Staff Spotlight: Kelley Matthews

Our Staff Spotlight for the short but sweet month of February is Kelley Matthews, our inimitable Administrative Assistant! Kelley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Kelley has a passion for youth development and extending services to young, vulnerable communities that are often overlooked. She dreams of one day opening a youth center to assist young people through all transitions in life and hopes ABC is the first step to achieving that.

Staff Spotlight: Véronëque Ignace

Our first Staff Spotlight of 2021 is a member of our research department, Véronëque Ignace. Véronëque is a cultural activist, public health researcher, community-based organizer, and performing artist. Véronëque is dedicated to achieving her long term goal to seamlessly combine her passion for Haiti, people, and dance in such a way that allows for large-scale healing.

Staff Spotlight: Nicole Martinez

Nicole is a writer, comedy gal, amateur baker, podcast enthusiast, and ABC's Communications & PR Associate. Nicole’s creative work has focused on uplifting the voices of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks. She is one of the co-creators of Dead-Enders, a comedy web series about the zombie apocalypse which aired in 2020. She hopes to continue her work in helping cultivate artistic spaces and structures that are accessible, inclusive, and welcoming.

Looking Forward to #GivingTuesday

Staff Spotlight: Carolyn Renée Pautz

Carolyn is a dancer, gardener, scholar, ethnographer, and Brooklynite! She is ABC’s Director of Research and Strategy. Carolyn’s work is purpose-driven, thoughtful, and community-oriented. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Dance Studies from Temple University and a Master of Arts from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a focus in Caribbean anthropology and performance studies. Carolyn continues to be a frequent guest lecturer and dance teaching artist at Webster University.