Joseph Jannetty

Chair

Founder/President, Janco Development LLC Founder and President of Janco Development, LLC, Joseph C. Jannetty has been in the New York City real estate industry since 1984 as an investment real estate broker, and began acquiring assets for his own portfolio in 1990. Since then he has built Janco into a premier real estate company with a portfolio of over 3.5 million square feet of residential, retail, and commercial property throughout the US. 

Founder/President,
Janco Development LLC

Founder and President of Janco Development, LLC, Joseph C. Jannetty has been in the New York City real estate industry since 1984 as an investment real estate broker, and began acquiring assets for his own portfolio in 1990. Since then he has built Janco into a premier real estate company with a portfolio of over 3.5 million square feet of residential, retail, and commercial property throughout the US. 

Sonia Ortiz-Gulardo

Vice Chair

Director Special Projects, Beginning with Children Foundation Sonia Ortiz-Gulardo is the Director of Special Projects for the Beginning with Children Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Founding Principal of Beginning with Children Charter School. As the founding principal, she developed the school from a kindergarten first grade to a kindergarten 8th grade school serving 450 students. She was Assistant Director of the Mayor's Office of Early Childhood Education with the mission of providing a pre kindergarten program for every four year old in New York City. Ms. Gulardo was also the Director of the Multifunctional Resource Center Project in the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teacher College, Columbia University.

Director Special Projects,
Beginning with Children Foundation

Sonia Ortiz-Gulardo is the Director of Special Projects for the Beginning with Children Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Founding Principal of Beginning with Children Charter School. As the founding principal, she developed the school from a kindergarten first grade to a kindergarten 8th grade school serving 450 students. She was Assistant Director of the Mayor's Office of Early Childhood Education with the mission of providing a pre kindergarten program for every four year old in New York City. Ms. Gulardo was also the Director of the Multifunctional Resource Center Project in the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teacher College, Columbia University.

 

Majorie Parker

Deputy Executive Director Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow Marjorie D. Parker has over 17 years professional experience providing oversight of adult and youth services initiatives, as well as working as an organizational consultant. In her previous positions at the Research Foundation CUNY/City of New York Human Resources Administration (HRA), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), and The Valley, Inc., she managed the successful development and administration of various educational, employment, economic, and community service initiatives. 

Deputy Executive Director
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Marjorie D. Parker has over 17 years professional experience providing oversight of adult and youth services initiatives, as well as working as an organizational consultant. In her previous positions at the Research Foundation CUNY/City of New York Human Resources Administration (HRA), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), and The Valley, Inc., she managed the successful development and administration of various educational, employment, economic, and community service initiatives. 

Will Vargas

New York City HPD Commissioner of Relocation (retired) Wilfredo Vargas has had many years of high level administrative, housing, and community development experience with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He served as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner through three City Administrations. Mr. Vargas was also a founder and Administrator of Los Sures, one of New York City's first community-based housing management groups. He is a graduate of Saint John's University with a degree in Political Science.

New York City HPD Commissioner of Relocation (retired)

Wilfredo Vargas has had many years of high level administrative, housing, and community development experience with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He served as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner through three City Administrations. Mr. Vargas was also a founder and Administrator of Los Sures, one of New York City's first community-based housing management groups. He is a graduate of Saint John's University with a degree in Political Science.

Dr. Sam Beck

Mike Amirkhanian

Director Cornell Urban Semester Sam Beck, PhD, is a social and cultural anthropologist and Director of the Urban Semester Program. He has carried out research in Iran, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Romania and different parts of the United States. His most recent work entails participation in North Brooklyn sustainability efforts.  

Director
Cornell Urban Semester

Sam Beck, PhD, is a social and cultural anthropologist and Director of the Urban Semester Program. He has carried out research in Iran, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Romania and different parts of the United States. His most recent work entails participation in North Brooklyn sustainability efforts.

 

Director Massey Knakal Realty Michael Amirkhanian is Director at Massey Knakal Realty where his team specializes in the Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and Crown Heights submarket. He has been involved in over 120 transactions with an aggregate consideration over $400,000,000. In 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as top ten CoStar Powerbroker across Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (BID). 

Director
Massey Knakal Realty

Michael Amirkhanian is Director at Massey Knakal Realty where his team specializes in the Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and Crown Heights submarket. He has been involved in over 120 transactions with an aggregate consideration over $400,000,000. In 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as top ten CoStar Powerbroker across Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (BID). 

 

Bobby Fagan

Bobby Fagan grew up in central Brooklyn, near Church Avenue, and spent time in many neighborhoods while his parents worked various jobs across the city. A graduate of Xavier HS and Fairfield U, he was a longtime film professor at BMCC and now runs Abel Development, focusing on supportive housing for the disabled.  

Bobby Fagan grew up in central Brooklyn, near Church Avenue, and spent time in many neighborhoods while his parents worked various jobs across the city. A graduate of Xavier HS and Fairfield U, he was a longtime film professor at BMCC and now runs Abel Development, focusing on supportive housing for the disabled.

 

Carly Jannetty

Carly Jannetty graduated cum laude from Western New England University, where she earned a BA in English. She went on to attend Pace University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the esteemed Barbara Klein Memorial Award recognizing dedication to the pursuit of education. After graduating from law school, Carly accepted a position at a Manhattan-based civil litigation law firm. She then entered a graduate program at Fairfield University, where she graduated with a MA in American Studies. 

Carly Jannetty graduated cum laude from Western New England University, where she earned a BA in English. She went on to attend Pace University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the esteemed Barbara Klein Memorial Award recognizing dedication to the pursuit of education. After graduating from law school, Carly accepted a position at a Manhattan-based civil litigation law firm. She then entered a graduate program at Fairfield University, where she graduated with a MA in American Studies. 

Jeff Littell

Jeff Littell is an Real Estate Investment Analyst with the NNN Pro Group at Marcus & Millichap.  After attending Saint Anthony's High School in South Huntington, New York he graduated from Fairfield University, where he was a distinguished member of the Fairfield Men's Rugby Football Club.  Jeff has previously held positions in the financial industry, ranging from Portoflio Management to trade execution.  Jeff is passionate about social equality and utilizing technology to create opportunities.  He currently resides in New York, New York.      

Jeff Littell is an Real Estate Investment Analyst with the NNN Pro Group at Marcus & Millichap.  After attending Saint Anthony's High School in South Huntington, New York he graduated from Fairfield University, where he was a distinguished member of the Fairfield Men's Rugby Football Club.  Jeff has previously held positions in the financial industry, ranging from Portoflio Management to trade execution.  Jeff is passionate about social equality and utilizing technology to create opportunities.  He currently resides in New York, New York.    

 

Melvin Madera

Melvin Madera has been in the banking industry for over ten years.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Tech in Aviation Management and holds a Commercial Pilot Certification .  He currently is the Vice President, Territory Sales Manager at Valley National Bank overseeing the Gramercy territory in Manhattan.  Melvin was born and raised in the Bed-Stuy Community and is passionate in Reconnect’s mission.      

Melvin Madera has been in the banking industry for over ten years.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Tech in Aviation Management and holds a Commercial Pilot Certification .  He currently is the Vice President, Territory Sales Manager at Valley National Bank overseeing the Gramercy territory in Manhattan.  Melvin was born and raised in the Bed-Stuy Community and is passionate in Reconnect’s mission.    

 

 

Tina Summerlin

Tina Summerlin has been working in arts administration in New York City for over 30 years. Soon after moving to NY in 1982, she worked for the photographers Annie Leibovitz and then Robert Mapplethorpe, and afterwards became the Executive Director of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. For the last 20 years, she has worked with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, an artist residency program in Italy, running their NY office. 

Tina Summerlin has been working in arts administration in New York City for over 30 years. Soon after moving to NY in 1982, she worked for the photographers Annie Leibovitz and then Robert Mapplethorpe, and afterwards became the Executive Director of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. For the last 20 years, she has worked with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, an artist residency program in Italy, running their NY office. 

Akili Imotep

Imhotep A. Pease has over 14 years’ experience in the medical field including 8 years’ experience in allograft tissue, 4 years' experience in pharmaceuticals, and 2 years' experience in venture capital start-up biotechnology initiatives. 

Imhotep A. Pease has over 14 years’ experience in the medical field including 8 years’ experience in allograft tissue, 4 years' experience in pharmaceuticals, and 2 years' experience in venture capital start-up biotechnology initiatives. 


Advisory Board


Ryan Xue

Ryan Xue is a graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Policy Analysis and Management. Ryan works with Father Jim to develop and launch Reconnect's businesses. He also spends his free time volunteering at the café and mentoring Reconnect's Young Partners in web development and entrepreneurship.  He built the current version of Reconnect's website.

Ryan Xue is a graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Policy Analysis and Management. Ryan works with Father Jim to develop and launch Reconnect's businesses. He also spends his free time volunteering at the café and mentoring Reconnect's Young Partners in web development and entrepreneurship.  He built the current version of Reconnect's website.

Karen Cavanaugh

Sister Karen Cavanagh, CSJ is a Sister of St Joseph of Brentwood, NY. She holds an MS in Education and an MA in Religion and Family Ministry. As a Sister of St Joseph she has been a teacher, administrator, Campus Minister and Family minister in Brooklyn for 50 years. She is also an advocate for incarcerated women and men as well as a member of the Providence House Core Communities for women and children who are homeless and/or in transition from incarceration. Reconnect is a program very close to her heart.

Sister Karen Cavanagh, CSJ is a Sister of St Joseph of Brentwood, NY. She holds an MS in Education and an MA in Religion and Family Ministry. As a Sister of St Joseph she has been a teacher, administrator, Campus Minister and Family minister in Brooklyn for 50 years. She is also an advocate for incarcerated women and men as well as a member of the Providence House Core Communities for women and children who are homeless and/or in transition from incarceration. Reconnect is a program very close to her heart.

Kia Albertson-Rogers

Kia Albertson-Rogers graduated from Cornell University in 2014 majoring in Communications. Kia spent the past year working at Reconnect Café and managing the communication strategy, press inquiries and daily functions of the café on top of mentoring Reconnect's Young Partners.  He enjoys good food, good music, and most importantly, all things Reconnect. 

Kia Albertson-Rogers graduated from Cornell University in 2014 majoring in Communications. Kia spent the past year working at Reconnect Café and managing the communication strategy, press inquiries and daily functions of the café on top of mentoring Reconnect's Young Partners.  He enjoys good food, good music, and most importantly, all things Reconnect.