Makeda 'Dread' Cheatom
Founder / Executive Director
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.
Holly Torres is the Outreach Coordinator at the WorldBeat Cultural Center since 2010. She coordinates and plans: artistic contracting, artist liaison, marketing and promotional plan implementation, community liaison and outreach and vendor coordination. She is excited to combine her expertise in economic development with her passion for presenting arts and culture. She has a B.A. in Global Economics and Latin American & Latino Studies (UC Santa Cruz), a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Cal State TEACH), and a Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development Teaching Certificate (BCLAD). Holly is proud to embrace her Puerto Rican/Latina heritage at the WBCC, with a passion for providing Latinos, Afro-Latinos, African Americans, and all other socioeconomically disadvantaged children an opportunity to experience the arts education that they otherwise might not receive.
Publicist / Marketing
Berenice Rodriguez is the WorldBeat Cultural Center’s Publicist; she is in charge of all aspects of the publicity requirements including but not limited to press releases, web submissions, social media promotion, print promotion, and coordination for marketing. She also assists with delegated tasks and responsibilities from the Project & Production Coordinators. In addition to publicity and marketing, Berenice’s architectural background has been invaluable to the WorldBeat Center for planning the Centennial 2015 Celebrations. During her studies, she led the leading student empowering organization of San Diego State, the Environmental Business Society, a reputable environmental student organization. WorldBeat Cultural Center has provided a valuable experience and environment for Berenice to embrace all cultures, including her Mexican heritage.
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