Chief Executive Officer | Lorna Green
Lorna is the founder and leader of CAFE for the past 19 years. Her passion is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn; and to provide a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow and succeed. As an entrepreneur, she brings to CAFE a wealth of experience in organization and management skills on every level. Over the years, she and CAFE have been recognized for their notable accomplishments. She has been able to bring experienced, qualified personnel together who believe in the organization’s mission and are committed to the vision. This has resulted in CAFE becoming one of the best arts-in-education programs on the east coast. Her recent promotion to the position of Chief Executive Officer will ensure the sustainability of the program while preparing the future leaders to be poised and ready to accept their roles as leaders in CAFE and in their communities.
Artistic Coordinator, Josanne Francis, M.M.
Josanne is an internationally known steel pan performer and educator. She also has extensive education in orchestral and marching percussion, as well as the methods of teaching woodwind, brass and string instruments. She has instructed students in music theory and practical performance from age Pre-K to senior citizens. Ms. Francis has won several steel pan, competitions and has performed at venues such as the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Creative Art Director. Elizabeth Caesar
Elizabeth’s mission is to expose her students to a variety of artistic principles, media, galleries, museums and tools, that help to stimulate their creativity. An alumna of the Corcoran School of Art and Design, Elizabeth is a Desktop Publisher/Graphic Artist by profession, but painting and creating works of art is her passion. Music, color, and movement, are her sources of inspiration, and she explains that she often draws from her past experiences as a steel pan bass player to transfer the rhythms of steel band music into her poems, and her canvases.
Elizabeth’s vision for her students is that their art experience at CAFE is instrumental in promoting confidence, and developing an artistic awareness of their surroundings. That they continue to utilize the methods and processes learned from creating works of art (analyzing, planning, exploring, etc.) in their day-to-day life as they grow into adulthood.
Director of Parent-Student Affairs, and Office Manager, Marlene T. Daniels
A Retiree from East Asia Division of The World Bank, and a former Artistic Director/Choreographer, Marlene is no stranger to CAFE. In 1996, she came on board as Dance and Drama Instructor when CAFE was first established. After enrolling her two grandchildren in CAFE, she became deeply involved in all music/academic/performance/traveling activities, and began working closely with CAFE parents and students. She soon volunteered as Parent Coordinator, and later joined the staff as Parent-Student Administrator. Marlene formed the CAFE Parent Association CPA), CAFE Student Association (CSA), and CAFE Alumni Association (CAA). After retiring from CAFE in 2014, she returned in August 2016 to continue her passion: to aid in the growth and success of each student who lovingly calls her “Grandma”.
Cultural Cafe Tutor, Althea Young
Althea Yvette Young, M.Min., a.k.a. “Evangelist Thea” is a Tutor at Cultural Academy for Excellence. She is also an Evangelist, Musician and founder of Bringing Up BamBam™. She holds a Masters and Bachelors in Ministry, Christian Counseling emphasis graduating on the Dean’s List, President’s Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Freedom Bible College and Seminary, with an Associates in Business Management from Prince George’s Community College, licensed as a Clinical Pastoral Counselor and a Certified Temperament Counselor from the National Christian Counselors Association. She has over ten years as a mental health counselor, thirty-plus years in Christian ministry with Evangelistic Holy Trinity Church, Inc. (EHTC), first serving as a Junior Missionary, Missionary and currently serving as an Evangelist. Her mission is healing a generation with music and the Word.
Director of Operations, Beverley Ford, MBA
Beverley Ford worked in higher education and nonprofit organizations. She has a MBA in Management from Strayer University and a BA in Sociology and History. At CAFE Beverley is responsible for managing programs and assisting the CEO in sustaining the organization’s mission. She is passionate about empowering the students through literacy and building skills for life.
Board of Directors
CAFE is governed by a board of directors from a broad spectrum of the community. They bring to the organization a wealth of knowledge, talent experience and leadership, that continues to allow the organization to grow and be recognized as one of the most creative and innovative programs for youth in the Washington Metropolitan Area and on the East Coast. The Board of Directors is committed to making a difference in the lives of the leaders of tomorrow.
Sherry Ann Decoteau
New York, NY
Joseph C. Green
Amb. Harriet Elam-Thomas
Gerard Davidson, DDS
Silver Spring, Maryland
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