Who We Are

Board of Directors


Founder and Board President

Committed to advocating for and aiding the underserved, Shirley began a mission over ten years ago to support needy local NYC families through a variety of informal and voluntary grass-roots projects. Vigorously connecting with local schools, churches and businesses with much success, Shirley coordinated with a team of volunteers to take her informal gifts to the next level. In November 2011, she founded Heart To Heart Empowerment, Inc. “A real lover of people,” Shirley embraces two listening and compassionate professions, which she considers to be a calling from God. She dedicated thirty-one years as an administrative and staff secretary in healthcare before she found her real passion. Shirley is currently the Assistant Director at Samaritan Village and an ordained elder. Shirley loves working with people in general, and children and their families in particular. Shirley firmly believes that assisting others to sort out challenges to improve their quality of life and well-being is a priceless endeavor. Shirley also functions as a pastoral counselor, workshop leader, facilitator of women’s support groups, CASAC instructor, and primary caregiver to her 88-yr old neighbor. She is a former board member of Northridge Cooperative. Shirley holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.






Pela joined the Board as a founding director in November 2011. She leverages non-profit leadership and organizational development experience in her board of director role from a diverse array of management experiences spanning from 1990 to the present. She has worked in education, health and human services leadership roles overseeing program development and operations, organizational development, revenue diversification, compliance and quality improvement, and performance outcomes. Pela has directly and indirectly volunteered in nonprofit governance for a variety of non-profits since 1992. Pela currently works as the Corporate Compliance Officer at a Westchester County nonprofit organization. Pela feels that her calling is to support individuals who are at-risk, traditionally marginalized, and most vulnerable. Pela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and spanish from Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA). She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/health sciences from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL). Pela continued her education with a focus in human services administration at The College of New Rochelle where she earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA.) degree in 2014. Dr. Terry conducted dissertation research on executive succession planning for nonprofits to complete her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College in 2018.



Anne Marie Grecco



Anne Marie Greco joined the Board of Directors in the spring of 2012. She is currently Senior Director Global Health Science, working in Cardiovascular and Anticoagulation. Previous to this, Anne-Marie worked as a Medical Science Liaison and Critical Care Pharmacist in the role of Clinical Manager in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. She also is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing for the Nurse Practitioner program at Columbia University School of Nursing. Through Healing the Children, Anne Marie made 5 medical missions to St Petersburg, Russia to work at bedside with cardiac surgeons, and cardiologists as well as with patients to educate and counsel on current practice standards while modifying them within the confines of their resources. Her experiences in these varied healthcare arenas have afforded her the opportunity to interact with both healthcare practitioners and patients from very diverse backgrounds. Anne Marie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy as well as a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy (now Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy) in Piscataway, New Jersey.





Jacqueline Estupinan is an Administrative Service Representative at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She works with a number of specialty doctors in providing patients with the assistance and health education needed to make their visit a smooth transition. She worked in healthcare for 15 years and enjoys working with children, especially in promoting good health. Jacqueline loves health walks—especially for breast cancer—and doing kickboxing. She volunteers at her church and son’s junior high school and karate school. Jacqueline Holds a Bachelors of Psychology degree from Hunter College. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelors of Nursing Degree to become a Pediatric Nurse.






Board Secretary

Dawn Marie joined the Board of Directors in the spring of 2012. She is currently a Medical Science Liaison in New York City for Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company. Previous to this she worked as a Clinical Oncology Pharmacist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. While working in healthcare in New York City Dawn Marie interacted with patients and caregivers from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Dawn Marie holds a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. In addition she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an Oncology Specialty Residency at the University of Maryland.





Advisory Board

David Shamoon


Technology Advisor

David Shamoon has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, focusing on innovation, technology, and business strategy. He is currently Manager of Operations at the New York City School Construction Authority where his emphasis is on using technology to streamline processes for regulatory review and approval. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a Masters of Science degree in Technology Management from Columbia University.






Legal Advisor

Rita Hill is passionate about supporting non-profit organizations like Heart To Heart Empowerment Inc. Since 2001 she has been practicing law in the Greater New York City Area and takes time to understand the specific legal and business needs of her clients. She earned a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1995. Besides litigation, her interests include home decorating, creative writing, and traveling.

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