As Chief of Staff, Jonathan Baum, LICSW, wears many hats and has a variety of responsibilities, including working to create, communicate, implement, and sustain key internal strategic initiatives for the organization. Jon spearheads Doc Wayne’s DEI efforts and manages organizational operations such as internal professional development and workplace climate. He is passionate about developing leaders in mental health and supporting efforts to achieve racial equity within the context of Doc Wayne and outside the organization.
Jon earned a B.A. in Psychology from UMASS Amherst, a Master’s in Psychology from New York University, and a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University. He also holds a Nonprofit Management and Leadership certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University. Jon has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings since 2003. He joined Doc Wayne in 2013 as a Clinician and quickly grew into his executive staff role as Doc Wayne expanded. He led Doc Wayne’s first Therapeutic Recess, a direct service program Doc Wayne continues to grow and offer. Jon has been instrumental in solidifying the clinical services of Doc Wayne before moving into his role as Chief of Staff. In his spare time, Jon enjoys playing softball in recreational leagues in Boston; he began playing baseball at the age of four and still loves the sport. His favorite pastime includes spending time with his growing family.
David joined Doc Wayne in August 2011 as the organization’s first CEO. He is responsible for managing and overseeing Doc Wayne operations while exploring ways to broaden the organization’s reach. He has over 25 years of experience in the business and non-profit sectors – specializing in building partner relationships, while sharpening organizational outreach. David is a former college soccer player and has been involved in sport-based youth development since 2008.
Under David’s leadership, Doc Wayne has gained national and international recognition including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award and Beyond Sport’s global Sports for Health Award. In 2012 and 2018, David was nominated as the Major League Soccer (MLS W.O.R.K.S.) New England Community MVP. In 2014, he was selected as a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum in the category of Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services. The organization was also selected as the 2014 Innovator of the Year from the Massachusetts Providers’ Council. In 2015, he was selected as a Carmax ‘Bright Side of Game Day’ Community Hero. He earned his B.S. from Babson College and his MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.
Dr. Ramona Cox joins Doc Wayne as the Director of the Champions Network®. As Director, Ramona will lead a growing team of diverse facilitators and team members focused on professionalizing the field of sport-based therapy and offering engaging and accessible mental health support globally.
Ramona played NCAA Div. 1 volleyball throughout her time at the University of Michigan and obtained her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in sport psychology from Michigan State University. Following Ramona’s collegiate volleyball career, she played 11 years of semi-professional football at tight end and fullback for the Detroit Demolition and Detroit Dark Angels. Ramona has a passion for sports-based youth development and has researched increasing sports and physical activity opportunities for urban African American adolescent girls.
Ramona is heavily involved in the sports-based youth development community as a facilitator and lead trainer for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a board member of the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association and the McDonald Phelps Foundation, and a member of the State of Michigan Women in Sports Task Force. She has also worked collaboratively and implemented impactful projects with organizations such as the Women’s Sports Foundation and U.S. Soccer Foundation. Ramona continues to coach volleyball in Detroit at Cass Technical High School and Instant Replay Volleyball Club.
Becky joined Doc Wayne in 2011 and serves as the organization’s Deputy Director. Becky works to create, communicate, implement, and sustain key external strategic initiatives for the organization, especially as related to national and global scale of partnerships and through directing The Champions Network®. Becky is a former NCAA Division 1 student-athlete and college soccer coach. A licensed mental health clinician, she earned both an EdM and CAGS in Counseling with a sub-concentration in Sports Psychology from Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. As a coach, she holds a National Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.
In 2018, the City of Boston recognized Becky’s dedication to the city’s youth, naming her winner of the Mayor Martin J. Walsh Youth Advocate Award for her “unwavering dedication” to the City’s youth. Soon after, Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development named Becky their inaugural Young Alumni Award winner in 2019. Becky was selected as an Upswell Fellow by The Barr Foundation in 2019 and is also an alumna of Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership program in the Questrom School of Business. Believing it will empower communities and enhance well-being, Becky is most passionate about translating evidence-based practices into a sports context to make them more engaging and effective.
As the Chief Program Officer and a member of the leadership team, Maggie oversees the Doc Wayne direct service programs, and develops and maintains relationships with external program partners. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, and her Master’s and Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has certificates in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and in Social Impact Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Prior to joining the organization , Maggie served in a management role at a community service agency, overseeing Intensive Care Coordinators and Family Partners. She has served as a clinician in outpatient, school- and community-based settings, and has published in the area of positive youth development.
In addition to her clinical experience, Maggie has a background in research and program evaluation, and has helped nonprofits design and implement process and impact evaluation projects.
Maggie played tennis in high school, and has fond memories of watching the US Open in Queens, NY, where she grew up. As a mom, she enjoyed coaching her son’s pre-school soccer team and now, supporting both her sons’ love of baseball.
As Director of Learning, Sam leads the efforts to strengthen learning pathways within Doc Wayne (e.g. orientation, onboarding, professional learning) and develop cohorts of learning communities for clinicians and coaches who are conducting sport-based therapy. Through these efforts, he hopes to foster a culture of inquiry at Doc Wayne and grow the field of sport-based therapy.
Sam first joined Doc Wayne in 2019 as a Youth Coach and piloted two new programs focused on building social-emotional skills for K-8 youth. Later, as Training and Education Manager, he helped launch Doc Wayne’s external training program, The Champions Network®. Prior to Doc Wayne, Sam worked in youth development and outdoor education in Seattle, WA.
Sam studied psychology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He later received his Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studied the social and cognitive factors that promote effective learning across a person’s lifespan. He’s passionate about creating learning experiences for adults and youth that are culturally responsive and interrogate systems of power and oppression.
Sam was a high school tennis captain and a collegiate ultimate frisbee player. These days, he plays in Boston-based LGBTQ+ flag football and dodgeball leagues.