Founder & Executive Director
Dr. Gore is an attending physician and clinical assistant professor at Kings County Hospital – SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, he then went on to the State University of New York at Buffalo for medical school. He then completed his emergency medicine residency training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, where he was chief resident.
Dr. Gore was the assistant program director for the Kings County-SUNY Downstate Emergency Medicine Residency Program for four years. He is the founder and currently the executive director of the KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), a hospital and school based youth violence intervention prevention and empowerment program targeting teens that have been injured as a result of violence or at risk for violent and recurrent violent injury.
He is the founder and director of the Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (MMSEM) Summer Fellowship, which is a mentoring and enrichment program for underrepresented minorities interested in Emergency Medicine with a focus on project development.
Dr. Gore has lectured around the U.S, the Caribbean, and Asia and has worked in East Africa, Haiti and South America. Since 2008 he has been working as a consultant for Clinique Espérance et Vie in Terrier Rouge (Northern Haiti) and working towards establishing a regional health care system in the northern part of Haiti. He is on the board of directors for EMEDEX International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the global promotion and advancement of emergency medicine, disaster management and public health.
When he’s not working he is an avid wanderer/traveler, photographer, snowboarder and student of capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art).
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jacquel Clemons inherited an ethic of community service from my grandmother, an active community member in the city’s Third Ward. Throughout her career, her work focused on urban populations such as New York City’s Community Action for Prenatal Care Initiative, HRSA’s PROJECT PREVENTS, CDC Project S.T.E.P.S and Columbia University’s BedStuy West Community Research Studies and now as KAVI's Chief Operating Officer.
With a passion for academic endeavors, she graduated from Clark Atlanta University and have earned a Master of Public Health degree at New York University. It was in New York that her interest in advocacy was ignited. With a deep concern for the well-being of communities like the one she grew up in, she has become an advocate for social justice, prevention research/initiatives and a leader in the movement to transform and renew our urban communities.
Corey graduated from Ithaca college with a Major in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Video Game Design. He was a finalist in the 2011 Microsoft Imaginecup representing the US in the web based category with his team. Corey is deeply passionate about all things technology especially in the web and mobile spaces.
During his time in Ithaca he was a member, Community Service chair and Interim President of an organization called Brothers 4 Brothers. The organization helped foster a safe space for men of color to discuss campus events, adjusting to life away from our respective homes and ultimately giving back to the community during and after our time at college. For four years he was a member of a local program called Student 2 Student which paired University mentors with kids at a local elementary school in town.
Director of Information Technology
Born in the Caribbean but, growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Abena Amory-Powell experienced first hand the trauma that comes from being exposed to violence around her and she uses these experiences to assist the young people she works with. She knows how important it is for young people to have positive influences in their lives to guide them toward becoming successful adults and members of society. Had it not been for such people in her life growing up, her life could have taken a very negative turn. Her mother, a social worker, was always opening her doors to young people who needed assistance. These memories stayed with her, and as she grew, she knew she wanted to continue her mother’s work and do what she could to help young people in particular.
Currently, Abena is a Master in Public Health student at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. She received her B.A in Social Deviance from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is very passionate about her career choice and is especially sensitive to the needs of our youth as it pertains to them being affected by violence in their community.
School Intervention Coordinator
Tendaji graduated from Morehouse college with a Major in Mathematics. African Centered. Bohemian. Techie. These words best describe who he is. Educator. Activist. Organizer. These words best describe what he does. Raised in Gullah Gullah Island (yes THAT Gullah Gullah Island), now living in the concrete jungle, Tendaji intends to inspire the youth of KAVI YO as the Community Intervention Coordinator.
Most recently, he was a 7th and 8th grade Special Education Math Teacher at a charter school in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Tendaji has served as an instructor of African dance, Step, and other performance arts. His work as an educator has utilized the concept of STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics but ultimately the current high-stakes test environment is edging culture, arts, and history out of my classroom. As an educator, he believes understanding social justice should be central to student development. In a political climate that is energized by protest, students should be able to express their opinions about what's happening in their own neighborhoods and the world at large. While teaching for two years has been enriching, he is ready to explore a different route for empowering young people.
Community Intervention Coordinator