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Staff

Meet the people behind-the-scenes!

img_0321Cassandra L. Agredo, LMSW
Executive Director

cagredo@xaviermission.org | 212-627-2100, x208

In July of 2006, Cassandra joined the staff of St. Francis Xavier Church as Director of Outreach, managing the church’s community outreach programs.  In September 2012, when these programs incorporated as a separate non-profit, Xavier Mission Inc., Cassandra was named Executive Director of the new organization.  She is responsible for administration, management, development, and communications for Xavier Mission’s six community outreach programs, along with various projects.

Prior to her work at Xavier Mission, Cassandra was Coordinator of the ‘Feed the Solution Anti-Hunger Campaign’ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, where she engaged emergency food providers in policy advocacy and assisted with the integration of outreach services into their programs.  Cassandra holds Bachelor of Art (Social Work), Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and Master of Social Work degrees from Fordham University, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) by the State of New York.  Cassandra currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty at Fordham University.  


ChristinaCataldo3Christina Bowman
Director of Outreach

cbowman@xaviermission.org | 212-627-2100, x211

Christina received her Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in 2013. From there she headed to the bright lights of NYC where she worked as the Food Justice and Volunteer Coordinator for Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries and then as the Community Events Coordinator at Clinton Housing Development Company. She is excited to join the staff of Xavier Mission as the Director of Outreach where she will oversee The Welcome Table soup kitchen, Customer-Choice Food Pantry (including the Fresh Food Project), Coughlin Men’s Shelter, and All Saints Clothing Room. Christina is a self proclaimed foodie and book worm.


Rachel

Rachel Johnson, MSW
Director of LSEP & L-STEP Lead Facilitator

rjohnson@xaviermission.org | 929-326-2242

Rachel oversees the operations and coordination of three programs:  The Life Skills Training and Empowerment Program (L-STEP) at Xavier Mission, Homecoming at Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, and the Coming Home Alumni Program at Riverside Church. Rachel began her involvement with L-STEP at Xavier Mission in 2013, serving as the social work intern. During this time, Rachel worked as co-facilitator and case manager and assisted with administration and day-to-day operations of the program.  In 2014, Rachel rejoined Xavier Mission to serve as the Lead Facilitator of L-STEP, providing a seamless transition for the program. Prior to beginning her social work career, Rachel served as a field representative for a member of the California State Legislature and has spent the past decade working in higher education. Rachel graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Social Work degree.


IMG_5499Adrian Morrissette
Maintenance and Inventory Manager

amorrissette@xaviermission.org 

Adrian joined the staff in March of 2015. Born and raised in the Bronx, he is a proud L-STEP graduate and member of the L-STEP Alumni network. He also graduated the New York City Tech Green Maintenance Program in 2014. A skilled brick mason, Adrian has his OSHA-30 certification in Blueprint Reading, Healthy Homes Pest Control, Industrial Floor Cleaning, and Plumbing. He is trained in mixed martial arts and is the proud father of a beautiful daughter.


BeverlyBeverly Torres
Chef

btorres@xaviermission.org 

Beverly joined the staff at Xavier Mission in September 2014.  She and her husband were guests of Xavier Mission and then became volunteers, intent on giving back to the community of which they had become a part.  Beverly has now been a volunteer at the Food Pantry and Welcome Table for 16 years.  She loves cooking and baking and became an assistant to the former chef before taking over the role in September.  Beverly has 5 children, 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren!  She has her ServSafe Certificate from the NYC Dept. of Health.


Kathleen Turner
Development Associate

kturner@xaviermission.org 

Kathleen’s development and fundraising career began in 2012, when she participated in fundraising with Team in Training, an endurance sports training program run by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and completed her first marathon along the way.  She then interned in the development department of the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art in Ridgefield, CT, after her big move to the Northeast from South Carolina. Since joining the Xavier Mission staff in June of 2015, she has been inspired to further pursue non-profit work and has tentative plans to begin a non-profit management certificate in January 2016. Kathleen graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and International Studies, and has also completed a paralegal certificate through Sacred Heart University.


Shari Dowding
MSW Intern

sdowding@xaviermission.org | 212-627-2100, x212

Shari joins Xavier Mission as a social work intern in the Fall of 2016. She will co-facilitate and provide administrative support to The Life Skills Training & Empowerment Program. Shari is in her final year year of studies at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and will receive her Master of Social Work degree in the spring.


Mary Sanders
MSW Intern

msanders@xaviermission.org | 212-627-2100, x212

Mary joins Xavier Mission as a social work intern in the Fall of 2016. She will co-facilitate and provide administrative support to The Life Skills Training & Empowerment Program. Mary is in her final year year of studies at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and will receive her Master of Social Work degree in the spring.