About Us

Chess & Community Inc. was established in Athens, Georgia, in the fall of 2012. CC is a registered non-profit organization, dedicated to empowering young civic leaders in Northeast Georgia through 4 core principles: Academic enrichment, Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship / Career Path Development, and Cultural Exploration. 


Chess & Community use chess as a learning modality for helping young people develop skills to manage impulsiveness and long-term thinking strategies.  These skills prepare them for the obligations of adulthood. Chess & Community enriches students with experiential learning skills and hands-on engagement so that they become responsible leaders in their communities.


Chess & Community encourages local participation and support, providing goodwill for Athens community businesses and organizations. 

It Takes an Entire Village to Raise a Child.

- African Proverb

Lemuel "Life" LaRoche, MSW

Founder | Executive Director 

Beverly Ford, Ed.S

Executive Assistant

Travis Williams, J.D

Assistant Director

Jamon Holt, Ph.D

Program Director

Britney LaRoche, MA

Scholarship Coordinator

Coral Rogers, MNML

Grant Writer

Luke Slaboda

Assistant Program Coordinator (Knights)

Tyron Scott

Chess Coach 

Sha'Mira Covington, MSC

Program Support (Queens)

Mariah Cooper

PR & Marketing

Elizabeth Bible

Assistant Program Coordinator
(Data Collection)

Tevon Knights


Yalonda Parker

Parent Liaison 

Bat'Se Ekanem

Assistant Program Coordinator

Sheree Henderson

Assistant Program Coordinator

Board of Directors

Charla Tabb, Esq.


1200 New Jersey Ave, 
Washington, DC 20590

Kamau Hull, Esq

The Hull Firm LLC

3720 Atlanta Hwy Suite 3, Athens, GA 30606

David E. Dyer

Financial Advisor

P.O. Box 927

Lanham, MD 20703

Edwin Risler, PH.D


University of Georgia

School of Social Work

279 Williams St        

Athens, GA 30602

Joy Marshall, 

Community Strategist

1551 Dunwoody Village PKWY 

Suite 88135
Atlanta, GA 30338

Tierra Destiny Reid

National Business Consulting

2221 Peachtree Rd NE

Suite D249

Atlanta, GA 30309

Llewellyn J. Cornelius, Ph.D, LCSW

Director Center for Social Justice, Human, and Civil Rights.

University of Georgia,

School of Social Work

279 Williams St        

Athens, GA 30602

William Miller

Community Consultant

55 Rose Hill CT

Athens, GA 30601

Sharon McCoy 

Parent Board Representative

P.O. Box 48911

Athens, GA 30604

475 Huntington Rd | Suite 150

Athens, GA 30606




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