OUR TEAM

Imagine if every child, no matter their circumstances, had the opportunity to find and nurture their inner greatness.

How would our world be different?

At Excite All Stars, we’ve dedicated our lives to making that a reality. Our mission is to give all kids equal opportunity to find, hone, and maximize their God given talents and become agents of change in their communities.

Born in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Excite All Stars began as a much-needed refuge for at-risk kids coping with unimaginable trauma. Thirteen years later, we are still filling critical gaps in our communities with comprehensive leadership development programs that provide exposure to academics, the arts, and athletics. These are life-changing experiences our kids simply do not get anywhere else! 

To date, we’ve served 5000 families with over 50,000 hours of programming. And this is only the beginning. From our roots as a New Orleans summer camp, we’ve grown into a 360-degree community support system, with after-school programs, camps, workshops and a virtual learning studio to expand our reach nationwide. 

But the real impact is our All Stars: who gain the confidence, skills and experience to be champions of change in their communities for generations to come.

OUR co-founders:

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Mrs. pENNY

MARQUEZ-Williams

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Mr. gERALD

Williams

Co-Founder and COO

Co-Founder and CEO

The Williams have been married for 31 years and had 2 children of their own. Both of their kids are now adults and they volunteerly help out with Excite All Stars. The whole family equally shares the same passion and love for helping the kids of the greater New Orleans area.  

 Gerald and Penny Williams started Excite All Stars, in 2008, shortly after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It had a major effect on the kids in the greater New Orleans area. While parents were recovering from the devastation "The kids had nothing to do, no where to go," said Gerald Williams.  That's when the Williams' decided to help the families who were affected by the hurricane, despite their own losses. Excite All Stars was started "as a refuge for young people while there parents were rebuilding."

 
 

the TEAM MEMBERS:

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marquez williams

Operations Director/Mentor

“I’ve been with Excite since the beginning, and watching the kids grow and learn to be their best selves through the years is rewarding in a way you can’t find anywhere else.”

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Program Manager/Mentor

"Working with and inspiring kids is one of my greatest pleasures in life. To be able to supply a child with the knowledge and skill set I didn’t have growing up is my way of paying it forward to my community and people."

Ebony Edwards

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Priya sodha

Director, Mentoring and Leadership Programs

Priya Sodha, a passionate leader recognized with the desire to inspire. A mentor for life, she has over 10 years of experience working in youth development & creating programming for leadership development workshops.

Tennis Director /Mentor

 

SUMMER coaches:

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Kelsie Lewis

Summer Coach-Voyagers

Kelsie is a senior at NOCCA Culinary program and wants to teach the world how to prepare healthy food that tastes great!

7 year All Star

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Kayla roy

Summer Coach-Explorers

11 Year All Star

Katelyn Martin

Camp Catahoula-Team Leader

"Seeing the impact I make on a kids life brings me happiness."

4 Year All Star

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van smith iii

Summer Coach-Camp TBD

"Seeing the impact I make on a kids life brings me happiness."

9 Year  All Star

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Summer Intern: Amanda Behrens-Tulane university

TEAM COACHES

EAS AFTER 3 coaches:

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The original GingerBREAD

Vocal Coach

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Angelamia Bachemin

Music Coach

"Music is soothing and exciting on so many different levels. We love to see the sparkle in students eyes as they are learning, creating and strengthening their understanding of Music with our guidance."

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Blair anthony

Fitness Coach

EAS2GEAUX coaches:

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delaney George

Arts Coach

"Working with and inspiring kids is one of my greatest pleasures in life. To be able to supply a child with the knowledge and skill set I didn’t have growing up is my way of paying it forward to my community and people."

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katelyn martin

Behold Radio Host/Coach

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carol flowers

Certified Fitness Coach

"Working with Kids are rewarding and fulfilling." 

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arion broussard

Excite Girls Rock Coach

"I love empowering youth because they are our future! It's an honor to serve our future change-makers that will influence the masses."

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idris duran

Musical & Arts Coach

"Children are an endless well of inspiration to me. They’re full of imagination, have an amazing sense of humor, are unbelievably open to the world around them and ready to absorb new information as it comes, unhindered by conditioned thinking or biases."

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Bri'ana lawson

Stem Coach

"I have worked with children for as long as I can remember. I enjoy being able to share my favorite subjects and topics when it comes to science.  Each kid is different and they deserve to find a STEM topic that interests them."

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lg williams

Theatre Coach

" Ah. I love working with kids because I love seeing growth manifest and I love to see them be happy with growth they didn't even know was possible."

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marquez williams

LIT & Financial Literacy Coach

“I’ve been with Excite since the beginning, and watching the kids grow and learn to be their best selves through the years is rewarding in a way you can’t find anywhere else.”

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Gerald Williams

Lead Coach

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Penny

Marquez-Williams

Executive Director

 

 

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