our leadership

Board of Directors

Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt

Dr Sharon Fries-Britt

Sharon Fries-Britt currently serves as a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 1998-1999 she was a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research examines the experiences of high achieving Blacks in higher education and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields. A secondary line of research examines the experiences of underrepresented faculty in higher education. Dr. Fries-Britt has published widely within peer-reviewed journals and she has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the College Student Affairs Journal. Her research has been funded and supported by the Lumina Foundation and the National Society of Black Physicists.

Dr. Fries-Britt is a nationally recognized speaker and has consulted extensively with colleges and universities, governmental agencies, national organizations and private industry on issues of race, equity, diversity and leadership. Examples of her consultancies include Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, MIT, University of Michigan and the Office of Personnel Management. With 35 years of professional experience in the field of higher education including administration and the professoriate she brings a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience to both practice and research. She has served on numerous national, regional and university committees. For her leadership, mentorship and research she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Mentoring Award, 2011; the University of Maryland Faculty Achievement Award, 2012 and the President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues and the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award for the University of Maryland, 2016.

Sharon Fries-Britt currently serves as a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 1998-1999 she was a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research examines the experiences of high achieving Blacks in higher education and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields. A secondary line of research examines the experiences of underrepresented faculty in higher education. Dr. Fries-Britt has published widely within peer-reviewed journals and she has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the College Student Affairs Journal. Her research has been funded and supported by the Lumina Foundation and the National Society of Black Physicists.

Dr. Fries-Britt is a nationally recognized speaker and has consulted extensively with colleges and universities, governmental agencies, national organizations and private industry on issues of race, equity, diversity and leadership. Examples of her consultancies include Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, MIT, University of Michigan and the Office of Personnel Management. With 35 years of professional experience in the field of higher education including administration and the professoriate she brings a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience to both practice and research. She has served on numerous national, regional and university committees. For her leadership, mentorship and research she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Mentoring Award, 2011; the University of Maryland Faculty Achievement Award, 2012 and the President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues and the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award for the University of Maryland, 2016.

Callie J. Rahman, LCSW-C

Callie J. Rahman

Callie Rahman has dedicated her career and life’s work to helping children and young people develop to their full potential. As a licensed clinical social worker with close to 20 years’ experience in the field, she works to connect underserved young people and families with the resources they need. She is also committed to fostering collaboration between schools, families and the community.

Callie has served as a social worker for the Baltimore City Public Schools since 2006, where she provides support, learning and life tools for children and parents. She has developed and facilitated a number of special programs within the school system, including girls’ groups focused on building self-esteem. While working at the Patapsco Elementary and Middle School, she also assisted in coordinating a “Parent Oscars” where the school honored parents and community leaders for their commitment and involvement.

Prior to joining the Baltimore City Public Schools, Callie spent several years as a family support social worker at the Child and Family Network Center in Alexandria, Virginia, a community-based preschool serving low-income families. In that role, she collaborated with local agencies and residents to promote the center’s services, spearheading outreach efforts that resulted in all pre-school spaces being filled with children from the local area. Callie expanded her work into the local community, including leading a program for middle school girls and developing a successful fundraiser for the program called “Divas and Desserts.”

Callie also engages in youth development, community outreach, cultural awareness and fundraising through her personal endeavors. She is a member of the Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an international public service organization. She is also actively involved in Jack and Jill of America, an organization for mothers dedicated to promoting leadership development, volunteer service and civic duty.

Callie traces her career and personal passions to her days as a student, when she was an active campus leader and organizer. Callie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Edgewood, Maryland, Callie and her husband Gary currently reside with their two children in Baltimore City.

Callie Rahman has dedicated her career and life’s work to helping children and young people develop to their full potential. As a licensed clinical social worker with close to 20 years’ experience in the field, she works to connect underserved young people and families with the resources they need. She is also committed to fostering collaboration between schools, families and the community.

Callie has served as a social worker for the Baltimore City Public Schools since 2006, where she provides support, learning and life tools for children and parents. She has developed and facilitated a number of special programs within the school system, including girls’ groups focused on building self-esteem. While working at the Patapsco Elementary and Middle School, she also assisted in coordinating a “Parent Oscars” where the school honored parents and community leaders for their commitment and involvement.

Prior to joining the Baltimore City Public Schools, Callie spent several years as a family support social worker at the Child and Family Network Center in Alexandria, Virginia, a community-based preschool serving low-income families. In that role, she collaborated with local agencies and residents to promote the center’s services, spearheading outreach efforts that resulted in all pre-school spaces being filled with children from the local area. Callie expanded her work into the local community, including leading a program for middle school girls and developing a successful fundraiser for the program called “Divas and Desserts.”

Callie also engages in youth development, community outreach, cultural awareness and fundraising through her personal endeavors. She is a member of the Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an international public service organization. She is also actively involved in Jack and Jill of America, an organization for mothers dedicated to promoting leadership development, volunteer service and civic duty.

Callie traces her career and personal passions to her days as a student, when she was an active campus leader and organizer. Callie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Edgewood, Maryland, Callie and her husband Gary currently reside with their two children in Baltimore City.

Dr. Ned Britt, Jr.

Dr. Ned Britt, Jr.

Dr. Ned Britt, Jr. currently teaches at Howard University, Washington, D.C. in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies. He also serves as an Adjunct faculty at Prince George’s Community College. Prior to his current position he retired from Towson University in 2008 as Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of Campus Recreation. The majority of his experience has been at the collegiate level; however he has taught 7th-9th grade physical education at Lombard Jr. High School in Baltimore city.

Over the course of his career Dr. Britt has taught numerous courses including Methods of Teaching Physical Education on the Secondary Level, Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, Organization and Administration of Recreational Sports Swimming, Individualized Fitness, Backpacking and Mountaineering. In his role as Director of Campus Recreation for 30 years at Towson University he was recognized nationally for building a program that emphasized and promoted student development. His administrative experiences also included serving as Field Director for “Project Marg” a wilderness outdoor experience for freshman.

Dr. Britt has presented at national and regional conferences on topics of Leadership, Diversity and Campus Recreation culture. He has served as Region 1 Vice-President for The National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA), was a member of the NIRSA board and was the recipient of the Region 1 Merit Award for NIRSA. Dr. Britt has consulted with a number of organizations including teachers at several Baltimore City Public schools and Y.M.C.A staff members in Baltimore City under “Play for Peace”.

Dr. Ned Britt, Jr. currently teaches at Howard University, Washington, D.C. in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies. He also serves as an Adjunct faculty at Prince George’s Community College. Prior to his current position he retired from Towson University in 2008 as Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of Campus Recreation. The majority of his experience has been at the collegiate level; however he has taught 7th-9th grade physical education at Lombard Jr. High School in Baltimore city.

Over the course of his career Dr. Britt has taught numerous courses including Methods of Teaching Physical Education on the Secondary Level, Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, Organization and Administration of Recreational Sports Swimming, Individualized Fitness, Backpacking and Mountaineering. In his role as Director of Campus Recreation for 30 years at Towson University he was recognized nationally for building a program that emphasized and promoted student development. His administrative experiences also included serving as Field Director for “Project Marg” a wilderness outdoor experience for freshman.

Dr. Britt has presented at national and regional conferences on topics of Leadership, Diversity and Campus Recreation culture. He has served as Region 1 Vice-President for The National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA), was a member of the NIRSA board and was the recipient of the Region 1 Merit Award for NIRSA. Dr. Britt has consulted with a number of organizations including teachers at several Baltimore City Public schools and Y.M.C.A staff members in Baltimore City under “Play for Peace”.

Advisors

Dr. Ceern Dulo Suusdongaandi

Ceern

Dr. Ceern Dulo Suusdongaandi is a Senior Advisor at EndsideOut Inc. and a Health Science Specialist at the Veteran and Military Crisis Line where he provides telephone interventions in support of both at-risk military and non-military persons. Dr. Suusdongaandi has completed years of education in clinical psychology, achieving both a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. His dissertation entitled Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pain-Related Behaviors and Coping Strategies as Predictors of Women’s Daily Activities highlights his interest in community health education, behavioral decision making, ethnography, and exercise psychology.

Dr. Suusdongaandi has had experience as a researcher where he investigated cognitive heuristics used by independent securities traders’ decision-making processes. As a researcher, he has developed and administered Likert scale survey instruments to independent equities investors to elicit decision making heuristics and has Presented outcomes and problem-solving resolution to attenuate time-sensitive information processing errors related to decisional schemes. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Arthur Freeman Achievement Award for Diversity Research. Dr. Suusdongaandi has many years of experience as both a Clinical Therapist and a Psychotherapist in which he has practiced cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for diverse clientele seeking behavioral re-alignment. He is affiliated with the American Psychological Association and the American Suicide Society.

Dr. Suusdongaandi brings a unique perspective to EndsideOut, Inc.  He supports the Public Health team’s data analysis and research efforts. Throughout the year, he serves in a lead research investigator role and reviews pre- and post- programmatic data. He will continue to contribute to our mission of supporting individuals, families, and communities in preventing obesity and empowering underserved communities to achieve healthier lives.

Dr. Ceern Dulo Suusdongaandi is a Senior Advisor at EndsideOut Inc. and a Health Science Specialist at the Veteran and Military Crisis Line where he provides telephone interventions in support of both at-risk military and non-military persons. Dr. Suusdongaandi has completed years of education in clinical psychology, achieving both a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. His dissertation entitled Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pain-Related Behaviors and Coping Strategies as Predictors of Women’s Daily Activities highlights his interest in community health education, behavioral decision making, ethnography, and exercise psychology.

Dr. Suusdongaandi has had experience as a researcher where he investigated cognitive heuristics used by independent securities traders’ decision-making processes. As a researcher, he has developed and administered Likert scale survey instruments to independent equities investors to elicit decision making heuristics and has Presented outcomes and problem-solving resolution to attenuate time-sensitive information processing errors related to decisional schemes. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Arthur Freeman Achievement Award for Diversity Research. Dr. Suusdongaandi has many years of experience as both a Clinical Therapist and a Psychotherapist in which he has practiced cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for diverse clientele seeking behavioral re-alignment. He is affiliated with the American Psychological Association and the American Suicide Society.

Dr. Suusdongaandi brings a unique perspective to EndsideOut, Inc.  He supports the Public Health team’s data analysis and research efforts. Throughout the year, he serves in a lead research investigator role and reviews pre- and post- programmatic data. He will continue to contribute to our mission of supporting individuals, families, and communities in preventing obesity and empowering underserved communities to achieve healthier lives.

Aneeka Ratnayake, MSPH

Aneeka Ratnayake, Public Health Research & Data Analyst

Aneeka is a PhD student at Tulane University, studying infectious disease epidemiology.  Prior to moving to New Orleans, she completed her Master of Science in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. As her master’s capstone project, she examined the effect of gender and empowerment on nutritional outcomes in women and young children living in Tanzania. More broadly, Aneeka has worked in public health domestically and internationally, and taken on projects in several different areas, ranging from infectious diseases to nutrition. She is currently working on study related to COVID-19 prevalence among individuals in the greater New Orleans area. Outside of her work, she maintains a passion for living healthily and empowering others to do so as well. She has taught skiing to children for the past nine years and is currently working on her personal training certification.

Aneeka is a PhD student at Tulane University, studying infectious disease epidemiology.  Prior to moving to New Orleans, she completed her Master of Science in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. As her master’s capstone project, she examined the effect of gender and empowerment on nutritional outcomes in women and young children living in Tanzania. More broadly, Aneeka has worked in public health domestically and internationally, and taken on projects in several different areas, ranging from infectious diseases to nutrition. She is currently working on study related to COVID-19 prevalence among individuals in the greater New Orleans area. Outside of her work, she maintains a passion for living healthily and empowering others to do so as well. She has taught skiing to children for the past nine years and is currently working on her personal training certification.