LaToya learned about PeacePlayers while pursuing a master’s degree at Georgetown University. Upon completion of the program and earning a Master’s in Sports Industry Management, she applied for the PeacePlayers International Fellowship. In January 2015 she began working as an International Fellow in the Middle East where she spent two and a half years working in Israel and the West Bank. During her time as a fellow she worked on multiple cultural exchanges, helped manage the programs in Jerusalem and Central Israel, and managed the Jr. Leadership Development Program. After completion of the fellowship, LaToya returned to Maryland and spent some time teaching, coaching, and working in recreation for the City of Greenbelt before reconnecting with PeacePlayers as the Director of Baltimore.
LaToya grew up in Germantown, Maryland and played 4 years of varsity basketball at Seneca Valley High School. After high school, LaToya went on to play 4 years at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. While at Shepherd, her team competed in the WVIAC conference and she was selected as an ESPN Division II East Region Academic All-American and, in her senior year, she was a team captain and nominated as a WVIAC honorable mention. LaToya graduated with a bachelors in Sport and Event Management with honors.
Through her travels abroad, LaToya has seen firsthand the power of sport to break down barriers and bring people together. This was very evident when she spent a year teaching in South Korea and her volleyball skills allowed her to bond with the principal and teachers of her school very quickly despite language and cultural differences. LaToya is excited to combine her passions for working with youth, serving the community, and learning about different cultures and communities to make a difference locally.