Board of Directors

Dolores R. McCray, Ph.D.
Chairperson

Named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal in 2000, Dr. McCray held a career in banking that spanned over 25 years, which includes serving as Vice President and Branch Manager at Banco Popular, Sales and Business Development Manager at Amalgamated Bank, and former member of the Urban Bankers Coalition. Today, she has her own insurance and financial services businesses.

An active member of the Harlem community, Dr. McCray is a member of the NYC Police Department's 28th Precinct Community Council. Involved in health care since 1991 through her civic duties, she is the former chair and a current member of the Renaissance Diagnostic and Treatment Center's Community Advisory Board, as well as prior chair of the Council of Municipal Hospital Community Advisory Boards.

he is also a member of the Board of Columbia University's School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Community DentCare Network, which provides patient-centered dental services to underserved populations in Northern Manhattan, focusing on preventive services.

Dr. McCray earned her doctorate in banking and finance from Arizona University, and her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Pace University.

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Elissa Macklin
Vice Chairperson

Ms. Macklin capped off her career in healthcare as Director of Operations of the Ambulatory Care Departments of Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, and then at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. She retired from the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation in 2011.

Since 2011, she has been involved in various volunteer activities, and is a registered grant reviewer for Susan G. Komen NYC and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Before joining NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Macklin worked at the Primary Care Development Corporation, where she implemented process improvement programs for primary care organizations, including working on an ambulatory care redesign project at NYC Health + Hospitals. She has also served as an administrator at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens Hospital Center, and Long Island College Hospital Center.

Prior to Ms. Macklin's work as an administrator she was a Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, serving at SUNY Brooklyn/Kings County Hospital Center and Methodist Hospital Center.

With safety-net health care her stated passion, Ms. Macklin also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Morris Heights Health Center, a FQHC, in The Bronx. She is past president of the New York Association for Ambulatory Care, where she is currently a member of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Macklin has a Master in Business Administration from Adelphi University.

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Antoinette Brown
Treasurer

A Brooklyn resident, Ms. Brown serves as Deputy Director of Administrative Payroll at the NYC Department of Education. She has served as Chairperson of Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center's Community Advisory Board, as well as Vice Chairperson of the Council for CABS for the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation.

While serving as the Chairperson of the Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center's Community Advisory Board, Ms. Brown was instrumental in advancing the role of the Advisory Board and increasing its membership.

She was also instrumental in securing funding for signage at Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center with the assistance of Councilwoman Leticia James. In addition, she worked with North Brooklyn Health Network Senior Vice President George Proctor to secure a digital mammography machine for Cumberland to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brooklyn College.

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Vivian Bright
Secretary

Ms. Bright had a career in accounting for 25 years and is the longtime business administrator of the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn. She is a recognized, outstanding leader in the East New York section of Brooklyn, where she has lived for decades.

Among her many affiliations are former Board Chair of the Cypress Community Day Care Center; and former member of the Brooklyn NAACP Board; President of the Leadership Council of Open Communities of Brooklyn, Inc.; and former Vice President of Community Board No.5.

Ms. Bright is a former member of the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center and Kings County Hospital Community Advisory Boards, and a member of Brooklyn's Community Board 5. She is also the Chair of the Land Use Committee.

Among her many awards are: Brooklyn Navy Yard Community Leadership; The Lucille Rose Humanitarian Award-NAACP; Gov. Carey International Year of the Child Award; New Horizons Village Homeowners Leadership Award; community service awards from the offices of local government representatives; and the Robert J. Epslinger Distinguished Service Award from Lions Inc. Ms. Bright is also listed in the 107th Congress Congressional Record.

Ms. Bright earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College and Master in Human Resources Management from The New School for Social Research, as well as a certificate from Pratt Institute Community Economic Development Program.

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Paul Covington

Mr. Covington has dedicated his career in improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and expanding the economic opportunities for the underserved by functioning in various leadership positions at the National Urban League in NYC (1981-1984 and 1974-1977) and the Urban League of Long Island (1979-1980). He served in different capacities at these organizations, including Executive Director of the Urban League of Long Island, Project Director of the Youth Employment Training Programs at the National Progress Association for Economic Development, Director of the Beacon Program in J.H.S. 231, and an educator at numerous Long Island and Manhattan Public Schools.

In 1985, with his extensive experience in finance, Mr. Covington became President of Paul L. Covington Enterprises, where he spent two decades providing tax and financial counseling services to individual and corporate clients, both profit and nonprofit corporations.

To complement Mr. Covington's career, he volunteers in many civic, faith-based, and community health organizations including the Community Advisory Board at Renaissance Sydenham Health Network, the Men's Ministry of Williams Institutional CME Church, and the Community Advisory Board at Community Pride/Harlem Children Zone. Mr. Covington was also the Treasurer of the Ministerial Interfaith Association (MIA) from 2008 – 2011, President of the Freeport Roosevelt New York NAACP from 1994 – 1997, and Treasurer of the United Methodist Men, New York Annual Conference from 1995 – 1998.

Mr. Covington received his Bachelor of Science in Physical and Health Education from Cortland State Teachers College in 1959 and a Master in Business Administration and Finance from Long Island University in 1978.

Combining more than thirty years of experience in financial planning and management, which includes personal, corporate and grant funded program financial reporting, cost accounting, capital budgeting and budget forecasting and an extensive career focus on social justice and empowerment, Mr. Covington has served on the Gotham Health Finance Committee.

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Shena Elrington

Shena M. Elrington is Director of the Health Justice (HJ) Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a nonprofit civil rights law firm committed to advancing health justice, environmental justice and disability rights through community lawyering and partnerships with the private bar. At NYLPI, Shena works in collaboration with community groups on a number of campaigns to ensure that people from medically underserved neighborhoods in New York have access to quality healthcare. Shena joined NYLPI in the summer of 2010 as a staff attorney in the HJ Program.

Prior to joining NYLPI, Shena was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, where she worked on white-collar and anti-trust matters and provided pro bono representation to clients on a variety of family, criminal, and immigration law matters. Shena graduated from Yale Law School in 2008, where she served as Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and interned at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2004, with an A.B. in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in African-American studies.

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Denisha Johnson

Ms. Denisha Johnson-Williams was born in Bronx, New York, at Jacobi Hospital. Two strong women in her life, her grandmother and mother, had significant influence on the development of this native New Yorker. Among the gifts that Ms. Williams possesses, her willingness to help others with their needs is most extraordinary. This valuable trait, in combination with her strength, determination, and collaborative spirit, were manifested in her ability to manage life’s trials and tribulations until the goals are achieved.

Mrs. Williams was married to her late husband, with whom she shared one daughter. Both have provided tremendous support and encouragement in everything she does.

Mrs. Williams obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree in social work from Touro College. Mrs. Williams’ ultimate goal is to develop programs to assist challenged and non-disabled children and adults. “I have learned that there is much need in this world, that is why, those of us who are like-minded have come together to make a difference in the disabled and non-disabled community” Mrs. Williams said.

Mrs. Williams is currently pursuing her goal to become a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is currently serving on the board of W.O.S.C.A., a community service center and the Community Advisory Board of Renaissance Healthcare Network. Mrs. Williams is also a member of the National Association of Social Work. She is currently an employee of Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York.

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Anna Lee

Ms. Anna Lee is a talented leader and administrator with expertise in finance and human resource management. She has more than 15 years of senior level experience in financial management. Ms. Lee also has extensive knowledge in process improvement, contract negotiation, and technology. Currently serving as the Vice Director of Finance and Administration at the Brooklyn Museum, she successfully manages the Finance and Human Resources Departments of this $30 million cultural arts institution.

Prior to joining the Brooklyn Museum, Ms. Lee served as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Controller of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Team Leader of Finance of the Tessitura Arts Enterprise System. Her earlier careers include the Guggenheim Museum, Accenture Consulting, New York University, Yazaki Management Company, Consulate General of Japan, and Japan Exchange Teaching Program.

Ms. Anna Lee joined the Gotham Health Board of Directors in 2015. Her diplomatic work style and skills in relationship management, planning, and non-profit organization operations and planning has been invaluable to Gotham Health. Ms. Lee is also a member of the Gotham Health strategic planning and membership committees.

Ms. Lee graduated cum laude from Tuft University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned her Master in Social Work from New York University.

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Michelle Y. Morazán

Ms. Morazán is a political scientist and policy researcher with 18 years of professional experience in the public sector with a focus on policy development and analysis; nonprofit management; organizational development; and community engagement. She is presently a political science professor at the City College of New York teaching courses in US Politics and Government, Immigration Politics, and NYC Politics and Community Development.

She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Polymath Global, LLC which develops and offers an array of research and consulting services to clients in the public sector, with a focus on organizational development, research, and sustainability planning. She has also assembled a team of Grantsmyths (experts in grant writing, communications and marketing) that provide services to a variety of nonprofit and social enterprise endeavors throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Prior to launching Grantsmyths and Polymath Global, Ms. Morazán was the Chief Operating Officer at CLASH, a 501c-3 organization and a project sponsored by Alianza Dominicana. She developed and implemented new programs for CLASH's multi-disciplinary cultural space that hosted Latino art exhibitions and popular art, art-making workshop, cultural and literary conferences, and music and dance performances. Ms. Morazán has had a long history with Alianza Dominicana where she was also the Director of Institutional Development and External Affairs and Director of Special Projects and Community and Governmental Affairs. She also served in a number of capacities in the Office of the Public Advocate, Mark Green. Ms. Morazán is a member of a number of professional and civic organizations. She has excelled at working with communities and government agencies to improve their ability to engage the public and solve problems.

Currently, she is an ABD doctoral candidate in political science at the City University of the City of New York Graduate Center. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the City University of the City of New York Graduate Center, a Master in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.

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Moises Pérez-Martínez

For more than 3 decades Mr. Moises Pérez-Martínez has played a prominent role in NYC's human service community. He has received many awards and recognition including a "Points of Light" award and a Liberty Medal of Honor. His past affiliations include Alianza Dominicana, Centro Cultural Afro Quisqueya, Community Service Society, El Puente, Progress, The Door, and City as School. Currently he heads a management and political consulting firm, Moises Perez & Associates LLC.

Mr. Moises Pérez-Martínez earned a BA in Education and Teaching, cum laude, from Brooklyn College and he was a National Urban League George Edmund Haynes Fellow.

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Herman Smith

Herman D. Smith is the Vice President for Human Resources at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The society’s mission saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, and global conservation. It is based at the Bronx Zoo, and covers all NYC Zoos and the Aquarium. Mr. Smith has spent his professional life as a missionary in public health, non-profit, education, and community service sectors.

Among his many activities, Mr. Smith is a current and original board of trustee’s member of the Carlos Lezama Archive and Cultural Center (CLACC-C). He is an advisory board member of the Center for the Women of New York and a recipient of their prestigious 2002 Good Guy Award for his support of their mission in aidingdistressed women and victims of domestic violence. He is President and CEO of a Human Resources consulting firm, The Global Village Interpreters Management Incorporated (GVIMI), Mr. Smith was selected by NYC Health +Hospitals as a National Association of Public Hospitals Management Fellow in the year 2000. He is a certified Spanish teacher having received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Liberal Arts, and Business from the University of Northern Iowa. He tookpost Graduate studies in International Comparative Education, and Law. Smith holds multiple professional certificates, and received his Master degree in International Economic Policy and Advanced Management from Columbia University.

During his healthcare career, Herman D. Smith served as Chief Human Resources Executive for 5 of the 11 acute care Hospitals within the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation (NYC Health + Hospitals), the largest public health care system in the United States. At Elmhurst Hospital Center he served for 5 years as the Director of Labor Relations and Safety, and he served 16 years as Chief Human Resources Executive. He is the first Chief Human Resources Executive of the Queens Health Network encompassing Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers being appointed to that position in 1996. In 2004 he became Chief Human Resources Executive for The Generations plus Northern Manhattan Health Network encompassing Harlem, Lincoln, and Metropolitan Hospitals.

During his career in NYC Health + Hospitals, Smith achieved 24 perfect scores in the management of Human Resources portion of the Joint Commission of Accredited Health Care Organizations survey process. As a Human Resource Developer, Smith created arguably the largest recurrent youth development program in NYC. At its peak, 1000 of the most diverse and promising youth within the city were given employment, mentoring, training, and life skills for college and career preparation. He is the recipient of the National Association of Public Hospitals people development award for this endeavor.

After completing his Spanish Teaching degree at the University of Northern Iowa, Smith began his career as a K-6 bilingual education teacher for first generation Mexican immigrants in East Palo Alto California, at the Ravenswood City Public School District. He then taught K-6 secondary school at the Gertrude Wilkes Academy of East Palo Alto where he was quickly elevated to Head Master and School Administrator. Thereafter, Smith returned to NYC and began his Human Resources career as an employer representative for fortune 500 companies appearing before Administrative Law Judges at the New York State Department of Labor. He then was recruited to the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation where he spent 25 years in Labor Relations and Human Resources.

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