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Bios

Stefanie Siegel, Executive Director and Founder

Stefanie Siegel, Executive Director and FounderDriven by the desire to find a place of solace and to build positive, reciprocal relationships between generations, Stefanie Siegel founded Bailey’s Café in 2002. Her work with young people and school reform have been integral in shaping her vision for the organization.  Read More

Teaching Artists

Kadeem Alston-Roman, Dancing, Acting, and the Healing Arts

Kadeem Alston-Roman, Teaching ArtistKadeem Alston-Roman hails from Brooklyn, New York; attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts (The Fame School);  and has choreographed over fifty dance pieces in a variety of dance genres (including modern, contemporary ballet, jazz, tap, African, and liturgical dance).  Read More

Kadeem has been working with Bailey’s Café since 2013.

Marvin Dolly, Guitar and Music Teacher

Marvin DollyPassionately driven to create good music, arranger and composer Marvin Dolly combines his love for jazz with broad influences from calypso and Brazilian music to create his signature style.  Read More

Marvin has been working with Bailey’s Café since 2015.

Zoe Flowers, Poetry, Acting, and the Healing Arts

Zoë Flowers, Teaching Artist

Zoë Flowers is a Reiki Master, actress, poet, and playwright.  Her poetry can be found in Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Mrtin and Marissa Alexander and Dear Sister Letters: From Survivors of Sexual Assault and several online journals.  Read More

Zoë has been working with Bailey’s Café since 2013.

Michael Hill, Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting, and Music Production

Michael Hill, Teaching ArtistMichael Hill has been a performing musician since 1973.  Over the course of his career, he has produced six internationally released albums of his Original New York-Style Blues with his band Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, and taken his music to twenty-nine countries around the globe.  Read More

Michael has been working with Bailey’s Café since 2008.

DJ Reborn, DJ and Soundscape Artist

CF-Spring-Benefit-DJ-Reborn_400x400DJ Reborn has been moving audiences for more than a decade with her mellifluous blend of soul, hip-hop, reggae, house, Latin, electronic, and Afrobeat. She has worked alongside the Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, John Legend, and India Arie; appeared on BET’s Rap City; and served as the 2004—2005 international tour DJ for Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. DJ Reborn is based in Brooklyn and is an educator with Urban Word NYC. 

DJ Reborn has been with Bailey’s Cafe since 2016.

Marienne Thomas, Vocals, Acting, and Visual Arts

Marienne Thomas, Teaching ArtistMarienne Thomas is a multi-talented painter, playwright, actress, choir director, praise dance choreographer, and youth leader, bringing her passionate, outgoing, and energetic personality to all that she undertakes.  Read More

Marienne has been working with Bailey’s Café since 2007.

Keisha J. Turner, Dance, Yoga, and Community Engagement

Keisha J. Turner, Teaching ArtistHailing from Chicago, Keisha J. Turner has performed with several choreographers (including Molly Shanahan and Duane Cyrus) and dance companies such as Chicago Dance Crash and Corpo Dance Company.  Since 2008, she has worked with Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn-based dance company, as a performing company member, teaching artist, and most recently as a BOLD Network Facilitator.  Read More

Keisha has been working with Bailey’s Café since 2012.

Robyn Twomey, PhotographerRobyn Twomey

Robyn Twomey is a freelance photographer whose assignments have taken her around the world. Based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Robyn continues to freelance and work on independent photo essays. She has created portraits of performers, athletes, and other noteworthy figures for dozens of publications including ESPN, Forbes, Fortune, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and Wired.  Read More

Robyn has been working with Bailey’s Cafe since 2016.

Monica L. Williams,  Artistic Director and Project Manager

monica_williams61118Monica L. Williams is a curator and trans media artist with a background in theater arts, social justice, and youth development. A graduate from New York University and Wright State University, Williams was Director and Co-Curator of Brooklyn Academy of Music Poetry at BAM Harvey Theater for eight years. She directed the world premiere of Game On and her Off-Broadway theater credits include Together/Far Apart, Culture Project, and directing the national tour of History of the Word. Williams is an arts educator and has worked in residence at various non-profit organizations and colleges throughout the US. She currently lectures in the African American Studies Department at New York City College of Technology and is the Founder of Creative Legacy Projects. Read More

Monica has been working with Bailey’s Cafe since 2013.

Board of Directors


Anna-Nanine S. Pond, Co-Chair

Anna Pond, Board of DirectorsAnna-Nanine S. Pond is a Principal at Anna Pond Consulting, specializing in strategic planning, institutional and program development, and research and assessment services targeted to private foundations, higher educational institutions, and non-profit groups across the U.S.  Read More

Anna has been a member of Bailey’s Board since 2013.

Erika Olivia Alexander, Secretary

Erika Olivia Alexander, Board of DirectorsSince she first started volunteering for Bailey’s Café in 2008, Erika Olivia Alexander’s involvement has grown to providing graphic design services and serving as a Board Member.  Read More

Erika has been a member of Bailey’s Board since 2008.

Ramona Kearns

Ramona Kearns, Board of DirectorsRamona Kearns’ strength comes from giving and helping others learn, develop and grow.  She brings her outright passion and sincerity to everything she does (her motto being “don’t say it if you don’t mean it”).  Ramona also enjoys teaching fiber arts, art therapy, creative writing, sewing, and expressive dance.  Read More

Ramona has been a member of Bailey’s Board since 2001.

Ron Pierce, Co-Chair and Treasurer

Ron Pierce, Board of Directors

New Orleans native Ron Pierce recently joined PBS as Senior Director, PBS Veterans Initiative on the Station Services team. In this role, he leads the planning, coordination, and implementation of PBS’ Stories of Serviceinitiative in support of veterans, which includes working closely with member stations, CPB, NPR, other public media partners, and veterans’ groups across the country.  Read More

Ron has been a member of Bailey’s Board since 2014.

Chalina Bawa

Chalina Bawa, Board of Directors Born on the beautiful island Barbados, Chalina immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. She attended Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn, NY, where a select group of people and programs, such as Stefanie Siegel and Bailey’s Café, opened her eyes to life changing relationships and opportunities.  Read More

Chalina has been a member of Bailey’s Board since March 2017.

Rodney Rahim Deas

Rodney Rahim Deas, Board of Directors

Rodney Rahim Deas (AKA “Radio Rahim”) has been in the entertainment industry for thirty-nine years.  Already working as an MC throughout Brooklyn, Radio Rahim got his break in 1969 when DJ Gary Byrd hired him at radio station WWRL in New York City, and by 1973, Radio Rahim was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast. Read More

Rodney has been a member of Bailey’s Board since 2011.

Elijah Jetson Reuben

Elijah Jetson Reuben, Board of Directors

Determined to Be the Change he wishes to see, Elijah is a Young Visionary. He aims to bring life back into the communities and the world through his Collective and Lifestyle Brand R3AL.CO, which he founded in 2014.  Read More

Elijah has been a member of Bailey’s Board since March 2017.

Jamyra Salley

Jamyra Salley, Board of Directors

As a young woman, Jamyra Salley has always been interested in issues of injustice; those that she sees in her immediate neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY and in the larger world.  Read More

Jamyra has been a member of Bailey’s Board since March 2017.