Staff

  • Amy Ellenbogen, Director

    Amy has been the director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center since 2002, developing and implementing programs as well as overseeing day-to-day operations. Amy has run community and school-based programming on topics as diverse as violence prevention, adult and youth leadership development, family and community mediation, truancy prevention, intergroup relationship building, pregnancy prevention, and race and identity. Amy planned and directed the first New York State Cure Violence replication site, Save Our Streets Crown Heights, an anti-gun violence program that uses a public health approach. Currently, Amy is part of the planning team developing culturally competent trauma informed programming for young men of color and Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy. Prior to working at the Center, Amy worked in a home for young women who were previously incarcerated and were mentally ill and chemically addicted. Amy is the founder of ROOTED (Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education), a Columbia University program designed to facilitate student dialogue around issues of identity as they relate to power and privilege. Amy received both her BA in Ethnic Studies and her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a mediator.

    EMAIL: DIRECTOR@CROWNHEIGHTS.ORG

  • Barry Wiles, Bed-Stuy Outreach Worker Supervisor

    EMAIL: BWILES@SOSBEDSTUY.ORG

  • Basaime Spate, Crown Heights Outreach Worker

    EMAIL: SPATEB@CROWNHEIGHTS.ORG

  • David Gaskin, S.O.S. Crown Heights Program Manager

    David Gaskin is the Program Manager for Save Our Streets Crown Heights. David arrived at S.O.S after working with diverse groups including people in the criminal justice system, alternatives to incarceration and re-entry programs, and people impacted by H.I.V/AIDS, substance abuse and domestic violence. David is also a former gang member who now promotes healthy masculinity among young black men.

     

    EMAIL: GASKIND@CROWNHEIGHTS.ORG

  • David Grant, Program Managers’ Assistant

    EMAIL: GRANTDA@CROWNHEIGHTS.ORG

  • Dequann Stanley, Crown Heights Violence Interrupter Supervisor

    D. Stanley is a former original member of the notorious New York City Blood gang from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. He spent his teens and early adult years deeply involved in gang banging, drug dealing and violence, activities that eventually led to his imprisonment. During his time in prison he educated himself and acquired a new outlook on life. His present lifestyle and work are driven by his determination to never be involved in anything that might cause him to leave his children behind and return to prison. He has vowed to use his wit and street knowledge to pacify the streets of his neighborhood and make them safer by reducing and, hopefully, one day stopping the shooting and killing in his community.

    EMAIL: DSTANLEY@CROWNHEIGHTS.ORG

  • Edward McWilliams, Bed-Stuy Youth Programs Coordinator

    Edward McWilliams is the Mediation Center’s Youth Programs Coordinator in Bed-Stuy.  Prior to joining the team he was an event coordinator, health educator and program facilitator at Project Reach Youth where he facilitated peer education training for teens focused on reproductive health.  Additionally, Edward has also spent his time in New York as a community organizer, arts educator, playwright, poet, DJ, music talent booking agent, bicycle mechanic, graphic designer, event producer and more.  Originally from South Central Los Angeles, California, Edward has witnessed first hand, a community immersed in violence both from within the community and from the state and has always had a passion for working to end community violence through addressing its root causes.  He graduated from the University of California in Santa Cruz where he studied American Studies and focused on the history of Black radicalism, the prison industrial complex, and the utilization of art as a tool for social change.
  • Gerina Davis, Youth and Community Clinician

    Gerina “Ms. G” Davis, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to joining the team she was the Program Director/Coordinator for The Passages Academy SONYC After school Pilot Program at the Belmont School. There she offered programs to youth that are currently detained. Prior to that, Ms. G was the Clinical Case Manager at the Center for Community Alternatives, an Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Program for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Ms. G considered these positions pivotal in how she views the world and the work that she wants to do in it to empower youth to access the power and creativity already inside of them.
     
    Ms. G went to what is known as the “FAME” school, Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts for theater. There she was able to interact with youth from various backgrounds and witnessed how the arts supported most youth being able to process their emotions. Ms. G’s education reflects her thirst for knowledge as well as her diverse interests. She attended Clark Atlanta University where she received her bachelors in Television and Film Production and after working in the industry, she decided to change her career path. She attended Abilene Christian University where she received her masters in Marriage and Family. Ms. G wants to utilize the knowledge and skills she has acquired, along with her talents to be a catalyst for change.
     
    Working with youth for over seven years,  Ms. G has begun envisioning a long term goal of creating an educational program for vulnerable youth that integrates the academic world and the arts. She wants to provide the youth with an alternative way to interact with education. 
    Ms. G appreciates being able to join a team that has been doing great work in the community and looks forward to building with such a great team.
  • Hailey Nolasco, Bedford-Stuyvesant BCJI Planner

    Hailey Nolasco, is the Planner for the Bedford Stuyvesant Anti-Violence Project funded under the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant. She holds Master’s of Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in both Management and Operations and Criminal Justice Administration and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Staten Island. Ms. Nolasco is presently a member of the American Society of Public Administration, the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society of public administration, and a past member of the Women’s Prison Association’s Emerging Leaders Board where she served as their communications chair.

    Ms. Nolasco is dedicated to advancing the ideals of integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in her work. Her personal interests have long been to reform the criminal justice system concentrating specifically in women’s issues, prison reform, and sustainable reentry practices. Through education and advocacy, Ms. Nolasco hopes to change societal norms and strengthen communities.

  • Heather Day, Director of Youth Programs

    Heather Day is the associate director of youth and community programs at the Mediation Center. Heather oversees Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) and Justice Community Plus and supports additional programs and outreach initiatives at the Center. Previously, Heather worked for Citizen Schools New York both as a teaching fellow in the classroom and in volunteer recruitment and curriculum development at the regional office. Heather earned a BA in American Studies from Connecticut College and a Master’s of Social Work with a Human Service Leadership concentration from Fordham University. Heather believes that young people have powerful voices and unique insight to share with the world, and loves seeing youth in the spotlight.

    EMAIL: DAYH@CROWNHEIGHTS.ORG