Executive Cabinet

Rev. Dr. Darlene Williams
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chair, East Harlem Community Alliance

Dr.  Williams joined Union Settlement in June 2023. She is a proud member of the BIPOC community and honored to lead the largest social services organization that serves as an anchor in East Harlem. Established by the community, for the community, with approximately 400 staff in over thirty-five locations, Union Settlement serves as a pathway for greater opportunity, an unwavering beacon of hope, a source of strength, and a leader in education, wellness, and community-building programs. Union Settlement empowers New Yorkers of all ages with opportunities to improve their skills and build better lives for themselves and their families. Dr. Williams ensures that the foundation and mission-focus of Settlement Houses are ever-evolving in Union Settlement’s programming to meet the needs of East Harlem residents and remain responsive and relevant.

Dr.  Williams is a visionary and transformational executive leader with a strong commitment to service and empowerment for under-resourced communities, equity, and social injustice. Dr. Williams’ three decades of executive leadership experience in nonprofit organizations and government agencies, provides her with insight into the needs of nonprofit organizations and their integral role in the community. Throughout her career in New York City government and academia, she has prioritized roles serving vulnerable populations to enhance overall quality of life, with an intentional focus on alleviating the effects of poverty, promoting equity, addressing racial disparities, and providing opportunities for individuals to thrive. With her steadfast passion and emotional intelligence, she elevates her voice for the needs of the community and has successfully transformed organizations to higher levels of impact, sustainability, and success.

Dr.  Williams is a published author, entrepreneur, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her accomplishments.  She is committed to continuing the legacy of community service of her sister Sharon Brown-Dash, and her parents, the late Rev. Robert & Bettye Brown.  Dr.  Williams is active in her community, proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a licensed chaplain, and serves the Southeast Queens community as a member of the ministerial team at Evangel Temple Ministries. She serves on several city/state boards, private civic organizations, and academia where she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level.  She is on Board of Trustees and Executive Board at Metropolitan College of NY, which she is a double alumnus, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and Co-Chair for the 2024 Presidential Search Committee.

Dr.  Williams received her Associates in Arts from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, her Bachelor in Human Services and Master of Public Policy & Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York, and her Doctorate in Philosophy from Walden University.

Motto:  “Great leaders do not desire to lead but to SERVE – Myles Munroe

‘My private life mirrors my professional life:’ Union Settlement CEO on her devotion to public service – NYN Media


Executive Assistant to the President & CEO




Tanisha Jackson
Chief Operating Officer (COO)






Dr. Derrick Boone, Psy.D.
Chief Compliance & Program Officer for Adult Services (CPO)

Derrick joined Union Settlement in June 2018. For over two decades he has worked for nonprofit social service programs in direct care, professional consultation, and executive leadership. He has experience working with organizations that focus on mental health, employment, education, school-based counseling, seniors, transitional living, trauma informed care, and homelessness.  He has Master’s and Doctorate degrees in psychology from Loma Linda University.

Affreaka  Austin
Chief Program Officer, Families, Partnerships, Youth Development & Opportunity (CPO)




Oneida Perez
Chief People Officer

Oneida Perez, Chief People Officer at Union Settlement, is driven by the butterfly effect – the notion that one gesture, one kindness, one effort can change destinies, both our own and those of the lives we touch. A proud product of East Harlem (aka El Barrio), she is passionate about community development and advocacy, strengthening human connections, and empowering others towards greater self-efficacy. She brings over 20 years of experience in organizational development, labor relations, and workforce management. Her portfolio includes roles with Phipps Community Development, the YMCA of Greater New York, The Boys’ Club, the United Neighborhood Houses network, and collaborations with multi-state universities. Oneida holds a Master’s in Organizational Management, a Bachelor’s in Gender Studies, and dual Human Resources certifications as a Senior Certified Professional with SHRM and HRCI.

Ernie Endara
Chief Finance Officer (CFO)


Chief Development Officer




Executive Directors

Luz Carty
Executive Director, Aging, Health & Wellness Services

Luz joined Union Settlement in February 2020. With almost a decade of work with NYC seniors, Luz is excited to bring her knowledge and experience back to Union Settlement as Executive Director of Aging Health and Wellness Services.  After working at Union Settlement from 2012-2017 in various capacities, including Senior Services Coordinator, Senior Center Manager, and Assistant Deputy Director, Luz joined the NYC Department for the Aging. From 2017-2020 she worked as a Program Officer, getting a handle on the issues and solutions that go into the business of running large groupings of senior centers.  Luz holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from SUNY Albany and a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College.

Geva Dublin
Executive Director, Early Childhood Education & Family Child Care Network

Geva joined Union Settlement in March 2024



Josy Dussek
Executive Director, Business Operations, Compliance  & Regulatory Affairs

Josy joined Union Settlement in March 2024





Sean Roker
Executive Director, External Affairs & Strategic Communications

Sean joined Union Settlement in 2023, after more than a decade of experience leading marketing, communications, and community engagement in both the private sector. He grew up in Jamaica, Queens participating in non-profit programming, and has a personal connection to the impact Union Settlement makes in the lives of the community. Sean has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Marketing Management from St. John’s University. He lives in Queens with his wife and daughter.


Dr. Stacie Woodland, DSW, LCSW-R
Executive Director, Comprehensive Mental & Emotional Healthcare

Stacie joined Union Settlement in December 2017 as a Clinical Supervisor in the Mental Health Clinic.  She took on the position of Director of Mental Health Services in December of 2018. Stacie comes to Union Settlement with almost two decades of experience working in areas around mental health, homelessness, HIV and adolescent issues. She has expertise in trauma informed care. As an adjunct professor of psychology at Touro College since 2004, she created the curriculum and has taught advanced seminars on both Trauma and Eating Disorders. An avid animal lover, Stacie volunteers at a local animal shelter. She is also a Certified Grief Counselor and one of the few Certified Counselors in NYC for Pet Loss Grief Counseling (PGRS-C, Pet Loss and Grief Recovery Specialist).

Sean Wynter

Executive Director, Youth Development & Opportunity



Senior Team

Jocelyn Caceres
Director, Family Enrichment Center (FEC)
Jocelyn joined Union Settlement in August 2022. She is the new director of Manhattan’s first Family Enrichment Center (FEC), Jocelyn is a East Harlem/South Bronx native. A Master’s Leveled Social Worker who has served the last 15 years working with children and families, including a supervisor role in foster care. She has worked with The New York City Department of Homeless Services and a Bronx based FEC.  It is no secret that Jocelyn is a strong, fierce, compassionate leader who thrives being a source of support for others. Not only does she see but also understands the value in assisting people in overcoming challenges and advocating for those in need. Jocelyn holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work.  Jocelyn understands the Family Enrichment Center model and her mission is to ensure the needs of the East Harlem community are met. She is a coach who is powerful in guiding the co-design process  to create something so impactful that is needed and relevant to East Harlem

Roberta  Coleman
Director, Labor Relations & Compliance



Hilda V. Cortés
Director, Adult Education Program
Hilda joined Union Settlement in May 2018 after most recently serving as the Program Coordinator of Adult Literacy Education at Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services in Brooklyn, and previously held educational and job development positions at the Hudson County Schools of Technology. Ms. Cortés holds a Bachelor degree in Spanish from SUNY-Buffalo, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the College of Mount St. Vincent.

Michelle Cruz
Director, Economic Development & Government Affairs



Luanna Miranda
Director, Family Childcare Network 

Luanna, an East Harlem native, joined Union Settlement on August of 2014 as a Family Worker in one of Union Settlement’s Head Start programs. Her passion for helping families reach their goals led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Fordham University and she is now the Director of Union Settlement’s Family Childcare Network (FCCN). In her current role, she helps individuals establish their own small businesses as Childcare Providers in the Manhattan area and ensures that families secure childcare in order to pursue employment and further their education. Previous to this, Luanna was a parent at one of our childcare centers and is now fully dedicated to giving others in the community the same opportunities that were extended to her through our Union Settlement programs.

Christine  Munoz
Director, Talent Acquistion & Total Rewards


Monica Rene
Director, NYC Benefits Program & Childcare Connection (C4)

Monica joined Union Settlement in 2019 as a Case Manager Supervisor with Youth Services. She also served as the HUB Regional Director prior to her leadership role with the recently launched NYC Benefits Program. Raised in Brooklyn and the Bronx, Monica is passionate about helping youth and families across NYC. She has over 20 years of experience serving NYC communities through nonprofit organizations, most recently at the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lehman College as well as Case Management and Family Development credentials from Hostos Community College and Cornell University respectively.

Shawn Smith
Director, East Harlem Community Partnership

Shawn Smith is known as a progressive thinker. He maintains a flair for multi-tasking and fostering positive relations with and between community stakeholders. A BMCC and City College Alum, his love of learning and background in education, advocacy, and as a published musician, has afforded him a plethora of opportunities in relationship building. His approach to service and empowerment is multi-generational in scope and practice and enhances his ability as “a connector”. Shawn has served on Commuity Board 11, the SCAN-HARBOR Parent Advisory Board, the Villa Hermosa Tenant Union (Vice President), as BCNY’s Youth Director (East Harlem), a High School Music Teacher and last but not least (and actually first), a Parent Volunteer with several institutions throughout the New York City area. Shawn is married with 3 kids (2 currently attending Howard University). His love of family and his passion and conviction for doing this work are the catalyst for his manta, “get involved”, and he lives this out in real time.