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John Swain Next Level Foundation
John Swain - Executive Director

John Swain is the Executive Director and Founder of The Next Level Foundation. Swain has always been committed to uplifting the community. In the late 80's he began developing after-school motivational curriculum to youth in low-income housing communities. He also served as a coach for multiple Twin Cities High Schools including Central High School and North High School.


Swain received an athletic scholarship to the University of Miami and holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology. Upon graduating from college, Swain was drafted into the NFL. During his professional football career he played for the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, and Pittsburgh Steelers.


Upon retiring from the NFL in 1987, Swain was called to serve youth. He served as a correctional officer and a supervisor in the juvenile justice system for more than 20 years. His passion to develop youth athletes through football and build scholarship pathways to college was always core to his fabric.


Coach Swain continues to improve the game of football by making sure that young people play the sport safely, he is the Ambassador of Youth Football for USA Football, a Master Trainer for the National Football League, and a Uniform Inspector for the NFL. 

Cherrelle Swain - Managing Director

Cherrelle is the co-founder of The Next Level Foundation and serves as Managing Director. Where she manages all the scholarship, education, and athletic programs. Cherrelle also leads fundraising events, organizational strategy, and enterprise development.


Currently she is the Director for Strategic Partnerships at CityBridge Education, where she leads network growth, community engagement, and real estate to build innovative and equitable schools for students and families in Washington, D.C.

Cherrelle has a versatile background as a non profit leader having led successful fundraising campaigns, community building and student recruitment efforts, and family engagement activations. She also has taught students of all ages in Washington, DC and Sevilla, Spain.

A graduate of Howard University, she majored in International Business with a concentration in Information Systems. Cherrelle lived abroad in Spain for three years as a fellow for Spain’s Ministry of Education. She holds a MBA from the University of Sevilla in International Business and Strategy.

Cherrelle Swain Next Level Foundation
Natalie Cargile -Director of Communications

Natalie Cargile serves as the Secretary for The Next Level Foundation. She is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Communications and holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Electronic Media from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.


Natalie has broadcasting and media experience working with companies like MTV News, KARE 11, WSVN7 Miami, NBC6 Miami, and KMID-ABC2 in Midland, Texas.


Natalie has played an active role in the creativity and communication components of The Next Level Foundation since its conception, handling several external and internal communication for the Foundation. She is very involved in the community, currently serving as the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Delta Omega. As President, she organizes community services events and presides over all business and volunteer matters. Natalie took the initiative to implement the Next Level Foundation in Midland, TX establishing important community partners such as The Martin Luther King Center and the City of Midland.

Stacy Swain - Treasurer

Stacy serves as the Treasurer for The Next Level Foundation. Stacy has deep roots in the Twin Cities, growing up in St. Paul, Rondo community. She is an active member of Camphor United Memorial Church where she volunteers with the youth church choir.


Stacy is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) handling payroll employment contracts with employees of the Minneapolis Public Schools where she is dedicated to providing comprehensive services for the Payroll and Finance Department of MPS. Stacy is also a member of American Payroll Association North Star Chapter.


Stacy leads finance efforts for The Next Level Foundation and serves on both the Football Camp and Golf Tournament committee and leading her own youth weekend programs to girls teaching them etiquette.