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Board of Directors

About Us

Board Of Directors

The mission of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center is to inspire the growth of youth, families and the community through quality arts and education programs.


Rachel Lissy, PhD, Co-Chair

Assistant Director of the Center for Community Leadership, Jewish Community Relations Council

Basir Mchawi, Co-Chair

Former Professor, John Jay College of Justice; WBAI radio

Cynthia Martin, Vice- Chair

Corporate Systems Analyst

Christina Connor Thompson, Secretary

Head of Partnerships Operations, Google



Jim Carney 

Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, Lehman College - CUNY

Jean Hodge

Former Director, Community Affairs and Station Services, WCBS Television

Jeanna Hussey

Former Assistant Attorney General/Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau

Darise JeanBaptiste  

Senior Consultant, Change Impact

Lynn Karam

Business Operations & Finance Management Expert 

Kiara Lee 

Program Assistant, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services

Clarener Moultrie

Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education (Retired), Columbia University School of Social Work

Tad Shull

Fundraising and Communications Consultant

LaToya Westbrooks Keeling

UX Research & Product Strategy Consultant, Westbrooks Consulting Group Inc.