CAFE is a youth-based program which uses the performing arts as the catalyst to develop the passion and discipline for learning, leadership and academic achievement.

Meet Out Staff


The Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFE) is a 501©3 non profit corporation located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. CAFE began in 1996 with a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Building Hope Foundation. Founder and Executive Director Lorna Green together with the Board of Directors, committed professionals, parents and community leaders lend their expertise to keep CAFE’s program innovative and creative.

Cultural Academy Staff

Leaders of The Cultural Academy of Excellence

Our Staff

Lorna Green
Chief Executive Officer

Josanne Francis, M.M.
Artistic Director

Elizabeth Caesar
Graphic Designer, Painter, Art Tutor.

David Thorpe
Lead Instructor Robotics

PeggyAnne DaSilva
Lead STREAM Instructor

Board of Directors

Samuel Browne

Board Chairman Lanham, Maryland

Sherry Ann Decoteau

Treasurer ​New York, NY

Willoughby Francis

Vice-Chair ​Beltsville, Maryland

Joseph C. Green

Board Secretary Mitchellville, Maryland

Margaret Castro

Hyattsville, Maryland

Gerard Davidson, DDS

Silver Spring, Maryland


CAFE depends on our valued supporters and volunteers to maintain its high level of commitment to our students. We invite our parents, alumni, and community members to support our program and students through volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Any donations of all amounts are welcome and are greatly appreciated, whether it is a one-time gift, a monthly contribution or a donation in a friend or family member’s name.

Thank you for your support.



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