2023 Gala Honorees
As a proud product of NYC Public Schools, Superintendent Glenda Esperance’s daily motivation for being an educator is to ensure that the enriched opportunities often reserved for some become the standard for all students regardless of zip...More
As a proud product of NYC Public Schools, Superintendent Glenda Esperance’s daily motivation for being an educator is to ensure that the enriched opportunities often reserved for some become the standard for all students regardless of zip code, classification, or demographics!
Born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to immigrant parents from Haiti, Glenda’s parents worked hard to provide for her and her siblings. Her mom’s work hours were not
the traditional 9-5, so her parents relied heavily on the public school system to provide their children with a strong educational foundation and a safe space to learn. Glenda’s parents’ faith in the system and good teachers allowed her to accelerate and excel in education; for example, becoming valedictorian in elementary school, skipping grade 8 in middle school, and attending one of the top high schools in Brooklyn.
Glenda began her tenure with NYC Public Schools in 2000, as a Special Education Teacher at John Wilson Intermediate School. There, she provided support for students with disabilities who required modified instruction to address their learning, emotional, and physical needs. As a result of her successful track record with students with disabilities, she was asked to model effective instructional strategies and to share my knowledge of best practices with the English Language Arts Department. Within four years, she earned the title of Literacy Coach at Satellite West Middle School and used her knowledge of differentiated instruction to create an academic framework that addressed the needs of our challenged general education population. In this role she served as a mentor for new teachers and an advisor for veteran staff members. She spearheaded the improvement of student achievement in English Language Arts with demonstrated gains in our special education population, lowest performing third and Multi- Language Learners.
Within a year, she was promoted to Assistant Principal lead implemented initiatives that resulted in significant gains in both our special education population and lowest performing third subgroup. In 2012 she assumed the responsibility of becoming the Principal of Park Place Community Middle School which has been one of her most exciting roles to date. When she inherited the school, it had been designated as a focus school by New York State Education Department (NYSED) due to the poor performance of various subgroups. Additionally, the school had received an “F” letter grade in student progress. Over a six-year period, she worked collaboratively with school community stakeholders to create school-wide structures and establish programs that addressed both the academic and social emotional needs of children. The impact of her initiatives resulted in the school focus school designation being removed, and the school’s accountability status was updated to good standing.
Currently, Glenda is utilizing her skills acquired over her tenure as an educator on a broader scale to make a larger impact on student achievement, staff development and parental engagement as the newly appointed Superintendent of District 79. Her work experience as a special education teacher, general education teacher, instructional coach, School Building Leader Assistant Superintendent- Director of School Quality, and Assistant Superintendent- Director of Special Education groomed and prepared her for this role. In this capacity she now oversees the educational services of approximately 50K students across New York City representative of all demographics. Under Glenda’s leadership, her team is tasked with providing alternate pathways to graduation focused on improving social-emotional and academic outcomes for students. Her students are a wide range of resilient individuals who are looking for a fresh start and a chance at success! Therefore, she has made it a priority to provide targeted support that addresses the individual needs of ALL students.
Favorite quote is: “Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.” Jesse Jackson
Dieunait Jules immigrated to the United States from Haiti. He has always been fascinated with refrigeration and that led him to TCI College of Technology and New York City College of Technology where he obtained a degr...More
Dieunait Jules immigrated to the United States from Haiti. He has always been fascinated with refrigeration and that led him to TCI College of Technology and New York City College of Technology where he obtained a degree in Facilities Management. Dieunait has worked in that ﬁeld for a number of years. Though he enjoys working as a Facilities Manager, Dieunait has always had a passion for helping the underserved. Through his travels, he has seen the lack thereof treatment of the “have-nots.” He understands that a life is not worth living if service to humankind is not the core of one’s existence. Because of this passion to serve, he transferred his talents and gifts in support of diﬀerent organizations, especially MIPO. During MIPO’s S.T.E.W. Camp in 2019, he ran a barbering trade program where he trained young man and women barbering techniques and also taught them entrepreneurial skills of running a barber shop. He also taught the young adults DJing skills to the music lovers.
Dieunait’s work has been impactful in the communities we serve in the southern and northern part of Haiti. Throughout his life, he has advocated tirelessly for youth and families who would otherwise be helpless. Additionally, he spends his spare time volunteering at Our Lady of Mount Carmel feeding those in need.
Favorite quote is: “Yon sèl dwèt pa mange kalalou. One person cannot do it all.”
Rickard Jean-Noel is a Fordham University trained Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. Rickard has a rich history of providing social and emotional support services to diverse communities throu...More
Rickard Jean-Noel is a Fordham University trained Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. Rickard has a rich history of providing social and emotional support services to diverse communities throughout the greater New York City area. A great deal of his psychotherapeutic work has been mainly with adolescents and young adults, particularly those in minority communities where mental health needs are so often neglected for complex reasons. Mr. Jean-Noel has a keen interest in helping those who have long carried the intersectional psychological burdens of systemic racism, classism, xenophobia, genderism and homophobia, as well as other forms of marginalization.
Beyond his studies at Fordham, Mr. Jean-Noel has had an extensive background within the social service ﬁeld. Mr. Jean-Noel has worked as a Clinical Director at a NYC Homeless Shelter and has worked with HomeBase and their homelessness prevention program. Mr. Jean-Noel is the Founder and Executive Director of "The Real Word Ministries Inc.", a
nonproﬁt charity that assists those living in poverty within the ﬁve boroughs of New York. Through our eﬀorts within the community, our nonproﬁt has been able to provide food, clothing and shelter assistance to thousands in New York City. For our many eﬀorts, we were awarded with "The Kings of Kings Award", “The Power Professional's Award", the "Caribbean Life Impact Award" and many more. Mr. Jean-Noel is also the host of a popular award-winning video cast, "The Real Word TV". Mr. Jean-Noel is an ordained minister of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and prove mentorship to a large youth ministry in Brooklyn.
Favorite quote is: “Man makes plans and God laughs.”
Monique M. Simpson is a Certiﬁed Health, Nutrition, and Wellness Coach, Behaviorist, Kemetic Yogi, and Managing Director of Renew'd LLC – the holistic health and wellbeing company she founded just under a decade ago in Brooklyn, New York....More
Monique M. Simpson is a Certiﬁed Health, Nutrition, and Wellness Coach, Behaviorist, Kemetic Yogi, and Managing Director of Renew'd LLC – the holistic health and wellbeing company she founded just under a decade ago in Brooklyn, New York. The Renew'd philosophy empowers people to attain optimal health by accessing their own innate wellness abilities – utilizing an integrated model of movement, music, meditation, healthy cooking, and art to reconnect with the body's natural rhythms and cultivate a self-correcting, self-sustaining lifestyle. The company serves corporate and individual clients in both virtual and in-person classes conducted throughout the New York tri-state area.
As a social entrepreneur, Monique brings more than 15 years of continuous experience and expertise to her work in personal and community wellbeing. Since 2006, she has held numerous positions of progressive responsibility in virtually every facet of program implementation and management in the not-for-proﬁt sector. She is a former Community Services Supervisor at Elmy's Special Services, Inc., and previously served as a consultant and staﬀ trainer at various nonproﬁt organizations.
A certiﬁed Behaviorist, Monique spent her foundational years crafting therapeutic programs for young special- needs clients utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Natural Environment Teaching (NET) -- a scientiﬁcally proven teaching method that allows behavioral practitioners to incorporate the learner's natural environment into the teaching, development, and generalization of skills. She has also conducted extensive research on the development of tools to enhance learning and continues to volunteer as a mentor for people with special needs.
Monique began her wellness journey when she was accepted for an Internship Program at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked with a group of practitioners on the Live Light, Live Right Childhood Obesity Project. Fueled by her entrepreneurial spirit and compulsive quest for knowledge, Monique spent ﬁve years exploring, researching, and learning the wellness art of Kemetic Yoga. In 2015, following extensive training and travels to Africa, Egypt, and Jordan, where she further reﬁned her skills, Monique founded Renew'd and established the Renew'd Studio of Wellness Arts, which has since evolved to become an inclusive community of wellness educators and aﬁcionados inspired by the wellness journey. In 2021, she further diversiﬁed the enterprise by establishing Renew'd Wholesome Goods – an online, customer-friendly, holistic marketplace oﬀering premium ingredients and products that help the body and mind return to homeostasis. Monique is expanding her wellness brand internationally.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Monique suffered a devastating personal loss when her mother died. To honor her mother's memory and help bring much-needed public education to the fight against diabetes and other diet- related illnesses in underserved communities, Monique founded the nonprofit Gloria E. Simpson Foundation, Inc., to promote greater awareness of health and wellness challenges among children and families in marginalized communities.
Monique holds Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College. In addition to her work as a Certiﬁed Health, Nutrition, and Wellness Coach, Eco-wellness traveler, and Lifestyle Educator, she is the author of the book, Tap into a Renew'd You – an introductory guide to renewal through the dynamic and transformative power of the wellness journey.
Your wellness journey begins with YOU!
Favorite quote is: “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” ― Charles Franklin Kettering.”Less
Denese Veira-Wilson is the CEO of Better Together Counseling LLC and The VFW Investment Group LLC. She is also a Counselor, dancer, wife, and a mother. With over thirty (30) years of experience in counseling, teaching,...More
Denese Veira-Wilson is the CEO of Better Together Counseling LLC and The VFW Investment Group LLC. She is also a Counselor, dancer, wife, and a mother. With over thirty (30) years of experience in counseling, teaching, Education, and professional development she has earned a solid reputation as a conscientious, hardworking, and proactive professional with a demonstrated passion for supporting the growth and success of members of underserved communities. Mrs. Wilson began her educational journey in District 32 Bushwick, Brooklyn, as a Middle School Dance Instructor in charge of the school Performing Arts Department, Implementing Annual Performing Arts Concert as schools fundraising to provide for the program's needs. While participating in The Jackie Robinson After School Program, Mrs. Wilson’s Dance Ensemble was selected to perform for the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, at the renaming ceremony of the Interboro Parkway to the Jackie Robinson Parkway at Shea Stadium.
Mrs. Wilson then moved to District 23 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where she provided social, emotional, and crisis intervention counseling for middle and high school students. Serving as a student mentor and counselor for students with academic problems and experiencing personal crises. She developed individual intervention strategies and met with guardians to discuss solutions to assist students in achieving better academic success. She was instrumental in developing a college culture with first-generation high school graduates and students who will attend college in a community where a vast majority of parents did not complete high school. She exposed students to the World of Work through Career and Development Day via in-house visits from career professionals and career field trips, as well as organizing annual gospel concerts as a fundraiser for college tours. During her tenure at District 23, Mrs. Wilson won first prize in The State Farm/Steve Harvey Morning Show "Getting Your School to a Better State Contest" of $10,000 towards The School Enhancement Program.
Mrs. Wilson also participated in Major DeBlasio’s school counseling and social worker initiative named The Single Shepherd Program as part of District 7 in Bronx, New York, to address and improve school attendance, social-emotional crisis intervention services, and low graduation rates. Upon entering the school, its graduation rate was 50%. During her six-year tenure, Mrs. Wilson's was able to significantly increase the graduation rate. Her final class before her retirement had a graduation rate of 83%. She raised the bar for her successor, setting a standard that surpassed the expectations of the stakeholders in the school community.
Mrs. Wilson officially retired from the Department of Education in October 2022; throughout her career in Education, Mrs. Wilson has received many awards, recognitions, and citations for her exemplary community service, leadership, and citizenship, proving that it doesn't matter where you came from as long as you end UP.
Favorite quote is: "Be who you needed when you were younger." Scientist, Political Commentator and Author, Ayesha Siddiqi."Less
Passionate about her work and dedicated to her obligations. She is recognized as an Apostle, missionary, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, leader, coach, mentor, author, public speaker, event planner, and facilitator...More
Passionate about her work and dedicated to her obligations. She is recognized as an Apostle, missionary, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, leader, coach, mentor, author, public speaker, event planner, and facilitator. Since 2015, she has been honored over 40 times for her work in ministry, her organizations, and her service to the community. She completed her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration at the University of Phoenix and Doctorate of Christian Education from Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida.
As she determined her purpose, she launched her ministry “ANS Association” on May 11, 2015, which is a global empowerment organization, the letters represent her name and her two daughters A- Anastasia, N-Natacha, and S-Sade, this organization is an Empowerment group for men, women, and the youth. Twice annually, the organization honors over 30 men and women who are professionals and continue to provide their support to the community. To date the organization has grown tremendously with over 10,000 members worldwide.
In 2019, she also launched her ministry Chloe Natacha International Ministries which organizes conferences, ordain ministers worldwide, revivals, seminars, crusades, workshops, and counseling worldwide. She currently counsels and train leaders in various countries under her organization Chloe Natacha Global Leadership Alliance. Her ministry provides support to various countries such as Ghana, Haiti, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Belize, Uganda, Morocco, Canada, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, South Africa, Haiti, and many more. Her ministry traveled to Belize and Ghana in October 2021 for missionary and feeding over 3,000 less fortunate such as orphans and widows. Since then, the ministry organized mission trips to Belize, Ghana, Uganda, and Dominican Republic feeding more than 10,000 less fortunate individuals and organizing revivals and crusades.
On August 17, 2019, she launched her book “My Journey is Very Bright Through Jesus Christ”, the book sold 1000’s copies worldwide. Her book is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.
Her organization ANS Association, Nicole Aurelien Youth Foundation & Chloe Natacha International Ministries present events at the Domestic Violence Women Shelters with back-to-school supplies, Christmas toy drive, Self-Love, Mother’s Day event, and Thanksgiving potluck for the women and children.
Since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic her organization has fed over 8,000 first responders and essential workers. Her organization continues with a weekly homeless program, which provides the less fortunate with over 200 bags monthly on the streets of New York.
Apostle Chloe was honored on the steps of Borough Hall by the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who is currently NYC’s Mayor for the COVID-19 Hero Award and for her hard work in the community. She was honored by Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte 42nd District and the Chair of the Democratic Party of Brooklyn, NY. She was also honored by Council Member Farah Louis of the 45th District in Brooklyn, NY.
Chloe Natacha is also featured weekly on one of the largest Christian Networks named “The NOW Network” which is a cable channel in 263 million homes.
In July 2017 she launched a Youth foundation named after her mom Nicole Aurelien who transitioned in February of 2014. Her mom raised over 40 children who weren’t her biological children and had a school built in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Chloe Natacha continues her mom’s legacy and launched the Nicole Aurelien Youth Foundation (NAYF). The youth foundation consists of a choir, basketball team, step dancers, cheerleaders, scholarships, and internships. The Youth foundation to date has assisted over 5000 children worldwide. Her goal is to empower, develop, and implement programs within the community and various countries by bringing men, women, and youth together and make a difference to society while improving their life. She is passionate about education and helping others.
ANS Academy launched on January 21, 2021. The academy teaches the renewing of the mind by helping people to change their lives through workshops and group mentorship. These programs assists individuals to renew their minds and teach biblical principles for their finances, and also to become wealthy.
The ministry and organizations continue to make a difference worldwide and assist people to develop better lives.
Apostle’s goal and purpose is to touch the world with the word of God to encourage, uplift, and bring people closer to Jesus.
Favorite quote is: “Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Nancy Duchâtellier-Esposito, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she attended school at Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours, in Bel-Air. She emigrated to Canada and the United States where she completed her undergradu...More
Nancy Duchâtellier-Esposito, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she attended school at Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours, in Bel-Air. She emigrated to Canada and the United States where she completed her undergraduate studies in Art History. She continued her graduate studies in Linguistics, Bilingual Education and Educational Leadership.
Ms. Esposito has been an educator for over thirty-five years. Her educational experience ranges from elementary to secondary education in both the private and public sectors. She has worked in the classroom as a French and bilingual teacher. Her teaching career began at the French Lyceum Kennedy, where her passion for the education of Haitian children was ignited. She joined the Haitian American United for Progress (HAUP) as a volunteer and used her literacy skills with the newly arrived Haitian immigrants. As both a bilingual teacher, instructional specialist and program specialist for the New York City Public Schools she has worked at IS 192Q, CSD 29, the Office of Bilingual Education and the Queens High School Superintendency before her tenure as Assistant Principal Administration/ Guidance at Humanities and the Arts High School in Queens.
In her work with the New York City Schools, Mrs. Esposito has coordinated and implemented numerous initiatives which include but are not limited to the first Citywide Haitian Spelling Bee, Project SHELL- the first Haitian dual-language program, the Summer Language Institute and Citywide Haitian Parent Conferences.
In 1993, Mrs. Esposito, her husband Leonard and a group of concerned individuals, founded Forgotten Children of Haiti (FCH), to continue the work started by her parents and the Haitian Community of Immaculate Conception Church. In this capacity, she was instrumental in providing for the nutritional needs of the Bel-Air children at her former school. Forgotten Children added to their mission the work of Dr/Father Rick Frechette, a Passionist priest they had met at Immaculate Conception when he was a seminarian there. In 2011, Forgotten Children awarded $5000 college scholarships to high school graduates victims of the earthquake. FCH continues to support this mission through the many crises faced in Haiti. Mrs. Esposito is also a member of the Ladies of Charity/St John’s Chapter supporting their work with children and their families in Haiti and New York.
After retiring from the New York City Department of Education, Mrs. Esposito continues to serve as an educational leader, in her persistent pursuit to improve the educational experiences of the children in the NYC public schools. Invited to serve as the Assistant Director of the Council of School Administrators, (CSA), she works to connect educational leaders to a myriad of supports critical to successfully leading respective school communities. Understanding the importance of supporting Haitian educational leaders to establish a vital network linked to CSA, she participated in the founding of the Society of Haitian School Administrators (SHSA).
Mrs. Esposito was a member of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for Bishop Sansaricq and is a Board Member of the Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center (C-LACC).
Mrs. Esposito continues to carry out her beliefs to support the children by lifting up the Haitian American educational leaders of the City of New York and the greater Haitian Community. Additionally, she addresses the educational needs of Haitian students and their families through her collaboration with several local colleges and linkages with community -based organizations.
Mrs. Esposito finds her greatest joy in her three children, Marie-Noelle, Michael, Marc and their spouses, James, Devon, Jalissa and her four grand-daughters. With the support of her family and her husband Leonard, she has been able to follow her passion.
Favorite quote is: "“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
For more than two decades, the leadership of The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project has played a historic role advocating for UNITY among all of NYC diverse populations. That impact has been most evident in its ability to petition and ...More
For more than two decades, the leadership of The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project has played a historic role advocating for UNITY among all of NYC diverse populations. That impact has been most evident in its ability to petition and legislate social issues and social justice initiatives into laws. The Bridge strong advocacy movement for equality for all has been extremely successful in effecting our community for change. The Bridge has successfully supported many effective laws to protect our families and children including Enhanced public education, tougher laws on sexual abuse as well as a aggressive push for expanding health services for children and families from diverse and undeserved communities. Their work in fighting serious health issues including Diabetes, Asthma, and Obesity has led to changes and the expansion of city-wide programs in addressing these issues. The BRIDGE community center has become a model where many emerging Non-Profits and community leaders work together to build and make our communities united in pursuit of justice and equality for all.
Favorite Quote Is: “darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness.only Light Can Do That.hate Canot Drive Out Hate Only Love Can Do It.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
Atia serves as the Muslim Women Liaison at the NYC Mayor’s Office and she is the Founder of PASWO, Pakistani American Skilled Women Organization. Atia worked tenaciously during the COVID-19 pandemic to support thousand...More
Atia serves as the Muslim Women Liaison at the NYC Mayor’s Office and she is the Founder of PASWO, Pakistani American Skilled Women Organization. Atia worked tenaciously during the COVID-19 pandemic to support thousands of individuals who were in need. She helped to provide food and supplies to families who could not otherwise leave their homes during the peak of the pandemic. As a result of her service to communities, she was acknowledged by NYC BP and received the First Women COVID-19 Hero Award. She was also awarded the following: President Biden Award as First Pakistani Women Medal, Women of 2021 Award from Council Member Farah Louis, Brooklyn DA Award, NYS Senator Award and Affainity Health Women of the Year Award (2021).
Atia is a proud member of the Unity in Action team at The Bridge Multicultural Project and is extremely proud to work for the Pakistani and other diverse communities.
Favorite quote is: “Humanity is a faith. You work for people, Allah will work for you.”
Julius Adeoye attended the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and completed his National Youth Service at the College of Education, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. It was while serving Nigeria, his country of birth, that his interest in education...More
Julius Adeoye attended the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and completed his National Youth Service at the College of Education, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. It was while serving Nigeria, his country of birth, that his interest in education and volunteer work to benefit the underprivileged was piqued. He served as a teacher assistant for two years, followed by a job as a flight attendant at Nigeria Airways Limited. As a flight attendant, he travelled globally, and in the process developed professional customer service relations. This professionalism translated into community activism.
To benefit his community, he became involved in assisting the members of his community to be stewards of a clean environment, and provide vigilante security, he partnered with the local government in the establishment of a mini-shopping center.
He immigrated to the United States about two decades ago, in search of the proverbial “greener pastures”. In efforts to broaden his horizon, and, most importantly his love for
education, he attended a prestigious New York private university, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, graduating summa cum laude.
The cumulative experiences as a college teacher assistant, flight attendant, and his postgraduate degree, secured him a job as an analyst at a New York City government
agency, where he continues to provide distinguished service. He oversees quality improvement in the City of New York provider agencies, caring for children and families in
the five boroughs of the city.
In 2020, he was nominated as a board member of Ajalon International Charity Organization, Inc., a nonprofit organization supporting less-privileged African college students financially and materially, in order that they achieve their academic goals. As the board’s secretary, he supports the Board’s executives to promote the success of the organization through the establishment of a governance framework to ensure the organization meets its commission.
Mr. Adeoye is an educationist and pragmatic community leader. He believes that everyone deserves humane and respectful living conditions to self-actualize; and that each person
must view the other as having the same value as oneself. His motto is: When we live cooperatively, the burden is easier. All lives matter to God and thus we must all do our
collective best, to lift each other up.
Favorite quote is: "A tree does not make a forest, and it takes a village to raise a child."
Rev (Dr) Michael Akintayo graduated with honors from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and received a bachelor's degree in Sociology. He attended and graduated from Metropolitan College of New York with a Master of Science in Administrat...More
Rev (Dr) Michael Akintayo graduated with honors from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and received a bachelor's degree in Sociology. He attended and graduated from Metropolitan College of New York with a Master of Science in Administration (2001) and received his Ph.D. from Capella University, USA, in 2002. He is a distinguished professional with extensive experience and expertise in academia and public health. He is the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Women's Gender and Issues, contributing to advancing research and knowledge in this crucial field. In addition to his editorial role, Dr. Akintayo is an Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan College of New York, where he imparts his knowledge and passion for research methods to graduate students. He is also an esteemed online faculty member at Abilene Christian University Dallas, where he teaches doctoral students about leadership theories and their practical applications.
Dr. Akintayo's dedication to education extends beyond the classroom. He actively participates as a member of the St. John Fisher College in New York doctoral committee,
contributing his expertise to guide and mentor future scholars. With a wealth of scholarly contributions, Dr. Akintayo has written two books and numerous articles and co-authored
several publications in prestigious international journals. His research and written works contribute significantly to advancing knowledge in his areas of expertise.
As an employee of the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene, Dr. Akintayo has amassed 22 years of invaluable experience. He currently serves as the Coordinator for the
TST Employee Surveillance Unit (Medical Affairs) and the Coordinator for the Respiratory Infection Program within the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control. Driven by his passion for public health, he has also held various positions within the department, including COVID Surveillance Investigator and Public Health Advisors I and II within the Disease Investigation Control Management Unit. With his diverse skill set and extensive experience, Rev (Dr) Michael Akintayo exemplifies a leader in academia and public health. His contributions to education, research, and public health initiatives have had a profound impact, shaping the future of these fields and improving the well-being of individuals and communities.
Dr. Michael Akintayo is a remarkable individual who has garnered prestigious awards and made significant contributions in various fields. His commitment to public service and
dedication to making a positive impact is evident through his accomplishments.
In 2022, Dr. Akintayo received the United States Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious honor recognizing his outstanding contributions and lifelong commitment to
public service. Additionally, in 2023, he was honored with the US Presidential Volunteer Service Award Medallion, highlighting his selfless dedication to volunteering and community
engagement. Dr. Akintayo's pursuit of knowledge and research has taken him to esteemed institutions. In 2005, he served as a Visiting Scholar on Special Research in Community
Development at Indiana University Bloomberg in Indiana. He was also recognized as one of the 50 Emergent Scholars in 2007 at Maryland University.
As the Vice-President of the Institute for Peace and Leadership Inc, Dr. Akintayo plays an essential role in promoting research, advocacy, and workshops focused on the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His organization strives to create positive change in the areas of Quality Education (SDG 4), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Peace and Justice (SDG 16), and Partnership Building (SDG 17) through participatory community activism.
Dr. Akintayo's leadership extends to various organizations. He serves as the Executive Director of MAICO New York Inc, an organization dedicated to leadership, family,
community enrichment, and development. Additionally, he holds the position of President of FABTOP LLC, Inc in New York and MAICODAM LLC in Abuja, Nigeria.
Within his religious community, Dr. Akintayo serves as the Church Secretary and Associate Pastor at Christ Apostolic Church (IMC) in Lexington, Brooklyn, New York. His commitment
to faith-based initiatives and community engagement is evident as the Global Outreach Coordinator for the Worldwide Association of Small Churches. Moreover, as the
Vice-Chancellor of the Worldwide Christian Leadership University, he imparts Christian knowledge and doctrines to transform lives and lead individuals to Christ. He is recognized
as a licensed Chaplain and Designated Ambassador of Hope by the Worldwide Association of Small Churches - United States Charter and Ambassador for Management Strategy Institute, a professionally certified organization in PA. Dr. Michael Akintayo exemplifies a compassionate and dedicated individual who contributes to society in various capacities.
Through his exceptional achievements, unwavering commitment, and profound impact on education, community development, leadership, and religious organizations, Dr. Akintayo
continues to inspire and uplift individuals and communities around the world.
Favorite quote is: “With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26.”
Ms. Chui Man Lai joined the staff of New York Downtown Hospital in 2001. Following her mother-in-law’s hospitalization, the previous June, Ms. Lai brought her deep awareness of the critical importance of communication ...More
Ms. Chui Man Lai joined the staff of New York Downtown Hospital in 2001. Following her mother-in-law’s hospitalization, the previous June, Ms. Lai brought her deep awareness of the critical importance of communication between patients and their healthcare providers to her new position as a Patient Advocate and Medical Interpreter for Chinese patients with limited English proficiency. In 2009, she was named Assistant Vice President for Patient Services, Community Outreach and Provider Relations. Following the Hospital’s recent merger with New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, Ms. Lai was appointed Manager of Community Affairs for both the Chinese and American communities. In her new role, she is deeply invested in the Hospital’s efforts to improve patient experience and to promote public awareness of the Hospital’s mission to provide high quality care for each of our patients.
Within her list of responsibilities, Ms. Lai is deeply involved to promote the awareness of Advance Directives and End of Life care for the Chinese American community. Since 2009,
she has collaborated with other community agencies to organize a New York Asian Advance Directive Task Force to educate the Chinese residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown on the importance of appointing a Health Care Proxy Agent. The Task Force also provides training to community organizations throughout the Metropolitan area to train their staffs to assist their clients in the execution of a Health Care Proxy.
Her involvement with community services is not limited to Chinatown and Manhattan. Ms. Lai is actively involved in promoting equal access to health care for the Limited English
Proficiency population throughout New York City. She and members of her outreach team, the Chinese Community Partnership for Health, are available throughout the metropolitan areas. Responding to the COVID restriction on social distancing, CCPH launched a bi-weekly Chinese Radio Program, to raise health awareness to the public so everyone can learn how to take care their health safely at home.
Ms. Lai also introduces world class, Weill Cornell physicians to conduct educational health workshops for local community organizations. She organizes monthly wellness lectures via zoom and in person, as people are more receptive with the new normalcy of the pandemic. She and her team conduct Flu Vaccination activities with the support of local elected officials – partnership with Senator Kavanaugh to Lower East Side NYCHA residents in Fall 2022. Community Boards 1, 2 and 3 have acknowledged the quality service that NYP/Lower Manhattan Hospital is providing to their communities.
Ms. Lai came to the United States at the age of nine and received most of her education in New York. She is fluent in four Chinese dialects: Cantonese, Mandarin, Toishanese and
Hakka. Ms. Lai received her B.A. from New York University and earned her Executive M.B.A. (Management) at Pace University.
Since 2022, Ms. Lai and seventeen community leaders have joined the Neighborhood Council led by the Trinity Church to work collaboratively with plan and resolution for the recovery of Lower Manhattan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also the elected President for Kiwanis Club of Chinatown this October where their mission is to serve all the children in the world.
Former Honorees of the MIPO Inc.Outstanding Citizenship Hall of Fame Award
Dr. Michael Akintayo
Apostle Dr. Natacha Chloe Aurelien
Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project
Chui Man Lai
Dr. Matthew E. Fink
Dr. Giulia M. Pasinetti
Dr. Olugbenga Alaba Ajala
Dr. Michel-Jose Charles
Dr. Magalie Emile-Backer
Retired Sergeant Herve Guiteau
Dr. Maurice Hinson
Council Member Rita Joseph
M. Joane Pillard
Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul
Dr. Abraham Jules
Shaun D. Francois
Dr. Max Jean Paul
Past. Nicholson Pierre
Dr. Isabelle Barriere
Hon. Yvette D. Clarke
Dr. Humphrey Crookendale
Supt. Samuel Eugene
Ernest Michel, MD
David Morisset, Esq.
Dr. Nelson Moses
Hon. Alvin C. Vanessa Ogar
Dr. Marcelin Watler
Dr. Elizabeth Wilson
Rubain Dorancy, Esq.
Officer Arthur Egner
Hon. Raymond Alcide Joseph
Natasha Pierre McArthy
St. Paul’s Episcopal Young Adult Ministry
Mark Meyer Appel
Jerry Jordan Brown
Keisha T. Christie
Steve A. Dorcely
Marie E. Hyppolite
Patricia Marthone, MD
Hon. Nick Perry
Greta Rosalie Strong, Ed.D.
Hon. Judge Christina C.
Gerald J. Cadet
Henry Per Juste
Hon. Simon Dieuseul Desras
Jihan Marielle Antoine
Hon. Charles Barron
Patricia F. Robinson
James C. Richmond
Commander Rocky Robinson
Dr. Una S. T. Clarke
Stephanie & Floyd Rance
(Run and Shoot Film)
Dr. Stephen Appea
Hon. Annette Robinson
Marie Yolaine Eusebe
Dr. Walter Kyte
Pastor Samuel Nicolas