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Meet Hudson Guild's Leadership Team.
Ken Jockers joined Hudson Guild in November 2008. Previously, he served as Executive Director of two other community agencies, including the only borough-wide free legal services program in Brooklyn. As a lawyer, Ken worked in the administrations of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. For three years, he coordinated child abuse investigations in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Ken started his career as a youth counselor at City Volunteer Corps. Ken holds a BA from Connecticut College and earned a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He serves on the Board of the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.
Wilson Cano joined the Hudson Guild team as Deputy Executive Director in 2021. In addition to the general management of the agency, he oversees the Early Childhood Education and Youth Development & Education departments. Wilson has more than 17 years of experience in youth and family development programming and management. In addition to being a retired New York City Police Detective, he has been employed at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, along with a number of nonprofits in NYC and Westchester, holding various positions, including Executive Director. Wilson attended and completed his undergraduate education at Columbia University Business School and earned his Master's degree in Social Services Administration at Lincoln University.
Jacki Kelly has spent 20+ years working to ensure access to high quality education, resources, and opportunities, especially for people and communities traditionally denied access to these essentials. Most recently, Jacki served as the Director of Development at Friends of the Children New York, which pairs full-time mentors with children and families impacted by the foster care and criminal justice systems for 12+ years. Prior to that, Jacki served as the founding Executive Director of The Writing Revolution, which she grew from a startup training 200 educators to teach expository writing to an international organization serving thousands of educators worldwide. Before that, Jacki served as Director of Development and in various development and communications roles at several successful non-profits including Student Leadership Network and READ Alliance. Jacki has taught adult immigrants and children and serves on the boards of College and Community Fellowship, Inform Your Community, and the Petey Greene Program. Jacki holds an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a B.S. in Journalism from Northeastern University.
LeeAnn Scaduto has more than 25 years of experience working in New York City’s Settlement Houses, seventeen of them at the Guild. She is an LCSW with an MSW from Hunter and a BA in Psychology and Economics. LeeAnn began working at Hudson Guild in 2003 as the Director of Children and Youth Services. In this role, she was responsible for the planning, development, assessment, and overall supervision of all early childhood, after-school, and teen services programming. LeeAnn then became a Deputy Executive Director and member of the Executive Team, participating in the organization's overall management and overseeing the Operations functions including Human Resources, IT and Facilities, and Food Services. Currently, LeeAnn is the Guild's Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for taking a lead role in building, implementing, and overseeing all of the organization’s systems, processes, workflows, and procedures in the areas of Impact, Talent Development, Budget Management, Organizational Operations, and Special Initiatives.
Dr. Nikki Stewart has over 20 years of leadership experience in the Health and Human Service field, with a particular focus on providing community services and supports to older adults and their families. After serving six years in city government, she saw the need to return to community service. As Deputy Executive Director, she is responsible for the program oversight of the Adult Services, Mental Health, and Arts program areas. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Dr. Stewart attended Baruch College, where she completed her Master's Degree in Public Administration. She then moved on to complete her doctoral studies in Education at St. John Fisher College.