Hannah Margolin is the Volunteer Coordinator at Legal Hand Crown Heights, where she previously spent a year as an Avodah Service Corps Member. Before coming to the Mediation Center, Hannah worked at AS220, a free youth arts program in Providence, Rhode Island, and at the Lupus Research Alliance in Manhattan. Hannah holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brown University. Through her work at Legal Hand, Hannah strives to increase resource accessibility for the Crown Heights community.
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.
Jane Tuszynski is the Neighbor Services Coordinator at Legal Hand Crown Heights. She is currently a member of the Avodah Jewish Service Corps. Jane graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in History and Philosophy. Every day at work Jane strives to better serve the surrounding community by connecting clients to resources that can improve daily life.
Kenton Kirby is the Director of Clinical and Trauma Support Services for the Mediation Center and the director for Make It Happen. Kenton is a native New Yorker who firmly believes in the strength of community and the tremendous benefits that come with interdisciplinary collaboration. Make It Happen is geared towards providing supportive victim services to young men of color, historically an underserved population due to gender roles and societal expectations of manhood. This program aims to challenge and educate its members, and outside service providers, of the profound long term impacts trauma has on individuals regardless of gender or race.
Prior to coming to CHCMC, Kenton worked in child welfare where he witnessed firsthand the role and impact traumatic events in our communities can play on individuals without proper support. In his work though Make It Happen, Kenton hopes to develop a safe space for male victims of violence to support one another following their trauma and develop skills to help members realize their internal strength in pursuing a healthy and productive life.
Kenton has a Master’s Degree from New York University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of New York. Kenton has experience providing clinical individual and group therapy to children and adults.
Leon Kelly began as volunteer for S.O.S. Crown Heights in 2012 before becoming a staff member. Leon utilizes his street experience, credibility and influence as a way to mediate potential gun violent incidents. Leon became one of the first responders for S.O.S. Crown Heights after demonstrating to his colleagues the ability to respond to shootings no matter the time the shooting took place. In September, Leon became an Outreach Worker who duties are to work more closely with the high risk population in changing mindsets, establishing goals and mentoring. Leon will also serve as our Hospital Responder, which will allow him to utilize and expand on his violent interruption skills inside of a Hospital setting.
Libbie Pattison is the Project Planner at the Mediation Center. Previously she was the Policy and Campaigns Associate at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice working on the campaign to close Rikers Island. She also worked at Hostos Community College to build the college’s capacity to support justice involved students. Libbie came to the city to pursue her MA in Human Rights at Columbia University where she focused on racial justice, health, and decarceration.
Migel Haynes, also known as “Migos” has been with the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center since 2015. Migos first started as a participant in Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) where his exceptional character and communication skills got him hired the next year as a youth facilitator for the very same program. Migos has been called the “Face of S.O.S.” and is well known for his hard work and artistic talents of singing, photography, poetry, acting, and more. He tries to incorporate a creative element into everything he does. Now a freshman at York College majoring in business and minoring in music, he plans to expand his knowledge on the things he loves and use his skills to make community change. Migos is innovative, accountable, and stalwart. He knows that whatever career he chooses, he will keep his positive attitude and charisma, and will find a way to continue to inspire those he crosses paths with and remain a role model for many.