Christopher Cross - Board Chair
Naeemah Nelson - Vice Chair
Koray Gurz, CPA - Treasurer
Noel Harmon
Gene Chasin, President - Secretary
Donnie Turlington, Vice President 










Gene Chasin

President & CEO


With over 40 years of education experience, Gene Chasin is the visionary catalyst of Community Catalyst Partners (CCP). Prior to founding CCP, Gene worked in all arenas of education, serving young people and supporting organizations in literally all regions of the country. He spent 12 years overseeing the evolution and implementation of the Say Yes to Education community-wide strategies in cities like Syracuse and Buffalo, New York, and Cleveland, Ohio. Before joining Say Yes, he was the director of the Institute for Urban School Improvement at the University of Connecticut and served as CEO of Accelerated Schools, one of the largest, longest-lived, most-researched school reform models in the country. Gene also served as a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, and public school teacher. 


Donnie Turlington

Vice President & COO

Donnie has worked to bring community impact strategies and programs to scale over the last decade in both the municipal government and nonprofit sectors. A public relations practitioner by training, Donnie has served in leadership capacities for large municipal governments, local and national nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. He also brings experience having helped to launch and lead a Say Yes to Education chapter in Guilford County, North Carolina from 2015 through 2018.