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.
Cynthia Yates, Office Manager
New to Atlanta, Cynthia comes most recently from DeLand, FL. With extensive experience in office management, Cynthia brings a wealth of experience in bookkeeping, office and volunteer management and overall organization. Most recently she served on the Board of Director’s for the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts as Volunteer Chair and Krewe de Courer (a local DeLand organization who supports the local food pantry and Neighborhood Center).
Mryiam Dormer, Food Security Coordinator
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 famers 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, Mryiam 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
Nikhil Rao, Youth Coordinator
Prior to joining CCC, Nikhil worked as a case manager and youth coordinator with International Rescue Committee and has extensive experience in working with refugee youth. With a BA in Sociology from Princeton, Nikhil is well-versed in community outreach, capacity building and recognizing the importance of relationships in creating change. Along with overseeing the Clarkston Youth Initiative, and helping coordinate the CCC after school program, Nikhil is involved with the Clarkston Festival group and other Clarkston-centered activities.
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.
Luay Sami, Facility Coordinator
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, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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.