Malick Fall
Malick Fall

Position:  Executive Director

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: Chief Program Officer

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

Selina Diaz
Selina Diaz

Position: Dean of Academics
 
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

 

 

 

James D. Turner
James D. Turner

Position: 
Dean of Student Development
 
Education: 
A.A.  Language and Literature, Seton College
BFA  Communication Arts, New York Institute of Technology
M.Ed Coursework, University of New Hampshire School of Education
Certificate, Principal’s Center, Harvard University School of Education
 
Credentials/Experience:
I have served students in various roles for over 20 years.  I am proud to have sent many students to college over those years.  I spent time as an administrator at some of the countries oldest boarding schools and have served at boarding schools in urban settings.  I will rely on that experience to add to the amazing work Boys Hope Girls Hope New York is doing. 
 
What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?  
Serving at Boys Hope Girls Hope is an opportunity to come come home to serve the students in my hometown and to  help open doors for them as I have done for students my entire career.
 
Family or Cultural Background
African American and a native of Brooklyn, New York
 
Describe yourself in three words
Caring, Collaborative and Loyal
 
Fun Fact About Yourself
I spent time as a  music business  executive  and have a double platinum album.

Lucas Slattery
Lucas Slattery

Position: Social Worker and Director of Alumni Support

 

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. 

Jaraed J. Thomas
Jaraed J. Thomas

Position: Admissions and Communications Coordinator
 
Education: B.A. Forensic Psychology with Minors in Africana Studies and English; John Jay College of Criminal Justice
 
Credentials/Experience:
I served as a Peer Advocate for the Urban Male Initiative, a Resource Coordinator at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), and an intern at Hip Hop 4 Life. I was also the Senior Residential Advisor for John Jay College's Housing Office so I have a background in residential management.
 
What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?
I was drawn to the opportunity to work with students in a non-traditional setting and help them with the college access process. I am a master relationship builder and  will support the organization by creating connections and partnerships. I hope to instill in the students skills that will allow them to tackle college life and the world beyond.
 
Family or Cultural Background
Brooklyn, NY and family from Grenada, West Indies
 
Describe yourself in three words
Passionate, Jovial, Adaptable
 
Fun Fact About Yourself
I am OBSESSED with Gummy bears

 

 

 

Nafeesa Johnson
Nafeesa Johnson

Position: Residential Manager/Admissions Coordinator (Girls Residence)

Education: B.A. in Law Enforcement Leadership, SUNY Canton

Credentials/Experience
I have a number of years of experience in admissions counseling, financial aid advising, and residential management. I was a Senior Resident Assistant my entire undergraduate career. After graduation, I served as an Admission Counselor with SUNY Canton where my territory for recruitment was New York’s five boroughs and New Jersey. As an Admissions Counselor, I was able to work with students from different demographics thus allowing me to develop relationships with various high school counselors and community based organizations. I am very passionate about assisting youth and leading them to college success.

What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?
I was very attracted to the organization’s mission statement and its focus on getting urban youth ready for college. My significant background in college access and residential life management are the background skills I have to offer the organization, but I will excel at my role due to my leadership style, can-do-attitude and passion for helping young people succeed in all aspects of their lives.

Family or Cultural Background
BROOKLYN, NY originally from Flatbush

Describe yourself in three words
Humorous, outgoing and LOUD!

Fun Fact About Yourself
I don’t eat with forks.

Jenard Brown
Jenard Brown

Position: Residential Manager (Boys Residence)
 
Education: B.S. Sociology, Bowie State university; Fordham School of Social Work (MSW in progress)
 
Credentials/Experience

I have 11 years of experience working with youth from various backgrounds. I have served as a probation officer, juvenile detention counselor, substance abuse counselor and mental health counselor. I have learned from my experiences that a strong education is what will set our young people out on the right path. I am currently working towards my Masters Degree in Social Work at Fordham University with a focus on counseling, and am commited to a career of supporting teenagers in the pursuit of their goals and dreams


What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?
My passion to work with youth from the inner city. To the organization, I have to offer my strong will, work ethic, and experiences.
 
Family or Cultural Background
Landover, Maryland
 
Describe yourself in three words
Positive, Patient and Honest
 
Fun Fact About Yourself
I make a pretty amazing cheesecake!

Veronica Zuccarello
Veronica Zuccarello

Position: Development Associate and Service Learning Educator

Education: B.A. in English Education, focusing in Disability Studies and Urban Education at the University of Delaware

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

Working at BHGH has exposed me to understanding that success in youth development is not only reflected in GPAs and SAT scores - true success is when a student graduates high school not only with good grades, but with a genuine love of education and the drive to be a lifelong learner. We do this by guiding our scholars to set tangible, ambitious goals for their education, by exposing these students to current events and news to increase global fluency and awareness, and by mentoring these youths to be loving, respectful, dignified, hard-working young people so they can walk through halls with every door wide open and welcoming them in when they leave BHGH after graduation. This is why I love my job.

Describe yourself in three words:

Joyful, Open-minded, and Optimistic

What's your country of origin?

USA, but ethnically from all about the Mediterranean Sea

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

I would like to sail to the Galapagos Islands and go backpacking and camping throughout them. 

Julie Vazquez
Julie Vazquez

Position: Residential Counselor
 
Education: B.S. Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Minor: Human Development & Family Studies, Penn State University
 
Credentials/Experience:
I have had numerous opportunities to work with youth from summer camp settings to school settings. The past 3 years, I worked with young adults between the ages of 14-24 as an Educational Instructor and a Service Learning Supervisor. Seeing the influence I was having on their lives and how much these young adults impacted my own made me realized that education/youth development is the career path I want to pursue. My previous work experience and my studies in Human Development & Family Studies has prepared me to continue to serve the next generation. I am eager to have the opportunity to continue this journey at Boys Hope Girls Hope and look forward to working with each scholar and family this school year.
 
What brought you to BHGHNY and what do you have to offer to the Organization?
Watching each child make extraordinary accomplishments and getting the opportunity to play a role in their success is what brings me to Boys Hope Girls Hope. I offer the organization my professionalism and my positive outlook on life.
 
Family or Cultural Background
I was born and raised in Queens, NY, but my family is from Puerto Rico...therefore, I am Nuyorican and proud!
 
Describe yourself in three words
Dedicated. Enthusiastic. Passionate
 
Fun Fact About Yourself
I love to salsa dance!

 

 

 

 

Joyelle Baker
Joyelle Baker

Position: Residential Counselor

Education: B.A. Economics, B.A. English - Creative Writing, Mills College, CA

What do you love most about your job in youth development?
One thing that I love most about youth development work is the constant learning that takes place within and beyond the classroom. I enjoy being able to play a positive role in nurturing and witnessing young people's intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Describe yourself in three words:  

Thoughtful, Visionary, and Passionate

Family or Cultural Background
Born and raised in Harlem; my family is originally from North Carolina, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Trinidad.

 

If you could take a dream trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to return to France's countryside and go horseback riding again. It was such a beautiful and exhilarating experience. I would also love to visit the Virgin Islands and learn more about my family's history.

Dallas Robinson
Dallas Robinson

Position: Residential Counselor

Education: B.A. International Studies, Minor Arabic Language and Culture, Vassar College, NY

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

I love the possibilities. I have worked with various age groups from six years old to 21 and across the board young people are incredible. What I love most is conversations and moments with scholars and explorers. The times when people open up and share their dreams and what they love about their lives is really what I live for. Youth development is a journey and a process and sometimes it isn't pretty, but it is always a beautiful gift for me.

Describe yourself in three words:

Loving, Loyal, and Powerful

What's your country of origin?

The US

If you could take a dream trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would hike the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to South Carolina and finish the journey with 4 days on the coast of SC.

Jack Powers
Jack Powers

Position: 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!

 

 

 

Martin Torres
Martin Torres

Position: Residential Counselor - Alumni Support

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.

Paul Martin
Paul Martin

Position: Residential Counselor

Education: B.S. in Psychology/Italian at Fordham University

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

I love the opportunity to be able to be a positive influence in the youth I work with. I desire to use the resources available for me to assist students in a crucial time of development, within academics and life in general.

Describe youself in three words: Empathetic, Loyal, and Passionate

What's your country of origin?

United States

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

Somewhere in Southeast Asia, where I could be immerse in a non-Western culture.

Anthony Wright
Anthony Wright

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.

Adrian Roque-Silvas
Adrian Roque-Silvas

Position: Program Intern

Education: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School/BHGHNY Alumnus (Class of 2015); CUNY Hunter College (Class of 2019)

Intended Major: Undecided

What would you like to do after college?: After college I would like to join an organization that will allow me to work with less-privileged communities and help others in the same way that I was given a helping hand. 

Describe your experiences while at BHGHNY and what the organization means to you: My experience at BHGHNY was extremely influential in shaping me. While at BHGHNY I was given the opportunity, resources, and relationships needed for me to be able to discover who I am and who I can become.

Best part about interning at BHGHNY: The best part of interning at BHGHNY is being able to now be a resource for the staff and a perspective for the scholars in order to provide them with the best experience possible. BHGHNY is a great place to build a sense of brotherhood and being able to intern here is extremely rewarding.

Family origin: Mexico

Fun facts about you: I have experience with hydroponic farming, I enjoy documentaries about nature, and my favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie.