Jan McCray is an educator and counselor with over 30 years of experience working at the junior high school, high school and college levels. Tirelessly working for student success, she served as guidance counselor at New York’s premier Stuyvesant High School and retired as an Assistant Principal of Guidance and Special Education from the High School for Art and Design. Jan received her Doctor of Ministry Degree from the New York Theological Seminary where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She became a facilitator for IHOM in 2012. Jan is a member of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in New York.
After her son, Greg, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Phyllis Rodriguez and her husband wrote an open letter, “Not In Our Son’s Name,” opposing military retaliation. They became founders of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. A documentary about the Rodríguezes, “In Our Son’s Name,” has screened nationally. After attending a workshop in 2006, Phyllis became a Healing of Memories coordinator.
Paul Feuerstein, MA, STM, MSW, founder and President/CEO of Barrier Free Living, New York City developed the first Transitional Residence in the country for severely disabled homeless people (located on the Lower East Side). BFL has the largest domestic violence program for people with disabilities in the country. Freedom House, the first totally accessible emergency domestic violence shelter in the country has served victims with disabilities from over 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 2015, Barrier Free Living opened 120 units of Supportive Housing in the South Bronx. He authored “Disabled Women and Domestic Violence: Notes from the Field” for a textbook Service Delivery for Vulnerable Populations: New Directions in Behavioral Health (Springer, 2011) as well as other articles.
He serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the New York City Domestic Violence Residence Coalition; board member of Homeless Services United; member of the Human Services Council’s Priority and Strategy Council and a member of its Equity planning group; and co-founder and former chair of the Disability Network of New York City. He is collaborating with the Institute for the Healing of Memories (IHOM) in Cape Town, South Africa and is the founding Chair of the Board for IHOM North America. He is the Dean of Multi-Vocational Priests for the Episcopal Diocese of New York and Co-chair of the Diocese Domestic Violence Task Force. He co-chairs the Undoing Racism Committee of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Episcopal Church.