Father Jim O'Shea

Executive Director

 Father Jim O’Shea - priest, social worker, and community organizer- began his tenure in Brooklyn in 1997.  In 2002, he founded Churches United Corp. - a coalition of 19 Catholic Churches that successfully advocated for the creation of thousands of units of affordable housing  in North Brooklyn . Father O’Shea also led the process for the opening of a Cristo Rey Network High School in Brooklyn serving low income families. In 2010, he established the Vernon Avenue Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with the mission of engaging young people of the neighborhood through entrepreneurship, education and leadership. In 2014, Reconnect was launched as part of the organization with the goal of teaching entrepreneurship firsthand through the upstart of real businesses in the community.

Father Jim O’Shea - priest, social worker, and community organizer- began his tenure in Brooklyn in 1997.  In 2002, he founded Churches United Corp. - a coalition of 19 Catholic Churches that successfully advocated for the creation of thousands of units of affordable housing in North Brooklyn. Father O’Shea also led the process for the opening of a Cristo Rey Network High School in Brooklyn serving low income families. In 2010, he established the Vernon Avenue Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with the mission of engaging young people of the neighborhood through entrepreneurship, education and leadership. In 2014, Reconnect was launched as part of the organization with the goal of teaching entrepreneurship firsthand through the upstart of real businesses in the community.

Efrain Hernandez

Associate Director

 Efrain is the associate director of Reconnect Brooklyn and a co-founder of the organization. Born and bred in Bedford Stuyvesant, Efrain survived many obstacles to arrive at his place as role model and mentor to youth. Efrain is also the manager of Reconnect Cafe and has led its development over the past three years. In January 2017, Efrain will enroll in college and begin his journey towards a degree while continuing his work with reconnect Brooklyn.

Efrain is the associate director of Reconnect Brooklyn and a co-founder of the organization. Born and bred in Bedford Stuyvesant, Efrain survived many obstacles to arrive at his place as role model and mentor to youth. Efrain is also the manager of Reconnect Cafe and has led its development over the past three years. In January 2017, Efrain will enroll in college and begin his journey towards a degree while continuing his work with reconnect Brooklyn.

 
 

RON OBERDICK

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

 Ron began to volunteer with Reconnect in 2013 as a way to spend his retirement and offer wisdom to the next generation. After a very successful career as a business owner and operator, Ron now volunteers as the CFO of Reconnect as well as a mentor to the young managers.

Ron began to volunteer with Reconnect in 2013 as a way to spend his retirement and offer wisdom to the next generation. After a very successful career as a business owner and operator, Ron now volunteers as the CFO of Reconnect as well as a mentor to the young managers.