Happy Birthday FAME!

As we celebrate FAME’s 15th Anniversary, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support to help us put middle and high school youth on a path to success through a four-pronged approach that includes music instruction, educational support, college preparation, and work readiness.  We are grateful for this celebration which is made possible by our energetic students and dedicated faculty; and strong and enduring collaborations and partnerships with colleges and universities, corporations, school systems, music professionals, and government entities.

Also key to our success is staying true to our mission: to give every young musician the best opportunity to succeed in life by providing music training and academic support; and our core values (integrity, respect, work ethic, commitment, learning and caring) that guide our endeavors, whether it is in the tutoring room, technology lab, on stage or in the recording studio.

In this newsletter, I am highlighting some of our activities to date and hope to see you at an event soon.

Sincerely, A. Toni Lewis


Our Board of Directors Welcomes New Board Members

We extend a warm welcome to Moneka Cunningham and Ingrid Valentine, the two newest additions to FAME’s Board of Directors.   Their dedication and passion will enable FAME to advance the music and education aspirations of youth in the Greater Washington Region.  They both recently served on FAME’s Advisory board.


Moneka was born in Chicago, and served as an educator side by side, team teaching with her mother, Helen Cunningham, for over ten years. Continuing in the world of academia with an extensive background in special events, fundraising, alumni relations, and government affairs she worked with both Prince George’s Community College and Bowie State University to execute and manage numerous signature events for the institutions.  Now serving as an external affairs manager with Pepco an Exelon Company, Moneka works closely with government officials, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and communities within the District of Columbia.



Ingrid is currently the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education. In her role, Ingrid advises the Chief Compliance Officer on matters related to the Department’s operation of student financial assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act and the Health Education Assistance Loan Program. Ingrid’s office is responsible for administering a program of monitoring and oversight of approximately 6,100 postsecondary domestic and international institutions, guaranty agencies, lenders, and loan servicers participating in the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid programs.


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