Co-Founder & Executive Director
Soul Name: Sister Sunshine
As one of Life Pieces To Masterpieces’ Co-Founders in 1996, Mary Brown has worked for decades to create meaningful change in the lives of young people and their families locally and nationally. Sister Mary is currently LPTM’s Executive Director, working with the team to advance the critical mission of using artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare Black boys and young men to transform their lives and communities.
Mary was a member of the national faculty at Neighborworks America for 17 years, responsible for the design, facilitation and evaluation of training programs nationwide for youth development workers, community developers and organizers.
LPTM Ambassador & Program Manager
Soul Name: Brother Pillar
Mr. Maurice Kie, currently the Program Manager at Life Pieces to Masterpieces, has been with this DC nonprofit for its full history. 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.
Director of Education and Programs
Soul Name: Aunt Lo
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.
Soul Name: Brother Lionheart
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.
Family Engagement Consultant
Soul Name: Brother Wisdom
William C. Pitts has been a member of the Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Inc. (LPTM) team since 2008, where he is known to all as “Elder Bill.” 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.
Elder Bill 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.
Community Engagement Manager
Soul Name: Brother Tenacious Advocate
Andrew Blickle is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum from Reading, PA. He has been with the organization since completing his VISTA service with LPTM in 2017, currently serving as the Community Engagement Manager 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, and is currently in progress of obtaining his Master’s in Public Policy. 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.
Soul Name: Brother Reliable
Herbert Benjamin has been a member of the LPTM family since 1999, not as a staff member but as a father. Mr. B’s son began at LPTM at the age of 8, and stayed until he graduated high school and went to college. Mr. B began volunteering at LPTM in 2006, and officially joined the team in 2009, because he saw the love and community that was given to his son, and wanted to be a part of that community for other boys and young men as well. Mr. B is our Grounds and Facilities Manager, supervising the front line team and ensuring all supplies and equipment are safe, sanitized, and ready for our boys and young men. Each day, Brother Reliable picks up Apprentices from school, drops them off at their homes, repairs equipment, manages maintenance, and practices art with LPTM Apprentices.
Arts Development Coordinator
Soul Name: Sister Creativity
Minami Hofmann is currently the Arts Development Coordinator at Life Pieces To Masterpieces, where she supports the mission of turning life challenges into opportunities for self-reliance, resilience, and success. Previously, Minami has worked as the Development Coordinator for DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative and as a Writing Tutor for the Corcoran College of Art+Design. She originally began working at Life Pieces in 2014, but first volunteered at LPTM in 2010. In addition to her work in the youth development field, Minami provides free resume coaching and editing services for low income individuals. She also works as a comic artist and illustrator. Her first published book is scheduled to come out in 2022.
Lucas Jemison has been at Life Pieces since September 2020, but began as a volunteer in September 2018. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of American University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education & American Studies. He has teaching experience at four D.C. schools and has acquired skills in curriculum development, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and positive youth development. After gaining experience in D.C. Public Schools, he has returned to Life Pieces to help manage programming, gather and analyze educational data, provide curriculum assistance, and deliver individualized academic and college preparation support to secondary school apprentices.
As Life Pieces To Masterpieces Development Associate, Darryl’s role encompasses a variety of responsibilities to enhance the organization’s fundraising initiatives. He supports the Mission Advancement Team with institutional/individual donors management and grants research, drafting proposals, donor stewardship, and managing the CRM system. He has 2 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a B.S. in Business from Stockton University. Darryl is also an arts enthusiast who enjoys creating his own mixed-media masterpieces.
Transportation Associate & Assistant Art Teacher
Soul Name: Brother Commitment
Stacey Adams joined Life Pieces in 2008 as a high school student at Spingarn High School in NE DC, mentoring younger Apprentices. Stacy returned to Life Pieces following technical school, and is currently LPTM’s Transportation Associate, Assistant Art Teacher, and member of the front line team. In addition to his job at LPTM, Stacy is a Communications Technician for WMATA. Stacy is the father of two amazing LPTM Apprentices.
Legacy Co-Educator & Percussion Instructor
Soul Name: Brother Heart & Soul
Daquan Ashton joined Life Pieces in January 2019 while a student of Cesar Chavez PCS. Starting as a member of LPTM’s Brothers In Power program who began the Master Pride Drummers group, he is LPTM’s Percussion Instructor, Legacy Associate Lead Teacher, Transportation Assistant, and Assistant Photographer. A graduate of Cesar Chavez PCS and current student at the University of the District of Columbia, Daquan is in progress to receive his Bachelor’s in Human Development with a minor in Photography. Daquan is the proud father of Kayden Ashton, and drums on weekends at the First Baptist Church.
Juan Gonzalez serves as LPTM’s OST Manager, where he manages enrollment, oversees the logistics of field trips and events, manages both our outdoor and indoor sites, and supports LPTM’s Director of Programs and Education in evaluating program staff. He is an Americorps alum who served as an NCCC Team Leader, and a Peace Corps alum who served in Samoa from 2018-2020 as an English Literacy Educator. He earned an MS in Counseling with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach and has worked within every sector of education, from elementary school English Language Learner classrooms to college residential life.