Lydia Baez, BA, Senior Outreach Coordinator, joined AIRnyc in 2009. She 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, Chief Executive Officer, began her career as a Community Health Worker and Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa. Since 2009, she has served as Chief Executive Officer of AIRnyc, a community-based organization working to create a network of care for vulnerable New Yorkers by providing in-home services by experienced Community Health Workers. In meeting people where they live, AIRnyc is working to address the social determinants of health, improve health equity and facilitate access to care for all New Yorkers. Shoshanah holds an MS in Population Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from Columbia University. She speaks five languages and resides in Brooklyn.
Rebi Connors, MPH, AE-C, CHES, Director of Care Coordination, joined AIRnyc in 2012 and was elected to the National Asthma Educator Certification Board in 2017. Rebi is also a Lifestyle Coach for AIRnyc’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Rebi’s experience with community health began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador. Prior to joining AIRnyc, she worked for non-profits and a government agency. She is a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). 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, Chief Strategy Officer, joined AIRnyc 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, 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. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn.
Agueda De La Cruz, Outreach Coordinator, BA, MA, joined AIRnyc in January 2017. She is a graduate of City College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and recently completed a master's degree in School Counseling/ Counseling Education. Before coming on board with AIRnyc, Agueda worked for an early intervention agency. She enjoys figuring out ways to improve her work so that she can be a great advocate for low income communities. Agueda also enjoys working with closely with students to close achievement gaps and obtain equitable education.
Daouda Diarrassouba, BA, Logistics Manager and Senior Community Health Worker, brings twenty years of community health experience to the AIRnyc 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 AIRnyc 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, Operations Manager, has worked with AIRnyc 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.
Mariluz Garcia, BS, Community Health Worker joined the AIRnyc in July 2017. She grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Community Health. She brings over ten years of healthcare experience to AIRnyc, and a passion for working directly with the community to improve health outcomes. Her hobbies include traveling and volunteering at Project Happy, where she works with children and adults with disabilities.
Rose Gasner, JD, Executive Vice President, joined AIRnyc in 2019. Rose is passionate about patient rights and she loves working at the intersection of health care and law. She has extensive experience in government, managed care, and academia. She worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), served as a lawyer for Healthfirst, and taught classes at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy and Fordham Law School. She has publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health and the Lancet.
Rose believes Community Health Workers are an integral part of the health care delivery system and is energized to help build a next generation model of care for vulnerable communities. A voracious reader, Rose is in two book clubs, has raised three fabulous children and likes adventure travel with no cell phone service. Rose is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Dartmouth College.
Jennifer Henriquez, BA, LMSW, Community Health Social Worker, joined AIRnyc in 2016. She is a graduate of Lehman College with a master’s degree in social work and earned her license in social work. Prior to AIRnyc, 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 AIRnyc 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, Program Manager and Community Health Worker, joined AIRnyc in 2011. Fatima 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.
Hanna Liriano, BS, Manager of Lifestyle Programs, joined AIRnyc in May 2016. She is a graduate of Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Before joining the team at AIRnyc, 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.
Ariel Laureano, BA, Community Health Worker, was born and raised in the Bronx and joined AIRnyc in June 2016. She has worked with middle and high school kids throughout the South Bronx as a Restorative Justice Coordinator monitoring student behavior, conducting mediations and facilitating workshops centered on how to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Ariel also taught two elective courses at a credit recovery school in Brooklyn. When not in the field or at the office Ariel is a sign language interpreter at a domestic violence program. Ariel has been dedicated and determined to help New York City's underprivileged communities and looks forward to supporting asthmatic children, adults, and families. She enjoys traveling out of the country, spending time with her family, doing make up and karaoke night.
Patrick Ma, HBA, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, joined AIRnyc in 2017. Patrick has over a decade of nonprofit experience in fundraising, finance and operations and most recently served on the senior leadership team at the United Way of NYC as the Vice President of Business Operations. Patrick is passionate about building and improving operational infrastructure within nonprofit organizations, and strives to align processes, systems and people. Patrick holds an HBA degree from the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys exploring his home borough of Queens, taking weekend trips out to Long Island with his wife and two children, and training for his next marathon.
Omayra A. Pizarro, BA, Community Health Worker, joined the AIRnyc 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.
David Robles, AAS, Community Health Worker, joined AIRnyc in April 2017. A lifelong Bronx resident, David spent more than five years as a Community Health Worker at Villagecare and 15 years as a medical receptionist at Montefiore Medical Center. He was also a member of the United States Navy for six years and a 911 first responder. David has a degree in accounting from Monroe College. He enjoys helping others and is passionate about giving back to his community. Beyond AIRnyc, David is currently focusing on the recovery effort in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Mariana Sanchez, Senior Community Health Worker, joined AIRnyc 16 years ago 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.
David Shilane, PhD, Director of Analytics, joined AIRnyc in 2017. He has over a decade of experience in statistics and data science, including analytical and medical research projects for healthcare organizations. David holds undergraduate and master's degrees from Stanford University, along with a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California Berkeley. As a biostatistician, David has co-authored over 25 scientific studies, including publications in major medical journals for internal medicine, cardiology, and nephrology. David is excited to use analytics to help generate the insights that will lead to improvements in the quality of health care.
“AIRnyc really walks the walk. Impactful services that are cost effective.”
Ian Rowe, CEO
Public Prep & AIRnyc Board Chair
Ian Rowe, Board Chair
A proud product of the NYC public school system, Ian Rowe is a social entrepreneur and leader who has worked for more than 20 years in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, to effect positive change in the lives of young people worldwide. As CEO of Public Prep, he provides the strategic direction for the network of single-sex elementary and middle public schools that are determined to put their students on a predictive path to earn a degree from a four-year university. Prior to Public Prep, Ian was the Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he worked to increase college completion rates among low income young adults. Ian graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. He received his BS in Computer Science Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an Echoing Green Fellow and a Harvard Initiative for Social Enterprise Fellow.
JANET JOYCE ARZT, Treasurer
Janet is President of Mudrick Capital Management, L.P., where she oversees the Firm’s non-investment functions and is also responsible for leading strategic initiatives. Janet joined Mudrick Capital in 2014 as Director of Business Development and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Mudrick Capital, Janet was a Vice President in the Client Advisory Group at York Capital Management from 2010 to 2014 where she was responsible for investor relations and business development. Prior to joining York, Janet worked at Morgan Creek Capital Management as a Senior Analyst on the public investments team where she focused on hedge fund investments. Previously, she worked at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group and Equity Capital Markets. Janet received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Jacob Victory, Secretary
Jacob Victory is the Chief Operating Officer at The New Jewish Home, a 170 year old, not-for-profit provider of post-acute care services in New York State offering long term care, short term rehab, adult day care and home based and care management services to over 14,000 older adults in New York annually. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Product and Member for Health Republic Insurance of New York, one of the largest Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan (CO-OP) in the nation. Jacob also held the position of Vice President, Medical Operations and Program Development at Center Light Healthcare and Vice President, Performance Management Projects, at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the national not-for-profit home health care agency that serves 30,000 patients on any given day. Prior to joining VNSNY, Jacob served in various positions at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Cabrini Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College and Clara Maass Medical Center. Jacob currently is a member of Harvard Medical School’s Faculty Advisory Committee and a board member of the Home Care Association of New York State. He has served as a Trustee of the Helene Fuld College of Nursing for eight years and was past-Chairman of the Board of the American Spanish Dance Theatre/Danza Espana. In 2009, Mr. Victory completed a year-long fellowship at Coro Leadership New York, where he studied a wide array of New York City-focused public policy issues. He holds a BA. in English Literature, with college honors, from Rutgers University, and an MPA in Health Policy and Management with a specialization in Health Care Finance from New York University's The Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where he is also an adjunct faculty member.