Joy is the new Executive Director of Life Pieces to Masterpieces helping to launch a new chapter in Life Pieces’ stellar 20-year history of serving African American boys and young men, ages 3 to 25, in Washington, D.C. She leads the staff to deliver LPTM’s programs, which provide “apprentices” with opportunities to discover and activate their innate and creative abilities and change life challenges into possibilities. She brings unique experience as a nonprofit leader, entrepreneur, educator, performing artist, and volunteer to LTPM, and has an extensive background delivering results-oriented leadership across school districts, nonprofits, and corporate clients.
Joy has had a distinguished career with a proven record in organizational development, staff capacity building, professional coaching, and advocating for the voiceless. Prior to joining Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Joy was the Director of Field Operations at Share Our Strength, leading the implementation of No Kid Hungry programming to end childhood hunger across the United States and managed campaign activities in more than 30 states. Joy has over 17 years of progressive leadership experience as a certified high school English and Japanese teacher in Chicago Public Schools, as a founding Instructional Leader in a Chicago Charter School, and as an operations authority with education non-profits College Summit and One World Education in Washington, D.C. Joy also coaches clients toward meeting their professional goals through her own LLC.
Joy has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Masters of Arts in Educational Administration with an administrative certificate, and is a certified Organizational Development professional. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of City Arts and Prep Charter School for the Performing Arts and Board Chair of Sela Public Charter School.
Whether working in schools or non-profit settings, Joy has consistently been driven by her passion for ensuring that kids enjoy basic human rights, including healthy meals and a high quality education – all in an effort to end the cycle of poverty.
Mr. Maurice Kie, currently the Operations Manager at Life Pieces to Masterpieces, has been with this DC nonprofit for twenty years. Life Pieces to Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities. Brother Moe was one of the original cohort of seven young men when the program started (1996). He grew up in Life Pieces and is both an architect of the curriculum and one of its greatest success stories. Over the years, Brother Moe has served LPTM in many capacities, including co-educator, youth advisor to the Board of Trustees, and Program Coordinator. He has studied Education & Psychology at Morgan State University and University of the District of Columbia, and he has a deep commitment to unlocking the potential of young boys and men. For Brother Moe, growing up within and working at Life Pieces showed him how build strength and confidence, and he is devoted to passing that along to the next generation.
Loretta Curry has been the Director of Programs and Education at Life Pieces To Masterpieces (LPTM) since 2012. She began her journey with LPTM in August of 2005, when she built the early childhood education program at Life Pieces. She worked in Treehouse I and Treehouse II from 2005-2012. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana in Business Administration, she ensures the high quality of the programs of our Life Pieces To Masterpieces Apprentices. At Life Pieces To Masterpieces she brings over 30 years of experience in early childhood and education.
Seneca Wells’ innate creative ability is Art! He was born in the District of Columbia and grew up with his brothers and sister. From age 4, Seneca had been drawing his own comic book scripts. Seneca soon moved on to other art mediums and was inspired by Van Gogh and others of the Renaissance era. While in high school at HD Woodson Seneca’s love for art continued to blossom. He enrolled at Life Pieces To Masterpieces and became one of the lead art apprentices of trained artist Larry Quick. Seneca has been with Life Pieces since 2000. Life Pieces to Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities. After high school, Seneca enrolled at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, The Art Institute, and is a current Graduate of The New York Institute of Photography.
William C. Pitts has been a member of the Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Inc. (LPTM) team since 2008. He started out as a consultant, providing individuals and group counseling sessions to the young African American males which LPTM serve. He became Director of Operations and Programs in 2009 and as of 2014 he became a consultant again for the group.
In 1976 William started his career with the Bureau of Rehabilitation, providing services to DC Youth involved in the Juvenile Court System. He assisted them with forming healthy relationships and interacting effectively with self and others in an effort to achieve and maintain a sense of well being and positive identity. He accepted the position of Residential Manager in 2001 with Covenant House Washington Crisis Center providing services to homeless youth. Elder Bill brings more than 30 years experience in the youth development field. He has extensive experience in providing direct services to young people, conducting program evaluation, budgeting, strategic planning, supervision of staff, training consultant and developing opportunities for youth workers.
He has received numerous awards throughout his career including the DC Association of Youth and Child Care Worker’s Presidential Award; Distinguished Services Award from the Inter-Association Child Care Workers and Award of Appreciation from the Bureau of Rehabilitation. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Youth Services and held the office of president of the DC Association of Youth and Child Care Workers.
He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. He has completed numerous comprehensive seminars, workshops and classes in the field of youth development. He has been certified as an ARISE Life Skill Instructor.
As the newest member of our team, and a resident of Ward 7, Eugenia brings to LPTM 11 years of non-profit experiences in the education sector. Her broad range of skills in executive office administration, accounting, marketing, database management, fundraising, volunteer management, and special events planning align with our forward-thinking strategic plan. She is eager to build upon the 20+ year legacy of LPTM as our Office Manager. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, fishing and visiting museums with her family and friends.
Andrew Blickle is an AmeriCorps VISTA from Reading, PA, serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator for Life Pieces To Masterpieces. He graduated Magna cum Laude from American University in 2016, graduating with both a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics. He has coached baseball at the elementary school level, basketball at the middle school level, and soccer at a collegiate level. He also worked as a UELIP in the DC Public Schools’ Central Office, where he wrote a policy proposal that could transform the DCPS community service graduation requirement into a full service learning program.
Alfonso Beale is an emerging change-agent, a man who seeks to advocate for those whose voices often goes unheard, especially our youth. In 2014, he recognized the importance of listening before speaking, which brought him to work directly with the youth as a Lead Teacher at Life Pieces To Masterpieces. He eventually transitioned into the role of Program Quality and Assessment Coordinator for the organization. He recently worked as a Public Policy Fellow with the Prince George’s County Council while continuing to work with Life Pieces To Masterpieces as the Saturday Academy Coordinator. Alfonso received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University. Recently, he received his Master of Social Work from the School of Social Work at Howard University where he served as Vice President of the Student Council Association and Student Ambassador for the 2016 International Service Learning program to South Africa. He plans to continue to serve our youth while working in policy and advocacy.
Christina has been working with the Life Pieces team since the spring of 2015. She has been the facilitator and content developer for Education Architects and professional development seminars. She grew up in Colorado and earned her bachelors degrees in mathematics and Spanish from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. After living in Ecuador and working with college-aged youth for two years after college, she obtained her Masters in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Christina started working in higher education working in Residence Life as a Resident Director at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. While observing students of color succeed and excel in the university, she also saw many who did not persist and decided to impact their ability to do so from a different starting point.
She decided to become a teacher through the teacher residency program of Urban Teachers, where she earned her two Masters in Education, in General and Special Education, as well as math and special education teacher certifications. She taught at Septima Clark elementary school in southeast DC and then as a math teacher at Maya Angelou Academy in the high school within New Beginnings, a secure facility for incarcerated high school-aged young men. She is currently coaching teachers in DC as Urban Teachers clinical faculty. Aside from her passion of educating youth, Christina enjoys photography, traveling, the outdoors, cooking, connecting women across difference, and spending time with her husband her two young daughters.