Board Staff

The Board has two offices – a downtown office (2 Lafayette, room 1220) and a Rikers Island Office in the Mercado Trailer behind the Anna M. Kross Center (AMKC).

Executive Director

Amanda Masters, Acting Executive Director (Contact the Executive Director)


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

General Counsel

Melissa Cintron Hernandez, Deputy General Counsel
Rahzeem Gray, Director of Special Investigations
Joshua Acquaye, Appeals Coordinator


Nashla Rivas Salas, Deputy Executive Director of Oversight and Evaluation

D. Acosta, Standards Specialist
S. Augustin, Standards Specialist
B. Baily, Standards Specialist
K. Blackman, Standards Specialist
V. Ezeji, Standards Specialist
J. McFarlane. Standards Specialist
B. Melendez, Standards Specialist
S. Pearson, Standards Specialist

The Board's Standards Specialists serve as BOC's "eyes and ears" in the City's jails. They conduct site visits at the nine jails on Rikers Island, three borough jails, as well as court pens and hospital wards. The Standards Specialists have unfettered access to the jails in order to promote compliance with the Board's Minimum Standards.


Heather Burgess, Research Associate
Ana Jimena Gonzalez, Senior Research Associate