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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michelle Stoddart | Chair, Resort World Casino New York City

David Thomas | Vice Chair, Citigroup

Jonathan White | Treasurer, Queens 360 Tours

Dawn Cotter-Jenkins | Secretary, Adelphi University  

Kecia Chin, VP Records

David Farrell, Flushing Bank
Marc A. Haken, Community Board 8

Lorraine Chambers LewisNorthwell Health

Nadine Morency-Mohs, Jay More Realty
Mary Reda, MND Realty Management

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Tonya L. Cantlo

Doreen Clark-Williams
Nicole Corbin
Nailah Flake-Brown
Shanqua Harrison
Michael A. James
Philippa Karteron

Victoria Schneps
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BOARD EMERITUS

William Gianakos

Juliette A. Hansen 

F. Carlisle Towery 

 

EX-OFFICIO

Honorable Bill de Blasio | Mayor, New York City

Honorable Sharon Lee | Interim Queens Borough President  Honorable Gonzalo Casals | Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs

Board Bios

​Michelle Stoddart (Chair) is the Director of Public Relations and Community Development for Resorts World Casino New York City (RWNY). She was a member of the executive team that handled record-breaking attendance during the Casino’s debut weekend in October 2011. In her role, Michelle manages public relations, community partnerships and she’s responsible for coordinating charitable support to 110 nonprofit organizations. In addition to JCAL, she also serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls of Metro Queens, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Louis Armstrong Museum, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Council on the Arts, the Jamaica YMCA and York College. She is also a member of the Links Incorporated, Greater Queens Chapter.

David Thomas (Vice Chair) is a Senior Vice President, Global Retail Bank, Citigroup, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing and delivering new capabilities to Citi’s retail branches and ATMs worldwide. David previously held product management roles at Citishare, an internal processor of ATM and debit POS transactions providing services to 30+ global Citi retail bank and credit card businesses. Prior to joining Citigroup, David was an IBM Management Consultant focused on emerging technology and business process re-engineering projects in the financial industry. He has managed and implemented cross-department and cross-enterprise projects for major banks and brokerage firms in the U.S. David is a recipient of the “Black Achievers in Industry” award and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Jamaica YMCA in addition to JCAL. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the City College of New York. He enjoys participating in a variety of sports and community outreach projects.

Jonathan White (Treasurer) is a licensed New York City tour guide and founder of Queens 360 Tours, which focuses on custom and virtual tours of Queens. He also works with The Wall Street Experience, one of the City’s top-rated guided tour companies. Jonathan is a former Managing Director of Public Finance at the financial services firm now known as Siebert Williams Shank & Co., and also served as the Deputy Comptroller for Public Finance for the City of New York. from 1994 to 2002. He is a member of the Board of Trustee or Advisory Councils of a number of cultural and economic development organizations in Queens. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. White did post-graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and at Long Island University.

Dawn Cotter-Jenkins (Secretary) is an adopted daughter of Queens since 1995. She is licensed by New State Office of Professions and serves on the New York State Education Department, Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She has worked as a speech and communications adjunct lecturer at Queensborough Community College, York College, Bronx Community College and Lehman College. She is currently a full-time Clinical Supervisor in the Communications Sciences and Disorders department at Adelphi University. In her private practice, World Class Speech Services, Dawn improved speech and communication skills for people of all ages. Her clients ranged from children with delayed speech development to professionals in corporate America in the areas of professional voice use, public speaking and accent modification.

Kecia Chin is Executive Assistant/Special Project Manager at VP Records and spouse to Queens business owner Vincent “Randy” Chin, Jr.. Kecia Chin & VP Records has entertained Queens children for almost a decade, as she is part of the team responsible for the ”Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival “Kids Zone”. This annual Queens event has the unique distinction of being “New York's (Queens) Biggest Caribbean Food & Music Festival” delivering an enjoyable experience of the highest quality…”. As a mother of three, she loves to cook and be amongst family. She is an advocate for education, physical health and well-being, and proponent for paying it forward to our youngest generation. Kecia is also an International Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique (20 yrs.), a certified Yoga Teacher (7yrs.), her practice is in Ashtanga, hot yoga, Hatha yoga 12+yrs. Currently, she is resident Yoga Teacher at JCAL (2 years). She maintains a yoga private practice for children/adults with scoliosis and practicing yoga groups on Long Island and neighboring boroughs.

David Farrell is the Branch Manager-Vice President of Flushing Bank in Jamaica, Queens.  David emigrated to New York from Ireland in August 1989; that October, he began his career in banking as a teller at Manhattan Savings Bank. Over the past 30 years, David has worked in many positions in both retail and commercial banking, and has spent his entire banking career in the Queens marketplace. David is a strong believer of creating lifelong relationships with his team and clients. David lives on Long Island with his wife and two children. On the weekends he enjoys watching soccer and Gaelic Games direct from Ireland. David is an active member of both the Knights of Columbus and Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Marc A. Haken was an educator and is a community advocate from Hollis, Queens. After retiring from teaching in 1995, he served for a number of years as the only non-clergy member of the panel of the  Queens’s District Attorney’s Second Chance Program for First Time Misdemeanor Offenders ages 16-21 which aimed to keep young adults from having a criminal record. Marc has been involved in many community activities for years. He has served as the president of Hilltop Village Coop # 4 in Hollis for over 40 years and continues to do so and has sat on Community Board # 8 since the early 1990s serving as the chair of its Youth, Education and Librarary Committee and presently as its Budget Director. He has served as a Queens representative to the DYCD Joint Planning Committee since its inception, the Borough President’s African American Heritage Month/Martin Luther King Day Committee, as president of the Friends of Cunningham Park for over 30 years, served on the Board of Managers of the Flushing Y for over 10 years and has been on the Board of Advisors of the Parsons Beacon and Beacon 216.

Lorraine Chambers Lewis is Vice President of Employee Health Services (EHS) at Northwell Health. She oversees the 16 Northwell Health EHS offices that provide comprehensive occupational health services to over 70,000 team members.

 

As a Physician Assistant for over 27 years, she has fortified her clinical resume in emergency medicine, internal medicine, critical care, and occupational health. In her current role, she has provided strategic vision, developed the infrastructure for Northwell’s injury management and prevention program, and launched a business model offering occupational health and wellness services to external employers. Currently, she is President of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare’s Nassau/Suffolk New York Chapter.

 

Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, she has seen the growth and evolution of the downtown Jamaica area and was excited to join the board of JCAL in 2019. She believes that art is essential to the human experience and, in her role, she is committed to helping to maintain the arts in this community.

Nadine Morency-Mohs is the broker/owner of Jaymore Realty, founded in 2012. She holds several designations, including Certified Distressed Property Expert and Certified Buyer Representative. Nadine pursued a career in real estate in 2005 and her passion was fueled after several personal life experiences and a desire to help the public navigate the homebuying process, which can be challenging without proper guidance. Nadine is also a licensed Real Estate Instructor. She created a podcast in 2017 called "Secrets of the Sell" which is featured on iTunes and SoundCloud out of a response to all the questions and experiences she has received throughout her career.

Mary N. Reda is the principal of MND Real Estate Management Services. As a Licensed Real Estate Broker for the past 20 years, Mary’s goal is to recruit retail business into strip malls and to locate medical businesses into office space. Mary was the Director of Real Estate for the properties in Greater Jamaica Development’s portfolio for 40 years, where her negotiation skills and ability to collaborate enabled 97% occupancy of the 500,000 square feet managed by GJDC before retiring in December 2019. Mary attended St John's University and New York University for continuing real estate education, and, in addition to JCAL, is an executive board member for Jamaica Kids and the Jamaica YMCA. Mary also sits on the board of the Bellerose Civic Association and is a member of the Sons of Italy.

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