Meet the Board Members
Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc.
Ms Melvinia Harris
Ms. Melvinia Harris is currently retired from Verizon after 32 years of service. During that time she received my Bachelors Degree in Communications Arts. While being retired and living in Fort Greene since 1971 she has worked diligently with Delia Hunley-Adossa on several committees; AYP Community Benefits Agreement Committee with Forest City Ratner, Board Member of Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc., Environmental Committee, FATHC Youth Committee, former member of First Atlantic Terminal Housing’s Board of Directors as Treasurer, Member of the 88th Precinct Community Council and Campaign Treasurer for Delia M. Hunley-Adossa Campaign for City Council. Melvinia is also a community partner with the Kaboom Organization which designs and builds playground equipment in various communities. Melvinia intends to continue her volunteer work to support the growth of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hills/Atlantic Yards community, as well as, work with the Community Benefits Agreement Executive Committee.
Sabaria works for Jennie A. Clarke Residence as a Program Coordinator. Jennie A. Clarke Residence operates in cooperation with Hope Community, Inc. They work with the Women In Need (WIN) program which provides two types of housing to homeless families: transitional shelters and permanent supported apartments with locations in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn. Working with community groups and public agencies, the private sector and nonprofit organizations, WIN operates seven transitional residences with 643 family units where 2,500 people including more than 1,500 children sleep each night.
She has served her community in various capacities, i.e., Sabaria has volunteered with the youth of the 88th Precinct Youth Council as a mentor, is one of the coordinators for various Brooklyn block association affairs in the summer organizing for the youth and families in need. In addition, she is one of the coordinators of the HELP (Helping, Encourage, Leadership, Potential) Program with the 88th Precinct.
Sabaria is steadfast and dedicated to all of her clients; she has successfully designed, planned and organizes various events for her client base, coordinating employment and training opportunities for many residents who come into her transitional housing residential program
Saadia is a member of the 88th Precinct Community and Youth Councils, and Treasurer of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc.
Norma is currently working on a Master Of Divinity degree at Nyack College and a Master‘s degree in Business Administration. She previously worked at the National Basketball Association with the Broadcasting and Television Division where she managed a $40 million budget for Extended Markets of NBA games for Regional Sport Networks, DirectTV and In Demand. She also Managed, departmental special events during the NBA All-Star games, NBA Play-offs and NBA Drafts. Ms. Maupins has worked on the Community Benefits Agreement Committee since its early stages and continues to work with Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. as the Secretary, and Youth Director, as well as, work with the Community Benefits Agreement Executive Committee on various issues as it relates to the Atlantic Yards project and other projects within the community.
Ms. Maupins has over 25 years of business experience having worked with Well known organizations as Xerox, JP Morgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank), Pfizer Pharmaceutical and the National Basketball Association. In addition to this she has spent many years working with youth and youth organizations throughout the city. She regularly volunteers her time with a Christian youth ministry teaching dance and mime and has also volunteered with organizations such as Youth at Risk, Habitat for Humanities and the Women’s Leadership Committee for Congresswomen Yvette Clark.
Saadia Z. Adossa
Saadia Z. Adossa she has served her community for at least 15 years; currently Saadia is employed as a Community Relations Deputy Director for the Kings County District Attorney's office. The Bureau assigns Community Specialists to specific areas and a neighborhood in Brooklyn and as a Community Relations Specialist Saadia serves as a liaison to the diverse residents and communities of Brooklyn. Her ability to network and bring together community folks and organizations is admirable. Saadia is reliable and dedicated to all she encounters. She has successfully planned, organized and conducted events for the purpose of stopping crime, sphere heading employment and training opportunities for many Brooklyn residents. One of the coordinators of the HELP (Helping, Encourage, Leadership, Potential) Program with the 88th Precinct, founder of Moving beyond a Criminal Record seminars in the KCDA Office, including many community and civic block associations functions, etc.
Saadia is a member of the 77th Precinct and 88th Precinct Community and Youth Councils, Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc., board member of CCM, and Vice Chair of the Coalition against Guns, Drugs and Violence. Saadia community volunteerism and activism is part of her everyday life she is the daughter of Delia Hunley-Adossa and has been actively involved in the community all of her life.
Delia Hunley-Adossa better known as “Dee” was born in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. She attended Saint Angela Academy and later attended the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where she majored in Business. With the knowledge she obtained, Delia founded and became the sole proprietor of Zaire, Incorporated Security. From the very beginning Delia felt a need to get involved in community activities. Delia has been the President of the 88th Precinct Community & Youth Council and 88th Precinct Youth Executive Director for the past ten years, President of the Board of Directors at the First Atlantic Terminal Housing Corporation, Chairperson of the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition, Founder and CEO/Executive Director of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. (BEE, Inc.), an environmental group established December 31, 2005, member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of America, board member of Community Counseling & Mediation (CCM) working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families to overcome their personal obstacles, member of the National H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment) Network, and a member of Community Board Two Health Environment and Social Services Committee, and former member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board.
In 1992, a group of friends were eager to tackle the many challenges facing Brooklyn. Like many other caring Brooklynites they searched for an organization offering flexible, hands-on volunteer opportunities. The group took on projects such as board membership with the First Atlantic Terminal Housing Committee (FATHC), becoming Executive Board members and members of the 88th Precinct Council, youth council volunteers, members of neighborhood advisory boards and various other community based organizations.
The FATHC was formed to bring the community’s voice to the decision-making table for future Brooklyn developments like never before. The Atlantic Yards Project is one of many projects that the developer, Forest City Ratner has completed in the Fort Green Clinton Hill community. Political officials and other leaders were entrusted to represent the community, but the results were minimal. The First Atlantic Terminal Housing Committee was involved with the formulation of the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and once acclimated with the development, decided to remain involved.
FATHC eventually became Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Incorporated (BEE) in an effort to broaden the scope of its work and have a greater impact on the Brooklyn community. BEE was incorporated in 2005 and received tax-exempt status in July 2008. BEE remains a community partner for the Atlantic Yards Project and runs youth programs including Safe Places to Learn and Grow to promote environmental awareness among young people. Our mission is to improve the quality of our community by partnering with local businesses, community leaders and neighbors to work together to create a clean and safe place to live and work for future generations.