Our Staff


Executive Team

Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor

Co-Founder & CEO

David Miller

Chief Financial Officer

Agency Operations

Samah Ahmed

Finance/Administrative Assistant

Bethany Goldszer

Senior Director of Programs & Development

Ervin Kallfa

Data and Evaluation Manager

Telisha Lee

Assistant to the CEO/Communications Coordinator

Camilla Petronio

Donor Relationship Coordinator

Deniro (Billy) Robinson

Outreach / Community Partnership Manager

Adam Thung

Marketing & Technology Associate

Financial Fitness Program

Junaid Abdin

Financial Coach

Shishana Evans

Financial Counselor

Gwendolyn Hartstein

Financial Fitness Counselor, Youth Pathways

Pedro Hernandez

Financial Fitness Housing Counselor

Victor Lee

Financial Coach

Andrade Newby

Financial Fitness Counselor, Jobs Plus 

Pedro Salazar

Financial Fitness Program Manager

Leiaje Sidberry

Financial Fitness Counselor, Youth Pathways

Jamal Smith

Senior Financial Fitness Counselor

Petra-Ann Younge

Financial Fitness Program Director

Workforce Development Program

Lucy Goldstein

Assistant Director

Ruth Taylor

Career Counselor

Vismary Vargas

Career Counselor

Tax Prep

Ralph Torres

Tax Law Instructor

Angela Santos

Tax Preparer

Tatiana Williams

Director of Tax and Income Support

Far Rockaway Workforce Development

Brittany Bye

Outreach Specialist

Roni Wilson

Career Advancement Coach

Barbara Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Jordan Ravenna 

Employment Coordinator

Youth and Young Adult Program Youth Pathways

Diedre Bolton

Program Assistant

Adolpho Casillas

Employment Services Manager

Ricardo Carrion

High School Equivalency Instructor

Bob Din

Business Development Coordinator

Michelle Dupree

Program Assistant

Nia Freeman

Youth Development Coordinator – College Access

Shaquan Hoke

Employment Coordinator

Gwen Kincaid

Program Assistant

Derrick Lawson

Youth Mentor / Facilitator

Lisle Lewis

High School Equivalency Teaching Asst.

Roniel Perez

Career Advancement Coach – Engagement

Nicole Perry

Assistant Director – Youth Pathways

Patricia Saenz

Director of Youth Pathways

Ciara Thomas

Youth Mentor / Facilitator

Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union

Aurea Arias

Member Services Representative

Chhanda Sutton

Assistant Branch Manager

Jenny Dilone

Member Services Representative


Oliver Allen-Cummings

Cooperative Developer of Worker Cooperatives

Nicole Alicea

Community Ambassador

Lanish Alston

Assistant Director Jobs-Plus East Harlem 

Enjoli Alvarez

Assistant Director Jobs-Plus Astoria

Janelle Ancrum

Community Ambassador

Sharice Avery

Community Ambassador

Nasizuri Benyehudah

Community Ambassador

Carlos Cano

Program Manager of Worker Cooperatives

Joseph Casiano

Community Ambassador Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Michael Creech

Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Frederick Dore

DCommunity Ambassador Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Natasha Edwards

Career Advancement Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Chante Fortson

Engagement Specialist

Kevin Garcia

Community Organizer Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Tynassia Gardner

Community Ambassador

Destiny Hargroves

Accounts manager

Timothy Holcomb

Community Engagement Coordinator Jobs-Plus Astoria

Jamal Khan

Director of Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Duvall Ledbetter

Computer Lab & Retention Specialist

Anatoly Masterovoy

Senior Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus Astoria

Ashiana Mclamb

Community Ambassador

Bryan Mercado

Program Coordinator of Worker Cooperatives 

Bryant Nichols

Employment Services Manager Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Ismelda Perez

Program Assistant Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Sezlyn Peterson

Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus Astoria

Robert Pumarejo

Account Manager

Sharon Roberts

Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Jennifer Romero

Employment Coordinator

Aleika Sepulveda

Career Coach

Elyse Springer

Community Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Steven Thomas

Maintenance Operations

Mark Yrigoyen

Director of Jobs Plus Astoria


Harold Martin

Facility & Maintenance Coordinator

James Rivers

Repairs & Maintenance Coordinator

Steven Thomas

Repairs & Maintenance Coordinator



Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor

Co-Founder and CEO, Urban Upbound

Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Urban Upbound. Bishop Mitchell Taylor has lived in and around Queensbridge Houses for the past forty-three years. In 1991, he was installed as Senior Pastor of the Center of Hope International (COHI), a non-denominational church adjacent to the Queensbridge Houses. In 2004, convinced that a single church would not be able to mitigate the mammoth issues facing public housing residents, Bishop Taylor founded Urban Upbound, formerly known as the East River Development Alliance (ERDA). Bishop Taylor has been profiled by The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and other leading media outlets for his leadership around public housing, and has received prestigious awards including the New York City Public Library’s Brooke Astor Award, NYC Neighborhood Achievement Leadership Award, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Martin Luther King Award. Bishop Taylor was also a participant in the United Way Executive Fellows Program and was chosen to participate in the highly competitive Achieving Excellence in Community Development program led by NeighborWorks and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Bishop Taylor is the author of Unbroken Promises, published by Whitaker House (2003). He currently serves as a Commissioner on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Dave Miller

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Miller Is Urban Upbound’s Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Miller is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. Mr. Miller has over two decades of experience in finance and operations in both the private and non-profit sectors and holds a B.A in Accounting from Hofstra University.