Meet the Board
Rev. Michel J. Faulkner is the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Manhattan. Since 1993, he has grown the church congregation from an average of 50 weekly attendees to over 400. Over his 13 year tenure, numerous city and leadership development programs were conceived and implemented.
Growing up in Washington, D.C., Rev. Faulkner was an all-star football player at Bishop McNamara High School. He went on to become a Freshman All-American and four-year starter Virginia Tech and graduated with a B.A. in communications and sociology in 1980. After college, Rev. Faulkner played one season (1981-82) with the New York Jets. In 1983, he returned to Virginia Tech to prepare for his future calling by graduating with a Master’s Degree in education and career counseling in 1985. Upon completion of his master’s degree, he became the Assistant Dean of Students at Liberty University in 1985 and was promoted to Vice President for Urban Ministry in 1987. This position allowed him to train and equip over 100 urban missionaries. In 1988, Rev. Faulkner and his family moved to New York City where he served as Assistant Pastor and Director of the Lamb’s Center for the Lamb’s Church in Times Square. It was this assignment that gave Rev. Faulkner the desire to serve the poor and disadvantaged. One year later, Rev. Faulkner joined the staff of Calvary Baptist Church in Midtown Manhattan as Pastor for Youth and Community Outreach. As he led the ministries to train and develop youth he also has managed the church’s programs serving the homeless, the prison ministry and an HIV/AIDS program.
Rev. Faulkner’s community involvement has included, being a 1992-1993 Coro Leadership New York Fellow, serving on Mayor Giuliani’s Task Force on Police Community Relations and Commissioner for the City Charter Revision. He also served as the Vice President for Community Government Relations at King’s College in 1998 to 2002 and as World Vision’s Director of U.S. Programs from June 2002 to February 2004. Rev. Faulkner has also served as Regional Chaplin for NY State Office of Family and Children Services from November 2005 to May of 2006, and in 2005, he started the Institute for Leadership a non-profit focused on the development of leaders and leadership programs.
Janella T. Hinds is the Vice President for Academic High Schools at the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Ms. Hinds earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in African American Studies from Princeton University and her master’s in Social Studies Education from New York University.
Ms. Hinds is also responsible for the financial and fiduciary oversight of the New York City Central Labor Council, a non-profit labor membership umbrella organization where she represents 1.3 million workers in 400 public and private sector local unions in her role as the Secretary-Treasurer.
She has championed equity for students and more meaningful voice for educators across the broad spectrum of need. She’s convened task forces to address the divergent issues head on at both the highly coveted specialized high schools, as well as, the schools serving the students most at risk.
A certified Social Studies teacher, Ms. Hinds additionally worked eight years as a dean, student council advisor and conflict resolution specialist at G. W. Wingate and South Shore High Schools and The School for International Studies. During the seven years she served as a UFT Special Representative, she concentrated her advocacy on support for closing and struggling schools, and ensuring the UFT’s voice in new school staffing and teacher evaluations, among other issues.
Prior to her work at the UFT, Ms. Hinds was Public Policy Director for the New York State AFL-CIO.
She is a delegate to the annual conventions of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers’ Black and Latino Caucuses, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among other organizations. Janella also serves on the executive board of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell University Union Leadership Institute.
Ms. Hinds is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Vladeck is Senior Advisor to Nexera Inc., a wholly owned consulting subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association. From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Vladeck was administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), and his work there was recognized in 1995 by a National Public Service Award. Subsequent to his service at HCFA, Dr. Vladeck was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.
After leaving HCFA, Dr. Vladeck was professor of health policy and geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he also served as senior vice president for policy of the Medical Center. In 2004, Dr. Vladeck joined Ernst & Young’s Health Sciences Advisory Services, but left that position for sixteen months in 2006-2007 to serve, at the request of Governor Jon Corzine, as interim president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan, Dr. Vladeck has held full-time faculty positions at Columbia University and Mount Sinai, and has served as adjunct faculty at Rutgers, Princeton, NYU, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine, and serves on the board of the March of Dimes, and on the New York City Board of Health.