Meet the Team!
P. Catlin Fullwood | INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Catlin is a veteran of a number of social justice movements, including the movement to end violence in the lives of women and girls. During 30 years of experience, she has worked as an organizer, public policy advocate, organization and program builder, administrator, and researcher. Currently, she is focusing on integrating her work on the ground with her interest in participatory research, and her experience with organizational development and capacity building. A critical element of the work is the development of approaches to community involvement and constituency building through the development of activist inquiry, which includes participatory evaluation and action research. A primary emphasis of this research and organizing approach is on popular education and critical thinking to address violence and other social justice issues as they affect the lives of youth, families and communities working for social change.
In 1987 she founded the People of Color Against AIDS Network in Seattle, Washington, and served as its Executive Director for eight years. She returned to New York in 1994 to serve as the Associate Executive Director of the Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health.
For seven years Catlin served on the Board of Trustees of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and as Chair of the Board for five. She served as the Director of the first round of the Foundation's Healthy Girls/Healthy Women Collaborative Fund and developed the New Girls' Movement: New Assessment Tools for Youth Programs. She has continued to focus on developing the capacity of organizations working with community members to tell their stories and create change using participatory research tools. She is the co-author of the Ms. Foundation's Collaborative Fund for Youth Led Social Change's Culture and Context: Capacity Building for Youth Led Social Change. Most recently Catlin served as the researcher and trainer for Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) a youth-led research and organizing project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on identifying and implementing solutions to the high dropout rates for youth of color in the Chicago Public Schools.
For the past 16 years she has been the Principal Consultant for On Time Associates, a consultant group providing organizational and leadership development and capacity building assistance to community based organizations involved in social justice work. Catlin is a public speaker, trainer, activist researcher, educator and facilitator committed to individual and community building within communities working for social justice and social change.
Joycelyn Gill-Campbell | OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Joyce came onto staff in 2008 as an organizer, after being a domestic worker for almost a decade and a DWU member for six years. She served on the Steering Committee of DWU for over six years, helping to build the membership base and broaden the organization's external relationships with public speaking engagements locally, nationally, and internationally. A powerful public speaker, Joyce is never to be missed at a march or rally with her signature chants and stirring cries for justice. Joyce brings her wealth of knowledge and expertise on the domestic work industry to her diverse areas of work within DWU, including coaching workers through employment negotiations and developing their skills to conduct outreach and education to other domestic workers. Joyce currently sits on the Steering Committe of the NY Care Council of the national Caring Across Generations campaign. Since 2010, Joyce has been on the Community Funding Committee of the North Star Fund, helping to ensure that New York's grassroots communities have the necessary resources to build power and bring about meaningful social and economic change. In 2009, Joyce was honored by NY Jobs with Justice for her work in advancing the rights of domestic workers. She is a Poverty Scholar with the Union Theological Seminary Poverty Initiative program and a proud graduate of Social Justice Leadership's Activate program. Joyce is from the beautiful island of Barbados.
Pat Nixon | OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Since 1999, Pat Nixon has worked as a trainer, community organizer, public advocate and coach. In these capacities, she has served as Director of Global Justice, as a staff member at the National Immigration Project, and trainer for United for a Fair Economy. It is through this work that she has chosen to focus her advocacy on wealth inequality, income disparity and labor rights. A graduate of the Organizing Institute of the AFL-CIO, she served as an organizer for the National Organizers Alliance and on staff for Unite-Here. A recipient of the Vallecitos Fellowship, she has worked with communities in Guatemala, South Africa, Kenya and Mexico. She has developed an interest in emerging community organizing models and has written articles on faith-based organizing. Pat is excited to bring her expertise to bear to strengthen DWU's internal operations in the areas of administration, human resources, and finance.
Helen Panagiotopoulos | COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Helen's commitment to the domestic workers' movement grows both out of her own 19 years experience as a nanny in New York, as well as in honoring the work of her mother, aunts, and great aunts, all of whom worked as child domestic workers in Greece. She joined DWU as a member in 2011, serving in the basebuilding committee, participating in DWU's Leadership workshops, and working as a surveyor for the first nation-wide survey on domestic work, led by the National Domestic Workers' Alliance. Helen's immigration experience in both Australia and the United States has cultivated a fierce commitment to social justice and workers' rights. Helen is a graduate student in Anthropology who became interested in the work of DWU while conducting research for her master's thesis, which was supported by the Wieland Fund. She has been interviewing domestic workers since 2000, having collected the oral histories of more than 110 workers. Continuing to explore ongoing issues within the domestic work industry, Helen is an Enhanced Chancellor's Fellow at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, where she begins doctoral studies in Anthropology in the fall of 2012.
The DWU board is elected annually by the general membership.
Myrna Alleyne (Co-Chair) joined DWU in 2003. She has been in the childcare industry for 19 years. She worked for 9 years as a babynurse, then she started doing babynursing and babysitting. She promises to do her best in her board function and treat everyone with respect.
Sylvia Medina (Co-Chair) joined DWU in 2004 when she had a case against abusive employers. She soon became an active member and was appointed to the Steering Committee. She then transitioned onto the Board of Directors. In late 2009, she led the launch of the Latina Caucus/Committee to help support the integration of DWU’s growing base of Latina members.
Jennifer Bernard (Treasurer) joined DWU in 2004. She is very proud to have been active in pushing for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, serving as bus captain and team leader on trips to Albany. She’s also had the opportunity to represent DWU at conferences and events across the country. Jennifer has served on the Fundraising and Basebuilding committees and has been a proud Ambassador since the program’s inception.
Debra Cole (Secretary) joined DWU in 2006 and is honored to be part of an organization that is building a movement and bringing recognition for domestic workers. She has been a professional babysitter for the past nine years since arriving in the US. She is from the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. She loves singing, drama, and cooking. Debra strongly opposes any and all forms of abuse.
Allison Julien has been a nanny in NYC for 20 years and a member of DWU for over 9 years. She served on the Steering Committee and in 2010 was elected to DWU’s first Board of Directors. She was then elected as Secretary. She also serves on the Leadership Development and Fundraising Committees. Over the years, she has had the honor of growing into many different leadership roles within DWU, including coordinating the Nanny Training Course and the Leadership Training Program.
Lois Newland joined DWU six years ago, and became actively involved, bringing experience from past jobs she did in her country. She presently sits on 3 committees. She transitioned from the Steering Committee to the present Board and became its first Treasurer. She is also actively involved in other organizations that involve community work. Her mission in life is to stop oppression, and change our community for justice and peace.
Deloris Wright joined DWU in 2002, and became officially a member in 2003. She is a nanny originally from Jamaica who came to the United States in 1987 and has been working as a Nanny for 24 years. She is a graduate of DWU’s 2004 Nanny Training Program and was elected to the DWU Steering Committee in 2005. Deloris transitioned to DWU’s first ever Board of Directors in 2010. Deloris is a strong believer in the mission of DWU, that one day all work will be valued equally!
Brontie Scott joined DWU in 2006. She has been active in the Basebuilding, Campaign, and Culture committees. Brontie also graduated from the Nanny Training Course and participated in the Leadership Trianing Program twice. She has been a nanny for 14 years.
Vilma Rozen joined DWU in 2010. She has been active in the Latina Caucus/Committee. She is a strong advocate for domestic workers everywhere and particularly in Staten Island, where she lives and works.