Our Staff

Robin Redmond
Executive Director, rredmond@fdconline.org


Robin has over 25 years of experience in public and community service.  She first came to FDC in 1999 as the Director of Youth Services. She brought her roll up your sleeves and dive right in attitude, and more than tripled FDC’s youth budget and the number of families served. She became our Executive Director in January 2008. Since then she has overseen many impactful initiatives including the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation and amenities installation at Newkirk Plaza. Prior to joining FDC, Robin was the Director of UIF, a multi-service drop-in center in the Rockaways which oversaw a senior center as well as a food pantry. She also worked tirelessly in the foster care system while at the non-profit St Christopher Ottilie. Robin sits on the Board of the Urban Woman’s Safe Haven, a domestic violence shelter in the Flatbush community. She is a long-time volunteer with the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department, where she spent over 10 years as an EMT. After the wake of Super Storm Sandy, Robin has taken an active role in recovery and rebuilding in the Rockaways. She holds a Master’s degree from John Jay as well as post graduate studies at Columbia University’s INM Executive Level Program.


venisseVenisse Charles
Housing Coordinator, vcharles@fdconline.org

Venisse is a woman who knows what she’s doing. She not only handles the many individual housing cases that come through our door, she is a master of the art of holistic case management. Her comprehensive intake offers clients assistance with a variety of public benefits, referrals for needed services and more! She came to FDC with many years’ experience in the financial services industry as a licensed mortgage broker but after deciding she wanted to move towards more mission-driven work she joined the non-profit world. Prior to FDC, Venisse was a TASA Supervisor with teen parents at risk at Community Counseling Mediation. She holds a BS in Public Administration from Medgar Evers College and a Paralegal degree from New York University. She is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, an amateur interior designer, a mother and recent grandmother.


agaAga Trojniak
Flatbush Tenant Coalition Director, ftcoalition@gmail.com

Aga and her Flatbush Tenant Coalition (FTC) team’s tireless work have led them to become a force to be reckoned with! The FTC supports and builds tenant associations and leaders while educating tenants about their rights and how to organize their buildings to effect change. Under Aga’s leadership the FTC collaborates with other organizations on joint workshops and actions, conducts outreach, holds neighborhood-wide tenant meetings to provide information and call to action, and identifies, plans, and takes part in neighborhood, city, state, and national tenants’ rights campaigns! She is an amazing organizer and an asset to our organization and community in her work to create a more just and equitable society.



Sally Bowman
FDC Deputy Director, sbowman@fdconline.org

Sally joined FDC in 2012, she has been an integral part of our strategic planning, programmatic, and organizational growth initiatives. When not overseeing organization wide projects, she manages major donor relationships, online giving, researches and writes grant proposals, and works closely with the Housing, Youth and Economic Development departments. Before coming to FDC Sally worked at Project Reach Youth, and Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated with a BA in Social Sciences with a minor in American Pluralism from Stony Brook University, studied Psychology at Oxford University, and has a MA in Organizational Psychology and an EdM in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. She enjoys her volunteer work, including post secondary planning and advising, with a number of local organizations and schools.


Massiel Felix
Youth Director  – mfelix@fdconline.org

Massiel has been the Director of Youth Services for FDC since 2016. She oversees the operations and management of five afterschool and summer camp sites at Brooklyn public schools and NYCHA Cornerstones. Prior to joining FDC, Massiel was a Program Director for United Activities Unlimited for seven years. She is also experienced in early childhood education and office management. Massiel has a B.S. degree in Biology from Fordham University.




lupe-ramsey-ecodev-headshotLupe Ramsey 
Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization Program Manager, lramsey@fdconline.org

Lupe has dedicated her career to building vibrant sustainable communities around the world by improving access to health, education, and economic opportunity. She’s served in various roles providing strategic, fiscal and programmatic leadership for various organizations. At FDC she served as the economic development coordinator before becoming our Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization Program Manager, working closely with small businesses and neighbors to improve services, public space, and infrastructure. She holds an MA in International Affairs with a socioeconomic focus.


Sandy Mondesir
PS 217 Program Director, smondesir@fdconline.org








Krystle Kercado
Director NYCHA Glenwood Cornerstone, kkercado@fdconline.org

Krystle is the Program Director of FDC’s NYCHA Glenwood Cornerstone Community Center. She has worked in youth development for over five years, starting as a counselor and moving her way up. She started with FDC in 2016 as Assistant Director for the Ditmas Junior High After -School program, she has played an integral part in not only our youth programs but also in our community events and participatory budgeting outreach and organizing. Her stellar work ethic and dedication to our participants lead her to be promoted to the Director at one of FDC’s NYCHA Cornerstone. She holds a Degree in Secondary Education.



matthewMatthew Smart
Supervisor of Cornerstone Programs, msmart@fdconline.org

Matthew joined FDC in January of 2011 as an academic aid, was promoted to an Assistant Site Director, before becoming the supervisor of our Cornerstone Programs. He brings a wealth of expertise to his work here, his past experience includes working as a Para with special needs elementary school children at a charter school, a Pre-K assistant teacher, and an elementary school gym teacher at St. Stephen’s School here in Brooklyn. Matthew holds a degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle. He is currently studying for his Maters of Science in Education at Brooklyn College. In his spare time Matthew does event planning and decorating for private parties and special events.


Cassandra Norman 
Director Of Kingsborough Cornerstone, CNorman@fdconline.org


Val Walker
Education Director – vwalker@fdconline.org

Val is the FDC Education Director overseeing the afterschool and summer camp programs at five sites. Prior to joining FDC, Val worked as an educational consultant helping schools to improve instruction and foster teacher collaboration. Prior to that, she was a teacher in the NYC school system. Val holds a B.A. from Vassar College.





Jasmine Ross
Eviction Prevention Outreach & Case Coordinator, JRoss@fdconline.org








Anthony Davis 
Eviction Prevention Outreach & Case Coordinator, AnthonyDavis@fdconline.org








Alejandra headshotAlejandra Nasser 
Flatbush Tenant Coalition-Community Organizer Coordinator, alejandranftc@gmail.com

Alejandra joined FDC in 2015 as the Flatbush Tenant Coalition’s Senior Community Organizer. Prior to joining FDC/FTC Alejandra worked as a Community Organizer for Los Surse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She has a passion for community based work and for working directly with people in their own environments. She was powerfully drawn to organizing as she felt she could not deny what was going on in NYC right in front of her – vulnerable people and communities being forced out of their homes and communities unjustly. She is dedicated to preserving low-income and communities of color – to preserve the NYC she grew up in. Alejandra holds a BFA in Art History from Syracuse


FTC Community Organizers
Estefania, Trujillo – estefaniatftc@gmail.com

Sabrina Francois – sabrina1ftc@gmail.com

CNL Organizing Apprentice/Public Ally
Shanice Brim – shanicebftc@gmail.com

FTC Member Services Advocate 
Melissa Cribb – melissacftc@gmail.com

Eviction Prevention Outreach & Case Coordinator
Lisa Matossian  – Lmatossian@fdconline.org

PS 152/315 Program Director
Wilma George  – wgeorge@fdconline.org

PS 152/315 Site Supervisor
Kendra Simmonds  – KSimmonds@fdconline.org

DJHS Program Director
April Davis  – Adavis@fdconline.org

DJHS Site Supervisor
Brittany Young  – BYoung@fdconline.org

PS 217 Site Supervisor
Christina Hyacinthe  – CHyacinthe@fdconline.org

Contracts & Grants Administrator & HR Support
Nikita Huggins  – nhuggins@fdconline.org

Development Assistant & Economic Development Associate
Nina Leonard  – NLeonard@fdconline.org

Administrative Assistant
Lindsay Benedict-Wangnoon  – LWangnoon@fdconline.org

Administrative Assistant
Stacy Andre  – sandre@fdconline.org