Celebrating 30+ Years!

Educating, Organizing, & Mobilizing


Our Team

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Kelly M. Downing, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Kelly M. Downing was a former Senior Faculty & Partnership Specialist at The Writing Revolution (TWR). He has over 15 years experience as a former NYC DOE educator (A.Philip Randolph Campus High School) & Parent Coordinator (Frederick Douglass Academy I) and earned his Ph.D. in Literacy from St. John's University. 


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Charles Thompson

Director for Advancement & Communications

Charles Thompson is the Founder & Executive Director Emeritus of Sound Business, Inc. (SBI), a not-for-profit education services organization established in 1989 and was the Executive Director through June 1, 2022. Thompson now serves as the Director for Advancement & Communications to the organization and is a member of its Board of Directors.


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Precious Byrd

Operations Coordinator

Precious Byrd was a former Professional Mentor with Friends of the Children (New York) and proudly served in the Americorp. She has spent 11 years in child development and education; serving children of all backgrounds both domestically and abroad. As of May, Byrd has received her certification in Google Data Analytics.



Our Team

Aris Munoz

On-Site Operations Associate

Kelly M. Downing 

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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