HANDS Staff


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Patrick Morrissy
Executive Director
Pat is the founder (in 1986) and Executive Director of HANDS, Inc., a neighborhood-change nonprofit working in Orange and East Orange, NJ. HANDS’ real estate strategy revolves around “high-impact development for long-term sustainable neighborhood change”. The strategy is built around clearing title to and redeveloping pivotal eyesore properties that are eroding the quality of neighborhood life. HANDS has redeveloped 106 problem properties in Orange and East Orange and purchased defaulted mortgages on 47 vacant properties from one Lender and is clearing title and redeveloping them as affordable homeownership along with four CDCs. In Orange HANDS has led a comprehensive planning process for two neighborhoods and is creating an Arts District in a former industrial area called the Valley. Morrissy is a founder of Shelterforce magazine and the National Housing Institute and was a Member of the NJ State Planning Commission. He is the national Chair of the Community Stabilization Committee for NeighborWorks America. Email: patrick@handsinc.org

 

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Robin Gordon
Director of Administration
Joining the HANDS’ staff in mid-2005, Robin continues to marvel at the impact and accomplishments of HANDS and its stature in the community development field. As the Administrative Manager, she is a generalist with responsibility for grant writing and management, personnel and oversight of office administration and public relations. Passionate about housing issues and their critical influence on the health of a family and a community, Robin has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity since 1994. She also volunteers at a community soup kitchen and homeless program. Interests include exploring new urban places and natural areas, experiencing historic architecture and hiking. She lives with her husband of 27 years and has two sons.
Email: robin@handsinc.org


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Andrew Davlorous
Property Manager
Andrew manages the daily operations of HANDS' residential and commercial properties including leasing, property maintenance, and capital improvement projects. He is responsible for rent collections, Tenant relations and negotiations, and compliance with all City and State regulations. Andrew acts as HANDS representative for planned and ongoing construction projects of residential and mixed use properties, working as a liaison between HANDS, architect, General Contractor, and future Tenants. Email: andrew@handsinc.org


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Maulin Mehta
Project Manager
Maulin began working for HANDS through the AmeriCorps VISTA program identifying problem properties in the community. Maulin is now the Project Manager at HANDS helping to rehabilitate residential units and supporting the development of mixed-use projects in the Valley Arts District. Maulin previously worked as an auditor to prevent waste and abuse of the federal E-Rate program. In graduate school, he worked as a consultant evaluating a water and sanitation program being implemented in Orissa, India as part of community development efforts. More recently, Maulin served as a policy analyst intern in the Office of Councilmember Brad Lander of New York City Council, helping to conduct a civic needs assessment in Brooklyn and providing supporting research for office initiatives. Maulin earned his B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and his Masters in Urban Planning from New York University. Email: maulin@handsinc.org


Jessica Mathelier
Communication and Administrative Assistant.
Jessica manages Communication/PR/Marketing in addition to administrative duties at HANDS, Inc. since 2011. Her responisbilities include hosting neighborhood walking tours of Orange and the Valley Arts District, planning special events, fundraising, engaging the community in awareness programs, developments in HANDS' revitalization work and mission-based partners. The Orange native studied Communications and Business Administration at the College of New Jersey. Email: Jessica@handsinc.org