Makeda 'Dread' Cheatom
Founder / Executive Director
Berenice Rodriguez is the WorldBeat Cultural Center’s, Operations Manager. She has been at WorldBeat Center for over 10 years now and has learned to be versatile to the various needs of the non-profit. During her studies, she led the leading student empowering organization of San Diego State, the Environmental Business Society, a reputable environmental student organization. She has a passion for access to history from marginalized communities, global ways of knowing for wellbeing, anthropology, and food access through gardening.
Karla is currently an early head start teacher in Harlem, New York where Karla runs groups for young children and their parents. Karl recently wrote and implemented a peaceful parenting curriculum that was well recieved. Karla graduated last May from Teacher’s College, Columbia University with her MA in International Educational development/Peace education concentration. Karla has taken several conflict resolution/mediation classes and strive to practice them in her daily relationships.
Summer Camp Director
Miss Monie is a veteran dance artist and educator from Brooklyn, New York.
With an undergraduate degree in Education and History with an emphasis on Africana Studies, she recently received her EdM. (Masters Of Education) in Dance. She began her Studio and Company, DIVA WORKS DANCE in 1989 while dancing professionally since the age of 19 and being mentored by esteemed faculty at Dance Theater Of Harlem. Her students have been awarded scholarships and company offers at world class universities and prestigious institutions such as Dance Theater Of Harlem, The Ailey School, Kirov Academy D.C., Dance Institute Of Washington, Debbie Allen Dance
Academy, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Temple University Dance, Rochester University Dance with Broadway LION KING choreographer, Garth Fagan and many more. Her West Coast division has brought equal excellence and beyond! With total audience capacities of nearly 8,000 on our last tour, 32 performances of “THE WIZ”
Mike Watson - Air Mike
Muralist / Artist
Sustainable Solutions Advisor
Katie specializes in international development and peacebuilding. She has a curiosity and love for the world, environment, and cultures, which has led her to live, work and study around the globe. She recently finished a Masters of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame where her thesis focused on the intersection of climate change response and peacebuilding.
Director Afro-Mexican Department
Through our experience promoting music, we document, support, and spread Afro-Mexican dance, music and other forms of culture. The information and material we gather is used for educational purposes as well as to fund (e.g. art exhibits, music/dance groups, photographic exhibits, clothing and textiles, fair trade products, musical instruments, CD’s and DVD’s). This entire process and strategies used in the end help empower communities for the purpose of reaching self-autonomy.