McKenzie Wren, Executive Director
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.
Michael O. Molina, Director of Programs
Michael Otieno Molina is an educator, public education advocate, performing artist and arts advocate. Mike has designed, developed, led, and evaluated youth development programming in and outside of traditional institutional educational contexts for 15 years and served as Interim Head of School for a start-up charter school in DeKalb County, Georgia. Mike has been an instructor in multi-cultural education at Georgia State School of Education and was trained as a popular educator by the Movement Strategy Center and the School of Unity and Liberation. Mike is an accomplished author, public speaker and performer, board member of the Decatur Arts Alliance, a Georgia Lawyer for the Arts and founder of 5D Stories a media company that serves to increase understanding to catalyze potential.
Nefertiti Williams, Event and Communication Manager
Aliyah Frazier, Community Resource Manager
Aliyah manages the Community Resource program (formerly known as Food Security Initiative) which is comprised of the food pantry, food co-op, farmers market, gardens and edible forest, active living and community nutrition education. With a background in public education and deep experience with multiple cultures, Aliyah brings a wealth of understanding to community building through food, recreation and nutrition. Not only is she a fluent Spanish speaker, but she is also a yoga and fitness instructor, chef extraordinaire and dances with Uhuru Dancers.
Luay Sami, Events and Facilities Manager
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
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.
Noor Alzahawe, Administrative Assistant
Noor Alzahawe has nearly 9 years of experience in international relations and extensive experience working with refugees. She volunteered with Alhashmi refugee camp while in Jordan for 3 years. Prior to joining the CCC family, Noor worked as a clerk with the Dekalb County Board of Health Refugee Clinic for 6 Years. She served as a Health Promoter with Refugee Women’s Network and worked as an intake specialist for adult education – ESL classes with Georgia Piedmont College. Noor has a BA degree in English literature from Almustansrya University in Baghdad and Diploma in Economics. Noor’s passion is helping people everywhere and service is what makes her happy!