Meet our Staff
Denny Marsh, Executive Director
Denny serves as the chief executive, operating, financial and development officer for Neighbors Together. Denny assumed the role of Executive Director of Neighbors Together in July, 2011 after serving for over three years as the Assistant Director. Denny has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Global Development Studies from Grinnell College, and was an Advocate at Neighbors Together in 2004 through AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.
After her year as an Advocate she worked for three years as a Case Manager at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, working with survivors of domestic violence and child abuse. Following her passion for community-based work, Denny returned to Neighbors Together in 2008 and through her role as Assistant Director gained skills and experience in program development, fundraising, financial management and strategic planning. In 2014, Denny was nominated by The Robin Hood Foundation to participate in Columbia University’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals, part of the Programs in Social Enterprise at Columbia’s Business School of Executive Education.
Nathalie Smythe, MSW, Director of Programs & HR
Nathalie is the Director of Programs and HR and has been at Neighbors Together since May 2009. She holds a bachelor degree in social work from West Chester University and a Master of Social Work degree from New York University. In 2016, Nathalie also completed Columbia University’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals. Nathalie has previous counseling experience working with chemically dependent women, adolescents aging out of the foster care system, and families of homicide victims.
As the Director of Programs and HR, Nathalie supervises all direct service staff in our Community Café and Empowerment Program, bringing a strong social work perspective to her supervision and training to ensure high quality service delivery. In addition to her supervisory role, Nathalie manages the organization’s finances, coordinates partnerships with other service providers, oversees program evaluation and outcome measurement, and actively participates in program development and planning.
Amy Blumsack, MSW, Director of Organizing & Policy
Prior to joining Neighbors Together in January 2011, Amy organized parents of New York City public schools to fight for more equitable education for their children. She has previous experience working in a transitional housing facility with formerly homeless adults living with mental illness and/or substance abuse. Amy worked at Neighbors Together as a member advocate in 2003 as part of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College.
In her time with Neighbors Together, Amy has successfully expanded the Community Action Program’s reach, and played an instrumental role in the success of the Three-Quarter House Tenant Organizing Project (TOP), helping to pass the first ever three-quarter house bill package in City Council.
Christina Singh, Development & Communications Manager
Christina Singh serves as the Development & Communications Manager for Neighbors Together, and joined the team in December 2017. Prior to joining the Neighbors Together team, Christina spent 6 years working in fundraising and marketing. Christina has worked with organizations such as the American Lung Association, the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Evergreen Health Services in Buffalo, New York. Throughout this time, she helped to raise substantial funds, build leadership within organizations, and empower others to give back to their communities.
At Neighbors Together, Christina is responsible for the infrastructure and growth of Neighbors Together’s fundraising and marketing efforts. Christina works on the building relationships with individual and corporate donors, Board Members, Committees, and corporate volunteers. She oversees all aspects of special events, and manages all media platforms for the organization.
As a native Californian, Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pre and Early Modern Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is passionate about social justice work, women’s equality, and empowering people to make a difference in their community.
Christina is currently on leave. In her absence, please contact Denny Marsh, Executive Director.
Sandro Ortega, Café Operations Manager
Sandro Ortega – Started working at NT as a kitchen manager in 2009 cooking meals, washing dishes, and keeping the space clean. He quickly took charge and showed initiative in the workings of NT. Sandro now runs the cafe as the Cafe Operations Manager. He also signs up volunteers and intern to help in serving the community. Sandro has a back ground in restaurant management and customer service. His experience allows him to keep NT up to board of health standards and organize to work in a professional and safe environment. He is a team player and is always willing to go the extra distance to help a member of the NT and staff.
Annie Carforo, Campaign Manager
Annie joined the Neighbors Together staff in November 2017 as a community organizer under the Community Action Program. She recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Annie is a native New Yorker from a family that has prioritized building strong and healthy communities. In Nashville, she worked closely with community groups and nonprofit agencies addressing the rapidly developing affordable housing crisis in a city overwhelmed by quick and unregulated growth. In addition, she worked on community-based solutions to food inequality to help alleviate the detrimental effects of food deserts. Annie cares deeply about the well-being and empowerment of others. At Neighbors Together, she will be working to expand the scope of the Community Action Program through new campaigns that address the needs of members.
Marlhon Jean-Michel, Supportive Housing Specialist
Marlhon joined Neighbors Together as the Supportive Housing Specialist in November of 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Public Relations, and is pursuing a certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy. His prior experience lies within the field of education where he held several roles, last working as a Student Recruiter for Public Prep Network. Marlhon plans to continue his studies this fall, as he prepares to obtain a master’s degree in public administration/public policy.
Marlhon supports the Supportive Housing Assistant in working to help members obtain transitional or permanent housing. As the Supportive Housing Specialist, he helps members navigate Supportive Housing services, in addition to aiding Neighbors Together by serving as a link between the members of our community and Supportive Housing services within NYC’s five boroughs. Marlhon also assists in facilitating our bi-weekly General Housing Orientation, where we introduce community members to Neighbors Together and the services we provide.
Suzanne Adler, Housing Advocate
Suzanne joined the staff of Neighbors Together as Housing Advocate in July, 2019. She was drawn to this work through her experiences as a real estate agent when she saw first-hand the struggles of New Yorkers searching for affordable housing and the many loopholes in the system that allow discrimination to persist. Suzanne is passionate about creating positive connections between landlords, brokers, and tenants and dispelling the stigma surrounding housing vouchers. At Neighbor’s Together, Suzanne facilitates empowerment workshops around housing issues and assists members with their housing searches.
Suzanne has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from the University of Scranton. She is a licensed real estate agent with Triplemint.
Lauren Bates, AVODAH Member Advocate
Lauren joined the Neighbors Together staff in September 2020. Originally from South Florida, Lauren is a recent graduate of Middlebury College. Lauren studied Religion, Modern Hebrew, and Arabic. While at Middlebury College, Lauren worked as a Resident Assistant and as an intern at the college’s organic garden which contributed to the Addison County Food Bank. After graduating, she was accepted as a fellow into Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, which connected her with Neighbors Together.
At Neighbors Together, Lauren conducts housing searches with members, enrolls members in public benefits, and refers members to legal, medical, and financial services. She sees her role as a way to assist members at Neighbors Together navigate these complex systems so that they can be connected with the services they require and find safe and stable housing.
As the Community Café Chef, Marcel is the newest staff member of the Neighbors Together team. He obtained a General Academic Studies Degree from France in Law, Economics and Management, but decided to pursue a career in culinary arts in 2005. He enrolled in an intensive hands-on culinary training at L’Attelier Des Chefs de Lyon from which he obtained a certificate in 2006.
Marcel has an extensive work history. He owned and operated his own business in Yaounde, Cameroon and worked in upscale restaurants in the United States like The Knick at The Knickerbocker Hotel under the direction of the renowned Chef Charlie Palmer. He also created and taught a new culinary art class curriculum for students at Magen David Yeshivah High School in 2015 while launching his own catering company “La Grange Delice.”
Now, Marcel contributes his strong culinary skills, passion for food, and creativity to the meals served in our emergency food program. He believes that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy healthy and delicious meals regardless of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. He is responsible for the menu planning, food preparations, supervising volunteers of interns, and oversight of the meals served in the Community Café.