Our Team

Meet Our Staff

The Rev. Elizabeth C. Abel


Lead Visionary. Raised in New York, moved to Norwalk in 2019 to Pastor Cornerstone Community Church. Served during the COVID-19 pandemic. Worked with community partners and the City of Norwalk to ensure the basic needs of the residents were met. A Social Worker by trade, Community developer and organizer by passion.

Christina Wycliff

Program Director

Daughter of Norwalk, first born of immigrant parents. Graduate of Brien McMahon High School. Graduate of SUNY Stony Brook. Christina is the Missions Coordinator for Cornerstone Community Church and has a passion to support youth development and be in service in her community. Coordinating and assisting mass food drives with the city of Norwalk and becoming a community partner to many agencies were just a few of her roles before becoming a program director for At the Corner. She’s passionate about community service, including coordinating, volunteering, and serving. She also has an interest in Fund Development.

Francesca Nunez

Program Director, El Camino al Futuro (The Way of the Future)

Born in Puerto Rico, immigrated to the US when she was 6 months to Stamford, CT. Graduated from Rippowam High School, Stamford, CT and continued her studies in Business at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY. She has worked in Case Management for 10 years, primarily in Norwalk.

Pam Toason

Administrative Support

A seasoned Administrative Assistant with experience working for Fortune 500 CEO’s, as well as Pastors of local churches. Her talents and passion for creating flyers and videos makes her an excellent content creator for social media. Pam has been a vital piece of the development and creation of At the Corner.

Anamilena Moreno

Director of Youth Development and Engagement

A first generation daughter of Norwalk, by way of immigrant parents from Colombia. Graduate of Norwalk Public Schools, completed her  undergraduate studies in Psychology at Western Connecticut University and received her Master of Social Work degree from Sacred Heart University. 

As a social worker she has a passion for youth and immigrants and is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Norwalk ACTS. She is grateful to be able to work in her hometown, with organizations dedicated to ensure Norwalk is a connected and equitable community where every child and young person can successfully thrive. 

Hakim Peay

Creative Director

Born in Harlem, New York, Hakim attended Cooper Union, and Pratt Institute where he honed his natural artist and digital design skills. Working in digital ad creation for top ad companies like Olgilvy Mather and McCann Erickson, Hakim decided to branch out on his own. He started a Web and App development company with a niche in graphic design and brand identity called eOrigo. Hakim has been a major design and development contributor for The United Methodist Church for over four years before joining Rev. Abel’s staff.

Youth Board

Mia Futaba DeJaeger  Born in China and immigrated to the US at the age of 2. She is an 8th grade student and current member of the National Junior Honor Society (x 3 years). She volunteers for Norwalk Grassroots Volleyball IQ for children 8-13 years of age.She is a current member of NorthEast Volleyball Club of Wilton U14 team – regional champions.

Mia is a member of Norwalk Youth Symphony, where she plays the Viola. She has played classical piano for 10 years and is a former member of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir of 5 years.

Recently, Mia was accepted in the Center for Global Studies with an emphasis in the Japanese Language for high school 2023.

Daniel Silvester – Born in Norwalk and has been a member of the Methodist Church since then.  He is a Freshman at Norwalk High School where he runs Cross Country.  Daniel has a passion for Theater Arts and Social Justice.  You can find him as a Liturgical storyteller any given Sunday during Youth Worship.  He serves on this board as an advocate for youth and the future of his church.

Board of Directors Bios

Elizabeth C. Abel

Rev. Elizabeth C. Abel is the Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, a United Methodist Church in Norwalk, CT. She is an advocate for youth and has a strong passion for community development. Since arriving in Norwalk she has integrated her ministry throughout the community through serving as a co-convener for the Norwalk Immigration Coalition, working with the City of Norwalk in feeding those that are food insecure, working with Norwalk ACTS for Race Equity in the city and creating new ministries and programming to support youth and leadership development at Cornerstone. Through her leadership Cornerstone has launched a new and separate 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, At The Corner in 2021. It will focus on providing services to youth and immigrants in the greater Norwalk area.

Pastor Liz is the founder and developer of the Timothy Project: a rites of passage for young men and Deborah’s Academy: a rites of passage for young women.

Pastor Liz has served in the US Air Force for 12 years, in Security and Law Enforcement and has worked as the Deputy Director of the City of Mount Vernon, NY Youth Bureau as well as the Director of the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.

Pastor Liz is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has a BA in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, a MS in Social Work from Columbia University, a M.Div from Drew University, School of Theology, and is working on D.Min at Emory University, Candler School of Theology. Pastor Liz is an ordained elder of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Pastor Liz lives in Norwalk with her daughter Eva and her niece Georgette, she continues to give God the glory in her work as a pastor and advocate for all people through her ministry in and around the New York/Connecticut area.

Pastor Oscar Destruge

Pastor Oscar Destruge Born in Quito, Ecuador, and immigrated to the United States with his family at age 9.  Pastor Oscar was appointed as Pastor of El Camino on December 1, 2005. 

Pastor Oscar has dedicated much of his time and resources to helping the day laborers at the Lowe St. bridge, serving breakfast on Saturday mornings, and offering ESL classes Tuesday evenings. When he served El Camino, the church became engaged with the community and positioned itself as a community leader in immigration and social justice advocacy on behalf of day laborers and immigrants. 

In June 2017, Pastor Oscar elected to retire from the United Methodist Church and is presently a Fire Commissioner for the City of Norwalk. He is married to Margarita. God has blessed them with two children: Jean-Paul and Sophia, and three grandchildren Sègoléne, Salomé, and Lázaro Elías.

Cheryl Warner Mehle

A retired educator and therapist, dedicated to working with youth and adults in the classroom and community. As an educator she conducted Peer Counseling for middle school and conflict management programs elementary students. She also facilitated parenting classes. Mrs. Mehle has experience in writing grants for Drug-free Communities as well as School Master and Bilingual Plans for State and Federally funded programs and School Improvement Programs for Elementary grades. She provided sailing trips for landlocked  middle school students and facilitated “Women in Investing” seminars.

Currently, she is a member at Cornerstone Community Church and serves as the church treasurer and Trustee. She led several of the ministries groups such as United Methodist Women, whose missional focus is women and girls. She continues to support the Youth Program, Community Thanksgiving luncheon, Biannual Tag Sale, and is an avid supporter of the Men’s Club food ministry.  In her spare time she is a property manager. 

Carol Solheim

38 year career in education, during which she was active in the Monroe Education Association, serving as Building Representative, Grievance chair and MEA President.

Currently, she is the secretary of the Connecticut Education Association Retired for Fairfield County,   Carol Volunteers her time at church and is serving as Church Council Chairperson, and Trustee Secretary and general all-around volunteer.  She enjoys taking care of old buildings and problem solving.

Joy Richards Grant

With a background in Utility Emergency Management, Construction, Project Management and more recently IT & Telecom. She graduated from Manhattan College with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Joy is fortunate to have had her early education in St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean, where she still supports philanthropic efforts to aid the federation and was honored for said work by the Prime Minister. Joy has been an ambassador for strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, a champion for females in non-traditional employment roles and a mentor for at-risk teens. Joy is passionate about equity, equality and inclusion and educates herself on various cultures and religions while performing her favorite hobby which is to travel. 

John Wyclif

A business owner in Norwalk, CT. He was born in India and moved to the US for new opportunities. In his free time, John enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, reading, going for walks, and watching movies. His drive is his business – John is always looking for ways to improve and bring new trends in. 

Patricia Bobwich

Pat has a BA from SUNY Albany and MBA from University of Bridgeport. She started her career working for the Dept of Social Services and returned to NYU and received certification in Information Tech and Systems design. Most of her career was spent working in technology and project management. She worked for many years at Clairol in Stamford and Diageo in Norwalk, recently retiring from Diageo. While at Diageo, Pat volunteered in both the Women’s, African American and Veterans ERG’s helping to organize events and fundraisers. Locally, Pat has dedicated herself to various causes coordinating meals at Merritt Street shelter and most recently spearheading Cornerstone’s Community Thanksgiving lunch. She has held numerous positions within the church, is a commissioned Stephen Minister and involved with the Tres Dias community. She lives in Norwalk and has a daughter and niece whom she is very proud of and plays golf (badly) with several local LPGA Ladies International golf leagues which supports getting girls’ involvement with sports. She looks forward to traveling post-covid!

Jay Silvester

As member of Cornerstone Community Church, a United Methodist Church.  He holds multiple leadership positions in the church and currently serves as the Lay Leader and leads the Praise and Worship music team.  At The Corner is his first non-profit board affiliation.  Jay is a technology professional and leads the technology team at a financial services firm in Norwalk, CT.  Jay moved to Norwalk after graduating from UConn in the spring of 2000 and has raised his family in the church and community and celebrates Norwalk’s diversity.  In his leisure time, Jay enjoys running, bicycling, weight training, playing guitar and drums, reading and listening to audio books.

Michele Conderino

Since June 2019, Michele Conderino, MSW, has served as Executive Director at Open Doors, a Norwalk-based provider of shelter and supportive housing to people experiencing homelessness. In just several months, Ms. Conderino helped lead Open Doors to the greater adoption of innovative and evidence-based practices to end homelessness. She provides regional leadership on the Fairfield County Coordinated Access Network, Opening Doors Fairfield County (the HUD Continuum of Care planning body), and the board of The Housing Collective and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has led the state in highlighting the heroism of front-line staff who are facing risks and challenges as they continue to deliver services to people in shelters and hotels. Prior to her role at Open Doors, Ms. Conderino has worked for nearly two decades in homeless, human services, and mental health services, including as the Regional Director for Northern Fairfield County and Director of Homeless Services at Catholic Charities. She received a Masters in Social Work at the University of Connecticut and a Bachelors in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University.

Christie Damis

New York native working in Healthcare IT.  After numerous years of mentoring underserved youth she recently took on the role of Program Director for the Leaders of Tomorrow Program under the National Black MBA Association.  Christie also serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the Schomburg Corporation and hopes to create change by providing youth with access to information and opportunities that may aid in their progress.

Anamilena Moreno

A first generation daughter of Norwalk, by way of immigrant parents from Colombia. Graduate of Norwalk Public Schools, completed her  undergraduate studies in Psychology at Western Connecticut University and received her Master of Social Work degree from Sacred Heart University. 

As a social worker she has a passion for youth and immigrants and is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Norwalk ACTS. She is grateful to be able to work in her hometown, with organizations dedicated to ensure Norwalk is a connected and equitable community where every child and young person can successfully thrive. 

Lucia Rilling

Born in Stamford, Connecticut Lucia is currently the first Latin-American First Lady of the City of Norwalk, CT.  Raised in a US military family Lucia traveled to many countries, is fluent in English and Spanish, conversational Farsi, and growing up spoke German and Japanese. She has been active within the city of Norwalk for the last 8+ years. As a member of the Norwalk DTC, she has been a delegate at the Democratic State Convention, and has worked on various campaigns. In collaboration with the Norwalk Health Department she created, Walk With Us, as a public health initiative. Lucia attends the annual Winter US Conference of Mayors in Washington DC, where local and federal leaders convene to discuss challenges and solutions impacting our cities. She volunteers on several nonprofit boards, including Catholic Charities-Room To Grow Preschool, Person 2 Person, and as Ambassador to TEAM Summer, a Norwalk ACTS initiative addressing the summer learning gap. For years she has enjoyed being a mentor in the Norwalk Public Schools, and co-chairing the LWV’s scholarship committee for first generation college students. During Covid, Lucia reached out to community leaders and was committed to seeing the first truckload of food delivered to Norwalk. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband Mayor Harry W Rilling and is the proud mother of two grown sons. Lucia is honored to have an opportunity to cause or inspire a better future for all.

O’Shane Dell

A graduate of SUNY Albany and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Information Technology Management.  Shortly after graduation, he started his real estate career as a Mortgage Loan Originator in Albany, NY. Two years later, in 2011, he was recruited to work for the nation’s largest financial services institution – JPMorgan Chase.

He held various roles during his 8 year tenure at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to leaving the bank in 2019, O’Shane was a Vice President in their Global Real Estate organization where he oversaw their New York metropolitan strategic interests; and, later helped lead the banks national team while they expanded into 15 new markets. O’Shane recently returned to JPMorgan Chase in 2021 in a similar capacity.

With an ever growing affinity for real estate, he is also a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson assisting clients in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn through the buying and selling of their homes.

​As a long-standing community servant, O’Shane participates in countless volunteer activities.  He regularly contributes his time to philanthropic organizations focused on youth mentorship and health awareness. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and a past Executive Board Member for the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

During his downtime, O’Shane enjoys traveling and has been to nearly 30 different countries to date.

Kevin Profit

A resident of Bridgeport, CT, and works for the City of Norwalk. He is the pastor of Kingdom Restoration, in Norwalk, for 11 years. He served in the US Air Force after he graduated from High School in South Carolina.  Kevin attended Albertus Magnus University and received a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice.

In 2003, Kevin married Nakayra Profit and relocated to Norwalk, CT. Kevin has served the Norwalk Community through a variety of different functionalities. Mainly through his gift of music and religious service. He has served as the past Vice-President of SAVE Non-Profit organization, which serves underprivileged youth. He serves on the staff of the Norwalk Fellowship of Christian Churches and the Executive Staff of CityFest, a nonprofit organization designed to unify churches within the Southwest Connecticut region. He has been a Chaplain for the Norwalk Police Department since 2013.  Kevin works closely with local religious leaders in organizing community resources and outreach events. 

Kevin enjoys spending time with his family. He has 5 children and believes in blazing a path for them to follow. He looks forward to maximizing this opportunity to serve in another capacity for the great city of Norwalk.