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.
Dr. Troy Boddy - Co-Director
Dr. 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 has also received a PhD 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Yolanda Stanislaus
Dr. Yolanda Stanislaus is an established educational leader, known for her commitment to creating conditions for success for all stakeholders. Dr. Stanislaus began her career over 28 years ago as an Earth Science and Chemistry teacher in New York City Public Schools. Over the past 23 years she has been an educator in Montgomery County Public Schools, the largest suburban school district outside of Washington D.C. She has a strong background in school administration, having served as an elementary school principal and as a middle school principal. Currently, she serves as the Director for the Department of Professional Growth Systems (DPGS) in the Office of Human Resources and Development. Dr. Stanislaus received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hofstra University; a Master’s degree in School Leadership from Bowie State University; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Bowie State University. Dr. Stanislaus is the Chief Executive Officer for TRANSFORM ED, LLC an educational consultancy firm dedicated to cultivating and transforming leaders and providing educational consulting services to organizations.
Dr. Inger Swimpson
Dr. Inger Swimpson, a native of North Carolina, graduated with her bachelors degree in Biology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and her masters degree and doctorate from Bowie State University in Educational Leadership. She enjoyed a career in public education and retired from Montgomery County Public Schools after 30 years of leading and learning. Inger attended the Candlelight Tour, her first event at the Sandy Spring Slave and Museum, and was so amazed, inspired and humbled by the history, resilience, appreciation, scholarship and love of the Sandy Spring community that she told everyone she knew about this hidden gem and soon after began volunteering.
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 most recent former President of the Woman's Board supporting Medstar Montgomery Medical Center.