Special Olympics Maryland: New Hires

Our SOMD Family is growing! As summer has come to an end, we’ve expanded our SOMD staff with 3 new employees. We are so excited to welcome Benjamin President, who is our new Sports Director, Brian Anderson with AmeriCorps as the Baltimore Program Coordinator, and Brooke Jenkins also with AmeriCorps as the Eastern Shore Coordinator to the SOMD Team!

Meet the new members of SOMD!

Brian Anderson
AmeriCorps Baltimore Coordinator

Brian joined the team on August 15th, 2021!

Brian was born and raised in Baltimore City, and graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and International Relations. He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution. Brian is a world traveler who has visited three continents and over 20 countries.

Most recently, Brian worked at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Paris, France as a Global Citizenship Education Consultant. Brian’s varied experience includes event planning, development, and execution as well as strategic planning, and HR processes. He is a multisport athlete with a particular love for Basketball. 

Brian hopes to break barriers in his new position, and is really grateful for the free coffee in the SOMD kitchen! In his first year, Brian is excited to execute his role in the community, and enjoy being back in a sports atmosphere! Brian volunteered with Special Olympics Maryland while in high school, and is excited to be back with his athlete friends!

2 fun facts about Brian:

If he could travel anywhere in the next year it would be Switzerland!

His favorite song is, Can’t Tell Me Nothing by Kayne West.

Brian has come to SOMD through the AmeriCorps program and will work with Mike Meyers as the Metro Programs Coordinator – focusing on Baltimore City. He can be reached at banderson@somd.org.

Ben President
Sports Director

Benjamin relocated from Georgia to join our staff on August 30th,2021!

Ben is from Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology. He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree in Sports Administration from Belmont University.

Ben most recently worked as the Director of Athletics and Head of Fitness for Fernwood Cove – a premier overnight summer camp for girls aged 7 -18 – in Maine.

Ben is passionate about sports, especially basketball, and has consistently sought employment opportunities where he could reach people and make a difference through sports. His varied experiences as a coach, mentor, and trainer have prepared him well for his new role as Sports Director for Special Olympics Maryland. 

Ben’s favorite part about working at Special Olympics Maryland so far has been to be apart of a team that truly cares, a team that treats you more similarly to family but another highlight has been being able to watch the athletes compete and enjoy sports like Ben does!

During his first year at SOMD, he hopes to learn more about what it takes to be a great Sports Director, as well as have a profound and positive impact on our athletes through sports.

2 fun facts about Ben:

He hopes to travel outside of the country, maybe London by the end of the year.

His favorite song is Still I Stand by T.I.

Ben can be reached at bpresident@somd.org

Brooke Jenkins
AmeriCorps Eastern Shore Coordinator

Brooke Jenkins is our newest Regional Director, working with Special Olympics Maryland through the ShoreCorps program. Brooke is from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science at  Salisbury University. Working with SOMD has always been an interest of Brookes due to the relationship between athletics and her field of study.

Over the summer, Brooke worked in a MedStar Outpatient Physical Therapy program providing physical therapy services both in person and virtually. Juggling multiple patients and treatment plans, especially during a pandemic, has helped Brooke to become adaptable under pressure. 

This is Brooke’s first experience with Special Olympics, but she’s very eager to dive into her new position, her favorite part about working at SOMD has been working and meeting her new co-workers!

Brooke is most excited to get out to competitions and events, now that we are back in-person, she’s excited to experience everything SOMD has to offer! She also wants to get to know our athletes better as well, so SOMD athletes, don’t be shy!

2 fun facts about Brooke:

She hopes to travel to Canada before the end of 2022 because the nature seems so beautiful and it is so close!

Her favorite song or album is Matthew and Son by Cat Stevens… or the entire Stardust album by Willie Nelson.

Brooke will be working as a Regional Director on the Eastern Shore, reporting to Jeff Abel. You can contact Brooke at bjenkins@somd.org.