Meet the DCVYP team
Dion cucuta, founder and ceo
Retired US Marine Corps, Volunteer Culinary Arts Professor - Bergen Community College
Dion Cucuta was born and raised in Harlem, NYC during the Heroin uprise & epidemic. He escaped the uprising and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1977, and served until 1983. Once graduated from boot camp, he received orders to report to Camp Lejeune to Culinary School and became a cook. Dion’s ability to work with others, develop bonds and leadership was noticed by many Senior Marines, and he immediately received meritorious promotions and climbed the Rank to Sgt in only 3 years of active service. He attended Drill Instructor School, received 2 Honorable discharges, several citations, and service connected injury.
Stephanie taylor-cucuta, co-founder and coo
Retired Senior Executive Assistant - Citibank, Licensed Life Coach
Seasoned Senior Executive for Citibank; Mentor; Vice President to D.C.V.Y.P. (Disabled Combats Veteran Youth Probram) & Licensed Life Coach.
romaine Hassanah, Director of operations
Educational Support and Community Outreach Coordinator - Englewood on the Palisades Charter School
Romaine Hassanah is a top-performing professional with 20 years of experience performing in increasingly demanding roles and responsibilities within Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Child Development, as well as an Associate’s in Applied Science, from Dover Business College. She’s a passionate advocate for change, possessing exceptional work ethic in program management and teaching while cultivating a school culture that encourages the academic, social, and emotional development of students. She’s an excellent communicator with proven success building positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the community, as well as a dedicated leader accomplished in devising and executing instruction and assessment requirements while adhering to district and state guidelines. Romaine is a results-driven team player who has been recognized for improving student achievement and exceeding performance expectations.
Henry washington, Head of project management
Realtor Salesperson - Madison Adams Real Estate
Henry Washington has 5+ years of Product Management and technology support experience as well as over ten years of experience in people management. His BA in Business has made him an essential part of improving our organization's efficiency and problem-solving skills. He has excelled in repairing fractured processes, providing new products/services, and in generating revenue /cost reductions.
Gila comet, outreach coordinator
Victor M. Brown, President
Torry Moorer, Vice president
Torry M. Moorer is a Human Resource Training and Professional Development manager with over 25 years of direct and administrative experience in youth care and development. He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from the City University of New York at Queens college respectively in Political Science and Urban Affairs, with a concentration in Public Policy & Administration.
He has worked as a Youth Coordinator with the Department of Youth Services and as Director of the Rev. Thomas Mason Community Center- one of the first “Beacon Programs” funded by Safe Streets, Safe City legislation. With the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) he has served as Chief of the Alternative High School Program, providing opportunities for NYCHA residents to obtain HS Equivalency diplomas. He also served as management trainer with NYCHA, responsible for training and interpreting NYS School-Age Child Care rules and regulations and all physical plant code requirements in the provision of care for youth and staff in over 75 community centers throughout the five boroughs of the city of New York.
In 2010, New York State began the long overdue process of transforming its juvenile justice system from a detention model of care to a therapeutic model of care, incorporating the “reality of the individual” and infusing a trauma informed care perspective into the training and development milieu for juvenile care providers. In his capacity as Director of Training for the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice, now known as the Administration for Children Services’ Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ), he was responsible with incorporating best practices for in-service and pre-service training for over 700 secure and non-secure detention facility staff charged with providing care and custody of pre-adjudicated criminal and family court youth and with the identification, selection and implementation of Safe Crisis Management as the agency’s recognized and sanctioned verbal de-escalation and emergency physical intervention technique.
From 2013- 2015, Torry served as the Director of Training and Professional Development for the New York City Transit Authority, the largest mass-transit agency in the nation with over 40,000 employees. As Director, Torry was responsible for planning and administration of HR Training and Development programs to ensure compliance with best practice and industry standards to aid in the on-boarding and on-the-job training of new and promoted employees. In his role, he was directly responsible for facilitating and advancing the business objectives, talent and change management plans of the organization.
Tomer zilkha, treasurer
rev. joanne alston, community outreach
Rev. JoAnn Alston is Senior Associate Minister of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and the Minister of Christian Education and Discipleship. Since her tenure at Mount Calvary, Rev. Alston has developed a New Membership Manual, and she’s responsible for preparing two annual leadership institutes for the Mount Calvary Family. Rev. Alston, serving as the coordinator for Vacation Bible School, has designed and developed her own curriculum, as well as coordinated the feeding of the seniors and the Homeless monthly. She’s the CEO of Calvary Cares After School Program and was instrumental in starting the Back to School Celebration, a program that has lasted over 20 years.
Rev. Alston is a member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs’ where she served as statistician, and a member of the Northeast Region Federation of Women’s Club. She has served as Recording Secretary and Regional Chaplain for the organization, and as the Northeast District President and Club President of Love, Hope & Charity. She is also Newly Elected Trustee, State Chaplain, Legislation Chairperson, and 21st State President of the New Jersey State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs and Youth Clubs, and is listed in Who’s Who for Women, Business, and Teaching after receiving the Rev. Elijah Hendon Teachers Award following her second year of teaching. She worked as an account coordinator of A.C. Nielson for 26 years, and is currently a teacher of the handicap on the Jersey City Board of Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University with a major in Business Administration and a Certification in Special Education, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary, and is a current Doctoral Candidate for a PhD in Education.
Magalye matos, secretary
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