DMV PAL has a dedicated team across the region that strive to make our vision a reality. Whether in Baltimore or the Eastern Shore, our change makers are on the ground ready to make a difference in their respective communities.
Cherelle Hill Executive Director
Once a PAL kid, always a PAL kid! Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, I joined my local PAL at the tender age of 7. It was through the PAL program that I was able to make lifelong friends, have enriching experiences, participate in a variety of activities and be introduced to life-changing opportunities. Having the privilege to serve as Executive Director of DMV PAL is an indescribable, full circle experience. I am thrilled to have the honor and duty to make a difference in the lives of youth throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia communities. As a graduate of the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program at The George Washington University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at East Carolina University, I have acquired a vast amount of knowledge regarding youth mental health and well-being. As the co-founder of L.O.V.E. YOUth™, a youth empowerment organization, I have had the opportunity to enrich the lives of youth across the country and bring that same passion into making DMV PAL the BEST PAL for our youth. It is through this knowledge and life experiences that I hope to effect positive change in communities by creating an inclusive environment where cops and kids can learn from and gain mutual understanding and respect for one another through enrichment and extracurricular activities.
While taking a break from attempting to change the world one kid at a time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, listening to music, binging on my favorite Netflix/ Hulu shows and movies and traveling this big, beautiful world.
Kamil Arrington Program Director
Growing up I was interested in being a variety of things including but not limited to: a doctor, a veterinarian, and the pink power ranger. It would be years before I realized at the center of these careers was my urge to help other people. My life was never the same after working with DC students from high-poverty communities during a year of service in an AmeriCorps program. Their desire to learn and succeed despite detrimental obstacles drove me into a personal mission of ensuring youth received quality services and support regardless of their zip code and socioeconomic status.
My commitment to nonprofit capacity building in relation to community engagement, recruitment, retention, program implementation and training has been paramount in providing a pathway to those wanting to be of service to some of DC's most vulnerable populations. I am the co-founder of L.O.V.E. YOUth™, a youth empowerment organization, which has allowed me to help students from across the country discover and leverage their worth. I'm excited for the transformative work that DMV PAL will do throughout the region and I'm eager to see how we can help build impactful relationships amongst kids, communities, and cops. Besides trying to make the world a better place, I enjoy writing, reading, and exploring other cultures through travel. I have a Master's Degree in Communication from Trinity-Washington University though I consider myself a lifetime learner.