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.
Nefertiti Williams, Advancement Director
Aliyah Frazier, Healthy Living Director
Aliyah manages the Healthy Living Initiative (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.
Andrea Waterstone, Art at the Center Summer Camp Director and Interim Arts and Education Director
Andrea Waterstone brings a multitude of experience and talent within the classroom and the art studio to the Clarkston Community center. Prior to her engagement with the CCC, Andrea was the Visual Art teacher at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf and at the International Community School. The range of experience teaching both Deaf and hearing populations as well as immigrant and refugee populations aids Andrea’s ability to create highly differentiated and diversified curriculum.
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.