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Arts * Fashion * Culture as Solutions for 21st Century Life Challenges & Pitfalls   
Long Island's culturally competent non-profit organization effecting self-help solutions for work * school * home and play  


Founder: Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A. Ed.             
Visual Artist * Educator * Motivator * Entrepreneur

Madona Cole-Lacy's life journey takes the form of a holistic service to others through a concept she refers to as Connecting the Dots of Creativity. Mrs. Cole-Lacy connects her dots of creativity by taking ART and CREATIVITY beyond the confines of the studio to impact the lives of others in a number of positive ways that provide social and emotional visual arts-based solutions and enrichment as a Textile Artist, Social Entrepreneur and registered Nassau and Eastern Suffolk BOCES Teaching Artist & Cultural Partner(Arts-in-Education Consultant).
 "Connecting the dots of Creativity, for me, involves taking a look at all that I am passionate about, and devising a way to bring them together to accurately represent the way I use resources available to me to serve others. This makes for an effective sense of purpose for me!"  

Mrs. Cole-Lacy studied art and design in both England, and the U.S., obtained a Master of Arts in Education degree from Brooklyn College and an entrepreneurial certificate from Hofstra University. She has served as the New York State representative for the Surface Design Association, and is a member of the United Federation of Teachers, Kappa Delta Pi (Educational Honors Society) and several art organizations, including Americans for the Arts, the Art League of Long Island and the Long Island Arts Alliance were she serves as an Advisory Board member. 



                                                                               Copyright 2012      Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.        All Rights Reserved     

                                                                                                                                          Design: Madona Cole-Lacy Long Island, New York
Board of Directors

Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed​.,Visual Artist, Educator, 
Social Entrepreneur, Life's Lesson Consultant, Motivational Presenter      

Jeanine Cooke-Garard, PhD, RN, GNP, Professor - Member

   Geraldine Gooding, MS, MCP, STEM Consultant -
                       Member/Youth Peer Leadership Council Director

This organization has a Gold level GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, demonstrating its commitment to transparently.

Program Director: James A. Lacy, LCSW

James A. Lacy is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a long history as a psycho-therapist providing services to children, adolescents and families. In addition, he has served as Executive Director of the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County (EOC), Clinical Director of Roosevelt Community Mental Health Center, and as Social Work Director and Internship coordinator for the Leadership Training Institute. He has provided field instruction for social work and psychology students from several colleges and universities in the New York Metropolitan area, and does consulting with service agencies and organizations with regards to program and staff development in addition to serving as the Mental Health Director of My Time Has Come™. He holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia State University. 

Mr. Lacy, for many years, chaired the Nassau County HIV Commission. 
He also for many years served as President of the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers, and as Board Chair for the Uniondale Early Childhood Center. Prior to his human services career, he served in the United States Army as a Medical Administrative Officer where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
Mr. James Lacy is an accomplished singer, songwriter and acoustical guitarist, who also performs songs intended to inspire young people.

Jeanine Cook-Garard, PhD, RN, GNP: Professor

Ms. Geraldine Gooding is a STEM professional whose career spans over 12 years in various areas - from systems engineering, urban planning to education. She holds Masters degrees in Technological Systems Management, Systems Engineering, and City & Regional Planning and a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Throughout her career, Ms. Gooding has pursued her passion for youth empowerment through mentoring or volunteering by bringing engineering principles to life for young people with fun and interactive hands-on lessons. She credits her graduate student work experience with the Director of Multicultural Programs in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science as a source of inspiration to her as she operated in the capacity of mentor and advisor to undergraduate students.

Over the years, Ms. Gooding has worked as a Quality Engineer at General Electric, Project Manager and Program Manager at various engineering companies. One of her passions is inspiring, empowering, and engaging youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education from Pre-K to college nationally and internationally. After years of working in project and program management, Ms. Gooding followed her passion and began sharing her love of math and engineering, and empowerment more fervently with young people through teaching and outreach programs with the National Society of Black Engineers, as the Pre-College Initiative Chairperson and as the Sharing Our Success Chair Person for Girls in Technology.  

Jeanine Cook-Garard holds a PhD in Nursing from Molloy College.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Nursing from SUNY Stony Brook following an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Nassau Community College. For over twenty years she has been engaged in producing competent nurses through her role as a Professor of Nursing at Nassau Community College. Prior to her current tenure at Nassau Community College, Dr. Cook-Garard provided comprehensive nursing care at South Nassau Community Hospital and Franklin Hospital in Long Island. She is a member of the following professional organizations: the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, the National league of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau and the National Gerontologic Nursing Association.

Since 1985, Dr. Garard has also impacted the lives of others as a Mentor/Minister/Advisor in the Church of God in Christ and is often called upon as a Motivational Speaker. She is a devoted mother to four children; Caleb, a 3rd year student pursuing a degree in medicine at the Sophie Davis Medical School; Nailah, a first-year student at Macaulay’s Honors School, pursuing International Studies and Anthropology on a full scholarship, Joshua, 11th grade student at the Half Hollow Hills East High School and Japera who is in the 4th grade at Paumanok Elementary School in Dix Hills. She has the support of a devoted husband, parents and siblings.

      Geraldine Gooding, MS, MCP: STEM Consultant/Coach​
Peer Leaders

Marie Saint-Cyr

Nailah Garard