Glenda G. Smith, has been with the Bridging Access to Care since 1989 in various positions within the agency. She first started as a Health Educator then became Program Coordinator and was promoted as Assistant Director of Prevention and Education Services. Shortly after that she became the Director of Prevention and Education Services and as the Program Director she developed and implemented programs that targeted at risk populations such as adolescent, women, the recently released from incarceration and substance users. Her work with the Treatment Readiness program helped form our current Substance Abuse Day Treatment program. Since 2006, Glenda was responsible for all of BAC’s programs as the Chief Program Officer, and in 2013 was appointed Executive Director. Ms. Smith holds a BS from Hunter College and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Hunter College’s School of Health Science.
Nadine Akinyemi, has been with BAC since 1998. She has more than 20 years of experience in the health care field, particularly in HIV/AIDS, including patient care, program development and research in both hospital and community-based settings. Nadine started at the agency as the Treatment Adherence Coordinator, transitioned to Acting Director of Support Services, and then Director of Clinical Services. Nadine is a published author, and a Clinical Associate at the New York Technical College School of Nursing. She has a B.S. from Brooklyn College and a Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Phoenix.
Zache Desire, is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Baruch College and has over twenty-years of experience in the public and private sector. Zache’s past experiences include being a Partner in a CPA firm, served as the Chief Financial Officer of several nonprofits, and worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers (“Big Six”). In addition, Zache provided Partner level consulting, audit, and tax services to many prestigious Corporations in the nonprofit, real estate, and financial service industries. He has co-authored a book called “Common Cents”, a model fiscal policies and procedures manual. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants elected to serve on the Accounting for Nonprofit Organization Committee.
Trent A. Gilyard, Director of Operations, has more than 20 years of professional experience in the fields of Procurement and Facilities.He is a Dedicated, self-starting professional with experience in negotiating cost savings, problem solving, and goal setting. Previously Trent held the position of Global Procurement Manager for Dechert LLP, one of the top 50 American Lawyer law firms in the world. His understanding and experience in both procurement operations and facilities were critical in achieving cost savings while also standardizing processes that led to efficiencies within the organization.
Judith Dinar Lewis, Director of Prevention and Education Services, has been at BAC since October 1994. Before becoming a Director, Mrs. Lewis sharpened her skills for many years as a Health Educator and then the Education Department Supervisor. Outside of BAC, Mrs. Lewis was also a Board of Education Substitute Teacher, a Community Project Director, an Academic Advisor at a CUNY College and a Motivational Speaker. Mrs. Lewis received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Urban Policy and Affairs from Queens College.
Eileen Sunshine, Director of Behavioral Health Services, has been with BAC since 2006. She oversees the day to day operations of the mental health clinic, the substance abuse clinic and our housing programs. Ms. Sunshine came to the agency after a sixteen year career at Interfaith Medical Center, where she oversaw the day to day operations of the HIV Primary Care Center. She has served on the NYC HIV Prevention Planning group for four years and co-chaired their implementation committee. Mrs. Sunshine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) and obtained her MSW from Fordham University.
Gail Greenidge, has been an active healthcare administrator for 20 plus years securing positions ranging from National Account Manager at fortune 500 Health Insurance Companies, hospital/nursing home administrator, grant manager and project director at NYC Health and Hospitals. As a graduate of Long Island University Brooklyn campus for both undergraduate and graduate studies, some of her goals have been to serve communities of color and give back to Brooklyn where she continues to be employed and reside. Her present role at Bridging Access to Care is Director of Social Support Services. This role will allow her to maintain her connection to Brooklyn environs while ensuring a rewarding experience for Bridging Access to Care’s diverse clientele.