CONNECT’s senior management team consists of Co- Executive Directors, Sally MacNichol and Quentin Walcott and the Supervisor of Legal Progams, Kerry Toner. Together they supervise a staff of 11 including attorneys, legal advocates, social workers, community educators, trainers and administrative staff and project-based consultants.
Meet the CONNECT team
Sally N. MacNichol Ph.D, is Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a New York City nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice. She has been an antiviolence activist, advocate and educator for over three decades, counseling victims of domestic violence, designing and facilitating empowerment groups for survivors, working with men who batter and abuse, and training hundreds of staff from child welfare programs and community based organizations across New York City’s five boroughs. Instrumental in developing CONNECT’s holistic prevention model, she has helped to cultivate and sustain hundreds of community partnerships to improve victim services and response in underserved and immigrant neighborhoods. Dr. MacNichol serves on numerous coalitions and taskforces working to reform NYC’s domestic violence policies and practices.
Dr. MacNichol created and leads CONNECT Faith, a decade-long interfaith movement in New York City to build the capacity of religious leaders and communities of faith to work to end intimate partner abuse and co-occurring forms of family violence. CONNECT Faith currently partners with over 50 faith communities, offering customized training, support for education and awareness events, resource development, technical assistance for the creation of family violence ministries, consultation for safe practices and policies, and referrals for faith-based counseling. Her interfaith theological roundtable has met monthly for past 11 years providing safe space for people of faith to deconstruct and transform the belief systems, theological norms, and faith community practices that support abuse. In 2012, Dr. MacNichol spearheaded the formation of the Ending Child Sexual Abuse Faith (ECSA) Collaborative, which developed and piloted the Safe Faith Community Project, a nine-month training program for churches working to address and prevent child sexual abuse.
Dr. MacNichol currently serves on the board of Freedom House, one of the few domestic violence shelters in the country for people with disabilities, on the advisory board of House of Peace, a nonprofit organization working to address intimate violence in NYC’s Muslim Communities and on the steering committee of the New York City Elder Abuse Center of New York. She was recently named a New York New Abolitionist. She earned her Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, through his bold work is pushing communities to redefine manhood and is building a society that embraces equality, mutuality and rejects violence in communities as the status quo. An anti-violence activist and educator, he has spent the last 18 years addressing a critical part of the equation to stopping violence against women: men. Quentin has developed and launched some of New York City’s only programs aimed at transforming bystanders, men and boys, and even batterers into allies and activists against all forms of violence. Quentin as CONNECT’s Co-Executive Director, along with Sally MacNichol, is an innovative example of shared leadership as men and women as allies in preventing and ending all forms of violence. 2015 Quentin has already lended his expertise in providing training to a global facilitator group in Bangkok, Thailand and has been selected as a J. Walter Thompson 2015 Innovator of Change Honoree. Quentin has demonstrated CONNECT’s community empowerment model in Paris, France; and as an invited presenter at the 2014 MenEngage Global Symposium in New Delhi, India.2013, Quentin’s sought after expertise and leadership, lead him to work in Nairobi, Kenya, to train men and women from 11 African countries that do gender based violence work on male accountable practice. Quentin’s groundbreaking work, vision, and activism were honored in 2013 with the UN Trust Fund’s first ever awards along with UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman and Founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation actress Mariska Hargitay, for their exemplary contribution to local, national and international efforts. In 2012, Quentin received NOW – NYC’s Susan B. Anthony Award, the first male to receive the esteemed award. In 2011, Quentin through a special invite Vice President Joe Biden to facilitate one of ten events that occurred across the country during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since 1996, Quentin trained, supervised and mentored by Dr. John Aponte, began facilitating Batterer’s Intervention and various other groups for men and youth throughout New York City. For 6 years, Quentin co-chaired the Committee on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP), a committee of programs explores best practices and look to transform polices regarding abuse partner intervention services throughout New York City. Quentin has also worked with Eve Ensler to help facilitate and launch V-Men programming in NYC.
Jacqueline Hernandez Lewis, Supervisor of Legal Advocacy Program, oversees CONNECT’s Legal Advocacy Helpline, Coordinated Action Against Violence, and Immigration Project programs. Jacqueline was previously a prosecutor in the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. During law school, she assisted clients with the preparation of their immigration visa applications. Jacqueline has worked on behalf of domestic violence victims over the past three and a half years. Jacqueline is currently barred in the State of Illinois only, so her practice is limited to immigration law. She is a cum laude graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.