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.
Andrea Waterstone, 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 management and is responsible for the facilities management. He is a graduate of Baghdad University with dual degrees in graphic design and teaching instruction.
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.
Justine Okello, Community Connector | Educator
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 a better community.
At Clarkston Community Center, Justine steered a youth empowerment and leadership program called Youth E3 Academy which was funded by United Way for six months in 2015. Currently he is the educator for Communicycle which is a bike safety and maintenance program funded by the city of Clarkston to promote safe biking among Clarkston residents.
As an IT professional, Justine is also running Network Atlanta Community Technology, a program at CCC that refurbishes computers and sells them to the community at a discounted price with the goal of bridging the IT gap in Clarkston and greater Atlanta. Additionally, he offers hands on training in computer refurbishing and repair to volunteers and other interested youth from the community.
He is also a big fan of contemporary art and loves exploring cultural diversity. Outside of professional interests, he reads, paints, and enjoys visiting new places.
Shakir Shakir, Recreation Coordinator
Shakir Shakir leads the Clarkston Communicycle program at CCC. He is the lead mechanic and instructor for bicycle safety and bicycle maintenance training. He is an experienced recreation coordinator with years of experience leading outdoor activities for youth and adults. He is a trained bicycle mechanic and a physical fitness trainer. In addition to serving as a Recreation Coordinator, Shakir Shakir helps newly arrived refugees settle in their new homes. He is from Iraq and speaks Arabic.