Board Staff

The Board has two offices – a downtown Manhattan office at 2 Lafayette, FL 12 Suite 1221, and a Rikers Island office in the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC).

Executive Director

Amanda Masters, Executive Director (Contact the Executive Director)
Denise Upshaw, Director of Policy & Communications

Administration

Shern Varghese, Director of Information Technology
John Huang, IT Systems Support Engineer
Regina Gumerova, Office Manager
Tonya Glover, Executive Assistant

General Counsel

Jasmine Georges-Yilla, General Counsel
Melissa Cintron Hernandez, Deputy General Counsel
Brian Gonzalez, Legal Associate
Rahzeem Gray, Director of Special Investigations
Imahnni Jeffries, Special Investigations Coordinator
Joshua Acquaye, Appeals Coordinator

Monitoring

Nashla Rivas Salas, Deputy Executive Director of Oversight and Evaluation

S. Augustin, Director of Programming and Community Support
B. Baily, Director of Violence Prevention
K. Blackman, Director of Environmental Safety
B. Melendez, Director of Public Accountability
S. Pearson, Director of Physical and Mental Well Being
V. Ezeji, Standards Specialist
D. Acosta, Standards Specialist
J. McFarlane, Standards Specialist

The Board's Monitoring Team serve as BOC's "eyes and ears" in the City's jails. They have unfettered access to the jails and people in custody in order to promote compliance with the Board's Minimum Standards.

Research

Chai Park, Deputy Executive Director of Research
Heather Burgess, Senior PREA Research Associate