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, Associate Executive 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.
Russell Eisgrub, Director of Social Services
Russell Eisgrub has worked with, and advocated for, older adults in New York City for nearly 15 years. He has 10 additional years of direct service experience working with children, adults and families in various milieus in New York and South Florida. Russell graduated from Stuyvesant High School in NYC, and went on to earn a BA in English Literature from The University of Wisconsin- Madison. Russell earned his Master of Social Work degree at Florida Atlantic University, and he is currently an LMSW and SIFI certified in New York State. Russell previously served as the Social Work Supervisor of The Woodstock Hotel for more than five years, and he has extensive experience managing programs and working with older adults, their formal and informal caregivers, and the city, state and federal programs and systems that impact these individuals’ lives.
Sophia Ross, Director of Property Management and Housing
Sophia oversees the Property Management and Maintenance Department. With 16 years of experience in the property management field, Ms. Ross has a variety of certifications regarding property management including COS, COSP, TCS, BOS, MORS, CMM, CHM, CFS. Starting from a maintenance background, Ms. Ross moved up to the compliance department keeping all buildings up to maintenance code and all sites on a Federal & State compliance level. Sophia joins Project Find from Phipps Houses where she served as the Property Manager for 1200+ units of affordable, HUD and senior housing and also oversaw a tax credit and a co-op residential site.
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 joined Project FIND in 2017. She is the organization's lead strategist for all development programs and key relationship manager. Ms. Fitzgibbons 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, she advocated on behalf of New York City's older adults as Senior Policy Analyst at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA). Ms. Fitzgibbons also previously served as Program Director of Parker Jewish Institute's Caregiver Support Initiative. In May 2022, Ms. Fitzgibbons was awarded a certificate in Planned Giving from the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY). She holds a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Scranton, and a 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.