Mission/Vision

MISSION / VISION


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

 

The Veronica Harris Show: Dr. Thomas and four of his youth students were showcased on DCTV's "The Veronica Harris Show" aired during the month of March 2018. Go to this YouTube link and see them in this interview/action program about self-defense for all ages.

WJLA (ABC) News Stories: (1) The August 22, 2012, Harris' Heroes segment about Dr. Clifford Thomas' bullying prevention and self-defense summer camp is at this link. (2) 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.