Meet the Board

Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina

Reverend Dr. Carolina currently serves as Senior Pastor at First Central Baptist Church and as Executive Director of the Central Family Life Center on Staten Island, where he develops corporate, public and private relationships, and oversees and administers strategies to ensure the operation and sustainability of the Life Center. Rev. Dr. Carolina was previously appointed as a commissioner of Human Rights in 2015 by Mayor Bill de Blasio and is the recipient of the 2017 New York City Council MLK Community Award, 2017 Stapleton UME Dreamers award, 2017 Black History City Council recognition, and various other awards and recognitions. He founded The Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting, served as lead advocate in bringing the nationally recognized Eagle Academy to Staten Island, organized the only Cure Violence Initiative on Staten Island, known on Staten Island as True 2 Life , and has grown the nonprofit community partnership connecting Staten Island with the other boroughs. 

Reverend Dr. Carolina holds an Associate’s Degree in Communications, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science, History and Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration Leadership from Temple University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership/Management from the University of Phoenix.