About the Ramblers

About the Ramblers

MISSION / VISION

MISSION / VISION


Come to see us to sign up for classes for children from age 3 to adults of any age!

WJLA (ABC) News Stories:

The August 22, 2012, Harris' Heroes segment about Dr. Clifford Thomas' bullying prevention and self-defense summer camp is at this link.

The July 20, 2016, Coach of the Week segment about Grandmaster Dr. Clifford Thomas' longstanding martial arts program is at this link.

Radio Interview:

Listen to Dr. Thomas' interview on Lette's Chat on Blog Talk Radio about his work with children, youth, adults, and seniors, and in the community here. Dr. Thomas was selected in 2013 as one of the top 125 Prince George's County community leaders.

Mission

To develop confident, successful leaders by promoting personal safety and security, as well as to build high moral standards that reflect acceptance and respect for all cultures.

Vision

  • Our organization promotes successful and meaningful futures for children, youth, and adults through the teaching of both the physical and spiritual aspects of martial arts and practical methods of self-defense.
  • We strive to inculcate moral strength and integrity through the cultivation of leadership skills, including the development of a positive sense of self-worth and confidence to face life’s challenges.
  • We promote a strong academic foundation and work ethic, which assist with the development of career goals.
  • We advocate a sense of personal, family, and social responsibility with a respect for all cultures.

Advisory Board Membership:

The role of the We Lead By Example, Inc., Advisory Board is to provide oversight of and advice to the president of the nonprofit regarding its community outreach programs and associated activities for children and adults. These include providing personal safety and security training through the physical, mental, and spiritual teachings of the martial arts, as well as programs that will contribute to developing confidence, leadership skills, work ethics, and a strong academic foundation.

Craig A. Buckson (2017-2020): telephone: 202-271-4683e-mail: craig.buckson540@gmail.com

Harry A. Jenifer (2016-2019): telephone: 240-305-2800e-mail: tkdrambler54@gmail.com

Eloisa Martinez (2016-2019): telephone: 301-213-9681

Elissa “Lee” McDonald (2017-2020): e-mailleemcdonald03@gmail.com

Yulanda D. Swindell, M.D. (2016-2019): telephone: 301-437-6208e-mailyulaswin@aol.com

Shannon White (2017-2020): e-mailshannonwhite11@gmail.com

Member Profiles

Craig A. Buckson is a regional sales manager and a sales and business development executive of Strategy-Business Capture-Major Accounts at Tufin Technologies. He has more than 25 years of experience in sales, sales management, and business development, specializing in the selling of information technology, information security, and financial advisory services for major corporations and consulting firms. Mr. Buckson’s work is focused on helping major corporations and federal agencies mitigate risk and protect intellectual property by preempting advanced cyberattacks and security breaches. He is also a U.S. patent holder and is a managing member of Park Innovations, LLC, a Maryland-based based baby product development company. Mr. Buckson has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maryland, University College, as well as an M.B.A. in business management from the West Texas A&M University College of Business. He strongly values self-development as well as helping to develop others. Above all, he values a strong commitment to faith and family. He and his wife, Kristin, have two children who are students of tae kwon do.

Harry A. Jenifer has worked at Doctors Community Hospital, a nonprofit community-based hospital located in the heart of Prince George’s County, Maryland, for 25 years. He is a buyer, purchasing everything from office supplies to surgical equipment. Mr. Jenifer’s work also involves fundraising for activities focused on the construction of new buildings and the procurement of equipment with up-to-date technology. One of his interests is in personal safety through the study of martial arts.

Eloisa Martinez is a food service assistant at Bladensburg Elementary School in the Prince George’s County Public Schools System. A mother of three, Mrs. Martinez has a keen interest in education and furthering organizations that have positive community programs (e.g., safety and bullying prevention) that give children self-confidence and encourage them to have goals and to be willing to work hard to achieve them. Mrs. Martinez and her two older children are longtime students of tae kwon do.

Elissa “Lee” McDonald is the founder of several marketing and event management companies, and a former Human Resources executive. She currently provides marketing and social media services to yoga studios. Ms. McDonald’s professional experience includes training, hotel management, yoga studio management, literary marketing, and event management. A lover of health and fitness, she is committed to practicing and living a healthy lifestyle. She is excited to serve on the advisory board for We Lead By Example, Inc., where she has witnessed how Dr. Thomas' program builds leadership, self-esteem, and life skills.

Yulanda D. Swindell, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician with Riverdale Park Pediatrics in Riverdale, Maryland. She has expertise in child and adolescent medicine, and has spent many years providing care to children with cognitive, emotional, psychiatric, and developmental challenges. As a single parent of two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, Dr. Swindell enjoys speaking publicly to educate and motivate individuals and families. She is passionate about curbing bullying and domestic violence, which sparked her interest in martial arts.

Shannon White is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she is a consultant to federal government clients. She has 20 years of experience including teaching, training, management, business development, finance, and consulting. Ms. White has a B.A. from Georgetown and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. She is also a project management professional. She loves to work with young people and recognizes the benefits of tae kwon do to develop leadership skills, mindfulness, self-discipline, and self-defense.

Our Program

About Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems

Founded by Dr. Clifford Thomas in 1980, the Ramblers organization reflects the diversity of the community, including persons with various developmental and physical disabilities. All ages are represented in the organization, from children as young as three to senior citizens.

Young people face peer pressure daily that can create trouble for themselves and others. The Rambler program shows youth how to be leaders rather than followers, how not to be forced into negative and harmful situations, and how to stand on their own convictions.

Listen to Dr. Thomas' interview on Lette's Chat on Blog Talk Radio about his work with children, youth, adults, and seniors, and in the community here.

We Lead By Example, Inc.'s Advisory Board's role and membership information are provided here.

About Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems
Stalking Prevention

Stalking Prevention

Stalking is defined as the unwanted tracking of one individual by another or by a group of others, and it has become a serious problem in our society. The Rambler program teaches people of all ages how to protect themselves against stalkers in schools, in the workplace, on the street, and in the home.

Bullying Prevention

Bullying is rampant in today’s society, and it occurs in schools, in the workplace, on the street, and in the home. The Rambler program teaches people of all ages how to prevent becoming victims of this aggressive and dangerous behavior.

WJLA (ABC) News Story: The August 22, 2012, Harris' Heroes segment about Dr. Thomas' bullying prevention and self-defense summer camp are at this link.

Street Smarts: Saving the Seniors

Street Smarts: Saving the Seniors

Senior citizens often become targets of violence and crime. Through this program, they are educated about how to protect themselves, their homes, and their vehicles; what to look out for on the street and how to defend themselves; and how to protect themselves from those who try to take advantage of them.

Street Smarts: Saving the Seniors

Street Smarts: Saving the Children - Who's Saving Them?

Anger Management

In today's world, and aggressiveness is creating difficult and dangerous situations for everyone. The Rambler program shows youth how to control their anger in confrontational situations with positive approaches.

Young people face peer pressure daily that can create trouble for themselves and others. The Rambler program shows youth how to be leaders rather than followers, how not to be forced into negative and harmful situations, and how to stand on their own convictions.

Preventing Child Molestation

The epidemic of child abuse is of great concern to everyone. The Rambler organization shows youth how to recognize potential danger signs and how to react if they are approached in an inappropriate manner.

Preventing Child Snatching

Children are particularly vulnerable and trusting of adults and authority figures. The Rambler organization trains children to be aware of their surroundings and how to react and respond effectively if approached by a child snatcher. Learning such skills can save their lives.

Street Smarts for Adults

Adults become escape artists through this program. They learn practical methods of self-protection they can use while carrying out their daily activities, including while traveling for their jobs, during their family and leisure activities, and at home.

Protection from Sexual Predators

Preventing Date Rape

Date rape is a growing problem. Individuals are trained to be aware of the many aspects to be considered when they date or participate in social situations in which they may be negatively pressured. They are taught “ street smarts, including prevention and self-defense methods.

Protection from Computer Predators

Sexual predators roam the Internet in search of victims. They are enabled by the numerous social networking Internet services through which individuals provide personal information to strangers. Individuals are taught about potential dangers and how to protect themselves against them.

Kidnapping Prevention

Children are not the only targets of kidnapping. The Rambler organization extends its lifesaving skills to adults of all ages. Individuals are shown how not to become victims of abductors. In the unfortunate event that an abduction occurs, Rambler students learn effective situational management and self-protection methods.

Protection from Home Invasion

Individuals are taught how to protect themselves from home invaders and other predators who target their neighbourhoods with criminal intent.

Auto Safety

Individuals are taught how to protect themselves from potential auto invasion situations. They are given practical tips for parking lot safety in the face of the rise of assaults in those locations.

Martial Arts and the Law

It is important for both youth and adults who study martial arts to understand their legal rights and responsibilities in self-defense encounters, whether in home or school situations or on the streets. This program brings together police and martial artists to understand what is considered legally acceptable and legally excessive when a martial artist is involved in a confrontation and applies his or her martial arts skills for self-protection.

Instructors and Administrative Staff

Dr. Clifford Thomas, President and CEO (selected in 2013 as one of the top 125 Prince George's County community leaders)
Ms. Whitney Brogsdale, Black Belt Instructor
Mr. Keith Hinton, Black Belt Instructor
Mr. José Martinez, Assistant to Black Belt Instructors
Mr. Jabari Sanders, Assistant to Black Belt Instructors
Ms. Mariama Sanders, Assistant to Black Belt Instructors
Ms. Susan McCutchen, Assistant to Dr. Thomas and Program Administrator
 

Dr. Clifford L. Thomas, President and CEO
Ms. Whitney Brogsdale, Black Belt Instructor Mr. Keith Hinton, Black Belt Instructor
Mr. Jose Martinez, First-Brown Belt Instructor Mr. Jabari Sanders, First-Brown Belt Instructor Ms. Mariama Sanders, First-Brown Belt Instructor Ms. Susan McCutchen, Assistant to Dr. Thomas, Program Administrator, Second-Brown Belt