Kool Boiz Foundation

Dedicated to providing educational, financial, and emotional support
for boys and young men of color.

About Us


The Kool Boiz Foundation is dedicated to providing educational, financial, and emotional support for boys and young men of color in Youngstown, Ohio. We will be a leading advocate for these youths and a catalyst for empowerment and change. Through our college scholarships, mentoring programs, and youth conferences, we are increasing knowledge, wisdom, and understanding with these future leaders.

Board of Directors:

Bruce Rushton

President and CEO

Bruce Rushton is the CEO of The Growth Coach of Northern Delaware, a subsidiary of The RushStan Group LLC. The Growth Coach of Northern Delaware is a Business and Sales Coaching company serving New Castle County and surrounding areas of Delaware. The company is committed to helping business owners and executives discover better ways to manage their businesses by guiding them through a unique, on-going Strategic Mindset® business coaching process. The company’s ultimate goal is to help people and businesses sharpen their focus and achieve greater results.

A graduate of the South High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude from Ohio Dominican University and a Master of Business Administration also from Ohio Dominican University.

Bruce is passionate about helping young men increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities. He believes success is a choice and knows that; once you choose success, the next step is to begin putting in the required work. Bruce has mentored numerous young men over the last 25 years through basketball. He served as a coach and program director at First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. He mentored young men as a coach and trustee with Elite Basketball Club Inc., Columbus, Ohio. Bruce volunteered as a coach on the staff of the Middletown High School’s boys basketball team in Middletown, Delaware from 2014 – 2017. Currently, Bruce serves as a basketball coach with WE R1 Basketball in Middletown, Delaware.

Scott Washington


Scott Washington is a Sales Manager for Allstate Insurance Company and has been with the company for 21 years in various positions. Currently, he handles the entire state of Ohio for Dealership Insurance Agencies. He is responsible for the training, product knowledge, sales skills and overall success of these insurance agencies that are strategically located in car dealerships across the state.

A graduate of South High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude from Ohio University, with a minor in Marketing.

Scott has a passion to help influence young people and show them that through education, you can achieve anything. Through hard work, determination and discipline, the sky's the limit on achieving your dreams. Scott has been a mentor to young boys in the form of a Class 1 High School Basketball Referee for the state of Ohio off and on over a 10 year period. In this time, Scott not only got the chance to referee both boys and girls in the sport of basketball but also was able to be a mentor for students, teaching teamwork and sportsmanship. Scott also volunteered for the Youngstown Police Athletic League during that time for at risk kids and young adults.

Angela K Johnson


Angela Johnson is the vice president for enrollment management and executive director financial aid at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio. Her current role consists of managing financial aid, scholarship, financial education, and enrollment operations, by synergizing service delivery to students focusing on student success and completion. She has worked in higher education for more than 25 years, of which the last 17 have been at Tri-C.

A graduate of South High School in Youngstown, Angela has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from The American University (Washington, DC), and is completing a doctorate degree in higher education administration.

She currently serves as Representative-at-Large for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), board member of the Higher Education Loan Coalition (HELC), board member of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), advisory board member of the National Student Collegiate Financial Wellness (NSCFW), and is a past president of the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrations (OASFAA). 

Angela is passionate about helping students develop financial education acumen in pursuit of their college education. She works with various volunteer organizations, including supporting an organization that helps teen mothers complete their high school diploma and enroll in college. She is a role model and mentor for foster youth organization and works tirelessly to help educate urban youth on the value and cost of higher education.

Kenneth Boone

Board Member

Kenneth Boone is a “change agent” and brings that positive attitude, encouraging personal growth, demanding organizational effectiveness and improvement to everything he does. Whether it is working with the general public in his current position as Deputy Clerk for the City of Youngstown, or volunteering as a Veterans’ drug court mentor and coordinator for the honorable Judge Carla Baldwin, he brings integrity, stability and insight to Youngstown City Court services. As a US Navy Veteran, Kenneth extends himself beyond the court services to provide a rehabilitation and informational vehicle for the men and women who have served our country.

Kenneth believes in putting his personal vision into action; joining with other community leaders to reduce violence in our local community. In addition, he has founded the “Elisha Blueprint Mentoring Program” to mentor and build character in young men, and voluntarily works with boys 7-12 years of age at the Youngstown Community School and Youngstown Taft Elementary; teaching self-respect and respect for others in and around our community.

Despite being a single parent and proud father of one daughter, with his determination and boundless energy, Kenneth continues to pursue a degree in Social Work from the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services at Youngstown State University.

Ronnell Elkins

Board Member

Ronnell Elkins was born and raised in Youngstown Ohio.  A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, he later attended Eastern Michigan University where he studied business management.  During his studies Ronnell spent two summers assisting the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority assuming the role of a counselor with their summer camp for the underprivileged.  In his current position as Sales and leasing consultant at Acura of Boardman/Boardman Mitsubishi, Ronnell has witnessed first-hand the detrimental effects credit mismanagement can have on an individual's quality of life.  In as much he wishes to act as a mentor and adviser to young men and women in the area of financial literacy.  Ronnell founded RNS Entertainment and managed the music label for a period of six years.  He acted as CEO for Arris Productions, a video production company which allowed him to work on the Keyshia Cole show, Hell Date and TV One's "Unsung" as a production coordinator.  He is active as a fundraiser with the YMCA. In his free time he enjoys golf, basketball and spending time with his daughter Caristian. 

Marcus Gordon

Board Member

Marcus Gordon is an Area Manager over Construction Scheduling for AT&T’s Technology and

Operations department in the Midwest region, and has been with the company for 23 years in

various positions.  In his current role, he is responsible for coordinating with the Program Office, Engineering and Planning Departments to ensure that the correct outside plant projects are being built at the correct times. Marcus has a team of managers reporting to him located throughout the Midwest region who maintain the proper force load balance and create weekly and daily schedules for AT&T construction crews and technicians.

A graduate of South High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Marcus holds a Bachelor of Business

Administration degree from Ohio University, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

A husband and father of four, Marcus believes strongly in community service and in investing in our youth. As a member of The Network of Black Integrated Communications Professionals since 2007, he has been involved in fund raising activities for college scholarships given out to deserving high school seniors each year in the Columbus, Ohio area. Marcus routinely volunteers at various community engagements in the Columbus area, including the annual City Year Fall Harvest Fest, passing out fresh produce and fruit to families, mentoring area students, and the Ohio Special Olympics. His volunteer work also includes coaching young males from ages 5 to 14 in Youth Football, which he has done annually for the past eight years.

Steven Jones

Board Member

Steven Jones is the President/CEO of The Steven C. Jones Agency, a State Farm Company, specializing in risk management, strategic business planning, financial service and insurance advising for local consumers and business owners. In addition to his experience in financial services, Steven has been involved in the several economic development projects in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown. His involvement includes creating comprehensive strategic plans; developing detailed operational plans for new ventures, analyzing real estate development opportunities and establishing best practices for value based and profitable organizations both as a consultant and as the initiator of the project.

Prior to starting the Steven C Jones Agency, Steven started his own real estate holding company, focusing on the rehabilitation of residential and commercial projects. Through his partnership with Affordable Supply and Home Improvement, Steven serves as the General Contractor and Director of Building Supplies for both residential and commercial applications. 2008, Steven formed RJSDEAN Enterprise, LLC a minority construction service and supply company that focuses on both residential and commercial applications. By trade, Steven has extensive experience in rough carpentry, finishing, dry wall installation, flooring, window installation and electrical wiring. At the onset of his career with State Farm, Steven served as a Property and Casualty Claims specialist responsible for both estimating damage to homes as a result of weather related losses. In addition, Steven served as the project manager on large losses coordinating action plans for both the claims department and hired contractors responsible for rehabilitating insured properties.

Early in his career, Steven focused on creating marketing strategies at the college level for Youngstown State’s Athletic Department and at the Professional level for the World Basketball League.

Steven has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Business Administration from Youngstown State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Project Management from American InterContinental University. Steven is also a member of the National Black MBA Association.

Tayana Pannell

Board Member

Bio coming soon.