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Horace Roberts Horace Roberts – CEO
A Vietnam Veteran who was raised in Liberty City's James E. Scott Housing Projects, He attended Holmes Elementary, Dorsey Middle School and Miami Northwestern Senior High School. Later, he graduated from Barry University's School of Social Work with a Master's Degree. He is a founding member and was part of the first youth group at Belafonte TACOLCY Center in 1967. He has been employed by the agency since 1979. He also serves as the agency's historian and photographer. He's married, a father and Grandfather.


Anthony WilliamsAnthony D. Williams – HR/Care Coordinator Supervisor
Mr. Anthony Williams was born in Miami, FL. After graduating from Miami Northwestern Senior High School he attended Tennessee State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He furthered his education by attending Florida State University where he obtained a Master’s in Educational Administration/Public Administration. Mr. Williams has experience in administration, human resources, and labor relations. He is a former teacher, having taught school on both the public school and university level.


Cedric Hooper, Jr.Cedric Hooper, Jr. - Athletic Director
Mr. Cedric Hooper (“Coach Ced”) was born in Texas and raised in Miami, FL. He attended Miami-Dade public schools from K-12 and had a brief stent at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He went on to Miami-Dade College and finished up his education at Sports Management Worldwide where he received a degree in Athlete Management. As a young boy, he played basketball, ran track & field and played football for Miami Central Senior High School from 1993-1997. He came to TACOLCY in 2000 as a recreation aid then later became the Athletic Director. During his time with the organization, TACOLCY has become one of the most talked about youth sports programs in the Dade county area.


Lionel LightbourneLionel Lightbourne – Assistant Care Coordinator/Outreach Coordinator
Mr. Lionel Lightbourne, a native of Miami, advocates for those he serves. His consistent research of family, community and cultural diversity equips him with resiliency needed to reconcile, re-establish and restore relationships of clients at TACOLCY. Through a partnership with Miami-Dade human service agencies (known as the TACOLCY Service Provider Village), Mr. Lightbourne aids in empowering residents in combating crime, violence and other social crisis. He has been highlighted in numerous publications such as the Miami New Times, Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, Miami Times, Florida Courier, and featured on WLRN, NBC 6 and CBS 4.


Jacqueline Murray-CooperJacqueline Murray-Cooper – Assistant Care Coordinator
Ms. Jacqueline Murray-Cooper received a Nursing CNA/PCT certificate in 1995 from Beacon Hill College. Because of her more than 20 years of experience working with, and advocating for children and families, she has received various childcare certifications. In 2009, she received an Associate of Arts degree in Social Work and an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami-Dade College; she furthered her education at Barry University where she obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree.


Monica BlackMonica Black – Assistant Care Coordinator
Ms. Monica Black was born and raised in the heart of Liberty City of Miami, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Science. While attending the University of Florida, Ms. Black was the Testing Coordinator for their Disability Resource Center. She also has a Master of Science degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development and is proud to have served as the Information Specialist for Miami Dade College and Site Coordinator for Athletic Department here at TACOLCY.


Mischa Grisson-DarrisawMischa Grissom-Darrisaw – Assistant Care Coordinator
Ms. Mischa Grisson-Darrisaw, a Navy veteran, was born and raised in Miami, FL. After graduating from Miami Northwestern Sr. High Community School, she attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, where she received her BSW and bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mrs. Darrisaw was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and is now a Navy reservist. She is proud to be a part of the Belafonte TACOLCY Center organization, serving her hometown, community.


Andre BethelAndre Bethel – FAST Program Coordinator
Mr. Andre Bethel was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Mr. Bethel graduated from Carol City High School then went on to attend Florida A&M University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Music has been his life; he was in the Miami Carol City Senior High Marching Chiefs, The Sigma Beta Club, and later became a member of the America’s Band: “The FAMU Marching 100”. Mr. Bethel worked for the Dade County Clerk of Courts prior to working for TACOLCY Center as the Families Assistance with Suspension and Termination (F.A.S.T.) Program Coordinator.


Sherri JonesSherri Jones – Child Care Programs Director/Public Relations
Ms. Sherri Jones graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, TV and Film. She has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. Her know-how and connections has afforded her the ability to work in editorial, online publishing, marketing as well as public relations. Prior to becoming the child care program director at TACOLCY, she was a freelance writer formerly employed with Carnival Cruise Lines in Marketing, BET/Heart & Soul, the Crisis and U.S. News and World Report magazines. Her independent writing days allowed her to spend a great deal of time working within the Miami nonprofit sector, giving back to various organizations.


Acquanetta B. StevensAcquanetta Buggs Stevens – Aftercare Certified Teacher
Ms. Acquanetta Buggs Stevens is a certified teacher with over 38 years of experience in the Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) system. She is a former Physical Education/Health Instructor and Assistant Athletic Director for Miami Edison Senior High; former Athletic Director/Assistant Principal for Community Education (APCE) at Booker T. Washington Senior High; and former Science Instructor at Norland Middle School. Ms. Stevens’ life philosophy is, “Life is a series of changes and challenges. One must be equipped with the necessary tools to make adjustments.”


Martiska ThompsonMartiska Thompson – Out-of-School Instructor and Summer Site Coordinator
Ms. Martiska Thompson has worked with the Belafonte TACOLCY Center since 2014. She started her career here as a soccer coach. She has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on her Bachelor’s. A daughter, sister and friend to many; and when she is not surrounded by kids, she enjoys shopping.


Brandy WilliamsBrandy Williams – Afterschool Transportation Provider
Ms. Brandy Williams has been an integral part of the Belafonte TACOLCY Center’s afterschool transportation team since March 2016. She also works as a Servant Leader Intern for our Summer Enrichment Program. Prior to joining TACOLCY, she worked with children in early childhood development for approximately ten years. Ms. Williams has two daughters and feels that working with kids is a pleasure because they have sweet souls – she says, “They love to learn and have a drive to want to achieve the fundamentals of learning.”


Nelson JonesNelson Jones – Afterschool Transportation Provider
Mr. Nelson Jones is a retired clerk supervisor for Jackson Memorial Hospital. Along with that career, he has had a tremendous amount of experience in the transportation industry. With a CDL license with passenger endorsement, he drove for the Veterans Administration (VA) from 1984 – 1998. He is married with two adult children and five grandchildren.


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© 2017, Youth Organizations Miami: The Belafonte TACOLCY Center. An acronym for “The Advisory Committee of Liberty City Youth,”  is a 501 c(3) nonprofit youth organization located in Liberty City, Miami that focuses on providing a safe and enriching environment where children and families are equipped to explore life’s options, make positive choices, and strengthen themselves and their community. Our primary goal is to “Empower Families to Realize Their Dreams.”

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