About Us

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.

 

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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.

 

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Flatbush Tenant Coalition Coordinator, 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
Development, Strategy and External Relations, sbowman@fdconline.org
Sally joined FDC in 2012, she manages major donor relationships, online giving, oversees all of FDC’s direct mail and email campaigns, researches and writes grant proposals, while maintaining all donor tracking and data. She has also been an integral part of our strategic planning initiatives. 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 with a number of local organizations and schools.

 

 

 

Massiel Felix

Youth Director  – mfelix@fdconline.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anthony Finkel

Economic Development Special Projects, afinkel@fdconline.org

Anthony is our go-to guru for all place-making and event management. He coordinates the Flatbush Frolic, Victorian House Tour, Cortelyou at Twilight, Eat and Shop your Heart Out Cortelyou and Make Music New York in Flatbush as well. His wonderful work has enriched the lives of all our local residents as he tirelessly works as a merchant and community organizer. He holds a BA degree from Hofstra University.

 

 

 

 

lupe-ramsey-ecodev-headshotLupe Ramsey 
Economic Development Coordinator, lramsey@fdconline.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

darnell-headshotDarnell McCollough 
Ditmas Junior High School Program Director, dcarrington@fdconline.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josephare Lector
Housing Specalist/Case Manager, josepharelftc@gmail.com

Josephare joined FDC in 2016 as a Case Manager. She assists and supports her housing clients while ensuring they have the services, resources and benefits they require. Her warm demeanor and calm presence are a great asset to both FDC and her clients. Prior to working with FDC Josephare most recently worked in a men’s homeless shelter. She also has a background in youth work, having been a counselor and a group worker at both the Bell Foundation and the YMCA. She holds a BS in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, and she is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Her proudest achievements thus far are her deeply rewarding work at the shelter, and attending graduate school. Her goal is to continue working with clients who need assistance with housing, mental health, and immigration challenges, while working toward opening a private practice working specifically with the elderly and Haitian populations.

 

Krystle Kercado
Assistant Site Director Ditmas Junior High School, kkercado@fdconline.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Maya Brown
Assistant Director Of Kingsborough Cornerstone, mbrown@fdconline.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Proctor
Assistant Director Of Glenwood Cornerstone, nproctor@fdconline.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libby Baker

Education Specialist – Lbaker@fdconline.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alejandra headshotAlejandra Nasser
Flatbush Tenant Coalition-Community Organizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
Karl Valere- kvalereftc@gmail.com

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

PS 152/315 Program Director
Kobla Moats   – kmoats@fdconline.org

Administrative Assistant
Stacy Andre  – sandre@fdconline.org