A gathering place for education, recreation, and the arts.

Meet Our Staff


Luay Sami

 Executive Director

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Sami, originally from Iraq, has been in the US since 2011, contributing significantly to the Clarkston Community Center. He began at the Minister of Culture in Baghdad, representing Iraq globally. Now serving as the Executive Director, Sami is pivotal in fostering inclusivity and vibrancy within the center. As a principal advisor to the Board, he shapes organizational goals. Leading the executive team, Sami builds bridges between diverse communities through interactive programs.


Amber McCorkle

Director of Education and Programs

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Amber McCorkle is a Mississippi native with a background in political science focusing on foreign policy, municipal government and community organizing.  She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and acquired a degree in Political Science.  She has a passion for community & civic engagement as well as youth services and her work experience in the non-profit and government sector reflects it.


Regina Farmer

Office Manager

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Before joining the CCC family, Regina worked as a staff accountant at City Club of Buckhead. 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 received her Associate Degree from Lincoln College of Technology.


Sayed Mohammad Musa

Facilities Manager

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A native of Afghan, Musa worked with ATC (Afghan Technical Consultant) clearing landmines in Afghanistan provinces to protect civilians. He worked with UNWFP (United Nation World Food Program) to distribute food to hungry families in Afghanistan and as an Admin Assistant for the transportation department, responsible for more than 1000 armored vehicles and 80 chauffeurs. Musa speaks Dari, Pushto, Hindi, Persian, and Urdu.


Fauzia Ibrahim

Youth Leadership & Technology Facilitator

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Fauzia, a former intern at Clarkston Community Center, has a passion for youth engagement and leadership.

A graduate of our Adult Leadership program, she has been instrumental in finding ways for our community to develop their leadership skills and creating solutions for community problems.

A student of Georgia State University, Fauzia looks to continue helping her community, no matter where she is.


John Watson

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

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John Watson, a native of Atlanta, GA and an alum of Georgia State University, loves any role where he can uplift youth and engage with communities.

A previous intern at Clarkston Community Center, John after graduation served abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, a Public Affairs Specialist with the Army and as a photojournalist in Louisville, Kentucky.

Within these experiences John hopes to draw lessons to help engage our community and promote well-being.


Kathy Rizk

ESL Teacher

Kathy fell in love with teaching English as a Foreign Language as a peace corps volunteer in Morocco in the 1980s.  Upon her return, she obtained her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Florida and much later received a Certificate in TESL from the University of South Florida.  Early in her career, she taught elementary school students with learning disabilities and emotional handicaps.  In the 1990s, Kathy taught English as a Second Language to refugees at Florida Community College in Jacksonville.  After taking time off to raise a family,  Kathy began her career at Clarkston Community Center as a volunteer. Now on staff, she is thrilled to be teaching the beginning English class to adult refugees, many of whom are senior citizens.


Donnie Roseberry

Maintenance Coordinator


A long-time Georgian born in Scottdale, Georgia and also one of our long-time staff. Donnie graduated high school in 1969, trained as a plumber in the late 70s and among other occupations owned a record store, and spent most of his 80s working construction jobs and at an appliance business in Buckhead. He is very hardworking, creative and always up to the task of fixing anything that needs repair.


Kevin Bergen

Youth OST Coordinator

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Kevin, since his time as a volunteer with us, has always been an advocate for education and opportunities for our youth. He believes that you change this world through the support and uplifting of our children.

He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and has a history of both education advocacy and youth programming, as well as working in the healthcare field in New York City.

He is thrilled to be a part of this community, and always welcomes conversations with others to hear their vision and opportunities to be better!

Meet our partners, sponsors and friends

The Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at the CCC.

Meeting minutes available upon request.

Lesley Dixon - Ph.D. Education candidate  / University of Georgia. 

Vice-Chair: Dr. Henry (Chip) Carey - Department of Political Science, Georgia State University

Treasurer: Chris Rollins - Cornerstone Team Realty

Secretary: Dr. Ashli Owen-Smith - School of Public Health, Georgia State University 

Member: Kaeden Tun Healthcare Research Analyst, Epidemiologist, Public Health Analyst, Health Consultant

Member: Dandhara "Dani" Da Silva - Director at Capoeira Maculele Decatur

Member: Ammar Al Badran - CNN

Member: Shirley Zambrano - Zambrano & Ruiz

Member: Alma Nieto - CDC

Member: Yilkal Ademe - Amazon



AEC Trust Foundation
Agnes Scott College
AID Atlanta
Art Forward
Arthur M. Blank Foundation
ArtReach Foundation
Atlanta Braves Foundation
Atlanta Falcon Youth Foundation
Atlanta Food Bank
Atlanta Hawks Foundation
Bank of America Foundation
BB&T Bank
Brain Foundation (Frances Hollis)
Branan Foundation – Wells Fargo Admin Fdns.
Brockett Pub
CDF: A Collective Action Initiative
Center for Pan-Asian Community Service
Center for Victims of Torture
City of Clarkston
Clarkston United Methodist Church
Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA)
Community Foundation - Get Out the Vote
Core Dance
Decatur Rotary Club
Dekalb County Human and Community Development Department
Dekalb County Human Services Department 
DeKalb County Juvenile Court
Dekalb County Youth Services Department 
Diabetes Association of Atlanta
Dollar General Foundation
Drew Fincher State Farm Agency
Electro Bike Georgia
Emory University Department Office of Community and University Partnership
Emory University Medical School
E-Z Agape Foundation
Fincher Services
FoodWell Alliance
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc
Friends of Refugees
Georgia 2020
Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Georgia Department  of Human Services – Office of Refugee Resettlement
Georgia Piedmont College
Georgia Power
Georgia State University
Great Day Family Connections
Hands On Atlanta
Healthcare Georgia-Health Promoters Program
Home Depot Foundation
Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust
Imlay Foundation
Insure Georgia
International Night Market
International Rescue Coalition
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
Literacy for All
Lubo Foundation
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Mary Ryan and Henry G. Kuhrt Foundation
Mason Fine Arts
Musulyn Home Cooking Catering Service
National Association of Asian American Professionals
National Endowment for the Arts
New American Pathways
Northlake Veterinary Surgery
Partitions Construction
Pipeline Foundation
Price Gilbert Jr. Charitable Fund
R. Howard Dobbs Foundation
Refugee Family Services
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Ryan Foundation
Sabrosa Catering
Sam’s Club Foundation
Scott Hudgens Family Foundation
Soccer In The Streets
Something New
Southern New Hampshire University
Stop & Save Group LLC
Thanks Mom and Dad Foundation
The David, Helen, and Miriam Woodward Foundation
The Katherine John Murphy Foundation
The Tull Foundation
The Turner Foundation
The Coca Cola Foundation
Théâtre du Rêve
Three Taverns Craft Beer
United Way- Opportunity Zone
US State Department
Vision Factory
Wachovia Foundation
Welcoming Georgia
Wells Fargo Foundation
Woodys Nursery
Workmans Circle

CDF: A Collective Action Initiative
Center for Pan-Asian Community Service
Core Dance
Electro Bike Georgia
Emory University Department Office of Community and University Partnership
Friends of Refugees
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Georgia State University
Hands On Atlanta
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Mason Fine Arts
New American Pathways
Refugee Family Services
Soccer In The Streets
Something New
Théâtre du Rêve
Vision Factory

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