Staff Spotlight: Kelley Matthews

Our Staff Spotlight for the short but sweet month of February is Kelley Matthews, our inimitable Administrative Assistant! Kelley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Kelley has a passion for youth development and extending services to young, vulnerable communities that are often overlooked. She dreams of one day opening a youth center to assist young people through all transitions in life and hopes ABC is the first step to achieving that.

NICOLE: What does your activism look like?

KELLEY: My activism shows up in the work I do and what I choose to spend my time and mental space on. I dedicated my life to helping people break through boundaries and make their dreams come true, what ever they may be.

NICOLE: What is your relationship with art and artistic practice? What kind of art do you produce?

KELLEY: I am a dancer. I've been dancing since I was a kid. It's how I release a lot of my stress, and a big part of what makes me me!

" I do not know where life will take me, but when I look back I want to be proud and know I helped make a difference!"

NICOLE: What are you working on right now that really excites you?

KELLEY: Honestly this job! Coming out of companies and organizations that did not share my values, I am very excited to be working with people who share those with me. Also, to be doing work by and for Black and Brown people...what more can I ask!

NICOLE: How have you helped POC in the last year?

KELLEY: By continuing to use my voice, self, and time to do things to better the situations of those around me.  

NICOLE: What's your favorite quote?

KELLEY: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou

This interview has been edited for clarity or length.