Maria Lizardo, LMSW
Maria 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, she 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, Maria served initially as the Interim Executive Director and was then promoted to Executive Director of NMIC. NMIC is a settlement house providing services to 14,000 community members a year throughout its four offices. She is board member of the Human Services Council (HSC), Latinas & Lideres, the National Dominican Day Parade, the Riverside Park Conservancy, and United Neighborhood Houses (UNH).
She is one of the co-founders of the Brides’ March, who for the last 21 years, have marched to raise awareness about domestic violence. Maria is a co- author in the Latinx In Social Work book, a #1 bestseller & hot new release under Social Work on Amazon.
She earned her B.S. from Hunter College of the City of New York and her Master of Social Work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is a product of the Hamilton and Washington Heights communities.
Deputy Executive Director & COO
Mr. Bangser joined NMIC in 2005 as a member of the Legal Services Department where he held multiple direct service and managerial roles before shifting to an agency-wide role as Director of Strategic Development & Operations in 2012. In 2018, he became Chief Program Officer, overseeing all agency program work, and in early 2021 he transitioned to his current role. Mr. Bangser now oversees general agency activities with a particular focus on managing operations and strengthening capacity and coordination across all program and administrative departments. He has also served on the Boards of the Emergency Rent Coalition and New York State Tenants & Neighbors.
He earned his Master of Public Affairs at Princeton University and a certificate from Columbia University Business School’s Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals.
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. Before her tenure at NMIC, Ms. Morales served as the Finance Director of Bronx AIDS Services for six years.
She obtained her B.S. 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 Development
Rosanna Montilla-Payano has dedicated her career to advancing access to reproductive rights, social services, and education not only by fundraising for these causes, but also through destigmatizing philanthropic practices for grassroots organizations.
As NMIC’s Director of Development, Rosanna oversees the Development department as well as external communications focusing on strategy and growth. Prior to joining NMIC, Rosanna led the fundraising work of a reproductive access organization focused on integrating care into mainstream medicine by providing training and free resources to medical providers. For four years, Rosanna served at Care for the Homeless, a Federally Qualified Health Center, helping shape and support integrated fundraising, communication, and volunteer program. Rosanna spearheaded dozens of campaigns and annual giving programs.
Rosanna graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a bachelor’s in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She graduated from the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow program at Baruch College. She is a proud immigrant from the Dominican Republic who until recently called Washington Heights home.
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. Before joining us, Ms. Chapman was a program manager at Volunteer Fairfax.
She obtained her M.A. in International Political Science from George Mason University. She graduated from the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow program at Baruch College.
Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus, Esq.
Director of Legal, Organizing, & Advocacy Services
Mr. Sanchez-Camus joined NMIC as a member of the legal staff in 2005. 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 ten attorneys, eleven paralegals, and five support staff doing housing, immigration, consumer debt, and public benefits advocacy. He was promoted to Director of Legal Services in 2016. Before joining NMIC, 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. 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.
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).
He obtained his B.A. from Stony Brook University.
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