Darrin Korte, Executive Director
Darrin Korte is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Community Center. Darrin earned his Master's Degree in Sociology from UMass Boston in 2010 and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Boston University in 2014. Darrin has been with the Cambridge Community Center since 2009 when he worked as a group leader in the Cowemoki Summer Enrichment Program. In Darrin's time at the Center he has developed several successful programs, including a teen hip-hop program called The Hip Hop Transformation and a free monthly community meals program called The Coast Kitchen.
R-Jay Jones, Building Manager
R-Jay has worked at the Center for over 47 years in a variety of different roles. He has been a Group Leader, Program Director, Site Coordinator, Chef, and currently works as our Building Manager. R-Jay was a "Center Kid" growing up in Cambridge and brings with him a vast wealth of institutional knowledge. Along with Ms. G, R-Jay coordinates our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon every year. R-Jay has helped raise thousands of children through his work and was honored with our Community Appreciation Award in 2015 for his many years of service in our community.
Erin Gullage, Enrollment Compliance Manager
Erin Gullage was the Financial Compliance Coordinator at the Cambridge Community Center for 14 years. As of July 2016 she is now the Enrollment Compliance Manager. She has proudly watched as the CCC children have grown up and go off to high school and college. Born and raised in Cambridge, she can be found rolling down Western Ave., learning Spanish, hanging with family, and planning her next warm winter getaway. Erin has a Bachelor's Degree from Fitchburg State University.
Rachel Kinch, Director of Out-of-School Time Programs
Rachel Kinch is the Director of Out-of-School Time Programs at the Cambridge Community Center. Rachel earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Human Services through Fisher college in Boston. Rachel grew up as a “Center Kid”, attending the center through her elementary years, so it has a special place in her heart. Her goal at the Center is to help the youth become successful, learn, and to be as supportive as possible to the families at the CCC. In her free time she likes to bake and spend time with her loved ones.
Latifah James, Director of Youth and Family Services
Latifah James started working at the Cambridge Community Center in 2014. She now has 8 years of experience working directly with children and families. Latifah is a passionate and dedicated worker. She takes pride in maintaining a healthy program to give back and support the children and families of Cambridge. Latifah has her Associate's Degree in psychology and is moving toward obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.
Samuel M. Gebru, Director of Engagement and Partnerships
Samuel M. Gebru is the Director of Engagement and Partnerships at the Cambridge Community Center. He is responsible for our fund development, communications and marketing, government and community relations, and strategic partnerships. Samuel served as a member of the Center's Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and is a proud "Center Kid," growing up in the neighborhood and spending his childhood at our After School and Summer Enrichment programs. He brings over a decade of experience in politics, community organizing, nonprofits, and consulting. Born in Sudan to Ethiopian parents, Samuel moved to Cambridge at age three.
William "Buzzy" Mitchell, Evening Staff Manager
Buzzy Mitchell works as our Evening Staff Manager, overseeing our nightly rental programs. Buzzy grew up in Cambridge and has been working at the Center for many years. Buzzy has deep ties to the Center, as his children and grandchildren attended the Center as kids. Buzzy is an avid Boston sports fan with an unparalleled wealth of knowledge about the teams he roots for.
Lawrence Battle, Security and Maintenance
Venice Givans, Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Nikitha Jules, 1st & 2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Manny Matos, Middle School Lead Teacher
Ms. G, Girls Group Leader/Cooking Teacher
Yvonne Gittens, or "Ms. G", as she is known by the community, leads the Girls Group and cooking classes at the Cambridge Community Center. She is also a dedicated Board Member, and has been a beloved member of the Coast and the Center for many years. Every year she helps lead the coordination efforts for the Annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon.
Janel Wright, Cambridge Winter Farmers Market Manager
During the growing season, Janel is a farmer, most recently at Barrett's Mill Farm in Concord, MA, a farm that cultivates vegetables, herbs, and flowers for over 200 families weekly through a Community Supported Agriculture program. Janel holds a BA in Sociology and Social Work from Gordon College and a MS in International Agricultural Development from University of California, Davis. She has over a decade of experience working for equitable access to fresh food and towards a vibrant local food system, both in the US and in other parts of the world. When not working at the market, you can find her in her kitchen cooking up something tasty or dreaming about next season's flower patch.
Christine Hayward, Senior Accountant
Christine is an accomplished financial professional with diverse experience in various sized organizations. She has a proven ability to develop efficient operations, leverage technology, document policies and procedures, as well as manage staff to ensure high productivity. Christine has vast experience with all Human Resources activities, employee benefits processing, 401(k), and processing payroll. Christine’s other expertise includes accounts payable and receivable processing, financial statement preparation, cash flow projections, audit preparation, and grant reporting and compliance.