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A Bit About Us

Turning Interest Into Action




A P C- Community Services Inc, is a community-based Organization in Brooklyn, New York. This organization began in 1996 as a private consulting partnership, providing academic guidance to graduate students. Since then it has evolved into a not-for profit agency encompassing social, economic and educational components.





The mission of APC is to provide high quality services in the areas of: health and wellness, advocacy, domestic violence prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, youth, mentorship and day care services to foster the empowerment of residents in underserved and other communities.



Realizing that by giving to the poor we are lending to God, APC Medical Mission provides free comprehensive medical care in the promotion of health and wellness to underserved peoples of the world. It is in this vein that APC is committed to travel wherever God leads, to seek out and serve without regards for ethnicity, religious persuasion and socioeconomic status of the recipients.

Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Yvonne Peters……………….………….Board Chairperson

  • Dr. Gordon John…...............………..……………    .Vice Chair

  • Dr. Janice Emanuel McLean, Ph.D, ND.............……..President

  •  Naomi Modeste DrPH........……..........…………Vice President

  • Hildegarde Reimers………….................………….. ..Secretary

  • Ms. Cheryl Gerrard…………....................………… ..Treasurer

  • Dr. Orin Douglas…………….…….......……..Medical Director

  • Dr Alan Woodson………………….........……. Dental Director



             Board Members

                                                                             Dr. ILLouise Tucker

                                                                             Franklin Rodney

                                                                             Claire Patterson Monah

                                                                             Stephen Isaac

                                                                             Jean Pickering




APC conducts annual Medical Mission trips to the Caribbean for the last 10 years.  Mission trips  were conducted in Guyana, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia. In March 2016  Medical Mission was in  Guyana- Over 1,000 persons received free medical care and were given  free medications.  In 2017 over 1,500 received  free services in Saint Lucia. This year over 6,000 persons received free medical care in Ghana.


APC Community Services has been conducting Diabetes Prevention and Management classes in the  community. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is an interactive workshop for people who are at risk for developing diabetes.

NDPP is a CDC-Recognized program with a scientifically proven record of helping people living with Pre-diabetes to reduce their risk of developing the disease by up to 60%. Participants will learn skills to eat healthy, become physically active and manage daily stress. Workshops are held 1 day a week for 16 weeks (1st 6 months) -  and 1 day per month for 6 months. APC has conducted 8 classes and hundreds have benefited from these. This was made possible because of a  Grant from the Centers of Disease Control.

The Diabetes Self-Management Program is a six weeks evidence based, interactive program  designed by Stanford University for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. This program is to help individuals manage their diabetes. APC has conducted classes at  churches and Community Based Organizations.


APC has been recognized  in 2018 by the Centers for Disease Control as a provider of Diabetes Prevention and Management classes.



Program Description: Health care statistics show that Caribbean populations living in Brooklyn suffer disproportionately from a variety of health care concerns, including Autism, Mental health, opioid epidemic  and  immigration issues.   Health care literature shows that medical providers have not always been trained to provide comprehensive, culturally competent care to their Caribbean patients, so that these health disparities may be reduced.  This Health Care Summit will address these practice gaps for medical practitioners who provide care to Caribbean populations.  The conference will focus on the above mentioned topic.




Target Audience: This program is designed for health care providers; physicians, mid-level clinicians, nurses, and allied health professionals in the NYC metropolitan area who provide medical care to Caribbean and Caribbean American populations. 


This was a collaboration of APC Community Services, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, SUNY Downstate, Kings County Hospital Center, My Time Inc and  Bronxville Multi Service Family Health Center.





APC Community Services has collaborated with Council Members Jumaane Williams and Dr. Mathieu Eugene for the last 8 years to host the Community Wellness Day at the Perdergat Park. This is an event that attract over 20 vendors of health services. Individuals receive free Blood Pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, BMI, vision, dental, stress risk assessment and other services. Hundreds of individuals receive services each year. They also receive free fruits and vegetables.




These are individuals that makes APC run like a well oiled machine.








Janice Emanuel McLean Ph.D, ND is the Founder and CEO

Janice Emanuel McLean is the Founder and CEO of APC Community Services. She is currently a Professor at University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies;  Academic mentor at Andrews University in the Leadership Program and President of  Uzima Life Style Center.  She is a mentor, health and lifestyle coach. She is currently conducting Diabetes Prevention and Management classes in the community. She served the Seventh –day Adventist church for over 25 years in various capacities. She also worked at Cicitalli & Associates as the Coordinator of the AIDS Education Center. She served as Policy Analyst at the Haitian centers Council. Each year Dr Emanuel McLean leads a team of Doctors, Dentists, Nurses and other professionals on Medical Missions in different parts of the world.   June 14-29 she led a team of 34, Doctors, Dentist for Loma Linda University, Nurses and other Health Professionals on a Medical Mission to Ghana, where over 6,000 individuals received care. She has completed her requirements for the Naturopathic Doctors Degree in  2018 and has launched the Uzima Lifestyle Center in Kalamazoo Michigan. Her goal in life is to serve others and bring glory to God.










Naomi Modeste, DrPH - Vice-President

Dr. Naomi Modeste is a retired Professor Emeritus of Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, California, where she served for 25 Years in several capacities – directing a doctoral program, teaching, researching, mentoring doctoral and master’s students, and chairing the department of Health Promotion and Education for 6 years. She has an earned doctorate in Health education, is an author and researcher with over 70 articles published in peer reviewed and lay journals and a seminar presenter both nationally and internationally. She has experience in directing health education programs at various levels for over 18 years in the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Dr. Modeste has experience as a grant reviewer, health education program evaluator, and volunteers in professional organizations as well as local community organizations. 


                                                          Organization Officers













Board Chair - Dr. Yvonne Peters


Dr Peters has been teaching for the past 47 years. Her career began in the beautiful country of Guyana at the St. Aidan’s Anglican School. Her teaching experience spans various levels of education from Elementary School to University, some of the institution that benefited from her expertise in Guyana were: Tucville Government School, St Phillips and Queens College... In the United States St Marks Day School, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Jon Hus Moravian Church School, Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers. Dr Peters also served as an examiner for the Caribbean Examination Council, at present she is a certified ACT Reader. She also serves as Assistant Chief Borough Reader for the ACT Reading Examination.


Dr Peters is a Poet and a Writer, she is the co Author for a text book used in the CUNY system entitled Preparing for the CUNY-ACT Reading and Writing Test. She is the mother of four adult children Brian, Lester, Roger and Dionne, and grand mother of fourteen grand children. For Dr Peters teaching is her life passion and her goal is to help student realize their full potential and succeed in life. Dr Peters serves as the Secretary of the Board of Director of Academic professional Consulting Inc. She served for some time as secretary of APC Community Services.


                                                Vice Board Chair - Dr. Gordon B. John 





Dr. Gordon John was born in Buxton, East Coast Demerara Guyana to the late Sarah and Stephen John. As a child he attended Buxton Primary School and later Queens College an élite secondary school in Guyana. He always has a thirst for knowledge and always knew that he wanted to choose a career that would help people. Upon completion of his secondary education he migrated to the United States where he pursued studies at Brooklyn College. He then launched a career in Podiatry at New York College of Podiatric Medicine from which he graduated in 1985.  He has had a distinguished career serving the Brooklyn Community for over 30 years. He currently is in private practice at “Atlantis Foot Care”  on  Utica Av and serves as Podiatrist at Ruby Weston  Manor , a skilled Nursing Home facility.

His patients describe him as a kind, gentle and skilled foot doctor. His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 19:17 “ He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord and he will reward him for what he has done (NIV). Dr. John is so passionate about this text that he participates in Mission Trips with APC Medical Mission Team and Dorcas Medical. He is passing on this legacy of service to his children.




                                                 Secretary  –  Hildegarde Reimers









Hildegarde Reimers was born and raised in Port-au-Price, Haiti and migrated to the United States in 1982. She credits her drive to be an active and involved member of the community to her late mother, Marie Ange Puzo. From a very young age, she attended many community and health care events focusing on health disparities among women. She found her passion in public health when she began working at Kings County Hospital Center as an HIV Services Administrator. Ms. Reimers believes that by working in partnership with medical facilities and Community-Based Organizations, we can raise awareness on the health needs of the community, provide quality care and improve the health outcome of children, youth, adults and their families. She has worked for over 20 years with community based organizations and collaborated on numerous HIV/AIDS, mental health and chronic diseases awareness activities.

She is currently the Co-Managing Director of Quality and Value Based Initiatives at Brownsville Multi-Services Family Health Center (BMS). Prior to that, Ms. Reimers was the Sr. Associate Director of HIV Services at Kings County Hospital Center.

Ms. Reimers has been a resident of Queens for the past 35 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from The City University of New York, York College. Ms. Reimers has one son, Olivier Boigris.



                                                 Treasurer –  Cheryl Gerrard








Cheryl Gerrard was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. She is the current treasurer of APC Community Services.  She retired as an Audit Assistant in 2012, after 23 years of service, at the United Nations. Fifteen of those years were spent in the Internal Audit Division, Office of Internal Oversight Service.  Prior to her employment with the UN, she worked with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and as an accountant with the Guyana Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. 

Ms. Gerrard graduated from the Caribbean Union College (now the University of Southern Caribbean) with an Associate degree in Business.  Her hobbies include travelling, reading and playing word games.  She is married to Anthony Gerard and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She   is dedicated to serving the Lord by volunteering in APC’s medical mission outreach programs.

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