Our Staff

Maria Amor, Attorney

 

Julio Camacho, Housekeeping/Maintenance Worker

 

Alexander Dilone, Auditor/Weatherization Construction Manager

 

Archana Dittakavi, Attorney

Archana joined Housing Conservation Coordinator's as a Staff Attorney in 2015. She previously worked as a Staff Attorney in the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders and at the Street Vendor Project, part of the Urban Justice Center. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2011 and from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.

 

Ava L. Ferenci, Attorney

Ava Ferenci is a Staff Attorney at Housing Conservation Coordinators. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College '11 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law '17. Ava is committed to serving and building the city she calls home. Prior to law school she taught first grade at Success Academy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Her Note, Quasi-State Actor, was published in the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation & Public Policy and explores using the courts to fill a regulatory hole and enforce student rights in New York charter schools. During law school Ava was a Fellow at the Institute for Judicial Administration, a clinical student at NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, an intern for the NYS United Courts System's Access to Justice Housing Court Initiatives, and represented tenants in Kings County through the Volunteer Lawyer for a Day Program. You can often find her dog, Oscar, under her desk at HCC.

 

Mary Fox, Associate Director, has devoted her entire legal career to public interest work. Upon graduation from law school, Mary started her legal career as a Staff Attorney here in Hell's Kitchen with Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc. She moved to a position as a Senior Staff Attorney at Gay Men's Health Crisis where she represented HIV + clients with housing, benefits, bankruptcy and consumer debt matters. From there, Mary was selected to design and implement the first Bankruptcy Pro Se Office (nationally), and worked for seven years directly with judges, court staff, community legal service providers and pro se debtors and creditors to provide equal access to the bankruptcy process for those without legal representation. The model has now been replicated at other courts across the country. Before rejoining HCC, Mary was a Senior Staff attorney with the New York Lawyer's Assistance Group Legal Health program. She managed the hospital-based Mount Sinai legal clinic, helping ill and undocumented clients gain access to life saving healthcare, and seniors' access to better housing and benefits. Mary returned to her neighborhood and rejoined HCC in June, 2016 as the Director of Legal Services. Now, as the Associate Director, Mary is working to expand the legal services available to residents of Hell's Kitchen and additional communities as a legal services provider in the city's Right to Counsel in Housing Court. She also is working on the expansion of services for older adults, a growing local demographic and additional services for immigrants. She continues to partner with local elected officials to identify and meet the needs of their constituents.A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mary received her JD from City University of New York School of Law.

 

Jonathan T. Furlong, Director of Organizing

Jon has been working in the affordable housing development field for the past 10-plus years. In his previous position at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), Jon was responsible for providing assistance and support to neighborhood-based non-profit organizations working on proposed re-zonings throughout New York City. His work included project management for neighborhood-based efforts, as well as coordination of ANHD's efforts in a collaborative of citywide Technical Assistance providers. He earned a Master's Degree from Hunter College in Urban Affairs after which he worked as a labor organizer for the Service Employee's International Union, Habitat for Humanity, Housing Here and Now, and the Pratt Area Community Council.

 

Lynn Horowitz, Senior Supervising Attorney

Lynn joined HCC in 2013. She previously worked in the Group Representation Unit of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she represented clients facing criminal charges as a Student Attorney in the Criminal Law Clinic and volunteered at a weekly clinic with Shelter Legal Services. Lynn received an A.B. in History from Brown University.

 

Karen Jackson-Campbell, Director of Weatherization Services, a native New Yorker, has been involved with Weatherization Assistantce Program (WAP) since 1991. From 1991 until 1998 Karen worked for a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit performing outreach and intake duties for the WAP program. In 1998, Karen moved to Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc. as the Director of Weatherization Services. As a member of a newly formed Steering Committee for the WAP network facilitated by NYSHCR and NYSWDA this committee's efforts are to encourage the network to have a uniform policy throughout the state. She also sits on the Board of Directors as an At-Large member at Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) and serves on the Executive Board of Directors at New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA). She spends her free time hosting food-themed parties, cooking, gardening, exploring her creative self, quiet evening walks, and most of all spending time with family and friends.


Bob Kalin, Tenant Organizer

Bob has worked as a tenant organizer for 35 years at HCC and for the last three years as a Tenant Advocate. Over the years he has worked with tenants in substandard buildings that were owned by slumlords until now when the neighborhood is facing severe gentrification and development pressures. He feels strong that housing activists cannot be advocates for others until they are first advocates for themselves. To this end he was one of the founders of the union at HCC which was the first nonprofit community housing group in the United States to unionize. Bob has trained more than a dozen tenant organizers at HCC and has been doing housing training throughout the City for years including a highly regarded and popular training on HP Actions. In recent years Bob has developed a plan of action to help elderly tenants to clean out their cluttered apartments in order that they will not be evicted. Bob has worked on over 190 of these cases.

 

Judith L. Killen, Law Graduate

Judith joined HCC in 2018. A graduate of CUNY Law School, Judith interned at New York’s Center for Court Innovation and Brooklyn Defender's Family Defense Practice. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and enjoyed her sophomore year at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City. Judith has also been a classroom teacher and a nonprofit administrative staffer.


Ana LoBiondo, Executive Assistant

 

Hiram Lopez-Rodriguez, Law Graduate

 

José Melendrez, Field Data Specialist/BPI Certified

José joined Housing Conservation Coordinators in 2010 and work for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

 

Ashley Minett, Staff Attorney

Ashley joined HCC in June 2017 after completing her Pro Bono Scholars Program placement at Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice. She has previously interned at New York Legal Assistance Group Domestic Violence Clinical Center, The Children’s Law Center, New York State Office of the Attorney General Antitrust Bureau, and a small civil rights law firm. She is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where she received a Gold Public Service Award, Pro Bono Leadership Award, and Access to Justice Award.  Ashley received a BA in History and Political Science from Binghamton University.

 

Logan M. Moore, Law Graduate

Logan joined HCC in 2018. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science/Law and Society and from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2018. While in law school she worked at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in the Legal Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness Division, the Minneapolis Public Defenders Office, and the St. Louis Public Defenders Office.

 

Monica Morante, Senior Community Resource Coordinator

Born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, Monica Morante has deep roots within her community. For more than 25 years, she has served in social justice and community outreach. What her clients collectively recount, from elders to adolescents, is her unparalleled patience, positive attitude, approachable demeanor and incredible capacity for empathy. It is undeniable how much she cares for others. After completing the Executive Master's program in Industrial Labor Relations from Baruch College in her hometown of New York City, she has served as Senior Community Resource Coordinator at Housing Conservation Coordinators Inc. for the last ten years. When she isn't working, Monica can be found soaking up sun by the beach in NJ, attending Broadway shows, and enjoying good food.

 

Natalie Naculich, Tenant Organizer

Natalie joined HCC as a tenant organizer in 2018. She previously worked as a case manager at HomeBase, an eviction prevention program in the Bronx. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and has had experience organizing around health care access, police violence, and prison abolition.

 

Ivette Nuñez, Weatherization Intake Specialist

 

Richard Semegram, Supervising Attorney

Richard joined HCC in 2015. He previously represented tenants facing eviction in Nassau County at Nassau/Suffolk Law Service. He graduated from CUNY School of Law in 2012. He is admitted in New York State and the Southern District of New York. 

          

Leslie Thrope, Executive Director

 Leslie has spent her career dedicated to public interest work. She earned her B.A. from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she majored in psychology and women's studies. In 1994, Leslie receveived her J.D. degree from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College. While in law school, she interned with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the HIV Unit at Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp.


After Law School, Leslie spent nine years practicing as a family law attorney at Building Service 32B-J Legal Services Fund, representing union members and their dependents before the New York City Family Courts and the New York City Department of Education. In 2003, working closely with City Councilmembers Robert Jackson, Christine Quinn and Speaker Gifford Miller, she was instrumental in ensuring that New York City Council passed the Equal Benefits Bill.

In 2004, Leslie joined the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as the Director of The Center for Public Service Law. During her tenure at Cardozo, Leslie worked with hundreds of students and alumni to ensure that they were able to access the opportunities to become successful public interest lawyers. Joining HCC in April of 2017 has been a homecoming of sorts. Leslie went to law school many years ago to work in an organization that is devoted to providing poor and low income communities with access to the tools of organizing and advocating for equal and fair justice.

 

Patricia Whitcomb Hooper, Asst. to Legal Comp.



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