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.
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 over 10 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.
Kenzie Koss, Development Associate
Kenzie is the newest member of the CCC team. As our development associate, she works on managing current and potential development opportunities, building up our donor database while coordinating contact with our generous donor community. Kenzie takes care of daily administrative tasks (such as ordering office supplies, recording meeting notes, and organizing office spaces) in addition to maintaining internal and external communications. While earning her bachelor's degree from the Boston University College of Communication, Kenzie spent her college years teaching health education classes in Boston's public schools as a Peer Health Exchange volunteer. After graduating and before coming to the Center, Kenzie worked with Boston Children's Hospital's Global Health Program, traveling to Zambia to kickstart an HIV prevention campaign in Lusaka.
Kwame Dance, Behavioral Health Services Coordinator
Kwame Dance is a second-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at William James College with dual concentrations in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience and African & Caribbean Mental Health. Kwame holds a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), and has completed graduate level coursework in applied developmental psychology from Boston College’s Lynch School, and Business Administration from Strayer University. Kwame is a lifelong Cambridge resident who has devoted years of service to youth in his city through various roles, including: Program Director of the Willis D. Moore Youth Center, College Success and Assistant Varsity Football Coach for Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, President of Cambridge Pop Warner, Assistant Coordinator for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, and Co-Director of The Hip Hop Transformation Program.
Erin Gullage, Enrollment 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.
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.
Lawrence "LB" Battle, Facilities Manager
Working as our dedicated facilities manager, LB serves as everything from the Center's personal "Mr. Fix It" to the ever-resourceful facilitator of everything onsite. A Cambridge native himself, LB grew up in the Center before raising his own children (and now grandchildren) here in the community. With a resume of impressive restorations and quality renovations, we're grateful that LB's chosen to offer the Center his valued skillset with unparalleled dedication.
Yvonne "Ms. G" Gittens, Girls Lead Teacher/Cooking Teacher
Yvonne Gittens, or "Ms. G", as she is known by the community, is a native Cantabridgian and a former "Center Kid". She served as a CCC board member for over 30 years and was a member of the first committee to work on Cambridge’s African American Heritage Trail Project. Since retiring from a 42-year career at MIT, she can still be found giving high school students advice regarding the financial aid process. She also serves as a member of the Sister to Sister Conversations Committee, which organizes workshops on issues impacting women of color and their families. Yvonne's passion is working with the youth at CCC. She especially loves working with the preteen girls, teaching them cooking and how to make lip balm, among other things. She regularly invites women of color from the community to talk with the young girls she works with about their careers and share valuable life lessons.
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.