Jerry Raphael, Board President

Bio for Jerry is coming soon!





Allison Whaley

Allison is currently employed in a management rotational program in CitiBank's Global Consumer Bank, where she runs national marketing campaigns and digital strategy. She is a co-founder of the startup FitYourSpace, and has previously worked to launch a public health think tank in Latin America. Before graduate school, Allison helped bring fresh, local food to low-income New Yorkers through the nonprofit Greenmarket. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, working in public health. Allison has her MBA from NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business and her MPA in Public Policy from the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Maritsa Cholmondeley

Maritsa is the Senior Manager of Individual Giving and Alumni Relations at A Better Chance.  She is originally from Santa Barbara, CA and now resides in Brooklyn, NY.  Prior to joining A Better Chance, she was a Major Gifts Officer at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  In that capacity, Maritsa planned cultivation events, crafted funding proposals, researched prospects, and built and maintained individual donor relationships.  Before her tenure at the NAACP, Maritsa worked for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and the East Harlem School at Exodus House, an independent middle school for children from low-income families.  She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Dr. Pierre Richard Arty

Dr. Pierre Richard Arty is a medical doctor who is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia College at Columbia University and graduated from S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical School. He then went on to complete two residencies at S.U.N.Y. Downstate/Kings County Hospital in Internal Medicine and subsequently in the field of Psychiatry. He has also completed a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Arty presently works as the Clinical Medical Director at HeartShare/St. Vincent’s Services providing psychiatric care to adults, children, and those suffering from the disease of Chemical Dependency. He serves as an Elder at Abounding Grace Ministries on New York's Lower East Side and is in charge of the Drama Ministry.

Dr. Arty was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti and lives in Brooklyn, New York.  He is an active member of the Medical Missions Team at The Brooklyn Tabernacle Church and travels to other nations to provide medical and spiritual care to the underserved.

Dr. Arty is also a Board member of World Compassion Fellowship. In addition, he is one of two co-presidents of the Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York and Associates, an organization where the mission is to help expand access to mental health care for people from the African Diaspora.

Carine Jocelyn, Chief Executive Officer

Since beginning her tenure at DCS in 2003, Ms. Jocelyn has significantly increased the organization’s budget, locations and staff; strengthening and increasing its capacity to serve the Brooklyn community.  Her creativity has lead to the development of several new programs.  They all represent a scope of diverse funding (city, local, state, federal, individual) strategically developed to ensure the viability and success of Diaspora’s ability to stay to true its mission.

Ms. Jocelyn has over 20 years experience in human services and public health administration.  Carine has an extensive professional background working with diverse populations, staff training, fund-raising and development.  Proficient in non-profit management, budget development and quality assurance, she has served as a consultant to various health, education, youth and social service agencies.  She currently sits on the board of directors of, Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition.   

Carine Jocelyn is multi-lingual and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and professional certifications in Human Resources and Organizational Development and Leadership.