Robert Monahan first served as GRYC executive director from 1982 to 1990, then moved on to the Police Athletic League for 10 years. Since returning to the GRYC in 2000, Monahan helped grow the organization into a borough-wide juggernaut. Today, the GRYC—powered by an $8 million annual budget—offers after-school activities, tutoring, internships and other programs at 30 different locations to 2,700 youths across Queens.
Stephen Sirgiovanni was born and raised in Howard Beach, and he attended St. Helen Catholic Academy. His father was one of the founders of the New York State Kiwanis. It was this exposure to the community service group that inspired him to want to become involved with the Kiwanis in some capacity.
More than three dozen people have been charged in connection to the death of Baruch College student Chun “Michael” Deng from Queens who was killed in a fraternity hazing ritual in 2013, according to published reports.
Richard Hourahan’s presentations can be seen by audiences all throughout Queens in various locations, with an estimated 7,000 people having attended an exhibit he produced for the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival in 2014.
Mitch Karpp is the program director of Youth and Camp Services at the Queens Central Y at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills. He joined the Y family in 1984 as a camper before becoming the teen director in 1994, and finally moved up to his current post in 2010.
Marlene Smith-Sotillo is the president and CEO of the Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation International based out of Jamaica. She engages the community with educational outreach workshops, health fairs and support group development to improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.