Strong Leadership to Guide Our Future
Tori Lyon Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Lyon joined the Jericho Project in 1996 as the Director of Development. In 1999, she was promoted to Associate Executive Director, in 2005 became Executive Director, and in 2016 CEO. Ms. Lyon’s experience includes over 25 years in the supportive housing industry, primarily responsible for strategic planning, fundraising, housing and program development, and executive management. Prior to joining the Jericho Project, Ms. Lyon was the Grants Manager at Bailey House, a supportive housing program for people living with HIV/AIDS. At Jericho, Ms. Lyon has overseen the development of more than 550 units of supportive housing, launched a nationally-recognized Veterans Initiative, and led the strategic growth of the agency, more than quadrupling the number of people served since 2010. She holds a B.S. degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ju-Ann Skinner Chief Financial Officer
Ju-Ann Skinner joined Jericho Project in 1993 as Finance Manager and was promoted to Director of Finance in 1996 and Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Prior to joining Jericho, she was an auditor with the former Arthur Anderson, and a CPA. As Chief Financial Officer,
Ms. Skinner oversees all finance functions, including planning, risk management, and compliance. Ms. Skinner received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch and an MBA from Pace in Corporate Finance.
Doreen Straka Chief Operating Officer
Doreen Straka joined Jericho Project in 2010 as the Senior Director of Strategic & Workforce Opportunities and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Before coming to Jericho, Ms. Straka worked at BronxWorks as the Program Director for Workforce Development, and later as its Director of Operations. She has also held the position of Senior Program Officer for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and as the Director of the Greater Williamsburg Collaborative.
At Jericho, she initiated the development of Jericho’s Youth Initiative. Her responsibilities as COO include housing development; asset and property management of Jericho’s 550+ units of housing; human resources; information technology; and other strategic areas. Ms. Straka holds a Master’s in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and a B.A. in Business Administration from The George Washington University. She has additional higher education in Construction Management and Non-profit Finance from New York University.
Adriana Rodriguez-Baptiste Chief Program Officer
Adriana Rodriguez-Baptiste, LCSW, is the Chief Program Officer at Jericho Project where she oversees all programs. She also has led the organization in its adoption of Harm Reduction and Housing First approaches. She is an expert in evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Critical Time Intervention and trauma treatments such as Prolonged Exposure and Seeking Safety. In addition, she was adjunct faculty for six years at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Social Work Practice where she specialized in teaching addictions and trauma interventions. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
Sara Farimani Deputy Chief, Workforce Opportunities and Quality Management
Sara Farimani joined Jericho Project in March 2015 as the Senior Director of Programs and Services for its Workforce Opportunities (WfO) Program. She was promoted to Deputy Chief of Workforce Opportunities in April 2016. She has worked in the field of Workforce Development for over 20 years in community-based and academic settings with oversight and management responsibilities for services tailored for low-income New York City residents. Before joining Jericho, Ms. Farimani was the Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, leading the agency’s portfolio of publically funded workforce and education programs for at risk young adults and underserved residents. Ms. Farimani holds a Master’s degree in Economics from The New School University and is credentialed by the Public Private Ventures Workforce Leaders Academy.