Gabe Turbide studied at Drexel University with an interest in game development. After expressing an interest in the concept of gamification, he took a course on it and joined the accelerate youth team to help integrate it's concepts into the experience.
ADVISOR and PRESENTER
We are so proud to have Arlene contribute to Accelerate Youth! She brings a tremendous base of experience and success in leadership, education, and athletics which have been recognized through her induction into 5 Hall of Fames at the local, state and national levels. She was honored as National Coach of the Year in 1998. Her field hockey teams achieved nineteen league championships; fourteen state championship appearances, and eight state championships. Her leadership success beyond coaching is extensive as she helped elevate female athletes and the sport of field hockey both nationally and internationally. She believes that her focus is grounded in the ethical imperatives of justice, respect, and beneficence. She now lives in Kennebunk Maine where she celebrates life and continues to value the good and kindness in others.
ORGANIZER and PRESENTER
Bill shares 30 years of experience serving youth through camps, residential programs, his private counseling practice as an LCSW, and on the boards of non-profits and foundations. He brings tons of creativity, determination and commitment to AY’s mission. “Helping youth get excited about their own lives and our collective future though self-improvement, leadership, and game-changing social-impact projects are keys to overcoming humanity’s challenges. I am committing the rest of my days to this cause." Bill is blessed by his wife Leah, and their three kids who live together in Saco Maine. Bill's favorite hobby is fishing for Bluefin tuna.
Ezra Smith is a young entrepreneur and freelancer from Alna, Maine. He is currently studying architecture at Rice University in Houston, TX, with a focus on housing and sustainable development. Check out his personal website: