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Life Pieces to Masterpieces Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LPTM) and the entire LPTM family announce that Joy King-Pike has been appointed as the new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2017.

Joy will help to launch a new chapter in Life Pieces’ stellar 20-year history of serving African American boys and young men, ages 3 to 25, in Washington’s Wards 7 and 8. She joins forces with the Board and leads the staff to deliver LPTM’s programs, which provide the “apprentices” (the term used in referring to the boys and young men in their programs) with opportunities to discover and activate their innate and creative abilities and change life challenges into possibilities. She brings unique experience as a nonprofit leader, entrepreneur, educator, performing artist, and volunteer to LTPM, and has an extensive background delivering results-oriented leadership across school districts, nonprofits, and corporate clients.

There is an optimistic, new energy at Life Pieces. Joy’s passion, steadfast determination and analytical, solutions-focused approach to her work ensure an exciting next chapter in the Life Pieces story of success. It all starts with the boys, so we will continue to provide exceptional service to them, while expanding our impact with the impressive breadth and depth of leadership and experience Joy brings to the helm.

Previously, Joy was Director of Field Operations with Share our Strength/No Kid Hungry, Managing Director of Program Operations at College Summit, and a High School Japanese and English teacher. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the City Arts and Prep Public Charter School for the Performing Arts and Board Chair of Sela Public Charter School. She holds an MA in Educational Administration from Governor’s State University in University Park, IL and a BA in Secondary Education from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

“Tenacity, resiliency, possibilities and hope are among the important values that Life Pieces teaches boys and young men. The LPTM mission touches me deeply, and I am so honored to bring my best to this transformative and life-changing organization,” Joy said, in her first days as our new Executive Director. “The fresh canvas we paint today will be the masterpiece of life-long success for our apprentices tomorrow.”

(via Life Pieces to Masterpieces. Photo courtesy of Life Pieces to Masterpieces.)