Glenda G. Smith, Executive Director, has been with Bridging Access to Care (formerly Brooklyn AIDS Task Force) 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 has been responsible for all of our programs as the Chief Program Officer. 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 Ranger Akinyemi, Deputy Executive Director, is the newly-appointed Deputy Executive Director at Bridging Access to Care. Nadine is responsible for the effective implementation and management of BAC programs and administration. She works with the senior management team on agency-wide strategic planning issues, marketing/public relations and related resource development activities including Quality Improvement and Human Resources.Nadine, has more than 24 years of experience in the health care field particularly in HIV/AIDS. Her tenure in the health field involved patient care, program development and research in both hospital and community-based environments. She is a Brooklyn College Alumni, and holds a Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) and Informatics from the University of Phoenix. Nadine has been a director of health services at Bridging Access to Care Since 2001. Since then, her title and responsibilities have changed several times. Nadine developed and implemented the first three performance based contracts (HIV Testing, Co-factors, and Harm Reduction) procured by BAC (formerly Brooklyn AIDS Task Force) and she was the director of the social support services department until recently. Her policy acumens especially in Total Quality Management and Improvement lays her foundation for strong management teams. She successfully designed BAC’s first trauma informed module for its electronic health record system. Nadine is a published author, and a Clinical Associate at the New York Technical College School of Nursing.
Gasner Garcon, Chief Financial Officer, is a veteran financial advisor and counselor with over 30 years of experience in Finance. As our CFO, Gasner oversees the day to day operation of our financial operations, and is responsible for the management of 23 City, State and Federal Grants. Gasner began his career at the Addiction Research and Treatment Center (ARTC), an outpatient Substance Abuse provider. There, he served as an accountant and, later was promoted to Payroll Manager. In 1992, Gasner joined BAC (formerly known as Brooklyn AIDS Task Force) and became our comptroller and later on our Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Garcon has a B.S. Degree in accounting from Brooklyn College.
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.
Holly Stuart, LCSW, Director of Housing at Bridging Access to Care, has dedicated her career to working with individuals and families who suffer from mental illness and addiction. She first began this work at the age of 18 at a non-profit residential treatment program for adolescents. Holly went on to work at this program for nearly ten years, rising through the ranks and eventually overseeing the treatment of all female clients in the program, from intake through re-entry, and into aftercare. Holly earned her Master of Social Work degree at New York University, which she completed with honors. During her clinical training, she provided mental health services to homeless LGBT youth and young adults. Prior to coming to BAC in 2014, Holly worked as a clinician, providing individual and group psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling to adults living with HIV/AIDS who suffered from co-occurring mental health and/or substance use disorders. Holly leads BAC’s Housing Services Department with a strong clinical focus and a passion for housing as a human right and a vital element of comprehensive treatment. Holly currently resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
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.