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33 Years!

Educating, Organizing, & Mobilizing

Our Team

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Dr. Kelly M. Downing

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Dr. Downing was a former Senior Faculty & Partnership Specialist at The Writing Revolution (TWR). He trained educators, administrators, school districts both nationally and internationally in the Hochman Method. He was a former English teacher, and Parent Coordinator. Dr. Downing received a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and earned his Ph.D. in Literacy from St. John's University.


Geordano "Geo" Abreu

Interim Operations Coordinator (CCPI Office)

Geo Abreu is a Freelance Graphic & Multimedia Designer and alumnus of A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, class of 2010. Since Freshman year, SBI's Theatre Tech Program played a pivotal role in his future career, providing an outlet for his creativity serving as a Lighting and Graphic Designer for SBI's annual student-run talent shows at APRCHS.  Graduating from CUNY's City Tech with a Bachelor of Communication Design, Geo has continued proficiency in industry standard design programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro throughout his 16 year Graphic Design career and serves as a multimedia consultant for SBI. Additionally, Geo is serving as Interim Operations Coordinator for SBI's Fall Semester.


Jeremy Jaico

SBI Gala Operations Coordinator

Jeremy Jaico is the founder of The Haiko Group, an entertainment and management company. He is an alumnus of A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, class of 2013, and got his bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Elmira College in 2017. Having over 13 years of experience in the music industry, he’s been able to cultivate partnerships with leaders in gaming, fashion, digital marketing, and live events. Jeremy has also had experience working at several tech start-ups, including Peloton, Bitly, and Ergatta. He will be serving as the Gala Operations Coordinator for SBI’s fall semester.

Our Team

Aris Munoz

On-Site Operations Associate

Kelly M. Downing, Ph.D.

Student Advancement Center 

Interim Program Manager

Jose Mitaynes

Creative Arts Director

Gregory Caldwell

Stage Manager

Krystina Buckley

Bookkeeping & Human Resources

Chris Calienes

Program Assessment

Geordano Abreu

Graphics & Multimedia

"The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible."

Maya Angelou

"Equality is at the heart and essence of democracy, freedom and justice, equality of opportunity in industry, in labor unions, schools, colleges, government, politics, and before the law.  There must be no dual standards of justice, no dual rights, privileges, duties, or responsibilities of citizenship. No dual forms of freedom."

Asa Philip Randolph

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