Cindy Bowden, Executive Director
Cindy is the current President of the World Craft Council of North America (WCCNA) which is affiliated with UNESCO. She is the Director of the Bright Ring Foundation whose mission is to assist non-profit organizations and artists in becoming sustainable. Cindy has curated exhibitions and coordinated art exchange programs with Universities and museums in Italy, Japan and Chile. She has worked in the museum and not-for-profit field for thirty-five years, having worked as Director of the American Association of Woodturners, an international artist guild; Director of the American Museum of Papermaking for 17 years; Registrar at the Atlanta History Center; the Mississippi Museum of Art; the Hunter Museum of Art and the Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center. Bowden began her career as a Curator at the National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea.
Luay Sami, Director of Operations
A native of Iraq, Luay Sami has served as an Arabic translator for the United States Army and since moving to the U.S. has worked as an Arabic instructor for a national language institute. Besides being a language instructor, Luay also has experience as a marketing and event coordinator. As an employee of CCC he serves in the capacity of sales and event management and is responsible for the facilities management. He is a graduate of Baghdad University with dual degrees in graphic design and teaching instruction.
Justine Okello, Director of Programs & Technology
Justine Okello is from Uganda, East Africa and carries along a deep sense of community engagement and development. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Gulu University in Uganda. He has since worked with a number of non-profit agencies like UNICEF, Human Rights Focus (HURIFO), Save the Children, Concerned Parents Association (CPA), Acholi Education Initiative (AEI), and now Clarkston Community Center. Through his work around the world, Justine continues to serve with love and dedication aimed at creating better communities.
As the Director of Programs and Technology, Justine steers youths after school programs, seniors programs, food security initiatives, Communicycle, and other recreational programs here at the Clarkston Community Center. In this role, he is also running Network Atlanta Community Technology, a program that refurbishes computers and sells them to the community at a discounted price with the goal of bridging the IT gap in Clarkston and the greater Atlanta. Additionally, he offers hands-on training in basic computer skills, computer refurbishing, and repair to refugees and long-time citizens.
Justine has got a big heart for community socio and economic development and transformation. He is also a big fan of contemporary art and loves exploring different cultures. Outside of professional interests, he reads, paints, and enjoys visiting new places.
Regina Farmer, Office Manager
Before joining the CCC family, Regina worked as a staff accountant at City Club of Buckhead – an exercise and spa facility. She has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, software support and customer support. She served as administrative assistant for 100 Black Men of DeKalb County helping today’s youth in school and the community. Regina volunteers one day a week at DeKalb County High School assisting teachers with daily paperwork overloads. Regina received her Associate Degree from Lincoln College of Technology.
Sayed Mohammad Musa, Administrative Assistant | Receptionist
A native of Afghan, Musa worked with ATC (Afghan Technical Consultant) land mines organization to clear land mines around Afghanistan provinces in an effort to protect civilians. He was employed by UNWFP (United Nation World Food Program) to distribute food to hungry families in Afghanistan all over Afghanistan and with the American in Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan for more than 10 years as an Admin Assistant for the transportation department. While employed with the Embassy, Musa was responsible for more than 1000 armored vehicles and 80 chauffeurs, who provided transportation to American diplomats. Musa speaks Dari, Pushto, Hindi, Persian and Urdu.
Gloria Jackson, Events Rental Coordinator
Gloria was born in Georgia. She is proud of having attended some of its historical Black Schools. She is also a Business graduate of DeKalb Technical Institute, Clarkston GA. Her career fields in the for-profit arena include The Atlanta Int’l Airport (Customer Service Agent), Atlanta Transit Authority (Bookkeeper), Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority-MARTA (Accounting & Revenue Agent) and H&R Block Northern Tax Service (Manager & Site Investigator).
One of her great accomplishments is the Rites Of Passage program that graduated 160 students during her term as First Lady with the Afrocentric Temple in Atlanta, GA. She was recognized for performing more than 100 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanities and she continues to serve with the Tax-Aide Program with AARP. She is also a supporter and volunteer of Georgia Equality in Atlanta.
Her position as events coordinator with CCC summarizes her career while working with this diverse and intergenerational community.