Chief Executive Officer | Lorna Green

Lorna Green

Lorna is the founder and CEO of CAFE for the past 21 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 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.

Please visit Josanne’s site for more information and updates about her.

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Creative Art Director. Elizabeth Caesar

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.



 Althea Young, Program Director

Marlene T. Daniels

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 fro​m 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.



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.

Samuel Browne
Board Chairman
Lanham, Maryland

Sherry Ann Decoteau
​New York, NY

Willoughby Francis
​Beltsville, Maryland

Joseph C. Green
Board Secretary
Mitchellville, Maryland

Amb. Harriet Elam-Thomas
Orlando, Florida

Margaret Castro
Hyattsville, Maryland

Gerard Davidson, DDS
Silver Spring, Maryland

Nailah Adams, MD

Melissa Johnson-Smith, Ex Officio

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