Eli A. Wolff is a Mentoring Coordinator at Partners for Youth with Disabilities. Eli also serves as adviser for the Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society at Brown University and co-leads the Power of Sport Lab, a platform to fuel and magnify innovation, inclusion and social change through sport.
Eli’s past work has been at the intersection of research, education and advocacy in and through sport. In 2000, Eli helped to establish the ESPY Award for Best Male and Female Athlete with a Disability, and he organized the national disability sport organizations to support professional golfer Casey Martin in his successful case against the PGA before the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2003 to 2008, Eli led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. More recently, Eli has helped to lead a national effort for the inclusion of student-athletes with disabilities in high school and college athletic opportunities.
Eli has also contributed to the international sport for development and social change community and has assisted with the global efforts for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6 of each year. In 2016, Eli co-developed Mentoring for Change and the International Mentoring Day as an annual part of January’s National Mentoring Month, on Muhammad Ali’s birthday, January 17, as a collaboration between the National Mentoring Partnership, the Muhammad Ali Center and Epicenter Community.
Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Brown University and has an MA in Sport Studies from the German Sport University of Cologne.
Stacey Schneiderman joined the PYD team in December 2016 as a part time Mentoring Specialist. She feels lucky to have been a mentor herself for the past 8 years. Stacey taught as a special educator for over 11 years ranging in settings from behavioral health hospitals, residential programs, and both urban and suburban public schools.
She is thrilled to bring her passion and experiences as both a teacher and mother of 3 to this role. She spends most of her with her family, per dog and turtle.
Mike Haydu joined the PYD team in January 2017 as a Mentoring Specialist. His work at PYD will focus on facilitating matches between mentors and youth ages 11-17. Prior to joining PYD, Mike worked at College Nannies and Tutors in a variety of roles, first as a nanny and a tutor and later in an administrative capacity, acting as a liaison between students and families and their tutors. Mike has spent the past seven years working and volunteering at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut.
As a former counselor and tutor, Mike brings a passion for empowering young people to tackle the obstacles they face. Mike’s dedication to service comes from his Jesuit education (Fairfield Prep and the College of the Holy Cross), where he was taught to “be a man for others” and to “go above and beyond the call of duty.” His interest in working with young people stems from his experiences growing up the oldest of over 20 younger cousins and the impact he realized an older role model could have. He is excited to help facilitate these kinds of relationships for the youth and volunteers that work with PYD!
Derek Billings, Mentoring Specialist, started at PYD in early 2017. Derek has spent much of his time since 2010 working and volunteering for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (Ashford, Connecticut) as well as Camp Rising Sun (Colebrook, Connecticut) working with children with serious illnesses. He also worked as a paraprofessional at River Street School from 2013 to 2016, working very closely with children on the Autism spectrum. Before coming to PYD, he spent two years working odd jobs around Connecticut.
Derek is a certified high school basketball referee and has been doing middle school and high school games since 2005. He also spent some time as a youth baseball umpire in central Connecticut. Derek now spends much of his free time playing video games of all kind, watching sci-fi TV shows, as well as watching superhero movies and reading the comics they are based on.
Bob Peters comes to Partners for Youth with Disabilities as Director of Administration & Finance after an assignment in Massachusetts state government. He has more than 20 years experience leading the administrative and finance operations of a variety of for-profit and non-profit enterprises, including the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles and the MIT Museum in Cambridge. He brings a valuable perspective to PYD.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University.