CONNECT’s senior management team consists of Co- Executive Directors, Sally MacNichol and Quentin Walcott and the Supervisor of Legal Progams, Kerry Toner. Together they supervise a staff of 11 including attorneys, legal advocates, community educators, trainers and administrative staff and project-based consultants.
Meet the CONNECT team
Sally N. MacNichol, Co-Executive Director, has been an advocate against domestic violence and an educator for over 20 years. She has counseled victims of domestic violence, run empowerment groups for survivors and worked with batterers. She has trained hundreds of staff from child welfare programs and community-based organizations as well as clergy across New York City’s five boroughs. She has served on numerous committees working to reform New York City’s policies and practices concerning women and children struggling with violence. She also leads all CONNECT Faith initiatives. She has a Masters of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary.
Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, through his bold work, Quentin is pushing communities to redefine manhood and is building a society that embraces equality, mutuality and rejects violence in communities as the status quo. An anti-violence activist and educator, he has spent the last 18 years addressing a critical part of the equation to stopping violence against women: men. Quentin has developed and launched some of New York City’s only programs aimed at transforming bystanders, men and boys, and even batterers into allies and activists against all forms of violence. Quentin is the newly appointed CONNECT Co-Executive of Director, along with Sally MacNichol, where they are working together as allies to prevent and end all forms of violence. Quentin’s innovative work, vision, and activism were recently honored by NOW – NYC as a recipient of their 2012 Susan B. Anthony Award. In 2011, Quentin through a special invite facilitated one of ten events that occurred across the country during October to support Vice President Joe Biden’s call to action and to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 1996, Quentin trained, supervised and mentored by Dr. John Aponte, began facilitating Batterer’s Intervention Programs and various other groups for men and youth throughout New York City. For 6 years, Quentin co-chaired the Committee on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP), a committee of men and women that run batterers programs throughout New York City. Quentin has also worked with Eve Ensler to help facilitate and launch V-Men programming in NYC.
Kerry Toner, Esq., Supervisor of Legal Programs, represents undocumented survivors of domestic violence in immigration proceedings and oversees CONNECT’s Legal Advocacy Helpline and Coordinated Action Against Violence programs. Kerry has worked on behalf of domestic violence victims for the past eight years. She has counseled and advocated for victims of domestic violence, run empowerment groups for survivors, developed and facilitated anti-violence curricula for youth programming, and conducted community education and outreach for service providers and community members in upstate New York. She is a graduate of CUNY Law School.