Chief Executive Officer – John Harrison

John Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer with Community Mediation Services, Inc. (CMS). In this role, John leads a team of professionals providing services to thousands of youth, families and community residents along with institutions throughout the borough of Queens. He has worked with the organization since 1998 and has served in the capacity of Program Director, Director of Youth Development and Entrepreneurial Services and Sr. Associate Executive Director.

John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. A strong advocate of positive youth development, John has more than 25 years of experience working with at risk youth and families. John is a co-founder of Rockaway Men United; a male empowerment program that focused on the personal and academic development of young men of color. He has been recognized as a “Community Hero” because of his community service work and has served as a voluntary youth basketball coach for more than 15 years.


Gloria Chukwuma – Chief Financial Officer

Nathalee Campbell – Vice President of Family Services

Julie Defina – Senior Director of Justice Programs

Nicholas Schmitt – Senior Director of Conflict Resolution and Training

Stephen Johnston – Senior Director of Youth Development


Dwight Geddes, Chairperson

Brendez Wineglass, Vice-Chairperson

Ryan Morgan, Treasurer

Ricardi Calixte

Renee Requena

Therest Billouin-Roberts

Philippa L. Karteron

Amanda Talty

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