Our Staff

Ken Wray

Executive Director


Ken has been active in affordable housing for several decades. He started his career in one of New York’s garment unions when labor was one the city’s major developers of cooperative middle-income housing and served as the Executive Director of the United Housing Foundation, a consortium of unions and financial institutions, for ten years. In the early 1990’s, he was one of the founding members of CATCH as we began our efforts to develop tenant-run mutual housing associations in distressed neighborhoods in Harlem, Washington Heights, Brooklyn and the South Bronx. More recently, he’s served as a Vice-President at Westhab, Inc., directing housing and social services operations for low- and very low-income households in Westchester County, NY. In that time he acquired extensive experience serving the needs of at-risk populations especially those with unique needs, including Veterans and the mentally disabled. Ken received his BA from Columbia University and his MS from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Harold DeRienzo

General Counsel and Director of Compliance


Harold DeRienzo led the Parodneck Foundation from 1982 to 2006 as President. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. DeRienzo was the founding executive director of the nationally recognized Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc. Mr. DeRienzo holds a JD from the New York Law School, and a B.S. in Economics from Manhattan College. He has authored numerous articles on housing and social justice issues for New York Affairs, City Limits the National Civic Review, and other publications.

George Cochran

Finance Director


Mr. Cochran graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in accounting. After working briefly in banking Mr. Cochran decided to study acting. It was while studying acting that Mr. Cochran worked freelance as a financial consultant. This experience has led to employment as chief financial officer for several arts related not-for profits such as Performance Space 122, the Bronx Museum and New York Theatre Workshop. Working at the Parodneck Foundation allows Mr. Cochran to use his expertise for a different group of individuals.

Betty Aguasvivas



Ms. Aguasvivas acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. She has worked with the Foundation since 2003 during which time she has become an important part of the Fiscal team.

Thomasina White

SCHAP Director


Thomasina has worked within the not-for-profit sector over 19 years and has over 25 years experience in administration. She has been with the Foundation since 1998 and has served in a variety of programmatic and administrative positions. In her current role she is directs our senior homeowner loan program and is one of our Certified Foreclosure & Default Intervention Counselors as well as Financial Literacy.

Melissa Chung-A-Hing

Administrative Assistant


Melissa Chung-A-Hing began working with the Parodneck Foundation as an intern January 2014. She joined the Parodneck Foundation in May of 2014 as their Administrative Assistant. Melissa is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Business.

Matthew Shurtleff

CATCH Director


Matt has worked in the non-profit sector for a dozen years, focusing on affordable housing development. In his current role, he manages major building upgrades and guides tenants as they convert their rental buildings into limited equity coops. Matt is also responsible for greening the real estate portfolio by implementing energy efficiency upgrades and reducing stormwater runoff. He is a LEED AP and a BPI Multifamily Analyst. He holds a Masters degree in sustainability management from Columbia University.

Donell Leverett

Project Manager


Donell has worked in the affordable housing real estate development field for many years. In his current role, he does the underwriting, budgeting, and due diligence necessary to apply for the public and private funding to renovate CATCH’s housing stock. His experience includes a broad range of housing and financial institutions including NYC HPD, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Community League of the Heights, and JP Morgan Chase. As a New York City native he brings a critical local perspective and a passion for housing issues.

DeWayne Robinson

Service Coordinator


Mr. Robinson has a degree in Social Work from Lehman College. He has over 30 years experience in Human Services. In his current role as Service Coordinator he is responsible for providing and monitoring all social services for the residents at Logan Gardens.

Noemi Aviles

Director of Housing Counseling


Noemi Aviles joined the Parodneck Foundation in January 2009. Ms. Aviles has over 20 years of credit and underwriting experience in the Banking Industry. Prior to working with The Parodneck Foundation, Ms. Aviles worked with Chase under the Community Development Group as an Assistant Manager to the VP of the Residential Lending Department. Ms. Aviles attended St. Johns University and acquired several certifications from NYU in Income, Property/Underwriting and Real Estate. She has also obtained under NCHEC (Neighbor Works) the certifications for Foreclosure Prevention, Pre-Purchase, and Homeownership Counseling Program Manager. Ms. Aviles has counseled and successfully presented numerous foreclosure prevention cases on behalf of clients for Loss Mitigation. As of March 2015, Ms. Aviles took on the role as the Director of the Housing Counseling Department.

Gerald Carter

Remediation Specialist


Gerald spent 16 years at Budget and Credit Counseling Services Inc, where he designed and directed their mortgage readiness department and spearheaded their community financial literacy outreach. He holds HUD Certified Credit Counseling Certification. He has extensive knowledge and experience with mortgage remediation and loss mitigation.

Stephanie Hurtado

Intake Coordinator/Counselor


Stephanie Hurtado joined The Parodneck Foundation as an Intern in 2011, and was hired to work with the Housing Counseling Department as an Intake Coordinator in 2013. In 2015, Ms. Hurtado obtained her Certification under NCHEC (Neighborhood Works), as a Home Purchase Housing Counselor. Ms. Hurtado has also met all necessary requirements in obtaining her Foreclosure Prevention Counseling certification. Ms. Hurtado is currently attending college, and is working on getting her degree.