Executive Staff

Brooklyn Community Services employs over 500 people in over 35 programs throughout Brooklyn. We are proud of our professionalism, commitment to excellence and caring service to our clients in the Brooklyn community.

To contact an Executive Staff member, please email info@wearebcs.org.

Janelle Farris,
Executive Director & President

In 2018, Janelle Farris became our Executive Director and President. She began working for BCS as the Chief Operating Officer in the fall of 2013. In this position Ms. Farris was responsible for management of BCS programs, Human Resources and operations related to office and program relocation.

Janelle has extensive non-profit management experience.  She worked as the Associate Director responsible for Operations at the Pratt Center for Community Development for nine years, and in January 2013, received a Post Master’s Certificate in Organization Development from The New School for Social Engagement. Prior to joining Pratt Center in 2004, Janelle worked for Common Ground, where she was Director of the largest single-occupancy supportive housing facility in the country, The Times Square. She has also worked at The Times Square Business Improvement District and New York City’s 1989 Charter Revision Commission.

Janelle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.


Jodi Querbach,
Chief Operating Officer

 In 2018, Jodi Querbach became our Chief Operating Officer, overseeing BCS’ 35 programs across Brooklyn. Jodi Querbach joined Brooklyn Community Services in 2004 and worked as the Director of Family Services, overseeing the Bedford Stuyvesant and East New York Family Centers.  After many years of hard work and commitment to the families we serve, Jodi was promoted to BCS’s Deputy Operating Officer. She has over twenty years experience working with children and families in Brooklyn, and is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School for Social Work.


Neil Pierson Flynn,
Chief Financial Officer

Neil Pierson Flynn is the Chief Financial Officer for BCS.  Neil brings over 30 years of experience in the finance industry, with a particular expertise in business management strategies for nonprofits. Prior to joining BCS, he was vice president of operations and finance/chief financial officer for Boys & Girls Harbor, the  Harlem-based multi-faceted education organization. He is also a former vice president of finance at Harlem United. Prior to that, he was the director of finance and administration and chief financial officer of Services for the Underserved. He has also been a director at KMPG. Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from Siena College.


Senior Leadership

angelaProgram and Services

Angela is a New York state licensed LMSW who completed her graduate MSW at New York University. She has worked both in the US and overseas as a social worker, mainly in the areas of youth development, chemical dependency, homelessness and disaster recovery. Prior to becoming our Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Angela was the Division Director of Youth Services.

Information Technology

Adil Elkari is a highly accomplished information technology director with a proven track record of meeting BCS’s needs and delivering positive outcomes.  Adil has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College of New York. Adil has also been certified as a system engineer by Microsoft, Cisco and Novell. During the last twenty years, Adil has been leading BCS’ IT team through critical organizational initiatives and projects.

External Relations and Advancement


External Relations and Advancement
Kristina Reintamm, Director, External Relations and Advancement
email: era@wearebcs.org

Kristina Reintamm has over ten years of experience working in non-profit marketing, development and volunteer management. At BCS, she has launched large-scale volunteer initiatives and public education events and served as the liaison for the New York Times Neediest Cases Campaign. Kristina holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College.

Volunteer Program and Outreach
Janelle Anderson, Director, Volunteerism and Outreach
email: volunteer@wearebcs.org

Janelle Anderson has worked with marginalized and vulnerable populations, ranging from individuals who grapple with homelessness to at-risk youth. Janelle is a NYS Licensed Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Buffalo State and a Master’s degree in Social Work focusing on Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Program Divisions


Community Supports for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Rose Sauls joined Brooklyn Community Services in 2007 as the Medicaid Service Coordinator Supervisor. Rose oversaw the MSC unit and supervised 5 Case managers. In 2015, Rose was promoted to Director of Medicaid Service Coordination. Rose continued to oversee the MSC unit and supervised 3 MSC supervisors. In 2016, Rose was promoted to Division Director for Community Supports for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and oversees 5 programs and their directors. In addition, Rose chairs the Incident Review Committee, MSC Committee and the Human Rights Committee. She has over fifteen years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and mental illness. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University School of Social Work. She is a licensed social worker and SIFI trained.

Health & Housing

Orlando Mendoza comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in field of behavioral health.  Mr. Mendoza specializes in the realm of chronically homeless, serious and persistent mentally illness, and chronic substance addiction.  Additionally, Mr. Mendoza possesses expertise in supportive/supported housing, outpatient mental health, addiction rehabilitation, and consumer advocacy.  Mr. Mendoza holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York College.


After School Education Programs
Yolanda J. Colon
Yolanda Colon has over 30 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in the communities of Bedford Stuyvesant, Coney Island, Fort-Greene, East New York, and Brownsville, Brooklyn.  Ms. Colon is a Master Social Worker (MSW). She graduated from the Silberman School for Social Work at Hunter College and is a Social Worker Intern Field Instructor. Previously, Ms. Colon worked with young people at our Brooklyn Leadership High School, and oversaw our Cornerstone Community Centers.

Board of Directors   –   Executive Committee

Mr. Shawn V. Austin – Chair –
SVP, A&H Distribution and Marketing, Liberty Mutual.

Ms. Elizabeth Christensen- Vice Chair –
Sales Manager, New York City, Skurnik Wines & Spirits

Mr. Peter Cahill
Associate General Counsel, Ernst & Young, LLP

Mr. Andrew L. Hamm 
Business Management, Citigroup Prime Finance

Mr. Alan Gallo 
Chief Audit Executive, American Express

Mr. Jonathan Liu
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Consumer Finance Group

Mr. Ian E. Scott
Founder, Scott Legal, P.C

Board Members

Mr. Akash Agrawal
Director, Head of USD Interest Rate Swaps Trading Credit Suisse

Ms. Sally R. Brody
Artist/Civic Leader

Mr. Eric Ceresnie
Managing Partner, Arch Street Management

Mr. Najee Coverson
Assistant Vice President, Residential Operations, RXR Realty

Mr. Dave R. Frederick
Schroder Investment Management North, Senior Compliance Manager

Mr. Christian B. Hylton
Partner, Land Use & Government Relations, Phillips Nizer LLP

Ms. Tamika Joseph
Client Partner, Twitter

Ms. Juliet Lewis
Manager, Brooklyn Public Affairs, Con Edison

Mr. Robert Payne
Vice President, Enterprise Strategy & Execution, AmEx Global Services Group

Ms. Wendy Scarlett
Vice President, Commercial Banking Business Development Popular Bank

Ms. Dana M. Simmons-Greco
Owner, wino(t) 

Mr. Stephen Z. Williamson
Law Office of Steve Williamson, PLLC

Mr. Neal A. Zephyrin
Vice President, Credit Industriel et Commercial