Ellen Baxter, Founder and Executive Director
Ellen Baxter has committed 30 years to advocacy and housing development to redress the inhumanity of homelessness in New York City and nationally. Ellen is a pioneer of supportive housing, and founded Broadway Housing Communities in 1983, a nonprofit community-based organization, which developed and manages six buildings in Washington Heights and Harlem accommodating nearly 300 households, integrating the formerly homeless and those with special needs. Dorothy Day Apartments, a groundbreaking model opened in 2003, was designed to adapt the concept of supportive housing to serve families with children, including an early childhood center, community art gallery, and is enriched by a robust calendar of civic and community events. The Uris on Sugar Hill is in construction, an $80 million development designed by David Adjaye, creating 124 apartments affordable to very low-income households, an early childhood center, and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, scheduled for completion in early 2014 (www.broadwayhousing.org ). Ellen is a founding and active Board member of the New York Coalition for the Homeless, and also serves as Vice President of the Board of St. Francis Friends of the Poor.
The innovative quality of Broadway Housing Communities’ work has been widely recognized in both the private and public sectors, including a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Housing (1994), a Banker’s Trust Award for Non-Profit Management (1993), a Citizen’s Housing & Planning Council Public Service Award (1994), the Robin Hood Foundation (2004), Resourceful Women (1998), and the Environmental Crusaders Award from West Harlem Environmental Action (2004). Ellen’s leadership in advocacy and advancing solutions to homelessness earned her Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Mount Holyoke and Bowdoin College, her alma mater. She is the recipient of a 2006 James A. Johnson Fellowship Award from the Fannie Mae Foundation and a 2008 Equity Champion honoree of the Educational Equity Center. In 2010, she received the Neighborhood Activist Award from the New York Women’s Foundation. In 2011, Broadway Housing Communities became New York City’s newest and 27th settlement house, and in 2012 received a prestigious national ArtPlace award for strategic community investment in the arts.
Abraham Francis-Fallon, Director of Information and Communication Systems
Abraham Francis-Fallon joined Broadway Housing in February, 2004. He has extensive practical knowledge of applied information technologies in both classroom and administrative settings, and more than a dozen years’ professional experience in development of interactive multimedia for the web. Mr. Francis-Fallon holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Master of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Charlene Melville, Director of Education
Charlene Melville joined Broadway Housing in September, 2007. She is an experienced educator with over 10 years of teaching and administrative experience in diverse education settings. Ms. Melville holds both a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from City College.
Ana Ofelia Rodriguez, Director of Community Development
Ms. Rodriguez joined Broadway Housing in December, 1998. She has been active in the Washington Heights and Harlem area since 1997 when she served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member, Guillermo Linares. Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from City College, a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Seville, Spain and a Ph.D. (ABD status) from Washington University.
Mary Ann Villari, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Villari joined Broadway Housing in June of 2001. She was formerly a partner in the New York law firm of Battle Fowler, LLP specializing in real estate finance and securitization. Ms. Villari holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bowdoin College and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University.