Mr. William Ruiz, Executive Director
He is a graduate student with a Bachelors Degree in Human Services from Boricua College. As a student of Boricua College, he served as President of the Student Government for 2 years, from 2000 – 2001. Mr. Ruiz is now the Chairman of the Boricua College Alumni Association, which oversees four campuses. Mr. Ruiz was also the first Latino to serve as Vice President for the Liberty Park Glendale Home Owners Association, in 2002 – 2003. He also served as a Housing Advocate for individuals living with HIV/AIDS within the five boroughs.
He is a former member of the Brooklyn Democratic Club, and currently holds membership with the 38th Assembly District.
Carlos J. Aviles, Chief Financial officer
Mr. Carlos J. Aviles is the Chief Financial Officer for HPCDC. He has lived and worked in the Cypress Hills Community for the last 12 years and has over 20 years of non-profit accounting experience, including different funding sources such as DHS, OASAS, DHMH, OPWDD, DFTA, OJJDP, Ryan White, and DYCD.
Mr. Aviles grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn and was valedictorian of his H.S. graduating class in 1990. He graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a B.S. in Business Management and Finance.
“I enjoy helping people and improving their overall quality of life. Working with the homeless in NYC has given me a different perspective. I am grateful and thankful for the opportunities that life has given me and I feel very fortunate I was put in an agency that helps and makes a difference in our community”.
He is a loving and devoted father of three sons and a grandfather of two. Mr. Aviles is vigilant in the fact that he wants to ensure he is able to provide the best services and safeguards for all his clients, as well as his staff. He always has an open door policy and is always available to lend a helping hand. He goes above and beyond what is required and is constantly looking to improve the quality of services provided for his clients and staff.
Betsy Lopez, Chairperson
Mrs. Betsy Lopez a Brooklyn Native, born and raised in Bedford- Stuyvesant. She is a mother of 5 children, one of them served as a Soldier in the U.S. States Army Reserves with deployments to Iraq, another one an N.Y. State EMT and another currently attending college as an ROTC Cadet.
Mrs. Lopez knows the struggles of raising children and understands how important and crucial it is to have programs in the community. “ I am so grateful for the programs my children had available to them while growing up” “Children need positive guidance and mentors”
For the past 20 years Mrs. Lopez has been an accounts receivable specialist at a GMC dealership. She has been a long-time volunteer for the military community as a Family Readiness Group Leader working out of different military installations. Mrs. Lopez has had various types of training from the military and has held several jobs within the military community. She also volunteers at the USO (United States Organization) an organization which has supported our servicemen and woman.
Mrs. Lopez loves to help people not only in the military but the people from the various communities as well. “I hope that in my years working with military families that I can bring my experiences and training to enrich and bring developmental programs and activities to the Brooklyn communities’.
Dr. William C. Jusino, Treasurer
Dr. William C. Jusino is the proud product of NYC public schools. Dr. Jusino attended Brooklyn public school’s 54, 157, IS 117, and East New York Vocational Technical High School. During his high school years, Dr. Jusino obtained his initial work experience in the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program in Bedford Stuyvesant. Subsequently, William was successful in gaining entrance to SUNY at Cortland, where he attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In 1988, Dr. Jusino also attended Pace University, NYC, and obtained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. He continued his post-graduate studies at Seton Hall University, where he earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision in 2007.
Dr. Jusino began his distinguished career with the New York City Department of Education in 1980. He enthusiastically returned to his community to serve as an elementary school teacher in Community School District 13 – PS 46 and PS 270. Continuing his passion for serving his community, Dr. Jusino accepted the position of Executive Director of PROGRESS Inc.. This agency provided management assistance and technical services to hundreds of community-based organizations throughout New York. In 1990, Dr. Jusino began his career as a school administrator serving first as an Assistant Principal in PS 120 (K-6). Then in the spring of 1996, he was offered an exceptional opportunity to lead a high school that would serve as the future model for educational excellence and innovation.- Progress High School for Professional Careers at the Grand Street Campus (formerly Eastern District High School). Dr. Jusino served, for 22 years, as Founding Principal of PROGRESS High School until he retired from the NYC Department of Education in November 2018. Dr. Jusino played a pivotal role in one of the most successful school reform efforts in New York City. Dr. Jusino has proudly joined the faculty at Boricua College and serves aspiring teachers in the TESOL Master’s Degree Program.
Dr. Jusino is a recipient of various awards and recognitions, such as the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished New York City Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University. Congressional Record Recognition, Congressional Certificate of Recognition and is the recipient of many city and state proclamations. He also received the Educator of the Year Award from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. However, Dr. Jusino takes great pride in having received the highest NYC Department of Education performance review rating of Highly Effective. Dr. Jusino is eternally grateful to his exceptional team of dedicated and talented educators.
Dr. Jusino continues to practice what he preaches and, more importantly, what he was taught by his Mom, Anna and Dad, William Sr. He is the proud parent of two adult children, William Luis (Harvard- Class of 1997) and Amanda Mia (UMASS Class of 2011.)
Nancy Marte, Secretary
Nancy Marte was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a board member since 2013. She is an accomplished professional with a solid background in the Health Care industry which includes over 20 years in a hospital located in Brooklyn.
A strong military career as a Sergeant First Class with three deployments in and out of the country and she continues to serve as a reservist. Her greatest accomplishment and the most joyous job she has been honored to do, is being the mother of two children who are both talented and skillful in their careers.
Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration and is currently finishing her Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Among all her awards, she has also been placed in the Veteran’s Hall of fame by the New York State Governor in 2015 and has received the unsung military SHERO award by the Eight Flames of Hope Foundation in 2016. Nancy also has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross since 2011 as part of the Disaster Response Team.
Nancy is a world traveler and travels whenever she gets a chance. She also loves music and her hobbies include dancing and spending time with family and friends.
Stefany Camacho, born in Brooklyn, New York and a 2019 graduate of Berkeley College, Magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management. From 2016 to 2017 Stefany worked as a paraprofessional educator, as she aided elementary students with learning difficulties. Currently, as a representative of Primerica, she helps numerous families understand their personal finances and how to invest in their futures.
Stefany also works alongside her father, Rev. Dennis Camacho, in American Marriage Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational church, in securing the rights of all people to celebrate marriages. As the program coordinator and uses her creative insight to provide couples with memorable wedding ceremonies that reflect their values and beliefs. She also uses this position to support the LGBTQ+ community in exercising their rights to marry who they choose.
Stefany also uses her voice to advocate for social justice and underrepresented communities.
Reverend Dennis Camacho Guzman
Reverend Dennis Camacho Guzman. Married since 1994. Member of Highland Park Community Development Corporation board of Director since 2007.
Degrees: 2003: Obtain an Associated Degree Associate Arts at Boricua College, 2005 Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Student Government Body President- 2003. Received Roberto Clemente Award in 2003.
1994-2002: US Army Veteran-Honorable Discharge; 63W: Wheel Mechanic
2011: Certificate of Marriage Registration
2020: Agent Life License-National Benefits Life
Currently working with Aids Center of Queens County, Inc. since 2000. Previous position: Case Manager, and Harm Reduction Specialist, Peer Supervisor. Currently working under Syringe Exchange Program as a HIV/Hep C Specialist Tested, 2008-Co-founder of the Transgender Support Group. Certified: Phlebotomist, Overdosed Prevention and Syringe Exchange.
Ordain Minister in 2011: American Marriage Ministries- officiated over 115 marriages and spiritual events
Primerica Financial Services: takes an educational approach and offers financial tools to help families to reach their Financials goals with a free and complimentary Financial Needs Analysis (FNA): Helps families become financially independent, debt free and shows them how to earn more income.
President of Nichols Avenue Block Association
Awards and Recognition: 1983 Aspirante Award for outstanding leadership, and for outstanding Club award: Juventud Latina