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Cornelio Martinez, Jr.
Intern and former Kids Club member Cornelio Martinez, Jr. rejoined the EAKC family for summer 2010. He assisted with program activities and administrative services. Cornelio is a Junior at Jackson State University majoring in music education. In addition to his studies, he is a member of the band and a teacher assistant for an after-school program. He has interned for the Dallas Austin Foundation and is a member of AmeriCorps Campus Link. A native of Atlanta, Ga, Cornelia was born and raised in the East Atlanta community, attending Kids Club as as a child on a regular basis. Cornelio wants to use his talents to give back to his community, which he loves and is committed to making a positive impact. As a future educator, he wants to gain experience and accomplish the duties set before him as a summer intern. In his free time, Cornelio enjoys bowling, kickball, photography and of course, music. EAKC welcomes Cornelio!
VISTA - Marketing & Operations Director/Teen Club Coordinator
Camille Coleman joined Kids Club in November 2009 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She developed new marketing, communications and technology practices to enhance the programs and operations of EAKC. Camille kept our website fresh and worked on new and creative strategies to get Kids Club’s message to the community. She was also responsible for coordinating Teen Club activities and co-launched Project Senior, a program that provides resources for our high school juniors and seniors to help them accomplish their post-secondary goals. A native of Fort Worth, TX, Camille recently graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English. While in school, she held internships with prominent marketing, public relations and government agencies in metro Atlanta. She was the Founder and President of the Black Public Relations Student Society at Spelman, an extension of the Atlanta chapter. She was also the Community Service Coordinator for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mu Pi Chapter. Camille is dedicated to using her talents for a cause that helps other people and creates opportunities where they are needed. “VISTA and Kids Club is the perfect venue to do this,” she says. “I am so attracted to EAKC’s commitment to cultivating Atlanta’s youth. I like that I can work on business affairs, but also have the opportunity to be a role model to the girls and teens. ” Camille has a traveling bone and enjoys experiencing new cultures. When the weather’s good, you can find her golfing. She also heads home to Ft. Worth, Texas whenever she can to visit family and get a fix of authentic Tex-Mex tacos and enchiladas.
Dena Peake joined Kids Club in 2007; she now acts as an academic mentor to our teens. Dena spearheaded the vocational education programs and other activities for our teen members. Dena, whose background is in biomedical research and management, was a committed kids club volunteer for two years prior to joining the staff. Peake attended Georgia State University, where she received a Masters in Microbiology, and has 12 years experience in in food safety and biomedical research. With a strong grounding in math and science, Peake worked with our science-oriented nonprofit partners and the Georgia State University School of Health Professions to bring science, math and nutrition education programs to Kids Club. Peake is also an outdoor enthusiast and athlete who trained with the youth in our program to compete in a triathlon in 2009, along with her late husband, Thomas Peake. Dena and Thomas contributed a great deal of their time, talents, funds and compassionate support to Kids Club, for which we will always be incredibly grateful.
Former Staff News
Kids Club Has Lost a Beloved Friend
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
On September 21 Kids Club lost a great friend and a beloved youth mentor. Thomas Peake, the husband of our program director, Dena Peake, passed away from a fall on the Grand Canyon National Park Lava Falls Trail in Arizona during a solo hike.