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.
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.
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 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 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.
Jacqueline Johnson is the Office Manager for the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and oversees and supports a variety of areas and tasks. She has a broad experience in both international and domestic nonprofits such as Academy for Educational Development and Equality Now. Her administrative areas of expertise include: operations, office management, diversity and administration. She has worked with a number of socially conscious non-profits that are creating solutions to the challenges of contemporary life especially in education and health infrastructure building. She is a graduate of NYU, with a degree in Social Work.
James “Gork” Walker is a Violence Interrupter for the S.O.S. Crown Heights team. He grew up in Crown Heights, and is dedicated to making the neighborhood safer for youth. Walker attributes his bad decisions growing up to his lack of role models and support. Prior to being incarcerated for 14 years, Walker was shot 6 times; the first time he found a gun he was 9 years old. While in prison, Walker saw the prison population grow younger and younger; because of this he decided to become a role model for his community once he was released. Walker hopes the work that Save Our Streets does daily will result in a future with greater opportunities for young people in Crown Heights.