Originally from New York City, Jordan served as a missionary in Lima, Peru for ten years conducting hundreds of medical campaigns and offering humanitarian relief in both Peru and internationally through JV Ministries. During those ten years his organization conducted surgical campaigns for people with cleft lips and palates, gave out free wheelchairs, ran small medical posts and sent out teams to visit poverty-stricken neighborhoods.
Jordan was the first in Latin America to supply anti-parasite medication to 2 million people in one day. With over 2,000 churches serving as distribution points recipients were also educated on parasite prevention and good nutrition. Distributions continue to be scheduled every six months and the program has spread throughout other Latin America countries.
Jordan Durso served as the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for Operation Blessing overseeing all of their national directors in Latin America for the past three years. He is currently serving as a Member of their Board of Directors.
In addition to raising his three beautiful daughters in NYC, medical and community development projects and traveling are Jordan’s passions. Along with his extensive experience in humanitarian work throughout South America and around the globe Jordan brings his burden to help those in need to his leadership role at TLC.
Diana Denis joined the team as a volunteer when its doors opened in March, 2011, coordinating with the education team to launch educational programs (e.g. GED and ELL) and collaborating with TLC’s core team of program managers.
On October 29,2012, when Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of her hometown, Diana chose to respond leading teams of volunteers in the field during TLC’s disaster relief efforts. She has since joined the team full time, bringing her professional experience and skills to TLC in her role as Director of Operations.
During her 18 years of work in the private sector Diana worked at a multi-media publication company in NYC and at a private school in Brooklyn. While working full time, she completed a Human Resources certification program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and co-led the expansion of a small private daycare from a single program to three programs in two separate locations. Her professional experience is in business management and operations and is excited about using her experience to transform communities at a nonprofit organization.
In her personal life, Diana is a wife of 20 years and mother of three. During her down time she mentors young women, leads a small life group, and is currently working on her writing (maintaining a personal blog and developing a manuscript).
For additional information, please email Diana directly at Diana@tlcnyc.org
Education Program Manager (Legacy Scholars)
Anthony Ray (better known as Tony or Brother Ray) is the Education Program Manager at The Legacy Center. He believes that lack of education and training is at the core of some of the social issues that plague our communities making him a natural fit to oversee our student educational programs. He volunteers at TLC year round, ensuring consistency from one session of programming to the next.
In his professional career Tony is proud of his 25 years of service at IBM. While this is seen as a significant accomplishment, he considers his 30 years of community service his most valuable accomplishment. Outside of his leadership roles at IBM, Tony served on the Board of Directors at Urban Youth Alliance International (UYAI) from 1992 to 2001 in various positions, including Secretary and Chairman of the Board. During this time the Board investigated and approved the establishment of the program now known as, Bronx Connect; a community-based alternative-to-incarcerati
For more information on any of our educational programs please email Tony directly at Anthony.Ray@tlcnyc.org