Staff Directory

CitiWide Staff and Faculty

Chuukwu

Anthony Chuukwu – Founder and Executive Director

Mr. Anthony Chuukwu is CitiWide Vocational Center’s Founder and Executive Director. Mr. Chuukwu is a long-time educator whose specialties are in business management, Information Technology, Language Access and Healthcare Access to minorities. He attended Grace Polytechnic, Lagos, an affiliate of Pitman College, London, UK, in 1983. He graduated from Georgetown University Public Policy Institute in 2006 with a degree in Nonprofit Management, a postgraduate program for executive directors in the nonprofit sector. From 2006-2007, Mr. Chuukwu served as a certified teacher in Huntington College Model in student supplementary education. He was a former Center Director and Franchisee of Huntington Learning Center. He worked as Finance and Professional Associate with the American Psychological Association (APA), a membership organization of Psychologists with over 150,000 members all over the world from 1992 to 2006, where he designed and tracked a budget of over $10 million for two organizations within APA; namely the APA Practice Directorate and APA Practice Organization. He was a member of the APA’s Contribution Committee from 1999-2005, where he helped raise more than $30,000 annually on behalf of United Way Campaign and community-based nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

From 1996 – 2005, Mr. Chuukwu served as a member of the Organizing Committee on continuing education credits for the VA Psychology Leadership Conference.  This program is designed to enhance the knowledge of psychologists about a variety of leadership and advocacy issues facing the field of psychology.

Mr. Chuukwu served as Technology Chair for the All Faith Consortium in 2001. He was a former Board Member of the defunct Latino Federation of Washington, D.C., a network of 40 community-based organizations which offered a full range of education, employment, health, housing, economic development, legal, and cultural services to low-income families throughout the Washington metropolitan area (1997 to-date).

Mr. Chuukwu’s involvement in the community led to his appointment by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to the Congressional Arts Committee (1998-1999).  In past few years, Mr. Chuukwu received several awards noting his contributions to the community:  e.g. three community service awards from United Planning Organization 1997, 1999 and 2001; a community service award from Julia West Hamilton League in 2001 and a District of Columbia Department of Human Services (IMA) award in Excellence in Project Management Award in 2002.

On September 26, 2003, Mr. Chuukwu was honored with an “Outstanding Community Technology Leader Award” at the Education Brain-Trust Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. This award honors individuals who have shown remarkable leadership and initiative bringing technology and technology training to communities with low-access to technology. Congressman Major Owens, from New York, was the master of ceremonies. Anthony Chuukwu joined 30 other distinguished individuals nationally as the first group of people to receive this prestigious annual award.

For ten years (1995-2005), Mr. Chuukwu coordinated the APA/Association of VA Psychologists Leaders (AVAPL) conference.  On April 23, 2004, he received an Exemplary Service Award from the President of APA/AVAPL (American Psychological Association/ Association of Veterans Affairs Psychologist Leaders) at The 7th Annual APA/AVAPL joint conference held in Crystal City on April 22-25, 2004.  Nearly 100 members of the VA Psychologist Leaders, Fellows and Interns attended.  Keynote speakers included: Acting Under Secretary for Health on VA, Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., MHSA, FACP, APA President, Diane Halpern, Ph.D., APA Past President, Pat DeLeon, Ph.D., J.D., Executive Director for Professional Practice, Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., House and Senate staff on VA Committees.

Mr. Chuukwu has worked as an administrative liaison to the following Task Forces and committees at the American Psychological Association, Practice Directorate since 1992:

  • Task Force on Children in Public Schools 1992-1994
  • National Association of Pupils Organization (NAPSO) 1992-1994
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 1992-1994
  • Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)
  • CAPP National College of Professional Psychology Task Force (NCPP)
  • CAPP Task Force on Implementation Group for Integrating the Diverse Practice Agendas
  • CAPP Task Force on Ethical Practice in Organized Systems of Care
  • CAPP Task Force on Managed Care
  • CAPP Task Force on Primary Care

Mr. Chuukwu contributed to the publication of the under listed research articles at 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.

Natalie Schreffler, MS

Natalie is the CitiWide Technology Instructor. She has spent 2 years creating opportunities for the under-served in the fields of Computers and Math education. Ms. Schreffler has Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University. She is certified in CASAS Implementation Training, CASAS eTests Online Coordinator, CASAS eTests Online Proctor, and CASAS Site Agreement Training. Natalie has expertise in project management, IT systems engineering, and strategic planning.

“Throughout my academic career, I noticed within myself a significant improvement in the way I learned new material. After going through the process of understanding how a person comes to learn, I am very motivated to help others understand their own minds and consequently learn new information in the most pragmatic way possible. I am very interested in the concept of teaching people usable life skills, and that can very often come in the form of understanding the material learned in school and applying it to real-life situations”.


Nathaniel Johnson Isong, Ph.D.

Nathaniel Johnson Isong is a remarkable writer, novelist, journalist, contract editor, PR 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 the Washington, D.C., area including Howard University, where he earned his Ph.D., University of the District of Columbia, and Bowie State University.

Noted as a colorful and tasteful writer and editor of a great deal of experience, Dr. Isong also sees teaching as an art or act of investment and enrichment for the generations to come. He teaches English composition and rhetoric, research, technical writing and communication and technology at Central Texas College, Navy College, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland and Bolling Air Force, Webster University, Washington, D.C., and Howard University, where he is noted, rated and remarked by his students as an excellent, distinguished professor of English, research, technical writing, communication and technology. He has been rated and voted as “the professor of the year.”

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 is the first developer of CSR (complete sentence response as a construct) and has also been developing and designing several courses and strategies of English language arts’ standards to be implemented in the classrooms for instructional, best practices, as well as training professional teachers and instructors of all grade levels for years with excellent records in teaching and training. He has conducted numerous workshops and seminars of English Language arts, editing and technical writing for teachers and instructors.

Dr. Isong is a contract editor for several institutions and organizations. 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. He has been providing academic and vocational scholarships and awards to several disaffected young people through his foundation in his community. Nathaniel Johnson Isong is a president of Professional Development Institute, Nason Group, Inc.


Rose Akutta, RN, BSN, M.P.A. – Health and Safety Program Director

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


Barbara Jackson, B.S.W

Barbara graduated in 2005 from Delaware State University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She has worked with various populations such as homeless families, youth and children services, mental health, truancy, and developmental disabilities providing education and work skills. She has coached a high school dance team, makes arts and crafts, loves to read, and writes poetry. She will be instructing youth in the areas of reading, writing, math and social studies.