BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mrs. Marshall Brooks currently serves as the Director of Coordinated School Health for the City of New Haven Public Schools.  In this position, Mrs. Brooks is the administrator responsible for coordinating and oversight of district health and wellness initiatives for students, staff and the broader community. Prior to her appointment with New Haven Public Schools, Mrs. Brooks was the Community Services Administrator (CSA) for the Honorable John DeStefano, Jr. As CSA, she was responsible for several city departments and efforts including Health, Elderly Services, Youth Services, Homelessness Services, State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA), and Reentry. 
Brent Peterkin is the statewide coordinator for Project Longevity, Connecticut’s multi-city group gun violence reduction initiative. Connecticut is the only state in the country implementing such an initiative statewide, and the program is viewed as a national model for gang violence reduction and strategic coordination. Previously, Mr. Peterkin served the state’s Office of Early Childhood and focused on parent engagement and fatherhood development. He also worked with Yale University’s Global Justice Program initiative, Academics Stand Against Poverty and supported at-risk high school students with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities at Greenburgh Academy in Yonkers, New York.
 
DARIUS JONES| Board Member
Darius Jones’ path to success started in 2008 when he first enrolled in Elm City YouthBuild.  After successfully completing YouthBuild in 2009, Darius decided to pursue a path of higher education at Gateway Community College where he majored in Accounting and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. He went on to Southern Connecticut State University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Darius serves as a volunteer tax preparer for the free tax preparation program V.I.T.A. He currently works as a staff accountant for an accredited public accounting firm and actively working towards his CPA credentials.
    

I believe it is my responsibility to use my scholarship and social position to serve my surrounding community. I am starting my third year as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology at Quinnipiac University.  I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University. I regularly teach Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Race, Sociology of Education, and Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture. I hope to introduce additional exciting sociology courses in the very near future. I have research interests in urban education, visual sociology, youth culture, hip-hop culture, qualitative methods, and youth critical media literacy. I believe in the practice of public sociology and plan to ensure that most of my research projects are in partnership with local communities.