It’s a special year for St. Nicks Alliance they are celebrating — the big Four-oh! They will acknowledge this landmark anniversary just as they have in past benefits and cast a spotlight on those who are partners in building up the North Brooklyn Community.
Those being honored at St. Nick Alliances’ ruby jubilee will be: David Lopez, Founder and Chair of Southside United HFDC – Los Sures; Tyrone Anthony Sellers an accountancy resource for the affordable housing industry, nonprofit organizations, and religious organizations; and FG-PH Corp, a general construction company with particularly noble pursuits.
A lifelong resident of Williamsburg, an activist, a poet, and that is just for starters when it comes to illustrating the character of David Lopez. Going further, he is the founder and President of HFDC Cooperative, where he and 8 families live. It was in having to endure 2 years without heat, hot water, or repairs that they won the right to properly and humanely administer, and years later collectively purchasing the building.
David has witnessed and works through the challenges that continue to face our communities. His propensity to fight against injustice was evident at an early age. He marched with students and educators in Oceanhill Brownsville and skipped classes at Eastern District High School to protest with The Young Lords. At 17, he was hired as a Family Assistant at his high school and helped students to re-acclimate and to continue their studies. As a college student at New York City Community College (where he received an Associate Degree in Applied Arts ) he led efforts to save and preserve free tuition as well as joining in the successful effort to save Hostos Community College, at the time the only college in the Eastern United States led and administered by Puerto Ricans and Latinos.
After graduating, David went to work with the Southside United Housing Development Corporation (Los Sures). It was here that he assisted in securing a Comprehensive Employment Training Act contract that led to the creation of 50 jobs in various community based organizations. After Los Sures, he went on to work with The New York City Law Department and thereafter with Aspira, an educational based organization that was instrumental in securing higher education opportunities for Latino students.
In 1983 he was hired to coordinate the mediation program in Brooklyn’s Housing Court. The advances in mediation David Lopez prompted made the process media much fairer by training mediators to properly inform tenants of their rights as a priority. David went on to the NYC Commission on Human Rights where he investigated potential abuses and violations of the City’s human rights laws.
David is still active in the community, regardless of being retired. He serves as Chair of Los Sures and is a member of the board of directors of Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. A. He is president of the HDFC Cooperative in which he lives and is an active member of the New York City Congress on Puerto Rican Rights. When time permits, he writes and recites poetry reflecting upon issues of justice and the human condition.
Tyrone Anthony Sellers
Tyrone Sellers is the founder and principal owner of Tyrone Anthony Sellers Certified Public Accountant. The firm provides a diversity of quality professional services to both the public and private sectors. In his practice, Tyrone is driven by the desire to provide the highest quality service in the profession, while delivering prompt and individual attention.
Prior to establishing his own practice, Tyrone held positions as internal auditor for the Depository Trust Company (a large Wall Street stock company); Controller for St. Nicks Alliance; and auditor for Lucas, Tucker and Company and W.R. Brown and Company (both New York State CPA firms). Prior to this he received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting from New York Institute of Technology and was licensed in 1990
Tyrone has dedicated his firm to servicing the affordable housing industry, nonprofit organizations, and religious organizations. His 30 years of valuable experience in the affordable housing industry includes low income housing tax credit housing developments, housing development fund corporations, affordable cooperative housing developments, HUD developments, Mitchell Lama cooperatives, as well as not-for-profit organizations. Tyrone also once served as a member of the NYSSCPA’s Community Affairs Committee whose purpose was to help startup not-for-profit organizations. In addition, he has led classes and seminars on accounting systems, financial management and new business issues.
Beyond serving his community, Tyrone served his country. He participated in Desert Storm while an Air Force Reservist.
The FG-PH team: Charlie Georgelis, Carlos Cassius, Kyprianos Lambiris, Tian Chen is led by President Michael Panagiotopoulos.
FG-PH Corp is resolute in their mission is to provide the greatest construction services and technical expertise at a cost that is benefi cial to building affordable housing and transforming neighborhoods.