Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Healthy Relationships with Caring Adults are

Critical to Success

We believe that there are few things more important to a young person’s development than sustained, nurturing relationships with caring adults. BronxConnect’s excellent staff, who come from the very communities our youth come from, are the backbone of our success. Youth need caring adults who will “speak the truth in love” and provide the necessary support to ensure that their needs are met: helping youth stay on track towards the goals they have set for themselves so they may gain the skills needed to become productive adults.

Healthy Relationships with Caring Adults are

Critical to Success

We believe that there are few things more important to a young person’s development than sustained, nurturing relationships with caring adults. BronxConnect’s excellent staff, who come from the very communities our youth come from, are the backbone of our success. Youth need caring adults who will “speak the truth in love” and provide the necessary support to ensure that their needs are met: helping youth stay on track towards the goals they have set for themselves so they may gain the skills needed to become productive adults.

Relationships with Caring Adults are

Critical to Success

We believe that there are few things more important to a young person’s development than sustained, nurturing relationships with caring adults. BronxConnect’s excellent staff, who come from the very communities our youth come from, are the backbone of our success. Youth need caring adults who will “speak the truth in love” and provide the necessary support to ensure that their needs are met: helping youth stay on track towards the goals they have set for themselves so they may gain the skills needed to become productive adults.

We’re The Original

Credible Messengers

Since its inception, BronxConnect has recruited staff and mentors from the community whose backgrounds mirrored our youth’s life experiences. These leaders, now called “Credible Messengers,” are the best models of change for our youth. We are proud to report that 25 percent of BronxConnect’s full-time staff are incarceration survivors; with all staff having overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become exemplary leaders in our community. Those who have experienced the horrors of mass incarceration are best positioned to lead in the dismantling of this unjust immoral travesty.

Rev. Wendy Calderón-Payne

Executive Director
E: revwendy@bronxconnect.org
P: 718.402.6872 ext. 109

Tara Brown-Arnell

BronxConnect Director
E: taraba@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext. 401

Felicia Lemons, MDiv, MPA

Workforce & Reentry Manager
E: felicial@bronxconnect.org
P: 347.725.0447

José Marté, MSW

Alternative-to-Incarceration Manager
E: josem@bronxconnect.org
P: 718.402.7872 ext.111

Aarian Punter, MSW, MS

Release the Grip Program Manager
E: aarianp@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext.404

Michael “Love” Rodriguez

Release the Grip Outreach Worker Supervisor
E: michaelr@bronxconnect.org
P: 347.862.1102

Pamela Villa

Prevention Services Manager
E: pamelav@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext.402

We’re The Original

Credible Messengers

Since its inception, BronxConnect has recruited staff and mentors from the community whose backgrounds mirrored our youth’s life experiences. These leaders, now called “Credible Messengers,” are the best models of change for our youth. We are proud to report that 25 percent of BronxConnect’s full-time staff are incarceration survivors; with all staff having overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become exemplary leaders in our community. Those who have experienced the horrors of mass incarceration are best positioned to lead in the dismantling of this unjust immoral travesty.

Rev. Wendy Calderón-Payne

Executive Director
E: revwendy@bronxconnect.org
P: 718.402.6872 ext. 109

Tara Brown-Arnell

BronxConnect Director
E: taraba@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext. 401

Felicia Lemons, MDiv, MPA

Workforce & Reentry Manager
E: felicial@bronxconnect.org
P: 347.725.0447

José Marté, MSW

Alternative-to-Incarceration Manager
E: josem@bronxconnect.org
P: 718.402.7872 ext.111

Aarian Punter, MSW, MS

Release the Grip Program Manager
E: aarianp@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext.404

Michael “Love” Rodriguez

Release the Grip Outreach Worker Supervisor
E: michaelr@bronxconnect.org
P: 347.862.1102

Pamela Villa

Prevention Services Manager
E: pamelav@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext.402

We’re The Original

Credible Messengers

Since its inception, BronxConnect has recruited staff and mentors from the community whose backgrounds mirrored our youth’s life experiences. These leaders, now called “Credible Messengers,” are the best models of change for our youth. We are proud to report that 25 percent of BronxConnect’s full-time staff are incarceration survivors; with all staff having overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become exemplary leaders in our community. Those who have experienced the horrors of mass incarceration are best positioned to lead in the dismantling of this unjust immoral travesty.

Rev. Wendy Calderón-Payne

Executive Director
E: revwendy@bronxconnect.org
P: 718.402.6872 ext. 109

Tara Brown-Arnell

BronxConnect Director
E: taraba@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext. 401

Felicia Lemons, MDiv, MPA

Workforce & Reentry Manager
E: felicial@bronxconnect.org
P: 347.725.0447

José Marté, MSW

Alternative-to-Incarceration Manager
E: josem@bronxconnect.org
P: 718.402.7872 ext.111

Aarian Punter, MSW, MS

Release the Grip Program Manager
E: aarianp@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext.404

Michael “Love” Rodriguez

Release the Grip Outreach Worker Supervisor
E: michaelr@bronxconnect.org
P: 347.862.1102

Pamela Villa

Prevention Services Manager
E: pamelav@bronxconnect.org
P: 917.473.7834 ext.402

Be a part of real change in NYC and get involved with BronxConnect.

Be a part of real change in NYC and get involved with BronxConnect.

Be a part of real change in NYC and get involved with BronxConnect.

ABOUT


BronxConnect is a community and faith-based program that offers alternative-justice, cure violence, and re-entry programs to help communities build from within.

ADDRESS


BronxConnect Office
432 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10455

Release The Grip Office
1131 Findlay Ave
Bronx, NY 10456

CONTACT



Bronx Connect Office
718.402.6872
info@bronxconnect.org

Release The Grip Office
347.862.1102
rtg@bronxconnect.org

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