Monique Smith (she/her) joined ACS in February 2023 as the Database Associate.
In this role, she works with all departments and helps ensure the integrity of the data being entered into our systems. Before joining ACS, Monique was a public-school teacher in Florida. She primarily worked with students with varying exceptionalities and advocated for their rights to have reasonable accommodations at school.
Monique is also proud to have been one of the founders of Orlando Girls Rock Camp (a member of the larger Girls Rock Camp Alliance). She recalls fond memories of helping the younger campers learn about their instruments, form bands, write original songs and perform on stage in front of their family and friends.
In her spare time, Monique likes to play the guitar and drums. She shares her life with her amazing husband and two very pampered greyhounds.
Sylvester “Sly” Lindsay joined ACS in 2021 and currently serves as Director of Information Technology. In this capacity, he is responsible for the strategy, management, and security of the IT infrastructure for ACS.
Lindsay has over 17 years’ experience in IT, along with various certificates in Microsoft, Cisco, and VmWare, just to name a few. Prior to joining ACS, Lindsay served 7 years as the IT Manager for the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers.
Lindsay received a BS in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, riding motorcycles, and listening to music.
Dilenia Santos joined ACS in 2021 and currently serves as an Office Manager.
Prior to joining ACS, Dilenia worked as the community liaison for the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in New York. She has also interned for Uptown Progressive Action where she had the pleasure of coordinating rallies for elected community officials, participated in workshops on healthcare such as the New York Health Act, and encouraged voter registration.
While attending the State University of New York at New Paltz, Dilenia served as both an administrative assistant and research assistant alongside the president of the university. This research focused on renaming the Hasbrouck Building Complex. The mission, mainly leading towards the creation of a proposal that helps educate future students, faculty, and alumni of the history of the Huguenot patentees, Indigenous people, and enslaved Africans.
Dilenia earned her B.A. in Black Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz in May of 2020. During her leisure, Dilenia enjoys exploring new restaurants, journaling, and exploring different community service opportunities.
Mark Alpert joined ACS in January 2019 and serves as Assistant Director of Administration.
Alpert previously worked as a legislative intern for the Jewish Federations of North America, where he assisted efforts to expand access to Medicare/Medicaid and end LGBTQ+ discrimination in the foster care system. Prior to that, he served as an intern for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), where he helped facilitate the Congresswoman’s efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Before interning on the Hill, he worked as a paralegal in New York City.
Alpert received his B.A. in Philosophy from Muhlenberg College with a minor in Political Science. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about U.S. History, learning piano and guitar, and playing intramural basketball.
Crystal Bishop joined ACS in April 2018. She currently serves as Bookkeeper.
She previously interned for former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, working in the Office of Constituent Services in Richmond. Previously, she was a legislative assistant intern to former Virginia Delegate Dave Albo, who was Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee in 2016. Crystal also gained experience working for the Virginia Senate Finance Committee during the 2018 legislative session, where she collaborated on budget amendments with all 40 state Senators, legislative fiscal analysts, legislative assistants, and other executive staff.
Bishop received her B.A. in Political Science with Cum Laude and achieved a concentration in International Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2017. During her time at VCU, she studied abroad in Belgium in the city of Brussels where she learned about Belgian culture and the European Union policymaking and lobbying process. She has also traveled to various countries such as the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom. She enjoys soccer, exploring cities and photography.
Kendra McCormick joined ACS in July 2017 and currently serves as the Director of Finance.
In this capacity, she works with the administration team on matters related to the organization’s budgeting, bookkeeping, and project grant tracking.
McCormick was previously an Administrative Assistant and the Assistant Director of Administration and Operations at ACS. She earned her BA in Political Science and History from The George Washington University.
McCormick is based in Portland, Maine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, travelling, and Boston sports.