Celebrating Riis Staff!

It is no great secret that those who work in the non-profit sector are often undercompensated for all their hard work and effort. For most of the individuals who enter the field, the driving motivation is rarely money. Rather it is the belief that by engaging in this work, one can make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of others. And that kind of commitment deserves highlighting. In an effort to acknowledge and show appreciation for the dedication of our employees, Riis Settlement recently initiated an “Employee of the Month” program. Along with the accolade, each selected staff member receives a gift card and a chance to win a $1,000 bonus at the end of the year.

Meet our winners thus far!


June: Nestor Ulep
Nestor has served as our marketing/graphic designer for the past seven and a half years — dedicating his time to designing flyers, publications, appeals, mailings, banners, awards, reports and so much more. Over the years, Nestor has diligently created graphics that have helped us effectively communicate our mission, work, and achievements.


July: Kayla Almanzar
Kayla is the case manager for our Immigrant Services program. She works hard on behalf of our immigrant participants, as well as many other community members, helping them obtain vital social services. Kayla assists our participants with everything from housing to healthcare related issues and serves as a valuable resource for all those in need of assistance.


August: Quenasia Scott
Quenasia Scott is a group leader at Riis Academy –C.S. 111. She has been recognized by her colleagues for her hard work, willingness to be a team player, and her dedication to the young people with whom she works. Working in an after-school environment can be quite demanding, and Quenasia puts great effort into creating a fun and educational environment for the participants in her program.

Each and every one of our staff members deserves highlighting. They are all valuable members of the Riis Settlement family, and each one plays an integral part in helping to propel the agency’s mission and effectively serve the hundreds of participants who come through our doors each day. It is because of their hard work that we are successful in our efforts to be a true catalyst for change in western Queens, and we are thankful to them all!

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