Solomon B. Reeves
Founder & Chief Executive Director
Solomon B. Reeves, the founder, and Chief Executive Director of Abehinnyuen Community of Hope (ACOH), Inc. was born and raised in Liberia. He relocated to the United States in 1988 to pursue studies in medicine and missiology and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York.
For over 30 years Mr. Reeves has been passionate about helping people find peace in Christ and providing humanitarian assistance to the people in Liberia and the U.S. The organizations he has been involved with include the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), Scripture Union (SU) of Liberia, Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY), Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau (CGSHB) of New York, Staten Island Liberia Community Association (SILCA), and African Immigrant Ministries.
Through his efforts, several water wells mounted with hand-pumps were constructed and rehabilitated to provide safe drinking water in Liberia. He provides language translation/interpretation services, as well as legal immigration assistance for African and other migrants living in New York and other cities in the United States.
Solomon is committed to missions and the Abehinnyuen Community of Hope (ACOH) initiatives, such as Community of Hope Academy Mission in Gozohn, Rivercess County, Liberia and the Grace Bible Faith Community Church (aka Grace Bible Faith) of Liberia in Boeglay, Gozohn and Buchanan, respectively. He is a member of Salem Evangelical Free Church and serves as a short term missionary in Staten Island, New York, and Liberia.
Mayra Roman is a member of Salem Evangelical Free Church, in Staten Island, New York. In her professional life, she is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and has had a 28-year career as a Fashion Designer, currently employed at Centric Brands Inc., NYC.
Mayra has ministered in diverse settings in the church and the community, serving as a member of Hospitality, Children’s, GriefShare and Gospel Response teams. In August 2014, she joined other Salem members in a mission trip to Colorado to help families who experienced severe storm damage in the town of Estes.
Board member/Chief Financial Officer
Bill Phillips is a retired bank officer, with over 35 years of experience in financial services. He is a member of Salem Evangelical Free Church in Staten Island, New York, and serves in the Hospitality and Financial Counseling ministries. Bill has helped lead several Dave Ramsey “Financial Freedom” seminars at Salem and personally mentors Christian families in biblical stewardship of their resources. He and his wife are the parents of two grown sons and have two grandchildren.
Board member/Administrative Manager
Susan Fowler currently serves as Digital Programs Manager - Healthy Neighborhood Manager (community organizer for Staten Island), developing digital strategies for making nutrition and culinary education available 24/7 to City Harvest’s agency partners and their clients. Also looking into fresh-produce loyalty cards for supermarkets and delis.
She is also director of the Staten Island Neighborhood Food Initiative (supported by City Harvest), created a volunteer board of chefs, dieticians, business experts, and community activists that then identified and promoted stores in low-income neighborhoods offering healthy food. See http://sinfi.org/ for details.
As a philanthropist, Susan Organized a group of NYCHA residents to win funding from Councilmember Debi Rose’s participatory budgeting program in 2017, which funneled almost $1 million into two NY City Housing Authority projects.
Ms. Fowler has provided services through volunteerism to help Solve problems in the Stapleton neighborhood that enable tenants in the Stapleton Houses who wanted a community to a garden, and she is instrumental in the Hill Street Garden, which is now in its second year.
Susan has worked with the following organizations in New York and New Jersey, respectively:
Conference House Association, Staten Island, NY, South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY, Keystone System, Inc., NY, Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore), Piscataway, NJ.
She is also engaged in Small business, such as Staten Island Food Factory, Staten Island, NY, where she wrote a business plan for a community pop-up kitchen that was one of ten finalists in the NY Public Library’s 2015 NY STARTUP!, and Fast Smart Web Design, Staten Island, NY For a select group of non-profits, our company ensures that they are providing clear, actionable information about their programs on their websites and social media. See http://www.ferrysafety.org, http://voycessi.org, and http://ehsees.org/.
Susan is a member of Christ Church New Brighton on Staten Island. She served as chair of the Plant & Equipment Committee between 2005 and 2013 and managed a $100,000 emergency repair of the church tower, including finding an engineer, writing the RFP, and selecting the restoration firm.
Currently, she is the head of the Counters Committee and Junior Warden.