Bro/Sis staff members are seasoned youth development professionals. On average, they have more than 12 years of experience providing culturally relevant direct service to Black and Latinx youth, and more than 8 years experience working within our organization. 60% of our programmatic staff are alumni of the organization. Many are first generation college graduates from low-income families.

They speak English, Spanish, French, and Creole. Many are immigrants and the primary language in their home is not English. Overwhelmingly, our staff comes from similar communities as our youth and thus has an interconnected and communal understanding of our membership.

Khary Lazarre-White

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Jason Warwin

Associate Executive Director & Co-Founder

Cidra M. Sebastien

Associate Executive Director

Wendy M. DeJesus

Associate Director for Programming

Katherine Acosta

Development Associate

London Arnold

Chapter Leader & Teen Facilitator

Chantel Austin

Human Resources Manager

Erin A. Baskin

Coordinator of Grants & Institutional Giving

Silvia Canales

College & Career Coordinator

Enmanuel Candelario

Chapter Leader & Arts Facilitator

Marsha Jean Charles

Liberation Program Coordinator & Lead Organizer

John Anthony Dumey

Director of Development


Shannon J. Effinger

Grant Writer/Development Associate

Wendy Flores

Environmental Program Facilitator

Simone Gamble

Chapter Leader/Liberation Program Facilitator

Jose Garzon


Ashley Hernandez

Chapter Leader

Veronica Hinds

Coordinator of Special Events & Communication

Frantz Jerome

Chapter Leader & Arts Facilitator

Jorge Laboy

Chapter Leader

José Lora

Chapter Leader

Gabriel José Maldonado

Environmental Program Facilitator

Dominique Mitchell

Chapter Leader & After School Program Facilitator

Kelly Ortiz

Office Manager

Meischan Parrilla

Facilities & IT Manager

Nicholas Peart

After School Program Facilitator

Brittany Reyes

Sister Sol Coordinator

Nando Rodriguez

Environmental Program Coordinator

Ralphie Santiago

After School Program Elementary Coordinator

Juan Tavarez

Brotherhood Coordinator

Abraham Velazquez, Jr.

Liberation Program Facilitator

Samantha Welbeck

Chapter Leader


Quanasa Wright

College & Career Facilitator


Lead Consultants

PR/Media RepresentationThe Lead PR

NYC Government RelationsKasirer

NYS Government RelationsMalkin & Ross

Event ManagementEvent Associates

Legal SupportGibson Dunn

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