Joan Alexander-Bakiriddin - Board President
A wife, mother and resident of East Flatbush, Brooklyn for over 30 years,
Joan Alexander-Bakiriddin's passion is advocacy for her family and community. Her years of community involvement and awards in apprecation of this work reflect this.
Ms. Alexander-Bakiriddin is a business sytems and process training manager, by trade, for over 16 years. More than 12 years ago, she began partnering to make a difference in the lives of under-served New Yorkers with New York Cares, Junior Achievement and Fresh Air Fund through her company's volunteer program. She also partners with iMentor to serve as a mentor for young girls. As a survivor of domestic violence she knows how it feels to be voiceless so she dedicates her energy to giving her community a voice. Since 2008, she has been the Secretary for her block association. Within the past eight years she has begun to focus on her own extended East Flatbush neighborhood. To bring about the change that she wanted to see, she became active in the Community Volunteer Corp., Community Board (CB) 17's Youth Committee, the 67th Precinct Community Council and its Christmas Party Team, and in 2010, another community organization's Anti-Violence Initiative and March. She recently graduated from the Citizens Police Academy and has been a vetted member of the COP (Civilian Observation Patrol) of East Flatbush for several years.
In Councilman Williams' 45th District, she joined the Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC) Initiative in Cycle 1 (2011-2012), serving as Cycles 2 & 3's co-chair. She felt that PBNYC's core value tuned into how partnerships with our elected officials and government agencies empowered every member of our community including immigrant, indigent and formerly incarcerated neighbors to spend tax dollars on what matters to them. She still serves on the PBNYC Citywide Steering Committee and two of its sub-committees. She is also a Board Member of the oldest structure in Brooklyn - Wyckoff Farmhouse. Her knowledge of the value of networking and partnerships guided her to be one of the founding members of a political organization whose foundation is the premise that "once a community is organized it will become a catalyst for positive change."
Allyson Martinez - Board Vice-President
Allyson Martinez was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her educational background includes a B.A. in English and American Literature earned from Brown University in 1998, as well as a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, earned in 2004.
In 2006, Allyson became a Staff Attorney at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan. Her general practice area is Corporate Law with a focus on finance, intellectual property, compliance, commercial bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. Allyson has started a small fashion and home design business named Coalition NYC, Inc. She is also a member of the Community Board 17 Commerce Committee and the Ernest Skinner Political Association, as well as Vice President of Elite Learners, Inc.'s Board of Directors.
In her free time, she advises businesses, is a budding community activist as well as an aficionado of international travel, art, fashion and home design. Her activism focuses on helping people establish and grow small for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. Ultimately, her passion is finding ways to help build businesses that help their owners realize their personal dreams, are socially responsible and community oriented.
Hazel Martinez - Board Senior Advisor
Hazel Martinez has resided in East Flatbush for more than 45 years. She is currently the President of the Four In One Block Association and a member of several Community Board 17 committees, including Commerce and Land Use. In recent years she has served as a Board member of Community Board 17, co-chair of the District 45 Participatory Budgeting Project and a member of the Wyckoff Farmhouse advisory committee.
She retired several years ago from the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General where she was employed as a Hospital Nursing Services Consultant. She possesses a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the Hunter College School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the Boston University School of Nursing.
Hassan Bakiriddin - Board Senior Advisor
Hassan Bakiriddin is currently working as a Business Development Executive at Incisive Media North America to drive the Industry Risk Management sales in the United States. He establishes relationships with clients to better understand their business needs and drivers. Prior to his role at Incisive Media he worked in publishing companies.
In addition to serving as Senior Advisor at Elite Learners, Inc., Mr. Bakiriddin serves on the Board of Community Board 17 (CB17), the CB17 Housing Committee Chair, Treasurer for the 67th Precinct Community Council, President of the Ernest Skinner Political Association, President of Schenectady Avenue Block Association, Board member for Wyckoff House, Board member for Habnet (Haitian American Business Network), Member of the Community Volunteer Corp, Member of the Youth Anti-Violence Initiative, and currently serves as the Director of the Civilian Observation Patrol. He volunteers with New York Cares and Junior Achievement.
Mr. Bakiriddin resides in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in Legal Studies.
Ms. Delores R. Davis - Board Secretary
As an Educator for over 25 years, Delores R. Davis has worked in the private and public education sector shaping the lives of our children and youth in the Brooklyn area. Her passion and concern for others began when she applied for an office assistance position with David Grayson Christian Academy in 1986. Her place in the educational world took form when she was asked to oversee three grades during the 1987 snow storm. She always called that day, "the day of her earthly purpose." Working and attending college classes allowed Ms. Davis to achieve the levels of Teacher Assistant, Senior Teacher then Assistant Director for 13 years.
In 2001, Ms. Davis joined the New York City Department of Education. Adjusting to a new way of reaching children with special needs, Ms. Davis serves as President and Post Commander for the American Legion George P. Davis Post/Unit 116. Ms. Davis currently works as an Applied Behavior Analyst helping to address the behavior of autistic students. She also volunteers as a New York State Court Assigned Special Advocate speaking on behalf of children, youth and young adults living in the foster care system.
David Martin - Board Treasurer
In practice since 2010, David Martin is a Public Accountant and President of DM Accounting & Financial Services, specializing in 501(c)(3)charitable organizations, small businesses and personal taxation. Mr. Martin is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and an active community volunteer.
Thomas Haynes - Board Director of Mentorship
Thomas Haynes survived a childhood on the streets of the Brownsville/East New York neighborhoods of Brooklyn. His struggle has led to deep personal reflection and a foundational commitment to support young people who are experiencing the same struggle. He works with Elite Learners Inc. to build mentorships and to offer guidance for surviving and succeeding in a difficult world.
Mr. Haynes' personal hero is Harriet Tubman. He is impressed by the way that she gained her freedom yet returned to help other enslaved men and women reach the doors of freedom. His mission in life is to protect children from the harm he experienced in his own childhood.