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Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Stephen H. Shane (Chair)
Martin Baker
Anthony Giorgio

Julia C. Kou
Carol Lamberg

Debbie Leung
Wynne Leung
Victor J. Papa



 

Staff

Victor J. Papa, President, has been on the staff of Two Bridges since 1996. For over a decade, he has championed recreational access to the East River Waterfront, which is finally coming to fruition as the city implements its plans for the East River Waterfront Esplanade and Pier 42 Park. He also spearheaded the designation of the Two Bridges Historic District, the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District, and the Bowery Historic District, to celebrate the history, culture, and architecture of the Lower East Side while preserving affordable housing. In 2009, Victor initiated the first Annual Marco Polo Day to celebrate the history and future of Chinatown & Little Italy. This annual event continues to grow in scope and popularity. Mr. Papa leads Two Bridges’ efforts to identify and pursue opportunities to preserve and create new affordable housing in the neighborhoods we serve.

July Yang, Associate Director, was born and raised in Shenyang, Northeast China, and began her tenure at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council in fall of 2013. July worked as the founding director of the Two Bridges Music Program for three and a half years, where she focused on building students’ intellectual developments through music education.  The program continues to operate under a set of high standards today. Holding two advanced degrees in music, July graduated top of her MBA class from Pace University in 2017. Understanding business skills can create meaningful, long-lasting impact, July hopes to combine her business acumen and passion for economic empowerment to help the residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in the Two Bridges area.

Michael Fiore, Director of Administration, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Hunter College and a diploma in Computer Programming from the Chubb Institute. He has furthered his IT studies at NYU and has worked for many years as a Consultant and Senior Programmer Analyst in the corporate setting. A life-long resident of the Two Bridges environs, he has also studied music and participated in the music ministry of St. Joseph’s Church teaching children and adults to play guitar. He has organized food and clothing drives and was Coordinator for the 2016 Marco Polo Festival, presented by Two Bridges, in Little Italy and Chinatown.

E. Francine Gorres, Director of Community Programs, joined Two Bridges in April 2015 and guides the mission and vision of Two Bridges Community Programs in close collaboration with Two Bridges senior staff. Over the past ten years, Francine has worked with immigrant and underserved youth and families in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Maryland. Prior to joining Two Bridges, Francine worked directly with low-income, high school youth and families at Asian American LEAD (Washington D.C.), and developed and implemented data evaluation and performance management tools to better measure programmatic outcomes. Francine holds a B.A. in Human Services from Villanova University where she minored in Psychology and Sociology.

Cyrus von Hochstetter, Director of Two Bridges Music, is a pianist, composer, singer and bandleader, with extensive training in classical music and jazz, yet steeped in a multitude of influences and genres. Since 2015, Cyrus von Hochstetter teaches piano at Two Bridges Music where he also developed a curriculum to teach composition to children and launched the Two Bridges Concert Series, an ongoing series of free concerts. His current band, Cyrus von H and the Hat Music, has performed at Joe’s Pub in NYC among other venues and mixes music by Ellington, Gershwin, Schönberg and Cyrus' own. As a pianist, Cyrus has played at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Caramoor Music Festival in Katonah, NY, the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv, Theater Rigiblick in Zurich, and at the Valley of Arts festival in Kapolcs, Hungary.

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Cyrus studied with jazz pianists Garry Dial and Jason Moran. He earned a masters degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in interactive telecommunications. Since 2008, Cyrus has studied piano and performance under Zitta Zohar, counterpoint and music theory with Paul Caputo and composition with Ira Taxin.

Jake Menichino, Manager of Community Programs, is an arts educator and designer in NYC. With an M.S. in Art & Design Education from Pratt Institute, Jake instructed students in the K-12 range during school hours, summer camp, afterschool, and weekend programming. After volunteering as an instructor and arts coordinator, in 2013 Jake made the leap into the managerial role of Program Director of the rising arts non-profit, Artistic Dreams International Inc, expanding and managing visual arts sites at NYPL branches and public schools in West Harlem. Prior to joining Two Bridges, Jake spent time as a Program Director for a DYCD SONYC afterschool program at a community center on the Upper East Side. In addition to an M.S., Jake holds degrees in graphic design and illustration, all from Pratt Institute. 

Anthony Yeung, Youth Coordinator, SBS Outreach Program Manager, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Marketing. A native Lower East Sider, he has much proven experience in supervising after-school, summer camp and youth athletic programs. He has coordinated numerous cultural events and athletic tournaments, including drug and alcohol prevention workshops for youth.

Debbie Leung, Housing Referral Advocate, has been working as a bi-lingual (Chinese-English) tenant advocate in the Chinatown community for over 35 years. She is well known to the Asian community, especially to those in need of assistance in tenant-landlord issues. Her work responds to the needs of vulnerable low-income families, and allows Two Bridges to take an active role in important advocacy work, social service referrals and tenant-landlord court appearances.