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.
Mark Jennings, Deputy Director
Mark Jennings (MDIV, LMSW) oversees the Social Services, Property Management and Accounting departments. Mr. Jennings also works as an adjunct professor in the school of social work at NYACK College. He joins Project FIND from Community Access (CA), where he served as Director of Housing, managing more than 800 units of supportive and transitional housing. Prior to CA, he served in social justice capacities at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. and West Angeles COGIC in Los Angeles, California. He has also worked as a journalist with the Virginian-Pilot and Ventura County Star Newspapers. Mr. Jennings holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Howard University, an MDIV from Harvard Divinity School and an MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
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.
Robin Ann Plummer, Director of Social Services
Ms. Plummer 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. She also previously worked as the Social Work Supervisor at the Woodstock Hotel. Ms. Plummer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and experienced administrator with a record of developing and directing treatment programs to address MICA, geriatric, AIDS, hospice and disabled populations. She has been a Social Work Supervisor at the Visiting Nurse Service Home Care of New York and was a Social Work Manager at Visiting Nurse Regional/Empire State Home Care. Prior to joining Project FIND, Ms. Plummer worked as a Behavioral Health Care Manager for Emblem Health. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Urban Studies from SUNY College of Old Westbury and her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from New York University.
Stacey Berry, Director of Property Management and Housing Services
Ms. Berry, joins Project FIND as the Director of Property Management and Housing Services. She comes to us from the private sector where she managed over 1,600 subsidized units in NYC as well as a large amount of commercial spaces. Ms. Berry was very instrumental in the process of bringing the NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) Program to a development in Spanish Harlem and was a member of the Union Settlement NORC advisory committee. She attended Baruch College and has several licenses and certifications in the Real Estate field.
Ismet Alija, Director of Facilities Maintenance
Mr. Alija 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, Mr. Alija 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
Kathleen Fitzgibbons, Director of Development and External Relations
Ms. Fitzgibbons is very happy to join Project FIND and has admired the work of the organization for many years. She previously led fundraising and relationship building efforts as Executive Director of Visiting Health Service of Morris County and Director of Community Engagement for Family Promise; a national organization assisting homeless families. For more than a decade, Ms. Fitzgibbons advocated on behalf of New York City's older adults as Senior Policy Analyst at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA). In her most recent position, she was Program Director of Parker Jewish Institute's Caregiver Support Initiative. Ms. Fitzgibbons earned her B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Scranton, and her Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers 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.