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PICCED Staff 2001
Todd Bruce- Architectural Job Captain
Rudolph Bryant- Director of Training
Joan Byron- Architectural Director
Melissa Caruso- Project Manager
Indradeep Chakrabarty- Planning Intern
Paula Crespo- Assistant Planner / Geographic Information Systems Specialist
Mannix Gordon-Senior Planner / Geographic Information Systems Specialist
Naomi Johnson- Director of Operations
Anely Latalladi- Architectural Designer
Errol T. Louis- Associate Director, Development
Mercedes Narciso- Senior Planner / Project Manager
Judy Pantano- Administrative Assistant
Mohendra Ramsarup -Director of Fiscal Affairs
Bill Riley - Senior Construction Projects Manager
Leena Shanbhag - Assistant Planner / Geographic Information Specialist
E. Perry Winston- Senior Architect
Dean Zias- Associate Planner/Assistant Professor
Architectural Job Captain
Todd drafts and coordinates construction documents, develops scopes of work and cost estimates for building rehabilitation, and files applications and drawings with the NYC Department of Buildings. He is proficient in 3D Studio Max and Dreamweaver. If you have any AutoCAD questions, or you need something drafted, see Todd.
Director of Training
Rudy is in charge of all PICCED's training programs. Currently he is working on our CHDO contract as well as providing technical assistance to a number of colleges and non-governmental organizations in other countries to replicate aspects of PICCED's training and capacity-building programs. He worked on the Bedford-Stuyvesant Fannie Mae Foundation neighborhood team and other projects to be included at a later date.
Joan is a licensed architect and is in charge of the Pratt Planning and Architectural Collaborative, where she provides a full range of technical services from programming and budgeting, design, bidding and field supervision to nonprofit community-based clients. She is also directing our brownfields project and her projects range from low-income housing to youth centers and other community facilities. Joan has also been working on a special project with the School Construction Working Group and the Institute for Education and Social Policy to develop a new streamlined program for the development of leased school space by community-based nonprofit organizations. She is currently working on The Bronx HUD Community.
Melissa has experience in projects ranging from maps for a new public park to the designing of marketplaces. She is currently working on the Cooper Square Supportive Housing Project, a six-story residential building in Manhattan. She is experienced in the governmental approval processes and details of federal, state, and local laws. Melissa is familiar with design, land use and zoning requirements.
Indradeep is working with the GIS staff on the Fannie Mae project. The purpose of this project is to help community groups and residents prepare plans for themselves like in Williamsburg and Sunset Park. Indradeep is also a good person to consult if you have a question about mapping. He is also helping to create GIS Basemap files and work on the Metadata project, which will enable us to source and search our GIS databases.
Assistant Planner / Geographic Information Systems Specialist
an assistant planner who contributes research, writing, data analysis,
and GIS mapping skills to PICCED's land use and community development
projects. Some of the more recent projects she has worked on include
the citywide Manufacturing Land Use and Zoning Initiative.
She is currently
involved in preparing a community plan for western Astoria, being part
of the city's post-9/11 alliances for rebuilding, and in working with
young adults from the South Bronx as part of a youth project to identify
neighborhood concerns and opportunities.
Rexs shares the responsibility for the management and direction of the urban planning staff. His specialty is community-based planning, neighborhood analysis, historic preservation, and related economic development services such as commercial real estate analysis. Rex also teaches a variety of urban planning seminars and studios in Pratts School of Architecture.
Senior Planner / Geographic Information Systems Specialist
Mannix works on community-based planning projects, including affordable housing development, land use & zoning and transportation issues. His expertise is in Geographic Information Systems and he coordinates with our computer consultants and maintains our computer systems as well as the PICCED website. Mannix develops new relational databases for GIS applications and new survey instruments. He provides technical assistance and training on GIS to a number of our clients and teaches a graduate course on Planning and GIS at Pratt Institute.
Director of Operations
Naomi is in charge of overall office operations at PICCED. She supervises secretarial staff and students and handles timesheets, expense reimbursements and building maintenance issues.
Anely is an Architectural Designer and Draftsperson for the Pratt Planning and Architectural Collaborative at PICCED working on housing, childcare and school projects. Currently Anely is on a team researching possibilities for maintaining the "Casitas" in many Green Thumb gardens located around the city. She is proficient in preparing construction documents and researching architectural materials.
Errol has been active in Brooklyn politics for more than 15 years.
In the early 1990s, he co-founded and managed the Central Brooklyn Federal
Credit Union, and has worked on economic development projects throughout
the United States. At present, in addition to working on public policy
and development issues for PICCED, he is a part-time student (at Brooklyn
Law School) and a columnist for Our Time Press and the New York Sun.
Senior Planner / Project Manager
a registered architect who is currently working as a senior planner
and project manager. At present, she is responsible for coordinating
the Bedford-Stuyvesant 197-a Planning process, including communications,
data and research management; assisting in the design, preparation and
facilitation of workshops; and coordinating the research, analysis and
preparation of the final plan. Mercedes has also been responsible for
coordinating planning efforts and providing planning assistance to community-based
groups who are preparing Section 197-a plans throughout New York City.
managed the research, analysis and preparation of The Manufacturing
Land Use and Zoning Initiative, issued in May 2001. This is a policy
report that provides a comprehensive analysis of land use, zoning, financial,
technical assistance, and environmental strategies to revitalize New
York City's manufacturing and mixed use districts. As an architect,
Mercedes has extensive experience in building design and construction
rehabilitation of affordable housing in New York City.
Maki is working with the GIS staff on the Metadata Project which implements a management information system that will enable PICCED to make much better use of the raw data we collect and facilitate searches of data. Maki was part of the team that worked on the Manufacturing and Land Use Sloan project. She is skilled at various database programs such as MapInfo and Excel.
Judy maintains Director Ron Shiffman's calendar, schedules meetings, drafts correspondence, coordinates travel plans, greets and gives tours for visitors to the Pratt Center and orders supplies for the office. She also does similar work for Associate Director Rudy Bryant.
Director of Fiscal Affairs
Mo is responsible for preparing PICCED's operating budget, reviewing proposals and contracts for compliance with funder requirements, authorizing expenses and reviewing all expense reports. He prepares financial reports for foundations and outside agencies, auditors and for internal use. Mo also meets with staff to monitor project expenses to keep budget estimates on target.
Senior Construction Projects Manager
Bill oversees housing construction projects ranging from $250,000 single-building projects to $20 million multi-site rehabilitations. He supervises staff performing construction monitoring; reviews scopes of work, specifications, construction drawings and cost estimates; conducts building evaluations; and performs engineering-related tasks on various projects. Bill is also teaching classes on the construction phase of the housing development process in PICCED's training programs.
Assistant Planner / Geographic Information Systems Specialist
is a member of our GIS team. She has worked on community planning as
well as citywide policy projects. She conducts research, spatial and
data analyses, land use surveys and mapping. Some of the recent projects
she has worked on include the Childcare Needs Assessment study which
involved a demographic and geographic analysis of issues affecting childcare
in New York and also the recent Manufacturing Land Use and Zoning Initiative,
an extensive study on issues and opportunities in
As the co-founder and Director of PICCED, Ron is a city planner with experience in providing program and organizational development assistance to community-based groups in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. His expertise is in financial packaging, innovative community-based financing, real estate development and community-based planning. Ron is a professor at the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment with emphasis of studies on such topics as sustainable development and Brownfields revitalization. He is member of Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD) and the International Research and Exchange for Development (IRED). Both groups work on global policies and environmental issues and projects.
Katie manages our HUD CHDO (Community Housing Development Organization) training and technical assistance contract, where she works with CHDOs and potential CHDOs in New York City and surrounding areas developing technical assistance plans and coordinating the provision of services. She coordinates the training series we provide several times a year, which includes classes on all elements of the development process. Katie also provides research and technical assistance to groups on housing finance applications and on a variety of community development issues under the Fannie Mae and LISC initiatives and serves as a planner on neighborhood 197a plans in Brooklyn.
Perry is the Pratt Planning and Architectural Collaborative Senior Architect, acting as project manager and architect of records for housing (both rehabilitation and new construction), childcare, and community service projects. He participates in architectural research and neighborhood planning studies, training and workshops and is coordinator of East New York work under the Fannie Mae Foundation grant. He is also working on an urban agriculture project "ENY Farms!" where community gardeners sell their produce at a new farmers market in East New York. Perry is interested in "green" building materials and in urban "Brownfields" redevelopment.
Associate Planner/Assistant Professor
Dean produces customized computer-generated planning materials, assembles statistical and narrative documents relating to proposed housing, community services, land use, site development and economic development projects. He maintains a library of planning, census and Dun & Bradstreet data and is expert in database creation, maintenance and analysis and spreadsheet construction. He is also involved in training programs and teaches statistics in the graduate program. Dean maintains PICCED's mailing list and is currently coordinating the SEEDCO AmeriCorps Community Volunteer program.
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