Administrative Oversight

D.R.E. is covered by a Board of Trustees. Under the limited direction of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer oversees the day-to-day governance, while the Director of Operations is charged with the administrative overview and volunteer oversight.



Cheryl Bates, Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl Bates has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer for the Damascus Road Experience, Inc. 

She brings to D.R.E. more than 30 years of administrative experience in media, corrections and higher education, serving for 12 years as associate vice president of marketing communications, and interim vice president of institutional advancement.

Cheryl also served as a journalist, on-air radio announcer, and news anchor. She is a recipient of numerous awards and professional recognition and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.

She was awarded a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University and a master of science degree from the University of North Florida. 

Stevyn Lee, Director of Operations

Stevyn Lee graduated from Claflin University and Tidewater Community College. 

Holding an MBA with a focus in finance, a bachelor of science degree in marketing, and a certificate in restaurant management, Stevyn has garnered more than 15 years of experience working in the hospitality and retail industries.

Additionally, Stevyn has completed stints at Operation Smile and taught English in China. It was in China where his mental illness developed. 

Stevyn has managed his illness for six years with some being easier than others. During his encounter, he was called back to God. He now calls First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland his church home.

Stevyn enjoys watching Youtube, discovering new foods, and jogging.