BOSTON (October 28, 2020) – Doc Wayne Youth Services (“Doc Wayne”), a Boston nonprofit that fuses sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth, is pleased to announce that Dr. Sadé Callwood, Katherine Grover and Dushawne “Doc” Simpson have recently joined its Board. Their appointments further enhance the Board’s experience, diversity and skills, and bring the number of members to 13.
Commenting on the appointments, Board Chair Christopher S. Ernest said, “Sadé, Kathy and Dushawne bring a wide range of additional expertise to the Board. We are very fortunate to welcome leaders of their caliber.” He continued, “Their perspective and input will be invaluable as we continue to expand our global reach through new programs such as The Champions Network, our online mental health training resource accessible to community leaders from anywhere in the world.”
Dr. Sadé Callwood is a post-doctoral fellow and psychotherapist at Commonwealth Psychology in Boston. Her clinical work with historically marginalized and oppressed individuals is influenced by her Caribbean-American upbringing. Dr. Callwood earned her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in African and Caribbean mental health from William James College and completed her doctoral project on Young Black Men’s Experiences of Aggressive Policing. She has extensive training in counseling centers within small private colleges, Ivy League and Big Ten universities. Dr. Callwood is thrilled to join an organization that is doing such meaningful work with youth, “a world where most things are uncertain, Doc Wayne is helping to ensure stability in health and wellbeing that our youth deserve.”
Katharine Grover, CPA, is a director in the Northeast Health Industries Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, working with higher education, healthcare and other not-for-profit organizations. She is a Uniform Guidance expert and speaker, and a contributing author to Perspectives in Higher Education. Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College and her Master in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Not-for-Profit Management from Suffolk University. Sports has always and continues to play a very important role in her life, having been highly influenced by coaches and teammates, and learned skills pertinent to work and everyday life. “To see an organization that combines therapeutic support and sports excites me, and I hope my professional background combined with my love for sports can help support Doc Wayne’s mission and make a difference in the lives of the children it supports.”
Dushawne “Doc” Simpson is currently the head coach of The Pingree School’s girls’ varsity soccer team and the Director of Coaching at NEFC North Shore, and the former assistant coach of the Boston Breakers professional team. He began coaching for Pingree in 2011, and led them to New England championships in both 2013 and 2014. Dushawne was not only a standout soccer player growing up in Connecticut, he was selected to the 1990 CT All-State team in soccer, basketball and track. Following his exceptional playing at Southern Connecticut State University and Salem State College, he went on to play professionally for several teams including the New Hampshire Phantoms, Connecticut Wolves and Boston Bulldogs. A true believer in the power of sport, Dushawne shared, “I’ve dedicated my life to sports and helping youth and I’ve benefited directly from those who see this as a calling. I’m delighted to be a part of the Doc Wayne organization in hopes that I can be a beacon of light for those in need.”
Doc Wayne was formed by Susan Wayne in 2002 in memory of her brother Dr. Eli Wayne, a physician and a tremendous supporter of using sport as a medium for positive youth development. It became a 501(c)(3) in 2010.
Doc Wayne delivers sport-based group/individual therapy and 1-on-1 therapeutic mentoring services for youth (ages 5-18) that face difficulties associated with mental health, chronic trauma and domestic or community violence. Engaging with kids in a gym or on a field vs. a clinical setting fosters openness and
trust, enabling the development of new skills and learning teamwork, with the benefits of physical activity. Its Chalk Talk® program combines clinical work with sports, where clinicians, referred to as “coaches,” travel to schools, community centers and residential treatment settings to ensure accessibility. Telehealth is being used during the pandemic and will continue thereafter in conjunction with in-person activities to expand access. Doc Wayne has been honored with the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award, among others.