Sudi West, Program Director
A new addition to Shaw Community Ministry, Mr. West was introduced to SCM through a volunteer organization which promotes Digital Inclusion and Internet Accessibility for underserved DC residents. While leading weekly computer classes at SCM, Sudi was encouraged to expand his vision for Shaw youth by developing programs to enhance STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Mr. West’s responsibilities include overseeing the activities of the program coordinators, teaching digital literacy classes, assisting in grant writing, and overseeing the contractors and volunteers that provide enrichment programs. A native Washingtonian, Sudi was raised along with seven siblings and has a youth-development perspective that recognizes the challenges of urban living. He appreciates the opportunity to invest in our youth by shaping SCM's program offerings in digital literacy, career planning, civic engagement and academic support.
Gwendolyn Howard, Program Coordinator
Gwendolyn Howard, aka Ma G, started off as a volunteer at Shaw Community Ministry in 2009. She became an employee soon thereafter and has been working for SCM for 3 years. Howard has an associate’s degree in early child/infant education. She is currently completing another degree in human development and has provided a great example to our youth by achieving Dean’s List recognition for academic performance. Apart from her office duties of filing, answering phones, and checking e-mails, Howard has the fun job of helping children with their homework and activities, picking them up after school, setting up for the after school program and providing snacks. In addition to all of that, living in Shaw Community gives Howard an opportunity to interact and form bonds with children outside of the after school program.
Melissa Laws, Program Coordinator
Melissa Laws has been with SCM for nearly 2 years. She became involved when one of her daughters was accepted into the after school program. After being a parent volunteer for some time she was offered a job and immediately accepted. Her responsibilities include maintaining the facility, tutoring and helping with homework. Laws is relatively new to the community, having lived in Shaw for a little over a year. Her interests in volunteering and working with children are combined in her role as a program coordinator.
Greg Windley, Program Coordinator
Greg Windley has been with Shaw Community Ministry for 2 years. He has previously worked in a daycare and has experience through association with other non-profits such as HJ Heritage and Glenarden Tenant Association. Like his fellow program coordinators, Windley works directly with children in the after school program. He also helps plan special events and activities such as the annual Christmas and Halloween parties. Windley believes one of the most rewarding experiences of working with SCM is seeing how children grow up and become strong contributors to society. .
Darryl Harris, Sexton
Darryl Harris was attracted to SCM by the friendly atmosphere, and the opportunity to help children and his community. His main duty is to keep the facility where the children work, play, and go about their daily routine clean and safe. Harris also volunteers at the annual Christmas party, assisting with preparation and clean up. His daughter and granddaughter are also involved with the programs SCM offers.