Lydia Rappolt - Co-Director
With a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University School of Human Ecology and a Masters in Science Education from State University of New York, Cortland, Lydia Rappolt has a broad and distinguished career in childhood education, Family Relations and child development, and developmental psychology. She continues to apply her skills and talents as an English language Arts specialist/teacher at the Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring. As a community activist Lydia is a member and chairperson (2018-2020) of the Olney Town Center Advisory Committee. Lydia is a member of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. Lydia provides a valuable service to the community as the Co-Director and member of the Board of Directors of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery.
Sandi Williams - Co-Director
Sandi Williams, another true SandySpringer, attended Sherwood High School where she was a star basketball athlete that went on to play basketball on a scholarship at Bowie State University. She earned a Master of Education degree from Bowie University, continued to earn a Masters from Johns Hopkins University in School Administration and McDaniel College in Equity and Excellence in Education. Sandi is an active Bowie alumna. Sandi is Assistant Principal in Montgomery County Public Schools. She shows a strong commitment to the Sandy Spring Community and is currently Co-Director of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery, Inc. She works closely with the Board to oversee all activities related to programming, development of educational activities, and fundraising. Sandi is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Michael A. Anderson, is the technical guru for the museum and member of the Board of Directors of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery. Michael is a Hampton University graduate majoring in Business Management, and he received the MA in Public Administration and Public Policy from Howard University. He is currently Facilities Planning Manager at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Michael is a member of the Fund Raising Committee and contributes to technology development of the museum.
Troy E. Boddy, another SandySpringer, is a Morehouse Man receiving the BA in Psychology, the MSc in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport, CT and is a candidate for the Doctor of Organizational. Leadership from Hood College, Frederick, MD. A seasoned educator and administrator in the Montgomery County Public Schools system, Troy was Assistant Principal at Oakland Terrace Elementary School, Principal at Beall Elementary School, and currently the Director of the County’s Equity Initiatives Unit. He contributes immensely to the educational objectives of the museum’s mission.
Deborah (Smith) Buchanan - Manager
A natural born Leader, Deborah Buchanan, local life-long resident, attended Sherwood High School She was recognized for her Leadership qualities by the State of Maryland. The George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery is privileged to have her at the helm of the organization where she serves as the Manager and as member of the Board of Directors. She has a distinguished career as a Montgomery County Public School teacher teaching every grade from 1-8 and as a Resource Teacher for more than ten years. Debbie received the BA in Sociology and Social Work from UMBC and the MA in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland -University College. With a certification in Supervision and Leadership from Hood College Deborah Buchanan is in the right place at the right time to best serve the museum and communities of Olney-Sandy Spring. Deborah is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Maya Cunningham is an ethnomusicologist and cultural activist, holding a MA degree in jazz performance from Queens College, BA in music in jazz studies from Howard University, and eighteen years of experience in music education and directing community based arts programs for African American and Latino children. A Fulbright Fellow she conducted research in traditional music in Botswana and other African countries, , as well as the Gullah traditions in the Carolinas and blues traditions in the Mississippi Delta. Maya enriches the museum through her radio show “Sounds of the Black Experience”, and as she explores the many genres of Black music from all over the world, from African American jazz and blues to Afro Brazilian Samba Schools and South African protest anthems. She serves the museum as a member of the Board of Directors of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery. She is completing a PhD in Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Althea Grey-McKenzie is the co-Cultural Liaison of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum. She is also the Artistic Director of the White House Studio that offers performing arts programs and development workshops for youth and adults in dance, drama, percussion and fitness. The studio’s mission is to spread Caribbean and African culture to the broader community using movement, music and educational sources. Althea brings skills and artistic talent to the museum as it attempts to inform the Montgomery County community about the advantages of multicultural contributions to society.
Albert Gyan is co-Cultural Liaison of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery. He brings broad management and executive experience working in Africa, Europe and the United States, primarily with NGOs. Working with the World Council of Churches he has actively engaged heads of states, diplomats and church leaders on varied development issues, and socio-ecological rights of peoples in developing countries. Dr. Gyan is a most valuable asset to the Slave Museum where he will use his extensive experience working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds to link the slave museum to activities in the African Diaspora.
Dierdre has a degree in Secondary Education from the University of the District of Columbia. She has Masters degrees Education from Cambridge College as well as Masters in Documentary Filmmaking from George Washington University and currently seeking a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Lynchburg College. She has extensive talents including professional Jazz singing. Deirdre is a volunteer Board Member at the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery and leads the fundraising committee.
Reynauld Smith is proud of being a Texan, a distinguished graduate of Tuskegee, being a mentee of the eminent historian Professor Russell Adams at Howard University, and a 37 year career as a history teacher at secondary schools in Dallas, Montgomery County, and Washington, DC. Rey was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the recipient of the McGraw Hill prize for his leadership work on Global Education. He is proud of his meetings with many of the leading African Statesmen of the 21st Century, including Nelson Mandela. His revolutionary past as a worker on voter registration with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at Tuskegee reinforced his current work on the modern Civil Rights Movement and voter registration for which he received a Proclamation from the Rockville City Council. With a background in African American History, Reynauld Smith is a major contributor serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery.
Natalie (Thomas) Williams - Secretary
Natalie Williams, another SandySpringer, attended Sherwood High School and went on to earn the Master of Education from Bowie University and a Masters from McDaniel College in Equity and Excellence in Education. She is a Counselor in Montgomery County Public School. Natalie taught middle school in Prince George’s County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools where she specialized in African American History. Natalie is a member of the Board of Directors of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery where she is the recording secretary and has developed educational programs set around slavery and the underground railroad that has reached more than 500 eighth grade students in Montgomery County Schools. Along with fellow board members Sandi Williams, Reynauld Smith, and Troy Boddy they present the Educator Institute Workshops on Black History and Equity to educators and other community partners.
Christine Hill Wilson - Treasurer
Christine Hill Wilson is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery Inc. Christine, a true SandySpringer, attended Sherwood High School and joined the Sandy Spring Bank in 1980, and the Trust Division in 1988. She is a Vice President at the bank where she administers a variety of trusts, estates, investment management, IRA, pension and custodial accounts. She is a Certified IRA Services Professional and Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. Christine is the President of the Woman's Board supporting Medstar Montgomery Medical Center.