Faith in New York Staff

 

Onleilove Alston

Onleilove Alston, M.Div., MSW,
Executive Director
Onleilove Alston was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and African-American studies from Penn State University, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Public Allies New York. In 2011, she received her Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. She is also an Alumni of The Women's Campaign School at Yale. For more than 10 years, Onleilove has worked for various nonprofit organizations such as Sojourners, NY Faith & Justice, FPWA and United Workers. She is a contributing writer for Sojourners magazine, The Black Commentator, Huffington Post, NPR’s Onbeing blog, as well in publications. For her writing and activism work, Onleilove has received the Bennett Fellowship for Social Justice from Auburn Seminary, the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Scholarship for Social Justice, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Minority Coalition Young Adult Award, and the 2011 Evangelical Press Association’s Student Writer of the Year First Place Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for Sojourners and on the Advisory Boards for the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary, the Women’s Organizing Network and NYACK College’s School of Social Work. In June 2015, Onleilove was also appointed to the Mayor's Clergy Advisory Council under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In 2014, she launched Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny, an organization dedicated to educating people of faith on The Black Presence in the Bible.

Maya Bhardwaj
Economic Dignity & Manhattan Organizer
Maya comes to Faith in New York with experience over the past 10 years in electoral, issue, community, and faith organizing. Maya began organizing at schools in her hometown of Detroit and as a debate coach at urban schools in Chicago agitating for more resources for students of color and fighting the school-to-prison pipeline. In 2012, she managed organizers and volunteers in 5 counties in South Florida for Obama, and in 2014 she ran a 30-person communities of color team in Minnesota for Senator Al Franken's 2014 re-election campaign. In between US election cycles, she helped launch a national organizing firm in her homeland of India in 2013 and 2014 to fight oppressive gender norms and gendered violence in communities, policing, and the political system, culminating in a massive get-out-the-vote campaign for women-friendly politicians in India's 2014 General Elections. She has also supported farm workers organizing in Argentina and California, student organizing in Paris, and health justice organizing in Cambodia. Maya received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies + Political Science and premedical studies from Northwestern University.

Analisa Freitas
Climate Justice & Bronx Organizer
Analisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and Lehman College. She studied sociology and anthropology at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú where after she returned to the United States committed to developing grassroots leadership in Latino communities. Analisa has worked as a Community Organizer for the Tuolumne River Trust, an East Coast Coordinator of Latino Outdoors, and a Project Coordinator of Voces Verdes.
You can follow her on Twitter @FINYAnalisa.

Gregory HalzenGregory Halzen
Immigrant Justice Organizer
Greg organizes with the campaign for immigrant justice efforts as well as offering white faith leader anti-racism organizing support. He is from New Mexico and Maryland. Greg taught in NYCDOE middle school bilingual programs for 7 years. His focus shifted to organizing after a school program serving low-income, immigrant families was closed without considering parent feedback. Greg has grown in faith as a member of Nazarene Congregational UCC, collaborating with neighbors in organizing an ecumenical intentional Christian community in Brooklyn, and then first worked with Faith in New York on anti-gentrification efforts.
You can follow him Twitter @FINYGregory.

11141371_957652894265935_5409024718514458775_oAndrew Hausermann
Director of Organizing
While living in Worcester, Massachusetts, Andrew came to community organizing by volunteering with an organization called Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA). Andrew volunteered with EPOCA for 5 years, helping to grow their organizing efforts around reducing barriers for formerly incarcerated returning citizens to access employment and housing. After this experience, Andrew worked for 4 years with the PICO affiliate in Orange County where he focused on issues related to immigrant communities and developing the civic engagement capacity of the organization. Andrew moved to New York in 2014 to be closer to his family in the Poughkeepsie area of New York State. He is grateful to be part of the growing and powerful family at Faith in New York.

M. Leslie Marguerite Leslie
Fundraising Consultant
Marguerite was born in San Francisco and raised in New York with a short stint in Mississippi. Marguerite graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and has used her writing skills as a freelance writer in various capacities for artists, educators, and other professionals over the past ten years. She's proud to count women of color as her primary clientele including doctoral students and graduates and an Academy award winning filmmaker. Marguerite comes to Faith in New York after working on grants for artists and as a grant writer for the Learning Disabilities Association of NYC (LDA-NYC). As a fundraising consultant with Faith in New York, Marguerite writes grants and assists with development in support of FINY's larger goal of engaging faith communities in transformative change for our neighborhoods.

C. WalthallCrystal Walthall
Program Associate & Internship Coordinator
Crystal is a native of East New York, Brooklyn and former NYCDOE U.S. History teacher of 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts in Social Studies Education from Hunter College. She has been involved in the work of education and advocacy for over 10 years. Crystal is committed to work around youth empowerment, college and career initiatives, socio-economic inequality in Black and Latinx communities, and immigration reform with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC). In addition, Crystal uses her love for music and poetry to create opportunities to intersect social justice advocacy with the creative arts.

S. MorseStanley Morse
Long Island City & Astoria Organizer

Growing up in the Lafayette Gardens housing complex in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Stan was immediately exposed to the challenges of poverty, racial inequality and gang violence. However, from an early age, basketball provided Stan a refuge from his environment. After winning a city championship at Murray Bergtraum High School, Stan won a scholarship to Lafayette College, in Easton PA, where he immediately got involved in the anti-Apartheid movement and other activist activities. Returning to Bedford Stuyvesant after college continued his activism, working with organizations fighting against the crack epidemic. In 1992, he launched an unsuccessful race for the 28th district City Council seat in Bedford Stuyvesant, running with the New Alliance Party. In recent years Stan was worked as a Community Organizer with Students First where he focused on the historically failing schools in minority neighborhoods. After watching the gentrification of Bedford Stuyvesant, and so many other neighborhoods throughout the city, Stan is excited to join the fight for affordable housing with the staff of Faith In New York.

C. ReyesCarla Reyes
Immigrant Justice NYIC Fellow

Carla Reyes has worked in the healthcare industry since she began college. She thought dentistry was her number one career, but after studying criminal justice at QCC, then transferring to John Jay college to study Political Science, she finally knew what she really wanted to do. Carla has worked as a social media coordinator for the Federal Institute of Mexico promoting and circulating information regarding the right to vote for Mexican citizens living abroad. As a political Science student, Carla learned that real change never occurs top-down, but always from the bottom-up. This is why she decided to commit to a year of service as an Americorps and start her career as an organizer and change lives in the nonprofit world. She hopes this new chapter will make a difference in the communities she will be serving at FINY, as well as her career. She is grateful to be part of the growing and powerful family at Faith in New York.

Sonya Joseph
Brooklyn and South East Queens Organizer
Sonya Joseph was born in Toronto and raised in East New York by parents of Caribbean decent. At an early age, Sonya has developed a deep devotion to developing solutions to address racial inequality through politics, law and civil rights advocacy. It is her life's mission to empower disenfranchised communities of color and to combat systems of racial inequality. She is an Alumna of Brooklyn College, where she received her Bachelors in Political Science and Africana Studies in 2016. Sonya was first to exposed to organizing through a deep commitment to civic engagement and local politics. In 2011 she interned at the district office with NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams in 2011 & in 2012 took on the Senior Intern position and managed 6 interns at the City Hall Office. Upon graduation, Sonya completed over 1700 hours of service with National Americorps Organization, Public Allies; in supplement to an apprenticeship with the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, where she worked as a Tenants Rights Organizer in effort to combat gentrification in Brooklyn. Sonya most recently has served as Deputy Campaign Manager on a NYC Council Candidate's campaign in 2017.

Frangelin Pozo

Frangelin Pozo is a proud Afro-Latinx who was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a proud daughter of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, The Reverend Canon Dr. Francisco Pozo, and community organizer and activist Angelin Pozo. Frangelin was born and raised in a family whose values focused around social justice through faith ministries. Frangelin volunteered at Christ Community Center in Trenton, NJ for over 10 years, serving the community around many various resources including a food bank, youth ministries, and pro-bono legal services. Frangelin was called to this work of immigrant justice ministry and has dedicated her life to protect and fight for her community in particular, youth and womyn of color. Two of her biggest passions are immigrant justice and youth. Frangelin has served as the Youth Group Director at Cristo Rey since she was 18 years old as well as an Adult Youth Council Advisor for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey Youth Council. She has organized with New Jersey United Students to help pass New Jersey Tuition Equity Bill for Dreamers in 2014, to ensure that undocumented students were eligible to apply for instate tuition rates. Frangelin has organized with various organizations in the Bay Area of California, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia, PA, around mass incarceration with Oakland Community Organizations, youth justice with Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, police brutality with Black Lives Matter, student rights with United States Students Association, labor justice with Working Families, and faith organizing around police brutality with Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.

Board of Directors

Executive Team

Co-Chairs

Bishop James I. Clark Jr., Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith
Msgr. Fernando Ferrarese, Immaculate Conception R.C. Church
Vice Presidents
Darnel Lyles, Christ Church International
Alma Reyes, St. Leo Catholic Church

Secretary

Sharon Hayes, Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith

Treasurer

Mavis Hall, First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst

Board of Directors

Fr. Darrell DaCosta, Our Lady of Fatima
Rev. Dr. Arthur Davenport, First Church of God Far Rockaway
Kercena Dozier, First Corinthian Baptist Church & NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
Pastor Brian Ellis-Gibbs, Queens Baptist Church & FPWA
Susan Kane, Reform Temple of Forest Hills
Sister Joan Klimski, St. Christopher's Catholic Church
Min. Yvonne Rankine, World Harvest Deliverance Center
Elaine Short, Mount Carmel Baptist Church
Rev. Marie Tatro, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island & The Messengers of Justice Project
Manuel Umana, St. Mary Star of the Sea & St. Gertrude