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Board of Directors

Dolores R. McCray, Ph.D.

Named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal in 2000, Dr. McCray held a career in banking that spanned over 25 years, which includes serving as Vice President and Branch Manager at Banco Popular, Sales and Business Development Manager at Amalgamated Bank, and former member of the Urban Bankers Coalition. Today, she has her own insurance and financial services businesses.

An active member of the Harlem community, Dr. McCray is a member of the NYC Police Department’s 28th Precinct Community Council. Involved in health care since 1991 through her civic duties, she is the former chair and a current member of the Renaissance Diagnostic and Treatment Center’s Community Advisory Board, as well as prior chair of the Council of Municipal Hospital Community Advisory Boards.

She is also a member of the Board of Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Community DentCare Network, which provides patient-centered dental services to underserved populations in Northern Manhattan, focusing on preventive services.

Dr. McCray earned her doctorate in banking and finance from Arizona University, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Pace University.

Angelo Moultair
Vice Chair, Chair Compliance Committee

Angelo J. Moultair is a talented and seasoned Vice President with J.P. Morgan Chase with over 17 years of experience in financial services & business management. He brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as corporate culture, client satisfaction, financial reporting systems, profit and loss reporting (P&L), and both financial strategy and long term budgetary oversight. With an abundance of coaching experience, Angelo has a strong understanding of various components of a successful business establishing best practices at industry leading companies such as Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Wells Fargo, and Currently J.P. Morgan Chase.

Elissa Macklin
Secretary, Chair, Quality Assurance Committee

Ms. Macklin capped off her career in healthcare as Director of Operations of the Ambulatory Care Departments of Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, and then at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. She retired from the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation in 2011.

Since 2011, she has been involved in various volunteer activities, and is a registered grant reviewer for Susan G. Komen NYC and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Before joining NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Macklin worked at the Primary Care Development Corporation, where she implemented process improvement programs for primary care organizations, including working on an ambulatory care redesign project at NYC Health + Hospitals. She has also served as an administrator at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens Hospital Center, and Long Island College Hospital Center.

Prior to Ms. Macklin’s work as an administrator she was a Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, serving at SUNY Brooklyn/Kings County Hospital Center and Methodist Hospital Center.

With safety-net health care her stated passion, Ms. Macklin also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Morris Heights Health Center, a FQHC, in The Bronx. She is past president of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care, where she is currently a member of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Macklin has a Master in Business Administration from Adelphi University.

Alyse Portera
Treasurer, Chair Finance Committee

Alyse has spent her career in senior leadership roles in organizations that span the non-profit spectrum including healthcare, biomedical research, government and higher education. Alyse started her career in the NYC Department of Health, holding roles in both program and financial management. She also spent several years managing medical services at the original North General Hospital before moving to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as the Associate Affiliation Administrator for the Queens Health Network.

Alyse then spent 10 years as Deputy Commissioner for Administration for the Westchester County Health Department, where she was responsible for the administrative operations of the agency including finance, human resources, grants, contracts, facilities, information technology, emergency preparedness and compliance. She went on to serve in several leadership roles during a 6-year tenure with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a world-renowned biomedical research foundation and the largest private funder of science education in the United States. Alyse is currently providing consulting services to assist small non-profit organizations to develop sustainable financial and operational infrastructures. She is also a volunteer fitness instructor in the NYC Parks Department’s ShapeUp program.

Alyse earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Maryland and received her master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Hunter College.

Vivian Bright
Chair Member Committee

Ms. Bright had a career in accounting for 25 years and is the longtime business administrator of the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn. She is a recognized, outstanding leader in the East New York section of Brooklyn, where she has lived for decades.

Among her many affiliations are former Board Chair of the Cypress Community Day Care Center; and former member of the Brooklyn NAACP Board; President of the Leadership Council of Open Communities of Brooklyn, Inc.; and former Vice President of Community Board No.5.

Ms. Bright is a former member of the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center and Kings County Hospital Community Advisory Boards, and a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 5. She is also the Chair of the Land Use Committee.

Among her many awards are: Brooklyn Navy Yard Community Leadership; The Lucille Rose Humanitarian Award-NAACP; Gov. Carey International Year of the Child Award; New Horizons Village Homeowners Leadership Award; community service awards from the offices of local government representatives; and the Robert J. Epslinger Distinguished Service Award from Lions Inc. Ms. Bright is also listed in the 107th Congress Congressional Record.

Ms. Bright earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College and Master in Human Resources Management from The New School for Social Research, as well as a certificate from Pratt Institute Community Economic Development Program.

Herman Smith
Chair Strategic Committee

Herman D. Smith is the Vice President for Human Resources at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The society’s mission saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, and global conservation. It is based at the Bronx Zoo, and covers all NYC Zoos and the Aquarium. Mr. Smith has spent his professional life as a missionary in public health, non-profit, education, and community service sectors.

Among his many activities, Mr. Smith is a current and original board of trustee’s member of the Carlos Lezama Archive and Cultural Center (CLACC-C). He is an advisory board member of the Center for the Women of New York and a recipient of their prestigious 2002 Good Guy Award for his support of their mission in aiding distressed women and victims of domestic violence. He is President and CEO of a Human Resources consulting firm, The Global Village Interpreters Management Incorporated (GVIMI), Mr. Smith was selected by NYC Health +Hospitals as a National Association of Public Hospitals Management Fellow in the year 2000. He is a certified Spanish teacher having received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Liberal Arts, and Business from the University of Northern Iowa. He took postgraduate studies in International Comparative Education, and Law. Smith holds multiple professional certificates, and received his Master degree in International Economic Policy and Advanced Management from Columbia University.

During his healthcare career, Herman D. Smith served as Chief Human Resources Executive for 5 of the 11 acute care Hospitals within the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation (NYC Health + Hospitals), the largest public health care system in the United States. At Elmhurst Hospital Center he served for 5 years as the Director of Labor Relations and Safety, and he served 16 years as Chief Human Resources Executive. He is the first Chief Human Resources Executive of the Queens Health Network encompassing Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers being appointed to that position in 1996. In 2004 he became Chief Human Resources Executive for The Generations Plus – Northern Manhattan Health Network encompassing Harlem, Lincoln, and Metropolitan Hospitals.

During his career in NYC Health + Hospitals, Smith achieved 24 perfect scores in the management of Human Resources portion of the Joint Commission of Accredited Health Care Organizations survey process. As a Human Resource Developer, Smith created arguably the largest recurrent youth development program in NYC. At its peak, 1000 of the most diverse and promising youth within the city were given employment, mentoring, training, and life skills for college and career preparation. He is the recipient of the National Association of Public Hospitals people development award for this endeavor.

After completing his Spanish Teaching degree at the University of Northern Iowa, Smith began his career as a K-6 bilingual education teacher for first generation Mexican immigrants in East Palo Alto California, at the Ravenswood City Public School District. He then taught K-6 secondary school at the Gertrude Wilkes Academy of East Palo Alto where he was quickly elevated to Head Master and School Administrator. Thereafter, Smith returned to NYC and began his Human Resources career as an employer representative for fortune 500 companies appearing before Administrative Law Judges at the New York State Department of Labor. He then was recruited to the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation where he spent 25 years in Labor Relations and Human Resources.

Lori E. Ferguson
Co-Chair, Strategic Committee

Lori Ferguson is a Senior Director of Urban Health Plan, Inc. (UHP) a network of federally qualified health centers serving residents serving the Bronx and Queens. She directs the CitiCares site, which provides primary and specialty care services, and the school based health program comprised of eleven clinics in public schools throughout the Bronx and Queens.

Prior to joining UHP, she worked at Harlem United as the Associate Vice President for healthcare providing strategic direction for its new start federally qualified health center. For eight years, Lori worked at the Primary Care Development Corporation as project director for performance improvement where she directed and taught process improvement programs to healthcare organizations throughout New York City.

Lori is on the board of directors of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care and Gotham Health. She is Co- Chair for the New York State School Based Health Alliance Downstate Chapter. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Health/Health Administration from Long Island University.

Antoinette Brown

A Brooklyn resident, Ms. Brown serves as Deputy Director of Administrative Payroll at the NYC Department of Education. She has served as Chairperson of Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s Community Advisory Board, as well as Vice Chairperson of the Council for CABS for the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation.

While serving as the Chairperson of the Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center’s Community Advisory Board, Ms. Brown was instrumental in advancing the role of the Advisory Board and increasing its membership.

She was also instrumental in securing funding for signage at Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center with the assistance of Councilwoman Leticia James. In addition, she worked with North Brooklyn Health Network Senior Vice President George Proctor to secure a digital mammography machine for Cumberland to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brooklyn College.

Henrietta Ho-Asjoe

Until May 2017, Henrietta was the interim executive director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families which she previously served on the Board for 10 years. She was the past Executive Director of General Human Outreach in the Community, Inc. (GHO), a non-profit agency providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to that, as Administrator and Director of Community Development for the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), she built ongoing partnerships with organizations ranging from grassroots nonprofits to national healthcare agencies and government entities. Henrietta began her career as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director and then became the Manager of Radiology at Gouverneur Health Services where she worked for over 10 years.

Henrietta is a consultant for best practice in non-profit management and program development. She has extensive experience in management, program design, research and advocacy and recognized skills in partnership relationships. She is also the Co-Editor of the Praeger Handbook of Asian American Health: Taking Notice and Taking Action (2009). She serves on the boards of several local and national nonprofits.

Paul Covington

Mr. Covington has dedicated his career in improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and expanding the economic opportunities for the underserved by functioning in various leadership positions at the National Urban League in NYC (1981-1984 and 1974-1977) and the Urban League of Long Island (1979-1980). He served in different capacities at these organizations, including Executive Director of the Urban League of Long Island, Project Director of the Youth Employment Training Programs at the National Progress Association for Economic Development, Director of the Beacon Program in J.H.S. 231, and an educator at numerous Long Island and Manhattan Public Schools.

In 1985, with his extensive experience in finance, Mr. Covington became President of Paul L. Covington Enterprises, where he spent two decades providing tax and financial counseling services to individual and corporate clients, both profit and nonprofit corporations.

To complement Mr. Covington’s career, he volunteers in many civic, faith-based, and community health organizations including the Community Advisory Board at Renaissance Sydenham Health Network, the Men’s Ministry of Williams Institutional CME Church, and the Community Advisory Board at Community Pride/Harlem Children Zone. Mr. Covington was also the Treasurer of the Ministerial Interfaith Association (MIA) from 2008 – 2011, President of the Freeport Roosevelt New York NAACP from 1994 – 1997, and Treasurer of the United Methodist Men, New York Annual Conference from 1995 – 1998.

Mr. Covington received his Bachelor of Science in Physical and Health Education from Cortland State Teachers College in 1959 and a Master in Business Administration and Finance from Long Island University in 1978.

Combining more than thirty years of experience in financial planning and management, which includes personal, corporate and grant funded program financial reporting, cost accounting, capital budgeting and budget forecasting and an extensive career focus on social justice and empowerment, Mr. Covington has served on the Gotham Health Finance Committee.

Jacqueline Narine

Edolphus “Ed” Towns

Former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns served in the United States House of Representatives championing the people of New York for 30 years. Towns served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and on three subcommittees: Health; Communications, Technology and the Internet; and Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. He was also the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform—the committee he chaired during the 111th Congress.

An ordained minister and professional social worker, Towns founded and chaired the Congressional Social Work Caucus and was actively engaged in several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus which he chaired in 1991, the Congressional Caribbean Caucus, the Congressional Urban Caucus, the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, and the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus.

To this day, Towns remains an active proponent of the causes he championed during his years in Congress. He is a Senior Advisor at the Gray Global Corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors at a number of esteemed institutions including, but not limited to, World Business Lenders, New York Theological Seminary, and Gotham Healthcare.

Mr. Towns received his Master in Social Work (MSW) degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and is the recipient of ten honorary doctoral degrees. He is married to Gwen Forbes-Towns for more than half a century and they have two children, Darryl and Deidra.

Denisha Johnson-Williams

Ms. Denisha Johnson-Williams was born in Bronx, New York, at Jacobi Hospital. Two strong women in her life, her grandmother and mother, had significant influence on the development of this native New Yorker. Among the gifts that Ms. Williams possesses, her willingness to help others with their needs is most extraordinary. This valuable trait, in combination with her strength, determination, and collaborative spirit, were manifested in her ability to manage life’s trials and tribulations until the goals are achieved.

Mrs. Williams was married to her late husband, with whom she shared one daughter. Both have provided tremendous support and encouragement in everything she does.

Mrs. Williams obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree in social work from Touro College. Mrs. Williams’ ultimate goal is to develop programs to assist challenged and non-disabled children and adults. “I have learned that there is much need in this world, that is why, those of us who are like-minded have come together to make a difference in the disabled and non-disabled community” Mrs. Williams said.

Mrs. Williams is currently pursuing her goal to become a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is currently serving on the board of W.O.S.C.A., a community service center and the Community Advisory Board of Renaissance Healthcare Network. Mrs. Williams is also a member of the National Association of Social Work. She is currently an employee of Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York.

Donald Young

Darold Burgess

Fernando L. Brinn

A native New Yorker Fernando L. Brinn was born in East Harlem to parents who migrated from Puerto Rico in the early 1930’s. Mr. Brinn was raised in the Bronx and attended Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He transferred to the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he was awarded a Bachelors of Science Degree in Social Work in 1973, and received his MSW in 1976.

He worked a number of years in the field of Psychiatric Social Work, beginning at Bellevue Hospital and later at the Bronx Psychiatric Center.

His Master’s thesis was based on a year’s worth of research and work with the skid row population in the Bowery. Mr. Brinn thesis on the skid row population, a subculture, is on file at the library of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In 1980 Mr. Brinn was appointed Executive Director of the Higher Education Development Fund. He held this position until 1982 when he was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to the position of Assistant Regional Director for the office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In this position Mr. Brinn actively increased the number of minorities in state government. In 1992 he launched his own company, F. Brinn and Associates. F. Brinn and Associates provided an array of services for individuals seeking training and job placement. Through its Work Force Development Institute, the company serviced over a thousand individuals annually. In the year 1999, F. Brinn and Associates opened a subsidiary company, to provide services to individuals with disabilities in New York City and Bridge Port Connecticut. In 2001 “Craines New York Business” magazine named Mr. Brinn as one of that year’s top entrepreneurs.

Currently he is President of The Brinn Group, a Marketing, Public Relations and Real Estate company which he founded. The company’s clientele list consist of for profit and non for profit providers in Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, HIV/Aids Services and Affordable Housing.