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Staff

McKenzie Wren, Executive Director

director@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

McKenzie Wren brings a wide range of experience in community building to the Clarkston Community Center. Prior to joining CCC in 2010, she ran a successful Health Promoters Program with refugee women, and has worked with various refugee-oriented non-profits since 2007. She has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of community building, as well as experience working with international populations, including women’s and children’s health initiatives in Kenya and with Hispanic women and children in El Paso, Texas. Involved in a community land trust in Atlanta for more than ten years, she understands the many challenges of unifying diverse perspectives and the importance of balancing the public role of a community center with the private needs of the community in which it is located. McKenzie holds a BA in International Studies from American University in Washington DC and an Masters in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.

Myriam Dormer,  Food Security Manager

myriam@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Myriam Dormer has 5 years experience working with sustainable food systems in the Atlanta Metro Area as well as 5 years in community development and project management. She received a Masters in Development Practices at Emory University. This is a new, interdisciplinary program combines a rigorous academic curriculum with practical experience to prepare professionals for careers in humanitarian and relief organizations. Through this program, she completed two internships in Brazil that involved supporting local farmers in their collective efforts to employ sustainable methods so as to improve the quality of life for the farmers while also bringing better quality food to consumers. As the Curriculum Specialist for The Smart Place, she created opportunities for special needs adults to grow food for themselves and others.  These self-empowering opportunities connected these exceptional adults to their community. As the Education Program Manager for the Wylde Center, Myriam was part of a dynamic team that increased community awareness of and access to healthy food.  She increased program impact through building partnerships, leading classes, supervising staff, scheduling programs and training educational professionals.  The educational programs at the Wylde Center are taught using the community as the classroom.

Nefertiti Williams, Event and Communication Manager

events@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Nefertiti has background of over 15 years of business development, with over a decade of event management experience.  She has served as Regional Director of The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign, as well as Atlanta Campaign Manager for The Sister to Sister Foundation. In those roles,she managed many fundraising events, including The Go Red for Women (GRFW) Luncheon, Vintage Affair (a GRFW wine event and auction), The Sister to Sister Foundation: Have a Heart Health Fair, with a hosts of other fundraising, donor, and volunteer appreciation events.  She is also the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Decatur-N Druid Hills-Virginia Highlands (www.decatur.macaronikid.com), an e-newsletter and website promoting all of the great things for kids and their families to do in The City of Decatur and the surrounding Atlanta metro area.

Kelley Provence, Student Success Coordinator

Kelley brings over 20 years experience working with people with low literacy skills. She served as the Executive Director at Literacy Volunteers of America and at The Learning Center and comes most recently from being Academic Director at the Global Village Project. Her specialty is understanding the needs of both new English speakers as well as those needing to obtain basic adult education. She is overseeing both the CCC ESL/GED program as well as the after school program.

Andrea Stowe, After school Instructor

Andrea comes most recently from the International Community School where she served for 5 years as a paraprofessional and after school teacher.

Rebecca Sullivan, Youth Program Coordinator

rebecca@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Rebecca most recently served with Quaker Voluntary Service at the American Friends Service Committee. She has experience in program development, working with youth and has a degree in peace and conflict studies. She loves biking and hiking.

Luay Sami, Events and Facility Coordinator

sami@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

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 coordinator and is responsible for the facilities management. He is a graduate of Baghdad University with dual degrees in graphic design and teaching instruction and also has a background in healthcare with a CNA certification from Woodruff Medical Training and Testing, Atlanta, GA.

Regina Farmer, Office Manager

office@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

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.