PASSIONATE. INNOVATIVE. DEDICATED.
MEET TEAM TDC.
A highly effective and dynamic leader, Desiree’s ceaseless commitment to excellence is quietly but quickly elevating her as one of the most sought after leaders in the New York area. A life in leadership, however, was never her life design. Since the age of 15, her passion was for dance.
After graduating from CSU Northridge and only a year in New York City, she was offered a full scholarship at Union Theological Seminary and an internship at FCBC where she quickly began to excel, grow, and catalytically change the atmosphere of the environment.
Desiree continues to redefine convention, exploring innovative approaches to clergy, ministry, and women’s roles in the African American church structure. Under her leadership, The Dream Center has thrived, offering over 20 different free original programs for the Harlem community. Possibly Desiree’s magnum opus is the artistic direction of The Sanctuary at FCBC, an imaginative utilization of FCBC’s 1600-seat theatre space, bringing in real headliners and real dollars into the space so its vital community work can continue.
Though she doesn’t get as much time in her leotard as she’d like, Pastor Desiree still considers herself a dancer and choreographer, just on a much larger stage. She is constantly choreographing life, actively and dynamically moving people toward their dreams, freedom, truth, and their infinite possibilities. She is the creator of the online platform NotCinderella.com. She resides in The Bronx with her husband Tony and their beautiful identical twin daughters, Nyah (knee-yah) and Niaya (nigh-yah).
Syreena Howard serves as the Dream Coordinator at The Dream Center managing facilities and assisting with programming. Born and raised in Harlem, Syreena is in tuned with the wants and needs of the community. After serving 10 years with NYC government, she is proud to now serve in the community where she was raised. Syreena serves as TDC’s “Harlem Expert;” as she seems to know everyone she passes on the street.
Syreena holds a Bachelor in Business Management from Monroe College. She enjoys music, reading and spending quality time family, friends and most importantly her son.
CREATIVE INNOVATION DESIGNER
Cathleen Meredith is The Dream Center’s graphic designer and communications/marketing guru. As Creative Innovation Designer, she conceptualizes and implements The Dream Center’s look, voice, brand, and marketing: from the logo and website to the merchandise and social media management. After college, Cathleen moved to Antigua, West Indies where she developed and ran an online marketing company. After three years, she fulfilled her life’s dream and moved to New York to write, create, and help people. She’s overwhelmed to work in a space that allows her to do all three. With a passion for performing arts and marketing, Cathleen develops and teaches several successful programs at The Dream Center including D.R.I.V.E., Market Yourself, and the Harlem Teen Shakespeare Intensive. She has fostered successful partnerships with Theatre Development Fund (TDF), Classical Theatre of Harlem, and two senior centers in the Harlem area.
Cathleen is originally from Sacramento, California, but has called New York home for the past ten years. When she is not at The Dream Center, Cathleen is writing. She’s the creator of the online platform FATGIRLSDANCE™ and is cohost of The Naked Podcast. She’s an award-winning playwright, has recently started a blog and completed her first novel.