Mrs. Cynthia Cummings
Cynthia Cummings is the Executive Director of Community Parents, Inc. for over 28 years serving 270 families in Brooklyn and Queens. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Her professional affiliations include Chairperson of DC 1707 Local 95 Head Start Employee Welfare Fund and trustee of the Head Start Management Welfare Fund. She is a fellow of the Head Start Johnson and Johnson Management Program (1995) at UCLA and Coro Leadership NY (2000). She has served as an Advisory member on the NYC DOE 3K and Early Learn Transition Advisory Group, the Head Start-Public School Early Childhood Transition Demonstration Project, NYC Early Learn Core Directors and Empire State Child Care Campaign.
Dr. Claire Wilson
Dr. Claire Wilson, Deputy Director, is inspired to be a positive voice for children and mentor for young teachers who pursue a career in early childhood education. She has a MS in Administration and Supervision, Baruch College, MA from Adelphi University and Ed.D. from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership. She is a passionate advocate of early childhood education and a leader who continues to work in close collaboration with staff, parents and the Head Start community.
Mrs. Serena Thurston
Assistant Executive Director
Serena Thurston is the Parent Family and Community Engagement Manager and has over 25 years of Head Start experience. Her career began as a Head Start teacher. As the PFCE manager, she serves as the team leader and implements services for parent, family and community engagement. She maintains ongoing relationships with families and works closely with community agencies for effective advocacy. She has an MS in Early Childhood from Brooklyn College and a BA in psychology from York College.
Mr. Roger Denis
Roger Denis, Comptroller has 32 years experience established in fiscal operations and financial reporting of all federal, state and local requirements. He is skilled in generally accepted accounting procedures, accounting standards and project management of capital expenditures. Proficient in OBM uniform guidance, cost principles, audit requirements, non-federal share, cost allocation and procurement. His civic afflitations includes trustee and treasurer of First Baptist Church of South Orange since 2005 and Groupe des Baptistes for over 10 years.
Mrs. Tamarah John
Tamarah John: Ms. John is a highly experienced educator with a strong dedication to the total development of children. She has filled the role of Community Parents Education Director since 2007 and prior was a HS Teacher. She has obtained a Master’s of Science in Elementary Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She also holds a NYS Permanent Certification Prek-6th Grade and is a Certified CLASS Observer.
Mrs. Lillie Ann Akeem
Lillie Ann Akeem: Ms. Akeem is an early childhood education professional with over thirty-four years’ experience and a proven ability to develop and supervise the application of policy and evidence-based practices while encouraging open communication and implementation of class instruction, lesson plans, and student assessment in conjunction with state learning regulations. She has obtained a Master’s degree in Education (2006) and a Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education (1983). She has also passed the Early Childhood Annotations Test. Akeem has been an education director at Community Parents since 2010. Her past roles include Education Director for Meyers HS (2003-2010) and Head Start Head Teacher (1984-2003).
Mrs. Teresa Bissetta
Education Site Director
Ms. Bissetta is a skilled and committed early childhood educator with expertise in serving children with special needs and working in high-risk early childhood programs. She has served as an Education Site Director for Community Parents since 2015 and prior worked as the Assistant Director, Family Service Specialist for SCO Family Services (2013-2015). In these roles she gained experience in coordinating and supervising the work of center staff, developing individualized plans and meeting the needs of children. She was also an inclusion teacher for Kids-Centric, Inc. for three years. Bissetta has obtained a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a Permanent Public School Teacher Certification Prek-6th Grade (1986). She also possesses a Master’s Degree in Special Education (1989) and has completed the required early childhood education coursework in early childhood education.
2019 Community Parents, Inc. Staff Picnic