David Gillcrist, Executive Director
Mr. Gillcrist has been with Project FIND since 2002, serving first as Associate Executive Director and, since 2007, as Executive Director. He has worked in the field of publicly-assisted housing in New York City since 1991. His prior work experience includes serving as the Director of Development and Communications at Hope Community and as a Senior Program Officer at the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Mr. Gillcrist has an M.A. from Cornell University in City and Regional Planning, and a B.A. from Grinnell College.
Glenn Warnecke, Deputy Director
Mr. Warnecke oversees the Social Services, Property Management and Accounting departments. He joins Project FIND from West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA), where as Chief Financial Officer he oversaw the accounting and financial reporting activities for the agency. Prior to his work at WHGA, Mr. Warnecke worked in the affordable housing field as Chief Operating Officer of Community Asset Management Company (an affordable-housing focused property management company) and as Accounting Manager of St Louis Equity Fund. Mr. Warnecke is a C.P.A., and holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.
Barbara Blackman, Director of Community Services
Ms. Blackman started at Project FIND over 20 years ago as Director of the Hargrave Senior Center. In 2001 She was promoted to oversee all five centers as the Director of Senior Centers. Promoted in 2008 to Section Head of Program Services, in 2014 she became the Director of Community Services and is responsible for overall management of all the Senior Centers and Social Services Programs.
Caroline Astacio, Director of Social Services
Ms. Astacio is responsible for the oversight of social work services at Hamilton, Hargrave and Woodstock as well as Homeless In-Reach and social work services at Coffeehouse Senior Center. Previously, Caroline has worked as Program Director at Sunnyside Community Services as the Director of a Caregivers Program, and as the Program Director for a Transitional Program for Bowery Resident Community and as a site manager for Project FIND at Hamilton, Hargrave and Woodstock. She holds an MSW from Fordham University and has been working with older adults since 1998.
Lowell Goldberg, Director of Property Management and Housing Services Lowell is responsible for overseeing the property managers and tenant relations coordinators of Project FIND's three publicly subsidized buildings, Hamilton, Hargrave and Wooodstock,containing 600 units of affordable and supportive housing for seniors. He brings to the organization more than three decades of experience in the renovation, maintenance and management of commercial and residential properties. He joined Project FIND in early 2016 from Jonas Equities Inc in Brooklyn where he was the Director of Real Estate management. Lowell attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and served in the United States Air Force.
Ismet Alija, Director of Facilities Maintenance
Ismet is responsible for the maintenance, security, and housekeeping staff at all three residential buildings, as well as technical assistance for senior center programs. With over 30-years hands on experience, including 5 years as Handyman at the Woodstock Hotel, Ismet holds NYC Fire Department Certifications for Maintenance of Sprinkler System, Con Low PSI Oil Burner, and Con STD/SPRK GR Tank. He has also received specialized training in boiler maintenance from the ACI Environmental Safety Training Institute in 2007.
Development and Finance
David Kalal, Director of Communication and Development
Mr. Kalal brings a focus on social media's influence on community engagement and charitable giving to Project FIND’s mission of enriching the independence of older New Yorkers. Prior to joining Project FIND David was Director of Content at Glorious Games, Director of Marketing and Distribution at Third World Newsreel and a lecturer in the Communications Department in the graduate program of The New School for Social Research. He holds an MFA from Bard College and a BA from Brown University.
Deon Lewis, Controller
Mr. Lewis has been with Project FIND since 1986 and has served as Controller since 1993. Mr. Lewis oversees a staff of three full-time bookkeepers; tracks and records the economic activity of our five housing corporations as well as Project FIND. Mr. Lewis holds a degree in Finance from Baruch College.
Debra Escort, Director of Special Projects
Reporting to the Executive Director, Ms Escort is responsible for organizing major special events, community affairs, and volunteer recruitment. She also plays an integral role in identifying new program opportunities and resources for the Senior Center Programs, particularly around Healthy Aging. She has worked at Project FIND for more than 35 years.