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Board of Directors

Gloria McLeod

Chairperson

Natasha Cherry-Perez

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Tracy Givens

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Vice Chairperson

Yvonne Redwood

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Victoria Illery

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Secretary

Joseph Baptiste

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Margaree Stewart

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Treasurer

Chief Executive Officer

Pelham Bollers

Pelham Bollers joined Urban Strategies, Inc. as a Summer Youth Counselor more than 20 years ago. He functioned in several capacities at the agency during its early years of development as a non-for-profit in the Brownsville/Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Bollers headed the Human Resources Department as its Personnel Director from 1989-1991. During that time, he facilitated the development of protocols as it relates to employee relations and personnel policies. From 1991-2000, Mr. Bollers functioned in two positions – that of Director of Housing and Property Management and as Director of Administration. Recognized for his work ethics, dynamic leadership and unwavering dedication to community service by the agency’s first Executive Director, Mona Green, he managed and developed what has now become more than 500 low-income, affordable apartment units for the organization.

In early 2000, Mr. Bollers was appointed CEO by the agency’s Board of Directors. With the assistance from a committed core of highly motivated staff, and guidance from the Board of Directors, he continues to develop and facilitate the types of innovations that bring services and new projects into the community that help to stabilize families.

Despite periods of economic and social challenges, the agency continues to thrive. Mr. Bollers continues to identify and develop new opportunities for housing projects and social service advancements that benefit youth, adults and families. Moreover, Mr. Bollers has pledged a renewed focus on program development and resource allocation to meet the needs of the East New York Brownsville and Bedford Stuyvesant communities that the agency serves.

As an accomplished leader, he continues to strengthen his resolve and to hold dear those formative memories and experiences that added to his wisdom while working at the grassroots level of the organization that he loves.

Mr. Bollers holds a Bachelor of Science degree, and he is a top graduate of the Bank of America’s Leadership Academy Certified Program. Mr. Bollers is well-respected by his staff and business colleagues, and he has strong family ties. He is an avid tennis player, enjoys traveling, and interacts with community and business organizations throughout Brooklyn and the City of New York at large and is always helping to keep Urban Strategies, Inc. in the limelight.

Executive Staff

Allim Usman

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Controller

Sylvester Okonkwo

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Human Resources Director

Nitesha Felder

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Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Joseph DeWeever

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Quality Assurance Specialist

Fiscal and Administrative Staff

Rhonda Jones

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Assistant Controller/ Director of Purchasing Procurement 

Tawanna Smith

Data Entry Specialist

Darren Robinson

Data Entry Specialist

Keisha Collins

Bookkeeper

Cynthia Blackshear

Bookkeeper

Shawn Nixon

Receptionist

Paulette Monroe 

Payroll Manager Supervisor

Sandra Whitfield 

Payroll Clerk