Lydia Baez, BA, Outreach Coordinator, has lived and worked in Upper Manhattan for years, teaching ESL, counseling adolescents and young mothers as well as facilitating youth sports camp when she served as Health Educator for the Harlem Hospital Obesity Prevention Program. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys helping people through activities such as fund-raising for disabled children in the Dominican Republic. She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling and meeting new people.
Shoshanah Brown, MS, MBA, has served as Executive Director of a.i.r. nyc since 2009. Under her leadership, a.i.r. nyc has embarked on a plan for sustainable expansion of home-based services to keep asthmatic New Yorkers healthy, active and out of the hospital. Shoshanah is passionate about improving health outcomes for NYC’s most vulnerable families despite the many economic, social, and environmental barriers they face. Beginning her career in population health as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa, Shoshanah holds an MS from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from Columbia University.
Rebi Connors, MPH, AE-C, Director of Care Coordination, joined a.i.r. nyc in 2012. Rebi’s experience with community health began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador. Prior to joining a.i.r. nyc, she worked for non-profits and a government agency. She holds degrees from Occidental College and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. In her spare time, Rebi enjoys making pottery, running, and getting out of the city to camp and snowboard.
Yomaira Corbin, BS, Community Health Worker, has over five years of experience providing home-visiting services to families with young children in Brooklyn. She also brings experience working with Family Day Care providers and running Baby and Me Groups. Her interests include cooking, reading books, and spending time with her family. Yomaira received her Bachelor of Science from Boricua College and plans to pursue a master's degree in social work.
Enrico Cullen, BA, MA, Director of Strategy, joined a.i.r. nyc to provide creative, business, and strategic direction, as well as systems analysis and financial planning. For more than a decade, Enrico's work has resulted in important transformations for communities. He developed and founded the Academy of Urban Planning High School in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a New Visions small school, produced the Media That Matters Film Festival, an annual festival of short films on social issues that travelled the globe, produced six feature documentaries on social issues, such as the war in Congo, human-tower building on three continents, salt-mine treatment centers for asthma, and more. Enrico holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the founder and director of Related Parts, LLC.
Agueda De La Cruz, BA, Outreach Coordinator, joined the a.i.r. nyc team in December 2016. She is a graduate of the City College of New York and is currently working on her masters in School Counseling/Counseling Education. Agueda previously worked for an early intervention agency. She sees the quality of her own work as a platform to be a better advocate for low income communities. Agueda emphasizes the importance of education in her work by focusing on achievement gaps and education equality.
Eva DeLappe, BA, Community Health Worker, joined a.i.r. nyc in August 2016. Her experiences working with vulnerable families as a journalist in Alaska and a teacher in the South Bronx inspired her to pursue community health. She started as a health educator through the Congestive Heart Failure Volunteer Intervention Program at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, and continued serving homeless and uninsured patients at the Catholic Worker’s Free Clinic in Philadelphia. Eva holds a BA from Harvard University and a Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate from Bryn Mawr College. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing with her cat, and watching science fiction.
Daouda Diarrassouba, BA, Senior Community Health Worker, brings nearly eleven years of community health experience to the a.i.r. nyc team. Prior to his work on asthma, Daouda conducted home visits, lead workshops and provided outreach to families in East Harlem through the Boriken Health Center. He also has experience in sales and marketing for a media company. Daouda holds a BA in Finance and Investment from Baruch College. A native of the Ivory Coast, he worked as a community organizer there before coming to the United States in October 1993.
Stanette Dixon, Community Health Worker, joined a.i.r nyc in October 2016. Stanette has worked in the social services field for over 10 years providing counseling, mentoring, and tutoring services to children, young adults, and adults. She is passionate about educating others and promoting self-empowerment. She is currently in school obtaining a BA in Human Services. Stanette grew up in California and enjoys writing short stories, baking pastries, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Miriam Falconi, Project Officer, has worked with a.i.r. nyc since May 2002 when she began providing indispensable support for program operations. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching her older son play basketball for AAU Traveling League and also his brother following in his footsteps. She danced and performed with Ballet Hispanico throughout New York City. Miriam currently lives in Passaic County, New Jersey, with her husband and two boys. Miriam holds an A.A.S in Secretarial Science-Medical Studies.
Lwelin Garcia, BS, Community Health Worker, has lived and worked in the Bronx for years, working in customer service, as a service coordinator in Family Services Department with the aging, disabled, and general population, and as a Case Manager where he provided support for depression, crisis intervention, and social needs. Lwelin was also an Intake Associate and front desk receptionist at Urban Health Plan. Prior to working with asthma, Lwelin provided home visits and outreach to Bronx families, and connected them to social services. Lwelin has an extraordinary personality and enjoys meeting new people. His goal is to assist one individual at a time to better live their lives.
Jennifer Henriquez, BA, Community Health Worker, joined a.i.r. nyc in 2016. She is a graduate of Lehman College with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Prior to a.i.r. nyc, Jennifer worked for Apple as a service specialist. Among many areas of focus, this position brought to light the importance of technology in healthcare and education. As a native Manhattanite, Jennifer aims to help the children and families of New York City live healthier and more active lives.
Ebony Huguet-Smith, BS, Community Health Worker, graduated from CUNY York College and received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education. Prior to joining a.i.r. nyc in April 2016, Ebony worked as an Outreach Advocate for chronically homeless individuals and families in underserved communities in Brooklyn and Queens. Ebony is passionate about educating and assisting NYC’s underserved communities to improve their quality of health and to help them obtain needed resources and services. During her spare time, Ebony enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. She is looking forward to pursuing certification in Health Education as well as Asthma Education to better serve the families of NYC.
Fatima Kourouma, Community Health Worker, moved to NYC from her home country of Guinea, West Africa at the age of thirteen. With very little knowledge of English, she enrolled in Brooklyn International High School, graduated in 2000, and received several awards during her studies, including one from the NYC Public Advocate for Outstanding Academic Achievement. In 2001, Fatima began a degree program at LaGuardia Community College, majoring in Business Administration, which she plans to continue. Fatima's work experience includes working at the African Services Committee on various community health initiatives as well as at Alitalia Airlines where she handled customer service for the company. The oldest of five siblings, Fatima knows that success comes with hard work and perseverance.
Jesse Liaw, BA, Community Health Worker, joined a.i.r. nyc in 2016. He brings a wealth of experience to the team based on the diverse populations he has worked with, including: homeless families and individuals, the Developmentally Disabled, and the MICA population ("medically ill chemical abusers") in the five boroughs of New York City. He was inducted to The National Society of Leadership and Success in 2015. Jesse is looking to continue his education and acquire a MSW in the near future. After serving such a diverse population he has developed a passion to educate and assist families as they develop the knowledge and skills to advocate for themselves.
Hanna Liriano, BS, Outreach Coordinator, joined a.i.r. nyc in May 2016. She is a graduate of Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Before joining the team at a.i.r. nyc, Hanna worked as a Service Coordinator in the Early Intervention Program. Hanna also currently works as a private piano instructor for children between the ages 5 and 14. As a person who was diagnosed with asthma at an early age, Hanna understands the great impact proper health education for children and families can have on health outcomes. In the future Hanna plans to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health. Hanna is also an ardent animal’s rights activist and enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her dogs.
Adashima Oyo, BA, MPH, Director of Evaluation and Quality Assurance, has over 10 years of experience in research, evaluation, and quality assurance. She loves working in these areas and believes them to be an integral cornerstone to any agency. Adashima holds degrees from Brooklyn College, CUNY and is currently completing a PhD degree in Social Welfare with a focus on health disparities. Adashima enjoys traveling internationally and eating ice cream.
April Pei, MPH, AE-C, Community Health Worker and Data Analyst, joined a.i.r. nyc in August 2013 after completing her MPH at Columbia University. She is passionate about public health and is happiest when working directly with communities. Outside of work, she volunteers as an HIV/STI tester and counselor and enjoys reading, cooking, art, science, and warm caffeinated beverages. April is a proud resident of the South Bronx and feels privileged to serve communities across New York City through her work at a.i.r. nyc.
Omayra A. Pizarro, BA, Community Health Worker, joined the a.i.r. nyc team in April 2014. As a versatile educator, she has worked with day care, elementary, middle, and high school students. Omayra graduated from The City College of New York with a BA in Human Services. During the past six years she has worked in the social service field as a Home Visitor for an Early Head Start Program. In her free time, Omayra enjoys inventing recipes, working out, dancing, taking aerial classes, and spending time with her dog and family.
Mariana Sanchez, Senior Community Health Worker, joined a.i.r. nyc in 2003 and was awarded the citywide Community Health Worker of the Year Award in 2010. Mariana brings a wealth of experience to the team based on her diverse experience as a health educator, seamstress in the garment industry and field worker harvesting vegetables. Mariana came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1984 and is the proud mother of five sons, three of whom are currently in college.
Keith Tofte, BS, Outreach Coordinator, joined a.i.r. nyc in October 2016. Born and raised in New Jersey, Keith graduated Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2012. Before joining the a.i.r. nyc team, Keith served three consecutive AmeriCorps service terms, the most recent being with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. He is interested in environmental justice issues and generally likes books, punk rock, and science fiction.
Sarah Wilkinson, MPH, CHES, AE-C, Program Manager, joined a.i.r. nyc in September 2014. She grew up in the Southeast and moved to NYC in 2007. She has lived, studied, and worked in Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. After getting her Master’s in Public Health, Sarah worked at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Columbia University, and Montefiore Medical Center.