Maria Lizardo, LMSW
Ms. Lizardo joined NMIC as the Director of Social Services in 1998 and was promoted to be the Deputy Director of Client Services in 2004. Before joining NMIC, Ms. Lizardo worked at PROMESA, Inc., a multi-service agency in the Bronx for eight years, during which time she advanced from being a social worker in the substance abuse program to the Director of Community Development with responsibility for implementation and oversight of numerous tenant, youth, open space, and safety programs. In 2014, Ms. Lizardo served initially as the Interim Executive Director and was then promoted to Executive Director of NMIC. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Morales joined NMIC as Chief Financial Officer in 2005. In this capacity, Ms. Morales is responsible for the development and maintenance of the agency’s financial records while maintaining all accounting systems and budget management. She has overall supervisory responsibility for accounting and purchasing staff. Prior to her tenure at NMIC, Ms. Morales served as the Finance Director of Bronx AIDS Services for six years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lehman College and has been in the fiscal management field for over 20 years. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Director of Strategic Development & Operations
Mr. Bangser joined NMIC in 2005 as a member of the Legal Services Department. After completing his Master of Public Affairs at Princeton University, he transitioned to his new position as the Director of Strategic Development and Operations in 2012. Mr. Bangser is now responsible for maximizing our impact by planning for mid- to long-term agency needs and operationalizing strategic initiatives in the short term. He has served on the Boards of the Emergency Rent Coalition and New York State Tenants & Neighbors.
Director of Technology & Information Systems
Mr. Messiah joined NMIC in 2010 as a database manager and was responsible for the re-launch and agency-wide implementation of Client Track, our internal agency client management software. From 2014 to 2015 he worked in a part-time capacity and as of March 2016, he rejoined the agency as the Director of Technology and Information Systems. Roger has spent the last 10 years in technology with nonprofits, with a focus on database design and implementation as well as general technology infrastructure design and maintenance.
Paula Walzer, LMSW
Director of Development
Ms. Walzer first joined NMIC in 2007 and served as the Development Director through 2011. In 2012 she left to pursue her Masters in Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. After becoming an LMSW, she worked as a social worker/disabilities advocate for nearly three years at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. She has returned to NMIC to help strengthen and position the agency as it transitions to new leadership. Paula's work at NMIC is focused primarily on private fundraising. Ms. Walzer has lived in Washington Heights and Inwood for over 25 years.
Director of Education & Career Services
Ms. Chapman joined NMIC in 2011 and has risen through progressively responsible positions to be named Director of Education & Career Services in 2017. During her tenure at NMIC, she has been responsible for job readiness training, youth program management, and department-wide operations and compliance. Prior to joining us, she was a program manager at Volunteer Fairfax. She obtained her M.A. in International Political Science from George Mason University and graduated from the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow program at Baruch College.
Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus, Esq.
Director of Legal Services
Mr. Sanchez-Camus joined NMIC as a member of the legal staff in 2005. He worked at the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project where he co-started a Spanish speaking walk-in mental health legal clinic at the Puerto Rican Family Institute. When he joined NMIC, he litigated housing matters at administrative, trial and appellate courts. In 2015, Mr. Sanchez-Camus became the Acting Legal Co-Director where he managed a team of 10 attorneys, 11 paralegals and 5 support staff doing housing, immigration, consumer debt and public benefits advocacy, and was promoted to Director of Legal Services in 2016. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the City University of New York since 2009. He obtained his law degree from Columbia Law School in 2002.
Director of Organizing
Mr. Hess joined NMIC as Director of Community Organizing in 1986. He supervises a staff of two full-time organizers and one housing development specialist. Mr. Hess began his career in tenant organizing and housing development in 1981. Prior to joining NMIC, he served as Director of Organizing and Development at Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association in the South Bronx. Mr. Hess earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a community resident.
Director of Weatherization
Mr. Rieber joined NMIC as Energy Auditor in 1992. He was promoted to Director of the Weatherization Assistance Program in 1993. Previously, he performed energy audits and was a construction manager in multi-family buildings for the Weatherization Department of New York City Housing Preservation and Development’s Energy Conservation Division. He has been an active board member of the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) since 1995. In 2015 Mr. Rieber was appointed to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s (DHCR) Weatherization Assistance Program Policy Advisory Council (PAC). Mr. Rieber obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.