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.
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.
Satyam Barakoti, Advancement Director
In her role as Advacement Director, Satyam is responsible for managing fundraising, communication and volunteer activities. She brings years of experience working with women, immigrant/refugee communities and underserved urban/rural communities. Her roles have included including leading the college prep program at CCC. In addition to fundraising, marketing and program development, she has expertise in facilitating community dialogue on bringing diverse groups of interests and people to build coalitions.
Prior to joining CCC, Satyam founded and co-owned Durga Consulting, a non-profit consulting firm that provides fundraising, program development and marketing services to community based non-profits. Her past affiliations include working at Refugee Women’s Network, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Momentum, Asian and Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVRP) in Washington D.C., Janakpur Women’s Development Center (JWDC) and Women’s Foundation of Nepal.
Her volunteer community involvement includes Steering Committee Member of National Asian and Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Atlanta Chapter, facilitator for Men Stopping Violence ‘Because We Have Daughters’ campaign, Board Member at Raksha and volunteer fundraiser with United 4 safety. Satyam has a M.A. in International Development from American University and a B.A from University of Maine. Satyam immigrated to the United States from Nepal and speaks Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and English.
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.