CMC Board of Directors


Betsy Wilkerson

Betsy Wilkerson has been the owner and administrator of Moore's Assisted Living since 1992, continuing the family business that started in 1976. She is a long time community volunteer having been past president of the Women Helping Women Fund, Junior League of Spokane, St. Luke's Community Advisory Board and the Emmanuel Famliy Life Center. In addition, she served under three governors for 16 years on the Commission for Judicial Conduct and recently completed two board terms on the Inland Northwest Community Foundation. Betsy was recognized by Leadership Spokane in 2002 with the Excellence in Community Trustee award and the 2001 Women Helping Women award. 

Board President

Rev. Walter Kendricks

Reverend Walter Kendricks is honored to serve as Pastor of The Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Spokane, Washington, where he has served since 2014. He is also currently serving as President of the Spokane Ministers Fellowship. He was employed at United Airlines for 35 years, living in numerous locations throughout the United States before retiring in Seattle, Washington in 2012. He enjoys activities that contribute to the well being of the underrepresented in society, giving voice to the concerns of the ignored, the powerless, and the disenfranchised, etc.

Board Vice-President

Dr. Terrie Ashby-Scott

Dr. Terrie Ashby-Scott is currently the Director of the Scholar Success Team for Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS).  Prior to WSOS, she worked with the College Success Foundation as well as Eastern Washington University and Washington State University Spokane in various student support and success positions. Terrie has 20 + years in education and 25 years serving on various boards in the community, including The Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and Odyssey Youth Center. She currently serves on the board of Washington Nonprofits. 

Board Secretary

Curtis Hampton

Curtis Hampton was born in Greenwood, South Carolina and moved to Spokane in 1975 when he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. He is a retired Vietnam Era Veteran and a retired Aerospace Operations Manager, having worked at Boeing for 10 years and Triumph for 16 years.

Board Treasurer

Wilhelmenia Williams

Wilhelmenia Williams is a retired registered nurse who has been a resident of Spokane, WA since 1973. She was married to CSM Thomas E. Williams for 57 years and is proud of her two children and three grandchildren. She has been a member of New Hope Baptist Church for 25 years and is a member of the Spokane branch of the NAACP.

Member At-Large

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The Carl Maxey Center (CMC) is a Black-led, Black-centered non-profit, 501c3 organization, based in the East Central neighborhood of Spokane, Washington. CMC is both a neighborhood cultural center and gathering place, as well as a community based organization that provides programs and services  focused on addressing the needs of Spokane's African American/Black community.  


Mission Statement:

We believe it is important to know about the African American/Black experience. We, as a people, are resilient, long suffering, forgiving, uplifting, spiritual, passionate, joyful, innovative, and an integral part of a vibrant community.

Therefore the mission of the Carl Maxey Center

is to change lives and improve the well-being of Spokane’s African American/Black community

by expanding the educational, economic and cultural opportunities that are currently

available, and by addressing the racial

disparities and racial inequities that currently

exist and have persisted in this area. 

We do this by supporting and sustaining the work and programs of the Carl Maxey Center to address four focus areas: (a) Racial & Social justice and Equity; (b) Business/Workforce 

Development & Economics; (c) Education & Advocacy; and (d) Cultural Enrichment. 

The long-term goals of the Carl Maxey Center are to uplift, empower and transform Spokane’s African American/Black community from the inside out, and to create the space, the opportunities and the infrastructure necessary for Black Spokane to identify and design solutions to address current and future challenges.


Executive Director

Sandra Williams

Sandra Williams is a community organizer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur with nearly four decades of  experience focusing on discrimination, equity, and social justice. She is currently the President of Square Peg Multimedia LLC, offering consulting services, workshops, training and Board Development to businesses and nonprofit organizations, and is the Publisher and Editor of THE BLACK LENS, the only African American focused newspaper in Eastern Washington.