Education: 

  • Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) 

3 Values: 

  • Humility, empathy and equity 

​​Greatest Accomplishment:  

  • So far my greatest accomplishment has been obtaining my Masters of Social Work by the time I was 22 years old. I was never the best student growing up, but I knew by high school I wanted to be a social worker. I worked hard and I did it. 

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness? 

  • There is no one undeserving of having a home. I want to work to alleviate the barriers clients face in accessing housing, and do so in a way that is person-centered, that respects clients autonomy and self determination. I strive to be a part of a system that works for people, most importantly for people who time and time again have been failed by systems.

Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • Intern for Child Protective Services at Nassau County Department of Social Services, Adelphi School of Social Work Alumni, Stony Brook University Social Welfare Alumni

Medium Term Goals: 

  • Work towards and achieve my Clinical License of Social Work. Grow my social network of like-minded individuals in the field. Be a leader on a team that will end chronic homelessness on Long Island.

Long Term Goals: 

  • Travel the world, work with children by utilizing art and play therapy in a clinical setting, advocate for change (women’s rights, institutional racism, mental health) on the macro level, buy a home and start a family.

Education: 

  • BS in Mathematics from Roger Williams University; Minor in psychology; Minor in Anthropology/Sociology

3 Values: 

  • Compassion, respect, gratitude

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  •  Allowing those experiencing homelessness to feel heard and supported rather than alone and hopeless

 

​Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • Current - Community Solidarity Volunteer; Community Garden Participant Past: AmeriCorps Service Member, Food Recovery Network, Rotary Club, Dining Committee member at Roger Williams University

Medium Term Goals: 

  • Join and Complete Peace Corps

Something else I'm known for:

  • Being Vegan

Education: 

  • “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” - Aristotle

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3 Values: 

  • Open Mindedness, Honesty, Respect for Self and Others

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • I’m thrilled to see that the use of data to understand, identify, and solve problems has become an integral part of the process to end homelessness.

Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • Parent of a 10-year old, Cub Scouts, the Climate Reality Project

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Medium Term Goals: 

  • Study the intersection of climate change and homelessness

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Long Term Goals: 

  • Help my son grow into a thoughtful, compassionate, and happy adult

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Education: 

  • Interdisciplinary BA in Woman and Health Studies

  • Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture (in progress)

3 Values: 

  • Faith is Love, Loyalty, Integrity

​Greatest Accomplishment:  

  • My greatest accomplishments have not happened yet. I am always a continual work in progress reaching toward greater milestones in education, family, community, advocacy/leadership, entrepreneurship, mentoring youth and my true passion for self-care, holistic health equity and prevention to optimal wellness and well-being.

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • I am passionate about connecting with the community, offering resources, education and being a voice to aid in acquiring fair equality and human rights for all especially for persons who experience being disadvantage and displaced.

Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • Radiance Unlimited - Health/Life/Vision/Spirituality

  • Coaching/Entrepreneurship

  • Certified Health Coach - Institute of Integrative Nutrition

  • Chaplain

  • Notary Public

  • Nassau County Board of Elections Poll coordinator

  • Momentum Education Leadership Alumni

  • Parent Leadership Initiative Alumni -Childcare Council of Suffolk

  • Leading in the Community Leadership Alumni – Center of Nonprofit Adelphi University

  • Jewish Community Relations Council Fellowship Leadership Alumni

Medium Term Goals: 

  • Graduate and become Acupuncturist/Herbologist from NYCTCM, establish an international health practice, increase retirement building, savings and becoming debt-free, become a published author, find my spiritual compass and become baptized, travel, mission work, legacy building and establish a committed loving personal relationship/marriage.

Long Term Goals: 

  • Doctoral Degree, become a Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, embrace my golden years of retirement living my best life, travel, oversea mission work, create a Legacy Giving Circle, write and publish books along with obtaining home ownership.

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Education:

  • BA in Mass Communication

3 Values:

  • Family oriented, Team player, Compassionate​

​​What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • I believe everyone deserves to have a place of their own they call HOME. No one should be living on the streets.

 

​ Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • I worked with helping at risk youth in the past. Worked as a corrections Officer. Works as Nutritional Coach

Medium Term Goals: 

  • Continue to help homeless individuals get off the streets into a safe  place.  Travel/explore new states and countries

Long Term Goals: 

  • End homelessness. Open up a Rec Center for youth/adult

Education: 

  • B.S from St. John’s University in Education and Sociology

  • Pursing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Old Westbury

3 Values: 

  • Loyalty, love without judgement and respect for all

​​Greatest Accomplishment:  

  • Home-ownership at 29

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • I’m passionate about advocacy for those without a voice especially children, the elderly , those who are disabled and those who are suffering from disadvantage and hardship.

​Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  •  I have spent many years of my adult life advocating for women and children and fighting against sexual assault and abuse.

  • I have previously worked as an Educational Advocate for the NYCDOE for the past 13 yrs.

  • My role was supporting several school districts, school boards, students and families across the Boroughs of NYC ensuring fair and equitable educational resources were given to all.

Medium Term Goals:

  • To travel - next on my list is South Africa, Paris, and Iceland in the next 2 years

Long Term Goals: 

  • To pay off my home and become a foster parent.

  • The rest is still unwritten!

Education: 

BS in Public Health, Master of Public Health Candidate 

3 Values: 

Integrity, Independence, Respect

​Greatest Accomplishment:  

  • First-generation

  • Getting into a graduate program 

  • Being raised in an immigrant household 

  • Being unapologetically myself 

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • Integrating a “systems thinking approach” to strengthen community and stakeholder partnerships and implement more accessible services/support services

 

​Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • Intern at EAC Network, Habitat for Humanity, 2nd Year Project Coordinator at the Annual Public Health Fair at Hofstra University, School of Health Professions and Human Services, American Public Health Association Caucus on Homelessness

Medium Term Goals:

  • Send my parents to visit family in Vietnam, pay off my car (2021!), purchase my first apartment (I did that!), get my graduate degree (pending), become a stronger public health professional and advocate (ongoing!)

Long Term Goals:

  • Work for FEMA, have a managerial/leadership position, purchase a house, have 30K in savings, possibly go back for a PhD

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Education: 

  • Master’s in Management: Human Services Leadership

3 Values:

  • Person-centered, trauma-informed, racial equity

​​What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • Street outreach, creating systems that better address and end chronic homelessness, criminal justice reform, creating long-term supports for unaccompanied youth aging out of foster care

Other Jobs/Community Work/Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor at St. Joseph’s College, Next Generation Suffolk County Legislative Advisory Council, NextLI

Medium Term Goals:

  • End chronic homelessness, elevate and support new leaders in the field, enhance community dialogue and education about homelessness, develop/teach a college course specifically on homelessness

Long Term Goals: 

  • Ted Talk, Join a NP Board, Publish a book, Family trip across the US, Join a global initiative

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Education: 

  • Licensed Master of Social Work, BA in Psychology

3 Values: 

  • Empathy, Respect, Compassion

​Greatest Accomplishment:  

  • My greatest accomplishment so far has been my ability to complete my Master’s Degree in Social Work. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I took some time to be with family, work full time and figure out which career path I wanted to take. I am proud that I have been able to figure out which profession I am truly passionate about.

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • I feel that no individual should have to feel like they have no place to go and receive support and advocacy. No individual should have to live in a shelter or on the street for a prolonged amount of time. I work hard to be able to link individuals experiencing homelessness to the right types of services that best fit their needs, while also addressing that individual’s protective factors that will help them succeed in exiting homelessness. Further, it is important to empower each individual’s right to self-determination.

Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • Adelphi School of Social Work Alumni. Past: Intern at Kids First Early Intervention and Advocacy Center, Teaching Assistant at Kumon Math and Reading Programs, Volunteer at All About Spay and Neuter.

Medium Term Goals: 

  • Obtain my License Master of Social Work (I did it!)

Long Term Goals: 

  • Obtain my Clinical License in Social Work, move into an apartment and get married. I would also like to continue to expand my knowledge of the most effective ways to assist the individuals I am working with.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Education: 

  • Management Information System (MIS) from Rochester Institute of Technology


3 Values: 

  • Reliability, Integrity and Education

​​What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • I am data driven and would like to make sure that everyone is counted, and no one slips through the cracks

 Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • New Life Ministries Food Pantry

  • Family run All Natural Body and Hair products


Medium Term Goals: 

  • Learn more about how I can use data to help reduce homelessness

  • Grow my family-run business


Long Term Goals: 

  • Buy my own home

  • Pay off my loans

Educational Background:

  • B.A Psychology, The State University of New York College at Old Westbury

 

3 Values:

  • Loyalty, Integrity and dedication

Greatest Accomplishment:

  • My greatest accomplishment has been becoming the first in my family to graduate college and being one of the highest ranked academically in my class while doing so. I take great pride in my education and the performance shown within the classroom. The most memorable accolade for me was being inducted into the Psi- chi honor society of psychology simply because that is my field.

What are you the most passionate about in regards, to ending homelessness?

  • The aspect that intrigues me the most about ending homelessness, is obtaining equal opportunity for all no matter their race, socioeconomic status, migratory status and so forth. We all deserve to have a roof over our heads regardless of the cost of living, it should not be of great difficulty to live a normal life that we all deserve. So often we see areas that are gentrified, and housing being prioritized for the biggest bidder and it is infuriating to think that the efforts of an average worker goes unnoticed. Their pay at times isn’t enough to get a home because they are asked for things such as credit scores. These components of financial literacy are not taught to us all and in assuming such things but others at a disadvantage. That is only one of the many examples of unequal opportunities housing presents.

 

Other Jobs/Community Work/Affiliations:

  • My second job is a part time position for a children services provider named achieve beyond. I am a behavioral therapist within the company and am assigned cases to assist children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. Many of my affiliations are academic, such as Psi- Chi honor society, Omicron delta Kappa honor society and so forth.

Medium Term Goals:

  • My medium-term goal would be to attain an internship experience within the field of psychology while working at LICH and acclimating myself more to the workforce. An internship opportunity could potentially introduce me more to the clinical aspect of psychology which would be of great value for my career.

 

Long Term Goals:

  • My long-term goal is to gain relative experience in social work and psychology to apply for doctoral programs of clinical psychology. The field is very competitive, and all relative experience could further increase my candidacy profile. Ultimately, when that is completed, I aspire to have my own private practice and work with all populations but primarily those that suffer from substance abuse disorder and alcoholism. LICH is a great opportunity for me to encounter people with such issues while also introducing me to some of the common stressors that homeless people experience. It will further enhance my ability to communicate and relate with others, which

 
 

Education: 

  •  BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker & Instructor

3 Values: 

  • ​Equality, Loyalty & Honesty

​Greatest Accomplishment:  

  • ​Throughout my life, I have had many milestones that have lent to my confidence like modeling with Vogue and being a runner up in the Miss International Girl pageant, finally telling my story and having my book, Stuff!  the things that no one told you about life after sexual abuse was chosen by RAINN the nations largest anti-sexual violence organization​, owning 2 real estate offices, living and teaching English in China for a year, getting a second chance at life after being in a MVA in 2006 and coaching my community to greatness after experiencing trauma.  It is immeasurable what we can accomplish when we decide on it.  

What are you the most passionate about in regards to ending homelessness?

  • I am most passionate about being in a pivotal role in preventing experiences of homelessness, providing critical informative-based supports to individuals during experiences of homelessness, and equipping people to exit homelessness to stable, affordable housing. I want to make sure I build the strongest possible partnerships between our homelessness services and options leveraging every available resource – public and private; federal, state, and local; targeted and non-targeted assistance – to its fullest to serve the underserved community experiencing homelessness and support their educational successes. I want to be a change agent to put a stopper in the pipeline to prison.

Other jobs/Community Work/Affiliations: 

  • Chair of the Economic Development Committee of Brookhaven Unit of the NAACP, President of Greater Gordon Heights Chamber of Commerce and Life Development Coach of EJW Coaching for Life

Medium Term Goals: 

  • My medium-term goal is to have a career that cultivates all my skills and abilities to create the life I deserve while being paid what I am worth.  

Long Term Goals: 

  • To transition into what most call retirement being able to live comfortably in an area I love with great weather, to advocate for fair housing for all in a prominent position that can create change, buy a property in China and meet the man for me.   

 

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