Who We Are
To create an environment where all of today's youth have the opportunity to thrive and contribute to tomorrow's world.
FAME Center provides equitable access to arts education so that the next generation has creative tools to uncover their potential and imagine their futures.
FAME Center was established as a 501(c)(3) in 2018 to directly confront the lack of accessibility to music and fine arts education in under-resourced Chicago communities. We work tirelessly to fulfill our mission of fostering creativity by providing transformative education through creative engagement resulting in the growth of the human spirit through the arts.
Music is a language--and like any language, there are many basic skills which must be mastered prior to advancing to more complex applications.
Dr. Felecia Thompson (Board Chair)
Dr. Felecia Thompson is a native of the south side of Chicago, a mother of two grown daughters, and has been married for 44 years to Steve. Felecia received her bachelor of arts in sociology/psychology from DePaul University, a master of science in human services administration from Spertus College, and received her DM in leadership from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle. Felecia has also gone through senior management training with ServiceMaster Corporation and the John Templeton Institute’s program for non-profit board leadership and fundraising. Felecia’s teaching gifts have given her instructional roles at Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Christian College and numerous conferences. Her administrative and leadership gifts have been utilized in executive roles with the DeVos Family Foundation’s Urban Leadership Initiative, the Family Care Network, and the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Chicago. For most of the past 20 years, Felecia has directed community partnership programs for Trinity Christian College and then for World Vision, where she served as Executive Director of its Chicagoland operation for nearly three years. She served as the Executive Director for Community Development (The Roosevelt Road Initiative) at Christ Church of Oak Brook from 2012 to 2018. Felecia exhibits extraordinary intelligence, experience, and personal grace.
Marc Doggett is founder and CEO of Club Consulting 101. After spending 20 years in corporate for one of the leading sports nutrition manufactures and distributors in the world, Marc branched out and formed his own consulting firm Club Consulting which is a 101 consulting firm that helps organizations grow globally. Marc also works with retail giant Costco as CEO of Club Consulting. Marc has lead the organization to triple digit growth in 2020. Marc Doggett also serves as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of FOTLH . In his role with FOTLH, Marc brings keen knowledge, investment experience and strategies to help grow the very stable and balanced Exchange Trade Fund (ETF), with a heavy focus on delivering lucrative profits to FOTLH shareholders. Marc is Chicago native and avid fan of the Chicago Bears.
Thomas Anderson Jr.
Thomas, joined by his wife Ruth and two children, Carmen and Thomas III, moved to Chicago in July of 2021 with over 12 years of service in pastoral ministry. He currently serves as Campus Pastor for Willow Creek Community Church’s Chicago Campus. Thomas also serves as Adjunct Faculty for The Moody Bible Institute and Whitworth University. He holds a Bachelor of Religious Education in Pastoral Studies from Davis College and a Master of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary at Clarks Summit University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at Clarks Summit University studying the New Testament.
Christy Davis grew up in South America as a missionary kid. This was pivotal in shaping her love of people, believing that each person carries a story, with a purpose in this world. Her gifts of listening, asking questions, discernment, leadership, creative entrepreneurship and strategic tenacity have helped her thrive in being a Missions Pastor as well as working alongside international leaders in ministry development, fundraising and sustainable business projects at nonprofits for 20 yrs primarily in Africa, South Asia, South America and America. Christy currently works at Biblica, The International Bible Society as the Senior Director of Partnerships & Development in the USA. Christy is a proud mama to three amazing young men!
Ken Gibbs, President, MIKK Construction
Dr. Stephen Michael Newby (Board Emeritus)
Stephen Michael Newby currently serves as Director for the Center for African American Worship studies at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, Minister of Worship at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA, and he holds a tenured Professor of Music teaching post at Seattle Pacific University. He holds more than three decades of University level teaching and administration to his credit. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education and Flute Performance from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He returned to Michigan to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He received his Master of Arts in Theology from Seattle Pacific Seminary. For more than 30 years, he served in various church music ministries in Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, California and Georgia. His voice and works have earned awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (Continental Harmony Grant), the King County Arts Commission of Washington, The Rackham School Fellowship for Ethno-musicological Research in Dakar, Senegal, and the John Wesley Work III National Composers’ Award. For more than nine years, he served as national anthem conductor for the Seattle Sounders FC. He created compositions for The Cascade Youth Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Canton Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, Savannah Symphony, and the New World Theater Orchestra, among others. His gospel music works are published by Maranatha Music and Newby’s Witness Music. His scholarly works are published by Rowman & Littlefield, his concert music compositions by Fred Bock Publishing. He is married to Stephanie Ashe Newby and they have one adult son Silas Michael Newby.