Dr. Dawn Ravella
Dr. Ravella has 28 years experience mobilizing faith communities on social justice issues. Her Doctoral dissertation focused on the transformation of community members engaged in Coming Home Prison re-entry. She serves as Adjunct Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work, and is a collaborator with Beck Institute for Religion and Poverty researching and replicating the Coming Home Program.
Ms. Shahin Marjin
Shahin was born in Iran and had a fascination with the diverse culture of India. She moved to India and earned her higher education in several areas including English Literature, Education, Philosophy of translation, and Social work with specialization in psychiatric social work. The combination of these diverse degrees led to an improved understanding of the concept of community.
Shahin came to the U.S. to experience a multi-cultural community and has served at Emmaus for four years. She coordinates our Food Pantry, Soup Run, and Community Meal. Shahin believes that "language is food" and uses Iranian cuisine, Indian spices and Harlem "life experience" to create a safe and compassionate environment for those in Emmaus' community. As an immigrant, she is fascinated by the diverse culture in Harlem and is very passionate about creating a safe environment for families. Living in community is their right and she focuses on respect and love for all in the community so that no one feels left behind.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kirk Barrell, President and Treasurer, Amelia Resources, Louisiana
William Southrey, Vice President, Haven Inc., New Jersey
Marc Greenberg, Secretary, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, New York
Karim Kaspar, Lowenstein Sandler, New Jersey
Henry Senger, UBS, New Jersey
Elisabeth Wadsworth, Esopus Creek Advisors, Harlem
MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
For the past fourteen years, I have been honored and humbled to lead Emmaus House after the passing of my uncle, the late Father David Kirk. We strive to continue his mission of serving our neighbors in Harlem. At Emmaus, we treat all equally and serve with humility. Please join us as we continue to share compassion to our community. Your time, talent, and treasures are the best gifts to your neighbor.
Kirk A. Barrell, President