Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
David Garza, President & CEO
David Garza has been President & CEO since July 2010. Garza joined Henry Street’s Workforce Development Center in 2001 and was promoted to its Chief Administrator in 2005. Prior to Henry Street, he worked as a retail management executive and an independent producer for film, television and corporate marketing projects. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia Business School. Garza serves on the executive committee of the board of directors for the New York City Employment Training Coalition and on the boards of the United Neighborhood Houses, Citizens Committee for Children, Human Services Council, and Betances Health Center. He is also a member of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Geniria Armstrong, Vice President for Transitional & Supportive Housing
Geniria Armstrong joined Henry Street in 1986. She is responsible for the management of the agency’s four homeless shelters, including one for survivors of domestic violence. She received an undergraduate degree from Adelphi University and a master’s in social work from Fordham University. She is a board member for both Homeless Services United and Information for Families.
Renee Epps, Chief Officer for Facilities and Operations
Renee Epps joined Henry Street in August 2009. She supervises the facilities, business services and information technology departments, and manages Henry Street’s capital projects. Prior to joining the Settlement, Epps spent 17 years at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she most recently served as Executive Vice President. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Epps is active in many professional and civic groups including the Municipal Arts Society.
Janet Fischer, Vice President for Senior Services
Janet Fischer joined Henry Street Settlement in 1998. She is responsible for the management of the agency’s four senior programs including the Senior Center, Healthy Senior Select Meals on Wheels, Senior Companion Program, and NORC/Vladeck Cares supportive service program. She also oversees the Center for Active and Successful Aging (CASA), a geriatric satellite mental health clinic in coordination with Henry Street’s Community Consultation Center. She received a BA in psychology from CCNY and MSW from Hunter College and is a licensed clinical social worker.
Kristin Hertel, Vice President for Health and Wellness
Kristin Hertel is responsible for primary and behavioral health services at the Settlement. Hertel, who joined Henry Street 23 years ago, graduated from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany with a degree in social work and obtained a Postmasters Certificate in advanced clinical work from the Hunter College School of Social Work.
Barbara Kancelbaum, Vice President for Marketing & Communications
Barbara Kancelbaum joined Henry Street in 2018. She is responsible for branding, publications, and media relations. Previously, Barbara worked with multiple nonprofits, including several universities and foundations, as a writer, editor, and strategic communications consultant in the areas of health care, social justice, and law. A former communications director of Doctors Without Borders, she has a B.A. from Northwestern and M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.
Josephine C. Lume, Chief Financial Officer
Josephine Lume is responsible for the agency’s finances and business systems. She joined Henry Street in 2002 as Controller, bringing 16 years of finance experience to the Settlement. A graduate of Pace University, she is a Certified Public Accountant.
Matthew Phifer, Vice President for Education & Employment Services
Matthew Phifer’s passion for social services began in 1999 at Binghamton University. Upon graduation he joined the Henry Street Settlement as a Case Manager for the New Beginnings Alternative High School at the Boys and Girls Republic. He was responsible for counseling youth with severe attendance issues and one-year suspensions, as well as providing referrals and managing academic interventions with students. During his tenure at Henry Street Matt worked as the coordinator for the Summer Youth Employment Program, Director of Adolescent Education Services, and eventually Director of Education Services where he oversaw Henry Street’s adolescent, early childhood and after-school elementary educational services, which provide results-driven academic enrichment programming to more than 2000 inner-city youth annually. In his previous role as CollegeSpring’s New York Executive Director, he oversaw partnership development, fundraising, site management, and program execution. Matthew holds two BAs in Africana Studies and Sociology, as well as a Masters in Social Science with a concentration in Public Administration.
Craig T. Peterson, Vice President for the Visual and Performing Arts/Director of the Abrons Arts Center
Craig Peterson, who joined the Settlement in 2016, has 25 years of experience in the arts. Most recently he was Director of Programs and Presentations at Gibney Dance in New York, where he built an array of arts programs and helped facilitate the creation of nearly 100 new works presented on stages across the city. He previously was Director of the Philly Fringe Festival and the Live Arts Brewery, and spent ten years at Dance Theater Workshop. A native of New Hampshire, he received a bachelor’s degree in theater/choreography and psychology from Bard College. He is a member of the Bessies Committee and on the board of the Alliance of Artist Communities and Big Dance Theater.
Jeremy Reiss, Vice President for Public Policy and External Relations
Jeremy Reiss joined Henry Street in March 2013. His responsibilities include creating opportunities for programmatic resources development, attracting financial support, maximizing the contributions of volunteers and advancing public policy agendas. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he also has a master’s degree in social policy and planning from the London School of Economics. He most recently served as the Vice President of Communications and External Affairs at East River Development Alliance and was also a member of its Board of Directors. He also served on the Urban Policy and Labor/Employment Advisory Committees for President Obama’s 2008 election campaign.
Jan Rose, Chief People Officer
Jan joined Henry Street in July 2018 and leads our Talent Development Initiative. Having been most recently a partner in AchieveMission, a nonprofit leadership-development and talent-management organization, Jan has more than 25 years of experience strengthening organizational effectiveness in nonprofit and for-profit settings. Previously, she worked in talent management at Mercer and Aon Hewitt, both global consulting firms. She has performed extensive volunteer and pro bono service; working at Henry Street fulfills a life-long dream of applying her talent-management skills to our mission. Jan has a B.A. Economics and M.B.A. in Industrial Relations from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Ellen Schneiderman, Vice President for Special Events and Individual Giving
Ellen Schneiderman, who joined Henry Street as a grant writer in 2007, assumed the newly created position of Deputy Development Officer, Special Events and Individual Giving in July 2013. In her new role, she manages a comprehensive program to attract gifts through direct solicitations, special events, sponsorship and planned giving. Previously at Henry Street, she focused on institutional giving for the Abrons Arts Center and complex government social service proposals. She is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in visual arts and community health.