We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of Board Members, Junior Board Members, and staff who are committed to serving children in the New York metro area.



Treston Lambers
Program Director, Chelsea-Elliott II
Phone: (212) 627-3086


Treston Lambert is currently the Program Director of the IHDF-NY Chelsea-Elliott II program. He has been a part of the IHDF-NY team since May 2007. Previously, he was the Assistant Director at the Harlem Children’s Zone Inc, TRUCE program. During his 13 years at the Harlem Children’s Zone Inc. Treston progressed from an intern to a program supervisor before his position with the TRUCE (The Renaissance University for Community Education) program. Treston has an extensive knowledge of community-based organizations and the New York City school system. He has received national training from the Children’s Defense Fund and the Corporation for National Services, and has served as a certified mediator for Victim Services of New York.


Terrence Stokes
Program Assistant, Chelsea-Elliott II
Phone: (212) 627-3086


Terrence Stokes Jr. is a Dreamer alumnus from the IHDF-NY Chelsea-Elliott I program. Terrence started working with the Chelsea-Elliott II program in November of 2007 as Volunteer Coordinator.  Currently, as the Program Assistant, he overseas programming and volunteer events, and coordinates the mentoring program. He also supervises, recruits, trains, and screens all Chelsea-Elliott II volunteers.

Terrence currently holds an Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing, both from Johnson & Wales University.


Leslie Gately, LMSW
Program Director, DeHostos-Wise
Phone: (212) 222-2448


Leslie Gately holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Middlebury College. Prior to graduate school, Leslie spent several years providing direct service, program management, and fundraising support to several human service organizations.

During the 2009-2010 school year, Leslie interned at the “I Have A Dream” NY DeHostos-Wise program while earning her Masters in Social Work degree from Columbia University in 2010. In her time at DeHostos-Wise,  Leslie worked with the Dreamers in the program to provide individual counseling that focused on creating short- and long-term goals, increasing their coping, social skills, social supports, and academic functioning. In addition, she conducted psychosocial assessments with the Dreamer families; facilitated psycho-educational groups with a focus on peer pressure, sex education, self-esteem, and bullying; created psycho-educational curriculum for group sessions on healthy romantic relationships; provided case-management and crisis intervention for multi-stressed families; and maintained contact with schools, families, and outside agencies.

In October 2010, Leslie returned to the DeHostos-Wise program to assist the Dreamers, families and staff during a very difficult time for program. She accepted a position as the Assistant Program Director in December 2010, and was promoted to Program Director in July 2015. 

Angela Wyche

Program Director, East Harlem
Phone: (212) 860-5892 


Angela Wyche is a certified elementary and middle level teacher and returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Since 2012 served as the Academic Coordinator for "I Have A Dream" New York’s newest site in East Harlem, and in December 2015 she accepted the role of Program Director.

Prior to joining "I Have A Dream" in 2012 Angela taught elementary students with a high-performing charter network in Brooklyn. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in French Language, Angela studied Education at the University of Vermont and obtained a Master’s Degree in Education. She recently completed her second Master's degree in International Education Development from Columbia Teacher’s College.

In addition to managing all aspects of the IHDF-NY program at East Harlem, Angela continues to coordinate the planning and implementation of academic support for Dreamers during the after-school program; communicates with school staff about the needs of Dreamers; and supports the healthy academic, physical and social emotional development of the East Harlem Dreamers.

Larry Johnson
Program Director, Plainfield
Phone: (908) 731-4390 x5548


Larry Johnson is the Program Director for the Plainfield “I Have A Dream” program in New Jersey. He joined "I Have A Dream" - New York in 2002 after working with the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. and Girls, Inc. in Newark, D.E. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Delaware in 1997, and then earned a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Farleigh Dickinson University in 2007.

Larry continues to provide guidance and support to the Plainfield Dreamers as they work towards their undergraduate degrees.


Karlisle Honore
Director of College Success, IHDF-NY
Phone: (718) 472-5589


Karlisle Honore is a native New Yorker who has worked with youth and non-profit organizations such as Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., New York Cares, Inc. and Groundwork, Inc. She is interested in service, youth development, and education outside of the traditional school setting. Karlisle joined "I Have A Dream" - NY in 2005 as the Program Director of the IHDF-NY Ravenswood II program. 

Karlisle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Masters of Science degree in Urban Studies from C.U.N.Y. Hunter College in New York City. 

Matthew Wright

Interim Executive Director, IHDF-NY
Phone: (718) 472-5589


Matthew Wright, a native of Boston, M.A., graduated from the School of Social Work at New York University in May 2005 with degrees in Social Work and Politics. He has experience working with youth of all ages, the elderly and homeless individuals. His work with children includes eight years at Summer Arts at Derby teaching classes based on visual arts, performing arts, and athletics, as well as three years in the New York City school system as an Assistant Teacher through the America Reads program.

Matt joined "I Have A Dream" - NY in 2005 as the Assistant Program Director at the outset of the IHDF-NY: Ravenswood II program.  Having known the Ravenswood Dreamers since they were eight years old and in the third grade, Matt continues to work with the Ravenswood Dreamers as young adults pursuing their college and career ambitions.  Matt has served as the Interim Executive Director of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation - New York since February 2017.



Jeffrey Gural
Co-Sponsor of the IHDF-NY Chelsea-Elliott I & II Programs

Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Stan Picheny
Vice Chairman
Private Investor

Alice Cutler
President, Alicart Restaurant Group

Brian Heidtke
President, The Heidtke Foundation, Inc.

Vince Ballard
Senior Vice President, Investment Products Risk, CITI

Matthew Wright
Interim Executive Director, "I Have A Dream" - New York
Phone: (212) 293-5488

Warren Eisenberg
Sponsor of the IHDF-NY Plainfield, New Jersey Program
Co-CEO & Co-Chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond

Harold Friedman
Sponsor of the IHDF-NY Ravenswood I Program
President & CEO, National Elevator Cab & Door Corp.

Tristan Harding
Relationship Manager, PNC Wealth Management

Howard Kaye
HUB International

Mansi Mehan
Reports Developer, United Nations Populations Fund

Dr. Susan Pinco

Stuart Spodek
Co-Sponsor of the IHDF-NY DeHostos-Wise Program
Managing Director, Blackrock Inc.

Scott Stimpfel
Associate Dean, New York University School of Professional Studies, Division of Programs in Business


Junior Board

Zairia Benjamin

Lauren Bernstein

Randell M. Bynum

Allison Curran

Hilary Cramer Robinson

Michael Garland

Michael J. Hilkin

Fenton Joseph

Salim Martin

Anthony Mason

Alba Morales

Mike Morgan

Marcella Nurse

Lissa Regets

Emond Richardson

Yamila Sterling

Julie Teague

Marc Van Den Dobbelsteen

Lusheena Warner

Jermaine Wright

Katarina Yee