and processing transfer eligibility, overseeing student-athlete enrichment programs (Student-Athlete Advisory Board & Preparing Student-Athletes for College Series), and data collection and analysis for participation. He is also the sport coordinator for HS and MS Basketball. Prior to joining DCPS, Michael worked in intercollegiate athletics serving as an Offensive Coordinator for two FCS programs. Michael received his MPA and BS from Bowie State University. Michael is a native Washingtonian and alumnus of McKinley Tech HS.

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SHANICE ABRAMS

Assistant Athletic Director

Shanice.Abrams@k12.dc.gov

Shanice the Sport Coordinator for Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field, and MS and HS Soccer. She is also the Intern Coordinator and Social Media advisor. Shanice is a former collegiate Track & Field coach of 8 years. She also has over 7 years experience working with several D-I schools including Morgan State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Florida A&M University, and University of Central Florida. Shanice received a B.A in Sports Administration and Pre-Professional Physical Therapy from Morgan State University. She also holds a Masters in Athletic Program Leadership and Sports Psychology from Goucher College. Shanice is a Level I, II, And III USATF certified Track & Field Coach.

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PEGGY BRANCH-MCCASKILL

Budget Specialist

Peggy.Branch-McCaskill@k12.dc.gov

Peggy manages the department’s budget and Student Activity Fund. She ensures all contracts are executed properly and paid on-time. She also oversees the extra-duty pay process for coaches and manages two middle school analysts that log coaching certifications and process pay forms. Peggy was previously the business manager at Turning Point Academy charter school. A native Washingtonian, Peggy graduated from Duke Ellington School for the Arts. She holds degrees from UDC and American Intercontinental University.

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SHONTEE BRYANT

Assistant Athletic Director

Shontee.Bryant@k12.dc.gov

Shontee is the Sport Coordinator for Cheer, Bowling, STUNT, Opportunity League sports, and all Elementary Sports (Basketball, Cheer, Flag Football and Soccer). She has 15+ years of experience in sports management. Prior to coming to DCPS, Shontee worked with the USA Track & Field Florida Association, US Olympic Committee and other agencies to successfully bid for and organize the 2010 NACAC U-23 and International Paralympic Track and Field Championships. Shontee is a graduate of Seton Hall University where she earned multiple awards in Track and Field, including Big East All-American and All-Academic honors. Post-college, she was a member of the 2003 Olympic Relay pool.

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GERARD COBB

Athletics Program Assistant

Gerard.Cobb@k12.dc.gov

Gerard manages the operation of transportation, assists with the budgeting of transportation, coordinates the GolfDC program, manages the front desk of the DCIAA office, and prepares the annual DCIAA Sport Report. Gerard was previously an intern with the DCIAA where he assisted with event operation, assisted with day-to-day activities within the operations department, and managed the department’s storage room for easy access to equipment. Gerard is an alumnus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration with a minor in Coaching.

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ADAM DOWELL

Athletics Data Systems Specialist

Adam.Dowell@k12.dc.gov

Adam is the database architect for a large internal database that tracks all logistical details of our sports program – game times, team rosters, student eligibility, coaching payments, and more. He also serves as our primary web developer and assists with data reporting. Adam previously worked as a recruiter for Teaching Trust, a Texas-based non-profit focusing on principal development. He also taught high school mathematics in Dallas. Adam is an alumnus of Education Pioneers and The New Teacher Project. He holds a bachelor's in Economics from Northwestern University.

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MARC HARRISON

MIDDLE SCHOOL ANALYST

Marc.Harrison2@k12.dc.gov

Marc ensures our middle schools can maintain strong athletic programs. This includes training and oversight of DCIAA rule adherence, support with Title IX initiatives, data analysis, and support of school operations and logistics. Marc is particularly focused on supporting schools that are growing their sports programs and building staff capacity. Marc brings a wealth of knowledge to the DCIAA, having worked on the collegiate level as an Assistant Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance and as a Head Coach for Track and Field. Early in his career, he was a teacher for Camden Public Schools (NJ), Baltimore City and County Public Schools (MD), and at Richard Wright Public Charter School (DC). Marc is a native of Woodbury, NJ and a graduate of Bucknell University

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MARK KANELLIS

Assistant Athletic Director

Mark.Kanellis@k12.dc.gov

Mark is the Sport Coordinator for Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Wrestling, and Archery. He oversees all logistics including scheduling, procurement of equipment, verifying eligibility, managing championships, and more. Previously, he was the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach as well as the Director of Intramurals, Club Sports, and Aquatics at Alfred State College. Prior to arriving at the DCIAA, he was also an Athletic Director in North Carolina. A native of Upstate New York, Mark holds a Master’s in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Nazareth College.

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ASHLEY SEYMOUR

Middle School Analyst

Ashley.Seymour@k12.dc.gov

Ashley is a Middle School Analyst and Tennis Sport Coordinator responsible for oversight of DCIAA rule adherence, support with Title IX initiatives, data analysis, and support of school operations and logistics. She previously worked as a compliance analyst for the state of Maryland. She coached Track & Field/Cross Country at Stevenson University and Towson University. As a former student-athlete at Indiana University, she received her undergraduate degree in Business Management and her master’s degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University. During her athletic career she was a Big Ten and NCAA regional qualifier, and MEAC cross country champion.

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JAMILA WATSON

Lead Athletic Trainer

Jamila.Watson@k12.dc.gov

Jamila is the Lead Athletic Trainer (AT) for DCIAA and oversees all aspects of its sports medicine program. She leads the staff of Athletic Trainers and is responsible for the medical care and safety of student-athletes as it relates to policies, procedures, and venues. Jamila also serves as the Head Athletic Trainer at Woodrow Wilson HS. She is a graduate of DC Public Schools and possesses a BS degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine from Spelman College and a MS degree in Exercise Science from The George Washington University. Jamila is a certified and licensed AT and an active member in the NATA, MAATA, and DCATA

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KENDRA WILLIAMS

Assistant Athletic Director

Kendra.Williams@k12.dc.gov

Kendra is the Sport Coordinator for volleyball, swimming, HS girls flag football, and all adaptive sports. Kendra has extensive experience in strategic program design and implementation, community outreach, and coaching adaptive sports for athletes with physical, intellectual, and behavioral disabilities. She is passionate about providing the best experience for all athletes no matter their ability. She has previous experience coaching Wheelchair Basketball, Quad Rugby and Miracle League Baseball. Kendra has a MS in Adaptive Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University and a BS in Exercise Science from Indiana University, Pennsylvania. She holds numerous certifications in adaptive and inclusive sports.

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