Dr. Yvette Butler is a native of California and Founder and President of GapBuster Inc., a non-profit educational enrichment program established in 1999 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Arriving to the Washington, DC area from New York in 1995, Dr. Butler worked at Howard University’s ACTG as the Study Coordinator and Co-Investigator for 4 years. She was directly involved in providing HIV education and prevention to Howard University’s allied health students and other health care providers. Dr. Butler has extensive knowledge in HIV/AIDS treatment, clinical trials, and patient management as well as developing and implementing educational programs. In addition to her HIV/AIDS knowledge, she has been involved with new and investigational medications for patients with diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac disorders.
Dr. Butler serves as the LULAC Maryland State Director and a member of the Board. She is also a member of the UMD Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) as well as several other non-profit organizations. Additionally, she serves as the Montgomery County NAACP Parents’ Council Chair and is a faculty member of the National Minority AIDS and Education Training Center (NMAETC) located at Howard University. In April 2014, Dr. Butler was a keynote speaker for the National Honors Society at Wheaton High School.
Dr. Butler has worked diligently to ensure equity in Montgomery and Prince George’s Public Schools between students and staff. She has dedicated a decade of work to developing GapBuster, Inc, Designed to close the academic achievement gap and raise the achievement bar for students and their families.
Nesreen Hill, the program coordinator at Prince George’s County office, is the founding member of GapBuster, Inc. She has been part of the GapBuster, Inc. since second grade, where her confidence within herself was able to flourish. Nesreen helps design cohesive and comprehensive youth development programs, develop and implement planning and project management processes, day to day supervisory support, collaborate with the educational unit, manage the development and maintenance of the GapBuster Inc center, etc.
Nesreen has served as the PG program coordinator for 6 years fostering an enriching environment for the youth and community members.. Her management, business, and interpersonal skills have tremendously developed with this new position. Also, GapBuster youth have taught her that patience is the key to success and you can never stop learning especially from children. Furthermore, Nesreen hopes that being the leader of GapBuster, Inc. will allow her to successfully manage a business and continue to work avidly with the GapBuster youth.
Gail Davis supports our administrative work with GapBuster, Inc. Gail has decades of professional background after earning a BS focused in Business Administration and an MS in Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland University College. Gail’s coordination of our teams and community relations is critical to our ability to provide success to youth and family. Gail is an Experienced Real Estate Agent with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Skilled in negotiation, traditional sales/short sales, rentals, real estate transactions for owner-occupants and investors.
Marquise joins our team as a member of the Public Allies Washington DC Apprenticeship program. Marquise comes to us with previous nonprofit experience after earning a B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College in 2018. Through his work and interest in equitable community building, he has developed skills that will help guide our staff and GapBusters, Inc.’s outreach efforts to our alumni, partners, and community.
Reach out to Marquise for more information on his professional journey:
I am a sophomore at North Western High school. I help Gap Buster’s by making phone calls to Parents and informing them about new activities their child will be doing. I also Tutor Spanish Classes on Saturdays. I have been working with Gap Busters since 2019.
I’ve been a part of GapBuster, Inc. since the sixth grade. Throughout my experience, as a GapBuster youth, I’ve gathered leadership, mentorship, and communication skills which have helped my confidence blossom. Currently attending the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in Computer Science. I am excited to be back and serve.