Malick Fall
Malick Fall

Position:  Chief Executive Officer

Education: B.A. Math & Economics, Trinity College (CT); Masters in History of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science; MPA, Princeton University.

What do you love most about your job in youth development?
In many ways and in spite of the day-to-day intrinsic challenges that come with working in Youth Development, I do not perceive this occupation as a “job”. It is truly a privilege to wake up every morning feeling that any effort put forth that day could open doors and potentially create life-changing opportunities for driven young men and women who are in the same position I was in when I was their age.  An Education/Youth Development organization similar to BHGHNY took a leap of faith on me as a wide-eyed high-school-age immigrant, believed in my potential and opened doors for me. It changed my life for the better. So today I see it as a responsibility to  "pay it forward", and do whatever I can to enable this generation of young people to pursue higher education and also have the opportunity to become productive and responsible citizens of this great country...and the world-at-large.

Describe yourself in three words:  

Commited, Driven, Humble

What’s your country of origin?
Senegal

If you could take a dream trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan; New Zealand; Australia; the Middle East; Hong Kong; China...I love traveling and learning about different customs and cultures.

 

Enuma Menkiti
Enuma Menkiti

Position: Managing Director

Education: B.A. English Literature and American Studies, Williams College; MSW, Columbia University School of Social Work; M.Ed in Educational Leadership, St. Peter's University.

Credentials/Experience
I have 14 years of experience working with young people--particularly urban teenagers. Originally a Teach for America Teacher and Founding Director of the Lincoln HS Young Women's mentoring program, I have spent the last 9 years working in college access as a consultant, trainer, and curriculum developer. As the College Guidance Director at 3 high schools, I developed and implemented college related programming resulting in 9 years straight of 100% 4 year college placement for all of my students. I'm excited to begin working more broadly with young people to help them develop the skills not just to enter college, but to graduate from it and be the community leaders and change agents that we so desperately need in this world.

What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?
As the only urban boarding program in NYC, Boys Hope Girls Hope of NY has the unique and valuable resource of a lot of time with the students. Because we get to help shape their academic as well as personal and social experience throughout the day and evening (and sometimes even weekends!), we have the power to make a real, substantial impact.

Family or Cultural Background
Half Nigerian, half Irish/German; born and raised in Boston, MA

Describe yourself in three words
Insightful, Diligent, Caring

Fun Fact About Yourself
I was homeschooled until age 14

Danielle McCarthy
Danielle McCarthy

Position: Business and Human Resources Manager
 
Education: B.A. Women's Studies, Stony Brook University
 
Credentials/Experience

As an adolescent in New York City, I needed more positive influences in my life. I began my journey in the non-profit realm during high school as a youth staff member of the Urban Dove Inc; a program dedicated to enriching the lives of at-risk youth through sports-based recreational activities while simultaneously teaching the critical life skills necessary to be successful. This program was extremely significant to my development, confidence, drive and participation in the community. It served as a catalyst for my professional life in service. Continuing on a mission to create positive change, I began work at a Cristo Rey Network school and am thrilled to be on board at Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope of New York.

 
What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?

I am interested in supporting programs that cultivate our youth, support inner-city education, encourage continuing education and empower our underserved communities. All of these things parallel the core values of Boys Hope Girls Hope and I'm hopeful and confident in that synergy translating to success.

Family or Cultural Background

Irish & Puerto Rican

Describe yourself in three words

Commited, Quirky, Honest

Fun Fact About Yourself

I like to go to the beach and I like to read; but not at the same time.

 

 

 

Chelsea Pittman
Chelsea Pittman

Position: Development Associate
 
Education: B.A. English Literature, Minor Psychology, College of William and Mary
 
Credentials/Experience

Upon graduating in 2014, I spent a year teaching English as a second language to incoming freshmen and first year college students at the University of Malaysia Perlis in Perlis, Malaysia. When I returned stateside, I began working in Development under the Director of Development at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and then as Fundraising Manager at Historic Jamestowne with Preservation Virginia.

 
What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?

While I was in the process of moving to New York, I wanted to continue working for non-profits and BHGHNY stood out to me as an organization where I could use my resources and skills to help grow a place that is doing so much for its community by inspiring and empowering students to reach their full potential, and also providing them with the resources and support to do so. I believe I offer a passion and dedication to making sure we exceed the goals we set and the compassion to want to help both my coworkers and our scholars in any way I can.

Family or Cultural Background

African-American. I was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia.

Describe yourself in three words

Ambitious, Empathetic, Creative

Fun Fact About Yourself

I solo-traveled through Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia when I lived in Malaysia.

 

 

 

Selina Diaz
Selina Diaz

Position: Director of College Guidance and Alumni Support
 
Education: A.S. in Liberal Arts & Sciences - Dutchess Community College; B.S.in Sociology -The College at Old Westbury; M.S. in Education, School Counseling -The College of Saint Rose
 
Credentials/Experience
As a Counselor at Arlington Middle School, I gained experience working in a school environment and further developed my strong academic, social and emotional advisement skills. I also have significant experience collaborating and networking with parents, teachers, and administrators to meet the needs of the students. For the last two year I have been a College Access Coordinator with the YWCA. I provided individual counseling and group seminars around college access, career exploration, and educational success for all students enrolled in an after school program.
 
What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?
I have an unwavering passion to empower youth through education and was eager to work more closely with a high achieving, motivated population.
 
Family or Cultural Background
Born in the Bronx; raised in upstate state New York (Dutchess County). My family is Puerto Rican and Cuban and we have a lot of pride in our Hispanic culture. 
 
Describe yourself in three words
Proactive, Personable, Energetic
 
Fun Fact About Yourself
I slept in a tent in the Sahara Desert for a week

 

 

 

Lucas Slattery
Lucas Slattery

Position: Director of Admissions and Special Projects Coordinator

Education: B.A. in Youth Development from Springfield College; M.A. in Social Work from Hunter College 

 

Credentials/Experience: 

I have over 18 years experience working with youth of all ages.  I started at a young age as a soccer referee.  I then joined the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee where I worked as a junior counselor in a day camp.  I worked within the camp capacity throughout my college career eventually becoming a senior counselor.  Fresh out of college I became the Sports Camp Director for the YMCA of Greater New York.  I then went on to oversee all day camp operations and teen programming.  I most recently worked out of a high school offering a wide range of programming such as college/career readiness and leadership development.  My goal was to make students transition into high school easier while also successfully guiding them into the next grade and into college. 

 

What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer the organization? 

I have always been very passionate working with youth.  I have worked with youth in camp and school settings but never in a residential setting such as Boys Hope Girls Hope.  I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience working with youth both individually and in groups.  I am a strong advocate for our youth and believe that every teen can succeed with the right support around them. I have an opportunity to experience the special bonds created by such a unique program.  Students and staff here are truly family and this is something I certainly wanted to be a part of. 

 

Family and Cultural Background: 

Milwaukee, WI 

Italian, German, Dutch, African American, American Indian amongst many others. 

 

Describe yourself in three words: 

Competitive 

Relatable 

Loyal 

 

Fun Fact About Yourself: 

I have been making beats for 17 years.  That is my passion and love outside of working with youth. 

Kerelle Caldwell
Kerelle Caldwell

Position:  Director of Academic Success 

Education: B.S. Health Science, Stony Brook University; M.A. in Higher Education Administration, Stony Brook University

Experience/Credentials

I have a diverse skill set where I have worked in various departments throughout higher education ranging from career exploration, academic advising, recruitment, and support services. In my past experiences, working for opportunity programs such as the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) has given me the foundation to work with students from at-risk situations and give them the proper resources necessary to reach their maximum potential. Recently, I have also worked closely with high school students through the NYC Department of Education in a similar capacity making sure that they were given all of the resources necessary to go to selective colleges across the United States.

What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the organization?  

As a past guest BHGHNY facilitator, I knew that this was a place I could see myself. I aim to offer the proper support and guidance that these students need in order to reach their full potential.

Family or Cultural Background

I am African-American and my family is from the south.

Describe yourself in three words.

Dedicated, Driven, Innovative.

Fun fact about yourself

I was an urban Park Ranger.

Naomi Cohen-Thompson
Naomi Cohen-Thompson

Position:  Therapist and Fellows Coordinator

Education: Undergraduate MFA degree, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Graduate Degree in Art Therapy, School of Visual Arts, NY 

Experience/Credentials

I have worked as an art therapist and clinical supervisor for almost ten years in Brooklyn, NY.  My work has been focused mainly on adolescents and their families.

What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?  

This is my second stint as the Therapist for BHGHNY!  I feel I can offer the necessary support, empathy and a venue for self-expression to all scholars so that their educational and residential experience is as holistic as possible.  The Art Therapy program aims to offer a space for creative expression, necessary interpersonal skills, group cohesion and a deeper connection with one's self identity.

Family or Cultural Background

I am a third generation, East Coast-raised Jew with roots in Eastern Europe on both sides of my family.

Describe yourself in three words.

Committed, open and creative 

Fun fact about yourself

I love to cook and bake!

Michael T. Littlejohn
Michael T. Littlejohn

Position:  Director of Residential and Student Life 

Education: B.A. Governmental & Political Affairs, Centenary University, Hackettstown, NJ

Experience/Credentials

I have over 6 years experience working with college students in Residential Life and Student Affairs. This background includes working with students from all ethnic backgrounds at both urban and rural institutions. My passion for working with the youth began when I was a Resident Assistant at my own college and I had the opportunity to work directly with first-generation college students.

What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the organization?  

I found out about BHGHNY through one of my former students who was a Residential Counselor for the program. When I was younger, there was a host of people in my community that mentored me and helped me develop and grow into the person I am today, and working at a place like BHGHNY gives me the opportunity to give back to this generation by “paying it forward."  I also offer my experience in working with a diverse amount of college populations, which enables me to best prepare our students to be successful in any college environment they wish to reside.

Family or Cultural Background

Born & raised in New Jersey, African-American.

Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate, Loyal and Fair.

Fun fact about yourself

I was in the Marching Band in High School.

Jack Powers
Jack Powers

Position: Operations Manager and Senior Residential Counselor
 
Education: B.A. in Music Composition, Washington and Lee University
 
Credentials/Experience
For the last 7 summers, I taught music theory and piano at the Boys’ Club of New York in Harlem. Additionally, I have extensive global travel experience including studying abroad in Ghana and shooting/producing a documentary film in Haiti.
 
What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?
The desire to help someone besides myself.
 
Family or Cultural Background
Irish, Sephardic
 
Describe yourself in three words
Loyal. Dedicated. Resourceful.
 
Fun Fact About Yourself
Surfing is my favorite sport--I love to be active!

 

 

 

Angelique Agudo
Angelique Agudo

Position:  McAuley Hall Residential Manager 

Education: B.A. Anthropology/Sociology; Minor: Psychology, Saint Michael's College; Currently enrolled in a Clinical Psychology Program (Masters)

Experience/Credentials

I was a counselor for the Upward Bound Program at John Jay College and a Resident Director at Saint Michael's College.

What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the organization?  

As a first generation college student, I understand the importance of college and college access.  In addition, my love for urban youth development ultimately brought me to BHGHNY.

Family or Cultural Background

I was born in The Bronx and raised in Harlem.  My family is Puerto Rican.

Describe yourself in three words.

Spontaneous, Passionate, Genuine.

Fun fact about yourself

I've been to the Himalayas in Nepal and have seen Mount Everest.

Martin Torres
Martin Torres

Position: LaSalle Hall Senior Residential Counselor

Education: B.A. Psychology at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn

What do you love most about your job in youth development?

My favorite part of this job is seeing young people succeed. The intrinsic reward I get from assisting youth is the reason I want a career in this field. I remember how confusing and frustrating that time in my life was, and how it lead me to some maladaptive choices. I hope that I can help them make better decisions for their own overall wellness. I hope that I can be the role model that I needed when I was a teenager.

Describe yourself in three words:

Empathetic, Patient and Affable

What's your country of origin?

Both sides of my family came from Puerto Rico

If you could take a dream trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

To Hawaii, or to Spain, or to Puerto Rico to visit my family.

Bryce Veira
Bryce Veira

Position:  Residential Fellow

Education: B.A. Forensic Psychology and Writing, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Experience/Credentials

In college I was a peer mentor with the CUNY Black Male Initiative Organization. From January to August I worked with the Dream/Harlem RBI organization as a learning coach for second, third, and fourth graders.

What brought you to BHGHNY and why did you decide to become a Fellow?  

A former Fellow told me about this organization and since then I knew this would be an amazing opportunity to continue the mentoring work I loved so much in college.

Family or Cultural Background

Half Trinidadian, half Aruban.  My father was born in Trinidad and moved to Brooklyn when he was three years old. My mother was born in New York, but her mother is from Aruba. My hometown is Brooklyn, NY.

What are you most excited about bringing to the organization?

I am very excited to bring a strong support system in the form of myself to this organization--one that is always reliable and inpiring to my coworkers and students.

Fun fact about yourself

I love music and dancing, and I have a few skills in DJ'ing.

Neill Jaico
Neill Jaico

Position:  Residential Fellow

Education: B.A. Writing and Rhetoric/Media and Society, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS)

Experience/Credentials

At HWS, I was involved within the various departments and multicultural organizations: Latin American Organization (LAO), Hip~Notiq's Step and Dance Team, IT Services, Intercultural Affairs, and Writing Colleague. Besides serving the HWS community, I got involved at the Boys and Girls Club, Geneva Middle and High Schools, Salvation Army, and Tools for Social Change (Grassroots Collective) within the Geneva community.

What brought you to BHGHNY and why did you decide to become a Fellow?  

One of my fraternity brothers reached out to me for the residential fellow position due to my interest in education. I decided to become a Fellow because of the commitment to the development of the scholars from adolescence into adulthood, as well as college prep.

Family or Cultural Background

Hispanic/Latino: Dominican and Peruvian. My hometown is The Bronx.

What are you most excited about bringing to the organization?

I am excited to bring about the concentration of rhetoric and language to the scholars within the organization in order to equip them with proper communication for the professional world.

Fun fact about yourself

I am embarrassed to say that I can be bribed with food, specifically cheesecake, corn bread, and baked ziti.

Cole Wilson
Cole Wilson

Position:  Residential Fellow

Education: B.A. History, Minor: American Studies, The University of Texas

Experience/Credentials

Prior to working with BHGH, I worked in the Texas legislature with a lobbying firm. We represented community colleges, public school interests, and low income housing priorities in South Texas. While at the University of Texas I worked with professors and deans in an attempt to eliminate racial and gender biases in course evaluations. I also graduated with honors, writing my thesis on historical immigration to Texas.

What brought you to BHGHNY and why did you decide to become a Fellow?  

I felt that it was time for me to expand my horizons personally, I saw my opportunity to do that with BHGH. Moreover, I wanted to find impactful and substantive work, BHGH offered that.

Family or Cultural Background

My family is rooted in the American South. My father was born in Louisiana and my mother in Texas.

What are you most excited about bringing to the organization?

I am passionate about American history, music, and outdoor leadership. I'm excited to bring these experiences and passions to BHGH.

Fun fact about yourself

I've played with my band in Spain in an international music festival.

Gabriella Atwell
Gabriella Atwell

Position:  McAuley Hall Residential Fellow 

Education: B.A. Deaf Education, Minor: Visual Art Studio, College of the Holy Cross

What brought you to BHGHNY and why did you decide to become a Fellow?  

Knowing current and previous staff encouraged me to share my college knowledge to scholars who are in similar situations as I was in back in high school.  I want to use this opportunity to give back to my community.

Family or Cultural Background

I am Bajan (Barbados) And Haitian. My hometown is Brooklyn, NY.

What are you most excited about bringing to the organization?

My love for the arts.

Fun fact about yourself

I write poetry, love art, and know American Sign Language (ASL).

Daniella Portillo
Daniella Portillo

Position:  Residential Fellow

Education: B.A. Psychology, Minor: Spanish and Entrepreneurship, Louisiana Tech University

Experience/Credentials

I've worked at BHGH New Orleans in the residential home. I've also been a Junior Counselor, Director, and Researcher at my church's summer camp. Lastly, while in college I was Vice President of my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

What brought you to BHGHNY and why did you decide to become a Fellow?  

The passion the adminstration of BHGHNY had in finding fellows that would best fit the organization attracted me. Also, giving back to BHGH was a part of my wanting to work in one of the 12 affiliates across the country.

Family or Cultural Background

Hispanic/Latino. My mom is from Guatemala and my dad is from El Salvador. My hometown is New Orleans, LA.

What are you most excited about bringing to the organization?

I'm most excited to have a shared experience with the scholars, to be able to see both sides of a situation, and to help empathize with the scholars but make decisions as a fellow.

Fun fact about yourself

I have a rare deficiancy called Factor Deficiancy that only one in five million people have.

Angela Hanson
Angela Hanson

Position:  Residential Fellow

Education: B.A. Biology, University of Saint Joseph

Experience/Credentials

I was a resident assistant and peer mentor while I was in college.

What brought you to BHGHNY and why did you decide to become a Fellow?  

I came to BHGHNY because I support the mission, and I wish I knew about this program when I was growing up.  I decided to become a Fellow because I love to help others and I would like to be the person I needed when I was in high school.

Family or Cultural Background

Jamaican. My hometown is Mount Vernon, NY.

What are you most excited about bringing to the organization?

Good vibes and creativity.

Fun fact about yourself

I love to dance and wrap crystals.

Stephan Pemberton
Stephan Pemberton

Position: Program Intern

Education: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School/BHGHNY Alumnus (Class of 2015); CUNY The City College of New York (Class of 2019)

Intended Major: Computer Engineering 

What would you like to do after college?: After college I am want to volunteer with a charity organization overseas or be a part of anything else that would let me travel. After that, I would like to go to graduate school.

Describe your experiences while at BHGHNY and what the organization means to you: BHGHNY was a wonderful experience for me. I think I am a more open minded person for going through the bhgh program and residential experience. BHGH pushes students beyond their limits academically and helps us develop ourselves as individuals.

Best part about interning at BHGHNY: The best part of interning at BHGHNY is conversing with the current students and sharing my experience from when I was in their shoes. 

Family origins: My family is from the Caribbean. My mother is from Jamaica and my father is from St. Kitts and Nevis.

Fun facts about you: I watched all 9 seasons of “how I met your mother”; I m a fan of all 6 Star Wars Movies; I know how to play the guitar.