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Kim DennisExecutive Director

Since 1994, Kim has been part of the CYD community. She began as a volunteer in the summer of '94 and was soon hired to develop and shape the program. The consistency Kim brings to the program, along with having a positive relationship with all past and present families, adds tremendously to the family environment of CYD and, ultimately, our long-term success. Kim lives on the Westside of Atlanta with her three children and two dogs.

Zanetta Byers-HarrisDirector of Programs & Operations

Born and raised in Atlanta, Zanetta was elated to join the CYD Dream Team in 2015. They have served in various positions at CYD, all with a focus of supporting the social and emotional well-being of students and families. Currently they manage the day-to-day operations at CYD, while coordinating the dispersion of the College & Career Success Fund and the Student & Family Support Fund. Zanetta received their B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and their M.S.W. from Columbia University. They believe in the empowerment of all marginalized peoples and enjoy all things fantasy/sci-fi.

Shireen WestResource & Operations Manager

Shireen has served as the Resource Operations Manager since March 2014. She has over 20 years of experience in the auditing and accounting industry with a primary focus on not-for-profit and government organizations. Since joining the CYD team, she has worked to enhance our financial reporting and budgeting process along with assisting in the areas of fundraising and Board support. Shireen has a B.A. in Accounting from Florida A & M University. Some of her hobbies and interests include singing, reading, and cooking. She and her husband Derry have been married for almost 20 years, and they have three beautiful children.

Yasheena ZacharyEducation Program Manager

Yasheena has been a part of the CYD family for over fourteen years, beginning her career as a CYD student in the 4th grade. After graduating she continued to stay connected with the CYD community, volunteering when possible. After graduating from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Human Learning and Development, Yasheena joined the CYD Dream Team and oversees the tutoring program, supporting the academic success of CYD students. When not at CYD, Yasheena enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and reading good books.

Tykeria TisingerAfterSchool Program Coordinator

👑 ALL HAIL QUEEN TYKERIA 👑 I am the Beyonce of the CYD family and the glue that keeps this program together. I am from the Westside of Atlanta, also known as the best side. I graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in African American Studies. I am responsible for designing and implementing all CYD after-school programming and am a creative genius who enjoys designing clothes, drawing, and dancing in my spare time. So move aside, Beyonce, because there's a new Sheriff in town. (Tykeria is also a CYD alum, class of '12 which can hopefully explain her bio!)

Nannette ParrisTransportation + Studio Care Coordinator

Nannette was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated from Kirkman Technical High School and attended Edmondson Junior College for 2 years. Nannette is a Gulf War veteran, having served 10 years in the US Army as a 88M Motor Transport Operator. She is looking forward to working with the CYD staff, parents, and volunteers, while safely transporting our CYD students! When not at CYD, she enjoys spending time with family, watching foodball, traveling, and going to the beach.

Rylan ShaughnessyOutreach Program Manager

Rylan was born and raised in Marietta, GA. He attended the University of Georgia and Received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Non-Profit Management. Rylan has worked with several non-profits including Camp Kesem, and 8 years working with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. Some of his hobbies and interests include playing cards and board games, chilling outdoors, and attending sporting events. He is an avid sports watcher in which he loves to watch UGA football on Saturdays.