Board of Directors

Board of Directors, Professional Affiliations and Qualifications

Patricia Crain De Galarce, B.S., MA – Chair

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Patricia Crain de Galarce is DC Lead Clinical Faculty for the Urban Teacher Center. Patricia teaches literacy and foundations courses to Lesley University master candidates. She coaches and mentors resident teachers as they work in D.C. schools. She supervises and evaluates other clinical faculty in DC and serves as a liaison between the local site teams and national curriculum and professional development department. Thirty years ago, Patricia began her career in education with a B.S. in elementary and special education. She taught for many years in Boston, D.C., and Paraguay SA. Patricia received a Master’s in Intercultural Relations and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education Administration from Lesley University. In 2010, Patricia was recognized by The Washington Post with their Distinguished Educational Leader Award. Other honors include: The Harvard-Smithsonian Center’s Private Universe Project Internship, Council for Basic Education and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Vincent E. Reed Principals Leadership Award, and The Catholic University of America Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. Patricia’s career highlights include teaching overseas where she learned languages and love as well as teaching at Keystone School where she learned to find every child’s “birdhouse” and talents. At Lesley University, she managed the Literacy Institute, exposing her to brilliant practitioners and inspiring theorists like Paulo Freire. This revolutionized Patricia’s understanding of teaching and learning. Since then, Patricia has been committed to applying this theory to practice in under-served communities. Patricia was the director of education at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., for 13 years. She joined the school in its first year beginning with 35 students and four teachers. The school is now serving 350 scholars with a faculty of over 40. As instructional leader, Patricia developed a content based dual language curriculum and compassionate learning community. Stokes serves a diverse student body in French, English and Spanish and educates children to be compassionate citizens of the world. Her experiences and passion for teaching and languages has led her to study literacy acquisition of children and urban school reform.

Dr. Eric E. Clarke – Co-Chair

Dr. Clarke has doctorates in Biochemistry and Epidemiology and a Masters degree in Health Care Administration. Over the years he has been a director of laboratories, an adjunct professor and a public health administrator. Dr. Clarke is now retired from his former disciplines.  He is now the broker for The Washington Realtors. He is also certified to teach English to speakers of other languages. In both of these fields he is quite active.

Efiong Eyo, B.Sc. M.Sc. – Treasurer

Efiong Eyo is an experienced technology education professional with special interests in Mathematics, Advanced Math and Technology Applications. He taught math and computer science at the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter School, Techworld Public Charter School, and New Vistas Public Charter School, all in Washington, D.C. Mr. Eyo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from the University of the District of Columbia.

Nathaniel J. Isong, Ph.D. – Secretary

Nathaniel Johnson Isong has doctorates in African Literature, Language Arts, and Mass Communications, Howard University, Washington, D.C. He is a remarkable writer, novelist, journalist, contract editor, Public Relations practitioner and professor of linguistics, English, technical writing, journalism, communications and technology. He was educated in British and American systems of education. He teaches at several universities in Washington, D.C., including Howard University, where he earned his Ph.D., University of the District of Columbia, and Bowie State University. Dr. Isong is a program facilitator and consultant of The Learning Academy of School of Education, Howard University, Washington, D.C.  He is an instructional facilitator, consultant and instructor of Professional Development Institute of Public Schools, Washington, D.C. He was a past dean for Washington S. College, Association for Community Education, Washington, D.C. Chapter, located at major universities within Washington, D.C. He received several awards in teaching, including the professor of the year by The Student Body, Navy College Center, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, and a special dinner of recognition of Association for Community Education, Washington, D.C., Chapter at House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol.

Rose Akutta, BS, MPA, RN – Assistant Secretary

Rose Akutta, RN, BSN, M.P.A, graduated with Bachelor of Art degree from University of Ghana, Legon Boundary, in Accra, Ghana. She attained her Masters in Public Administration from Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA.  Rose also went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD. She has extensive nursing and management experience.  Currently Rose is the Health and Safety Program Director, conducting CPR, First Aide, AED training at CitiWide Vocational Center. She is licensed Safety and First Responder Instructor from American Heart Association.

Elodie Huttner, RN – Parliamentarian

Elodie Huttner RN is an experienced health care worker who started out as a security guard in a hospital, became a housekeeper then a nursing assistant and home health aide. After, she became an LVN with the help of the North Orange County Regional Occupational Program, and a Registered Nurse through Regents College in New York.

Isaiah Azubike, RN, MSN, MA – Member

Mr. Isaiah Azubike is a dedicated psychiatric and mental health nursing professional with over 25 years of clinical and supervisory experience. Isaiah has 15 years of experience delivering classroom and clinical instructions, with concentration in psychiatric/mental health nursing and long-term care.  He is skilled in psychiatric evaluation and care planning; proven experience in administration, classroom instruction and supervision of clinical students; and educational seminars.  Isaiah is reliable, ethical healthcare provider with ability to stay calm and intervene during crises; he has proven ability to foster positive relationships with patients, family members, physicians and other medical professionals. He is adept at collaborating on multidisciplinary teams. His core competencies are in crisis intervention; continue care planning, group facilitator/leader; violence prevention; case presentation, individual/group counseling, report generation, JCAHO standard/compliance, client assessment/ evaluation, document research/review  and treatment analysis/planning. Isaiah graduated B.S. Nursing from Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica in 1982, and M.A. Counseling Psychology from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico in 1986, and M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner from Howard University, Washington, D.C., in 1994. He is board certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse/Practice and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He has advanced training as nurse practitioner. He has held various positions such as Nurse Instructor at Comprehensive Health Academy, Washington, D.C., 2009, Howard University Teaching Hospital 1994-1996 and Facility Nursing Supervisor/Nursing Unit Manager at JB Johnson Nursing Center in Washington, D.C., 2004-2011.

Kathy D. Burke, BA., MBA – Member

Kathy Deloris Burke was born and raised in SE Capitol Hill area in Washington, D.C.  Kathy is a product of the DC Public School System.  She graduated B.A. from the University of the District of Columbia and majored in Business Administration, as a part-time student.  She had computer training from PIC, OIC, VW Associates, Parkland Computer Training, and others.  Kathy has worked with the Federal Government holding various jobs and positions with Bureau of Public Debt in 1986; Department of Labor and the State Department in 1987, Office of Personnel Management in and the Municipal Building in 1987, Department of Commerce in 1989, Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1995.  She has worked with Daughters of American Revolution as a bookbinder from 1996 to 2000.  Kathy has just graduated from Strayer University in Washington, D.C. with Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Ify Anne Nwabukwu, BSN., RN – Member

Ify is President and Founder of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA). Ify obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a degree in hospital administration from Strayer University. She remains active in the community as mentor to D.C. area youth and volunteering in civic and health-based organizations. She is a member of the Maryland Nurses Association, Anioma Association and several other organizations. She and her organization gather and disseminate health-related results/data analysis and literature review to lay health workers, professionals and service providers. Mrs. Nwabukwu has extensive experience as Intensive Care Nurse, Hadley Memorial Hospital; Rehab Nurse, National Rehabilitation Hospital; Staff Nurse, Kessler Adventist Hospital; Registered School Nurse, Prince George’s County Public Schools; Chief Executive Officer, African Women’s Awareness Association; President, African Women’s Cancer Awareness (AWCAA); President, Anioma Association, Washington, DC; Coordinator, Anioma Youth Association, Washington, DC; President, Odiche Women’s Association, Washington, DC;  Community Health Leaders Award – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; State of Maryland Governor’s service award; Private Sector Leadership Service Award, Leadership Initiative International; PINK Lady Award, All Shades of Pink, Inc.; Angel Award, Eko Club International; Woman of Substance Award, Mother’s and Beyond International; Organization of Excellence Award, National Women Leadership Council International; Service Award, Nigerian Women’s Association; Enugu Appreciation Award, Breast Care Foundation; Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Lifetime Achievement Award, Miss Nigeria International in USA, Inc.; Olu Obodo Community Service Award, Nwannedinamba Association in the Americas, Inc.; Community Service Leadership Award, Anioma Association USA, Inc;  and Award for Excellence, Association of Nigerian Women for Excellence, Inc. Her publications include: Journal of the National Medical Association, Article “Breaking the Silence Barrier: Opportunities to Address Breast Cancer in African-born Women” June, 2010;  Patient Navigation Training Manual: “A Guide for Patient Navigators”, December, 2007.

Mildred Porter, RN, BSN – Member

Mildred is a veteran Registered Nurse licensed in 1976 in the State of Maryland and DC.  She was a Grade II nurse at the VA medical Center from 1982 to 2007, where she retired.  She specializes in patients care, initiating patient triage, assessment, patient education, care plan and cardiac monitoring and documentation, performing lead ECG and venous puncture.  She is currently nurse instructor at CitiWide Vocational Center.  She spent over 10 years in various organizations teaching new nurses about hospital procedures, conducting orientations, preceptor to new hires.  Mildred belongs to International Honor Society of Nursing, in Washington, D.C.

Labonnie Wise, B.Sc., M.Ed. – Member

Labonnie Wise is the Lead Clinical Faculty in Mathematics at the Urban Teacher Center. She brings to CitiWide’s Board of Directors her love and passion for teaching mathematics in urban schools. She has extensive background in developing mathematics and science curricular as well as training elementary, middle and high school teachers. Twenty years ago, Ms. Wise began her career as a middle school mathematics teacher and her experience extends through teaching mathematics at the college level. She earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Howard University.

Anthony E. Chuukwu – Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Anthony Chuukwu is Citiwide Vocational Center’s Founder and Executive Director. He is a long-time educator/administrator, whose specialties are in Business Management, Information Technology, Languages and Healthcare Access, to minorities. He graduated from Georgetown University Public Policy Institute in 2006 in Non-profit Management. Mr. Chuukwu contributed in the publication of the following scientific articles in the APA’s Professional Psychology Research and Practice Journal: 1) Psychological Practice and Managed Care: Results of the CAPP Practitioner Survey Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 29, 31-36. 2) New Jersey Psychologists report on managed mental health care. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 29, 37-42.  3) Psychological Practice in Primary Care Settings: Practical Tips for Clinicians. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 29, 237-244. 4) Considerations for Ethical Practice in Managed Care: Professional Psychology:  Research and Practice, 30, 563-575. 5) Evaluation of the Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project: A Retrospective Analysis. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31, 598-603. He is a board member of the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the DC Language Access Coalition. DCLAC was created under the DC Language Access Act of 2004. Mr. Chuukwu was honored in 2003 with an “Outstanding Community Technology Leader Award” at the Education Brain-Trust Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C.


CitiWide Board Nomination Process:

The CCVC Board of Directors is currently composed of five (5) board members, including five (4) regular-members and, the (1) Executive Director who is also the founder, who is a permanently designated director. To serve on our board, we are seeking professionals in the areas of:

  1. Computer Technology;
  2. Education;
  3. Health;
  4. Finance;
  5. Real Estate;
  6. Legal; and
  7. Elected and Governmental Officials.

Elected board member serves three (3) year term. Of the six (6) director positions open now, we seek individuals with the above stated backgrounds. We are seeking a diverse setup of members comprising of women, minorities, and multicultural backgrounds.

The Board of Directors will choose an official slate of nominees at their next board meeting. Ballots will be distributed during that period.

Here’s how the nomination process work:

CCVC staff receives nominations from the general public by the end of year 2014.

  1. A Selection Committee will select eligible prospective members for recommendation to the current CCVC Board of Directors at its next meeting date to be determined.
  2. Please complete the nomination form above and send to

Your nomination(s) must be received by April 30, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time) by email to

If you have any questions about this process, please email us at


Board Recruitment Drive: CALL FOR BOARD NOMINATION


We invite the general public and individuals who are qualified to serve as board members of the CitiWide Vocational Center’s CCVC Board of Directors. Please participate in this process! You can nominate yourself or any qualified individuals to serve.  Make a difference by helping CitiWide fulfill its mission. If you have any questions, please email:


A nominee should be available to meet at least four times a year. Typically, one meeting each year may be attended by teleconference. In person meetings are typically held in Washington, D.C., or any city determined by the administrative staff of CCVC.  Cost of the director’s required travel for meetings and out of pocket expenses are reimbursed by CCVC.

Important Attachments: Please provide the candidate’s resume’ highlighting the candidate’s experience and the particular skills/background the nominee would bring to the CCVC Board of Directors. Also include other board affiliations of the nominee and a brief statement from the nominee about his or her interest in serving on the CCVC Board. Please include two professional references and their contact information.

Please email all attachments to Nominations are ongoing until the required number of members is filled. If you have any questions, please email me directly at  No phone calls, please.

All Board of Director’s nominees are required to consent to a background check including five-year felony record, education/degrees, and credit report, before being placed on our ballot.

Independent Auditor – Consultant:

BmK360CPA Associates, PC
Certified Public Accountants and Management Consultants
3527 N. Rolling Road, Suite 225
Baltimore, MD 21244
(410) 720-9845 Tel
(480) 772-4340 Fax

Legal Counsel:

ReedSmith, LLP
Olivia Shay-Byrne-Attorney at Law
1301 K Street, N.W.
Suite 1100-East Tower
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 414-9370

Legal Counsel:

Chidi Ogolo, J.D.
Ogolo and Associates
805 15th St NW # 100
Washington, DC 20005-2232
(202) 628-0668