Board Staff

The Board has two offices – a downtown Manhattan office at 2 Lafayette, FL 12 Suite 1221, and a Rikers Island office.

Executive Director

Jasmine Georges-Yilla, Executive Director (Contact the Executive Director)

General Counsel

Melissa Cintron Hernandez, General Counsel


Danielle Ortega, Deputy Executive Director of Administration
Shern Varghese, Director of Information Technology
Regina Gumerova, Office Manager
Tonya Glover, Executive Assistant

Legal Division

Jemarley McFarlane, Assistant Executive Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Communications
Rahzeem Gray, Director of Special Investigations
Imahnni Jeffries, Special Investigations Coordinator
Joshua Acquaye, Director of Appeals
B. Baily, Director of Violence Prevention
Navena Chaitoo, Director of Research and Monitoring Compliance
Alexander Hoffman, Research and Compliance Associate


K. Blackman, Assistant Executive Director of Monitoring
B. Melendez, Director of Public Accountability
S. Augustin, Director of Programming and Community Support
S. Pearson, Director of Physical and Mental Well Being
A. Garcia, Standards Specialist
D. Acosta, Standards Specialist
E. Castellar, Standards Specialist
J. Ramon, Standards Specialist
K. Reynolds, Standards Specialist
V. Ezeji, Standards Specialist
S. Porter, Standards Specialist
T. Scott, Standards Specialist

The Board's Monitoring serves as BOC's "eyes and ears" in the City's jails. They have unfettered access to the jails and people in custody in order to promote compliance with the Board's Minimum Standards. They bring transparency to conditions in NYC jails and recommend improvements to protect those who live and work in the jails.