.Helen Montero is a seasoned community worker who currently is a Community Health Coach under the Population Health department at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. At St. John's, she works with Rockaway residents to assist with actively engaging them to take control of their healthcare needs. You can find her at many community events educating the community on the importance of Primary Care, Diabetes Management, Smoking Cessation, and Social Services.
As a lifelong resident of Far Rockaway, Helen believes in the importance of community involvement. She is currently a member of Community Board 14 and the secretary of DYCD Neighborhood Advisory Board.
Helen holds a Bachelor in Health Sciences with a focus on Health Care Management from SUNY-Stony Brook University.
Helen can be very seasonal with the activities she enjoys. In her spare time you can find her on the beach or Ice Skating in Central Park, Dancing in Astoria or searching for themed establishments in Williamsburg. She definitely enjoys exploring NYC! Helen is a proud mother of a 10 year old boy named Gabriel.
As Co-Chair of FRANC, her focus would be to develop and collaborate more youth programs in the Rockaways and continue to build FRANC as one of Rockaways best assets in unifying community agencies!
Ebony Beaty is currently gaining professional and personal experience as the Service Coordinator Manager at Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, a non-profit in the heart of Far Rockaway, Queens. At Ocean Bay CDC, she coordinates with other non-profits, government agencies and local community leaders to provide information, referrals and in-house services to NYCHA Residents on the Rockaway peninsula and members of the community in the surrounding areas. Ebony manages the HUD ROSS Service Coordinators that assists New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents with housing issues, SNAP, connections to free and low-cost vocational trainings.
Ebony designed and manage Ocean Bay CDC website and social media sites. She also assist with grant writing. As a Service Coordinator manager, she sees a direct correlation between people who have unmet needs due to poverty, mental health, wellness, lack of medical care, and limited positive supports with high levels of unemployment/ underemployment and school dropouts. Ebony facilitates Ocean Bay CDC’S weekly Women’s Group and the Senior Citizen program as she work closely with community partners to host various workshops geared towards healthier lifestyles.
Ebony has extensive experience in the design and implementation of programs geared towards dysfunctional families, providing different aspects of how to improve their quality of life. Her previous 6 year work experience as a Supervisor of a residential group home enables her to contribute her understanding and knowledge about the issues that confront at-risk behavior youth as well.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, she obtained her Masters of Science degree in 2013.
Ebony enjoys Cultural Arts, in her spare time she attends concerts, plays, and thoroughly enjoys singing! Ebony is the mother of 3 children; ages 5, 12, and 17. In 2015, she relocated to Far Rockaway from South Carolina seeking better job opportunities and seeking a community to belong to; Far Rockaway has proven to be the area of New York that is family-oriented and a place where she can flourish her professional and personal talents.
As Co-Chair of FRANC, Ebony would continue to build rapport and close relationships amongst other leaders and the residents of Far Rockaway. She welcomes the opportunity to help formulate policies, encourage participation in the decision-making process that will ensure the longevity of FRANC!