Our Staff


Executive Team

Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor

Co-Founder & CEO

David Miller

Chief Financial Officer

Agency Operations

Samah Ahmed

Finance/Administrative Assistant

Rosalie Fransen

Data and Evaluation Manager

Bethany Goldszer

Senior Director of Programs & Development

Telisha Lee

Assistant to the CEO/Communications Coordinator

Deniro (Billy) Robinson

Outreach / Community Partnership Manager

Financial Fitness Program

Junaid Abdin

Financial Counselor

Pedro Hernandez

Financial Counselor

Victor Lee

Financial Coach

Maria Lopes

Financial Counselor

Andrade Newby

Financial Counselor, Jobs Plus 

Pedro Salazar

Financial Fitness Program Manager

Tyrone Turner

Financial Counselor

Gil Valbuena

Financial Project Officer

Petra-Ann Younge

Financial Fitness Program Director

Workforce Development Program

Sabrina Garcia

Assistant Director

Ruth Taylor

Business Accounts Manager

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

Youth Pathways Success Coach

Barbara Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Jordan Ravenna 

Employment Coordinator

Youth and Young Adult Program Youth Pathways

Shyvone Blunt

Youth Pathways Instructor

Adolpho Casillas

Employment Services Manager

Whitney Cooper

Career Pathways Manager

Bob Din

Youth Pathways Career Coach

Nia Freeman

Youth Development Coordinator 

Angel Garrido

Employment Coordinator

Alex Hall

Employment Coordinator

Gwen Kincaid

Program Assistant

Roniel Perez

Senior Engagement Specialist

Nicole Perry

Assistant Director – Youth Pathways

Patricia Saenz

Director of Youth Pathways

Amanda Santiago

Employment Specialist

Chris Telesford

Career Counselor

Ciara Thomas

Youth Pathways Facilitator

Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union

Aurea Arias

Assistant Branch Manager

Chhanda Sutton

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

Accounts Manager Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Frederick Dore

Community Ambassador Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Natasha Edwards

Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Ayisha Edwards

Career Counselor Jobs-Plus

Tanya Finkley

Engagement Specialist

Chante Fortson

Career Counselor

Kevin Garcia

Community Organizer Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Tynassia Gardner

Community Ambassador

Timothy Holcomb

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jamal Khan

Director of Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Duvall Ledbetter

Computer Lab & Retention Specialist

Ashiana Mclamb

Community Ambassador

Bryan Mercado

Program Coordinator of Worker Cooperatives 

Ismelda Perez

Program Assistant Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Aleika Sepulveda

Career Coach

Elyse Springer

Community Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem




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.