Erica Quiroz, Executive Director
Erica has a B.A. in Psychology from NYU and her Master of Public Administration from Baruch College. She spends time volunteering in her community as a member of the Junior League. After graduating from college, she spent several years in advertising at firms in New York City as an Account Executive and Project Manager. Erica started as a camp volunteer in 2011 and joined The ELM Project staff full time in 2012.
Di Masters, Director of Development
Di brings more than twenty years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, programming, development, fundraising, and organization to the Elm Project team. Her combined experience in the financial sector: Morgan Stanley, Phillips & Drew, Int’l., & Crosby Securities, the Non-profit sector, as a 24-year elected municipal official and a certified emergency response volunteer prior to joining the Elm Project enable Di to bring an impressive combination of operational and management expertise, combined with a real commitment to people. Her non-profit work has included Executive Director of the Ridgefield Community Center at historic Lounsbury House, Program Director of Domestic Violence Prevention Programs, and a consultant with Solutions & Services.
Nyeka Desther, Community Engagement Coordinator
Nyeka has a BSW from the New York Institute of Technology. Since graduating college, Nyeka has been dedicated to working with families in the non- profit sector. She has several years of experience working as a case worker in a foster care prevention program at the Harlem Children’s Zone in NYC, and as a Family Advocate at the Norwalk Housing Authority – Early Learning Academy. Nyeka remains dedicated to serving underserved populations. Nyeka is responsible for camper recruitment, building/maintaining relationships with families and community partners.