Carey King, Executive Director. A graduate of Harvard's Graduate School of Education and Wake Forest University, Carey is Executive Director of Uptown Grand Central and brings a wealth of experience to the organization. She has worked in fields ranging from community development and food access, at GrowNYC/Greenmarket Co., Corbin Hill Food Project and the Food Bank for NYC; to community news, at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and The Sylva Herald & Ruralite in North Carolina; to inclusive education, as a pre-K teacher through Teach For America in southern Louisiana. She has lived in Harlem for more than a decade now. Carey brings a special passion to her work, given that her apartment is located just one block away from the East 125th Street corridor and the Uptown Grand Central community plaza. Since joining Uptown Grand Central in June 2015, has been recognized by the NYPD 25th Precinct with a Community Service Award, named as a New York City Food Policy Center “Forty Under Forty Rising Star,” and selected as a Coro NY Neighborhood Leader.
Eric Gonzalez, Maintenance. Eric joined Uptown Grand Central in January 2016, having worked for the year prior as a contractor via the Association of Community Employment (ACE) Programs for the Homeless. Eric is now responsible for daily cleaning of the East 125th Street corridor and community plaza. Eric has attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a native of the South Bronx.
Maurice (Moe) Stevens, Maintenance. Moe has been involved with NHEMA/Uptown Grand Central since its inception, through his work with area property owner ddm Development & Services as a building super. Moe now works at the plaza during his after-hours on weekdays and Saturdays to help with maintenance and program security. Moe is also proud father to college student Taizhon.
Geniffer Garibaldy, Bookkeeper. A native of Panama and a graduate of Colegio San José La Salle and Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Geniffer has more than 10 years of experience in the financial field. Geniffer volunteered for NHEMA in 2013 when the organization was first incorporated and in 2014 began working officially. Gen is a resident of East Harlem and is responsible for bookkeeping, compliance, reporting, payroll, filing and all financial duties.